Battling Cultural Marxists: Courageous Conservatives Needed

Written by Robert Knight

The growing divide in the United States isn’t merely political. It runs far deeper than that. It’s a struggle between those intent on using government and corporate power to turn America into a Marxist version of Sodom and Gomorrah and those resisting this radical transformation.

Political pundits and Republican moderates who dismiss the culture war as a sideshow are missing it. A wave is building. People are awakening to the immense damage that the left is doing on all fronts and are pushing back.

The destruction includes the open border and mass illegal immigration. Americans are being hit with ruinous inflation due to policies flowing from Democrats’ climate hysteria and the war on fossil fuels.

Then there were the lockdowns, shot mandates and the many now-exposed inaccuracies and lies about COVID-19 from health officials.

Finally, there are hideous chemical and surgical experiments on confused children by a medical establishment in thrall to transgender insanity.

A lot of previously disengaged people have had enough. Led by Glenn Youngkin, an articulate cultural conservative who is now governor, Virginia Republicans flipped the House of Delegates and all statewide executive offices in 2021. They made “woke” schools and parental rights a central theme.

To understand the rapidity with which recent cultural shocks developed in America and in Europe, think of being on a roller coaster. The car is slowly hauled uphill until it reaches the apex. Then it’s released and quickly achieves breakneck speed.

Cultural Marxists have been hauling us up their fun ride since the 1960s, when they began directly attacking marriage, family and Judeo-Christian values in the name of doing one’s own thing. In quick succession, they hatched “free love,” no-fault divorce, welfare, abortion on demand, pornification, gay rights and now transgender madness.

As families unraveled, especially in the inner cities, the government grew exponentially.

Democrats, whose party is now controlled by the hard left, have good reason to promote all this. When faith and families are strong, centralized power is less enticing, especially to a people steeped in constitutionally guaranteed, God-given rights.

Friedrich Engels, co-author with Karl Marx of “The Communist Manifesto.” knew what he was doing when he called for abolishing families more than 150 years ago. Mom-and-dad, married families had to be eliminated so that mega-states could rise without hindrance from a strong, independent citizenry.

Marx’s vision of totalitarian socialism came to awful fruition first in Russia’s Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, which birthed the communist Soviet Union.

Then, it blossomed in Hitler’s National Socialist Workers Party takeover of Germany in 1933, eight years after he published “Mein Kampf.”

It conquered China in 1949.

Americans once instinctively understood the threat posed by socialism. They saw it correctly as a false religion based on envy that begins with pixie dust but ends in coercion and eventually, mass murder.

China, under communist rule, bested the Soviet Union in sheer numbers of victims. Today, the Xi Jinping regime is committing genocide against its Uyghur minority and harvesting the organs of dissidents for sale. The U.N. has documented this.

It’s not like we haven’t been given notice about where America is headed without a major course correction.

Xi Van Fleet has seen communism up close. She witnessed the bloody Cultural Revolution under China’s Mao Zedong, history’s most infamous mass murderer. In America, she has helped expose radical indoctrination in public schools, beginning in Loudoun County, Virginia. She sees critical race theory and sexual confusion as the spearpoint of communism.

Evidence abounds that she’s right. The left has commandeered many institutions: colleges, academic journals, medical guilds, teachers unions, even the American Library Association. All are promoting transgender madness.

But here’s where pushback is becoming most visible. Female former competitive swimmer Riley Gaines has sued Lia (born William) Thomas over his invasion of the women’s pool and women’s locker room.

Ms. Gaines is also campaigning against Kentucky Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear, who vetoed a bill barring male-born contestants from female scholastic athletics. That legislation also banned giving children under 18 cross-sex hormones, puberty blockers or irreversible gender surgeries. The Republican-led legislature overrode him. Nineteen other states have also enacted such laws.

State libraries in Montana, Missouri and Texas have severed ties with the American Library Association, whose president is Emily Drabinski. In April 2022, she posted on social media that she is “a Marxist lesbian who believes that collective power is possible to build and can be wielded for a better world.” Go ahead, liberal media. Spin that.

Meanwhile, Deborah Caldwell-Stone, director of the Library Association’s ironically named Office of Intellectual Freedom, was featured in a video advising librarians on how they could reject story hours sponsored by Brave Books, a Christian publisher of faith-based children’s books. Brave Books’ titles include those written by actor Kirk Cameron, which he has read in libraries that haven’t banned him. These readings typically attract hundreds of parents and children.

Many libraries stage drag queen story hours featuring men in exaggerated female outfits strutting in front of children. The American Library Association has no problem with those.

It took a lot to wear down America to get where we are: two world wars, a sexual revolution, disastrous wars in Asia, a swollen government, and a corrupted mass media and educational establishment. The latter two combined to germinate the monster of “wokeness” that will destroy our children’s future if we let it.

Note to Republican campaign strategists: If you’re too timid to oppose biological men competing in women’s sports and permanent surgical altering of the genitals of innocent children, you’re not worth whatever you’re being paid.

Robert Knight is a former Los Angeles Times news editor and writer and was a Media Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. This column was originally published by The Washington Times.

He has been published by the Wall Street Journal, National Review, the Christian Post,,,, and many others.  He has co-authored three books and written 10, including “Liberty on the Brink: How the Left Plans to Steal Your Vote” (D. James Kennedy Ministries, 2020) and “The Coming Communist Wave: What Happens If the Left Captures All Three Branches of Government” (D. James Kennedy Ministries, 2020) . 

You can follow him on Twitter at @RobertKnight17, and his website is