Greetings, everyone. The MRC Mediterranean cruise was fantastic. We visited so many historical sites in Italy, Greece, and Turkey. The panel discussions and sessions were fantastic, too – lots of insightful perspectives were shared with some very astute MRCers. The next MRC cruise is planned for the Caribbean in February 2021. Sign up early.
However, it is great to be back home and back into my routine. There is nothing better than getting out and about, speaking with everyday Americans, taking their questions, and hearing their thoughts. And just this past weekend, the question posed by one woman is the topic of this missive.
This past Saturday I had a meet and greet event at the G2G Family Shooting range in Rosenberg, Texas. The city of Rosenberg is just west of Houston, Harris County, located in Ft. Bend County, one of the fastest growing areas in America. The event was being catered by a food truck that was serving up Philly Cheesesteaks in the parking lot. The event ran from 10am-2pm, and I got a little famished and decided to get one of those awesome-looking sandwiches.
The vendors were two black women (twins) I would say in their late 40s. They were proud of their small business and were telling me of their previous and upcoming engagements. The one sister admitted that when they were asked to service the event that she looked me up. She sat and watched some video interviews and admitted that she was intrigued, and she had been looking forward to speaking with me. And then came her outstanding inquiry, which I was pleased to hear.
She asked me tell her the difference between Republicans and Democrats.
I responded: It is simple. One seeks to enable people to be victors, while the other wants more victims.
With that response, and the look in her eyes, I could tell we struck a chord. I explained that it is all about the relationship between the individual and the government, and I used her and her sister, as an example. I tried to orient her on the fundamental principles of constitutional conservatism – faith, family, individual responsibility, quality education, free market economics, and national security. She began to see that she embraced the same principles, values.
But when the direct correlation of victors versus victims was applied to her, we really connected, particularly when she began to understand conservative polices were all about enabling her to grow her small business by lessening the tax and regulatory burden. I expressed that conservatives would want to see her add 2-3 more food trucks, and maybe even open a restaurant if she wished. It was all about rewarding her and her sister for their vision, dreams, determination, and personal drive. I told her that victors take pride in knowing that they have accomplished something, and as my Mom would say, “self-esteem only comes from doing estimable things.”
In contrast, I presented to her the progressive socialist perspective – making victims. I told her that there is no such thing as “free,” as well, “free is not freedom.” When people promise to give you things, it comes with a price, and it is usually your individual freedom and liberty. She understood that, especially when we spoke specifically about what is happening in the black community. I asked her if she thought sitting in Section 8 housing and awaiting a welfare check from the government is an example of being a victor, or a victim? She adamantly responded, victim. And think about it, since President Trump came to office, how many Americans had escaped the poverty rolls? How many Americans are no longer on food stamps? How many Americans are now working, with a national unemployment rate at a 50-year record low? And look at that unemployment rate in the black community, along with the increase of business ownership with black females.
The difference, delineation, is easily presentable, and it has been so throughout history.
Progressive socialists need to balkanize a nation in order to pit them against each other, and the message is always about being a victim. And that is exactly what we are hearing in the political marketplace of ideas in America. It is not about personal responsibility and accountability. It is about how you have been wronged, and there is no other recourse than to redistribute wealth and resources from one group, who are to blame, to the group of victims. It is truly as Winston Churchill stated, “Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.”
Socialism is the message of victimization, not personal, individual triumph.
Let’s never forget the astonishing words of Barack Hussein Obama in 2012 in Roanoke, Virginia when he asserted that “[i]f you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.” Those words should go down as the most dismissive and disrespectful comments ever emanating from the lips of an American elected official. To think that this individual, a progressive socialist, who has never endeavored to start, own, and run a business would say something so denigrating, disparaging, and demeaning is beyond comprehension. Then again, consider that during the Obama-era, there were some seven million Americans who ended up being on food stamps, and many getting Obama money and Obama phones.
Obama never believed that Americans could be victors; he only envisioned victims. Obama and his ilk never think of Americans as being independent, just dependent. The progressive, socialist left must have victims, those who rely upon them for their very existence, in order to gain and maintain power, control, and elected position … and their policies reflect that ideological belief.
If constitutional conservatives would make this clear delineation between victors, and victims, it would place the left on defense. It is a simple position to comprehend. And when you consider America, this nation was birthed to consider citizens as individual, sovereign over the institution of government, not the opposite.
The progressive, socialist left’s strategy is simple: make more victims because victors do not need socialists.
Allen West is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army. Mr. West is a Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center to support its mission to expose and neutralize liberal media bias. Mr. West also writes daily commentary on his personal website theoldschoolpatriot.com.