I consider myself a leftist, but not a liberal. And your mention of Brokeback Mountain with its gay cowboy plot twist touches on the reason why I am not a liberal -- the American liberal groupthink obession with identity politics and, in particular, with gay issues.
I have been out in the world for quite a few decades, and I have come into contact with quite a number of gay people. In my opinion, gays don't need any special help. They get along just fine, and in fact, better than most. So why is gay rights such a key aspect of American liberalism? Who knows?
I only wish American liberalism were as obsessed with progressive taxation, universal healthcare, and mass immigration driving down wages as they are with gay issues and other identity politics issues. All these economics issues that affect almost all working class people are shoved aside as American liberals obsess over gays.
And look at where we are as a result of the American liberal obsession with identity politics -- the only western nation without national health care. Our social safety net is crumbling. Wages are dropping for the bottom half. Oh, but thank goodness, our gay cowboy movies are winning awards and drawing lots of media attention!
American liberalism is the rich investor's best friend!
Sometimes I get a letter that says what thinking people on the left are afraid to say.
Yours is one of them.