You either believe that institutionalized racism is wrong or you don’t. I happen to believe it is wrong, and therefore oppose Affirmative Action in any form.
To support Affirmative Action, you must first accept its perquisite belief that people of color and women are inferior to white males. This is a vile and ignorant idea; one that people of conscience should vehemently reject.
In fact, I reject the whole notion of group rights and group responsibilities – we are not a flock of geese. I believe that each individual person has been endowed by their Creator with a unique set of talents and potentials, rights and responsibilities.
These rights preceded government. Governments are created to protect them, and governments are thrown off when they don’t - this is the lesson of history.
Affirmative Action does not protect the equal rights of all persons; it diminishes the rights of some in order to bestow favors to others. It chooses its victims and beneficiaries on race and gender alone, not on merit. And it dehumanizes the very people it claims to be helping; forcing them to surrender their individuality and take up membership in a herd.
It assumes that Martin Luther King and Rodney King are cut from the same cloth; that Nancy Pelosi and Nancy Reagan are one. It is shameful that we fill our children’s heads with such nonsense.
We teach the majority of them that they are not capable of individual achievement, that they are not good enough to compete with the minority of white boys. We teach them to wait for someone else to level a playing field, instead of learning to run uphill.
Politicians love to use that term – level playing field. As if life was a straight-line march across 100 yards of manicured lawn with white lines and referees and yard markers; where you get a reward every ten yards and everyone else stops a waits for your instant replay whenever you perceive a slight. Good luck with that.
Real life is a full speed off-road chase with no destination, no time clock, and no instant replay. It is the thrill of victory and it is the agony of defeat. Reaching the summit is only meaningful when you pick your peak and climb it yourself; taking a helicopter ride to the top only enriches the pilot.
The view from the top is the same for the climber and the rider; but they see vastly different things. And only one will be prepared to conquer the next peak, and the next, and the next. Affirmative Action turns climbers into riders; it enriches only its own helicopter pilots, those who have made millions marketing victimhood.
Democrats would rather be race pimps than risk losing the votes it buys them, and Republicans are so PC they are afraid to call a spade a spade – in fact, I would bet that many of them just flinched reading that agricultural reference.
Libertarians are the Party of Principle - it is not difficult for us to see things clearly and speak plainly about them. Affirmative Action is bigotry encoded into law; it is immoral, unconstitutional, un-American, and it has deprived persons of all races and both genders from reaching their full individual potential.
50 years of Affirmative Action is enough. If it has worked, it should no longer be necessary; if it has failed, it should no longer be desirable. In either case, it should no longer be.
Tim Nerenz is the Libertarian Party Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives from Wisconsin's 2nd District. To support Dr. Tim's campaign, please visit the campaign website at www.timnerenz.com