Battling cultural Marxists: Now is not the time for conservatives to be timid


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 columnist for The Washington Times. His website is