A Problem Larger Than Radical Islam

The following opinion piece was written by Dennis Galvin, Massachusetts Republican State Committeeman.  It was published in the “Letter to the Editor” section of WestfordCAT News on June 27, 2016.

Our nation recently experienced one of the worst terror attacks in its history. Yet, rather than coming together, with a firm resolve to respond, Americans find themselves bitterly divided over political agendas.  There are three rails in American politics today. The conservative rail favors small government, strict adherence to the constitution and a free enterprise economic system.   The liberal rail favors larger government, wide latitude in the interpretation of the constitution, and qualified support for the free enterprise system, provided there is a safety net.  The third rail are the progressives.  They are neo Marxists, who believe that American society is inherently flawed and must be torn down and rebuilt. Centralized re-education, social re-structuring, pervasive government indoctrination and rule by fiat are their answer. They see the constitution as biased toward certain classes and believe that wealth redistribution is the only way to achieve social justice.

Progressive ideology has played a significant part in bringing about our division. The mass shooting in Orlando, Florida gives clear evidence of this.   It was perpetrated by a self-avowed radical Islamist, supported by an ideology focused on destroying western civilization.  Progressives distinguished themselves by their response to this incident. They fabricated a narrative to distort the intent of this ruthless killer, using his crime to attack American citizens, who do not agree with their agenda.  Gun owners, Christians, straight men, were all accused of contributing to the conditions that led to this carnage.  The leading national progressive, our president, became unglued over criticism of his leadership, attacking Republican candidate Donald Trump with a ferocity that should have been reserved for the terrorist ideology responsible for the killings.

This display is unnerving and it supports an assertion made by David Horowitz, a former member of the new left, now a progressive critic, who said that to understand progressives, one must remember that “the issue is never the issue, the issue is the revolution.”   Horowitz warns that the only focus of progressives is their agenda.  The implication:  no matter what happens, with regard to the radical Islamic threat, progressives would sacrifice our security to advance their goals. The anemic response of our President to ISIS, his unwillingness to fully commit the nation to their destruction, and the renewed calls to curb the second amendment support this assertion.  It would also explain his vehement public attacks on Republicans, rather than homicidal radical Islamists.

Horowitz’s implications are clear, progressives are so blinded by the correctness of their ideology, that they no longer feel an affinity for their nation or their fellow countrymen, if they disagree.  All that counts is the cause, anyone who gets in the way must be destroyed.  Offering a sobering insight into this mindset, Horowitz once said “ if you believed that you could bring about heaven on earth, what crime would you not commit and what lie would you not tell.”  Such audacity threatens our freedom and our security.  The aftermath of Orlando reveals that, as a nation, we are facing bigger problems than just ISIS.

Note:  The above editorial expresses a personal opinion and is not necessarily reflective of the positions or opinions of the Westford Republican Town Committee.

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