I thought last week’s Newsweek cover was bad. But they surpassed themselves again.
I read the article. But you’ll have to take it in for yourselves. I’m not even quoting it. I’m here to talk about Conservative America. Because we’re here, clinging bitterly to our religion and our guns, and all you liberals will just have to figure out how to live with it.
You have forgotten the America I grew up in. We stood and said the Pledge of Allegiance every morning. We wore our Scout uniforms to school on the meeting days. I carried my Boy Scout knife in my pocket every day from the day my dad gave it to me until I left to join the Marines. We’re true believers in the Bill of Rights, we study the words of the Founding Fathers like they actually mean something. We marched in parades, believed in the American Dream.
You don’t know the America I live in either. Buying a house I could afford and paying the mortgage. Saving money, paying cash, driving a used truck because I didn’t want to get extended on credit for a new one. Raising children and staying married to the same woman for 30+ years. Standing in front of a TV at work on September 11th, 2001 and watching the 2nd plane hit the Towers and knowing immediately that we were at war.
I will not bend. I will not yield. I can be killed, but I cannot be converted to accept a worldview that wants to kill every Jew, and then every non-Muslim. I cannot be converted to see the good in a system that slaughters people for homosexuality, that forces women into rigid codes of behavior, that calls the murder of teenage girls “honor killings.” I cannot be converted to see the value of a system that glorifies the suicide of it’s young men in Jihad and calls it a moral good.
I know Radical Islam is a fact of life. National Socialism and Imperial Japan were facts of life, too. Our grandfathers decided to fight rather than surrender to evil. Today Japan and Germany are our allies, and are reasonably free countries. You need to take a hard look at Radical Islam, and then at your own country, and decide whether the United States is still worth standing up for, or if you just want to go out and buy your daughters their first burkas.
I know where I stand. It’s a fact of life, too.
Lenin called them “useful idiots,” those people living in liberal democracies who by giving moral and material support to a totalitarian ideology in effect were braiding the rope that would hang them. Why people who enjoyed freedom and prosperity worked passionately to destroy both is a fascinating question, one still with us today. Now the useful idiots can be found in the chorus of appeasement, reflexive anti-Americanism, and sentimental idealism trying to inhibit the necessary responses to another freedom-hating ideology, radical Islam.
–Bruce C. Thornton, Professor of Classics, Cal State