AJ Melillo, The Montclarion, September 20, 2017
After the horrific incident that took place on August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia, now is a good time to differentiate between conservatives and the “alt-right.”
For the past four years, conservatives have been misaligned with that movement and it is time that stops. “Alt-righters” are not conservatives. Their values and actions are disgusting, and the things they say are evil.
What does make someone a member of the “alt-right” is clearly defined by its leaders. Jared Taylor is the founder and editor of the magazine American Renaissance and a self proclaimed long time member of the “alt-right.” He defines the group as “a broad dissident movement . . . Some members hold distinctive positions on sex roles, trade and free markets, forms of government and foreign policy. But they all agree on one thing, equality is a dangerous myth.”
True members of the “alt-right” believe that races are inherently different. They build different cultures, they have different averages of intelligence and there is no reason to believe that non-whites can maintain western civilization because they did not create it and therefore cannot understand its values. These ideas are disgusting and wrong.
There is no real proof that race has anything to do with the average IQ or the way someone acts. That all has to do with culture and upbringing.
Major political figures like President Trump are partly to blame for giving them legitimacy as a movement because they did not condemn them from the beginning of their campaign. That alone does not make Trump a member of the alternative right, a supporter of the racist members of the “alt-right” or responsible for the march a few weeks ago. It is misguided to blame Trump for the actions of these people in the same way that it is misguided to blame former President Barack Obama for the death of five cops during a Black Lives Matter march on July 7, 2016 in Dallas, Texas.
The hatred generated by the “alt-right” goes beyond just the movement. It is a reaction to the American left’s ideas of identity politics. Identity politics divide people up by race, creed and sexual orientation, making an unprivileged hierarchy.
A true conservative wants the government out of our lives and pockets and believes that how you live your life is up to you and you are alone, provided that you do not infringe on the rights of anyone else. They do not care what color your skin is, what gender you identify as or what religion you practice. A true conservative only cares that you have the same freedoms and opportunities as everyone else, and the true conservative will defend your rights just as he or she would defend his or her own.