When hate becomes a tool

Thursday, October 11, 2018
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Conservative views

When declaring our independence in 1776, Thomas Jefferson acknowledged our Creator as the origin of natural rights. Government only secured those rights, and this made America exceptional. Later, our Constitution purposely restricted the federal authority to specific and enumerated powers ultimately making ours a nation of limited government, individual liberty and equal opportunity. True conservatives endorse these principles, and this is key.

Karl Marx introduced wealth redistribution in his Communist Manifesto in 1848 and his philosophy immigrated to the United States in the early 1900s. Unlike Jefferson, Marxist followers view government as the origin of rights. Bigger and bigger government bequeaths greater and greater rights paid for with higher and higher taxes until government eventually traps the non-producing class in dependency and the producing class in debt. Liberals, socialists, progressives, Democrats, GOP Never Trumpers and Democratic Socialists all embrace massive government. This is also key, and the political battle between the left and right is an ideological conflict between Marx and Jefferson.

Because progressivism and liberty are mutually exclusive, one advances only at the expense of the other. To believe political solutions can be found by compromise is to ignore this truth. America will never survive a mythical mix of a little bit of freedom (conservativism) and a little bit of slavery (progressivism). Progressives understand this absolute so endeavor to destroy the Constitution obstructing them, which brings us to today’s battle.

Even though President Trump only skirts the edges of true constitutional conservatism, progressives are panicked seeing the the great things he is doing for our country. Their imaginary utopia, 100 years in the making, is unraveling so they blindly hate Trump and all conservatives. Today, progressives have adopted the violent tactics executed by Hitler’s Brownshirts. For example, because all speech, and ideas contrary to collectivism must be silenced, Judge Kavanaugh, his family, life and legacy are being destroyed. Militant leftists have revoked his right to due process and presumption of innocence, yet their true target is much bigger than Matt Kavanaugh. Anyone daring to speak against progressivism can expect similar attacks be they in the hallways of the capitol or at a restaurant in downtown D.C. Could you weather such an assault or are you only a sunshine patriot?

Consider this: It took Hitler less than a decade to convince Germans the Jews were a subhuman race worthy only of extermination. How long before heavily indoctrinated Americans place a similar value on old white men? Think about it. Our constitutional republic, founded on faith, family and freedom, is being destroyed from our left flank.

Krayton Kerns is veterinarian in Laurel, Mont., and a former Republican representative in the Montana State Legislature. He can be reached at drkerns@rbbmt.org .