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The politically correct are breathing a sigh of relief. A proposed piece of Kansas legislation that would permit businesses not to provide services to same-sex "married" couples has been pronounced "dead in the water." At least we'll be spared another round of mindless name-calling between the "libtards" and "wingnuts" who prowl the internet seeking the ruin of minds.
I honestly do not know which group of political pundits is more repulsive, the Leftists who spend one half their time prating about individual rights and the other half trying to take away what few rights we have, or the "conservatives" who are engaged in a desperate search to find the least offensive arguments for their position, defending Phil Robertson's freedom of speech—and not the obvious truthfulness of his tasteless ruminations—or reviving the nonsensical comparison of Roe v. Wade with Dred Scott.
Conservatives, just as much as Leftists, want to be on the right side of history. They are just a little slower about getting on board the revolutionary train. Here in America, where hating white people and destroying Christendom is the primary objective of the Left, conservatives naturally have to wrap themselves up in the mantel of Lincoln—he was, after all a Republican—and find a slavery or Jim Crow metaphor for every argument they make. Inevitably, they are outraged when some Leftist at the New York Times or USA Today preempts the argument by comparing the gay rights movement with the civil rights movement led by the sainted "Dr." King.
Today, movement types are outraged by Kirsten Powers. Writing in the nation's newspaper, Ms. Powers compared the Kansas legislation with Jim Crow laws. This is monstruous, shriek the conservatives: Why, Jim Crow laws were designed to force people apart, while this Kansas law would permit Christians to mind their business. If you can be persuaded by this sophistry, then you should give up the right to vote.
I blame the schools. We know why Southern states, often in defiance of their own Bourbon ruling classes, adopted Jim Crow laws in the wake of Reconstruction. The primary object was not to interfere in private life but to restore order, though naturally these laws pandered to poor white voters. It has nothing to do, one way or another, with the desire of wedding photographers and cake bakers not to offer their services to delusional gay people who think they are getting married.
When Leftists write in to challenge conservatives by pointing out that in a parallel case a photographer could not refuse his services to blacks, Jews, or Muslims, the conservatives are left speechless. They are hoist on the petard of their own hypocrisy. As soon as the Left was able to ram the equation homosexual=black down the throats of the American people, the conservatives had lost another battle, and all their blather about Kansas cannot conceal the fact that they are goose-stepping along to the tune of "the right side of history."
It is interesting that Kansas should be for the moment at the center of this debate. In the 1850s, Leftist Yankee fanatics sent money and guns to terrorists like John Brown, who murdered people because they happened to be Southern and thus tainted with the great sin of slavery—though few if any of Brown's victims owned a single slave. John Brown's body may lie a moldering in the grave, but his legacy of fanaticism, hatred, and anarchism lives on in the American left and in the conservatives who will not stand up to their arguments.
And, since the less intelligent among the readers are bound to ask, the answer is, "No, I am not endorsing slavery, Jim Crow, or gay-bashing." Responsible men and women, even in these miserable days of post-Christianity, are going to learn ways of peacefully coexisting. What I a suggesting is that the cowardice of the conservative movement, whenever the Leftists cry "racist," has prevented and will always prevent them from doing one bit of good.
The result is that disaffected Americans find themselves having to choose between conservative milksops and race-obsessed bigots. If pragmatic policies and candid discussions are off the table, it is small wonder that so few intelligent young people take any interest in politics. Let our watchword be candor without hysteria or, perhaps, damnation to liars, cowards, and enthusiasts.
In one of his moral epistles, Seneca the Younger said it well long ago. If you cannot do any good by taking part in public life, you are better off avoiding politics altogether and directing your attention to higher matters. If he had followed his own advice, Seneca—Nero's chief minister—would not have been forced to commit suicide.
Right on (pun intended), Dr. Fleming! John Brown is one of the most evil figures in American history. No wonder he was so lionized by Soviet historians and writers.
A 19th century Southern politician prognosticated "The principle we contend is bound to reassert itself, though it may be at other time and in other form". Individual rights lost then and are losing now. To cover one's own bigotry and hate then accuse your opponents of the very same. Therefore in the name of individual rights deny people their right to choose associations. The delusional ignorance of American History straddles the political spectrum, left and right. The Left will cherry pick historic realities and ignore others to advance their agenda of destruction. They are only missing black pajamas and red checkered neck scarf's .
Yet it is the Conservatives who are pathetic yellow bellies. They embrace faux history, idolizing persons and events that clearly belong on the Leftist mural. If convictions were a spine they would all need wheel chairs.
"Conservatives, just as much as Leftists, want to be on the right side of history. They are just a little slower about getting on board the revolutionary train"
Dr. Fleming your pithy insights are spot on and have prompted me to being re-reading your wonderfully insightful tome Morality of Everyday Life!
You hit a home run for common sense with this ending: "Let our watchword be candor without hysteria or, perhaps, damnation to liars, cowards, and enthusiasts."
So, how many of the people who so desperately need this message are actually capable of understanding it?
"Conservatives" today are too stupid, vacuous, and ignorant of history to be able to understand that Ms. Powers was right. But, oh no, that would mean that conservatives would have to utter maybe just a word in defense of what all DECENT people today know was just SO wrong and oppressive - Jim Crow, segregation, racism, arrgh!! Even worse, that would logically lead to the conclusion that maybe the antebellum South and slavery aren't exactly indefensible! The sky is falling, arrgh!!
Please excuse the juvenility, Dr. Fleming. Sometimes I can't help but mock what deserves to be mocked.
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