Traditional Values are White Supremacy?

If you repeat an absurd claim often enough, it becomes believable to some people.

By David Limbaugh Published on September 21, 2017

Does the political left — which dominates the mainstream media, Hollywood, academia and the Democratic Party — really believe its ubiquitous charges of racism against conservatives, or are they a sick ploy to discredit, ruin and defeat its political opponents?

Charges of Racism

During President Obama’s tenure, a conservative could hardly oppose Obama on policy grounds without being accused of racism. It didn’t matter that conservatives had fought Hillary Clinton’s health care plan in the ’90s because they opposed socialized medicine. It didn’t matter that they had opposed Bill Clinton’s tax hikes. Their opposition to Obamacare and Obama’s proposed tax increases had to be motivated by race.

If you repeat an absurd claim often enough, it becomes believable to some people. And the left has been hammering away so long against the supposed racism of political conservatives that many people, hordes of whom know better and multitudes of millennial political neophytes who apparently don’t, have bought into this toxicity.

If you repeat an absurd claim often enough, it becomes believable to some people.

I have always assumed that one of the main reasons racism is sinful is that it involves judging people and discriminating against them not on the basis of their individual character or behavior but on their group identity. Among other things, this robs people of their human dignity and equal worth as being created in God’s image.

It is noteworthy that the left — in its categorical condemnation of conservatives as racists — engages in the very type of discriminatory judgment it decries, i.e., says conservatives are racist because the policies they support allegedly hurt minorities.

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But conservatives reject that their policies hurt minorities. We think history has shown that they help all people and that liberal policies are consistently destructive. Moreover, our policies, by definition, aspire to colorblindness. We believe in equality of opportunity for all and oppose policies tailored to race in application or result.

Identity Politics

Conversely, policies driven by identity politics perpetuate tensions among different races. The damage done to race relations by an entire political wing bearing false witness against the other on race is incalculable. Can you imagine, for example, the harm that would befall my children and others if I poisoned them daily with the lie that certain people hate them?

It would be easier to understand this insanity if it could be explained simply by the left’s cynical desire to exploit race for political gain. After all, liberals’ constant agitation of minorities, with their 24/7 crusade against conservatives as racist, has to be primarily responsible for blacks’ disproportionate support for the Democratic Party when the latter’s policies have demonstrably harmed the plight of blacks.

It is noteworthy that the left — in its categorical condemnation of conservatives as racists — engages in the very type of discriminatory judgment it decries.

But there seems to be something even more disturbing at play in this nonstop leftist slander. Look at the kind of poison emanating from universities throughout the United States.

University Leftism

Witness the recent brouhaha over a jointly penned op-ed by two law professors (Amy Wax of the University of Pennsylvania and Larry Alexander of the University of San Diego) who suggested, essentially, that America’s decline can be traced to a rejection of traditional values (or, in the authors’ words, “the breakdown of the country’s bourgeois culture”) and advocated a return to those values.

The professors argued that America did better when we had traditional values and therefore should return to this “cultural script”: “Get married before you have children and strive to stay married for their sake. Get the education you need for gainful employment, work hard, and avoid idleness. Go the extra mile for your employer or client. Be a patriot, ready to serve the country. Be neighborly, civic-minded, and charitable. Avoid coarse language in public. Be respectful of authority. Eschew substance abuse and crime.”

Significantly, the authors were careful to note that these “basic cultural precepts … could be followed by people of all backgrounds and abilities.” That is, the benefits of these values and practices transcend race.

Regrettably, the left, in academia and elsewhere, increasingly equates traditional values (and political conservatism) with white supremacy.

Precisely on cue, however, leftist robot — aka University of Pennsylvania Law School dean — Ted Ruger charged to the student newspaper with an op-ed denouncing Wax’s piece as divisive and noxious and rejecting “emphatically … that a single cultural tradition is better than all others.” Charges subsequently poured in from faculty members, students and alumni accusing Wax of white supremacy, misogyny and homophobia. Some demanded that she be barred from teaching first-year law courses.

Alexander experienced a similar backlash when University of San Diego School of Law Dean Stephen Ferruolo disseminated a schoolwide memo denouncing the piece, as well.

White Supremacy?

Regrettably, the left, in academia and elsewhere, increasingly equates traditional values (and political conservatism) with white supremacy. The norms that were formerly accepted almost universally are not just under systematic assault but also being indicted as racist.

Let me ask you sincerely: Do people really believe that these innocuous notions of hard work, virtue, marriage, respect, friendship, civic-mindedness, charity and patriotism are unique to certain races or groups of people? That they are not constructive goals for individuals, groups and the nation? That they are somehow rooted in bigotry of any kind?

The answer has to be “yes.” Some really believe this nonsense, which means the left’s propagation of these ideas is more than just a calculated ploy for power. And that’s probably more alarming, because it means it is more deep-seated.

Do people really believe that these innocuous notions of hard work, virtue, marriage, respect, friendship, civic-mindedness, charity and patriotism are unique to certain races or groups of people?

These corrosive ideas must be fought in the most aggressive terms. We simply won’t be able to return this nation and its people to greatness, much less make strides in racial harmony, if we can’t even try to improve ourselves without being accused of racism.

If we think we can ignore these cockeyed ideas as fringe and insignificant, then we are in denial. They are everywhere; they’re no longer the stuff of radical anecdotes.

We’d better wake up — and stand up for the things we believe in, lest their very advocacy convict us soon of hate crimes warranting societal censure. At the risk of being falsely accused of white supremacy, may I suggest that we all become more civic-minded and charitable and promote the time-tested traditions that have made this nation great and that are designed to improve the lot of all people, irrespective of race, creed, ethnicity or gender?

 

David Limbaugh is a writer, author and attorney. His latest book is The True Jesus. Follow him on Twitter @davidlimbaugh and his website at www.davidlimbaugh.com. 

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  • mbabbitt

    I think the people who reacted so hysterically are the real racists, etc. They are so patronizing and condescending to their favorite victim group. It is they who hold these groups in contempt claiming that these values cannot be held by others. Sanity is not a trait of the Left today, no matter how high a degree they have or position they hold.

  • LgVt

    To be fair, there’s slightly more to the brouhaha over the Wax/Alexander op-ed. In addition to extolling the virtues of bourgeois culture, they also called out, by name, several cultures that did harm in contrast…including inner-city cultures that explicitly reject the “cultural script” as “acting white.”

    The professors were not wrong to do so, but that’s where the accusations of racism came from.

  • jgmusgrove

    “The Black Family is Struggling, and It’s Not Because of Slavery” by Walter Williams, elsewhere on The Stream, suggests a similar conclusion:
    “The undeniable truth is that neither slavery nor Jim Crow nor the harshest racism has decimated the black family the way the welfare state has.”
    “The most damage done to black Americans is inflicted by those politicians, civil rights leaders, and academics who assert that every problem confronting blacks is a result of a legacy of slavery and discrimination. That’s a vision that guarantees perpetuity for the problems.”

    • Kevin Carr

      You are correct, except Liberal politicians offered and push handouts, and these things in turn destroy incentive, but we don’t have to take them. What politicians cannot do is to is instill a work ethic, enforce the practicing of moral behavior, instill the value of education. The programs they offer actually discourage these things. Liberal politicians exhibit the soft bigotry of low expectations. They don’t believe we can conduct ourselves better, so they give handouts, make excuses for bad and/or criminal behavior. Plus they make it easy and promote the murder of babies in the womb. But why expect better from people that trade basic needs for votes.

  • Christine Wright

    You cannot remake something without first tearing it down. This is the tearing down of traditional American ideals and values, to be replaced soon with communism and it’s ideals and values. When we become pariahs of society, people stop listening to our voices. When the only people heard are preaching communism and the only thing heard is communist ideals are good for people, they can then begin changing the foundation of this country, because people will vote for the policies which put communism in place of freedom.

    I actually believe we are the last generation to ever know freedom in this nation. When they own the media, the educational system and most of our politics… we are fighting a losing battle now. It’s only a matter of time.

    Is all this toxic? Yes. Most definitely. It’s intended to be… and there have always historically been useful idiots, this time in our nation is no different. It’s reached critical mass.. we are losing.

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