Few things upset liberals more than people who don’t think the way they are “supposed” to. This is particularly displayed when women and minorities articulately defend conservatism.
We saw the complete wrath of the liberal elites when Clarence Thomas was nominated for the Supreme Court, and that vitriol continues to this day. You would think liberals would want minorities to succeed. However, a conservative African American rising to power would undermine the perception of how the African American community thinks, and more importantly reveal the true nature of liberalism.
We saw this reaction yet again when Miguel Estrada was nominated by President Bush to serve on the D.C. Circuit Court, a move that was seen as preparing him for a Supreme Court nomination.
In 2008, Sarah Palin was mischaracterized in the media to such an extent that most Americans actually believed she said, “I can see Russia from my house.” The line really came from a Saturday Night Live skit about her.
Four years later we saw a similar witch hunt as Herman Cain rose to prominence. Some brutal racist attacks were launched on him. Media bias was put on full display as the mainstream media spent more time investigating Herman Cain’s relationships than the murky history and radical associations of their darling, Barack Obama.
As David Bozeman stated at the time: “The mainstream media would rather search the closets of Robert Bork, Clarence Thomas, Sarah Palin, and now Herman Cain for skeletons than examine the cozy relationship between the current administration and Solyndra.”
This year we see this continuing vitriol displayed as three African Americans have become powerful conservative communicators: Dr. Ben Carson, Bishop E.W. Jackson, and now Louisiana State Sen. Elbert Guillory.
Dr. Carson is a world renowned neurosurgeon with an incredible personal story. He was raised by a young single black mother in Detroit who couldn’t read. In 1987, he became the first surgeon to successfully separate twins conjoined at the back of the head, and in 2000, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
However, because of a speech he gave at the National Prayer Breakfast, espousing what he called “common sense principles and solutions” he received vitriolic responses from the liberal media, and ended up being disinvited as the commencement speaker of John Hopkins Medical School, the school where he teaches and practices. As Allen West said, “Dr. Carson criticized the unwritten rule of being an African American male by criticizing the policies of Barack Obama.”
While conservatives embraced Dr. Carson inviting him to speak at CPAC this Spring, and called on him to run for president, the Democrat response revealed what liberals think of those who don’t fit their stereotypes.
Last month, Bishop Jackson gave a rousing speech entitled “Let Liberty Light the Way” that won him the nomination for Lieutenant Governor at the Virginia Republican State Convention. As an outspoken African American minister and Harvard Law graduate, he’s made many blunt statements for which the liberal establishment is trying to demonize him. The liberals have gone bonanza on him online, as they mock his faith and even mock key Christian doctrines.
Looking at Jackson’s comments that have liberals most upset, we see why liberals become outraged when minorities don’t toe the line. Jackson has repeatedly argued that Planned Parenthood has done more damage to the African American community than the Klu Klux Klan. This is something that many conservatives have pointed out for years, and something that the numbers clearly prove.
The newest line that has Liberals furious with Jackson, a direct descendant of slaves, is his comment that the Great Society has done more to destroy the African American family than slavery. This claim goes straight to the heart of the liberal philosophy.
True to form, every liberal outlet from Rachel Maddow and Allan Colmes‘s blogs to the Huffington Post are using this as an opportunity to mock E.W. Jackson. Even more astonishingly, liberals have resorted to denying that family units existed under slavery, and calling Jackson an Uncle Tom who is toeing the line for his Republican masters. Nothing gets the proponents of group think upset like powerful communicators who think for themselves.
Just recently a state senator in Louisiana, Elbert Guillory, switched parties and became a Republican. Furious Democrats in the state reacted quickly:
“The Democratic Party reacted swiftly to the announcement, characterizing Guillory’s defection “a craven display of political opportunism” and calling on him to resign.”
Sen. Guillory responded by releasing a powerful video, entitled “Why I am a Republican,” in which he argued that there is an “Illusion that their (Democrats) policies are best for black people.”
He begins by explaining how historically Republicans worked hard to bring freedom to the African American community, while Democrats worked to enforce Jim Crow laws. He then details the danger of the Democrats’ philosophy to the African American community.
“At the heart of liberalism is the idea that only a great and powerful big government can be the benefactor of social justice for all Americans, but the left is only concerned with one thing. Control and they disguise this control as charity. Programs such as welfare, food stamps these programs weren’t designed to lift African Americans out of poverty. They were always intended as a mechanism for politicians to control the African American community. The idea that blacks or anyone for that matter need the government to get ahead in life is despicable. Even more, this idea is a failure.”
After describing how liberalism has failed the African American community, he speculates about the devaluing of the word “freedom”. “Sometimes I wonder if the word freedom has been tossed around so much that it has become cliché.” He finished with a rousing call for African Americans to follow his lead and abandon the Democrat party, the “overseers” of the “government plantation and party of disappointment.”
True to form, Democrats are already mocking Sen. Guillory for his video with factually inaccurate attacks.
Dr. Carson, Bishop Jackson, and Sen. Guillory have liberals scared for a reason. They have seen first hand the destruction of liberalism to their communities, and succeeded in spite of that philosophy. This uniquely positions them to point out the failures of liberalism, and show others a better way. If Americans are allowed to take them seriously and see the “government plantation” as such, the lies of “charity” disguising liberalism will unravel and reveal the true nature of their philosophy. This is why Liberals find themselves desperate to discredit and smear those who should be role models.
Willie Deutsch is Editor-in-Chief for NetRightDaily.com, and Social Media Director for Americans for Limited Government. You can follow him on twitter @WillieDeutsch.