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Spike the Right?

rightYou are not crazy.  It is happening.  There is an emboldened effort to “spike the right,” silencing conservatives defending free speech, worship, assembly, self-defense, limited government, and diverse thinking, what used to be called “classical liberal” thought.  Needed are level heads.

The effort has spread from a few “neo-progressives,” ignorant of history, promoting Marxism, Leninism, Maoism, atheism, anti-Semitism, and neo-Soviet ideas to a wider body of “why not?” Democrats – ready to shut down political opposition, in pursuit of power.

This development is troubling, even dangerous – in the context of American history.  Most Americans honor our history, even with backsteps. They understand our idealistic founding on liberty and equality – the greatest possible individual liberty consistent with equal opportunity. That is what Americans died for in places like Normandy and Iwo Jima.

Most Americans understand their rights.  All know when they are treated unfairly. Today those who speak up for accurate history, Constitutional liberties, and rule of law, are often targeted, blocked, even intimidated – by leaders of an increasingly intolerant Democrat Party, national media, social media, and their violent surrogates. Americans see all this – know it is not right.

Contrary to the spirit of the First Amendment, a move is afoot to silence those who seek more government accountability, who worry about centralized power and eroding constitutional rights. Suppression of speech is an old tactic of the left.  It must be stopped – but stopped wisely.

Conservative Americans are being shut down – then told not to be angry.  Congressional Democrats, media “talking heads” (like CNN’s host who derided a double-amputee veteran), and social media billionaires beg for overreaction.  That would, however, be the wrong answer.

Three dangers loom.  Thoughtful conservatives must see and avoid them.

First, the left wants to instill fear.  We must have no fear advocating free speech. Governments have coercive power.  Our founders tried to limit that power, but it exists.  Historically, unchecked governments thrive on fear. History is replete with examples.  Give it any “-ism” you like – communism, socialism, fascism.  These ideologies use fear to suppress speech.

That is why we have our First Amendment.  Our Founders knew mistakes are corrected by speech.  They also knew suppression of speech was dangerous. Government-sanctioned suppression, as by unaccountable social media monopolists, is inherently dangerous.

So, the first danger is fear. Threats to conservative thought must be met by more speech, not less.  Fear cannot be allowed to hobble conservative ideas.  Whether in writing, peaceful protests, lawsuits, boycotts, new media, political recalls – fear cannot triumph over free speech.

Second, anger can be a motivator – but must be controlled.  While Americans traditionally enjoy unfettered speech, they have no right to political violence – on left or right.  Read Supreme Court cases, revisit Shays and Whiskey rebellions, see how 1960s violence triggered crackdowns.

Here is the second danger:  When media and left-leaning Democrats call conservatives violent – historically not true – they prompt resentment.  Unfair narratives cannot become a source for reactive violence.  Conservatives must use this moment to promote non-violent answers.

After the Capitol melee, military uniforms are arrayed across Washington DC and state capitols, to deter “conservative riots.”  So be it.  On one hand, deterrence is sound and political violence always wrong.  On the other, one wonders if hyping the threat is not a political strategy, a way of recasting last year’s runaway leftist violence as secondary. Conservatives should not be baited.

To be clear:  Conservatives believe in the Constitution – even under pressure.  They believe in our republic’s institutions – even under pressure.  They believe in elections, rule of law, stability, protection of property, power of persuasion, peaceful protests – even under pressure. The point is to make our system accountable, not destroy it – and not empower others to do so.

In short, the left wants conservatives to become violent, justifying their own violence, stripping conservatives of high moral ground, upending norms for the tolerable, and bringing a hammer down on those who traditionally defend rule of law, conservatives.  That is why anyone conservative should disavow political violence.  Think about it.

Finally, the third danger is reading Jefferson too literally.  A revolution “every so often” is NOT what Jefferson would advocate today.  Political violence birthed our nation – greatest in history – but it does not preserve a republic.  It gives others the chance to take that republic down.

Jefferson would advocate patient work to preserve the Republic, one to which he gave his life. He would hate the government’s big size – and strive to shrink it.  He would hate our big debt, work to reduce it.  He would disdain failures in education, morality, and national security, work to reform all. One thing he would not do is destroy what we have built over the past 230 years.

So, to be clear, as someone with relatives who fought in the American Revolution, dozens buried at Arlington, and served in uniform – I love this country.  I fear for this country. But the way forward is to speak with conviction, not allowing fear, incitement to violence, or a misreading of history further restrict our freedom.  The left wants to “spike” the right.  Conservatives need to be smart, smarter than the left, and level-headed.

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Victoria Simmons
29 days ago

Amen!!

Jeannie Huppert
1 month ago

I’d love for some ones to give me list of conservative websites re: “current events”, some communications, like AMAC. I’ve been i-net “illiterate”. :(

PaulE
1 month ago

You should go the web sites of Judicial Watch and Project Veritas, if you want to read about current rule of law and constitutional type issues (JW) or see what real, unbiased journalism (PV) looks like for starters. Use duckduckgo.com as your search engine to avoid the tracking of your ID acroos the Internet, that is associated with Google, Bing and the other search engines. Enjoy and educate yourself. Knowledge is a good thing.

Jeannie Huppert
1 month ago
Reply to  PaulE

THANK YOU!

Teri
30 days ago
Reply to  PaulE

I use Brave search engine and protonmail.com for e-mail

Bobba
1 month ago

I am NOT advocating political violence BUT- If political violence is always wrong, what happened in 1773?

Richard
1 month ago

Thank you Mr. Charles for your views on these most troubling times. Since the socialists no longer fear the ballot box, they will no longer need to care about opposing views. States need to strengthen fair voting laws, or the socialists will continue to win elections at the state level and in turn the national level. Socialists at the local level as well as the federal level have thumb their noses at the Constitution. It is increasingly clear that laws only apply to conservative dissenting voices, not the real lawbreakers. Republicans at the state and federal level have allowed much of this to happen, giving up their legislative authority to stop it. The U S Senate has already made it known it intends to stack the U S Supreme Court, and admit at least Washington DC as a state.
The Socialists are in the process of purging the House and Senate of dissenting voices. Scaring the opposition into silence. Freedom of speech is becoming freedom of authorized speech. How long before we have the ministry of authorized thought? I will not give up on our country. I pray for our country and hope my prayers are answered.  

RJ

Garye
1 month ago

Mr. Charles, an EXCELLENT article that states exactly the questions that Conservative Americans must ask and believe.
The haunting question of many conservative voters is whether or not We the People have enough strong, committed, and courageous voices in our Washington representation to have our beliefs and rights protected.
What has been exposed and defined are the large number of politicians of both parties whose self interest , drive for money,power and perks seriously cloud the reasons the people elected them.
In my view, President Trump, cared more for ALL American Citizens, worked tirelessly for America’s interest FIRST, and was the ONLY President who did exactly as he promised.
I’m watching and hopeful that somebody else in our government has the will and backbone that he showed.
Really appreciated your article,very thought provoking.

JJ Johnson-Smith
1 month ago

Conservatives need to STOP bowing to the Speech Police and use their Rights EVERY minute of EVERY DAY! Speak truth about what is unacceptable and deviant, unconstitutional and oppressive, and let the Left deal with their own immature and misguided emotions. NEVER be silenced by ANYONE, for ANY reason!

Paul
1 month ago

My only response is: God Bless America!

Sallo
1 month ago
Reply to  Paul

America, bless God!

John A. Fallon
1 month ago

We need to deal with these renegade politicians individually, we have the right to recall, investigate, punish or replace them if they fail to defend the constitution or serve us, force them out into the open, we can expose corrupt judges and lawyers as well, we can take our country back peacefully but we need to do it now, there is no next election, your ballots are already being printed in china, with all the selections filled in, chinajoe wants to shut down AMERICAS ENERGY INDUSTRY and give big contracts to china, THAT IS THE DEALS HUNTER MADE with ukraine and china, if we let them get away with this voter fraud, they will go all out next time and we will never have another honest election.

BAE
1 month ago

President Trump was the only person to speak the truth. Mitch wants to hold on to all his POWER and MONEY, he will do NOTHING!!! Joe Biden is out to lunch and not playing with a full deck. Harris here she comes. VERY SCARY…

Diane
1 month ago

The left wing has colluded with communists and dictators, it is not socialism they want. They are all power hungry Hitlers deluding themselves into believing we will sit back and allow them to destroy America. We all hold the power to take non violent actions (even in some small way) in ridding our country of these despots. Stop buying or at least cut back on your purchases from companies who block our ability to express ourselves freely. Don’t support the treasonous crimes committed. Remove yourselves from leftest social media. We must stand united as one people, one country. Get a copy of the Constitution, Bill of rights and Declaration of independence. Teach your children what they were never taught about the freedoms we hold dear.

Neil Schmidt
1 month ago
Reply to  Diane

…..speaking of teaching your children: Follow closely what they are taught in government schools that feature a huge population of Leftist teachers whose unions and union dues have a huge impact on legislators who thirst to be re-elected. If we aren’t vigilant, our children will grow up to be good little Marxists, right under our noses.

Kim
1 month ago
Reply to  Neil Schmidt

And there they are!

Myrna S Wade
1 month ago

This is exactly right. I will admit I am afraid. I am intimidated. These people taking over are backed by mean, unprincipled mobs.

Gunny Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Myrna S Wade

Stop being afraid, intimidated, do what you can. Write letters, get in your news/information from proven sources, News Max, OAN, Brightbart, when a discussion comes about speak from facts not felling’s. Do not allow the meaning of words to be changed. I could go on, educate your family, we are a good source of history!

Ruth Rougeux
1 month ago
Reply to  Gunny Joe

Epoch Times is another good news outlet printed or digital

John Z
1 month ago

The lefties have brainwashed the younger generations. We need to start properly educating the upcoming young Americans. The coming four years could get real ugly. We need to get our houses in order before we can help others.

Nancy
1 month ago
Reply to  John Z

If we wait 4 years we will be totally communists- we have a gov that was elected like elections in Russia & China – China even announced that Joe Biden was heir pick ????????????!

James
1 month ago

I make a motion that everyone turn off the inauguration in protest of the stolen election. President Trump was busy campaigning while the democrat party busy devising ways to cheat. Now, a few words about the republican party – too many cowards! Mitch McConnell, as one example, has made a career out of being a coward. Mitch should’ve been voted out years ago- voted out with all of the other republican cowards currently stabbing Mr. Trump in the back!

John A. Fallon
1 month ago
Reply to  James

mcconnell is and has always been a rino, that is how they all keep getting re-elected, working “the machines” just like thier socialist/dem cousins, they have been using them for decades in state and local elections, now they have the system set up to go all out.

Gunny Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  James

Also if you are a member of the MEGA movement do not group with people you do not know, tomorrow there will be many wrong doers looking like MEGA supporters. Be best just stay home and safe for one day, that way we will not be tarnished as we were the 6th of Jan. A wise person knows how to pick his battles!

Kim
1 month ago
Reply to  Gunny Joe

MEGA?

Nancy
1 month ago
Reply to  James

Mitch McConnell’s father-in-law is a shipping giant in China – he has given son-in-law Mitch between $25 million & $59 million since 2009. Please look it up!

Ed J
1 month ago

Tomorrow afternoon after the charade of the inauguration of America’s first illegitimate president (an impending Scourge on our nation and all Americans), we will have an infestation taking up residence in the “Dark House” on Pennsylvania Avenue. Let’s hope that in 4 years we will be able to fumigate the place and return it to being a “White House” occupied by a person all Americans can be proud of.

Unfortunately, for the next 4 years, we will have to suffer this Pretend/Fake President and it will be the Winter of Our Despair and Coming Darkness. Let’s resolve however to double down, regroup and defeat these Demsheviks at their own game in the 2022 midterm elections, and again in 2024. Hopefully, more Americans will wake up and realize the folly of following this Demshevik Pied Piper and his hordes of lemmings into the radical socialist abyss that they promise us.

In the alternative, if this does not work, keep your guns ready. You may be called upon at any time to be one of the new Minute Men who will save our country.

Dr. Truth
1 month ago
Reply to  Ed J

Joe Buffoon is the second illegitimate President, Barack Obama aka Barry Soetoro was the first.

Neil Schmidt
1 month ago
Reply to  Dr. Truth

Watch it, Dr. Truth, or you may find yourself being forcibly sent off to an AOC-sponsored government-funded Re-education Camp to treat your obvious “systemic racist” attitude.

Kim
1 month ago
Reply to  Neil Schmidt

Also known as “public school”.

Gunny Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Ed J

Work your back sides off to correct your county voter rolls, get the state to remove all voting machines, vet and support people are MEGA supports, vote them in to office from dog catcher all the way up ticket. I have reached out and starting to talk and work to vote RINO Blunt out if we can find a candidate, and beat his dark money supported PAC’s.

Nancy
1 month ago
Reply to  Gunny Joe

I have done this for over 40 years and find myself standing alone most of the time. People talk brave but don’t show up at meetings.

Tammy Williams
1 month ago
Reply to  Ed J

We need strong, aggressive conservatives to step up and run in the 2022 elections. The passive majority of republicans need to go. The only way we can win against the Democrats is to aggressively contest them in the house and senate.

Kim
1 month ago
Reply to  Tammy Williams

WWTD (What would Trump do?): “lead on behalf of the American citizen, not your pension”. I agree that we have to start looking now for possible candidates for the next elections, those who support the Constitution and will work toward the prosperity of the nation.

John A. Fallon
1 month ago
Reply to  Kim

After successfully stealing the election from PRESIDENT TRUMP there will be no next election, WHY does everyone think this is a one time thing? Seriously, does the corrupt machines stop being used? The socialists have been using them for DECADES at local and state levels, now they have the federal elections wired in, the machines will decide who “wins”! WELCOME TO THE MATRIX,THE MACHINES RULE!!

Kim
1 month ago
Reply to  John A. Fallon

“Somehow” we have to fix the elections process. Everyone should call or write their state legislatures and DEMAND it! Maybe a paper ballot the size of an index card and a purple finger, as done in other countries, is the way to go. Definitely, photo ID and unique voter registration number (if the DMV and SS can do it…), no early voting, restricted absentee ballots, clean up the voter rolls. True, we should never settle for more of this.

Nancy
1 month ago
Reply to  Tammy Williams

And learn how to cheat better

Nancy
1 month ago
Reply to  Ed J

This country as a free nation will not last 4 years – they already. Cut off President Trumps freedom of speech & we can do nothing about it – so sad

David P Nelson
1 month ago

I feel that the Left-Wing Democrats are going to try and bring this GREAT Country down to a Socialist Wasteland.

I, truly, hope I am misguided.

Doug Drennan
1 month ago

Apathy and naïveté by conservatives have contributed largely to where we are, that being said when the democrats ask for unity it is simply a code word for surrender. They have shown for months that they encourage violence as a means of intimidation. The swamp republicans are quickly selling us out for their own self interest. America has never surrendered to a foreign enemy and cannot surrender to a domestic enemy either.

David P Nelson
1 month ago
Reply to  Doug Drennan

Doug, I totally agree with you. Sadly.

Neil Schmidt
1 month ago
Reply to  Doug Drennan

You spread the false notion that just because a few feckless Conservative political reps have dropped the ball, that all of us “deplorables” should be blamed. As a single voter, just what would you have me do? What have you done? You make accusations against us as a group, but provide no answer or plan as to how we should proceed as individuals, other than entering our choices at voting time—especially now that any internet discussions by conservatives have been censored, making any dissent nothing other than yelling into the wind.

Green Eyes
1 month ago
Reply to  Neil Schmidt

Watch You Tube while you can!! There are many conservative & Christian sites which provide the truth. DO NOT rely on traditional national news stations. Your local news may provide the truth, but be careful believing all you hear. VOTE OUT spineless reps & senators, especially ones who have made this a “cushy career” for themselves!! Republicans included!! Those who betrayed President Trump care ONLY about themselves. They want to be on the “good side” of the next administration, not our country!! PRAY…..

IMHO
1 month ago

The Republican party has abandoned Conservatives and no longer represents us. I just discovered a new party that is fighting for a voice; check it out at….

conservativepartyusa.org

It may not be much but it is a start and could send a loud and clear message to the GOPe.

Bill
1 month ago
Reply to  IMHO

So True

Gunny Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  IMHO

Best to work within the party and rid it of the RINO’s for three parties is how we got slick willie for 8 years. That and rigged elections only knew on person who voted for him (I devoiced her!).

J.R.
1 month ago

What happens when you take a very friendly and docile animal and you corner it andstart pocking it with sharp sticks and throwing rocks at it? It will probably show it’s teeth and eventually charge you. I think we are coming close to that point.

J.R.
1 month ago

Where would we be today if our founding fathers had thought this way: stay calm and not have violence. Without the war of indipendence we would never have gotten our indipendance. Untill ALL the media is put in their place and made to abide by the law we have our hands and feet tied and our mouthes gagged.

CATHERINE HORNSEY
1 month ago

That is all fine and good, I have turned the other cheek so many times I am black and blue and have no other cheek to turn, I believe that unfortunately in order to keep our country of the people, by the people and for the people we will have to take to arms to defend it from the “ELITES, the LEFT AND THE ACTIVISTS” ie Democrats, who will not go down without a fight and violence that no one wants but that they will make necessary. Of course they will not dirty their hands or risk their own life and limb, but will hire it out or bully someone to do it for them like the National Guard or the military. I wonder how many brave soldiers will refuse to fire on innocent citizens for the Politicians.

John A. Fallon
1 month ago

Why do you think chinajoe wants to empty all prisons?
Just like hitler, let the street gangs and criminals run loose and beat down anyone who stands against them, then when the power grab is complete, they will”cancel” the terrorists, just like hitler, why do you think they worked so hard to change history? Would not want any truth being talked about.

Gunny Joe
1 month ago

At the last survey app 50% of the enlisted all services, would be higher in the Officer ranks.

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