Open Forum: What Do the Taliban and the Right Have in Common? | Winchester Star
This is a tit-for-tat response to a September 1 open forum titled “What Do the Taliban and the Left Have in Common?” “
I take no pleasure in comparing one of our worst enemies to my fellow Americans. However, I think Donald Trump’s four dark years are in large part the result of the progressives’ silence. We now know that we have to defend ourselves. So in all fairness let’s compare the Taliban to the right.
Both are strict conservatives who seek to bring their religious morals into government. The Taliban believe that the government should follow the words of Allah as they are written in the Quran. Conservative Republicans believe our government must return to Judeo-Christian values. But our founders were clearly omnists, who understood both the need for individual religious freedom and a separation between church and state.
Conservatives are labeled racist because they work to prevent equality in human rights. When in power, they undo any progress previously made by minorities. Trump did it during his presidency and the Taliban are doing it now. The chauvinism and prejudice in all conservative groups is obvious just by noting the lack of diversity in the faces of those in power.
The main principle of the Republican Party reads: “We believe in American exceptionalism. But, all the conservative groups in the world think they are the most exceptional. It is an arrogant belief that goes against American principles. Britain assumed they were exceptional and treated us unfairly. Thus, our founders sent them a letter declaring that we “… assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal position to which the Laws of Nature and the God of Nature entitle…” Thus, to treat all people as an equal is the American way and the only way that people will coexist peacefully. Conservative groups, however, do not seem interested in coexisting.
The Conservatives do not get along. In Afghanistan, when the Taliban came to power, a recent report found that internally they cannot agree on how to form a government. The first sign of a new chapter in their never-ending civil war came from Isis-K. Suicide bombers have caused pain and suffering to innocent people by blowing themselves up in crowds of people. Around the same time, a very confused Conservative from North Carolina drove his old pickup truck to Washington. His goal was to be the outstanding patriot and martyr for Trump’s big lie. On January 6, Trump supporters chanted “Hang Mike Pence,” who is also a conservative. Endless internal conflicts within conservative groups lead to new factions, each obsessed with a certain bias. Proud Boys and QAnon are the latest.
Meanwhile, here in Frederick County, there seems to be an internal conflict within our Tory Oversight Board. Right-wing extremists are outraged by the teaching of a non-existent critical race theory. The idea was invented by the fake conservative media.
Ken Kovach is a resident of Frederick County.