If you read PatriotRetort.com with any regularity, you know I absolutely love Milo.
But before I ever heard him speak, I admit that I had a negative opinion of him.
I confess it was influenced by conservative writers who perpetrated the notion that Milo was some “alt-right, white supremacist.”
But one of the things I’ve learned – often times through trial and error – is I should never form my opinion based solely on the opinions of others.
So instead of listening to the chattering complaints of these self-described curators of conservatism, I decided to sit down and watch a few of Milo’s speeches for myself.
It didn’t take long for me to realize that Milo Yiannopoulos is just the breath of fresh air the conservative movement so desperately needs.
Yesterday, when CPAC confirmed that Milo would be delivering the keynote address at next weekend’s conference, it didn’t take long for purists within the dried-up conservative movement to crap all over the news.
The writers at Erick Erickson’s site are apoplectic over it.
Of course, this is the same website that absolutely knew Trump would be defeated by Hillary Clinton, so what do you expect?
Writer Steve Berman penned a column titled “Goodbye CPAC. You’re now dead to me.” It’s amazing he was able to type this column at all while tightly clutching his pearls.
[And, no. I’m not linking to his column. Why should I give that site any additional hits?]
His fellow Resurgent writer Josh Hammer tweeted out this:
— Josh Hammer (@josh_hammer) February 18, 2017
Why? Why is this an “utter disgrace?”
What is with this rabid hatred of Milo Yiannopoulos?
From Leftists, I totally get it.
But from so-called conservatives?
Why all this virulent animosity.
I have watched nearly every single one of Milo’s “Dangerous Faggot Tour” speeches. I think there might be two or three that I missed.
And for the life of me, I do not understand why these guys are so horrified and disgusted by him.
“Abhorrent and shameful?” Come on!
Sure, Milo is over-the-top and outrageous. He uses the “F-word” more than an HBO comedy. And, yeah, he can be campy and irreverent.
But at the same time, he is well-read, extremely knowledgeable, and informed.
Not only that. He combats an ideology that seeks to undermine this nation as founded.
And he is doing it in such a way that appeals to young people whose lives are being ruined by that ideology.
Shouldn’t conservatives applaud that?
For all their prattling on about reaching out and bringing people into the conservative fold, you’d think they’d be thrilled by what Milo is accomplishing.
Young people are most at risk from the Left. Their public schools, as well as their universities are well behind enemy lines. It has become virtually impossible for them to escape the Left’s influence.
And Milo bravely storms the beaches of these Leftist strongholds and takes his message directly to those young people.
Isn’t that a good thing?
Which is more likely to influence a twenty-year-old college student?
Mark Levin’s book Plunder and Deceit or a talk by Milo Yiannopoulos?
Both seek to wake young people up from their stupor and get them thinking about their future and the future of the country.
But Milo meets young people on their own turf and speaks their language.
In other words, he is an effective messenger.
And he is just the right person to battle the Social Justice Warriors on the Left who have had free rein on college campuses for years.
Milo speaks the brutal truth about radical Islam, unfettered immigration and the tyranny and fascism of the SJW Left.
And he is emboldening these young conservatives to fight back against that tyranny and to stand up for Liberty.
So why the outrage? Why the hate?
I can’t help but wonder if part of the animosity toward Milo stems from this belief that we have to be placid, flaccid thinkers who busily polish our principles while taking great pains not to make waves.
But isn’t that precisely why conservatism fell out of favor among young people?
I really wonder if what troubles them is the fact that Milo is having fun.
”Fun?! Conservatives aren’t supposed to be fun!!! We’re supposed to be thoughtful and serious!”
Sure, they prattle on about a “Big Tent.” But I get the feeling these curmudgeons in the conservative movement want to be the gatekeepers of that tent. They want to be the ones to decide who can enter, and how you must behave after you are granted entry.
All this nonsense about Milo being “Alt Right” or a “white supremacist” is just that – nonsense.
It is impossible to sit through one of Milo’s talks and still believe that outrageous slander.
I guarantee you that thousands upon thousands of young people will be livestreaming Milo’s keynote address next week.
But they won’t be the only ones.
I can tell you this 53-year-old woman will be right there with them watching every moment of it.
Milo doesn’t deserve this slander. In fact, he deserves our respect and our full-throated support.
Milo has been disinvited from CPAC. I have written about this development HERE.
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