by Aaron Warner
As many of you were yesterday upon hearing Fox News Network was “parting ways” with Tucker Carlson, the shock was sudden but the surprise was short-lived. We are living in a day and time when virtually every sacred cow in America and the institutions they represent are being thoroughly savaged. From the founding of the country (1776 or 1619), to the fathers themselves (they were all racists including Lincoln apparently), to the very fabric of the scientific method used to catapult us to the front of the world superpowers, we are seeing a deliberate undoing of all things American, and by those who told us they were our fellow countrymen and women.
Tucker Carlson’s firing is emblematic of the most recent of the pillars in society we’ve long held as inviolable to what makes America so special. We have long been a nation so revered refugees and immigrants will brave life and limb and even violate laws to join us. That reverence largely comes axiomatically thanks to our stance on the freedom of speech. It is, as the founders well knew, the very essence of a free people and a free country. Why?
Words have tremendous power. Words can motivate men and women to do incredible things. Even God Himself chose to communicate to mankind from His word, likewise identifying Himself as “the Word”. The same word that brought the universe into being, who made us in His image and likeness, knows full well the way to communicate His perfect will is not through pictures but through words. Conversely, the greatest arbiters of evil understand the same thing. Hitler’s rise was born out of the written word (Mein Kampf) and the passionately delivered orations of his spoken words. As was Mao’s, or Lenin, both drawing socializing strength from the written words of Karl Marx, and passing the legacy on to Derek Bell, Kimberle Crenshaw, Judith Butler, Ibram X. Kinde and Robyn DeAngelo.
Tucker Carlson is perhaps one of the finest on air wordsmiths of his generation. There are few people who can pull you into rapt attention as Tucker, drawing nightly interest, the most in cable news history, from a throng of 3.5 million fans and many who understood him as the biggest threat in Word War III – the ideological battle undergirding the current unrest in our country and throughout the world.
Tucker’s popularity grew steadily over the past few years, thanks not only to his witty turns of phrases and keen insights into all aspects of American political life, but more by his choice of words and the integrity necessary to generate the type of power he commanded. He acquired this power, found in the massive audience who looked to him for journalistic insights, by steadily choosing his words carefully although not as one concerned with political correctness. Tucker understands words have power beyond meaning, including the ability to frame a situation or person in the proper light.
Across the airwaves Tucker’s ideological opponents understand words in the same way, however they have chosen to join the side that uses words as weapons of war against America. Joy Reid, Anna Navarro, Don Lemon, Chris Cuomo, Chris Hayes and the like all showed themselves adherents to the new ideology that hides behind such monikers as “woke” or the equally vague “liberal” which in reality is communism.
Communists are smart enough to hide behind words because they know the truth is not on their side. In fact, truth is as much a hindrance to them as are words that convey it, which is why they incessantly quibble over words and attempts to control what we say. Pronoun pleading and policing are the epitome of this attempt. Not only do the pronouns they choose not fit within the truths of the English language (no one can be a they/them, no matter how many personalities or demons you’re entertaining inside of you) they’ve also become a tool by which to control your speech. You will be told which pronouns to use, or else.
Tucker, a student of history, also saw quickly through the ideological left’s use of double-speak. Words such as “diversity” “equity” and “inclusion” all have dictionary definitions yet have completely opposite uses for political purposes. These terms sound like people of diverse backgrounds, thoughts and opinions will be included into the public discourse and halls of influence so that equality will be realized, embodying the American dream. However the same word merchants tell us America is evil, its founders fatally flawed and the documents they wrote enshrine systemic racism. Understanding this, Tucker reminds us we would be insane to think their words have anything remotely to do with American values. No. The type of diversity they are after is skin deep. Inclusion is merely to hold a place for another communist to assume political power. Equity can perhaps best be seen in any of the thousands of stolen items the left will have you believe are “reparations” when in reality it’s theft that is leading to the closing of hundreds of retail stores across America. Just ask Whole Foods shoppers in San Francisco or Wal-mart and REI hopefuls in Portland, Oregon.
Just days before his firing Carlson delivered a speech at the Heritage Foundation wherein he cautioned his listeners to quit being fooled into thinking what is going on in our country is in anyway politics as usual. Harkening back to the 80s and 90s when politics was about achieving desired outcomes that were for the best, and extending grace to ideas maybe not your own for the sake of seeing what works, Carlson dispels that delusion. Rather than suppose our differences are politically right vs. left he explains:
“What you’re watching is not a political movement, it’s evil.”
He then defines the characteristic differences between good and evil.
“Good is characterized by order, …peace, lack of conflict, cleanliness. Cleanliness is next to Godliness. And evil is characterized by their opposites: violence, hate, disorder, division, disorganization and filth…if you’re advocating for the latter what you’re calling for is evil.”
Leave it to Tucker to cut through the morass and clarify the terminology.
Much like Naomi Wolf and others who are, rather than becoming woke, awakening to the reality we are facing is evil masquerading as good, Tucker concludes his speech by reminding us where true goodness comes from – asking for more of it from its true source. With his uniquely confident yet self-effacing wit Tucker says “even I, an Episcopalian, the Samaritans of our time” (Samaritans were considered as the lowly step-cousins to the Jews), “I am coming to you, not as an evangelist, but from the most humble and lowly theological position you can…that maybe you can take ten minutes out of your busy day and say a prayer for our future.”
Thanks for the reminder Tuck. Not only is their power in our words, there is tremendous power in our prayers when we assume the posture of a modern day Samaritan.
“My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.” (Psalm 51:17)
The author is a VDC columnist and Upper Valley regional reporter. He lives in Hartford, VT where he owns two award-winning small businesses. He is a graduate of Leadership Upper Valley class of 2010.