This thought-provoking article is good enough that I will just post it and ask you to read the whole thing, then contemplate what we as conservatives should do about it.
Traveling down I-95, headed home to Florida from visiting Mary and my parents in Maryland and West Virginia, I found myself yelling in frustration at my radio. Rush Limbaugh asked: Who gives the left power to silence opposition, control speech, and get people fired or ordered into sensitivity training? Rush rattled off numerous examples to prove his point, including a mere 50 leftist student protesters at Rutgers successfully forcing Condoleezza Rice to back down from giving their commencement speech.
Who gives the left such power? I yelled, “We do!”
By the way, while in West Virginia, I attended Mary’s dad’s 82nd birthday party. Many family members were in attendance. We had a wonderful time of laughter and love. I was the only black person. There was not the slightest vibe of racial tension in the air. I believe that such is the state of race relations among a majority of Americans, except for those who despicably promote racial division for personal and political gain (that is, Democrats).
Back to Rush’s question. Who gives the left so much power? Much of the left’s power comes from the mainstream media, which is mostly liberal and totally in sync with the Democratic Party’s socialist/progressive agenda. The MSM functions as the left’s hit men, ready to high-tech lynch any and all challengers.
We cannot do much about that. But we can control our response. While I have written about this on countless occasions, my points bear repeating. Stop allowing the left to set the rules of engagement, and stop helping them beat up on our challengers.
When people on our side (conservatives) misspeak, misquote a stat, or make a clumsy innocent comment, I will not sing in harmony with the left’s choir, calling the conservative an idiot. Nor will I submit to the left’s demands that the targeted conservative be denounced. To do so is, in essence, providing aid and comfort to our enemies.
Frustratingly, both sides of the political street expect conservatives to be as perfect as Jesus Christ. Meanwhile, Democrats are permitted to make any cruel, evil, outrageous, or unsubstantiated claim necessary to further their cause. Heck, Obama repeatedly told the American people a bald-faced lie to pass ObamaCare, for the most part without consequence.
While we function in a state of constant fear that a conservative may utter a single word for the left to take out of context to use against us, Democrats’ rules of engagement allows them to boldly function from the position that no tactic is too low in their quest to defeat conservatives and implement the socialist/progressive agenda. Therefore, Democrats consider lying to the American people, millions losing their health care, denying medical care to kids with cancer, and slandering millions of decent patriotic Americans in the Tea Party all fair game.
For example: remember when Congressional Black Caucus Rep. Andre Carson made the irresponsible, outrageous claim that the Tea Party would like to see blacks “hanging on a tree”? Where was the pushback from the MSM? Where were the calls for Democrats to denounce Rep. Carson? Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson sent a fundraising email claiming that the T in “Tea Party” stands for the burning cross of the KKK. Why did we not see the same pressure and 24/7 coverage the MSM applies to Republicans, demanding that Grayson apologize? Where were the calls for Democrats to denounce him?
The MSM embraces the claims of Democrats, who have never attended a single Tea Party, that the rallies are the equivalent of KKK meetings. As a black who has attended over 400 Tea Parties nationwide, the MSM rejects my on-the-scene eyewitness report to the contrary.
Remarkably, after five years without evidence proving their accusations, the Democrats and MSM have doubled down on their claim that the Tea Party, the Republican Party, and all opposition to Obama is motivated by racism.
Our side has been advised to surrender to the left’s branding of us and implement our own Democrat-lite versions of the left’s agenda to prove that we are not racist – usher in illegal immigration, denounce the repeal of ObamaCare, and exempt minorities from showing a photo ID to vote, to name a few. So this is where we are – allowing Democrats and the MSM to dictate how we are allowed to fight, what we can and cannot say, and which battles we can take on.
And yet, we eagerly rush to blogs and media microphones to beat up on our courageous conservative freedom-fighters whenever they make a mistake.
Sarah Palin is a prime example. Say what you will about Palin, but from day one, she has been an unwavering bold, strong, and committed voice, pushing back against the tyranny of the Obama regime. Now, do you think I would ever help the left beat up on Sarah? Borrowing a phase I heard my patriot brothers and sisters say while in New Jersey, “Forget about it!”
Then there is Cliven Bundy. While Bundy may or may not have had all his legal ducks in a row, or known how to deal with a hostile media, I tip my hat to the man. Bottom line: Bundy knew government was hijacking more and more of our freedoms, and he said, “No!” That takes guts, folks, because history confirms that “freedom ain’t free.” Bundy is paying a price that many are unwilling to pay. Many sheepishly go along with the program (the government incrementally taking over every aspect of our lives) rather than risking an IRS audit or a bogus reason to be thrown in jail.
Who gives the left their power? We do, every time we surrender.
While visiting in Maryland, I was blessed with another cherished chat with my dad, who just celebrated his 86th birthday. His mind is as sharp as ever. Praise God! Dad is chaplain emeritus for the Baltimore City Fire Department. He only speaks at special events.
Dad said he was called on the carpet by a department official after a recent event. One highly offended individual at the event complained that dad ended his prayer with “in Jesus’s name.”
Dad told the official that he could no more deny Jesus than he could deny that he is black. Note: Dad did not apologize, beg for forgiveness, or vow never to do it again. The official let it go.
Who gives the left their power? We do.
Here’s my one contribution: how do we put this notion into action? I think we do it primarily by not backing down, not rolling over, and not living in fear of the Left. No one ever promised us things would be easy; if anything, the opposite is true. I don’t know who originally said it, but the saying “the only thing evil needs is for good men to do nothing” is absolutely true. Right now we have a whole lot of good people doing nothing to curb the onslaught of radical and destructive Leftism, and the results are snowballing into a train wreck of a society and nation. Morals are ambiguous and have been turned inside out, political correctness has good people living in fear of offending a small — but immensely loud — minority on any number of issues, and courage is in scarce supply. Who can stop the Left from overwhelming this nation of good people from the inside out? We can. If we do not, no one will.
There’s my two cents.