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Robin Smith / Sep. 3, 2019

Conservatives Can Win or Whine, but Not Both

Echoing and emulating the tactics of the Left won’t necessarily benefit conservatives.

During his presidential run, Donald Trump promised that America would soon be back to winning — in stark contrast to bowing to the interests of other nations in trade, tax policy, military engagements, and diplomacy. Trump declared in May 2016, “We are gonna win, win, win. … We’re going to win at everything. And some of you are friends and you’re going to call, and you’re going to say, ‘Mr. President, please, we can’t take it anymore. We can’t win anymore like this, Mr. President. You’re driving us crazy. You’re winning too much.’ … And I’m going to say, ‘I’m sorry, we’re going to keep winning because we are going to make America great again.’”

Well, America is winning again. One of the ways is with jobs. In particular, unemployment for blacks is down to 6.2%, narrowing the gap between Caucasian unemployment from 4.6 percentage points down to 2.9. There are one million more blacks in the workforce and two million more Hispanics than during the Barack Obama years. Wage growth is up to a 2.8% annual increase versus the 1.9% of what the media touted as Obama’s big economy.

The 2020 election cycle will be one of the most expensive if not the most expensive in American history. With the incumbent president making policy changes that have inarguably improved the economy for Americans, the edge nationally goes to the GOP. However, the ire of those who absolutely despise President Trump (and any who cheer his policies) serves as an artisan well of endless fury that intensifies the commitment of the Democrats.

Winning aside, there’s also whining to contend with. The recent response by a Republican group to a very predictable action of a university leftist faculty expressing such anger offers a moment for all to be a bit reflective on how best to move through the election cycle ahead.

The vice chancellor for student affairs at North Carolina State University recently resigned his post (though he “remains on faculty”) following his social-media posts comparing the College Republicans on campus to the KKK while declaring them to be “neo-Nazis” and “alt-right crazies.” His Twitter account has been replaced by a private account with no trace of his Democrat-approved labels that reveal he too suffers the contagion of Trump Derangement Syndrome that is at epidemic proportions on the Left these days.

His social-media feed didn’t just recently have such posts. Back in November 2018, this same NC State faculty referenced three visitors to campus as “rednecks.” I suppose someone forgot to tell this guy he happens to be vice chancellor to all students, not just the disgruntled and downtrodden who virtue signal their moral greatness in tolerance while, interestingly, are grossly intolerant of all who disagree with them.

This academic administrator personified, in his own words, the fact that Democrats instantly label all who disagree with them as racists, bigots, homophobes, xenophobes, and misogynists. They demand uniformity and an apology to come with a safe space to follow. Give the former vice chancellor credit where credit’s due. At least he didn’t hide behind the ultimate demonstration of cowardice by posting on an anonymous Twitter account that hurls insults and criticisms behind the Twitter-is-for-Trolls notion.

The letter issued by the board of the NC State College Republicans serves to inform us all.

It’s reasonable to expect a faculty charged with the duty to lead all students to do just that — lead all students. Clearly, the man has a consistent record of showing his disdain for many walking on the campus entrusted by parents to provide an environment of higher learning based on their political leanings. If his job was chairman of the College Democrats or of the NC State Socialists, his words would be in context. But his public posts provide a couple of snapshots into his undeniable bias.

While his resignation is best, the College Republicans don’t need to mirror the same whining approach taken by their political rivals. Specifically, deeming criticisms as “unsafe” is a bit much when the CRs noted correctly that the administrator’s “comments have affixed Republican students to society’s most egregious and reprehensible groups.” Had their composition ended there, accuracy would have been achieved. But moving to the narrative more characteristic of the entitled was not ideal.

Even more so, adding that the former chancellor used “hurtful rhetoric” and that, “Since 1951, College Republicans at NC State have advocated strongly for respectful dialogue and inclusiveness in the political process.” Um, no!

Mark Bauerlein, professor of English at Emory University, rightly wrote, “Progressives love to call for more dialogue, which usually means, ‘Let’s talk until you agree with me,’ and their inclusiveness is really a form of coercion.” On the Center-Right, parroting the same social-justice script seems to validate an emotion-laden mindset that negates the intellect.

Whether in the 2020 election cycle or in any discussion of issues, Americans need to see that some whine in hopes to appeal to voters’ emotions while others offer a reasoned and principled basis to lead our nation to more winning.

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