Dear Woke Mob,

I wanted to take a moment to address any and all statements I have made in the past or will make in the future that offend you. In regard to those statements, I have just one thing to say: I will never apologize to you for my beliefs…ever!

For example, I follow the science—unlike you—and I will not apologize for saying that a biological male is a male and a biological female is…well…a female.

That doesn’t mean I don’t value those who claim to be transexual as human beings, because I do, and they deserve the same equal protection under the law as the rest of us. However, I am not going to bend over backward to make sure they aren’t offended. This is America and I can say whatever the hell I want. You don’t get to tell me or anyone else what we can and can’t say.

I will never apologize for not supporting affirmative action and forced equality of outcomes. I am a conservative who believes in a merit-based system. One’s success or failures should be as a result of their own actions, not the color of their skin.

The horrific oppression of minorities in the past doesn’t mean that those historical injustices can be rectified by giving minorities of today reparations and breaks. Doing so is actually an insult to their ancestors who suffered under the weight of oppression. Though not perfect, America has come a long way with race relations, and there are no longer Jim Crow laws on the books to oppress minorities.

Most of all, I will never apologizing for loving and defending America. To be an American is to defend the principles enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

People came to America looking to live their own lives without being dictated by a repressive government.

They wanted to worship their God, raise their children, and retain the fruits of their labor without the need to ask the permission of some higher authority.

They believed, as the great Enlightenment philosopher John Locke did, that our rights come to us from God and nature. The role of government was to defend the rights of the individual from being violated by others.

To understand what it means to be American, we have to understand why the Founding Fathers designed our form of government the way they did.

The Founders were concerned most with one thing: Who had the power.

When the Declaration of Independence was written, it was written with the experience of the colonies under King George III in mind.

For years, the colonists had been able to govern themselves with little intrusion from their overlords in Great Britain.

However, following the conclusion of the French and Indian War in 1763, things changed.

King George clamped down on the sovereignty of the colonists. In response, the colonies declared themselves an independent and free nation.

The American people would, from then on, be a self-governing people.

Eleven years later, they wrote the Constitution.

The Constitution ensured that power would be decentralized and dispersed among three branches of government. America was to become a republic, not a pure democracy. The Framers also feared the power of a violent mob to rule by a simple majority, power that could be achieved by playing on the emotions of the citizens. They ensured that the states would be equal partners in the republic.

It was the states that created the federal government—not the other way around.

James Madison described the powers of the federal government as “few and defined,” and the powers of the states were to be broader. The Tenth Amendment was meant to ensure the federalist system of government.

Government was supposed to be a small part of the daily life of the individual. Private associations such as family, faith, and other extracurricular activities were supposed to be at the center of peoples’ lives.

Churches provided the moral foundation for a free republic. Virtue was the glue that kept the American experiment together.

Unfortunately, the foundation of our republic is starting to crack.

There are too many competing ideals. Liberals believe that the role of government is to ensure that every citizen is taken care of and that the rights of the individual are to be substituted for the power of the state.

The conservatives want to conserve the principles of individual liberty that this nation was founded upon.

So, I hope you understand why I won’t apologize to you, Mob.

On second thought, I don’t care about your feelings. Stop being soft.

 

Sincerely,

Ryan James