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By Andrea Widburg


I attended a gun show this weekend. Normally, my social activities aren't worthy of note, but this one is because the show spoke so perfectly to who we really are as Americans — and we are not the racist, hate-filled, stupid killers of leftist caricatures.

To set the stage, I need to go back to the early 1980s, when a longtime friend of mine confessed to me that he was gay. I wasn't surprised, having figured out the truth years before. I then told him my greatest fear about his being gay, which was that I would lose him to the gay lifestyle. I predicted that he would soon define himself by his sexuality rather than by his interests, skills, and values. He denied that that would ever happen, but within a year, he was "a gay man," rather than a smart, funny, interesting man who happened to be gay.

Forty years later, leftists are doubling down on stripping individuals of their unique attributes and, instead, defining them by external characteristics over which they have no control or, alternatively, by their sexuality or "gender identity." The notion that the content of a person's character should be his defining quality is anathema to the left.

A historian is no longer someone who is interested in history, regardless of color, sex, or sexuality. If he's Black, he is now a Black historian, and his "Blackness" defines the filter through which he views history. You can substitute gay, transgender, feminist, Hispanic, Asian, or any other leftist identity group for the word "Black" in the preceding sentence, and you'll have the same outcome.


The left has a different measurement for White. If you're White, you're not a historian who happens to be White. Instead, you're a White supremacist, a racist, an imperialist, a colonialist, or some other "bad thing." You're not a person; you're a walking, talking, hate-filled member of an inferior racial group that is genetically drawn to evil. How nice.

The gun show, however, revealed a collection of people drawn together, not by race (or genetic evil), but by a shared belief that every American has an inherent right to self-defense.
At a rough guesstimate, the people at the show attended roughly in proportion to their racial representation in my Southern state at large. There were couples, families with children of all ages, older people of all ages, and groups of friends, all brought together by a shared love for the Second Amendment.

The salespeople did not have signs saying, "No Blacks served here" or "No Whites served here." Instead, whether Black or White themselves, they were happy to talk about and sell their wares to anyone interested. I was interested and ended up buying an exquisite handmade knife made the old-fashioned way.

The event was an utterly congenial gathering of like-minded people. It was what most of America was before 2008. The big question is whether, in 2021, Americans will push back against the leftist effort to destroy our common American culture.

Right now, leftists seem determined to revisit Charles Manson's "Helter Skelter" idea. For those of you too young to remember events in 1969, that was when the Charles Manson cultists brutally slaughtered seven people. Manson intended that the murders would spark a violent race war, which he called "Helter Skelter." He imagined that Blacks would kill every White person in America. At the end of the slaughter, Manson and his all-White followers would emerge from hiding and become the rulers in this new world.

Right now, we're seeing a primarily White leadership class diligently fomenting racial schism in America. These leaders — Biden, Pelosi, Schumer — seem to imagine that, after they've created the circumstances in which Americans do battle, they will be there to rule over some purified class of survivors. I don't see that happening, but I do see a lot of horrors accruing as leftists systematically divide us, unless we Americans forcefully push back on this segregationist view and focus on our shared interests and values.

And that gets me to the gun show. Shared interests, especially shared interests in constitutional rights, are the way to get America back on track. It's not about what we look like; it really is about what we value.


Racial integration lives at a Southern gun show
 

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By Andrea Widburg


I attended a gun show this weekend. Normally, my social activities aren't worthy of note, but this one is because the show spoke so perfectly to who we really are as Americans — and we are not the racist, hate-filled, stupid killers of leftist caricatures.

To set the stage, I need to go back to the early 1980s, when a longtime friend of mine confessed to me that he was gay. I wasn't surprised, having figured out the truth years before. I then told him my greatest fear about his being gay, which was that I would lose him to the gay lifestyle. I predicted that he would soon define himself by his sexuality rather than by his interests, skills, and values. He denied that that would ever happen, but within a year, he was "a gay man," rather than a smart, funny, interesting man who happened to be gay.

Forty years later, leftists are doubling down on stripping individuals of their unique attributes and, instead, defining them by external characteristics over which they have no control or, alternatively, by their sexuality or "gender identity." The notion that the content of a person's character should be his defining quality is anathema to the left.

A historian is no longer someone who is interested in history, regardless of color, sex, or sexuality. If he's Black, he is now a Black historian, and his "Blackness" defines the filter through which he views history. You can substitute gay, transgender, feminist, Hispanic, Asian, or any other leftist identity group for the word "Black" in the preceding sentence, and you'll have the same outcome.


The left has a different measurement for White. If you're White, you're not a historian who happens to be White. Instead, you're a White supremacist, a racist, an imperialist, a colonialist, or some other "bad thing." You're not a person; you're a walking, talking, hate-filled member of an inferior racial group that is genetically drawn to evil. How nice.

The gun show, however, revealed a collection of people drawn together, not by race (or genetic evil), but by a shared belief that every American has an inherent right to self-defense.
At a rough guesstimate, the people at the show attended roughly in proportion to their racial representation in my Southern state at large. There were couples, families with children of all ages, older people of all ages, and groups of friends, all brought together by a shared love for the Second Amendment.

The salespeople did not have signs saying, "No Blacks served here" or "No Whites served here." Instead, whether Black or White themselves, they were happy to talk about and sell their wares to anyone interested. I was interested and ended up buying an exquisite handmade knife made the old-fashioned way.

The event was an utterly congenial gathering of like-minded people. It was what most of America was before 2008. The big question is whether, in 2021, Americans will push back against the leftist effort to destroy our common American culture.

Right now, leftists seem determined to revisit Charles Manson's "Helter Skelter" idea. For those of you too young to remember events in 1969, that was when the Charles Manson cultists brutally slaughtered seven people. Manson intended that the murders would spark a violent race war, which he called "Helter Skelter." He imagined that Blacks would kill every White person in America. At the end of the slaughter, Manson and his all-White followers would emerge from hiding and become the rulers in this new world.

Right now, we're seeing a primarily White leadership class diligently fomenting racial schism in America. These leaders — Biden, Pelosi, Schumer — seem to imagine that, after they've created the circumstances in which Americans do battle, they will be there to rule over some purified class of survivors. I don't see that happening, but I do see a lot of horrors accruing as leftists systematically divide us, unless we Americans forcefully push back on this segregationist view and focus on our shared interests and values.

And that gets me to the gun show. Shared interests, especially shared interests in constitutional rights, are the way to get America back on track. It's not about what we look like; it really is about what we value.


Racial integration lives at a Southern gun show
Refreshingly astute analysis of the burgeoning counterculture. I'm glad that this didn't prevail at the gun show but I'm afraid that we're on a downward spiral stoked by the current administration.
 

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If you study politics, it doesn't take long to figure out that most DemonKKKrat party leaders are racist to the core. DemonKKKrats use blacks to retain power, while handing out just enough to keep blacks "in line". Section 8 housing, food stamps, etc., are tools to keep blacks poor and on "the other side of the tracks".
 
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Well hey, it's amazing when people from different races, creeds, religions and different backgrounds etc can get along when they have something in common.
 
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"Race relations has been set back decades since Obama introduced identity politics."

And Eric "The Weasel" Holder, having nothing useful to offer and being bent on implementing the "agenda", opted to re-fight the settled Civil Rights struggle and achieve a "new degree of level" to the already level playing field.

Lacking any actual resolutions to real problems and issues, the DEMOCRATS will always elect to revive settled issues and pretend to fight those settled battles, all over again.
 

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the democrat party died in the 60s.it was taken over by the American socialist party in 1966.
it has been changing the things in our schools now for 50 yrs.
now that they have all three parts of the government at least for 2 years it is going to be a battle.
 

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A few years back, some of the local churches where we lived were pushing to get all the churches to agree to be sanctuaries for illegal aliens. As a pastor of one of those churches, I was called a racist when I did not agree to the sanctuary plan. I was perceived as unloving towards the oppressed and racist because the illegals were Hispanic. When I explained that coddling and enabling their illegal behavior was a disservice to the illegals and to our country, I was considered unloving by some. I pointed out that genuine love does not enable someone to remain in sin/illegal behavior, to no avail. Talking with another who was trying to get me to see how my views were racist, I finally said to him, “How is it that you view me as racist, a white man who is happily married to a Hispanic woman and who has a son in law who is black?”

As a family, we have some interesting discussions about the racial nonsense pitting good people against one another. In my life I have had, and still do, a lot of friends here in the states and in various other countries...our friendships have remained untainted by the political racism garbage. I mostly ignore the racist garbage and enjoy my friend and family...and love em all; I do not usually allow myself to even be caught up in this sort of political racist vitriol. Don’t let them control your life or your conversation!
 
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