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Megyn Kelly made the news for pulling her children out of private school. For the record, I am not a fan of any educational system, public or private, that teaches a personal ideology over objective and dispassionate methodology. School should be the place where the mind is taught the skills to critically study the world so each person can arrive at their own conclusions.
I have to point out that I was a Megyn Kelly fan when she started at Fox News. My appreciation waned over the years as I witnessed what I interpreted as a person cozying up to powerful interests to further her career. I don’t blame anyone for making hard choices to put food on the table. It’s not my place to judge that. At the same time, I may disagree personally with how any such person chooses to monetize their labor.
I said all of that to say this; I support Megyn Kelly in her endeavor. I suspect she had a reckoning when the Left cannibalized her for not committing to the ideology of globalism over integrity. We saw this after the November election when Megyn defended Trump and his supporters for questioning the results of so many states.
I interpreted that move as Kelly’s return to professional integrity over political ideology. She has since made more public statements that push back on the prevailing narrative of ‘America Bad, Global Progressivism Good.’ Pulling her kids out of a school she disagrees with is just one such statement.
I imagine Megyn would argue she has maintained her professional integrity all along. My reply would be that her distaste for Trump in 2015 and 2016 clouded her professional judgment, hastening her departure to NBC in 2017. Leaving the cesspool of alt-Left journalism that passes for legacy media platforms, she began to pivot back to her roots with a strong independent voice, assuming unpopular positions on controversial social issues.
Again, I don’t blame her for playing the game. I played the game in my career for the first fifteen years. I rose through the ranks of my industry, being promoted to a long-sought position. Only after arriving did I discover how sordid the affair truly was. I resigned from that job to take on a ‘lesser,’ yet more fulfilling role in the same industry. If Megyn Kelly came to the same sort of realization, I would applaud her for rejecting the elixir of power.
I apologize for being so circuitous in this piece. I wanted to provide context for the title and my conclusion. In 1989, the Hip Hop group Public Enemy released a single titled ‘Fight the Power.’ In writing and producing the song, the group wanted to provide an updated—for that time—version of the original Isley Brothers hit. The irony is the ‘power’ that Public Enemy hoped to shed light on more than thirty years ago has morphed into controlling the very side that once claimed to fight for the little guy.
Gone are the days of Blue Dog Democrats. The current Left goose-steps in locked symmetry to the ideological drum of Socialism by a thousand other names. Any dissent to this crusade is mocked, canceled, or publicly flogged. For Megyn Kelly, overcoming her feud with President Trump for his past treatment of women repositioned her moral compass back to its Libertarian roots. My battle with climbing the corporate ladder did the same for me.
I cautiously use the term ‘Great Awakening’ today. It has tended to refer to a period where religion and zealotry overtook Americans on one crusade or another. There are three confirmed ‘Awakenings’ in American history. The fourth is debatable. We may be entering a fifth such era as everyday folks like you and me—I write for free, after all—look at the waste inside our government and look to God to center our lives.
I am a spiritual man. I have a daily relationship with God. I grew up Southern Baptist. I am skeptical of religion in its practical form because of mankind’s sometimes faulty misrepresentation of God’s words. I would like to see America return to a relationship with God for whatever that means to each of you on an individual basis.
While I applaud the lonely and controversial stances Megyn Kelly has taken, I hope she has the strength to fight the power.’ I look to God each day for just such strength. Some days are better than others. I hope we are awakened to the long train of abuses and usurpations unfolding across the country for all of us. Let us look to Heaven for the strength to fight the power’ together. I don’t often agree with President Obama. He was right when he said we are stronger together.’
As always, this has been the World, According to Chris.
This piece was written by Wayne Dupree on March 4, 2021. It originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.
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