Submitted by Samuel Liu
(One of our High School Essay Contest winners)
“This is kookoo!” exclaimed David Horowitz, the prolific conservative writer who spoke to the forum on Tuesday, May 1st.
“We’re all suffering from the subprime mortgage prices. The banks said not enough blacks have homes and every American has a right to a home so let’s make loans we can never repay. This is kookoo! But again, when republicans say that it was wasteful … all of a sudden we’re attacking the victims.”
“But who are the victims?!” Horowitz cried out. “Everybody suffered. It’s all the poor people who were snookered into buying homes and lost them. This is not the American dream!”
In his speech, Horowitz emphasized the importance to fight the political battle against leftists. Born in 1939, Horowitz is a self-described “red diaper doper baby,” someone who is raised by communist parents. Horowitz went to Columbia University and UC Berkely and majored in English. After the revelation of Nikita Krushchev’s secret speech, his family broke with the communist party, and Horowitz became an intellectual involved in various radical groups, most notably the Black Panthers. Horowitz, suspecting the Black Panthers of murder and gang activities, broke with Marxism and became a conservative, though privately for ten years. In 1985, he ended his silence by writing “Good-Bye to All That” for the Washington Post. He has been an ardent conservative ever since, arguing, it seems, in every debate he can find.
Horowitz is also something of a philosopher. When he was asked why Jews continue to vote for democrats, he responded with a religious reference.
“...My book, A Point in Time, is a philosophical summation of my life experience, about dogs, growing old, search for redemption in this life and the next,” he said. “It’s very hard to live thinking we’re all going to disappear, and everything will be erased. I start off with Marcus Aurelius, a Roman emperor; he was a stoic and meditated. [He basically said]: all the heroes of yesteryear, whole civilizations, are gone without a trace. If this is true, why do I continue living? I’m a coward...” Horowitz continues, “I think he’s wrong … If you believe in a creator, then you understand that only after we’re gone will it be sorted out. And that gives enough sense. Suppose you’re an atheist, or a secular jew. If this world is all that it is, you can’t live without the sense that it’s meaningless. These people seek a redemption in this life, they’re going to change the world, they’re going to take on the work of God... If you eat of knowledge, you shall be as God. That’s every leftist. The serpent is the original leftist.”
As someone who has seen both sides of the coin, Horowitz perhaps knows best how the war against the left may be won.
Conservatives, he said, are too polite. Whereas a radical liberal simply jumps into a conversation, the conservative waits for the opposing argument to finish.
“They call us racist, sexist, homophobic, women-haters, islamophobic, and we call them ...liberals,” he said. “For the left, it’s always about the poor, vulnerable, voiceless and powerless versus us, the powerful strong oppressors.”
Because of this, Horowitz said, conservatives are at a distinct disadvantage. What the voter with a layman’s political knowledge does not understand is that the policies imposed by the left are the real thing that is hurting minorities.
“You have to change your mentality,” Horowitz said. “Look at the schools. Everyone who comes from an immigrant background, probably everyone does. Public school was the greatest gift to anyone who came to America, to improve the lives of their posterity.”
But, Horowitz goes on; the immigrants, the left’s victims, have been tricked. An article in the Los Angeles Times said that social promotion, the practice of moving kids to the next grade even when they’re unprepared, could not stop because they would have to hold back half of the children.
“You lie to the kids and tell them they’ve learned something and send them to the next grade,” Horowitz thundered with palpable disgust, speaking faster as he becomes more and more enraged by the state of American education. “It’s one of the most diabolical things that progressives have done … It’s a social atrocity. Every school district has been 100% controlled by democrats for 100 years. Everything that’s wrong in education is because of democrats! The democrats are the racists, with their brute heels on the necks of Blacks and Hispanics. WHERE ARE THE REPUBLICANS WHO ARE SAYING THAT!?”
Horowitz is greeted by thunderous applause and a standing ovation. Pausing a bit to enjoy himself, Horowitz glances out over the crowd, so different from his demographic of many years ago. He is a man who has seen both ends of the political spectrum and, it seems, who has found his purpose in life. He is, from bottom up, a defender of America from within.
To access a complete bibliography of all his work, please click here.
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