By Ed Brodow
We are engaged in an ideological civil war for the future of America. The American Left and its senior partners, the Democratic Party and the mainstream media, are intent on destroying everything that is extraordinary about this country. Their methods—developed decades ago and refined during the Obama presidency—include the endorsement of socialism and open borders; a coordinated attack on free speech and other individual liberties; the ruthless indoctrination of our young people by left-leaning faculties at leading colleges and universities; an avalanche of fake news disseminated by a biased media; and the demonization of conservatives, whites, and especially white men.
The election of Donald Trump signaled a repudiation of the Left’s platform. Trump’s accomplishments are setting the train back on the tracks after eight years of Obama’s subversive policies. It has not been easy. Obama’s leftist supporters are doing everything possible to disenfranchise the 63 million Americans who voted for Trump. The Democrats are increasingly moving in the direction of outright folly with their advocacy of socialism, abolition of the rule of law, and the “Green New Deal.” But if Trump is re-elected in 2020, as I expect he will, what do we have to worry about? The answer: the damage that can be done in 2024 and beyond.
The two most serious threats that we ought to be focused on now are: (1) Mass illegal immigration and (2) The brainwashing of college students. If unchecked, both will eventually lead to the destruction of the two-party system, the takedown of American institutions, and dismantling of the Constitution. Both threats relate to the same ominous prospect—that the left will achieve its anti-American objectives.
Illegal immigration poses an existential threat to the nation. Both parties in Congress have failed to acknowledge the threat, let alone deal with it. When millions of aliens are permitted to enter the U.S. illegally, and sanctuary cities and states can deliberately disregard federal statutes, the rule of law becomes a thing of the past and we no longer have a country. The economic costs of taking in 100 million or 300 million or more “refugees” would tear us apart. The social costs of deadly drugs, violent criminals, and terrorists constitute the worst public safety issue since World War II. But the most dangerous likely results of open borders are the destruction of the two-party system and the forced implementation of socialism by the left wing of the Democratic Party.
The Democrats know that if they can add enough voters from among the immigrant population, a Republican will never again be elected to office and the Dems can (a) re-write the Constitution and (b) muscle through their Green New Deal or some other totalitarian socialist nightmare. Obama’s ideological heirs will have a free hand in fulfilling his promise to “fundamentally transform America.” That scenario has already played out in California. Thanks to the invasion of illegal immigrants, the two-party system no longer exists in the state that elected Ronald Reagan to two terms as governor. Conservative voters in California have been disenfranchised. Let that sink in.
The plan of the Democratic Party is to use dubious forms of ID in order to give voting rights to people who are euphemistically referred to as “undocumented immigrants.” If the intake of illegals continues at the current rate, what has already occurred in California will spread to the rest of the country. The Democratic Party will be in a position to impose totalitarian rule on the United States.
The same result will be achieved if the current crop of college students is successfully brainwashed to accept the Left’s platform. Only one viewpoint is permissible at today’s colleges and universities, and that is the liberal viewpoint. In some schools, says Walter E. Williams, professor of economics at George Mason University, the faculty ratio of Democrats to Republicans can be as high as 20-1. When the overwhelming percentage of professors identifies as liberal, it follows that liberal ideas are considered politically correct and conservative viewpoints are ostracized.
“They don’t want diversity of ideas,” says Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz, “We’re seeing a curtain of McCarthyism descend over many college campuses.” By discouraging independent thought, our institutions of higher learning are training a generation of gullible adults who will be cannon fodder for the Democratic Party.
Is the brainwashing working? “Whatever students may go into college believing,” says author Benjamin Wiker in The Blaze, “they come out liberals. That’s why liberals truly, sincerely believe that the more education you get, the more liberal you’ll be.” Recent studies conclude that a majority of college students are in favor of limitations to free speech and have a favorable view of socialism. Gallup found that 69 percent of millennials say they would vote for a socialist presidential candidate. In No Campus for White Men, author Scott Greer warns that the kids marching today to shut down a conservative speaker on campus could very well be the senators, judges, and newspaper editors of tomorrow.
The hope that our young people will recover from the Left’s indoctrination camps is a long shot. A great deal of responsibility must be placed on parents who allow their offspring to be the objects of intellectual abuse. These parents ought to be pulling their kids out of offending colleges and threatening to withhold financial contributions. Otherwise, if these brainwashed kids vote in a Democratic president in 2024, Trump will be the last Republican president and you and I can kiss our individual liberties goodbye.
So do we worry about Putin’s aggressiveness, growing Chinese power, Iranian-sponsored terrorism, and North Korean nukes? Yes, but the real danger comes from open borders and liberal education. The good news is that we have more control over internal threats than external ones. The bad news is that either one of these internal threats can lead to the same disaster.
It would be comforting to think that an informed electorate will thwart the Left’s subversive intentions. But when asked why American voters have lost their ability to see through obvious nonsense, economist Thomas Sowell replied, “That was before nonsense became a large part of the curriculum of our educational institutions.” So much for the shape of things to come. It isn’t pretty.
Ed Brodow is a political commentator, negotiation expert, and author of seven books including his latest, Tyranny of the Minority: How the Left is Destroying America.