This is Part One of a series about why conservatives must take charge of and reshape socio-political debate in America. Among the worse mistakes conservatives have made since those heady days of the Reagan administration has been to cede control of socio-political debate to liberals whose vision for America is based on big government, entitlement, dependency, class envy, moral relativism, weakness in foreign policy, and suppression of free speech. For example, why did we allow liberals to transform the debate over abortion—a debate that is about murdering innocent unborn children for the sake of convenience—into a debate about women’s rights? Why did we let the debate over same-sex marriage get turned into a debate over civil rights?

Liberals have taken control of the debate by distorting the truth and twisting the English language in ways that help advance their left-wing, anti-America, morally bankrupt agenda. Consequently, if conservatives want to eventually win the debate for America’s soul, we are going to have to step up, take charge, and do the hard work of reshaping the debate, and we are going to have to do so while fighting against bitter opposition from liberals who have Hollywood, television, higher education, the public schools, and the mainstream media on their side. Reshaping the debate will not be easy—the odds are clearly stacked against us. However, to cede the debate to liberals is to cede the soul of our country—as well as its future—to the radical left, a group that collectively hates everything that our Founders fought and died for.

The most important step in reshaping socio-political debate is to understand how liberals took control of the debate in the first place. Their main strategy has been to use the mainstream media, Hollywood, colleges and universities, and the public schools to distort the English language and transform the meanings of numerous socially-loaded concepts (e.g. abortion is now choice and homosexuals are now gay). The left’s distortion campaign has been undeniably successful. In fact, how successful it has been can be seen in the fact that conservatives now use the distorted terms preferred by liberals—“choice,” “gay,” “fairness,” “progressive”—in their own conversations. The mistake here is obvious: let liberals control the language and they will win the debate. Part 1 in this series of columns deals with just one of the concepts liberals have successfully distorted: diversity.
Diversity simply means being different. People can be different in an almost infinite number of ways including their culture, age, race, gender, worldview, politics, religion, height, weight, hair color, hair styles, eye color, personal preferences, tastes, education level, health, appearance, national origin, language, personality, and so on. Diversity is a neutral concept because human differences are not inherently good or bad. In fact, many of them are determined by birth rather than merit. What makes human differences good or bad is how people respond to them. But liberals have turned the concept of diversity inside out and given it a whole new meaning, while conservatives have sat back and let it happen.

Writing for Townhall.com, John Hawkins explained what liberals mean when they use the term diversity: “What liberals mean by ‘diversity’ is that they want a broad range of people from different races, colors, and creeds who have identical political views. A black or Hispanic conservative doesn’t contribute to ‘diversity’ in liberal eyes because he actually has diverse views. Incredible role models for women like Sarah Palin can’t be feminists to liberals because they don’t share the same liberal beliefs as sexist pigs like Anthony Weiner and Bill Maher. How can you have meaningful ‘diversity’ when everyone has to think the same way?” Conservatives need to do the hard work of reclaiming the term diversity and restoring its proper meaning. This is step one in the battle to reshape socio-political debate in America.