Archive for November 1st, 2013

by lizard

When Electric City Weblog went dark, a conservative perspective left the MT blogosphere, leaving no comparable space in which to make sometimes trollish comments. I was adrift.

Then a personal essay by Molly Laich called Gimme Shelter got featured in the Indy. I won’t rehash the problems many had with the editorial leadership at the time, because this post ain’t about that. It’s about the conservative perspective I found thanks to Laich’s depiction of her personal struggle, a struggle that included using food stamps for Good Food Store smoothies; potent catnip for a conservative.

The conservative attention Laich’s personal essay attracted came from Douglas Ernst. I’ll let Doug introduce himself:

Years ago I was in a mechanized infantry unit. I loved it on many levels, except correspondence courses while covered in mud and oil wasn’t something I was willing to do. Professors who lied about the U.S. military on a daily basis prompted me to look into conservatism, and economists like Milton Friedman and Thomas Sowell brought me home.

I believe hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance are a recipe for success. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I’m a USC Trojan with a MA in Political Science from American University.

After graduate school I worked at The Heritage Foundation, conducting youth outreach in its External Relations department. I now serve as a Digital Writer at The Washington Times.

After being traumatized by liberal professors in college, then condescended to by liberal Hollywood, Doug has become a bare-knuckled culture warrior. If you want to know the conservative meme of the day, the spin Doug gives it is a little younger, a little fresher.

Doug’s latest piece is about a declaration of war you may not have heard about, because it’s on healthy, white, heterosexual, Christian men.

The post is a reaction to some nefarious, 600 page Pentagon manual obtained by Fox News, and used to train “Equal Opportunity” officers about the unfair advantages virile Christian white men who prefer vaginal intercourse experience. I mean, this:

The 637-page manual covers a wide range of issues from racism and religious diversity to cultural awareness, extremism and white privilege.

I obtained a copy of the manual from an Equal Opportunity officer who was disturbed by the course content and furious over the DEOMI’s reliance on the Southern Poverty Law Center for information on “extremist” groups.

“I’m participating in teaching things that are not true,” the instructor told me. He asked not to be identified because he feared reprisals.

White privilege really is a thing, but as a white man I can say it can be difficult to acknowledge because we hardly ever know when it’s happening. White privilege consists more of what doesn’t happen to us than what does.

Sometimes, college is a place where white men are confronted with that privilege. At it’s best, campuses are diverse environments where different cultures and ideas are examined. But sometimes, college is a place where liberals try to forcefully impose their ideology, which apparently happened to Mr. Ernst:

When I exited the military and entered college, I was shocked by how obsessed with race my college professors were. Their minds were so diseased by intellectual rotgut that they said things like “the American dream is dead” and “all white people are subconsciously racist.” I came to detest everything my professors stood for, because it was obvious that their worldview only sowed anger, distrust, and envy where it didn’t need to exist. At times I often wanted to leave school and return to the military because it was the one place that I knew for sure didn’t have much patience for political correctness and excuses for failure. That appears to be changing…

If officers in the U.S. military are now being subjected to the psychological warfare that professors tried to use on me when I stepped on campus, it’s only a matter of time before things unravel. You can not successfully complete mission after mission if you are told to “assume racism is everywhere, every day.” If you have been told to look at the “battle buddy” next to you in your foxhole and believe that he is a racist, you will behave much differently than if you were allowed to realize on your own that he is and always will be your brother-in-arms.

Douglas Ernst writes red meat posts for the base, so lamenting that healthy, heterosexual white Christian men are being unfairly depicted as racists isn’t a surprising position for him to take. Of course evidence from the Southern Poverty Law Center will be just dismissed out of hand, but here it is anyway:

Before the U.S. military made Matt Buschbacher a Navy SEAL, he made himself a soldier of the Fourth Reich.

Before Forrest Fogarty attended Military Police counter-insurgency training school, he attended Nazi skinhead festivals as lead singer for the hate rock band Attack. And before Army engineer Jon Fain joined the invasion of Iraq to fight the War on Terror, the neo-Nazi National Alliance member fantasized about fighting a war on Jews.”Ever since my youth — when I watched WWII footage and saw how well-disciplined and sharply dressed the German forces were — I have wanted to be a soldier,” Fain said in a Winter 2004 interview with the National Alliance magazine Resistance. “Joining the American military was as close as I could get.”

Ten years after Pentagon leaders toughened policies on extremist activities by active duty personnel — a move that came in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing by decorated Gulf War combat veteran Timothy McVeigh and the murder of a black couple by members of a skinhead gang in the elite 82nd Airborne Division — large numbers of neo-Nazis and skinhead extremists continue to infiltrate the ranks of the world’s best-trained, best-equipped fighting force. Military recruiters and base commanders, under intense pressure from the war in Iraq to fill the ranks, often look the other way.

I will continue checking in with Mr. Ernst’s bare-knuckled conservative writing for meme-of-the-day regurgitation, but my commenting presence has been frustrating enough that my comments are now regularly removed. If you want to see the kind of comments Mr Ernst prefers, click continue to read one of the more vile contributions from the yes-men allowed to pollute the comment threads, and the positive response it receives from the poor, healthy, heterosexual, white Christian man who authors such junk. Continue Reading »

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