Dr. Kevin Crow, of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, and one of the candidates running for Senator Tom Coburn’s seat, believes that the doctrine of “all men are created equal” led to the Rwandan genocide of the 1990s. The way he thinks that works is that, when we try to tell other countries that “all men are created equal,” in times of civil strife, one side does not feel that the other treats them equally, which then leads to war and genocide.
While Crow does make one good point — that we should not be trying to export liberty and democracy to other countries — it’s not the idea that all men are created equal that’s the problem. What’s happening is that we’re trying to force democracy onto countries that aren’t ready for it. Revolution and changes to government have to come from within, not from without, to work.
If Crow thinks that “all men are created equal” is a problem in the Middle East and in Africa, then what does he think about it here? He did qualify his remarks to say that it doesn’t work in a country that’s not constitutional, like ours. But it’s not clear how he would apply that to America. For instance, when it comes to Latinos, which many conservatives automatically assume are mostly here illegally, how would he see them?
Crow’s campaign Tumblr, “Go With Crow,” doesn’t really explain much either. He’s typically conservative when it comes to things like immigration, taking a hard line against amnesty, etc. But Tumblr’s a type of micro blog, so there’s no explanation of how he wants to secure our borders and reform our immigration policies.
While he says that his position on immigration doesn’t apply to people who come here legally and acknowledges that we’re a country made up of immigrants, one has to wonder whether he thinks equality would only apply to people he thought looked American. It’s too easy to see a Latino, hear them speaking Spanish instead of English, and automatically assume that they’re here illegally. It seems even easier to make that assumption if you’re a conservative.
Many of his positions, like his position on the role of our Armed Forces, are essentially good ones (even for a conservative), but his idea that “all men are created equal” is at the root of why we can’t spread democracy calls some of his ideas into question. We need more Republicans in office who don’t want to start wars everywhere for the ultimate purpose of “spreading the light of democracy.” However, Crow should understand that the problem isn’t the idea of equality in these countries.
h/t: The Raw Story