By: Bobby Ronny
I joined the Republican Party because of the worries I have about the direction of our country. When did it become normal to attack absolute truth? Gender, as in BIOLOGY, is optional? It is now married to a contrived idea of self-esteem. Race has become the most powerful identifying trait. Previously, one’s character was predicated by things like religion or family, not skin color. If you disagree with these new rules you fall into a group labeled “cancel-worthy” because you are a white supremacist-racist-transphobic-homophobic-bigot. The Democrat Party has become extremely dangerous to traditional American values; it is attempting to redefine absolute truth, much like the Soviets did.
In Orwell’s 1949 masterpiece, 1984, 2+2=5 was a slogan used to showcase the power of the totalitarian state as well its absurdity.[i] According to Winston Smith, the novel’s protagonist, “Freedom is the freedom to say 2+2=4.”[ii] The Soviets of the 1950s, advertently or not, adopted the same message. It meant that the goals of the first five-year plan could be reached in four years if the people just worked hard enough[iii]. Mind you many of the goals were not attainable in one hundred years, let alone four. Fast forward 30 years to the eastern reaches of the Soviet European empire and the slogan “May Poland be Poland: 2+2 must always equal four” was born. It became a rallying cry for a free trade independence movement which began in Poland but soon swept throughout the eastern bloc; helping to hasten the fall of the Iron Curtain over Europe, with the help of Ronald Reagan of course. The Soviets hated this because it was a threat to their hegemonic control over the populace. The slogan “2+2=4” spoke of absolute truth, something the Soviets could not offer.
Up is down, left is right, and gender is fluid in 2021 Dane County and America. Threats to traditional America are everywhere. Tucker Carlson hit a nerve when he defended Dr. Seuss. Read The Sneeches and Other Stories and discern why books like that are being cancelled by our big tech overlords but on the same platforms you can still purchase Mein Kampf?[iv] When was the last time governments or movements that backed burning books and censorship were on the “right side of history?”
Cancel culture is endemic; like the rotting plywood still covering broken windows on struggling or failed business throughout downtown Madison. Alan Dershowitz, an actual liberal, said “I hope all Americans wake up to this.” “I hope it’s not just the ‘shoe is on the other foot’ test. Now, the conservatives are the victims of cancel culture so they’re big supporters of the Constitution and constitutional rights. During McCarthyism, it was the left that were the victims, and the right were the oppressors.”[v] McCarthyism, like the cancel culture of today, was an out-of-control crusade that suppressed truth and used fear to perpetuate propaganda. Moreover, it was based on protecting our country from the external threat of communism, irrespective if it achieved the goal or not.[vi] What we face today is no different. We conservatives, republicans, libertarians, etc. are in the crosshairs of both the party in charge and the intelligence apparatus.[vii] However, the left is the party supporting Marxism and we are the party supporting the Constitution and the rule of law.
What the left is pushing is not normal; plain and simple. HR1 will make the way the 2020 election was administered law. It will cede control of elections to the federal government, removing control from state legislators. Mail in ballots, sure. Democracy in the park, hell yeah. Ballot drop boxes, put them everywhere. Hell, we will mail out ballots to every person on our voter roll, oh, you want to clean up the voter rolls, sorry, not under this law. All they need is more CTCL money, which HR1 will make legal.[viii] In kind campaign contributions, without disclosure and when used to benefit one party, are illegal under current law.[ix]
The “Equality Act” will end Title IX. There is a difference, biologically, between males and females. Take a look at track & field results between the previously recognized two genders.[x] In addition, it redefines the relationship between the church and state by designating churches as “public accommodations.” Labeling as such will likely force churches to accept government’s politics and definitions about sexual orientation and gender identity, regardless of religious beliefs. The left used secularism to remove God from the public square, now they are attempting to use government to dictate what religious institutions can believe. The Pilgrims left Delfshaven for religious liberty; 400 years later the same fight endures.
Children and young adults are not vectors of Covid transmission. It is a lie to state “schools cannot reopen safely until teachers and students are all vaccinated.” Private and parochial schools have been open throughout the pandemic and have had no problems with Covid dissemination; almost every positive case came from outside the school environment. In addition, the ancillary effects of school closure have been grievous to students. According to the previous CDC Director, Robert Redfield, "We're seeing, sadly, far greater suicides now than we are deaths from COVID. We're seeing far greater deaths from drug overdose that are above excess, that we had as background, than we are seeing deaths from COVID,"[xiv] How can we continue down this path considering all the damage it’s doing to our children and their future? The left is also pushing the notion of the permanent emergency, under the auspice of Covid, climate change, and racism.[xi] Emergency equals an opportunity, an opportunity to seize power. Locally, we have a health department that issues decrees from atop Mount Zion, absolutely unchecked, fervent in their medical tyranny. Study after study has shown the ineffectiveness of masks.[xii] Same for the dangers surrounding reopening schools to in person instruction.[xiii]
Dane and Milwaukee counties house the majority of Wisconsin’s “black” and “brown” population. Yet their schools are still closed, while nearly every other school outside of those counties are open. Systemic racism anyone? Who oversees the districts in Dane and Milwaukee County? Not Republicans. Sidenote, the nomenclature of black and brown foments the development of individual identity based on immutable characteristics. People are so much more than their skin color.
In many ways we as Republicans can use the left’s attempted redefinition of absolute truth and their denial of common sense to our advantage. Most people, albeit left or right, conservative or liberal, democrat or republican, just want their government to work as its constituted. This is no longer the case in Dane County. We are governed by decree and special interests like teachers’ unions. We must worship at the altar of social justice and racial equity. The solution to racism cannot be more racism, as so many on the left believe. Normal people understand that, but they are too afraid to speak up. This is where we come in.
To overcome the obstacle of wokeness and take our county/country back from the people who are ruining it, we must grow the party. Our umbrella must be vast. There is such a dearth of real political leadership in Dane County. People do not want to be ruled, they want to be included in the process. We need to become the party of every person dejected by the leftward lurch of the democrat party. We use the ideas of Trumpism, of America first, but perhaps not Trump’s bluntness in delivering the argument. Conservative ideas win when argued properly and instituted honestly.
Every municipality with a school district should create their own membership committee. Become your own independent family. Each member needs to recruit, reach out and get out of their bubble. We tell people 2+2 no longer equals 5. We tell people that the republican party stands for schools to open, masks off, Covid restrictions to end, securing elections, and become the party that returns civility to our discourse. We are the party that stands for absolute truth. Most rational citizens agree with these positions.
We grow the party by becoming active participants in the political arena. We must own conservatism, wear it like a badge. Do not forget, “this country shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.”[xv] The key phrase being “by the people.” We are the people! Let us stop outsourcing local government to Democrats. Our constitutional republic requires participation.
[i] Orwell, 1984
[ii] Orwell, 1984, page 77
[iii] https://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O193584/may-poland-be-poland-22-poster-tomaszewski-henryk/ Included in the link is a picture of one of the many signs hung throughout Poland during this time.
[vii] https://www.jpost.com/breaking-news/capitol-rioters-were-not-fake-trump-supporters-fbi-director-says-660709 https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/01/caught-video-antifa-protester-john-sullivan-brags-posing-trump-supporter-breaking-window-us-capitol-building-riots/
[xv] Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address, 11/19/1863