November 23, 2014

Conservatives cede the middle ground with silence

Danedri Thompson
columnist
Conservatives are ceding the middle ground to liberal talking points every day. It’s not that we aren’t principled – it’s that conservatives, by nature, seek not to offend. By doing so, we’re losing a very important battle – that for the hearts and minds of the American people.
Nowhere is this more obvious than on Facebook where my more liberal peers shout from the rooftops about every perceived injustice and conservative slight.
I have many more conservative than liberal friends. Many of whom I see regularly at actual in-person events like Kansans for Life breakfasts. They’re strangely silent when this very important cause wins a victory.
Last week, for example, the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research announced they would no longer provide funds to Planned Parenthood. Less money to a group whose primary objective is sticking forks in the back of unborn babies’ heads is worth celebrating.
Although Komen Foundation officials said they were revoking annual funds to Planned Parenthood because the organization is under federal investigation, anti-abortion-minded people stopped donating to the pink cause months ago.
There is substantial scientific evidence that having an abortion greatly increases a woman’s risk of getting breast cancer so Komen giving money to Planned Parenthood, which offers referrals but not actual mammograms, made little sense. (Of course, many pro-abortionists would like to sweep those studies under the rug, but entire college courses are based on less credible science. Global warming anyone?)
Pro-lifers should proudly proclaim that their efforts are making a difference, but there’s virtual radio silence on Facebook. In the meantime, pro-abortion activists blew up my Facebook feed, denouncing right wing extremism – which by the way, a boycott isn’t ‘extremism,’ it’s capitalism at its finest.
If that is the only message that people on the fence are receiving – the message that any peaceful protest of a vile practice is ‘extremism’ – it damages our cause and makes people less likely to join us in this important fight.
Our silence, your silence, is taken by people in the middle as tacit agreement.
That’s a problem.
I’m guilty of it, too. I don’t want to offend my friends. I don’t want to start a debate, but I’m beginning to realize the silence of one side only helps to further the idea that the principles I hold dear are somehow wrong, or something that must be whispered about in the dark corners of the underworld or not spoken of in polite company.
The silence is wrong, and I’m not going to do it anymore.
I deeply regret not speaking out against the local school bond issue. I didn’t want to offend friends and relatives. I put their concerns for the feelings friends above my principles. Never mind that no one of the other side of these issues appears to be concerned about sparing my feelings.
For the record, I’m not opposed to building new schools. I think USD 231’s growth projections were wildly overstated. I think spending money to put turf on a football field and saying it will somehow improving the education of our children is a lie. I think borrowing millions of dollars in 20 and 30 year bonds to fund technology that will be obsolete in five years is a gross misuse of taxpayer money.
Of course, several people rallied to the cause of wild spending in the name of education on social media, but nothing showed up in my feed opposed to the bond issue. And I know many people who did not support it. I don’t know why they chose to remain silent on Facebook or in other social media. I can only say why I chose to.
I said nothing, because I didn’t want to be accused of hating children. I didn’t want to deal with the veiled threats, and I get tired of being called names.
By the way, people blowing up my Facebook feed in anger at the Komen Foundation for discontinuing its funding to Planned Parenthood forced me to post the good news about Komen’s decision: Namely, that many conscientious objectors to Planned Parenthood could now give freely to Komen’s worthwhile cause – ending breast cancer.
There are two ways to look at every story, and I didn’t find my status to be particularly offensive. However, within minutes of my post, angry pro-aborts responded that I was being intolerant, judgmental and hypocritical. Pot, meet Kettle.
Conservatives, myself included, have for too long agreed to cede the middle ground with our silence. The truth is often uncomfortable, so you will be mocked and called names for expressing your opinion.
But know that by speaking out, you’re reinforcing and encouraging other conservatives to do the same.
If we want to change the culture, we have to speak up for our point of view.
I don’t want to offend, but I’m entitled to my opinion. I’ll be silent no more.

Comments

  1. Judith Rogers says:

    Intimidation is the name of the game and which entities are using to silence people. In my opinion I believe the USD 231 School Dist. and the city of Gardner are not above the methods of imtimidation and they have plenty of company. The TRUTH hurts and as I have said before, there are many people who don’t deal in the truth, especially if they are wanting their playgrounds to not be disturbed. You have bullies in schools because they have been brought up by bullies much of the time. Again, the proximate cause of most of the problems citizens face today is because of the LOSS of strong moral values such as honesty, integrity, ethics, character, etc. This loss of values also includes the use of fear, intimidation, blackmail, bullying, threats, blackballing, etc., etc. and those methods are being used every day. I do not believe the silencing/bullying of individuals is being done by just one group – it is being done by conservatives, liberals, libertarians, independents, moderates – you name it. It comes down to the point that if you don’t agree with me on some issue, then you are the enemy and you will be destroyed one way or the other – sounds like how wars are started and there certainly are no winners in war, just huge suffering. I will continue to say my piece because there is lots to say and needs to be said IN MY OPINION. And I believe my freedom of speech and opinions are protected under the constitution.

    In the meantime, your governments are becomng a sham since they are being bought and paid for by those with the most money and by manipulation, lies, conniving, propaganda, threats, etc. The average citizen is not even in the game and I ask myself many times why I even bother to speak of my concerns or cares but silence will NEVER solve problems in my opinion.

  2. ” conservatives, by nature, seek not to offend” Really?

    Turn on the television or, better yet, go to the CPAC website and see what conservatives are saying.

    Here is the title of a panel discussion hosted at CPAC:

    “The Failure of Multiculturalism: How the pursuit of diversity is weakening the American Identity” with Peter Brimelow, the founder and head of VDARE.com — a white nationalist website. This is offensive to everyone in the middle.

    Or just watch the campaign trail or any of the Republican debates. In case you missed them here are the upcoming ones (Feb 22 on CNN, Mar 1 on CNN, Mar 5 on NBC).

    Rick Sanatorium’s belief that contraception should be illegal is offensive to anyone in the middle.

    Newt Gingrich’s comments, characterization and false generalization on people on food stamps are offensive to everyone in the middle. His call to fire janitors and hire poor school children instead is not only offensive but downright loony.

    One Million Moms’ demand that JC Penny fire Ellen DeGeneres as a spokesperson because she is gay is offensive to everyone in the middle. JC Penny stood by Ellen DeGeneres because the middle came to Ellen’s defense.

    The backlash that the Susan G. Komen suffered for their annoucement to defund Planned Parenthood is the offended middle standing up continued conservative political bullying on this subject.

    Finally your statement: ” There is substantial scientific evidence that having an abortion greatly increases a woman’s risk” is not substantiated at any level and it is offensive if you think the middle is that dumb.

    Here is the extract from a peer reviewed article published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) by Joan Stephenson, PhD (Biology) and Director of Medical News at JAMA.
    A comprehensive analysis of studies from around the world concludes there is no link between having an abortion and breast cancer (Lancet. 2004;363:1007-1016). The findings were made by the Collaborative Group on Hormonal Factors on Breast Cancer, which analyzed data from 53 epidemiological studies conducted in 16 countries.

    Studies in the late 1970s suggesting that spontaneous or induced abortion might increase breast cancer risk have been criticized for potential bias. Women in these studies were asked after their breast cancer diagnosis whether they had previously had an abortion; experts believe breast cancer patients are more likely to disclose a history of abortion because they are seeking an explanation for their disease.

    To avoid this potential bias, the investigators analyzed studies in which women reported their history of abortion or miscarriage and were then followed prospectively to see if they developed breast cancer, and found no evidence that either factor …

  3. Judith Rogers says:

    Just this week we saw the silence barrier broken by an intern who served under Pres. Kennedy – the wrongdoing certainly does not end with just that President – we have other examples in our history and you see it daily in one form or another. We have seen people who have suffered under silence as they were sexually abused in their youth by priests and that has been going on for years and years and you see the leadership of the church covering up the wrongdoing and yet they get on their high horse about abortion and birth control and wanting to intimidate people in order to get their way and not respecting people who have a different opinion about these issues. Every day you can pick up the paper or listen to a news broadcast and see how people are being abused and/or intimidated into silence. I say call the SOBs out – silence will enable the wrongdoers to continue their dreadful deeds. Look the devil in the eye and find your VOICE – silence will not enable or liberate you or protect the citizens at large. We have too, too many people turning their heads away and not using their voices in the face of wrongdoing – the price is high for this type of behavior as we saw when the Jews were persecuted during World War II. The Jews are very firm in their belief that persecution should never be forgotton and I thoroughly understand that position. You can forgive but you should never forget and for very good reason in my opinion.

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