Phat suggested the following piece by Dennis Prager might be the basis of a new thread so since nobody else had posted it yet I thought I would. At first the title didn't sound valid, but then I read it and now think it gets at the whitehot center of what is wrong in America today, how the ****, the Liberal ****, is acting just **** its models in Marxism, Communism and *********, using intimidation tactics againt ordinary people to shut them up and drive them out of the public square, which is causing conservatives to *** low for fear of what they will do to them. I recently posted an example of this in the accusations against Sebastian Gorka and his daughter in Message 3372 on the Right Side of the News thread.
But I think Prager nails it:
By Dennis Prager
The dominant force in America and many other Western countries today is fear of the ****.
This is a result of the fact that the most dynamic religion of the past 100 years has been neither Christianity nor Islam. It has been *******. Whoever does not recognize this does not understand the contemporary world.
******* — in its incarnations, such as Marxism, communism and *********; expressed through egalitarianism, environmentalism and feminism; in its denigration of capitalism and Western civilization, especially America and Israel; in its supplanting of Christianity and Judaism; through its influence on Christianity and Judaism; in its celebration of race; and in its replacing of reason with romanticism — has almost completely taken over the news and entertainment media and institutions of education.
There is a largely (though not entirely) nonviolent reign of ideological terror in America. In almost every area of ****, people fear antagonizing the ****.
Last week, before my speech at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a man employed by the university (I will not say in what department) walked over to me, looked around to see whether anyone was watching and whispered in my ear, “I’m a conservative.”
This happens just about everywhere I speak. People whisper — yes, whisper — that they are conservative or they support Trump. The last time I experienced people looking around to check whether they were seen speaking to me was with dissidents in the Soviet Union.
People call my radio show from all over the country to say that their fellow musicians, nurses, teachers or employees do not know that they are conservative, let alone that they support the president.
I have called contemporary conservatives in America Marranos, the name given during the 15th-century Spanish Inquisition to Jews who hid their Judaism while appearing to be Catholics, lest they be persecuted. I do not compare the consequences: Losing one’s friends or employment is not the same as losing one’s home or one’s ****. But otherwise, the label is apt.
Because of my widely covered conducting of the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra at the Walt Disney Concert Hall last summer, members of some of the most prestigious orchestras in America have opened up to me, telling me they are conservative but would never reveal this fact to their fellow musicians. They fear either losing their position or, more likely, being ******** ostracized.
Why are so many Democrats shocked when a Republican is elected president? Because, as they themselves say, they “don’t know anyone” who voted for the Republican. The primary reason for this is the people in their **** who voted for Donald Trump — professional colleagues, and even friends and relatives — are afraid to tell them. There are two reasons the **** labels most conservatives and all Trump supporters “white supremacists,” “neo-Nazis” and “racists.” One is to defeat conservatives without having to defeat conservative ideas. The other is to instill fear: Speak out and you will suffer the consequences.
Parents call my radio show and ask what they should tell their children at college when they ask whether they should risk receiving a lower grade for divulging their conservative politics in a paper or on an exam.
It is becoming more and more common for ******* mobs to gather in front of a conservative’s home, ****** epithets at the conservative’s family members and vandalize the home. Just last week, the Associated Press reported: “Protesters are targeting the northern Virginia home of the National Rifle Association’s top lobbyist … Chris Cox … as well as his wife’s nearby decorating business. … Libby Locke, a lawyer for the Cox family, said the vandalism included spraying fake blood and defacing the home with stickers.”
****-wing student mobs routinely take over the offices of university deans, professors and even presidents. The few non-****-wing professors on any campus understand their lives will be made ********* if they speak out. The widely reported case of liberal biology professor Bret Weinstein at Evergreen State College in Washington is directly on point.
In May 2017, professor Weinstein was surrounded by about 50 ****-wing students, who screamed curses at him outside of his classroom for refusing to participate in an event during which white people were asked to leave the campus for a day.
On May 24, 2017, Weinstein tweeted: “the police told me I am not safe on campus. They can not protect me.”
Within a few months, ****-wing students and the ****-wing Evergreen administration made **** so ********* for the lifelong liberal professor he **** the university.
Since the **** began spreading the *** that a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, shot a black youth because he, **** most police officers, is a racist, police officers in many cities have feared taking proactive measures to prevent violent crime in black neighborhoods. They fear the ****-wing mob known as the news media will ruin their reputation and end their career.
In the recent case of a Philadelphia Starbucks manager who asked two black men to purchase something before giving them the code to the restroom, Starbucks immediately appeased the ****-wing mob. The company didn’t wait until any facts came out; it simply abandoned the manager and announced it would close every U.S. store one day in May to educate all Starbucks employees about “unconscious bias.”
These are only a few examples of the ****-wing intimidation that dominates much of American ****.
It does so in large measure because liberals are either too afraid to confront the **** or they don’t understand that the American ****, not the American right, is the mortal enemy of liberalism.
This column was originally posted on Townhall.com.
For those wishing to move past Faith's asterisks, the topic can be found here. Faith, I suggest editing your opening post and simply responding to Prager's article. let the participants read it without trying to guess all of your asterisks. I mentioned your comment about removing your restrictions to Percy. It is his call.
Participants at EvC do have a History of talking past each other in these types of threads. They will ask you to provide evidence, and if you refuse to engage them at that level demand, they will point out what they perceive as your dishonesty. So before considering this topic for promotion, I will ask our Forum at large: Shall we promote this topic? Why or why not? (This response is a trial run which will determine whether the issue has merit and support.)
I will open the topic to this specific line of questions.
Is Prager correct in his assessment? Why or why not.
Is Leftism a type of religion or ideology? Provide supporting quotes from others. Don't argue your position without at least quoting support.
We recently closed Conservative Racism due to improper Forum Etiquette.
Please argue the position and don't get personal with each other.
Some would argue that Right-Wing Populism is as much of a threat to global culture as is Leftism. If anyone wishes to discuss this assertion, please provide quotes from the sources that either support or challenge the claims of your opponent. Keep this one professional and don't attack each other, or it will be shut down. (or one of you will get suspended)