Archive for the ‘Ideology’ Category
Friday, July 18th, 2014
Note: This article was initially published in the April 2011 edition of Tea Party Review.
If I had to choose one word that defines the foundation, motivation and objective of the Tea Party movement, it would be this: liberty. It is the one word that stands out in speeches, book titles and public pronouncements related to this grass-roots movement of everyday Americans.
Ask any number of Tea Party participants what liberty means to them, however, and you’re likely to get more than one answer. Liberty to a self-described libertarian may not be liberty as defined by a social conservative.
Outside of the conservative/libertarian ideological spectrum, even so-called “progressives” believe they have the answer to the question of liberty, viewing it, as they do mankind in general, primarily from a material perspective.
It is critical going forward that we arrive at some common understanding of what liberty means to us. Ultimately, it will not be specific policies or programs that benefit America, but our consistent adherence to the principle of liberty as the wellspring from which our ideas come.
How we perceive liberty will shape and guide every decision we make in our exercise of self-governance, to include holding our elected officials accountable. So this is one thing we’ve got to get right.
What is liberty, anyway? Let’s look at how the dictionary defines the word: (more…)
Friday, February 21st, 2014
Author’s Note: The following is the unedited version of an interview I gave to Liberty University Press. The official version can be found here.
Feb. 18, 2014
Black History Month is a reminder to reflect on the heritage and contributions of the black community in America. To celebrate, we caught up with Ron Miller, author of “Sellout: Musings from Uncle Tom’s Porch” and associate dean of the Helms School of Government, to talk about faith, race, politics, and his writing process. Get your free Kindle or Nook sample of his book today!
Tuesday, September 4th, 2012
The Republican National Convention this year devoted a significant portion of its prime time schedule to women and minority speakers, many of whom are the equivalent of rock stars in conservative circles. I expected liberals, from the bottom of the barrel to the top, to respond to the presence of these speakers, but even they caught me by surprise with the shrillness, ugliness and unhinged anger they showed.
Sunday, June 17th, 2012
Note: I had the honor this past Saturday of speaking as part of a panel at the Faith and Freedom Conference in Washington, DC, on the topic, “Building Bridges to African-Americans.” I had prepared some remarks to share, but the discussion went in a slightly different direction than I expected, so I’m sharing them with a wider audience instead.
Saturday, May 19th, 2012
Note: This is the main text of a letter I wrote in response to a brother in Christ who disagreed with the statement in my last article, “Time to Build an Ark,” that “I am no longer looking to the political process for solutions.”
Thank you for taking the time to write. I appreciate the thought you gave to my article.
I wouldn’t expect Christians to disengage from the culture; in fact, I encourage it. I simply believe that we’ve put too much faith in the political process and not enough in the power of God to do amazing things through His church stepping out boldly in every community across the land.
Sunday, December 18th, 2011
“Not sure why so many people who barely make $50k per year are so rabid in protecting the rich from tax hikes.” ~ Anonymous comment
The battle lines have never been more clearly drawn.
President Obama’s speech in Osawatomie, Kansas was a watershed moment in American politics. The choice of venue, the invocation of progressive Republican president Theodore Roosevelt’s “New Nationalism” speech in 1910, and the attention the administration called to the speech prior to its delivery was a clarion call as significant as President Ronald Reagan’s declaration at his 1981 inaugural address:
In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. From time to time we’ve been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? All of us together, in and out of government, must bear the burden.
Just as President Reagan in 1981 signaled a return to America’s founding principles of individual liberty, self-governance, free markets only lightly regulated for worker protection and public safety, and a government tightly bound by the restraints of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, President Obama’s speech was a dramatic call to reject those traditions in favor of a political ideology not of American origin, but which has taken root in soil fertilized by fear and watered by covetousness, envy and entitlement.
Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
Note: This is the fourth of a series, “Brainwashed, Incurious, Hard-Hearted or Bamboozled?” The previous installments can be found here.
I have often recounted that my conversion to conservatism began in my late teens, after I left home and began to examine what I believed and how that compared and contrasted with the platforms of the predominant American political parties.
I concluded that the values instilled in me by my parents, who were and are lifelong and loyal Democrats, were more representative of the Republican Party than the Democrats. My parents responded to my question about this dichotomy with the statement, “Republicans hate black people,” a statement at odds with history, my own personal experiences and even my parents’ history since they grew up in a South that was Democrat and hostile to black freedoms and aspirations.
I decided I couldn’t compromise my integrity in that manner, and reached my own conclusions. I’ve learned and experienced so much more since then, but nothing has caused me to deviate from my decision to live out my values in every area of my life, including the political arena.
Tuesday, October 18th, 2011
Note: This is the third of a series, “Brainwashed, Incurious, Hard-Hearted or Bamboozled?” The previous installments can be found here and here.
Before I begin this next article in the series, I want to point out that, judging from some of the responses to my initial posts in this series, there are still a lot of people out there who think if they shout loudly enough or respond viscerally to my statements, I will either be cowed or won over to their side.
What many of these folks fail to realize about me and most black conservatives is that we were not born with the worldview we currently hold. We used to be them. There is no argument or ad hominem attack directed toward us that we haven’t heard before, or used ourselves. Bob Parks, who thinks conservative/GOP outreach to the black community is an utter waste of time, put it this way:
I’ll venture to say that most black Republicans weren’t born that way. It took some life-altering revelation and a good amount of cojones to put oneself into the pariah column. Remember, blacks may be the only group in this country not allowed to have a diversity of political opinion. It’s Democrat or be damned. If you become a Republican, you can (and will) be ostracized by friends and family and be called racist names by the political left with impunity.
For that reason, GOP “outreach” in the black community is an exercise in futility that also puts the Republican Party in a position of weakness. Why would you be expected to reach out to a group that has consistently maligned your character?
I understand Bob’s frustration, but I’m stubbornly pressing ahead in the hope that I will break through to enough people to prove it can be done. He likens the transition from liberal to conservative for a black person to “a kind of spiritual conversion,” so a lot of prayer is involved as well!
Mark Twain famously said, “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” One lie that has made more revolutions around the globe than the International Space Station is the one that claims the Tea Party movement in America is primarily motivated by its opposition to a black man in the White House.
You mean the black man who got a higher percentage of white voters than any Democrat not named Jimmy Carter (1976) or Bill Clinton (1996) since Lyndon Johnson, the last Democrat to win a majority of the white vote? The black man whose approval rating two weeks before he took office and actually started doing things was at 82%?
The black man who was the most revered political figure since the assassinated John F. Kennedy, and was essentially deified by his supporters, so much so that the search “Obama Messiah” brings up some of the most audacious and ridiculous words and images one can imagine, worshipping a mere human being?
That black man?
Wednesday, October 12th, 2011
Note: This is the second of a series, “Brainwashed, Incurious, Hard-Hearted or Bamboozled?” The previous installment can be found here.
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain’s accusation that the black community has been “brainwashed” into supporting the Democratic Party and liberal policies exposed to the world a frustration with which most black conservatives are all too familiar.
Contrary to the stereotype, we care deeply about the ascendancy of the black community in America, and it is heartbreaking for us to witness what we perceive to be our willing participation in our own destruction.
Fifty years and tens of trillions of government dollars have bought three-fourths of our children without fathers in the home, an unemployment rate that, even in the very best of times, has been slightly more than one and a half times that of white Americans, more than half of our young black men not finishing high school, and more of us murdered through abortion than all other causes of death in the black community combined. And those are just some of the depressing statistics, most of which I can recite from memory.
It seems impossible, at least to conservatives of color, that any thinking person could examine this dismal record and the tragic waste of human capital, and be anything less than outraged. We should be questioning the approach we’ve been taking, and asking hard questions of our supposed benefactors, who have been telling us that they have the best answers for us. Clearly, they do not.
In fact, they’ve perpetrated upon us the greatest lie in American history, a lie that has essentially erased well over a century of civil rights achievements by one political party, and brutal oppression of our race by the other.
Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
In some respects, it’s a good thing that Herman Cain’s recent surge in the GOP presidential race gave him the platform to make the statement he did about black Americans being brainwashed into voting for Democrats and not considering conservative candidates.
It was probably a statement born of frustration. Conservatives of color genuinely care about the well-being of the black community, see the problems with the path we’ve been on for fifty years, and see a way out that is not only proven, but has worked for them personally, but no one will give them a hearing.