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Sen. Kamala Harris talks a lot about “our American values.” Ditto the rest of the female candidates who’ve declared for president in the busy Democratic field. They all lecture us about “values.”

“Our American values are under attack,” Harris has tweeted. “Babies are being ripped from their parents at the border …”

As her own proud “know your values moment,” the Democrat from California pinpoints the U.S. Senate Supreme Court confirmation proceedings inflicted on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

To manipulate Americans, politicians have always used the values cudgel.

With respect to immigration, the idea is to impress upon gullible Americans that the world has a global Right of Return to the U.S. Fail to accept egalitarian immigration for all into America; and you are flouting the very essence of Americanism. (Or, to use liberal argumentation, you’re Hitler.)

When politicians pule about the importance of preserving “our values,” they mean their values: Barack Obama’s values, Hillary Clinton’s values, Angela Merkel’s values, Chucky Schumer’s values, Jeff Bezos’ values, the late John McMussolini’s values, Lindsey Graham’s values, and Jared and Ivanka’s values (but not Trump’s).

When a politician preaches about “the values that make our country great,” to quote Mrs. Clinton, chances are they mean multiculturalism, pluralism, wide-swung borders, Islam as peace, communities divided by diversity as a net positive, and the Constitution (it mandates all the above, just ask Ruth Bader Ginsburg) as a living, breathing, mutating philosophical malignancy.

For them, “protecting” the abstraction that is “our way of life” trumps the protection of real individual lives. “We must guard against a weakening of the values that make us who we are,” dissembled Obama in the waning weeks before he was gone. The empty phrase is meant to make the sovereign citizen—you—forget that government’s most important role, if not its only role, is to protect individual life.

In his last few addresses, Obama promised to speak up on “certain issues,” in times when he imagined “our core values may be at stake.” Likewise, in delivering her Control-Alt-Delete speech against the Deplorables, Clinton had asserted that “our country is great because we’re good. … Donald Trump disregards the values that make our country great.” The two’s groupthink, notwithstanding, only individuals can be virtuous, not collectives.

Self-government, and not imposed government, implies that society, and not The State, is to develop value systems. The State’s role is to protect citizens as they go about their business peacefully, living in accordance with their peaceful values.


When you hear an appeal to “permanent values”—”the values that make our country great,” to quote Clinton and the current crop of Democratic candidates—know you are dealing with world-class crooks. These crooks want to swindle you out of the freedom to think and believe as you wish. For in the classical conservative and libertarian traditions, values are private things, to be left to civil society—the individual, family and church—to practice and police.

The American government is charged purely with upholding the law, no more. Why so? Because government has police and military powers with which to enforce its “values.” A free people dare not entrust such an omnipotent entity with policing values, at home or abroad, for values enforced are dogma.

When incontestable majorities call on government to curb Islamic and other in-migration because this imperils American lives, President Trump’s unswerving opponents (within his party and without) and their media mafia—will invariably intone, “That’s not who we are.”

When you hear that manipulative mantra, tell them to zip it up; mind their own business, and stick to their constitutional mandate to protect the people, not police their minds.

Remember that through an appeal to values, the State aggrandizes itself.

A limited government, serving an ostensibly free people, must thus never enforce values. It follows that, because our form of government is incompatible with the enforcement of values, the American People can’t and mustn’t admit into their midst civilizations whose values are inimical to the survival of their own.


Ilana Mercer has been writing a weekly, paleolibertarian column since 1999. She is the author of Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America From Post-Apartheid South Africa (2011) & The Trump Revolution: The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed (June, 2016). She’s on Twitter, Facebook, Gab & YouTube

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  1. Rational says:


    Thanks, Madam. You make great points, like usual. Except liberalism has no values. It is the opposite of values. Liberalism is pure evil.

    The scams promoted by the libs, such as the alien invasion, attacking patriots and calling them names, affirmative action, race mongering, whore mongering, banning patriots from social medal, etc. are all evil.

    The Democratic party is a criminal party. Look at criminals like Clinton, a sexual predator, and more.

    What Kamala Harris did, with that man, is a clear violation of California Penal Code Sec 647 et. seq. An FSW running for President!! An FSW talking about “values”. Only in America.

  2. “Our American values are under attack,” Harris has tweeted. “Babies are being ripped from their parents at the border …”

    I’d rather do it at the border than rip the unborn baby out of the mother’s body

    • Agree: atlantis_dweller
  3. Quartermain says: • Website

    I get sick of hearing “That’s not who we are,” from the political class. How would they know?

  4. Rich says:

    Is Kamala Harris American? She doesn’t even espouse the values of her Jamaican or Indian forebears. Will real Americans actually fall for this phony?

  5. Bruce County says:

    Yes….. The saying “thats not who we are”…We hear it time and time again. Mostly when a white on some other race atrocity happens. I know who I am.. I dont need some liberal maggot telling me who they think I am or their believing they are so righteous and pure that they are the voice of a nation of individuals. The only people who are not who “they” are, are the ones telling us who “they” are and their god damned rights. BLM, LGBTQ, ACLU, SPLC, NAACP, ADL. Its so in our faces. We are being told in no uncertain terms who “we” are because we are not like “them”. We are the deplorables. Our rights are being eroded by them becasue their agenda seems to be more important than ours.
    No one cares about the mass slaughter of whites by blacks in America. We are being led to believe it just doesnt exist. MSM and their anti white values have caused all the problems in America today. They have put thier agenda ahead of core white values.

  6. Is that some kind of marketing trick: melodramatic moralizing that is exactly the opposite of what is happening? The truth is being turned upside-down, as the head of Homeland Security keeps hinting at. Without really explaining why, she keeps reminding people that, in the past, it was not as hard to deport illegal border crossers. That is because they were mostly single, childless men.

    When asylum seekers cross the border illegally with kids, they are given special treatment. Far from abusing them, taxpayers in a country that is $21 trillion in debt are spending billions to house them for 20 days, after which authorities are forced to release them into the USA to await a back-logged hearing process. The vast majority do not show up for their court hearing, and unlike Americans who dare to do this, the illegal border crossers are not punished.

    They are allowed to stay, and when they start producing US-born kids, they walk right into the Department of Human Services, qualifying for free EBT food and monthly cash assistance. Some get housing assistance and up to $6,431 in refundable child tax credit cash. All they have to do is submit the kids’ SS cards and proof of traceable income from a single breadwinner per household that falls under the earned-income limits for the welfare programs. It is one big reason why citizens’ wages have stayed down for 40 years: Welfare-kept illegal alien womb producers do not need higher pay due to their welfare privileges, their womb privilege.

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