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Posted: September 24th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Outside Essays | No Comments »

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The Anti-Liberal Obsession of Mainstream Conservatives

By Chidike Okeem

If there is any principal identifying theme of mainstream American conservatives today, it is their complete opposition to liberals. While being on the opposite side of liberals is understandable, it should not be the most crucial element of a serious conservative worldview. It is deeply problematic when the primary concern of the conservative is to be seen as being on the opposite side of liberals, as this often leads to conservatives taking immoral positions on various sociopolitical issues that inadvertently harm the conservative cause.

Serious conservatives are not supposed to look at what positions liberals take on various issues and irresponsibly argue the other side. Serious conservatives should be confident in using a conservative analytical rubric to arrive at positions—irrespective of what liberals believe. Conservative analysis should be birthed out of organic and rigorous reflection—not a knee-jerk desire to be opposed to prominent liberals. The primary goal of the serious conservative should be to reason as lucidly as possible using a conservative ideological framework and best convey conservative principles to others. The primary goal of the hyper-partisan mainstream pseudo-conservative is to be opposed to the liberal—particularly for remunerative gain.

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Posted: September 16th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Outside Essays | No Comments »

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The Second Amendment and the Pro-Life Pretense

By Chidike Okeem

Being both pro-gun and pro-life is not inherently oxymoronic; however, it can become contradictory when people put gun rights on a higher pedestal than life itself. Nowadays, being pro-life is generally limited to believing in the right of human beings to be born; however, an authentic pro-lifer cannot just support life vis-à-vis pregnancy and childbirth. An authentic believer in the sanctity of life must also affirm the right to life of all innocent people at every stage of life. The Second Amendment is intended to protect life—not to be an endorsement of the casual extirpation of life.

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Posted: September 11th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Outside Essays | No Comments »

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Mainstream Conservatives and Fraudulent Victimhood

By Chidike Okeem

Liberals use victimhood as a political tool. Liberal intellectuals and journalists enjoy making money by selling helplessness to poor minority communities. The liberal worldview is one in which reliance on government is encouraged and denouncing capitalism as a brutal system of cyclical oppression is standard. Mainstream conservatives enjoy lambasting liberals and their addiction to victimhood, but the sad reality is that mainstream conservatives are just as addicted to fraudulent victimhood. If mainstream conservatives are going to attack the liberal addiction to victimhood, then they must break their addiction to the same drug.

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Addressing Bill O’Reilly and White Privilege

Posted: August 27th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: VOC Essays | 9 Comments »

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Bill O’Reilly recently did a segment on his show pointing out the fact that he does not believe in white privilege because Asian Americans educationally outperform both whites and blacks in America—and they adhere more rigidly to a traditional family structure. What Bill O’Reilly fails to understand, however, is that changing the topic from white privilege to an irrelevant discussion of Asian Americans’ successes does not refute the existence of white privilege. One cannot disprove the existence of white privilege by pointing out that other minority groups do well in America. All it shows is that, through hard work and determination, it is possible to overcome discrimination and reach the top. But that is not a statement that most people, except the most extreme left-wingers, contend against.

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Michael Brown, Ferguson, and Black Attitudes to Policing

Posted: August 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: VOC Essays | No Comments »

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Michael Brown, an 18-year-old who was a few days away from starting college, was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri—a region with a prominent African-American population. The circumstances surrounding his death are still unclear; however, eyewitnesses have said that Michael Brown had his hands in the air when he was shot dead. As a result of the killing of Michael Brown, the city of Ferguson has been in uproar, and the anti-police sentiment is palpable. While most of the protesters have been peaceful, there have been some opportunists who used the disarray as an opportunity to steal from stores throughout the neighborhood. Of course, those who revel in presenting the worst images of black America have obsessively focused on the looting—as if the looting by some makes Brown’s death justifiable.

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