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    10/10/2012 1:53:17 PM Posted by Patrick Coyle

    By Mitchell Witkes Che Flier(1)

    No More Che Day at the University of Maryland was a real crash course in angry leftism. 

    A small group of my fellow conservatives and I were protesting the iconic narrative of Che Guevara, the socialist who killed thousands of innocent civilians in the name of revolution. All was well for the first two hours. Some people stopped to learn about some of the atrocities that have been swept under the rug for decades. Others were socialist sympathizers that merely laughed and moved on. Most perused our literature with mild interest, then simply moved on. Unfortunately, there was a small group that was clearly upset at our claims. 

    No, scratch that, they were infuriated.

    We could see it brewing in one individual who took a picture of our Che Guevara posters and walked away. He later returned with some friends who immediately began challenging us on our claims. One of his friends took the lead and called us hypocrites because while we were expressing our disapproval of socialist oppression, we didn't have signs denouncing America. America, he claimed, was the single most oppressive country on earth. According to him, the US and the CIA were committing genocide all over the world. We sent our troops to kill women and children indiscriminately. It was then that I made my worst mistake: I smiled. I guess I was just struck by how wild that idea was. Now, I'm one who smiles often in conversation. I enjoy the marketplace of ideas and I believe that when two individuals voluntarily enter into a discussion, much can be learned on both sides.  This time, however, he took exception and called me "smug." He said I didn't care about the third world because I was a racist. Personally, I didn't know what to say. I made multiple exasperated attempts to define myself to no avail. Clearly, these gentlemen did not come to our table for a conversation; they came to intimidate. 

    I attempted to explain our reasoning for tabling against Che Guevara. I tried three times to explain that we we're spreading awareness that this man was a killer. Che hated dissidents. Any individual that disagreed with him was executed. And executed they were. Thousands were killed by Che's firing squads, and hundreds of thousands were sent to prisons merely for believing something else. There were fifteen year old boys who attempted to protect their modest family farms before being dragged away by the secret police, beaten, then murdered in cold blood. Che Guevara was a madman, who committed atrocious acts for the revolution. Unfortunately, every attempt by us to explain our cause was met by race baiting, "you're probably thinking that I'm an angry black man," and "not to bring the conversation back to race, but more black men are incarcerated for crack cocaine use than white men." In the end, none of the arguments raised by the Left really mattered in this conversation, because we weren't tabling to incarcerate more black people. We we're tabling to explain that Che Guevara was a murderer. These individuals obviously didn't agree. 

    Cleary leftists do not believe in equality. If they did, these gentlemen would have listened to what I had to say instead of interrupting and berating me. I listened to them and in turn I received no respect. The fact that these people continued to shut me down and actively not listen was another example of liberal intolerance. They alluded that I was a racist and other students stopped and stared. Collectively, my fellow conservatives and I felt threatened. We felt as though we we're unequal, as though we were agents of hatred. The truth is that leftists believe in equality on their terms. A composite image of what I have learned from the mouths of leftists is that we need to destroy the system to instill democracy as what it was meant to be. But what does this mean? Does not everyone have a say in America today? This country is a place where individuals can form groups in order to enact change in a real way. Instead of embracing this system, leftists subvert it at every turn and support known murderers. I think if I pressed them enough they would have expressed a fondness for Hitler. Mao, Lenin, Stalin, Che: these thugs killed millions collectively after using the same terminology that leftists use today. Throughout history, collectivist regimes have left a wake of suppression and genocide. 

    An SDS member once said, "the issue is never the issue, the issue is only the revolution." Peace and equality? For leftists, only in words and not in action. 

    Mitchell Witkes is a conservative activist at the University of Maryland


    • Readers' Comments

    • To be fair, the CIA and factions of the US government have committed acts of genocide on the planet, too. Che was an absolute monster and a filthy racist piece of garbage who merits no support from a rational person, but the US is not pure as the wind-driven snow either. Though the US is less culpable in murder than many wicked tyrannical regimes in the world, when people point out the illegal bombings of Yemen, Libya and Pakistan perpetrated by Obama, that is a tarnish on the reputation of the United States that should still be acknowledged if we're having a fair conversation. Way to go on standing up to the false idol of "Che" on a college campus, though! That takes some stones, brother!
      Posted by Kurt on 10/10/2012
    • Can I just say that you should learn to stop generalizing?? All liberal minded people don't share the same thoughts, feelings and values just as I'm sure you'd say all conservative minded people don't share the same thoughts, feelings and values.
      Posted by Rosie on 10/10/2012
    • I guess those clowns didn't realize good'ol Che was an overt racist, and as far as tolerant, he even banned rock-n-roll.. these "gentlemen" you refer to, are ignorant twits and could hardly consider themselves little more than Useful Idiots.. keep up the fight and the TRUTH!
      Posted by bill spencer on 10/10/2012
    • No, Rosie they don't. You're right. They just stay silent while angry morons are screaming in their name, on the chance they can benefit from it. Che was a murderous bigot who hated blacks and Mexicans. What ANYONE else has done will never change those bloody, ugly facts.
      Posted by richard mcenroe on 10/11/2012
    • Actually, in character, they're like Che. It's not theoretical or abstract, but a matter of people, types and character. If the situation allowed, someone would think it, someone would order it and some would execute the order, in other words, they would kill you. Hard to believe? Believe it, you saw it with your own eyes.
      Posted by Mark on 10/13/2012
    • many people object to the inherant dignity of the human person some and/or many have liberal tendencies shalom God bless Y'all
      Posted by john son of john on 10/14/2012
    • I can't think of any one movement, idea or revolution that captivated or moved 100 percent of any society or race at any point or any time in history. With any idea, movement or revolution there will be those that support it and beatify its leaders while others that don't support it strive to expose its hypocrisy, its badness and demonize its leaders. I do agree with the writer on Guevare. He was an animal and that liberals today conduct themselves in a most horrid fashion. To me, liberals are clearly guided by the dogs of hate, anger, deceit and ignorance. To me, the land of the free is now fertile ground for the seeds of satans labor.
      Posted by Don on 10/15/2012
    • Kurt, you can take your slanders against the USA and shove them up your backside. Neither the CIA nor any "faction of the US government" (since when does the US government have factions?) has committed "acts of genocide on the planet", whatever that's supposed to mean. (As opposed to off the planet?! Or is the planet the victim of this supposed genocide?) It's America that protects your right to free speech; if you hate America then you have no such right that anybody need pay any attention to. Apparently we're not supposed to question our opponents' patriotism, but I am definitely questioning yours, in fact I'm denying it entirely. Oh, and there is nothing illegal about the bombings in Yemen or Pakistan. The legal status of the bombings in Libya is purely a matter between the president and Congress; if they were a crime, they were a crime against the USA, not against Libya! So how is it relevant?
      Posted by Millhouse on 10/21/2012
    • Rosie, until you find me a liberal who reacts to a hammer and sickle just as he would to a swastika, and to a Che poster exactly as he would to a poster of Goebels, and to Mao as he would to Hitler, I feel confident tarring all liberals with the same commie-loving brush.
      Posted by Milhouse on 10/21/2012
    • I feel as though I should moderate this discussion somewhat as its author. Kurt, your point is well taken. Anytime the US uses force, people die. Its a fact, and an unfortunate one at that. I do find a problem with relating US "murder", as you call it, with communist murder. The difference being ideology. Che Guevara enjoyed the genocide he committed. We have quotes on that subject. On the other hand the US does not champion death. We do not murder those who speak in disagreement. We kill those who wrong us, or their own people. As Romney recently said, the US does not dictate other nations, the US liberates other nations from dictators. To the other commenters on this article: please be civil (Millhouse). The entire article was explicitly arguing against incivility in political dialogue. We are not questioning each others' patriotism here. My article was simply my insights into this one experience I had in college. Oh, and Rosie, your point is well taken that I should not generalize entirely. Unfortunately, I have not had the opportunity to engage with a liberal in political dialogue without it devolving into accusations of racism and bigotry. I yearn for the day when we can sit down and discuss our ideologies civilly. Personally, I believe Conservatism will win in the marketplace of ideas when tactics such as political correctness and accusations of racism are discarded into the political trash heap where they belong.
      Posted by Mitchell on 10/25/2012
    • I feel as though I should moderate this discussion somewhat as its author. Kurt, your point is well taken. Anytime the US uses force, people die. Its a fact, and an unfortunate one at that. I do find a problem with relating US "murder", as you call it, with communist murder. The difference being ideology. Che Guevara enjoyed the genocide he committed. We have quotes on that subject. On the other hand the US does not champion death. We do not murder those who speak in disagreement. We kill those who wrong us, or their own people. As Romney recently said, the US does not dictate other nations, the US liberates other nations from dictators. To the other commenters on this article: please be civil (Millhouse). The entire article was explicitly arguing against incivility in political dialogue. We are not questioning each others' patriotism here. My article was simply my insights into this one experience I had in college. Oh, and Rosie, your point is well taken that I should not generalize entirely. Unfortunately, I have not had the opportunity to engage with a liberal in political dialogue without it devolving into accusations of racism and bigotry. I yearn for the day when we can sit down and discuss our ideologies civilly. Personally, I believe Conservatism will win in the marketplace of ideas when tactics such as political correctness and accusations of racism are discarded into the political trash heap where they belong.
      Posted by Mitchell on 10/25/2012
    • Ok.. so I guess you could call me at "Leftist" (still sounds stupid). This is an outrageous article that makes liberals sound like we all love genocidal communists. Which we don't. Also, when you say, "I do find a problem with relating US "murder", as you call it, with communist murder. The difference being ideology." That instantly makes you sound extremely hypocritical. Murder is murder. You can say that it's justified by your ideals, but in the end we're no better if we're killing their people as well. You guys always say, "What would our founding fathers do?" And I think you forget Benjamin Franklin, Patrick Henry, and Abraham Lincoln's famous quote, "United we stand divided we fall." Articles like this that obviously vilifies liberals is doing just the opposite. It's dividing America and making it impossible to get any sort of legislation passed that makes the party in office look better. Although, I'm not saying that liberals are any better. We vilify conservatives and make them out to be bible-thumping lunatics. This is creating so much tension in the U.S. these days and everybody is putting party ideals before national interest. The part that scares me about conservatives is how much money is always involved in their campaigns. Those people who are giving $50 million dollars to cmapaigns like I hate those TV ads that basically say, "You'd hate America if you didn't vote for me". Think, if all the time (and money) spent campaigning was put to a better use, we might have an idea, collectively, about how to get out of this debt.
      Posted by Jeff on 10/29/2012
    • Hey, Mitchell. Great post! My father, Tom Carney, used to work with your father, and my father was the one who told me about your article. I am glad you are spreading awareness about oppressive leaders. Best of luck in your future writing.
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