Right of Center was started in February 2005, during the early days of my second semester of graduate school at Southern Illinois University located in Carbondale, Illinois. What led to me starting the site was my firsthand experiences of the hostility that liberal controlled higher education has towards conservatism and those who defend what are now defined as traditional American values. In almost each class, I heard what I now refer to as historical moral relativism – the judging of past peoples and societies by the “moral” and societal standards of today. In each of the courses I took, I always found it rather humorous that we, as the next generation of American historians, were told to leave our biases aside, to seek the truth as revealed by primary sources; however, when students would provide an alternative theory or understanding of events, immediately the double standard would apply.
As one of the few conservatives attending the courses offered by certain professors, I often heard other conservative graduate students or students that were active in their faith told that their political views were tainting their understanding of history. During one such course, I was asked about the factors that could have contributed to the decline and fall of the Soviet Union, and as I began to discuss key factors, once the names of Eisenhower and Reagan came up, I was immediately greeted with the comment “See, you are making something political when its not about politics…” I was then told that it had nothing to do with what I thought it was, and that how the United States was not simply reacting or misinterpreting Soviet intentions, but was provoking the Soviets into action and into large national spending deficits.
In fact, this faculty member did tell the entire class that the United States was responsible for Korea, Vietnam, and even provoked and tricked the Japanese into bombing Pearl Harbor. This professor continued to say that the United States needed to be brought down, to be divided into smaller nations as a means of righting generations of wrong that has happened during our national existence. During a teaching assistant training session, she even defined it as being the primary responsibility of historians to correct the opinions and interpretations of the casual consumer so that they could appreciate the “real and unobjective” history of the United States.
In the beginning, I chose the name Right of Center because I had come across a letter in a collection of the writings of President Dwight D. Eisenhower where he stated that he believed that most of Americans were not extreme right or left, but possibly just right of center. He also stated that our national government would only function at its optimum efficiency if it adopted policies that appealed to that group of Americans. Even President Nixon considered this group of American citizens, but referred to them as the silent majority rather than being right of center. It was with that thought in mind that I chose the website’s name. From February 2005 through September 2013 this site was hosted by Freehostia; since September 2013, it has been hosted by BlueHost for several reasons.
As a historian, I have always acknowledged my own biases and strive to present an unbiased and clear view of history. I rely heavily on primary sources and encourage students to come to their own conclusions of the materials that are covered throughout the course. The only provision I have is that the student must be able to base their opinion based on fact rather than emotion. Within our nation, we see the results when ideology begins to replace objective teaching, especially in courses such as political science, law, and history. Each semester I come across students that will openly tell me that they hate being American, they hate being white (or black, or whatever race they are), they believe that the federal government has a final say on what our rights are, and its the government that has the responsibility to redistribute wealth to make our nation “more equal.”
It is my belief that these students have been indoctrinated by the liberal controlled education system of our nation to the extent that even our own national history and identity is being rewritten as a means of supporting modern Liberalism. Traditional values are being tied unjustly and unfairly to racism, sexism, and other social taboos. The freedoms that Americans once held dear, such as freedom of speech and freedom of religion are eroded daily by courts and politicians who hide behind the claim that there is a cost we all must be willing to pay to have an equal and fair society. We are being told that there is no expectation of privacy since September 11, 2001 because we live in a more dangerous world the CIA, NSA, FBI, and a half dozen alphabet agencies needs to gather more information. I simply do not agree.
It is my intent to present, through this website, conservatism and the key concepts of what was considered as classical liberalism that formed the very identity of the United States during the early years of the Republic. If we ever forget the values that brought about this nation and if we fail to educate through any means at our disposal of what the concepts of conservatism and classical liberalism means, then we have indeed lost this great nation and have squandered the revolution that started on July 4, 1776.
History affords us many instances of the ruin of states, by the prosecution of measures ill suited to the temper and genius of their people. The ordaining of laws in favor of one part of the nation, to the prejudice and oppression of another, is certainly the most erroneous and mistaken policy. An equal dispensation of protection, rights, privileges, and advantages, is what every part is entitled to, and ought to enjoy… These measures never fail to create great and violent jealousies and animosities between the people favored and the people oppressed; whence a total separation of affections, interests, political obligations, and all manner of connections, by which the whole state is weakened.