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by Christopher Chantrill
August 12, 2014 at 12:00 am
BACK WHEN AL Gore was running for president in 2000 he had a line about “fighting for the people against the powerful.” It’s the standard line of the activist. No doubt it’s what the marginalized and dependent classes are looking for in a president.
But if you are a responsible individual like me you find that sort of thing insulting. People of the Responsible Self don’t want some community organizer drilling them in a street protest; we just want a government that defends us from enemies foreign and domestic.
Defending against enemies foreign and domestic is what governments are actually supposed to do. But America has another little problem right now. You know what it is. America is suffering from a plague of the liberal moral bullies with nothing better to do than humiliate people that don’t agree with them.
Even as we speak, the indefatigable Michelle Malkin reports that all the best cities now have their own social justice magnet school. Really? America needs to encourage more kids to become social justice activists? I’d say a bigger need is magnet schools in every bland suburb to teach ordinary American kids how to defend themselves against the liberal bullies and the social-justice activists.
That’s why we need a leader, right now, ready to defend Americans against the social-justice activists.
We need a presidential candidate saying: “As president, I will defend America against the moral bullies.”
When you think about it, it is a scandal that the leaders of the Republican Party appear to be utterly clueless about defending good honest conservatives from the liberal community activists and moral bullies. It’s no less a scandal because, as Alastair Roberts writes, the “empowered and privileged” activist getting outraged on behalf of people “supposed to be offended” is doing the easiest job in the world.
There are few people more zealous in offence-taking and outrage-making than persons doing so on behalf of the ‘subject supposed to be offended’... Such persons regard themselves as sensitive and caring protectors of the weak and oppressed. Offence-taking and outrage-making is not a mere prerogative for them, but is a noble duty and calling. The more of an outrage they create on others’ behalf, the more virtuous they feel.
I’ve written about all this at great length here.
Here is the very cesspool of injustice. In the sixth year of the Obama Dynasty it’s open season for the social justice activist and the moral bully. She can stigmatize her opponents with the liberal pejorative du jour any time she wants, because social justice. If President Obama doesn’t have her back, she can be sure that Eric “Proud to be an activist” Holder will be there for her. That’s outrageous, because, per Roberts, the activist in question is usually way more privileged and powerful than the target of the pejorative.
Remember when students of race used to say that blacks couldn’t be racists because they didn’t have the power? Maybe that was true 50 years ago, but they certainly have the power today. At least they have the power to call people nasty names on national TV. Do you have that kind of power?
In America today it is unjust when privileged liberal activists get to Alinskyize their targets, and freeze, personalize, and polarize them. It’s unjust unless their targets are truly powerful people. Which probably means they are liberals with a smartphone full of powerful contacts and a get-out-of-jail-free app.
When President Obama took the side of a powerful African American professor against a powerless policeman just doing his job, he was a acting like a moral bully. When President Obama took the side of powerful race-card activists in the Trayvon Martin case against a powerless “white Hispanic” he was acting like a moral bully.
And America cannot be true to its founding and its promise so log as it cowers before the liberal moral bullies. To quote a prominent American: It’s just not who we are.
All I want in 2016 is a Republican presidential nominee with the courage and the moxie to say “I will defend ordinary Americans against the moral bullies.” And then do it. Again and again.
Perhaps in some presidential exploratory committee at this very moment, some young staffer -- that one day will be a household name – is working out the operational plan and the detailed tactics of how to do this: how to stick it to the moral bullies and how to make them cringe in shame, and rout them out of the moral high ground forever.
Then America can come together again, and start to build trust again, and start to celebrate freedom again, all over the world.
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But I saw a man yesterday who knows a fellow who had it from a chappie
that said that Urquhart had been dipping himself a bit recklessly off the deep end.
Dorothy L. Sayers, Strong Poison
Civil Societya complex welter of intermediate institutions, including businesses, voluntary associations, educational institutions, clubs, unions, media, charities, and churchesbuilds, in turn, on the family, the primary instrument by which people are socialized into their culture and given the skills that allow them to live in broader society and through which the values and knowledge of that society are transmitted across the generations.
Francis Fukuyama, Trust
Tear down theory, poetic systems... No more rules, no more models... Genius conjures up
rather than learns... Victor Hugo
César Graña, Bohemian versus Bourgeois
We have met with families in which for weeks together, not an article of sustenance but potatoes had been used; yet for every child the hard-earned sum was provided to send them to school.
E. G. West, Education and the State
When we began first to preach these things, the people appeared as awakened from the sleep of agesthey seemed to see for the first time that they were responsible beings, and that a refusal to use the means appointed was a damning sin.
Finke, Stark, The Churching of America, 1776-1990
When we received Christ, Phil added, all of a sudden we now had a rule book to go by, and when we had problems the preacher was right there to give us the answers.
James M. Ault, Jr., Spirit and Flesh
A writer who says that there are no truths, or that all truth is merely relative, is asking you not to believe him. So dont.
Roger Scruton, Modern Philosophy
As far as the Catholic Church is concerned, the principal focus of her interventions in the public arena is the protection and promotion of the dignity of the person, and she is thereby consciously drawing particular attention to principles which are not negotiable...
[1.] protection of life in all its stages, from the first moment of conception until natural death; [2.] recognition and promotion of the natural structure of the family... [3.] the protection of the right of parents to educate their children.
Pope Benedict XVI, Speech to European Peoples Party, 2006
At first, we thought [the power of the West] was because you had more powerful guns than we had. Then we thought it was because you had the best political system. Next we focused on your economic system. But in the past twenty years, we have realized that the heart of your culture is your religion: Christianity.
David Aikman, Jesus in Beijing
But the only religions that have survived are those which support property and the family.
Thus the outlook for communism, which is both anti-property and anti-family, (and also anti-religion), is not promising.
F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit
Conservatism is the philosophy of society. Its ethic is fraternity and its characteristic is authority the non-coercive social persuasion which operates in a family or a community. It says we should....
Danny Kruger, On Fraternity
Families helped each other putting up homes and barns. Together, they built churches, schools, and common civic buildings. They collaborated to build roads and bridges. They took pride in being free persons, independent, and self-reliant; but the texture of their lives was cooperative and fraternal.
Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism