Who's a bigot? You are. And I am. And everyone else is too.
Indeed, calling someone a bigot or a racist has become the go to argument for every public policy issue. So if everyone is a bigot, why are these words hurled almost exclusively from left to right, and seldom in the other direction?
Because those of us on the right have manners and those of them on the left have an agenda. And because we have manners we don't feel comfortable gratuitously insulting our friends (co workers, family members) on the left.
And because they have an agenda they insult us non stop to further their cause, the destruction of every value that underpins the incredible success of America, in particular, and Western civilization, in general.
Consider this short essay a primer on laying the mantle of bigotry squarely on the slumping shoulders of the bullying left. Here goes.
Of course we have to start with the blacks, the all purpose “straw men” for every argument over any policy, foreign or domestic. Here the bigotry of the left is in full display.
The Democratic Party has been anti-black for its entire existence.
In the beginning there was slavery, the Democrats' original version of complete dependency.
The three-fifths compromise in our Constitution meant that the Democrats could count 3 people for every 5 blacks, while letting none of them vote. Who's a bigot?
One day Republicans will refer to the Civil War in a more telling way, not as the North versus the South but as the Republicans versus the Democrats.
Even after the Democrats lost the Civil War they wouldn't let blacks vote.
There was the KKK, the terror wing of the Democratic Party; lynching whites and blacks alike for voting or wanting to vote (Republican).
The KKK was fully represented in the United States Senate by Sen. Robert Byrd (of West Virginia); “a voice of principle and reason,” according to President Obama. Jim Crow laws, segregated schools, back of the bus seating; these were pillars of the Democratic Party tactics.
But, they say, didn't the Democratic Party give us the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts of the 1960's? Not exactly.
Those acts, proposed by Republican President Eisenhower in 1957 failed because Democrats such as Senators Al Gore, Sr. and John Kennedy, a presidential hopeful, wouldn't (or couldn't) support them.
Those acts were ultimately passed by a greater percentage of Republicans than Democrats. And then the Democrats burdened the blacks with the “Great Society;” a parallel universe that kept blacks from assimilating into the greater populace.
Their families were shredded, their aspirations were demeaned, their education was devalued and their communities were bulldozed, literally. And then things really got bad. Their babies were aborted (17 million since Roe v. Wade), their housing was substandard, their schools were ineffective and their Right to Bear Arms was abrogated. Who's a bigot?
Every Democrat. Who's job is it to say so? Every Republican.
Let's fast forward to the issue of the day: Middle Eastern refugees.
There are religious groups in the Middle East that are caught between the Syrian government and the rebels or between the Iraqi government and ISIS, or between the Sunnis and the Shiites.
Their numbers are dwindling and they are unwelcome everywhere. Indeed, here in the United States they are being deported. We call them Christians. They are pro West, anti terror, literate, hard working — and in desperate need of friends. That's why the left hates them. Who's a bigot?
The millions of Muslims trying to leave the Middle East, unwilling to settle in other peaceful Muslim countries (from Indonesia to Egypt), infiltrated by at least a small number of Islamic jihadist terrorists, and unlikely and unwilling to assimilate into any Western nation, are the darlings of the Democrats. Who's a bigot?
Get it? The only thing that allows the left to accuse the right of bigotry is chutzpah; the willingness to lie with a straight face. The only thing that stops the right from accusing the left of bigotry is decency; a battle weapon with no value.
The next time you see poverty, misery, and helplessness in America, ask yourself this: Who represents these people? Who are their city councilmen, mayors, county commissioners and congressmen.
And then ask yourself one more time: Who’s a bigot?
Sid Dinerstein is a former chairman of the Palm Beach County Republican Party. He founded JBS Associates, a 600-person financial service company, and currently combines politics and business with Niger Innis in Inclusive Elections LLC, a firm that brings urban electorate voters to the GOP. He is the author of "Adults Only: For Those Who Love Their Country More Than Their Party." For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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