Letter: Response to Democratic Party chair’s letter on Candace Owens

Published 6:03 pm Tuesday, February 25, 2020

From Randy Graham, Danville —

Addressing letters regarding the visit of black author and commentator Candace Owens, the local Democrat party chairman resorted to the same old Democrat swan song. Implying “racism” at the end of his letter where there was none. Such is the typical modus operandi of deflecting attention from the real issue when facts aren’t on your side.

The letters had addressed Ms. Owens not being allowed to speak at the college and President Trump having done more for the black community than any president in the last 50 years.

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The Democrat chairman misquoted the president and took out of context the president’s words, writing “good people were among the white supremacists at Charlottesville.” The fact is, not all people who were in Charlottesville, and against removing the statue, were white supremacists, just like locally.

Furthermore, he stated Ms. Owens’ speech wouldn’t have been a Centre event. True, but neither was Doctor Ben Carson’s. The question is why wasn’t she allowed after receiving verbal confirmation? He also wrote this would have been an expensive ticket on a student budget.

Had he done due diligence in research, he’d known that the local Republican party as policy doesn’t charge Centre students for functions. Ironically, reacting in the way he chose demonstrated the typical attitude that Candace Owens’ philosophy and words highlight. Leadership on the left often defaults to emotion over logic, and feelings over facts.

It’s reminiscent of voting to remove a statue without funds to achieve it. It feels good, but so does bathing. It’s becomes like urinating in a black suit. We get a warm feeling but who notices?

So, when one can’t win on truth and facts, they resort to the “same old Democrat song” of name calling and pointing fingers while interjecting “racism” in an attempt to deflect public attention from the real argument. Failing to realize that while pointing, there are three fingers pointing right back at them.

Wouldn’t it had been better to just accept responsibility for actions and say “I am for free speech and for Centre students hearing it, provided its speech of which I agree?” That’s what we learned from our sociology teachers at Boyle County High School. But perhaps “situational ethics” was preeminent at Yale?

Some things never seem to change, even when the chosen mission of one’s profession is to change the world. It’s the same old song. And not a winning one.