When ‘Republicans’ Embrace Cowardice and Dishonesty

fearSadly, in recent years many of us have become used to liberals in the Democrat Party championing the lowest common denominator.

Now we have people who call themselves “Republicans” embracing cowardice and dishonesty, holding them up as the accepted standard of behavior.

South Dakota’s primary RINO website, the South Dakota War on Conservatives (SDWC), is openly declaring allegiance to a standard which embraces lies and cowardice.

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By now you may have heard about the liberal attack on South Dakota Senator Phil Jensen. First, Jensen had the gall to introduce a bill to protect the religious freedom of Christian business owners from homosexual activists. Then, when a liberal “mainstream” media reporter tried to portray the protection of religious freedom as a bill designed to “deny service,” Jensen used the example of a theoretical KKK bakery which might try to refuse service to a black customer–asserting that such a business would be out of business because people like himself would refuse to do business with them. You know, the freedom and free market way of dealing with differences of opinion. The way that a certain black economist completely agrees with (more on that later).

Instead of defending his fellow Republican on Republican issues, the South Dakota War on Conservatives just piled on with the liberal media, framing Jensen as “advocat[ing] bringing back Jim Crow laws.” Nice “Republican” camaraderie, eh?

Today, in responding to a Republican who defended Jensen and said he wasn’t a racist, though he thought Jensen expressed himself poorly (i.e. with intellectual honesty), the War on Conservatives made it clear that, in RINOs’ minds at least, politics is divorced from reality (and apparently that is just fine):

Steve’s position (which is at least based on this planet) is more that Jensen has chosen a very, very poor way to express himself, as opposed to being motivated to discriminate on a racial or religious basis.   And that could very well be true. But this isn’t reality. This is “politics.”

Let us not forget that the misstatements of liberals can always be overlooked…while any misstatement, however slight (and even if it isn’t a misstatement, but rather is portrayed as one by the liberal media), by a conservative is all the excuse that is needed for an all-out smear campaign.

Notice also how he whines that “the rest of the party [is] holding the bag to clean up his mess,” when it’s painfully obvious that there is no effort to “clean up” any “mess” (if there was, you’d see these gutless wonders defending freedom) but rather a piling on to destroy a mutual enemy of the Democrats and the RINOs.

Who decided reality and politics shouldn’t line up?  Who decided it was acceptable if they don’t line up? Since when has it been so unreasonable to expect people over the age of 18 to behave in a rational and honest fashion that is interested in the truth of a matter? Since when has it become acceptable for people to lie about and smear their political enemies without foundation?  Since when has “politics” been a legitimate catch phrase with which to excuse dishonesty and cowardice?

Have some engaged in such behavior since time immemorial? Certainly, but it has not been the accepted standard of American politics (much less Republican politics)…until now.

Now, apparently the new standard (in the minds of liberal “Republicans,” at least) is to latch onto whatever excuse-of-a-lie that can be leveraged to destroy your political enemy, and to run in cowardice before the liberal propaganda narrative.

As if we really needed another illustration, recent days have made it crystal clear that the facts of an issue are beyond utterly irrelevant to liberals in both parties; facts aren’t just irrelevant; they are disgusting turds to be completely ignored as if they didn’t exist.

It was very clear from Jensen’s comments, even in the original hit piece article Sunday, that Jensen is not a racist and would himself condemn discriminatory behavior on the part of a business–and condemn it with his lack of patronage of such a business. But that doesn’t matter; liberals have a “race card” narrative to pursue.

Phil Jensen and his wife adopted a Native American girl as their daughter. Does that sound like the behavior of a “racist” who “advocates bringing back Jim Crow laws”?  Sure…in the mind of a morally and intellectually bankrupt liberal.

One of Jensen’s friends who happens to be black also stood up with him at his (Jensen’s) wedding.  Does that sound like the behavior of a “racist” who “advocates bringing back Jim Crow laws”? Sure…in the mind of a morally and intellectually bankrupt liberal.

Just like a couple of years ago when this same War on Conservatives sought to brand as “racist” a conservative white man…who has black people in his family, attends a church where many members are black, and has a black pastor. Real portrait of a racist, isn’t it?  But let’s not allow silly things like facts to get in the way of the narrative.

It doesn’t bother me too much when lying liberals call me a “racist;” being a founding member of the Tea Party, I’ve become used to such lies over the past five years (it’s the favorite empty slur of liberals who cannot win ideologically). Besides, I’ve had so many friends and associates of all skin colors over the years who know the truth, I don’t get too worked up when their lies are aimed at me.

But every American and South Dakotan ought to be outraged at the injustice of feckless liberals attempting to smear good people merely to score political points. These liberals are engaging in the same kind of baseless, hateful, ignorant rejection of someone they don’t even personally know, that they claim to oppose when such discrimination is aimed at someone of an ethnic minority.

Of course, as I pointed out before, if there was any intellectual honesty in this discussion, it would be widely noted that it was Democrats who wanted to keep black people enslaved, and it was Democrats who sought to discriminate against and disenfranchise black Americans after they were freed, and it was Democrats who created Jim Crow laws, and it was Democrats who fought against every effort to afford to black Americans the full rights due to every American, regardless of skin color.

But that little fact of history never seems to come up.

Walter E. Williams

Walter E. Williams

Just as, even though it has been pointed out by some numerous times, the exact same statement Jensen made was also made by economist Walter E. Williams, who is himself a black man, is glaringly and repeatedly ignored by the liberals who want Jensen’s head on a pike:

Should people have the right to discriminate by race, sex, religion and other attributes? In a free society, I say yes. Let’s look at it. When I was selecting a marriage partner, I systematically discriminated against white women, Asian women and women of other ethnicities that I found less preferable. The Nation of Islam discriminates against white members. The Aryan Brotherhood discriminates against having black members. The Ku Klux Klan discriminates against having Catholic and Jewish members. The NFL discriminates against hiring female quarterbacks. The NAACP National Board of Directors, at least according to the photo on their Web page, has no white members.

You say, Williams, that’s different. It’s not like public transportation, restaurants and hotel service in which Title II of the 1964 Civil Rights Act “prohibits discrimination because of race, color, religion, or national origin in certain places of public accommodation, such as hotels, restaurants, and places of entertainment.” While there are many places that serve the public, it doesn’t change the fact that they are privately owned, and who is admitted, under what conditions, should be up to the owner.


One does not have to be a racist to recognize that the federal government has no constitutional authority to prohibit racial or any other kind of discrimination by private parties. Moreover, the true test of one’s commitment to freedom of association doesn’t come when he permits people to associate in ways he deems appropriate. It comes when he permits people tovoluntarily associate in ways he deems offensive.

In fact, Williams said it even more directly than Jensen.  But no, none of that matters because (a) Democrats loathe Jensen for fighting their liberal agenda, and (b) RINOs loathe Jensen for the same reason.

Facts, logic, reason, truth: all are liabilities to be summarily ignored in the liberal effort to destroy an enemy.

Speaking of enemies, when liberal or gutless (pardon the redundancy) “Republicans” either (a) pile on with liberals in the Democrat Party in attacking a good Republican, or (b) run in fear from liberal propaganda plays like the race card, they help the enemy. Point (a) is quite obvious that it helps the enemy, but so is Point (b) when you think about it.

The gutless “Republicans” who these days advocate surrender on critical Republican issues, as well as those who refuse to stand against liberal propaganda campaigns, help the enemy immeasurably. What good is a soldier who, when he sees the enemy’s weapon pointing in his direction, flees in terror?

Political territory is much like military or geographical territory. When nations are engaged in conflict, they do not want to lose territory. Why?  Because losing territory means loss of influence, loss of ground from which to launch a counterattack against the enemy, and it often means loss of resources needed for fighting the enemy.

When the GOP surrenders on documented Republican priorities, we surrender vital territory. When “Republicans” run from liberal propaganda plays and refuse to fight back against the narrative, they illustrate to the enemy that this tactic (whatever it is) is an effective weapon against them which will cause them to run and surrender every time. They invite the enemy to continue such attacks with their very cowardice. Just like they did last year when they demonstrated to the Democrat Party that they can be misled into supporting a liberal bill if Democrats slap a “pro-life label” on it, so “Republicans” are now telegraphing to the enemy: “Play your race card and we’ll not only run from you, we’ll join in the play with you!”

Just play the race card, and this kind of “Republican” will abandon anyone or anything.

Refusing to fight back and debunk the Left’s lies only invites those lies to be used again, and again, and again.

Gutless “Republicans” who refuse to fight back against liberal propaganda narratives surrender invaluable territory, and only invite future attacks of even greater intensity.

When I was in the military, I became familiar with Article 99 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), titled “Misbehavior before the enemy”.

Article 99 says:

Any member of the armed forces who before or in the presence of the enemy—

(1) runs away;

(2) shamefully abandons, surrenders, or delivers up any command, unit, place, or military property which it is his duty to defend;

(3) through disobedience, neglect, or intentional misconduct endangers the safety of any such command, unit, place, or military property;

(4) casts away his arms or ammunition;

(5) is guilty of cowardly conduct;

(6) quits his place of duty to plunder or pillage;

(7) causes false alarms in any command, unit, or place under control of the armed forces;

(8) willfully fails to do his utmost to encounter, engage, capture, or destroy any enemy troops, combatants, vessels, aircraft, or any other thing, which it is his duty so to encounter, engage, capture, or destroy; or

(9) does not afford all practicable relief and assistance to any troops, combatants, vessels, or aircraft of the armed forces belonging to the United States or their allies when engaged in battle; shall be punished by death or such other punishment as a court-martial may direct.

Some folks must certainly be glad that political parties are not run according to military standards of conduct. If they were, the RINOs infesting our party would be up on open-and-shut charges of running away from Republican values and goals, cowardice before the enemy, failure to assist their fellow troops in battle, and willfully refusing to do their utmost to engage and defeat the enemy.

Today, unfortunately, the Republican Party has its “Tokyo Roses” and “Hanoi Hannahs,” spouting enemy propaganda to demoralize our troops and make them look bad…only these Roses and Hannahs are in our own camp.

I grew up embracing a Republican Party that, under Ronald Reagan’s banner, was not only willing to stand against liberal propaganda campaigns, but was willing to take on an “evil empire” which had terrorized the world for 70 years.

How low this once-noble and courageous party has descended.

Walter E Williams – Freedom To Discriminate

Walter E Williams – Discrimination and Freedom

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Bob Ellis has been the owner of media company Dakota Voice, LLC since 2005. He is a 10-year U.S. Air Force veteran, a political reporter and commentator for the past decade, and has been involved in numerous election and public policy campaigns for over 20 years. He was a founding member and board member of the Tea Party groups Citizens for Liberty and the South Dakota Tea Party Alliance. He lives in Rapid City, South Dakota with his wife and two children.
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