This past weekend I had one of those great moments. I was invited to address the Kansas GOP State Convention in Manhattan “The Little Apple” Kansas, a place that has a particular place in my heart.
I first arrived to Manhattan and Ft. Riley back in March 1988. It was there in Kansas that I met and married a K-stater, Angela, who earned her Bachelors and Ph.D from Kansas State and was a professor in the College of Business. I deployed to Desert Shield/Storm and upon return, we bought our first home. I taught ROTC at Kansas State University, earning a Masters as well. Our two daughters, Aubrey and Austen, were both born in Kansas, one at Ft. Riley and the other in Topeka. The West family began in Manhattan, Kansas, and we truly love that special little place in the Flint Hills. So when the plane landed Friday, I thought about the commercials now running which say, “Come Home to Kansas.”
That night I attended the GOP reception at the beautiful Flint Hills Discovery Center, and across the street, there they were. Yep, a group of about 100 progressive socialist protesters who were fully displaying their chucklehead status.
They held a banner proclaiming, “healthcare is a human right.” Funny, I learned at Kansas State in my Political Philosophy class about John Locke, the father of classical liberalism, and the inalienable rights of the individual: life, liberty, and property. And Thomas Jefferson translated that premise into our Declaration of Independence as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Someone should remind those folks about the misguided and misplaced benevolence of one President Jimmy Carter who thought every American had a “right” to own a home. His Community Reinvestment Act can clearly be seen as the impetus for the later 2008 financial meltdown, a cancer that metastasized over a thirty-year incubation. This is the problem with progressive socialism. They often confuse rights and privileges — after all, they don’t believe the individual has the right to pursue their own happiness. Their philosophy of governance is rooted in a failed concept that they, meaning the State, guarantees and provides happiness. As I stated, a failed concept.
Perhaps if those protesters Friday night would have studied the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – aka Obamacare — they would come to realize it’s nothing more than a tax measure. Yes, Obamacare includes some 20 new taxes, including the individual mandate, along with the increase of 159 new government agencies and bureaucracies.
And for those hapless K-State college students in that group of protesters, I wonder if they realize Obamacare nationalized college student loans? And oh yeah, one of those Obamacare taxes is the tanning tax — we shared with you the adverse consequences of that tax here. But knowing Kansans in the winter, they do frequent tanning salons to keep a healthy look — so why did the government feel they don’t have the right to visit such businesses without imposing a tax?
The other chants and signs that flew amongst those protesters Friday night across the street from the Flint Hills Discovery Center were castigating the GOP as fascists and promoting fascism.
Now, the Cambridge Dictionary defines fascism as, “a political system based on a very powerful leader, state control of social and economic life, and extreme pride in country and race, with no expression of political disagreement allowed.” Most associate fascist governance with that of Nazi (National Socialist) Germany under Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini of Italy.
And so I found it rather interesting that these confused individuals were aiming signs and chants towards the Kansas GOP convention goers…why? How does one explain the actions at California-Berkeley in reaction to the planned speech by Milo Yiannopoulos or even the recent actions at NYU? I’ve seen the welcoming embrace of the liberal progressive left at places like St. Louis University. When I spoke to students from Kansas University’s College Republicans, they told me about how they, along with the Young America’s Foundation chapter at KU, were being targeted for expulsion off the campus by leftist groups…you know, they’re accused of hate speech. The definition of hate speech is any speech the left — liberal progressive socialists — find disagreeable.
And let’s have the honest conversation here. It was the Democrat Party that gave life to the Ku Klux Klan, and don’t forget Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia was a grand poobah…who was praised by Bill and Hillary Clinton, along with Barack Obama. It’s the Democrat Party that deems Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, as some heroine. It was Sanger who embraced Nazi-like racial supremacist views and birth control…state control of social life. Here are some quotes to ponder:
“Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will. Deep seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.” —Hillary Clinton on abortion
“The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.” —Margaret Sanger, Margaret Sanger, Women and the New Race (Eugenics Publ. Co., 1920, 1923)
“There is only one reply to a request for a higher birthrate among the intelligent, and that is to ask the government to first take the burden of the insane and feeble-minded from your back. [Mandatory] sterilization for these is the answer.” — Margaret Sanger, “The Function of Sterilization.” Birth Control Review, October 1926
We always hear about the tolerant left — quite an oxymoronic phrase — but how exactly tolerant are they? Well, here’s a recent example.
As reported by the NY Post, “Chadwick Moore, a 33-year-old journalist who lives in Williamsburg, had been a lifelong liberal. Then, last September, he penned a profile for Out magazine of Milo Yiannopoulos — a controversial alt-right extremist who is an outspoken critic of feminism, Muslims and gay rights (despite being openly gay himself).
Although the Out story didn’t take a positive stance — or any stance — on Yiannopoulos, Moore found himself pilloried by fellow Democrats and ostracized by longtime friends.
He writes, When Out magazine assigned me an interview with the Breitbart.com rabble-rouser Milo Yiannopoulos, I knew it would be controversial. In the gay and liberal communities in particular, he is a provocative and loathed figure, and I knew featuring him in such a liberal publication would get negative attention. He has been repeatedly kicked off Twitter for, among other things, reportedly inciting racist, sexist bullying of “Ghostbusters” actress Leslie Jones. Before interviewing Yiannopoulos, I thought he was a nasty attention-whore, but I wanted to do a neutral piece on him that simply put the facts out there.
After the story posted online in the early hours of October 21, I woke up to more than 100 Twitter notifications on my iPhone. Trolls were calling me a Nazi, death threats rolled in and a joke photo that I posed for in a burka served as “proof” that I am an Islamophobe. I’m not. Most disconcertingly, it wasn’t just strangers voicing radical discontent. Personal friends of mine — men in their 60s who had been my longtime mentors — were coming at me. They wrote on Facebook that the story was “irresponsible” and “dangerous.” A dozen or so people unfriended me. A petition was circulated online, condemning the magazine and my article. All I had done was write a balanced story on an outspoken Trump supporter for a liberal, gay magazine, and now I was being attacked. I felt alienated and frightened.”
And so it was that Mr. Moore had a Paul-like “Road to Damascus” moment: “I realized that, for the first time in my adult life, I was outside of the liberal bubble and looking in. What I saw was ugly, lock step, incurious and mean-spirited. If you dare to question liberal stances or make an effort toward understanding why conservatives think the way they do, you are a traitor. It can seem like liberals are actually against free speech if it fails to conform with the way they think. And I don’t want to be a part of that club anymore. But I finally had to admit to myself that I am closer to the right than where the left is today. And, yes, just three months ago, I voted for Hillary Clinton. I even went on a date this past week with a good-looking Republican construction worker, someone I previously would not have given a shot. And I hope that New Yorkers can be as open-minded and accepting of my new status as a conservative man as they’ve been about my sexual orientation.”
Hey Chadwick, welcome to the club brother, because folks don’t think you can be black and conservative as well.
Those protesters Friday night and all those liberal progressive socialist leftist protesters nationwide need understand that they’re the real fascists. They’re the ones seeking to increase state control of our social and economic life. They’re the ones who, as Obama once stated, abhor “crude nationalism” — sadly what they see in showing respect to our American flag and national anthem.
But mostly, they want no speech, perspectives, views, opinions, or facts that are in disagreement with their failed orthodoxy. And yes, I have quite a few conservative friends who are gay, and guess what we talk about…economic growth, security, individual freedom, and our national security.
I don’t crawl into the bedroom, and that’s reciprocal, because as a true classical liberal and modern conservative, I will defend their right to pursue their happiness, while upholding my personal beliefs. Why? Simply because conservatives don’t believe in collectivism, but rather individual sovereignty along with fundamental and traditional, principles and values.
There is an ideological civil war happening in America between progressive socialism and constitutional conservatism. Chadwick Moore recognized it, and has made a decision as to on which side he will stand…and I welcome him as a fellow conservative Warrior for America.