Originally Published on Patriot Post, January 21, 2017
In contrast to the beautiful, patriotic inauguration ceremony yesterday that honored our military, our country and our people, hate-mongering protesters vandalized, shouted and sought to stir up dissension in our nation’s capital.
What is wrong with these people?
I did not vote for Obama either time, and in fact I cried both times he was elected. I had no “safe space” on my college campus, nor did I seek out Obama voters to yell at them or bash their cars. Sometimes your team doesn’t make it to the Super Bowl. But you accept it and you move on.
There was a time, not too long ago, when we were all on the same team. We had shared ideals and goals, shared hopes and dreams, shared concepts of duty and honor. We shared a culture.
We may have not come from the same backgrounds, but we loved the same country. We may not have agreed on everything, but we knew how to dialogue. We could distinguish friend from foe, enemy from ally and we acted accordingly. We knew the difference between strength and tyranny, between offensive and defensive. We knew how to protect, we knew how to cherish, we knew how to love.
Somewhere along the way, we lost this. We lost civility. We lost ideals. We lost kindness. We lost love.
Replaced with an entitlement to be angry, bitter and resentful, we became self-focused narcissists who saw the world only one way. We filtered our news, our music, and our preferences, straining out the things that were uncomfortable for us and replacing them with constant entertainment. We stopped having to listen to anyone other than ourselves. The ties that bound us as a people frayed away and everybody applauded it as individualism or a way to celebrate our differences. Those who feared conformity created new ways to be different, but also new ways to alienate us from one another. Now we live on islands of our own making: lonely and desperate, but filled with only the things that we like.
Yet when the winds change and our personal island is no longer filled with all of our own toys, we feel that we have the right to lash out irrationally, to fight, to rebel, to vandalize, and to throw a fit in front of the whole world.
This is what has happened to our country. Promoted by the leftist media, politicians and celebrities, the vandalizing protesters in our country have lost the ability to actually have a conversation. Instead they break things: the law, windows, and the hearts of their fellow citizens.
People continue to refer to the “hateful” election cycle of 2016 as if all of these divided feelings and emotions came out of nowhere. Yet 2016 revealed not so much a divided culture as a divisive culture. It is divisive along the lines of labels, issues and tensions promoted by the Left for the purpose of disunity.
The chronic protesting of the past three months should be the final referendum on the leftist sham vision of “unity.” They do not want unity. They want division. They promote (and in many cases pay) protesters. They rip apart our country, our military, our history and our way of life, exploiting any argument as a reason for the unraveling of our culture. Whether they emphasize race, gender, gender-identity, religion or socio-economic background, they continue to return to a myriad of labels to divide us instead of emphasizing the one label that unites us: American.
While there will always be issues we need to work on as a nation, we must approach these in sensible, non-violent ways. The Left has revealed that it is incapable of doing so. Reaching across the aisle has never meant smashing a window.
Unity will not happen until we clearly see truth and falsehood for what they are. Unity will continue to elude us until we realize that there is no “right” to be evil or to do evil things. Unity will never be our reality until we recognize the leftist façade of lies that purposefully pit brother against brother.
Our country is a family. And not everyone in the family agrees on everything all the time. Yet talking about how divided and disunified we all are doesn’t help anything. In fact, it makes it worse. And America, like any other family, has to learn to stop yelling and to just pass the potatoes.
Originally Published on Patriot Post, November 17, 2016
Hillary’s campaign ran on the line of “breaking through the glass ceiling,” an outdated feminist archetype for disenfranchised women who are unable to break through society’s paternalistic ceiling of power to achieve key roles in business, economics and in this case, politics. While there, indeed, have been ages where women felt confined to the home and were unable to achieve success in their desired fields, our era is one in which women can choose their desired professions. We can choose to go to school, and in fact, for most of my friends, we have found that being a woman has only helped us on our career path. Certainly, the bias against women exists and I have received disparaging sexist comments in my lifetime. However, for the most part, these comments had less to do with my gender than they did with my political persuasions. The glass ceiling for me has rarely been about whether or not I was born a woman, but rather that my conservative views were not welcome and deserved to be belittled, mocked or intimidated into extinction.
The real glass ceiling is not that women can’t get ahead, but that women (and men) who have conservative views are sometimes left behind. I experienced this most profoundly in college, when I had professors who felt threatened by the fact that I was a conservative, pro-Israel, pro-life Christian woman, as if that line of labels suddenly made me a bigoted, narrow-minded, judgmental person. I would be greeted in the hallway by a particular professor who called me “Holy Girl” and explained to several classmates why he called me that. He continued to mark down my work for no other reason than my respectfully holding a different opinion. This situation progressed until the final meeting with him in his office to go over my exam ended in “Well, the work is just not where it needs to be” and that I should consider being an interior designer, since I was a woman
I recount this story, not because it exemplifies the woes of one conservative, but because it is the story of so many conservatives across this country who have taken heat from a bigoted, narrow-minded academic elite who have built an ideological glass ceiling over any ideas which oppose their own.
“Political Correctness” is an insidious semantics game in which elitists on the Left set an agenda which claims tolerance, kum-ba-ya and coexistence, but they cannot even accept those who respectfully oppose their views. This has always been the case, but the protests in the past week have illuminated the hypocrisy of Leftist values. The hypocrisy claims that we are “better together,” but they really mean only better together when our minds are controlled by the group-think elitists.
Many media and academic elites have been shocked by the results of a GOP sweep of power last week, because they cannot fathom that people might have different ideas than they do. They are shocked that people believe in the free-market system, that people want a safe and sovereign country which protects religious liberty, conscious rights, the right to defend oneself and the rights of the unborn. They remain shocked because with all the biased Facebook curation of news, with the media hold on key stories (reporting the insignificant and underreporting the significant), the American people still believe in traditional values and they still voted for a better future for their children and grandchildren.
Like the story of the Grinch, who thought that taking all the presents would effectively “steal” Christmas, the elites thought that they could steal America. But what happened to the Grinch? Even though he stole all the presents, the spirit of Christmas remained in the hearts of all the people of Whoville. The elites who so carefully constructed the glass ceiling of media blackout and politically correct fear-mongering across our schools and universities could not stop the spirit of America in the hearts of her people.
Hopefully, this election gives rise to a new era in which the voice of the people, rather than the dictates of the elites, prevail in the public discourse. Hopefully, this election gives the people renewed confidence that their own voices may be heard above the politically-correct glass ceiling, and that this glass ceiling, the real glass ceiling may be shattered in our lifetimes.