The death of historian M. Stanton Evans last week was a blow for those who study genuine history, and for the brave students he mentored during their own search for truth. Evan’s truth about 20th century history skillfully excised the proud flesh of the more commonly accepted ersatz “history” on sale in academia. Perhaps you experienced it, that unyielding “narrative” Leftist Communists pedaled in university classrooms for several generations now. For thousands of students who were given no other view to consider, it seemed plausible. Where else could they look if not to their mandarin scholars’ lecture halls?
Follow the yellow brick road to consensus and no matter what your field of study, even science, that’s the safe path. But with Evans and a few others (and the next generation of students these few historians worked with) you get right down to the bone of what is true and verifiable about past events, versus what is self-serving perfidious untruth. It is we, their readers, who benefit from this lonely work.
At the time of that post I mentioned the integrity of Frank Gaffney’s long-standing and principled efforts to call to our attention the clear and present dangers facing the West now, particularly America. Mr. Gaffney is not a historian; he is a newspaper columnist. It was in this guise that the Baron and I first read his work years ago when he wrote for the then-brand-new Washington Times. Recall that time, before the internet, when alternative news sources were scarce; it was consensus or nothing. Here in the middle of nowhere, all we had was NPR for our information. No, we didn’t buy their world view; in fact their slant was so obvious that we played an entertaining game in which we’d guess ahead of time what spin National Public Radio (or, as my second son called it when he lived with us, “National Palestinian Radio”) would put on a given story.
Back then but we had no other choices in news sources [you should have seen us in the first Gulf War with a shortwave radio and a copper antenna stuck on a tree outside the window] until one day when college friends of the Baron’s came to visit for the weekend. They brought with them a copy of the new “Moonie paper”, The Washington Times and it was there we found Gaffney, Democrat “Scoop” Jackson’s aide and a member of the Reagan administration. We’d known of him before and were so pleased to see both him and Bill Gertz on the printed page. [Scoop Jackson, along with Daniel Moynihan, was one of the few old-fashioned — i.e., genuine — liberals.]
One of the things Mr. Gaffney has pursued is pointing out the Muslim Brotherhood affiliations of Grover Norquist and the latter’s extensive and malign influence on the Republican Party. Mr. Norquist is an important figure in Washington; one does not tread on his toes with impunity. That Frank Gaffney displays this kind of courage is most heartening; it cannot be an easy thing to do. His principles were also evident in his support for Diana West during the attempted trashing and take-down of her book, American Betrayal. He could have kept quiet. Instead, she was the recipient of The Center for Security Policy’s 2013 Mightier Pen Award.
Yes, when we read a newspaper, it’s the Washington Times and often read its columns on line. And, yes, we’ve heard liberals repeatedly voice the hope that the paper will fail. Like any other printed matter, it no doubt faces financial struggles but then so does The New York Times; The Washington Post was recently bought by the founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos.
Below is the latest endeavor of Frank Gaffney’s organization. If I were well, I’d try to go. But then if wishes were horses, I’d be riding to this affair. That’s much of the cream of conservatism there, with a few right-wing ringers thrown in for good measure:
Columbia, SC— TOMORROW, Saturday March 14th, Secure Freedom (formerly known as the Center for Security Policy), in partnership with Breitbart News and High Frontier, will host The South Carolina National Security Action Summit. The conference will feature many of the most influential national security practitioners of our day addressing the current state of U.S. foreign and defense policy in an increasingly perilous world. Specifically, the event will cover four key topics of interest to both our nation and the state of South Carolina:
- The Hollowing Out of The U.S. Military
- America’s Electrical Power Grid and Threats to Critical Infrastructure
- The Threat from Shariah and The Global Jihad Movement
- Border Insecurity and Illegal Immigration
The noteworthy participants in this summit include:
- Dr. George H. Baker
- Ambassador John R. Bolton
- LTG (Ret). William G. “Jerry” Boykin
- LTC (Ret.) David Bores
- Bill Connor
- Ambassador Henry (Hank) F. Cooper
- Scott Cooper
- U.S. Senator Ted Cruz
- Frank Gaffney
- John Guandolo
- Peter Huessy
- Van Hipp Jr.
- Rosemary Jenks
- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal
- Rick Joyner
- Admiral James “Ace” Lyons (U.S. Navy, Ret.)
- Javier Manjarres
- Dr. Peter Vincent Pry
- Senator Rick Santorum
- Phyllis Schlafly
- Michael S. Smith II
- Danny Strickland
- Ann Corcoran
The South Carolina National Security Action Summit is designed to ensure that our national security receives the attention it requires from elected officials and their constituents, alike — both at the federal level and the state level.
Frank J. Gaffney, Jr., President of Secure Freedom said:
“Americans are increasingly aware that the world is becoming an ever-more-dangerous place. They expect their leaders to protect them and our vital interests around the world. The National Security Action Summit is a place where the best minds convene to lay out the best ideas for doing that. At the state-level, these summits are an invaluable method of connecting a concerned citizenry to the forefront of policymaking at both the state and federal levels. This weekend’s program could not be more timely, more content-rich or more important.”
Media Event Details:
TOPIC: The South Carolina National Security Action Summit DATE: Saturday, March 14, 2015 TIME: 9:00 a.m. ET – 5 p.m. ET LOCATION: The Brookland Baptist Banquet and Conference Center 1066 Sunset Blvd, West Columbia, SC 29169 MEDIA RSVP: Samantha Nerove | firstname.lastname@example.org | (703) 504-8856 TICKET INFO: highfrontier.org