What We Conservatives Need To Learn From Bill O’Reilly

Have you ever watched two little kids in an argument? It usually ends with the kid who doesn’t get his or her way shoving the other one to the ground in a fit.

Fast forward to adulthood.

Are the antics we see today from the American left much different? Look at a few recent examples:

Whether it’s the allegations of Herman Cain’s bad behavior that rocketed to the surface conveniently alongside his rise in the polls in 2011, or Harry Reid’s bald-face claim that Mitt Romney hadn’t paid his taxes as he ran against Barack Obama for the presidency (to cite a few examples)— in both instances it contributed to their demise. It’s a strategy that’s worked time and again to help destroy someone who’s getting a little too close for comfort.

In sum: don’t fight ‘em with better ideas. Dredge something up or make something up—and then destroy ‘em.

Enter the now defunct Bill O’Reilly, supposedly dethroned over sexual harassment claims.

Before we go one, let me make this clear: it’s largely immaterial to my point today whether the claims are true. I hope they aren’t; they may very well be. But let’s look at this for what it is: Bill O’Reilly was not targeted exclusively because of something he may have done; he was targeted because he’s Bill O’Reilly, the number one conservative cable news pundit on the planet. Period.

And if we’re being objective, I think we all know what this means for Fox. Think about it: if they can be pressured into removing their highest grossing mega star (for whichever of the myriad reasons now surfacing)—well, it’s only a matter of time until a few more dominos fall.

And if Bill O’Reilly can go down, anyone can—which is precisely why we need to learn from this. Here are a few things we conservative commentators, politicians, public figures, et al, need to keep in mind:

  1. Sharing our ideas was never going to be easy, and it’s about to get much harder. Not only do we live in a world where you can’t hold a differing (read: right-leaning) opinion without demands from intolerant masses to silence that opinion, (and threats of violence when it isn’t silenced), but with this latest conservative mega-scalp claimed and held high with pride, those same intolerant screams have been emboldened big time. It’s about to get much, much harder. You need to recognize that if you’re doing anything to advance the conservative cause. Recognizing just how hard this is and will continue to be is half the battle.
  1. Leftists have been, are, and will always be the most intolerant, fearful group in this country, period. This isn’t news to any of us, especially those of us who have dared challenge some of the left’s most prized sacred cows. (You can read about my epic run-in with America’s feminists here.) We simply need to be cognizant of the fact that they’ve proven time and again that they’re not willing to fight on the battlefield of ideas for long—and that’s starting to really mean something. When the voices they don’t like still don’t shut up; when the ideology gets a little too close for comfort, they will go for the jugular. Radio host Rush Limbaugh pointed this out on Thursday’s show (and I paraphrase): if they (the left) can’t beat Fox News the traditional way (you know, with better ideas), they’ll just find a way to shut them up. To quote Limbaugh once again, there’s a reason why left wing personalities are never the “target of advertiser boycotts”—because we on the right don’t attempt to destroy those whose ideas we don’t like. They do. They’re afraid—and that’s actually something we need to remember. They don’t have better ideas: they’re just crazy loud to cover up what is ultimately a fear of what they don’t agree with. Do not let that silence you.
  1. The left doesn’t follow the same set of rules. They are wildly hypocritical. They’ll (in the case of one of O’Reilly’s accusers) slam Bill O’Reilly as slime—fully cognizant of the fact that they’d spewing these words from the same mouth that once made out with Anthony Weiner (ew) . They’ll trash Donald Trump for his distasteful comments about women, yet drool all over Beyoncé’s equally degrading lyrics. They’ll call Vice President Mike Pence a clueless misogynist for saying he won’t have dinner alone with a woman who isn’t his wife, but noted womanizer (and repeatedly accused rapist) Bill Clinton is still a god in the Parthenon of liberal personalities. They’ll march for women’s rights wearing vagina hats, while turning a blind eye to actual female oppression in this country—like the poor little girls in Michigan mutilated in the name of religion. My point is simply this: we’ve got to be smarter, because we can’t count on an even playing field. Ever. I don’t suggest that we stop doing the right thing; just know that they never will. It behooves us to understand that.
  1. This is more reason than ever not to be a morally deprived sod. I hope everyone’s trying to live a noble, moral life because that’s the right thing to do, but if for nothing else, remember this: whatever you do can and will be used against you if you’re planning to open up your mouth against leftist propaganda. So for the love of Pete, keep it clean.

Finally, this is no time not to have a strategy. See #1-3; the left is scared of being challenged and they don’t fight fair—which means we need to be prepared for it. We need to know and understand #1-3 like it’s the back of our collective hands, and, #4, make sure we’re not giving them any ammunition.

There’s a lesson in everything, people. Time to learn this one, and learn it well.

Mary Ramirez is a full-time writer, creator of www.afuturefree.com (a political commentary blog), and contributor to The Chris Salcedo Show (TheBlaze Radio Network, M-F, 3-5. ET). She can be reached at: afuturefree@aol.com; or on Twitter: @AFutureFree

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