On Friday, September 4, 2020, Donald Trump issued a memo to the executive branch by way of the Office of Management and Budget directing all agencies “to begin to identify all contracts or other agency spending related to any training on ‘critical race theory,’ ‘white privilege’ or any other training or propaganda effort that teaches or suggests either (1) that the United States is an inherently racist or evil country or (2) that any race or ethnicity is inherently racist or evil.”
The memo promises forthcoming direction on exactly how this will take place, but in a broad sense, the president is taking steps to oust the influence of Critical Theory from the executive branch of the federal government. I believe that, should this memorandum have any teeth, it could well be one of the most important actions the president has taken in his four years in office.
Let’s consider for a moment the effect this divisive ideology has already had on the United States.
In particular, let’s look at what insiders call “The Great Purge,” which saw a number of security and intelligence professionals booted from their positions – which they were fulfilling more than satisfactorily – over charges of bigotry, specifically Islamophobia.
Included in the victims of the “purge” are names like Steven Coughlin and Phil Haney. Coughlin lost his job training national security agencies on Jihadist ideology, while Haney was fired from his work for the Department of Homeland Security categorizing and tagging Islamic terrorism cells. Haney was investigated and consequently vindicated – but still jobless. The charges against both of these men and many others were based on Critical Theory ideology.
You see, in Critical Theory, because Muslims are a minority and because America is a majority white nation, the United States is automatically an oppressor to this minority class. Thus, suspicion of a group of Muslims by the US Government is inherently oppressive, no matter the justification for that suspicion. The accusations of “Islamophobia” that anyone concerned with violence inspired by that religion have gotten so used to hearing are rooted in that line of thought.
Contrasted with the “Critical” worldview, is what is called the “liberal” worldview; not liberal as in politically so, but in the way the word was originally used – “a political and moral philosophy based on liberty, consent of the governed and equality before the law,” as Wikipedia defines it. In a way, “conservatism” is trying to conserve this concept of liberalism.
President Trump’s recognition of this foundational threat – not only a threat to our families, businesses, communities, and governmental system, but directly to the way our minds interpret the events around us - has not gotten the attention it deserves
Thankfully, however, at least one legislator is picking up on the President’s cue. Senator Josh Hawley, R.-Mo., says, "Bottom line is: No taxpayer money ought to be spent on pushing this kind of Marxist influenced nonsense, that is racially divisive. If you didn't know better, if you read this stuff, you'd think it was put out by some White nationalist. It's unbelievable."
Hawley says he plans to dig into this issue and encourages Congress to do the same.
Let’s hope the President and Mr. Hawley’s actions are the first of much uprooting in the future.
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