While I was not a Radical Son as David Horowitz was, I went to high school and college with the radicals of the 60sand 70s. I know these people. I also became a Christian in college in the midst of this uproar and that chaotic period was my learning ground for debate and apologetics as I witnessed for my faith and gave my perspective in papers and in class discussion. At least at that time the liberals I had for professors would still give me good grades even though I disagreed with them. There was still a vestige of honesty among some liberals who allowed give and take and listened to other points of view. I had a radical feminist professor in education who said I was one of the few people in the class who was thinking. I did actually like her and enjoy talking with her–she did not go into the sewer of slander regarding opponents as the Left does today.
I think Horowitz was born for this hour. This is his moment to help save our Republic. In a small way I can do my part. I realized some years ago that the prayer I’ve prayed for myself the most over the years has been asking for wisdom and discernment. I began doing this when I was in college as I was flooded with the books and ideas coming at me and I have continued to pray this prayer for myself. I have no problem pointing out the travesty of the moral self-image of the Left as Horowitz suggested. I fully agree with him that that in their political radicalism they seek redemption. Many are spiritually empty and are seeking hope, but in their pride they want to do it on their terms and believe they themselves in their ideology can change the world. They refuse to look at history to see the wretched and horrible consequences of the thinking to which they adhere and they are in denial about what they do to others. The lyrics of the song, Easy to Be Hard, from the sixties rock musical Hair, that was later sung by Three Dog Night, has always typified for me their moral obtuseness and failing.
They can’t get back at me in a similar way because as a Christian I know I have been redeemed and that it has not been through my own efforts. I know I am imperfect and flawed and that I don’t live up to my standards, let alone God’s standards. I know I am forgiven and fully accepted in Christ. That’s my protection against slander.
This is also why I think Sarah Palin has been so effective. She has the moral clarity and understanding to realize what they are doing and to speak directly to it. She has the fortitude and perseverance to endure. This again, is something Christians learn along the way. In the midst of the fire and flood of the circumstances of our lives God enables us to go on and teaches us His care. The slander against her and her family is surely painful, but when she stands against her accusers, she knows the integrity of her own heart, she knows she is forgiven and those fiery darts cannot deter her.
The Alinsky rule of making others live up to their own standard just falls apart and will not work when they try to attack Christians with it, because we can say we already know this, but we’re forgiven and we go on. Humility and honesty before God are the best inner defense against their attacks. This they cannot comprehend.
I think Horowitz is right on (to use a 60s term!) when he said:
The only way to defeat the left — and I have failed in twenty years of arguing this to persuade conservatives — is to turn the table around and attack their moral self-image. Leftists are in fact the enemies and oppressors of women, children, gays, minorities and the poor, and conservatives should never confront them without reminding them of this fact.
They have no defense against this turning of the table because it is the truth. They are guilty. It has been fascinating to me that Horowitz, who is an agnostic, recognizes the spiritual dimension to what is taking place in our country. I firmly believe this is not only a political war–it is a moral and spiritual war. That is why, whether or not you think she is fit for national office, Sarah Palin upsets and angers the Left. He said this of Sarah Palin the other night:
That’s what she did. That’s why they hate her. Because she’s very effective….And it shows you–they react, they squeal, they yell and suddenly the issue is in front of everybody. And that’s what you want to do.
Others have their own place in the battle going on at this time, but David Horowitz and Sarah Palin echo my thinking, my heart and the place at which I fight.
“If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace;”
Rush Limbaugh has a speech given by his father that he reads from time to time. In it his dad traced the consequences to those men in 1776, who pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. Many lost family and land and livelihood. We may not have a national audience to whom we can speak and our influence may be limited, but we must each, as we are able with the encouragement and help of one another, and, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, support liberty.
Liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood.
Crossposted in a modified format to Be John Galt.
H/T: Front Page Magazine; Wikipedia; Glenn Beck/FOX News; ushistory.org; The Declaration of Independence; Patriot Post, Founders Quote Data Base.