When Niall O’Dowd invited me to be the voice of the right at IrishCentral, I was met with complaints from those who didn’t like having a different opinion disturbing their peace and quiet. But I was also greeted with welcome from those who felt they had not previously been given a voice. One priest even commented “praise God for Ed Farnan” after I came aboard.
I have seen the myths put forth by my liberal colleagues, repeating stereotypes to paint all on the right with. If you repeat something often enough, it becomes the truth, even if it is not.
The myths that are particularly galling, though, are the ones claiming that the Tea Party is a racist organization and that the right is a breeding ground of homophobia and waging a “war on women.”
Of course, in any group, there will be fringe elements; but that should never be a basis to label an entire political movement.
For me, there is nothing better than to talk to those who are directly involved in a subject in order to get their opinion. Especially the ones who would be feeling the brunt of the racism and discrimination (if there was any.)
I called Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson, someone I have deep respect for. Reverend Peterson is the founder of BOND Action and The South Central LA Tea Party, which self-identifies as “a black-led organization that loves and supports America,”
During our phone call, Reverend Peterson couldn’t be more emphatic that the Tea Party is composed of regular American citizens who only want to see a responsible government and fiscal sanity restored to our country. His Tea Party chapter is”not only popular in my own community”; he also said “I was surprised at the number of members throughout the US who joined, including many Hispanics and African Americans.”
Reverend Peterson was recently outraged when he saw claims made by Democrat Congressman Alan Grayson, comparing the Tea Party to the Ku Klux Klan. Reverend Peterson demanded that the “race baiting Grayson apologize to Black Americans and the Tea Party for his outrageous lies.”
“Alan Grayson is playing on the worst fears of Blacks in an attempt to continue the brainwashing tactics of the Democratic Party. He knows that for more than 160 years it has been the Democrats who have used the Ku-Klux-Klan, Jim Crow, and failing liberal policies to keep many blacks on the liberal Democrat’s plantation.” Read more here.
My next contact was Richard Grenell. Richard is a conservative, a registered Republican, openly gay, and appears frequently on Fox News as a foreign policy/security expert. He has been interviewed on CNN, Fox News, ABC News, NBC News, and many other media outlets.
I asked Richard for his opinion as a gay man in the conservative world, and if he faces discrimination:
“First of all, I classify myself as a consistent conservative. I consistently want government out of my life. I recognize that government must act when there is no market force but should stay out when there is a desire from the private sector to do something.”
“But generally I say that the far left and the far right are both intolerant. I have experienced it first hand. The far left hates the fact that I am a gay conservative. They want to keep gays in an ideological box. They alone get to decide when we get to speak up and on what issue.”
I contacted Jana Neweley. Jana has co-written articles with me in the past and has helped me research for upcoming interviews. Jana is a freelance writer of conservative political commentary. Follow her political tweets at PimpingtheUS.
“As a Black, Conservative woman, I have experienced racism and intolerance over the years, encountering both White and Black racists. So, how is it possible for any one group to say to another, “You’re racist?” Yet, the Democratic Party has accused The Right of just that. Well, I accuse The Left of being intolerant, because Liberal-Dems have zero tolerance for me. Sure, they’re okay with the color of my skin, but not with the fact that my conservative values are in direct conflict with their political agenda. If there was anything I could share with the American People, it would be Blacks ARE NOT automatically liberal.”
I had calls in to Carly Fiorina, Melissa Meyers, and Meg Whitman, all former and present CEOs of top American corporations. I wanted to get a first-hand account of the conservative war on women intended to keep them “barefoot and pregnant”….but their busy schedules prevented a comment in time for this article.
A woman is considering a run for president; hopefully, she’s a conservative. Women are governors, senators, members of Congress, and very powerful in the Republican Party. Women have assumed leadership roles in all strata of society; there is no one telling them they can’t do something. It is just another liberal fallacy to claim that there is a war on women.
It’s easier to call someone a name or label them as an extremist instead of having to answer real questions about your failing policies.
This commentary originally appeared at IrishCentral.org and is reprinted here with permission.
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