Who are the Real “Snowflakes,” Leftists or Conservatives?

By | 2017-05-23T21:48:17+00:00 May 18th, 2017|
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The country is in a new era.

Unfortunately, far too many of those who have grown comfortable as prominent spokespersons of the “conservative” media either don’t or won’t notice this.

These self-avowed “conservatives”—they have been on radio and television airwaves for years—continue to prattle on as if it was 1994. They continue to mock their political opponents, leftists, as “snowflakes”―as if this will get them anywhere.

Recently—I swear that I never could have imagined just a year ago that I would be writing this today—I had an epiphany: It isn’t the political left that consists of whiny, nagging snowflakes.

It is precisely the so-called “conservatives” who enjoy this distinction.

After all, while it is the case that leftist activists are insufferable, the truth is that they do not just bitch and moan. Leftists fight.

Said a friend and distinguished writer, George Soros is more “admirable” than many GOP-friendly “conservatives” with deep pockets, for at least Soros puts his money where his “filthy mind” is.

And they fight like hell, as if their lives and those of generations yet unborn (unless, of course, they decide to abort them) depended upon their prevailing over their enemies.

Said a friend and distinguished writer, George Soros is more “admirable” than many GOP-friendly “conservatives” with deep pockets, for at least Soros puts his money where his “filthy mind” is.

It is hard to argue with this reasoning. In October, the Democrats, led by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and followed by their toadies in the press, besieged then-candidate Donald Trump for saying, in advance of the election, that he would not automatically accept the results for fear that the election could be “rigged.” Democrats described Trump’s position as “horrifying,” a repudiation of “democracy,” and a choice for “dictatorship” over “leadership.” We were treated to lectures by politicians, like the 44th president―for whom the Constitution was always more an impediment to his designs than a blueprint for just government―on the honorable and noble American tradition that Trump allegedly threatened to undermine with his remarks.

Yet since Trump and the over 63 million Deplorables who voted for him defied all of the smart people, it is the Democrats who have insisted that the election outcome was “rigged” via an act of “collusion” between Vladimir Putin and Trump.

It is the Democrats who have been laboring diligently to undermine “democracy.”

It is the Democrats who have chosen their own “dictatorship” over “leadership.”

Democrats are actively engaged in subverting the will of the American voter and the Constitution of these United States. In both respects, they have indeed assumed the persona of the Anti-American Party.

Not unlike totalitarians in other times and places, the Democrats have their equivalent of a Ministry of Propaganda, the misnamed “mainstream media.” These are the purveyors of Fake News. And they have their foot soldiers, the Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and other groups that Democrats fund to act out with tactics resembling those of terrorists against American citizens who refuse to vote or voice their support for them or their ideology.

How can any American patriot any longer imagine that peaceful and free co-existence is possible with these people if they are left unchecked? Particularly given their antics since Trump became the President, how can any lover of liberty even remotely fathom living under Democrat rule ever again?

These, however, are not the questions that we hear asked on our daily “conservative” talk radio and television shows. To hear the hosts tell it, one could be forgiven for thinking that nothing especially significant has changed since Trump defeated his enemies:

Along with Republicans in D.C., GOP-friendly media personalities are continually on defense, while the Democrats are continually on offense.

Democrats and their billionaires, like Soros, pile enormous resources into organizing and subsidizing massive numbers of grunts to take the battle for their causes to the streets. Meanwhile, our prominent “conservatives,” possessing as they do hundreds of millions of dollars and exerting an influence extending over millions of people, whine about the fact that the Democrats are actually walking the walk as opposed to just talking the talk.

As for those grassroots patriots who have assembled protective organizations in defense of the property and person of innocents because they have grown impatient with stories of Trump supporters getting beaten up by leftist thugs for the sole reason they are Trump supporters while law enforcement does little or nothing to protect them, our “conservatives” don’t so much as mention them on the air, let alone contribute a penny to aiding them.  

Unless “conservatives” and Republicans are willing to fight the left where the battle is actually joined; unless they are willing to “out-Alinsky” and “out-Soros” the Alinskyites and Sorosians, they might as well abandon the political war, for it is now painfully obvious to some of us that anything less than this is tantamount to surrender.

Doubtless, as a general rule it’s safe to say that the objects of my criticism, like most Republican conservative voters, are genuinely better human beings than their counterparts on the Left. More than anything else, they believe in the old rule of “live and let live.” They just want to be able to build safe, peaceful, and decent communities for themselves and their families. With all of their country’s faults, they nevertheless love and are thankful for it. They don’t want trouble. They are polite. And unlike the last president and his devotees, they don’t seek the country’s “fundamental transformation.”

I get this. I am this. So too was my grandfather and his cohorts when, in the early 1940s, they left their communities, traveled across the ocean, and defeated Nazism and Imperial Japan.

So too were most of the members of America’s founding generation subscribers to the principle of “live and let live”—even as they fought and defeated the mighty British.

The point by now should be obvious. Most Democrats are not on the streets using physical violence against their opponents, but no high-profile Democrats anywhere have unequivocally renounced the violence, much less depict its merchants as the domestic terrorists that they are. And this is because those Antifa agitators are their terrorists, co-members of “the Resistance.”

Unless “conservatives” and Republicans are willing to fight the left where the battle is actually joined; unless they are willing to “out-Alinsky” and “out-Soros” the Alinskyites and Sorosians, they might as well abandon the political war, for it is now painfully obvious to some of us that anything less than this is tantamount to surrender.

Unless one has the same tenacity as one’s opponent, one is bound to lose.

About the Author:

Jack Kerwick
Jack Kerwick earned his doctorate degree in philosophy from Temple University. His areas of specialization are ethics and political philosophy, with a particular interest in classical conservatism. His work has appeared in both scholarly journals and popular publications, and he recently authored, The American Offensive: Dispatches from the Front. Kerwick has been teaching philosophy for nearly 17 years at a variety of institutions, from Baylor to Temple, Penn State University, the College of New Jersey and elsewhere. His next book, Misguided Guardians: The Conservative Case Against Neoconservatism is pending publication. He is currently an instructor of philosophy at Rowan College at Burlington County.