Did your parents tell you the story of the boy who cried ‘wolf’? Tending sheep, he thought he would spice things up by sounding the alarm that a wolf was attacking his flock. The frightened villagers rushed to his rescue only to find the alarm was bogus. After pulling this stunt a few times, the disgusted villagers began to ignore him. Predictably, when a real wolf threatened his sheep, no one came to his aid. Does this moral lesson still hold true?
You would think that the abject failure of nearly all those cities that have been run by Democratic mayors, city councils and leaders would suggest that their ideas are unsuccessful. The residents of those cities send their children to failing schools, live on crime-ridden streets and watch their neighborhoods deteriorate as city government defers infrastructure maintenance in favor of giving yet greater benefits to their employees. Yet, every serious attempt to make real improvement is met by liberal pundits shouting ‘wolf’ (racism), preferring hopeless situations and dependent citizens to the threat of Republican ascendancy and spreading freedom from government. So far, the villagers (Americans) keep running to fight the imagined peril, ignoring real threats.
When Paul Ryan made a comment acknowledging certain inner city realities and proposing that different solutions were needed, liberals needed to destroy him. While his words condemned only educational and government values, entrenched Democratic interests twisted what he said to accuse him of condemning certain people. Better that the inner city unemployment rate keeps rising rather than allowing a Republican politician to make inroads with solid Democratic constituencies.
Thankfully, Mr. Ryan didn’t accept the accusation and grovel. Unfortunately, he did apologize for using insensitive language. Like too many other Republicans, he has to learn the lesson that offense works better than defense. The point of the accusation was to disqualify him and take attention from his ideas. How much better it would have been if he would have rejected the allegation and pointed to the dismal record of the Obama administration. He should have quoted the president and other Democratic leaders saying similar words and accused his accusers of preferring hatred of conservatives to improving the condition of suffering children.
A few months ago, television personality Melissa Harris Perry made a vicious remark about the Romney’s adopted grandchild based on the child’s race. The remark was so rude and venomous that she tearfully apologized. Mr. Romney revealed himself as a perfect gentleman when he graciously accepted her apology. At the same time, he proved why he was an unsuccessful presidential candidate. Handed a high-profile opportunity to focus the conversation on liberal prejudice against conservatives and demand that Ms. Harris examine her own and her peers’ biases, he instead ended the conversation.
A few months ago, I wrote about Stephen Daughtry’s book, Waking the Sleeping Giant and how I thought that every conservative should read it. As Republicans compete once again to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, it seems obvious that neither Mr. Romney nor Mr. Paul has done so.
(Kudos to Bill Maher for raising the issue of the hypocrisy of the Left. This is worth reading.)
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Your musing this week reminds me that our Republic is unique among sovereign nations of the world in that our U.S. Constitution has taken the shackles off of the people and placed them where they belong, onto the government.
So-called Political Correctness does just the opposite. In suppressing free speech, Stalinist PC suppresses The Truth.
A few weeks ago you mused about the relative impact of your work and writings (3/13/14 Humble Pie or Goulash?). I could have suggested then and might suggest now that your collective stock in trade is The Truth. And a little Truth goes a long way. Just like one solitary overhead light bulb coming on suddenly at 2:00 a.m. sends La Cucaracha dancing for his sub-refrigerator haven, so a little Truth-telling causes the lying-Left great discomfort. And so they launch their Alinskyesque offensive in an effort to extinguish the light by destroying the messenger.
Preserving American’s freedom of speech has cost hundreds of thousands of American lives. Consider that the U.S. Marine Corps lost over 7,000 men on the island of Iwo Jima and then another 15,000 Army and Marines were lost on Okinawa; these being only two of the stepping stones to victory in just one theater of The Second World War. Yet too many of today’s so-called conservative politicians are cowards themselves; and that’s to say nothing of the lying-Left who constitute a criminal organization masquerading as a political party. Did I tell you about our (now former) Mayor who was arrested by the FBI last Wednesday? And no, I don’t live in New Orleans and his name isn’t Ray Nagin. That was another mayor recently arrested by the FBI (also for accepting bribes). Both former mayors are members of the same criminal organization, just in different cities (but who knows, maybe they’ll end up in the same penitentiary?). But I digress.
Let us heed the advice of the author of the book Infidel, our contemporary freedom fighter and heroin of Islamic women everywhere:
“We have to spread the risk, so that the Islamic supremacist thugs understand that they will have to kill us all.”
— Ayaan Hirsi Ali
As I write this, I’m glancing up at the ink on parchment text of “The unanimous Declaration of thirteen united States of America” that hangs on the wall in front of me:
“ . . . And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”
It’s up to each of us to take a stand for our birthright as Americans to tell The Truth – to our children, to our children’s children, and to one another. For it is not our Truth, it is His Truth. We’re just the conduit through which it passes from one to another, and from one generation to the next. When we refuse to allow anyone to intimidate us, we’ll make the forces of darkness realize that they will have to kill us all.
Jon, You are absolutely right. I meant Mr. Ryan (Paul Ryan), whom I speak about earlier. My piece had nothing to do with Rand Paul. As an aside, I have in the past wondered if people get confused between Rand Paul and Paul Ryan. Clearly – at least in writing – I did. Thanks for letting me know of my mistake.
Why did you make reference to “Mr. Paul” and only at the end of this message? I don’t see the basis for mentioning him with Mr. Romney.
My thinking is that these Republicans you criticize for a meek reply to Demo attacks NEED advisors at the ready to help structure their replies to have greater effect. We can’t always be forceful AND polite in our attempts to seize the moral high ground with a timely reply.
This column needed to be written for a long, long time, Ms. Susan! Bravo! The Left is being unmasked as the Democratic Totalitarian Party. They believe in Man and in Big Government. This new religion does not sanction the ‘tired old’ Father God and his ancient rules and the inalienable rights of His children. Their new religion demands that we worship Government and Government alone.
But when opponents point out that all the major cities run by Democratic governments are in bankruptcy, decline and disintegration, the Leftists pull out the evil cards of racism and bigotry. Using any means fair or foul to smear, neutralize or destroy one’s opponent is straight from Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. Isn’t it revealing that Alinsky dedicated his book to Lucifer, the First Radical?
The Republicans, when unjustly and publicly accused as a weapon of vicious propaganda, remain too old-fashioned in their support of Robert’s Rules of Order or strict political protocol or decency in politics or whatever, even to DEFEND themselves. They are too decent, too proud or too diffident to turn the vile weapon against the accuser. But it is high time they learned!
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