It's not often you see or hear anyone openly praise or advocate socialism, Marxism or communism in America, but I respect those that do.
No, I don't have a crack pipe in my hand, and I haven't been hitting the bong. The thing is, I respect those who stand up for what they believe in, and who don't try to hide it. In my opinion, integrity is one of the most honorable traits one can possess. I may disagree with the idealism, but that's another issue.
Today, I read a couple of stories that got me thinking about fundamental differences between liberals and conservatives, beyond the relatively obvious. One was about a teachers union member videotaped praising Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels while expressing his desire to see a socialist revolution here in America. The other was about a New York Times writer that expressed surprise and offense at another newspaper openly promoting conservatism.
Since the founding of America, there have been liberals and there have been conservatives. The liberals, while suffering from that mental illness known as "liberalism" are, by and large, actually somewhat smart. They came up with the strategy of infiltrating our schools and the media, two of the most influential institutions in American society. They mold and shape impressionable young minds at school, and continue that subtle influence through the way they "report" the "news" in the mainstream media. A shrewd strategy, to be sure. One that would be nearly insurmountable on paper.
But the liberals, who still believe we are all too dumb to make it through life without their infinite wisdom and firm guidance, didn't count on We the People being intelligent and exercising independent, critical thinking skills.
Despite being subjected to sixteen-plus years of leftist indoctrination during our primary and secondary "education" and constant bombardment of liberal slant in the media, more than half of Americans repudiate liberalism. And the vast majority want no part of socialism, Marxism, or communism.
There is a reason that you never hear liberals refer to themselves as "liberals" or their ideas as "liberalism". There is a reason that 70 members of Congress don't openly share that they are members of the Democratic Socialists of America, an organization that subscribes to the same philosophies espoused by the likes of Lenin and Marx. There's a reason Nancy Pelosi condescendingly stated that "we need to pass the bill so you can see what's in it", when referring to the deeply unpopular Obamacare legislation. There is a reason that liberals use terms such as "social justice" instead of "government-sponsored discrimination", and "going green" instead of "capitalism sucks balls so we need to micromanage and punish the free market under the guise of imminent planetary doom".
It's the same reason that the Occupy Wall Street morons wear masks and bandannas to cover their faces much like Hezbollah and al Qaeda members do.
They're cowards, and they're wrong.
Liberals know their idealism runs afoul of the founding principles of the United States of America, so they are too cowardly to openly own it.
It's commonplace for conservatives to use the words "conservative" and "conservatism", and identify themselves as "conservatives". Those with scruples and integrity don't have to hide their beliefs or their agenda. They don't have to hide their faces, and they don't need stealthy indoctrination strategies to achieve their goals. Good people doing the right things never have to hide anything. They put it all out there and let the people decide, instead of believing that the people are too stupid to make the "right" decisions for themselves.
Terrorists, with their roadside bombs and human shields, are cowards. Occupiers that push cops off their motorcycles and smash store windows while wearing masks are cowards. Liberals that don't own up to their idealism and agenda (are you listening, New York Times and NBC? Are you listening, college professors?) are also cowards. They hide and deceive and lie because they know they are WRONG.
After all, if the left was right, they wouldn't call it "the left".
We can only hope that Americans will continue to use their independent, critical thinking skills when it comes to the direction of our country. People need to turn off Dancing with the Stars and turn on to what's going on around them, before it's too late.
Fortunately, conservatism is strong and stands on its own merits. Its application requires neither stealth nor indoctrination, because it is right.
Just ask our Founding Fathers by way of reading our Constitution.