Alexander's Column

Decoding the Left's 'Tolerance and Diversity' Agenda

Eroding Liberty by Undermining Faith and Family

By Mark Alexander · Aug. 22, 2013
“Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath?” –Thomas Jefferson (1781)

Conservative commentators and media outlets devote enormous print space and airtime to topical political news, but often fail to reference the more substantive implications of political disputes. Consequently, too many grassroots conservatives, whose opinions are informed by those outlets, are also predisposed to focus on the topical, without connecting to its substantive context.

In the absence of a broad fundamental understanding of the threat to Liberty posed by the Democratic Party, that Party has made significant advances in the last five years.

For example, conflicts resulting from the insidious “tolerance and diversity agenda” promoted by Barack Hussein Obama and his Leftist NeoCom cadres are often the subject of political commentary.

Indeed, these conflicts certainly warrant the attention and ire of grassroots conservatives across the nation. However, conservative leaders too often fail to connect these conflicts with the real issue – the battle between Liberty and oppression.

There is an endless stream of news related to Obama’s tolerance and diversity propaganda, and the rest of his web of schemes, which are strategically designed to undermine Liberty by advancing his Party’s statist economic and cultural policies.

While I primarily depend on the Web’s reliable news and policy analytic resources in order to formulate my own commentary, I try to catch Bret Baier’s nightly “Special Report” on FNC as a good touchstone for what the conservative TV media are broadly reporting each day. Occasionally I direct a few choice words at my flat screen, especially when Beltway Republicans completely fail to link sensational topics to any substantive context.

Case in point: One notable news story this week involves two of Obama’s key intolerance and diversity agenda items, homosexuals in the military and his rigid prohibition of religious expression in the military. These two collided, resulting in disciplinary action against a 19-year Air Force veteran, Senior Master Sergeant Phillip Monk, who was relieved of duty and reassigned by his lesbian commanding officer.

Why? Because Monk refused to compromise his Christian view on homosexuals.

According to the Sergeant’s Liberty Institute attorney, Hiram Sasser, Monk received a letter from his commander asking if “he could agree that a verbal statement expressing religious or moral opposition to same-sex marriage was discrimination. Monk answered he did not agree that it was discrimination.”

“Are we going to have a ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy for Christians so we don’t get harassed for our beliefs?” asked Sasser. “Here’s a guy who wants to have his religious liberty and serve in the military. He shouldn’t have to believe in gay marriage in order to serve.”

Monk says of his motivation for pursuing this complaint, “Christians … are being robbed of our dignity and respect. We can’t be who we are. This [complaint] isn’t just about me, this is for all airmen.”

Indeed, the military, and the Air Force in particular, has suffered a significant decline in morale as a result of the Obama regime’s tolerance agenda.

Because Air Force and other Service Branch commanders, and civilian DoD administration appointees, are under the direct command of the President as their Commander in Chief and boss, the tolerance diktats from the current CINC are not vetted by the legislative and judicial branches prior to implementation – any more than the landslide of oppressive regulations he has ordered in civilian agencies are subject to oversight.

Yes, in 2010, after a crushing defeat by Tea Party candidates, the House Majority Democrats overturned the former proscription on open homosexuals in the military as one of their final legislative acts prior to handing control to the incoming Republican majority. But the plethora of ensuing tolerance rules and regulations had the intended effect of undermining military families and eroding the faith fabric that has held our military and Republic together since the first CINC, George Washington.

In 1776, after having the new Declaration of Independence read to his troops, Washington ordered that chaplains for every regiment affirm that “every officer and man, endeavour so to live, and act, as becomes a Christian Soldier, defending the dearest Rights and Liberties of his country.”

Washington’s order in support of faith is wholly antithetical to the Socialist objectives of the current freeloading “community organizer” occupying the White House. And undermining “Rights and Liberties,” as referenced in Washington’s order, is the real objective behind the persecution of this Master Sergeant and the other daily examples of similar violations of Obama’s tolerance agenda.

Yes, all conservatives should be outraged by headlines exposing this CINC’s mission of religious oppression and homosexual normalization in the military, but we should never get so focused on the topical nature of such news that the substantive context is obscured – we should not fail to see the proverbial forest for the trees.

The Obama Platform

So, how is the Left’s overarching agenda served by promoting intolerant “tolerance?”

Stated succinctly, Obama’s overarching motive is to tear apart the fabric that binds his adversaries – faith and the family – the fundamental individual and societal building blocks of Liberty, and the primary obstacles to tyranny.

Obama’s Socialist cadres, like those before them, seek to undermine the foundational tenets of Essential Liberty – faith and family – in order to replace republican Rule of Law with dictatorial rule of men.

The former is predicated on the principle that Liberty for all mankind is “endowed by their Creator,” while the latter asserts that government is the giver of all things. The basis for Obama’s Socialist agenda is the contention that the rights of men are subject to the rule of men.

Our Founders were forthright in their faith, as have been generations of Patriots since. Faith is the foundational context for Liberty, and “we hold these truths to be self-evident,” that the rights of man are “unalienable,” an irrevocable gift assured through the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.”

The Left rejects that endowment of Liberty and the individual rights and responsibilities it embodies. Consequently, the root of all political debate about Liberty and tyranny – or, in political parlance, between Right and Left – is the contest to assert who endows Liberty – our Creator, or man.

So when conservatives rightly protest religious oppression and the socialist political policies leading to cultural devolution that undermines the family, such protest should never neglect to convey the context for our objection – that the Left’s purpose is, ultimately, to undermine the endowment of American Liberty.

Over the last five years, Obama’s “tolerance agenda” combined with other Leftist agendas to accelerate government dependency and divide Americans into special interest constituencies based on class and race have served only one goal – to undermine Liberty.

But I am reminded by Jefferson, “The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time; the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them.”


Steven Lincoln in Kennesaw, GA said:

Mark's column this week is so on the money. It recalls a substantive discriminating factor between the right and left that I always seem to remember from the 1996 Vice Presidential debate between Al Gore and Jack Kemp. The question was - "What do you see the role of government?" Gore's response was to "provide opportunities" and Kemp's response was "remove obstacles". Underlying these answers is the root of this Thursday's column. "Provide opportunities" leads to control and oppression. "Remove obstacles" leads to individual choice and liberty. These answers clearly delineate the fundamental differences between conservatives and liberals.

Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 12:21 PM

One VA Patriot in Arlington, VA said:

It seems that the effect of Obama's "tolerance genda" has been to undermine Liberty, but the real purpose of this traitor-in-chief is to achieve where other tyrants from Wilson have failed, the accomplishment of the destruction of the United States. Once that is achieved, Liberty will be expunged from the world for all time. Halting the designs of the idiot is our charge and our mission.

Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA replied:

Liberty’s foundation is within Religious morals handed from God.

I think it is time for us to recognize the assault on that foundation and pick up the banner that the founders carried to release us from the bondage that Obama and his like-minded comrades would have us live under.

It is very clear that we will get no help from those we elected to protect our liberty, and certainly no help from those traitors to their oath of office to restore our rights and freedom.

The only question now is where the matches will be struck to start the blaze of freedom restoration.

Our elected are driving us over the cliffs of no return with no regard to the history of oppression and slavery we suffered by the hands of the tyrants rejected 237 years ago.

Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 3:01 PM

John Cunningham in Lafayette said:

Great Article and unfortunately not seen in enough places. In my opinion ever since the 2000 election the Liberal Progressive wing of the Democrat Party has come out of the closet and set themselves on the American Public. There hatred for George Bush was so intensive it manifested itself soon after the contested election. The election of Barack Obama was the culmination of that hate.

Now, what are we Americans going to about it? This new Liberalism can not stand. If it does, in any respect it will destroy this Nation. I to am alarmed at how supposed Conservative Politicians dodge the issues and not warn America of it's impending doom. This is a serious issue and will take serious People to fight back. I am not sure of one Politician except maybe Ted Cruz. Maybe Trey Goudy but he needs experience and name recognition. Cruz has come on with a gusto not seen in quite sometime.
One thing is for sure, if Thomas Jefferson or for that matter any of the other Founding Fathers were alive today, they would immediately die of a broken Heart.

Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA replied:

The founders if alive today would not Die of a broken heart, it would be more like what Patton would say, Our founders would make the enemies of freedom die from their broken hearts as the lives of tyrants need to end to end the tyranny.

Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Abu Nudnik in Toronto replied:

What about Jindal and Walker?

Friday, August 23, 2013 at 10:26 AM

sailorsson in Saint Augustine, Fl said:

How timely are these remarks, as the heat of "debate" increases, but the discussions moves further away from basic principles. The current debates on information mining by the NSA and other government entities rarely focuses on the unalienable rights that are government's first duty. We are now so far removed from Constitutional Principles that today's debates are circular as there is no agreed-to foundation on which to base an argument.

Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Truthseeker in Springfield, MO replied:

"We are now so far removed from Constitutional Principles that today's debates are circular as there is no agreed-to foundation on which to base an argument." Dennis, you nailed it! Our political debates will continue to go around in circles until we start basing our arguments on a solid foundation of truth that no amount of rhetoric or spin can dislodge.

Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA replied:

There is either slavery or freedom, there is no middle ground

Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Ed I in Tallahassee, Florida said:

At the end of Obama's first year I became convinced that their strategy was either to transform the USA into whatever it is they believe they want, certainly not what our founding fathers foresaw or to leave us in such a shambles, such a mess, so extremely divided that it will take a generation to fix even if no Democrat is every again elected. As Obama's favorability has declined in the polls so has he, his minion, the media, and his base increased their efforts to divide the country. The man elected the first time on promises to bring the country together, 'no red states/ no blue states just the USA' we are more divided than anytime in my life. The left appears determined to return to what they believe were the exciting days of the 1960s and 1950s. Yet what did anyone expect from a man whose campaign staff had posters of Che Guevara on their walls.

Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 1:18 PM

enemaofthestatistquo in walnutgrove said:

Speaking of the military. I was watching Varney & Co. this AM 8/22. A clip of Obama dismounting Marine1 on our White House lawn was shown. I don't know if any one else noticed or even if I saw it accurately, but it appeared to me that Obama was too busy waving to adoring Press to return the salute of the Marine guard at the bottom of the gangway. The Marine was still saluting when Obama had walked several paces beyond him and then the Marine disappeared from camera frame.

Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Diane in Tx replied:

The President is not required to return salutes (he doesn't do it right anyway). I'm sure the Marine returned to "order arms" shortly after disappearing off camera.

Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 1:48 PM

enemaofthestatistquo in walnutgrove replied:

Diane, are you positive about that. Throughout history inferior ranks have saluted as a matter of discipline and respect, but the respect has traditionally been, (and in the US armed forces at least when I served) required to be acknowledged by the superior rank. Obama is President and therefore Commander in Chief of all US armed forces. His lack of respect for our military a telling indicator of his character.

Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 3:56 PM

One VA Patriot in Arlington, VA replied:

Reminiscent of that other progressive, Bill Clinton.

Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Bill in Leawood, KS said:

You think the French Republicans are any better? They are just more dishonest.

Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Mike McGinn in People's Republic of Maryland said:

UCMJ Article 92 requires military members to obey any LAWFUL general order or regulation and any other LAWFUL order issued by a member of the armed forces. The question is when will our senior military leadership eventually put their foot down and say "no" to the many unlawful orders being thrust upon them? It's been a little over 6 decades since the "Revolt of the Admirals". Perhaps that time has come again?

Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 1:54 PM

One VA Patriot in Arlington, VA replied:


Very good question, but I am afraid the educational system of our military leaders is almost as corrupt as that of our youth. Senior commanders are the product of Jimmy Carter era social engineering and are more concerned with academic principals than military concerns.

Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Rod in USA replied:

Unless you are one, I would suggest that you refrain from making such generic and highly insulting statements.

Friday, August 23, 2013 at 10:50 AM

One VA Patriot in Arlington, VA replied:


Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Jay Byrd in South Bend IN said:

"When I joined the military it was illegal to be homosexual, then it became optional, and now it's legal. I'm getting out before the Democrats make it mandatory." Sgt Harry Berres, USMC

Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA said:

Who are we fighting against to retain Liberty?

Who will pick up the instruments to retain freedom that will soon be lost absent effort to retain?

Are we not all looking to our neighbor to pick up and throw out the trash so we can sit around and proclaim what hero’s they are for their efforts and sacrifice?

Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA said:

Hello Comrades, Nothing is wrong!

Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Oldnavydude in Alabama said:

When I first enlisted in the military, homosexuals were not tolerated...and for good reason. During my career, don't ask, don't tell came into favor. Now, not only is it tolerated, it's encouraged...I'm glad I retired before it becomes mandatory.

Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 6:12 PM

boilingfrog in N.C. replied:

It's a damn shame we are losing good troops over some gay crap that should still be outlawed in the military. I believe it to be part of the plan the people that pull monkey ears strings. Their agenda to bring the U. S. A. down by any and all means possible. Too much bad stuff happening for it to be random monkey ears and his ilk need to be jailed and his handlers need to be hung in public. Treason is or was a crime, once upon a time.

Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 9:18 PM

Mike Schwartz in El Paso,TX said:

Shamelessly pilfered from someone who writes far better than I.

The American Dream ended (on November 6th). The second term of Barack Obama will be the final nail in the coffin for the legacy of the white Christian males who discovered, explored, pioneered, settled and developed the greatest Republic in the history of mankind.
A coalition of Blacks, Latinos, Feminists, Gays, Government Workers, Union Members, Environmental Extremists, The Media, Hollywood, uninformed young people, the "forever needy," the chronically unemployed, illegal aliens and other "fellow travelers" have ended Norman Rockwell's America.The Cocker Spaniel is off the front porch...the Pit Bull is in the back yard.
The American Constitution has been replaced with Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals" and Chicago shyster, David Axelrod, along with international Socialist George Soros will be pulling the strings on their beige puppet to bring us Act 2 of the New World Order.
Our side ran two candidates who couldn't even win their own home states, and the circus fatty Chris Christie helped Obama over the top with a glowing "post Sandy" tribute that elevated the "Commander-in-Chief" to Mother Teresa status.
People like me are completely politically irrelevant, and I will never again comment on or concern myself with the aforementioned coalition which has surrendered our culture, our heritage and our traditions without a shot being fired.
You will never again out vote these people. It will take individual acts of defiance and massive displays of civil disobedience to get back the rights we have allowed them to take away. It will take Zealots, not moderates--not reach-across-the-aisle RINOs to right this ship and restore our beloved country to its former status.
Those who come after us will have to risk their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to bring back the Republic that this generation has timidly frittered away due to "white guilt" and political correctness.....

I'm done.

Dear Patriots:

At least in OUR time, we knew and understood Valor! We understood that one stood for the Flag, rose when a woman or elder entered the room, and removed our headgear in the presence of the Almighty. We fought for our country in places foreign so that others would not need to battle on our porches. Many were buried wrapped in our Flag and understood why.

It is, to that end, our lives will conclude as they were begun-No Surrender and God Bless America!

Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Abu Nudnik in Toronto said:

In checking the background to this story I was surprised to find that the Sergeant was not arraigned for any behavior that might undermine morale but for a private conversation between him and his commander who thought she had the right to impose her position on a political issue and used her rank in an abuse of power to bust him down for not agreeing.

One opinion is allowed! There's diversity for ya!

All law is discriminatory. That's it's purpose. All good law discriminates in favor of freely chosen contracts between parties and against coercion.

Friday, August 23, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Beadwindow 49 in Alexandria, VA said:

Another VA Partiot in Alexandria, VA. God provide us the strenght and wisdom to protect and defend the U.S. Constitution.

Sunday, August 25, 2013 at 9:26 PM