Conservatives Should Not Give Up
After President Obama came to power, he ran trillion dollar deficits every year, doubled spending, exploded the national debt, downgraded the country’s credit rating, and sought to remove the debt limit, permanently.
Unemployment slowly declines because of the record numbers of Americans giving up, joblessness is endemic in the black community, women are losing their jobs in droves, and over half of young grads won’t find a job in their fields. Although the president and his Democrat Party have had majority control since 2006, the Republicans are blamed for all that goes wrong and the Democrats receive credit for all that somehow goes right (and notice there’s not a lot of that going around).
President Obama effectively gave amnesty to illegal aliens, unilaterally compromising our national sovereignty, and forced a healthcare bill down our throats that will limit choice, ruin the doctor-patient relationship, wreck the medical industry, and cost three times what was originally promised — after the president said that healthcare costs will bankrupt the country.
In addition, the president hung diplomats and security personnel out to dry at Benghazi before going fundraising in Las Vegas, and then tried to cover his tracks. He refused for weeks to call the 9/11 anniversary raids on our embassies and missions “terrorist attacks,” instead blaming a pathetic YouTube video, and even announcing at the UN that the “future does not belong to those who slander the Prophet Muhammad.”
This, while Gitmo is still open, the Patriot Act has been renewed twice, extraordinary rendition continues, and the NDAA suggests the president seeks power to detain or even kill suspected terrorists — American citizens included — without trial. His government is collecting and storing data on all American citizens, whether suspected of any crime or not. The Department of Justice gave assault weapons to drug cartels, killing hundreds in the process, apparently with the intent of making the case for stronger gun control laws. After a tragic shooting in Newtown, the leftwing media wasted no time making their irrational case for stronger gun laws. The push was defeated — for now.
The Constitution is tattered, the justice system is co-opted, the economy is largely nationalized, private property is obsolete, the currency is debauched, the debt is skyrocketing, the schools are indoctrination centers, the universities are propaganda mills, the news media are largely absent, national security is compromised, our wars overseas are without end, the government is unrepentantly corrupt, journalists are being spied upon, citizens are being harassed by the IRS, the party system is broken, and the free speech necessary to alert our fellow citizens is being stifled by political correctness.
How did we arrive at the precipice of national ruin, and what is the ultimate solution to the challenges that confront those who prize liberty? No one has all the answers, but we must work together to find them and to communicate them to others. No matter how hard or frustrating or risky to our careers or our reputations, we have to fight back. We cannot give up on this country, on our children, or on our fellow Americans.
It is time for the American conservative to face a few hard truths. It is irrelevant whether the progressive believes himself to be a friend of the working class or a liberator of men or an erector of utopias or the usherer in of a new world order of perpetual peace and universal “social justice.” The effect of progressive policies are exactly like those that would be designed by the worst enemy of freedom, liberty, prosperity, and success of the United States imaginable. They will bring the nation financial ruin and internecine squabbling or worse.
The progressives’ views presumably revolve around empathy and compassion; but they are also resistant to any rational arguments or those that require a recognition of reality. The insertion of facts, evidence, and history into an argument with a leftist is like throwing stones into a raging river; they will only appear from the perspective of the leftist to be temporary trifles to be swallowed up by ineluctable progress; simply relics of the insufferable past to be swept away by the river of historical inevitability.
But we do not believe individuals are intended to be swept away by forces beyond their control, but are rather forgers of their own destinies in freedom. The conservative must face the fact that he has become the radical, the anti-establishment figure. He may currently be in a compromised position, but he is not irrevocably outnumbered.
The left has proceeded from the assumption of “the ends justify the means,” and has approached the coercive apparatus of government with an instrumental rationality in order to effect the utopian vision. The legal system is a tool to the left; the education system is a tool to the left; the media is a tool to the left; and so forth; all institutions are seen as potential power for them to be seized for the cause. The DOJ, HHS, EPA, TSA, IRS — progressives see such government agencies not merely as ways to serve the people, but as weapons to attack enemies and accrue power.
Conservatives believe in honoring institutions and thus refrain from utilizing their potential power to accomplish the vision of liberty, freedom, and individual rights. We call out for progressives to realize what it means to have shame and renounce their constant lies and slurs against their fellow Americans. We ask them to hold government as a means to serve the interest of all the people equally, and not as an apparatus to punish their imagined enemies and to selfishly grow their own political power.
The way conservatives win is not by punishing their enemies, but by inviting them to turn away from what is wrong and to embrace a better, positive vision of the future. Restoring a free and prosperous America takes more than reacting to the constant assaults of the left, it demands refuting them and taking a principled and inspiring message to the people.
Our founding fathers, the nation’s first radicals, would not sit idly by and let tyranny take further hold in this government. And friends, the harder it gets, the harder we must fight. No quit, no regrets.
Kyle Becker is the author of the novel Envirotopia.