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The Long March of the Liberal Left

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August 30, 2011 | 1,550 views | 10 comments

Harlingen, Texas, August 27, 2011: Following a recent media announcement concerning a school abandoning prayer before the start of sporting events, a friend confessed his frustration at the decision and similar left-of-center proclamations being made across the United States. “If conservatives outnumber liberals two to one in this country”, he lamented, then why do all of these public pronouncements seem to favor secular or progressive agendas?”

Though conservatives outnumber liberals 43% to 21% in the United States, many conservatives still feel they have a small voice in the public debate. They find it difficult to understand why they keep getting beat down in the public arena, when their philosophy is more widely accepted. The simple answer is the liberal-left is very patient and long-suffering. Conservatives, on the other hand, have always sought instant acceptance.

My early college experience dates back more than 50 years. As a freshman at what was then called San Diego State College, I remember the student body had a strong contingent of both World War II and Korean War veterans. In fact, they dominated student government, social organizations and the classrooms. They were so actively patriotic that when a single member of the faculty was discovered to be a Communist, the students drove him from the campus.

Now flash forward to 1990. It was a struggle for me to gain any whisper of a conservative voice on a university campus. In fact, only a single fine arts professor stood beside me declaring his conservative label out of 350 or more faculty members. Now, there may have been a few more conservatives within that mix, but they were well hidden. Over the many years of faculty hiring and determinations of tenure, those of a progressive persuasion kept advancing their numbers until teachers harboring conservative thought were almost non-existent. When a faculty senate is 99% liberal, a conservative has small chance of them voting him or her tenure. As most people realize, with tenure comes job security on any campus and for progressives, a strengthening of their ranks.

These liberal advancements took place, not only at the University of Texas-Pan American, but also in public institutions across the United States. The progressive professors preached their gospel to politically ignorant teen-age students assembled in their classrooms. Four years later another progressive was turned loose on the country. This was particularly the case in our schools of education. Every new teacher pressed out from those molds was a carbon copy of a progressive professor.

The various schools of journalism were also targets of the liberal-left academic invasion. Schools of the early fifties taught us that journalism was a trust and that news was “a here-to-fore unreported FACT of significant interest to the public.” Those ideas of trust and fact vanished as the liberal-left captured our journalism schools and eventually dominated almost every mainstream media outlet.

By controlling both education and the media, a liberal agenda was given center stage in America. Democrats dominated the political arena for decades and still are deeply rooted inside those institutions that seek to control both thought and action.

Conservatives were almost voiceless until the dawning of Talk Radio. Fact centered media information was further advanced with the birth of Fox News. The two outlets, along with a sprinkling of news magazines and newspapers have finally given the conservative movement a voice that can be heard nationally. It is not a giant voice yet, but it is growing in volume almost daily. Is the message being heard? Well conservatives are growing in number...and the liberal-left is no longer accepted as the herald of the people.

Semper Fidelis

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Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
August 31, 2011 7:05pm
Just me, how cool is that ... if only the media were as fair-minded as you!

Just Me  
Wilson County  
August 31, 2011 6:57pm
@Senior Dang, hate when that happens. Too predictable. But bet you didn't expect this: I agree with you completely on your assessment of BO.

Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
August 31, 2011 6:24pm
Just Me. Yer right on target. I knew that would be your answer about G.W. The biggest simpleton is B.O., but my argument is with his political philosophy, not the stupid things he says and does.

Just Me  
Wilson County  
August 31, 2011 6:15pm
@Senior In my opinion, Bush did not need someone to make him look like a simpleton.He did a good job of that himself. @ Muse Churchill's words describe people in general, not just the left. Just read the posts on this blog. @New ... More ›

New Guy  
Wilson County  
August 31, 2011 2:28pm
So, is Perry a liberal or conservative by dicating sonograms before an abortion? Bad News for the Tea Party: "A federal judge on Tuesday struck down key provision of Texas' new law requiring a doctor to perform a ... More ›

The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
August 31, 2011 11:34am
Great response Senior. It seems that in most cases verbal attacks by the left are necessary because of a lack of fact upon which to base a logical argument. Of course if any conservative even approaches the left's venomous verbiage, ... More ›

Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
August 31, 2011 7:40am
Just Me, I think your message would best be addressed to the liberal left. When have you heard Pelosi or any of her followers try to make a point? ... all they do is belittle and besmirch their opponents. Instead of presenting ... More ›

Just Me  
Wilson County  
August 31, 2011 7:33am
I agree. Good article. Take notice of his insight."the liberal left is very patient and long-suffering. Conservatives, on the other hand, have always sought instant acceptance." Conservatives should back off from ... More ›

Ken Semlinger  
Poth, TX  
August 30, 2011 10:35am
Very good article. Very good!

Elaine K.  
August 30, 2011 9:47am
New column posted.

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