The pretext for this entire nationwide riot is that America
is a racist country. That is not true. America is not a racist country.
America is a country that has strived, imperfectly but passionately, to
live up to its founding promise that all men are created equal. There is
not—and will never be—a greater barrier to racism, or to tyranny in any
form, than this American idea.
The reckless charge that American law enforcement is
“systemically racist” is also not true. As with any large organization of
men wielding power, some will abuse that power. But police do not
systematically target innocents—either by race or any other criteria. Any
fair-minded review of the available data demonstrates that.
Why is it that so many of our citizens believe that America
is racist to its core? Because this lie has been preached by our
universities and media like the Gospel for a generation. From there it has
traveled throughout society, particularly among the elite. Even most
leaders on the Right are unwilling to refute this destructive untruth.In
failing to do so, they promote the falsehood, the riots that it has
engendered, and ultimately America’s destruction. This is to say, the riots
are the handiwork of the elite. A country that has been taught it is ignoble
will not defend itself against its enemies, domestic or foreign.
As we see written in flames in these riots and hear in all
the commentary on them, the great divide in America is between those who
believe that America is evil and needs to be destroyed, and those who
believe that America is good and needs to be preserved. A version of that
question is what the 2016 elections were about, and what the elections in
2020 will be about. The nation has a party devoted to transforming the
American way of life; it needs a party devoted to preserving the American
way of life.
America must have a full accounting of how the riots
happened, who made them happen, and who let them happen. Those in power
must be held to account. Most fundamentally, the lies that have been the
core curriculum of American education must be replaced with the truth. The
only way America can survive is as a united country dedicated to living out
the true meaning of its creed. The elite want to rob us of that future. The
rest of us should pledge our lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to stopping
them. (My italics.)
Thomas D. Klingenstein
Ryan P. Williams
President The Claremont Institute
For 40 years, the Claremont Institute has been teaching and
defending the true meaning of America's creed, so dangerously distorted and
degraded by the Left. Never has our work been more important than it is
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In college (BA, NYU, 1954), I studied Russian and political science and later served in Korea with United States Army Intelligence. After law school (JD, NYU, 1959) for some 55 years I practiced constitutional and appellate law. From 1972 to 1993 I taught at Brooklyn Law School, where I am now professor emeritus. My courses included Constitutional Law, Appellate Advocacy, National Security, and First Amendment. A bibliography of my writing can be found at my blog of June 29, 2012. See also www.henrymarkholzer.com.