Know Your Enemy

By Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America - Mike Pence, CC BY-SA 2.0,

We’ve seen examples of it time and time again.

A young college student indoctrinated by his or her (no I won’t do that stupid gender neutral crap, you’re either male or female…but that’s an article for another time) leftist professor, screaming at someone who disagrees with them, and when you ask for them to simply understand your side of the argument you will get one of the following responses: “BIGOT.” “RACIST.” “SEXIST.” “WHITE SUPREMACIST.” Take it from someone who was called a “white supremacist” by most of the faculty at California State University Los Angeles. (Let the record state that I am Asian, Hispanic and Chinese, no I don’t identify as them, I AM Asian, Hispanic and Chinese). To be honest, conservatives are beginning to fall into this dark abyss of an echo chamber.

Why am I saying this? It’s because it’s true.

If you are a conservative and you think I am lying then let’s try this. Look at all of your books right now. How many of the books that you own right now are conservative? How many of them are liberal or left leaning? Look at all the social media posts that you are following. How many of them are liberal? How many of them are conservative? As a young conservative activist I always accuse my leftist peers on campus of how much they are unwilling to listen to the other side because they are indoctrinated, but in reality observing the number of books that I have about conservatism and social media posts that I follow, I can’t help but feel as if I’m throwing stones at a glass house. During my first few months of activism I noticed a disturbing pattern with the left and its haste to dismiss any argument as moot because the person who is arguing against them is an evil person. Now I have noticed the unfortunate trend that it is happening to the right as well. We dismiss arguments because the person is “brainwashed by their professors” or is “brainwashed by the main stream media.”

By the time you get to this point in the article you’re probably assuming my main intent of this was to put down conservatives. IT’S NOT.

We as conservatives must be better than our counterparts and those that are liberal. Rather than confirming our own biases we should understand what the left thinks and how they operate, so that we can defeat the left and own them, not just intellectually but also bring them to our side of the political spectrum.

To end this article I would like to quote my favorite tactician Sun Tzu “If you know your enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the results of a hundred battles. If you know yourself and not your enemy, for every victory you will suffer a defeat, and if you do not know your enemy and yourself you will utterly perish.”

About Mark Kahanding (20 Articles)
Mark Kahanding was born in Los Angeles on July 25, 1996. Mark started getting involved with politics with Young America's Foundation in August of 2015 and has been an active member since. He is the founder chairman of Young Americans for Freedom at CSULA and after two years of growing CSULA YAF into 100+ members strong he has since stepped down. For his courageous and bold leadership, in just his first year with YAF, his chapter (CSULA Young Americans for Freedom) won the 2016 Chapter of the Year award. Mark has been interviewed by Brietbart, Alliance Defending Freedom and Young Americans for Freedom. He has also been on CSPAN He has been quoted on The Blaze, Daily Caller and College Fix. Mark has also been mentioned on USA Today, Daily Wire, Inside Higher Ed, Examiner, Breitbart and Red Alert Politics. Prior to his activism in the conservative movement, Mark was heavily involved in arts and wanted to become a Broadway performer. During his freshman year of high school he was part of an all male hip hop dance team. He can also play the piano, trombone and violin. Mark studied classical opera during his years in high school. He has performed in Carnegie Hall, Disneyland and Disney Concert Hall. Mark has been in two musicals, Footloose and Phantom of the Opera.In his last year of high school at Herbert Hoover High School, he founded an all male choir and won 1st place at their first competition in Disneyland.

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