Who’s the Radical? On Confidence and Common Sense

Another good list — this one from Mark Bauerlein on who’s the radical?

I just heard a fellow on CNN say that Donald Trump has radicalized the Republicans. Let’s be clear on what is and isn’t radical.

A well-patrolled border is not a radical policy. An open border is a radical policy.

To believe in two genders is not radical. To insert gender identity into Title IX is.

To praise Western Civilization as a legacy of political freedom and artistic genius is not a radical opinion.To regard it as promotion of white supremacy is a radical opinion.
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To love America as an exceptional creation is not radical. To see America as founded on slavery and imperialism is radical.

For a president to express support for the outcome of a vote in a foreign country is not radical. For a president to threaten a unique ally with economic hardship if a popular vote goes in a certain way, as Barack Obama did before Brexit—that’s radical.

To cancel student debt is radical.

To make college free is radical.

To demand reparations 150 years after the end of slavery and 60 years after the end of Jim Crow is radical.

To demand more public attention to the tiny population that fits the label “transgender” is radical.

To introduce 5-year-olds to drag queens is radical.

To award a Pulitzer Prize to a rapper whose award-winning record includes the lyrics

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To mount campaigns to get people fired from their jobs because they donated money to a political campaign that ended up winning—that’s radical.

To deny a popular food franchise a license to operate because its owner upholds a biblical conception of marriage is radical.

It may appear ironic or hypocritical for liberals to charge the president with radicalism, but it quite predictably follows the Alinsky-like rule that says: “Always accuse your opponents of the foul play that you commit.”

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