The writer, Gerald Martin, tells of his experiences participating in a discussion group or 'salon' in Dallas, which as he says, is considered 'conservative' territory. In reality no Texas cities are really populated by a conservative majority anymore, and it's been quite some time since they were 'conservative'.
But the AmRen article illustrates why the views of the man in Buffalo aroused 'controversy.' Those of us who are old enough to remember the old America, and even those who have read a pre-politically correct history book (the only credible kind) know that the man in Buffalo simply holds views that once were the majority opinion among White Americans. His views would have aroused no 'controversy' or wringing of liberal hands or mock-horror on the part of a reporter in the old America. His opinions were ordinary once upon a time, and would have elicited a nod rather than a gasp of mock-outrage, back then.
How did we get to where we are now in one generation or so? The AmRen article gives clues. The writer mentions how uninformed some of his liberal counterparts at the salon were. These were evidently younger people, educated (or at least, what passes as educated these days) and yet utterly ignorant of basic facts of recent history.
''I found that virtually all the participants in the salon took anti-white policies like “affirmative action,” “diversity,” and “inclusion” for granted, and almost all the younger participants knew practically nothing about how they came about.''
This is not surprising, given the fact that for several decades, the educational system and the media have presented propaganda rather than facts and truths. Younger people have learned a history that is full of half-truths and whole lies. Important facts have been deliberately omitted, and other facts have been twisted to fit the cultural Marxist worldview.
In effect, the powers-that-be have engineered this situation where the young are in effect alien to their parents and to the older generations, and vice-versa. This is not accidental.
It's amazing that what was once taken for granted by old Americans is now considered shocking and extremist, if not outright taboo and criminal, by those who have been, since childhood, under the tutelage of the government schools and the media. Younger people, unless they seek out unorthodox sources, such as old books and documentaries and movies, are easily kept away from the influence of any dissenting ideas about 'sensitive' matters like race and immigration. When and if they are suddenly introduced to something outside their known, politically correct world, they sometimes react with alarm or shock. The fact that such reactions are not uncommon shows just how controlled our 'free speech', and how limited our societal conversation has been.
This needs to change. Not many of us can participate in a 'salon' like Mr. Martin, but we can certainly broach these 'controversial' topics in certain situations, and we can speak our piece without seeming fanatical or inflammatory. I thought the man from Buffalo in the video did a fairly creditable job of holding his own, and not becoming ruffled or too defensive. I thought his calm and low-key demeanor worked well for him. I can't imagine sensible viewers finding him objectionable. Somewhere deep inside, most Americans with common sense recognize the truth when they hear it, even if they do not know their history and have never heard the full truth about anything from the media and their authority figures.
Now and then I like to use a good 'broken clock' quote, illustrating that even our enemies occasionally say something true, even if by accident:
''The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum - even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there’s free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate.'' - Noam Chomsky