This liberal guy's column is a mess- full of typical snobbish liberal stereotypes of ordinary people - and not a clue about what being a leftist really means. I don't even know where to start with it. And it appeared in a West Virginia newspaper for crying out loud!
There is nothing "progressive" about gambling and lotteries - they dupe and exploit the poor. Any socialist government would be to outlaw them.
Kennedy was just another warmongering, socialism-hating imperialist.
Just because a person is no longer a churchgoer does not make them an ally of the left. Ayn Rand and all her billionaire followers in silicon valley are all atheists and not humanists in the least. Meanwhile, among churchgoers there is liberation theology, Pax Christi, the libertarian socialist Catholic Workers, Quakers, Bruderhof Mennonites, and other left-Christian sects that do fight against war and imperialism and for the working class.
And it is all couched in a pollyannism that is ridiculous.