It is time that we, as conservative Americans, walk the walk while we talk the talk. I have written previous posts about HateBaiting that has been leveled at us by our left side countrymen. But the problem with this perspective is that, if my theory of it being an Alinsky tactic is correct, it's working because we, by our own behavior, are enabling it to work.
It is now time for us, as American conservatives, to follow the tenets of both the Constitution we so frequently invoke, and the principles of our founding Christian religion, that we demand be respected equally. Let's take, as an example, the issue of race. Race has been used, very successfully, by the left, to vilify conservatives. It is pretty much accepted, erroneously, that values of limited taxation and lesser government intervention are racist. I mean, limiting taxation lessens the size of government, right? And the limitation on the size of governmental monies available will always limit the benefits given to our minority brethren, right?
This line of argument is so egregiously flawed as to be ridiculous, yet we have been unable to combat it effectively. Why is that? Because we are baited into arguments that appear or sound hateful. Rather than putting forth, in conservative blogs or on shows that are willing to offer conservative arguments along side liberal ones, compelling arguments as to why conservative values benefit minorities, as well as their majority brethren, we find our spokespeople, so called, attacking minority spokespeople. Just recently, Andrews Brietbart, in his blog, took an exerpt from a speech given to an NAACP convention, by Shirley Sherrod, and posted it. What he did was to successfully bait an inept White House/Obama Administration into making a knee jerk decision, based on fear and race. Here's the most unfortuante part. Both the White House AND Andy Brietbart were wrong, ethically and professionally. Whether or not Shirley Sherrod or any of her relatives have ever uttered a racist statement, what was presented was factually inaccurate, and further opened the national scism that we call race. read more »
As the third in a series of posts I expect to make regarding "hatebaiting" by the Progressive/Socialist/Communist Movement, I want to talk a bit about the theory behind the use of hate, and how it will be used to take from us our Constitutional liberties.
As many will recall, in the late '60's, a Columbia School of Social Work professor named Cloward, partnering with his research assistant, named Piven put forth a theory whereby community organizing could be used to enroll huge numberes of poor people under welfare provisions, causing an economic crisis that would require a national minimum income rather than minimum wage. In short, cocialism could be created by replacing "wage" (money tied directly to production. Read that, capitalism) with "income" (an individual entitlement to income. Read that socialism). It was a theory that, at its core, used created crisis as the motivating factor for change.
Now, it is my belief that hate is being recreated as the final motivator that brings us to the final crisis, a crisis of violent activity, born from artifically created hate, and used to replace individual liberties guaranteed by our beloved Constitutioin, with safety from that violence, afforded by government, and acheived at the expense of those self same liberties.
In short, I think that the rheroric of hate is being artifically created by rcial and economic division will bring us to the brink of violence, that will be finally precipitated by a single incident caused by an unknown provocateur. Riots reminiscent of 1968, met with counter-riots and violent activity. Cries and public outcry for peace, and an ultimate public demand for safety from rioters...a demand for signficant government intervention, and ultimately the institution of martial law. read more »
In my series of posts that you will see, I'm going to inspect how hatred is being used, operationally, in the march to socialism/communism. I wrote a few days ago about how hatred was the only means that those who would rather see social equality exist than success and failure, how it is only that pesky Constitution that stands between that relatively small cabal of power brokers who would enslave virtually everyone in mediocrity, to ensure their own supremacy.
I am of the firm belief that, right now as we speak, a plan is being hatched to goad mainstream conservative folks into rhetoric and action that is based on racial hatred. This is being accomplished by a sophisticated Progressive movement schooled in Alinsky theory and steeped in the recent successes of that age-old favorite, the Cloward-Piven Theory. But make no mistake about it, the hatebaiting that is ging on is being fueled by a small but virulent segment of the Conservative side, that hated first. In this, both sides are wrong. Wrong from a Judeo-Christian perspective, and an American Constitutional perspective. I don't know where the chicken lies nor where the egg lies, but as the son of a chicken farmer, I can tell you this: The henhouse stinks.
And I want to preface what I say by sharing that, in my heart, the heart that grew up in the 50's and 60's, in the heart that was saved so many miles away by a black SFC, who sacrificed his to save so many...in a heart that watched Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King struggle for things I was given without asking...in a heart that watched a talented black soldier from a small school in the Bronx become Chairman of the Joint Chiefs...and in the heart who watched a President play on his land in Texas with his neices and nephews who had brown skin...in that heart I was glad to see a man with at least part African heritage become President. It was the wrong man...not for his color or features, but for his beliefs. But he proved to me we were better than those who came before us. read more »
Over the recent few weeks, and months, it has grown more clear to me that the "Rght" is being baited by the "Left", more specifically, Socialists who consider themselves "Progressives", into stances that would otherwise be considered "hateful". Recent issues surrounding immigration, race relations, and terrorism are prime examples of this. And we, in an effort to defend those things we hold dear, are baited into language/rhetoric that, when viewed out of contect (and often times even when viewed in context) appears or is hateful. Ladies and gentlemen, baiting into hate is the preparation for war.
You see, what stands between us and the socialist/progressive agenda is this pesky document call the Constitution. It is the most brilliant road map to liberty ever devised, and stands strong even today in the face of attack by those who are not as concerned for individual liberty as social equality. And make no mistake about it, inherent in the quest for social equality is the demise of individual liberty. Let's take a few moments, together as fellow Conservatives, to look at what our beloved Constitution really does.
In the real world, we really have two almost competing things that occur simultaneously. We have human desires that often compete with other folks desires, and we have the need to conform some of those desires to a more "acceptable" set of norms that people generally agree on. We have the need for freedom, and the need for a safe social order. read more »