Archive for July, 2010
Friday, July 30th, 2010
“Don’t tell me words don’t matter! ‘I have a dream’, just words? ‘We hold these truths to be self evident that all me are created equal’ – just words? ‘We have nothing to fear but fear itself?’ – just words. Just speeches?… Don’t tell me words don’t matter!“ ~ Senator Barack Obama, February 16, 2008
For a man who rose to the presidency primarily on the strength of his words, presented in eloquent phrases and a soaring baritone, when he is divorced from his teleprompter, he can be surprisingly inartful. During his appearance yesterday on The View, a show that continues to amaze me with its lasting power, and I don’t mean that in a complimentary fashion, the President had this to say about black people when questioned about his biracial background:
“[T]he interesting thing about the African-American experience in this country is that we are sort of a mongrel people. I mean, we’re all kinds of mixed up. Now, that’s actually true of white America as well, but we just know more about it.”
I wasn’t watching it live – I can’t stand it and I won’t contribute to their ratings, although I know it wouldn’t make a difference. I watched the clip, however, and replayed it over and over to make sure I got it right. After the Shirley Sherrod brouhaha, I wouldn’t want to be sued for harping on what the video shows he actually said! More on the lovely Sherrod family later, by the way.
Friday, July 30th, 2010
By Doctor Mark Cooray
Note: Every now and again, I’m introduced to an article that’s so well-written and informative that it must be shared. This article describes modern-day American liberals to a tee, even though it is written about the Australian variety, which Dr. Cooray calls “coercive utopians.” There are so many excellent descriptions and phrases in this document that you’ll want to share them. The original article and its companion pieces can be found here. Read the professor’s bio as well. It’s enlightening.
The most dangerous enemies of civilization are not necessarily evil people. They are idealists (subject to qualifications stated below) who wish to use the police power of big government to impose their views and perspectives on others. They often do not enjoy majority support among the public. They reject the evolved experience of the ages. This is what distinguishes the coercive utopian from those who advocate restrictions on freedom in the liberal tradition.
The phrase "coercive utopian" is a more apt description than "reformist". It does not however apply to all reformists. It applies to those who seek to use the power of the law beyond acceptable limits. It does not apply to those who seek to remove necessary restrictions on freedom. Reformists (so-called) often do not enjoy community support for their legislatively imposed and bureaucratically or judicially enforced changes. They therefore hide their real aims and introduce coercive measures gradually and incrementally so that people do not know what is happening and the opposition is divided and diluted. Modern coercive utopians have developed to a fine art the ability to hide the reality of what they are doing under the cloak of moderation. Their efforts in this respect have been assisted by the general failure of liberal and conservative politicians (a few exceptions apart) and people who believe in liberal values, to mount an effective counter attack. Thus, the coercive utopians are idealists (subject to qualifications stated below), who wish to impose their views and perspectives on others. They want to use the authority of government to achieve their ends.
Tuesday, July 20th, 2010
The events of the past week or so have come so fast that they’ve made my head spin and my heart despair. We are at a place in this country on the topic of race that I never envisioned for the second decade of the 21st century, and we need to pull back from the brink before what happened to Ms. Sherrod of the U.S. Department of Agriculture happens to others on both sides of the racial divide.
In brief, here’s what occurred. Famous conservative muckraker Andrew Brietbart posted a couple of videos on his website, Big Government, that showed Ms. Sherrod speaking at an NAACP awards dinner. She was describing to the audience how she struggled to help a white farmer who had come to her seeking assistance because he was about to lose his farm. She spoke of how she helped him just enough to where he would report back to whoever referred him that she had done her job. She also spoke of sending him to a white attorney, “one of his own kind”, for further help.
Tuesday, July 13th, 2010
As executive director of Regular Folks United, I’ve devoted significant attention recently to the irrelevance of the NAACP to the real plight of black Americans. My articles here and here take the NAACP to task for fighting past battles and tilting at windmills, while the tangible problems go unaddressed – entitlement programs that stifle individual initiative, create permanent dependency and destroy the black family; low standardized test scores and astronomical high school dropout rates due to a failed public education system; black-on-black crime and a murder rate where 94% of blacks are slain by other blacks; an abortion industry that thrives disproportionately on the blood of black babies; and an anemic percentage of black wealth in America that hasn’t changed since the Civil War.
Now we have the NAACP doing the bidding of their liberal enablers and flailing at the supposedly pervasive racism of the Tea Party movement, an outpouring of grass roots citizenship in which I have proudly participated since hosting the first Tea Party in Maryland in March of 2009. I’ve attended or spoken at several Tea Party rallies since then, and the people I meet are good and decent folks who’ve never protested in their lives before now, but are afraid for our country’s future.
Monday, July 12th, 2010
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” ~ Isaiah 5:20
Two events in the past two weeks have stirred a righteous anger in me that I can’t keep contained. Someone has to be unafraid to call evil by its name, because when we remain silent, that evil becomes us. I have seen the evil of racism rear its ugly head, and the silence from certain quarters is deafening.
What picture comes to your mind when you hear the word “racism”? Klansmen in white robes and hoods burning a cross in the darkness of night? A crowd of white onlookers posing by a tree, while the lifeless body of a black man dangles by a rope around the neck from one of its branches? The contorted faces of grown white men and women screaming in anger as black children are escorted to school by the National Guard?
How about two black thugs wielding batons, dressed in uniforms and wearing military berets, standing at the entrance to a polling place? How about a deranged black man standing on a corner, screaming racial slurs and threats of murdering children while the crowd around him barely pays him any attention? How about the leader of these men smoothly but wickedly dispensing hate on Russian television, an irony considering what Russians typically think of black people, while the so-called reporter goads him on? How about members of what used to be an esteemed civil rights organization defending the beating of a black man by union hooligans because, by selling his wares at a Tea Party event, he deserved the beating and was unworthy of the group’s protection?
Sunday, July 4th, 2010
Note: This is an excerpt from my upcoming book “Sellout: Musings from Uncle Tom’s Porch”, which will be released in July or August of this year. Happy Independence Day!
Recalling the archetype of the “authentic black,” I suppose the expectation is that I’m supposed to temper my passion for America with my knowledge of her tainted history and keep her under constant scrutiny because she is still an inherently racist, xenophobic and sexist nation.
In this day and age, I’m certainly not supposed to be a political conservative or a devotee of the Founding Fathers, that group of privileged white men whose lofty principles weren’t manifest in their daily lives. After all, they owned slaves, stole land belonging to Native Americans and treated women as second-class citizens. According to the collectivist agenda, the authentic American black man must never forgive and never forget. Instead, he must characterize America’s moves toward righteousness as grudgingly done only under duress.
Friday, July 2nd, 2010
As we commemorate the 46th anniversary of the signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, it seems appropriate to assess the current state of one of the key organizations which was in the arena, engaged in the fight leading up to its passage.
Every great warrior that lives to fight numerous battles knows they can’t fight forever. Some accept the verdict of time and move on to the next phase of their lives with their dignity intact, receiving the honor of their peers and countrymen for their valor.
There are those, however, who struggle to keep fighting long after their skills have deteriorated, and their colleagues are embarrassed for them as they stumble on the field of battle, a mere shadow of their former greatness. In that spirit, I think it’s time for someone to tell the NAACP to lay down their sword and shield before they further humiliate themselves and the people they claim to represent.