I found myself stuck at the doctor’s office with a dead phone and without my tablet. After smacking myself in the head a few times I went on the hunt for reading material. The germaphobe in me came out when I realized there were an awful lot of sick people in the waiting room with me (imagine that) and I decided touching a five-year-old magazine wasn’t such a good idea. Next, I hit my purse, planning to read receipts or purge the trash but lo and behold…reading material!
Years ago, Liberty Alliance started offering a pocket size copy of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence for free, just the cost of shipping and handling or a free download. They added three more pocket size books; The Catechism of the Constitution, Rules for Conservative Radicals and the Right Wing Handbook for the same deal. Of course I took advantage of the deal, not only for myself but for my husband, our four adult children, our 13-year-old and a few copies for the little ones when they are old enough! Yes, they’re all over my house! I didn’t even recall throwing the Right Wing Handbook into my bag but there it was, nestled amongst the nastiness that is a Mommy Purse.
The Right Wing Handbook was written by Dr. David L. Goetsch. His profile at Patriot Update says Goetsch is the author of over 70 books, a retired college Vice-President professor of business and political science, a business consultant, and a widely recognized public speaker. The simple wisdom in Ring Wing Handbook is something that all citizens can learn from. For Tea Party, 912 Project members and other citizens involved in trying to uphold the Constitution, it is mandatory reading! Sitting there reading, I felt comfort in the words, an ease of understanding. Basically, the breaking down of what seems like insurmountably difficult politics into something with such ease that it translates into pure common sense.
The Handbook’s subtitle is Demolishing Ten Lies of the Left (you even get a ‘bonus’ lie). It includes gems like Lie #2 Conservatives Want to Defund Education, Lie #8 Conservatives Hate Women and Gays and Lie #7 Conservatives Have a Love Affair with Guns (OK, maybe that one’s the tiniest bit true in my case). What caught my attention was Lie #4, Conservatives Believe Racism is a Non-Issue. For politically active conservatives like myself, being accused of racism has become commonplace. If the Right complains about the way Barack Obama runs the country, the Left calls it a racist attack. Black and minority conservatives face far worse, like they have somehow ‘betrayed’ their race by being conservative.
Dr. Goetsch describes what has happened to the term ‘racism’ since the 60s. “During the civil rights movement of the 1960s, racists lynched black Americans, blew up churches killing little black girls, set snarling police dogs on black demonstrators, and assassinated black leaders. The perpetrators of these terrible crimes were, indeed, racists in the worst possible sense of the word.” He goes on to explain how the term is now used to gain political advantage, scare off potential opponents and now, the word has been devalued to the point that it’s losing its meaning. Unfortunately, we already know this all too well, so rather than rehash the subject I want to share the strategies Dr. Goetsch has for ending real racism in America:
- Reject attempts from liberals to misuse the term for political advantage, bludgeon opponents, or to advance an agenda that has nothing to do with eliminating racism.
- Understand that bias is not racism. The doctor points out that all people of all races, genders, cultures and nationalities have biases. Acting on those biases in ways that are hurtful is racism.
- Look for common ground between and among people of different races.
- Eliminate all government-mandated policies and practices that have the effect of segregating by race . If liberals are truly concerned with racial barriers, than they should stop erecting them.
- Encourage Americans to relate to each other as individuals rather than as stereotypical members of racial groups.
- Understand the distinction between opportunity and outcome. I believe this is the most important thing on this list. Dr. Goetsch wrote, “Opportunity is when everyone gets to begin at the same starting line.” He points out that you can’t mandate equal results and trying to do so, like the liberals have done, “perpetuates racism by favoring one race over another”.
The Right Wing Handbook goes into much more detail on each suggestion and while it certainly doesn’t supply all the answers, it’s a heck of a start! There are deeper problems with racism that the right can’t solve on its own. Two arguments that have been unsuccessful for the past several years are: ‘Planned Parenthood was created to kill black babies’ and the ‘Democrats are the party of slaves’ arguments. While both are true, they do nothing to change the dynamic today. Regardless of the past, liberals know that millions of low and middle-income women use Planned Parenthood and truthfully, they couldn’t care less why it was started. Same story with the other argument. Frankly, what the Democrats did in the past matters not to people dependent on the government and their ilk, black or white.
No one has all the answers but finding common ground is a great start. There’s a tremendous amount of infighting between Christian religions and rather than fight, we can use the love of God as common ground between religions and races. There’s a huge movement in the gay community to stop the Gun Grab; does that stop some religious conservatives from believing homosexuality is wrong? No, but it is common ground, a place to start. Sadly, the fact is that unless the Left decides to engage in the same behavior, we’re stuck out on a limb. In the meantime, we need to work on getting the Right right. Trying to stop the infighting and finding common ground doesn’t mean we’re giving up on our beliefs but if we go about it the right way, it just means we’re moving!
To order a copy of the Right Wing Handbook (or to get a free ebook download) and the other pocket books go to: http://patriotdepot.com/pocket-right-wing-handbook/