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.