I'm penning a year-end think piece to both challenge my readers to fight back against political correctness and hopefully offer a ray of hope in dark times.
Also, I want to extend my sincerest gratitude to the many readers of my opinion columns. The month of December has been a phenomenal success, dwarfing my readership in any previous month.
The idea of America is worth defending, the abstraction of what it represents, but the actual country is in even more dire need of defending.
America's people, its institutions, and its principles have combined to make it the greatest nation in the history of the world, but it will not endure another generation unless it is vigorously defended from those who would destroy it, from both within and internationally.
Leftist radicals control the high places of the culture and they have for a long time: colleges and universities have become seminaries for political radicals, the media has nearly given up the pretense of objective news reporting and become a tool for political advocacy and propagandizing, the administrative state is an unelected, unaccountable fourth branch of government that seeks only its own good, and the mainline churches chose social justice over the gospel generations ago. Conservatives, those who put America and its traditions first are never hired, purged, or blacklisted.
Unsatisfied though with their dominance, the radicals seek to control thought through control of the internet and talk-radio; witness censorship on Facebook and Twitter.
Former President Obama stated the biggest impediment to civility and compromise was the two sides' disagreement on the facts, as opposed to the era in which a few, like CBS's Walter Cronkite, dominated the media. This is easy for him to say, because he knows the media is in the tank for the left. Therefore, opposition voices should be silenced. George Orwell understood this.
I've heard similar arguments against "climate change-deniers," a pejorative term certainly. If you believe, as I do, that man-made climate change doomsday predictions are more of an anti-capitalist political argument than any scientific one, you should be shut up by force if necessary.
I was prompted to write this, in part by a little-noticed story on the left's attempt at silencing dissension. Michael Savage, the radio rebel and raconteur dubbed "the Godfather of Trumpmania," is poised to "go dark" at New York's powerhouse WABC and a few other big-city radio stations – despite earning them millions of dollars.
The issue isn't ratings. In late 2017, Talk Stream Live listed Savage, with 14.8 million listeners, as the second most-listened to top talk radio voice in the nation, behind only Rush Limbaugh's 16.5 million listeners – but far ahead of third place Laura Ingraham's 6.8 million.
Even more strikingly, the February Newsmax article "Savage Rules New York Talk Radio" stated that since April 2016, "with the key demographic of Adults 25-54," "'The Savage Nation' has consistently ranked as the #1 program on WABC[.]" Yet WABC now, apparently, wants its No. 1 show gone. Good business?
So given how the Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) left and establishment right want to destroy the president and all supporting him (the "deplorables"), imagine their feelings toward the man credited as instrumental in creating his presidency.
This isn't about Trump or Savage. It's about a cultural revolution that will, barring something that upsets the apple cart, consume each and every American who won't bend to the left's demonic will.
This Cultural Revolution is picking up speed. Statues come down, longstanding religious symbols and celebrations are purged, history is revised, Western heroes are demonized, sexual morality is undermined, nation-rending migration is encouraged, and even classic old songs are condemned. No stone will be left unturned, either, because, baby, it's dangerous outside.
From the French revolutionaries to the Stalinists to the Maoists to the Khmer Rouge, the left has never brooked dissent – it's the only tradition it perpetuates. You can acquiesce to political correctness or be destroyed.
I don't want America to be "fundamentally transformed." I want to perpetuate its greatness and hand it down to the next generation. However, the struggle to maintain it is real.
Thomas Jefferson famously declared, "The price of freedom is eternal vigilance, and Ronald Reagan famously warned, "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same."