Silence. Montag sat like a carved white stone. The echo of the final hammer on his skull died slowly away into the black cavern where Faber waited for the echoes to subside. And then, when the startled dust had settled down about Montag’s mind, Faber began, softly, “All right, he’s had his say. You must take it in. I’ll say my say, too, in the next few hours. And you’ll take it in. And you’ll try to judge them and make your decision as to which way to jump, or fall. But I want it to be your decision, not mine, and not the Captain’s. But remember that the Captain belongs to the most dangerous enemy to truth and freedom, the solid unmoving cattle of the majority. Oh, God, the terrible tyranny of the majority. We all have our harps to play. And it’s up to you now to know with which ear you’ll listen.
- Fahrenheit 451
Mitt Romney is now our nominee. So, then – the time is now quickly approaching when people throughout America will have to choose, to decide where it is that they stand. Beyond the obvious differences between left and right, this pivotal moment in the history of the great social experiment that is the constitutional republic of the United States of America also includes the choice that must be made amongst the various factions of the Republican Party: the Ron Paul libertarians, the mainstream conservatives, and the more moderate members of the GOP. Generally speaking, that choice would seem be between refusing to vote (as could well be the case with a significant number of Ron Paul supporters) and acknowledging that Barack Obama must be removed from the White House.
Clearly, not all of we conservatives are thrilled with the prospect of Mitt Romney, because he is in most respects squarely situated amongst the most moderate, establishment-type Republicans and because he does have a somewhat spotty history with regard to his stances on important issues that drive elections. Be that as it may, I feel that the argument is irrefutable that we must unite behind the man in order to take the initial baby steps toward turning this country back to first principles.
I think, however, that if Governor Romney truly wants the vast majority of Americans who identify themselves as Republicans to not only vote for him in November but also to want to stand behind him, he’s going to have to demonstrate a quality for which millions of people across the country have been starving since, arguably, the days of Ronald Reagan – strength, which is a quality that liberals abhor.
My first article for America’s Right back in 2009 was a piece entitled “Adult Strength and Adolescent Weakness”, in which I attempted to explore this rather curious characteristic of the liberal mentality. Suffice it to say that the adolescent, willingly-dependent mindset of the majority of those in the Occupy movement and all others like them want America to continue to weaken from within. The policies coming out of this White House must be manna from Heaven for leftists, because it would be damn near close to impossible to argue the fact that our country has now been left in such a precarious position that our economic status alone is a threat to our national security. On a more simplistic level, one only has to take a larger overview of the laws and litigation of the past 25-30 years in order to see that something is strangely amiss – criminals are given wider berths and far more leeway than legitimate victims of real crime. Our society has evolved in such a way that we have been told, so to speak, during recent years that we are not to defend ourselves.
Strange. That strikes me as vaguely reminiscent of the Left’s drive to disarm everyday Americans as well as the manner in which Republicans are allowed – or, perhaps, not allowed – to speak their minds.
By and large, people who identify themselves as Republicans are people of strength in their faith, family, and in themselves. They also insist on a strong, healthy, free economy in which they are allowed to capitalize on their God-given talents, as well as a strong country in which their government protects them from foreign threats in addition to their natural rights.
People who identify themselves as Liberals, though, seem hate others who exude any degree of strength, for two general reasons: they apparently resent anyone who is self-assured and who doesn’t require assistance in life, and because any show of such strength is anathema to them in a legitimate exchange of ideas. Their idea of “strength” is seemingly found in their insistence that we all acquiesce to the needs and demands of a group that they feel has suffered some degree of oppression.
As this all applies to the current political situation, I think most conservatives would agree that our country has reached a point at which we cannot afford more McCain-like debate performances, when the Arizona Senator, apparently feeling pressure from the political correctness that pervades our society sitting squarely on his chest and the political trepidation that naturally emanates from it, all but sat down in a corner like the proverbial bad student – his crime having been a Republican – and fearfully handed the Presidency to Barack Obama.
Hopefully, Governor Romney realizes that this has to end and that the people will be all but begging him to lead them out of the darkness. In fact, he has demonstrated such strength, back in a 1994 debate with Senator Kennedy:
I can only imagine the outcry from the Left if Mitt Romney has the nerve to push Barack Obama in such a manner. He’ll undoubtedly be branded in unspeakable ways for showing up to actually debate rather than cower.
Back during the Reagan administration, I never quite understood why the president was vilified by people who identified themselves as “liberals”. To be honest, back then I didn’t truly understand what the term meant in the political context. I did see, however, what Democrats were all about, something that I was constantly pointing out to my friends – entitlements in exchange for votes. Even as an English major, I could do the rather obvious long-term math. As I pointed out earlier, President Reagan was a man of conviction and strength. He believed in American freedom and exceptionalism, and he wasn’t afraid to say it, which, I think, only further drove the Left out of their collective minds. What also struck me as strange, though, something that obviously continues right through today, was that within the context of the popular discourse, liberal Democrats were not only allowed to say, freely accuse, and do anything they wanted, but they were also seemingly allowed to dictate the limits of what Republicans were allowed to say on their own behalf. That problem continues to lurch along like a Frankenstein monster in our current political climate, as Democrats seem to have free reign in manufacturing and creating political crises (the “war on women”, the “war on the vote”, trying to return America “to the time of Jim Crow laws”, blah, blah, blah…) in which they attempt to frame their political opponents. It seems reasonable to say that right up through the 2008 election, the tactic pretty much worked, as Republicans seemingly became less and less inclined to have the nerve to speak their minds. Once Barack Obama and the liberal elitist machine rolled up their sleeves and began their attempt to terraform the country, however, American people who identify themselves as conservative Republicans had had enough and began to insist that their candidates speak their minds. The results of the 2010 elections speak for themselves.
As this election cycle has begun to gather steam during the past six months or so, we’ve seen the Democrats manufacture crises that have backfired badly – the aforementioned “war on women”, the accusation about Ann Romney’s “never having worked a day in her life”, “the war on blacks” (as personified in Trayvon Martin), to name a few. With the presidential debates now several months away, I have an issue that I would like to see brought up for discussion, though I in no sense realistically expect it ever to become fodder in the exchange of ideas, and, to be honest, it shouldn’t. There are very pressing and legitimate issues that we face as a nation, and the common, everyday working man most likely isn’t interested in what I have to offer in this instance. I only bring this up to make a point.
I would love to see the historical record corrected. Let me explain.
As Ronald Reagan pointed out in his famous 1964 speech on behalf of Republican Presidential candidate Barry Goldwater – “A Time for Choosing” – he had once been a Democrat but had come to see what it was into which that party was beginning to morph.
Further illustrating his point is the fact that in the midst of the Civil Rights debates, the Democratic Party was beginning to go through a somewhat radical split, as some of the more moderate ones were concerned with the manner in which the civil rights legislation would affect states’ rights. The Republican Party – which has always been the Party of limited government and individual rights – invited those Democrats to cross over and to join them, which many of them did. No doubt realizing that they had to quickly implement some measure of damage control in an effort to avoid a degree of public fallout, the general accusation was made by Democrats – an accusation that has now magically taken the form of historical fact – that the “racists” in the Democratic Party had joined the Republican Party, thereby forever branding the members of the GOP in the manner by which they’re perceived today.
More and more people are coming out of the woodwork in our current political climate and are now pointing out this real historical truth: it is and has always been the Democratic Party that is the party of the racists, elitists, slaveowners, and eugenicists. To this day, I still don’t understand why African-Americans, by and large, collectively vote Democrat. Have their lives improved under Democrats in the cities controlled by Democratic machines? Believe me, I know full well how these statements will be received by many mainstream people nowadays, but facts are facts, no matter how uncomfortable it is to say them or to hear them.
Only furthering the point that I’ve made here is the fact that Barry Goldwater went down in history, in a general way, as a racist, which is actually rather comical. Hailing from Arizona, he and his family owned a chain of department stores in the Southwest. He was one of the first major businessmen in America to desegregate his companies, long before it became the norm. He was also excoriated in the 1960’s for voting against the Civil Rights Act, but what most people have never been told is that his objections were constitutionally based – he had principled problems with articles 2 and 7 of the law when it came time for the vote. His objections were based on his being a constitutional conservative – his being primarily interested in the freedom of the American individual – and had nothing to do with race. Facts are facts.
I’m not naïve enough to think that Governor Romney or anyone that has even a scintilla of anything to do with his campaign will ever read or care about anything that I write or think. On the one-in-sixteen trillion chance that he might, however, allow me to offer the following advice:
It’s clear, Governor, that conservatives around America have been speaking out rather loudly during the past four years. People are now speaking their minds free of the politics of guilt and without fear of repercussion. Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Reagan – in addition to the unjustly maligned Barry Goldwater – were never afraid to say what had to be said. The recent results in Wisconsin – one of the single most liberal states in the union – have, in my mind, sent the final clarion call directly to you. The American people are waiting for a leader, Governor. A real leader, not a cool, stylish, elitist intellectual with whom we can all share a latte on comfy couches while we impress each other and discuss the degree to which the presidency is “enchanting”.
It appears, Governor, that you have a choice to make as well, which is, in the end, what this election is all about – the right to make our own choices, to take risks or not. You and your staff must now choose between committing to your attempt to take the presidency from Barack Obama or to playing it safe – politically correct – ala John McCain.
If you’d just lead us out of the darkness, we’d follow you. I know I would.