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Archive for October, 2010

When did liberty become a dirty word?

Friday, October 29th, 2010

I just finished My Bondage and My Freedom, Frederick Douglass’ account of his time in slavery, his escape, and his ascension to become a leading abolitionist, the first black civil rights leader, an advocate for women’s suffrage, and one of the finest orators and writers in American history. His words stirred my soul, but they also troubled me.

When I gaze upon the modern socio-political landscape, today’s black civil rights leaders are inordinately obsessed with the presumption of racism in the grass-roots Tea Party movement, and leftist pundits and opinion shapers fan those flames with great passion.

They have no regard whatsoever for the fact these are the everyday Americans who care for and about our children and grandchildren, and whose daily toil and sweat makes this country work and their pretentious lives more convenient. I watch, listen, and I despair and wonder.

I despair because I see good-hearted people, who are passionate about America and her ideals, being slandered by a prideful and arrogant liberal elite, who are either misinformed or demagogic in their attacks.

I wonder because the goal of the Tea Party movement is the lodestone that once drew all Americans, indeed all people, together, and was especially precious to those for whom liberty was too long denied.

That goal is liberty, and I find myself asking, “When did liberty become a dirty word?”

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Barack and Me: Revised Edition

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

As a student of history and politics, I’ve learned that criticism of our elected officials is as American as apple pie.

People who think we are somehow more divided and antagonistic than ever before when it comes to politics should read about the presidential campaign of 1828 between Andrew Jackson and John Quincy Adams, or the account of South Carolina congressman Preston Brooks nearly beating Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts to death in the Senate chamber. The technology has changed the speed and volume of the debate, but human nature remains the same.

I have found, however, that racial politics complicates that nugget of conventional wisdom.

One would expect a conservative constituent to disagree with a liberal politician and vice versa, and they have the right to openly express their disagreements in our land of liberty. I am proud of the free flow of information and commentary in our nation, and I willingly wore our country’s uniform, as did my father before me, to protect that freedom.

I am also a proponent of modern technology and communications as a democratizing force, and an alternative to a mainstream media that has become increasingly inaccessible to certain points of view.

Add race to that mix, however, and it becomes much more volatile.

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Too Black for “Meet the Press”?

Friday, October 15th, 2010

I’ve heard it said, and it makes sense, that the best way to find out what’s inside a person is to see what comes out of them when they’re under pressure. Stripped of his teleprompter and speechwriters, and faced with what looks to be an historic repudiation of his radical leftist agenda in the November elections, President Obama has revealed a level of condescension toward the general public that is greater than that of any president in recent memory.

What is more maddening, however, is that the first black president has said some rather unflattering things about black people. His defenders will say that wasn’t his intent, but I doubt that a man who considered black people as his peers rather than his subjects would say the things he’s said.

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Attitude Adjustments Needed

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

I was on the train ride home after my Sunday morning appearance on Fox and Friends, and sitting in the “quiet car”, which gives me time to think and reflect, or sleep.

One of the things that hit me as I was recalling the comments made by my fellow panelists that morning about the inaccurately named, wrong-headed, government-expanding, union-appeasing and vote-buying $787 billion monstrosity called a stimulus package, is how successfully the political elites have brainwashed us about tax revenues and their role in spending them.

I made the comment at the conclusion of the segment that the administration would have been better off just cutting every man, woman and child in the United States a check and letting them stimulate the economy. For what it’s worth, that would work out to roughly $2,957 a person.

Our host indicated that the nice young woman sitting next to me was shaking her head in objection to my statement, and we would have to leave it at that. But I don’t think we should.

Her objection to my comment illustrates a complacent and dangerous attitude about the government’s use, more accurately their misuse and abuse, of tax dollars. I’m not willing to let it pass without establishing some basic facts that should inform any discussion we have about taxes and spending.

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Black elites and their repudiation of the American Dream

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

I was scanning the list of left-wing organizations that are being paid to come to Washington today and pretend they’re a popular uprising, and the two major civil rights organizations, the NAACP and the National Urban League, along with the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition, are slated to attend.

I didn’t see Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network on the list. Given their recent audit, maybe they can’t afford it. I can’t imagine a crowd of the faux-oppressed gathering anywhere in the country without him being in the thick of it, especially when there are television cameras and microphones involved, so I expect he’ll be there, too.

What caught my attention, however, was that, along with the usual radical suspects, the Chicago Democratic Socialists of America, Communist Party USA (CPUSA), Democratic Socialists of America, and the International Socialist Organization were also on board. I was at once angry and disheartened to see the self-anointed black leadership once again aligning with forces that are contemptuous of and destructive to the American way of life.

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