FP: Kevin Mccullough, welcome to Frontpage Interview.
Mccullough: Thank you. This is a real honor given that I am a fan of Mr. Horowitz and Frontpage Magazine.
FP: You’ve coined the term "Muscleheads". What does it mean?
Mccullough: Well, we recognize that the brain is an organ but we think it needs to be worked like a muscle. My son is in the gym three times a week and he has these bulging biceps. That's what we want to do to the mind - muscle it up. Building up the brain will get it "cut, ripped" -- however they term it today. Our society is engaged in a thinking deficit so we want to move people in the direction of exercising that mind.
FP: Ok, and exercising the mind will, it appears, help people see the downfall of liberalism. What is the downfall?
Mccullough: The downfall of liberalism is that it leaves the person who believes in it with truly nothing of substance to believe in. Liberalism by definition defies rules, boundaries, limits, and especially absolutes. Liberals have nothing but disdain for faith, truth, and the possibility of knowing moral absolutes. What they are left with as a result is a worldview that not only does not explain the world they live in, but it also gives them no answers as to how to deal with it.
As a result, Liberals’ views must constantly be corrected, clarified, or moderated to try to remain consistent in their worldview. Average folks who don't much follow politics see this. They see how confusing it is. And while some of "middle America" has seen liberals call conservatives "radicals" or "fundamentalists" - they have also been able to see that liberals have no consistent stream of rational thought that makes society stronger.
I argue in the book that one of the biggest differences between conservatives - if not the defining difference is that conservatives believe "there is a God." Liberals believe "they are God." The difference in the two viewpoints is mighty important to understand. One says, "God is bigger than me, authoritative over me, beyond me, outside of me, someone I must submit to." Liberals say, "God is someone I can manipulate, fold up, put in my pocket. I can pull God out when I need him, and I can put him away when he is inconvenient." Rejection of truth and absolutes leads to confusion for liberals and ultimately even they know that.
FP: What power does liberalism hold over society?
Mccullough: Despite the fact of what I just mentioned about their belief system, the liberal worldview (or lack of one) holds an amazing sway over society. In America it is particularly gruesome because it has been morphed and mixed with this idea of American freedom. "Freedom" to the average liberal is to be able to do, "whatever I want - with no limits." But that's not freedom - that's anarchy.
Look at some of the liberal professors today - the "Ward Churchills" - if you will. He believed he did nothing wrong in forging information about his past history to help him land a cushy job at a major university, and once there long enough - and believing he could no longer be touched, he begins to speak things that were blatantly absurd. Why? Because he felt he "had the right to do as he wished," even if that meant calling the victims of 9/11 Nazi officers. This is not an expression of real freedom - it is a perversion of it.
FP: So how can the average American fight the destructive forces of liberalism?
Mccullough: Well that's why I wrote the book, ten commonsense steps people should be implementing in their lives, so that whether it is in their local school district or town council, or all the way to Washington DC, Hollywood, and Academia in America - we can begin to truly express what we believe and help shape the culture as a result.
FP: In your book you discuss men and women being equal but different. Can you talk about that a bit?
Mccullough: Would be glad to.
In the late 1960's there was this mentality that we should live by whatever our most base impulse was. The "If it feels good do it" mentality expressed itself in the popular culture.
Those who were kids in those days have become the decision makers of today and it has led to some pretty tragic results. But one of the most damaging ideas to come out of that time period is this idea of "sameness" between men and women. And my chapter on men and women addresses this. There is a great lie in the world today - that men and women are exactly the same. There are also a number of groups who prosper from propagating this idea -- abortionists, radical homosexual activists, and all of those who wish to see society reinvented. The great lie that they must put forward is that men and women are exactly the same, capable of exactly the same possibilities. We are taught this from pre-school through grad-school and it becomes hard overtime to not fall into this trap. But the truth is we aren't the same and in fact there is a better way to think about the genders.
Men and women are in fact equal. It is a much more important idea. It demands respect and dignity in what it conveys. It says that each man and each woman hold distinct value in the eyes of God and man. It holds that dignity is something that should always be expected when interacting with each other.
Most liberals try to argue that equality and sameness are essentially the same idea. But it is easy to see that they aren't. Even our biology says so. But think about the consequences if we do not recognize the difference - or as I like to put it - the distinctness of the two genders. We begin to think that two mommies can provide everything that a mommy and a daddy could. We start to believe that it perhaps it is even unfair for women to nurse their children. We start to misunderstand the ideas that by nature we know do not make sense. And when that happens, roles are confused, children understand less about themselves and we damage the next generation.
I go into a lot more detail in the book, but I think, at least I hope that give you some idea of what I'm aiming at.
FP: Why do you think liberals are more prone to demonize and blame America in the terror war and spend so much time and energy excusing and downplaying Islamist evil?
Mccullough: My short answer is that they fundamentally cannot see the difference, or if they see it they do not understand it, between genuine evil - i.e. radical Islamo-fascism that takes the lives of innocents, and the trumped up supposed evils in their own mind.
They would be more quick to label as evil most Church-going evangelical Christians who have accepted the basic teachings of the Bible as the guidance for their own life, as they would radical Islamists that have or wish to take the lives of people innocent of any aggression toward them.
The problem for liberals is that if they take the time to acknowledge the great evil that we are engaged with in our time - Islamist radicalism - then that way of thinking then leads them to some sort of an absolute moral values system. Liberals are exceedingly resistant to such worldviews. Understanding that some things are right or wrong, good or evil - is as basic to the everyday American as getting out of bed in the morning. Yet to liberal elites it shatters their ability to come up with the myopic utopian and Marxist views that drives them. Everything about God, commonsense thinking, morality, and fighting for virtues that are good - are completely foreign to them.
The problem truly is that they have been able to foist this vast wasteland of ineffective thinking upon the society as a whole. So from the halls of Congress, to the bench of the Judiciary, to the classrooms of Academia, to the big screen and small screen of Hollywood, this ever morphing "everything is relative" type of thinking pervades.
The reinsertion of common sense based on a strong moral foundation that gives one the ability to take on life - and be successful is what my book is all about and in doing so liberalism will be defeated - because when held up to the light of rational thought, liberalism just doesn't make sense.
FP: Kevin Mccullough, thank you for joining Frontpage Interview.
Mccullough: It's my pleasure, did I mention what a big fan I am? Thank you so much for having me.