Lewis and Sharpton: The Politics of Race

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John David Wells of the Dallas-based “Wells Report” hit the nail on the head on Monday Night when he said that Congressman John Lewis has now ‘become what he hates the most, a racial bigot.”

Lewis flat out lied when he said that Trump’s inauguration will be the first one he will not be attending; he also refused to attend George W. Bush’s inauguration; coincidently (NOT) George Bush the last white president was also, according to Lewis, an “illegitimate” president.

Lewis is lost in the past. When he last testified in Congress (against Trump nominee Senator Jeff Sessions [another ‘evil’ white man no doubt) Lewis gave a long diatribe recounting all the wrongs done against black people by white people and then attributing all those wrongs to Senator Sessions because Lewis believes he’s still living in the 50’s and 60’s. Lost in the past indeed.

Al Sharpton, Lewis’ fellow time-traveller to the bad old days, is coincidently (again NOT) also calling Trump an illegitimate president. If anything, Sharpton is an even “better” racist than Lewis, he’s more shrill, better known, filled with hate for long since dead ‘white’ people and, like Lewis, actively transferring that hate to upstanding Americans who don’t happen to be black and believe in equality, not in favoritism.

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The Law Cannot Keep You Safe from Harm . . . Only You Can Do That

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In light of what happened in Chicago recently, it is important to understand that, for the most part, in spite of what some claim, our crimiinal laws, even when coupled with Hate Crime Legislation, do NOT shield any of us from harm!

How could they possibly do that?

If someone physically attacks you, criminal laws provide for the attacker’s apprehension and punishment and may later provide you some measure of financial compensation for pain and suffering but the attack happened, it is now a fact of your life and there is no Constitutional or even moral way the law could have prevented that. Criminal law is actually less effective than a home security system or some kind of personal security device that notifies emergency services at the push of a button.

Adding “Hate Crime Legislation” to that criminal law does not add another layer of protection for a member of a “protected class” of people. Hate Crime Legislation does, however, add some disincentives for the criminal. If it can be discerned that the crime was created against a member of a “protected class”, solely due to the victim’s race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity, the punishment for the perpetrator is more severe. If on the other hand, the crime was committed because of an animus for that particular individual, even if he or she belongs to a protected class, it is not necessarily a hate crime.

The overall point of this post is to make sure that the reader understands that most criminal laws do not shield you from harm, they simply provide you the satisfaction of seeing that your attacker will be punished and they will possibly provide some financial aid to you, the victim.

If you want to be safe from criminals you really have to do it yourself!

* Obtain and use those home or personal security devices.

* If you are able-bodied enough, invest in some self defense training.

* Obtain a weapon and, most importantly, learn the rules for using it. If you don’t know when and where you can legally defend yourself you might wind up with serious legal problems.

There are plenty of laws ‘on the books’ that protect and/or punish the criminal and, to be fair, plenty of laws that benefit victims, but protecting yourself from a crime is pretty much up to you.

The Muslim Question

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A Washington Post opinion piece: “Donald Trump’s sharp contrast from Obama and Bush on Islam has serious implications” written by William McCants, currently appears on the Washington Post website under the subheading: “Acts of Faith.”

This article correctly points out that the essential moral rules of Islam, as proclaimed in the Sharia, are closely and literally followed by some Muslims and, are treated less seriously, more as guidelines rather than commandments, by most other Muslims. This is not news! I think that, by now, most intelligent non-Muslim Amerians understand that not every Muslim is a radical jihadist. We work with Muslims, socialize with Muslims and welcome Muslims to hold important roles in our lives based on their character and behavior, not based on their religion.

The primary point of this article however, implies that proposals such as President-elect Trump’s extreme vetting are not only unnecessary but will lead to more jihadist recruitment. In other words, the implication is: ‘if you fight it, it will only grow larger, so don’t fight it.’ These are not exactly words to live by!

We have, since 9/11/2001, allowed approx. 2 million virtually unvetted Muslims to immigrate to or visit the United States on visas and that has resulted in approximately 50 terrorist acts that are directly credited to radical Islamic teachings, resulting in many hundreds of innocent lives lost (not even counting the thousands lost on 9/11/2001 itself).

Those who oppose Donald Trump have used his positions on border security and on immigration from the Arab world as reasons to label him a ‘racist, an islamophobe, a bigot and even a monster; for the safety of all American citizens, these people and their labels must be ignored! Donald Trump and the people he is naming to his cabinet are dedicated to protecting American citizens from enormous and growing International threats, radical Islam is only one of them.

Note: The author: William McCants, is a fellow at The Brookings Institution’s Center for Middle East Policy and is the director of its Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World.

One China! Maybe not for long!

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Since 1979, America has towed the line over China policy. Not one time in those 37 years has an American President made or taken a phone call to or from the then President of Taiwan. Correction: Not one time . . . until NOW!

The American news-media is busily manufacturing an international incident.

It was the news-media that turned a simple congratulatory phone call from Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen  (pictured above) to President-elect Trump, into an International incident and put the president-elect into a position where he had no choice but to fight back against the news-media’s hyperbole. Did they really expect Trump to say: “Hey! About all that stuff I said when I ran for president; I was only kidding?”

Make no mistake about it . . . the Liberal news media obviously did not want Donald J Trump to win his election and now after he did win, they will do everything they can to assure that he fails. That’s how stupid and egocentric Liberal journalists and commentators are! After a long 18 month lead-up to an election and after the American People have spoken up and elected Donald Trump, they still believe that their opinions and biases will make a difference to the American electorate. These people do not seem to understand that our newly elected president has millions of Americans rooting for him and wanting him to shake up the policies that have threatened the American economy and America’s very sovereignty.

Diplomats and politicians, Chinese as well as American, will eventually wake up to the fact that on January 20, 2017 there will begin a new era in American foreign relations. On that date when President-elect Trump becomes President Donald John Trump, the 45th President of the United States we will have a president who is proud to proclaim that he is an “America First” president. And it’s about damn time!

We may not be the richest country on earth (we’re #11, behind Hong Kong), but we are the most powerful, the most benevolent, absolutely the freest and, as far as most Americans are concerned, the very best!

An American Insurrection

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The colors of late fall
seem brighter this year
as a failed president departs
and American values reappear

The “hopes” and “changes” of 2009,
the lies and misdirection,
encouraged a changing of the guard,
and birthed an American Insurrection

(hg, 2016)

After President Obama’s re-election in 2008 my first thought was: ‘How can they do that?’ How can Americans re-elect a man whose entire presidency has been devoted to weakening America financially and internationally? Are they not listening to Obama himself? His often repeated mantra, even before his first term was ‘level the playing field’. That’s the rhetoric of a Socialist State; this is a Democratic Republic and Democracies don’t work like that.

And it didn’t work!

Congratulations to Donald Trump and his team on their significant defeat of rampant Liberalism in 2016.

Transgender rights, wrongs and realities

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I have long publicaly supported and intellectually accepted gays and lesbians, but the current sympathetic trend toward transgender people has me baffled. Believing that you are a female in a male body, or vice versa, must certainly be as challenging as discovering that you are sexually attracted to a person of the same gender; but trying  to make that fantasy into a reality by making superficial changes to your appearance, sounds to me more like a mental disorder than a sexual preference.

Being gay or lesbian in 2016 and beyond has few social implications outside of your circle of friends or your family, but choosing to disguise yourself as a person of the opposite sex (implicitly lying to everyone you meet or pass on the street) strips you of your individuality as well as your perceived honesty.

That brings us to kids like “Jane Doe“, an 11 year-old student in the Highland Local School District in Ohio. Jane Doe is a child with male genitalia who truly believes he is a girl in a boy’s body. “Jane” and his family are on a campaign to allow “Jane” to use the girls bathroom at school. Well that was going over as smoothly as a lead balloon until Federal Judge Algenon Marbley agreed with him (based on President Obama’s edicts and on a Title IX interpretation)  and granted him his wish. The ensuing outcry by parents of girls who this ‘pretend’ girl would be sharing a bathroom with is still reverberating. The school district is still not allowing “Jane” to visit with  real girls in their school bathroom and lawsuits are still flying.

The saddest part of this story is: Jane Doe and John Doe are, almost without a doubt, homosexual males and females who, in this enlightened age will be fairly easily accepted in society as they are. They are handicapping themselves and encouraging rejection by the use of disguises, self-deception and public dishonesty.

NOTE: I know this is a highly volatile subject right now but I am as much a believer in intellectual honesty as I am in personal freedom. When I imply that transgenderism is social dishonesty  that does not justify the implicit lie (the public use of “disguises”), that is how I see it.

As for young “Jane Doe” in Ohio, with lots of drugs, years of counseling and many surgical procedures Jane Doe may eventually resemble his imaginary princess and I truly hope that it works out well for him.

 

Post-Election Angst on the Left

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Some level of sadness and even depression are expected when a person who has hoped for and worked for an objective for an extended period and, in the end, is unable to attain that objective. The last week taught us that this is especially true if the ‘objective’ in question is either political or social in nature.

I believe that people who are not heavily invested in Liberal or Progressive thought are gawking with amazement, as I am, at the extremes those on the Left have gone to, to corrupt the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution into a justification for illegal assembly, lies,vandalism, social unrest and criminal assault.

 

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Make no mistake about it! Our children need to be taught from an early age that it’s OK to loose if you have given your best toward a win.

Resource: Huffington Post: “When everyone gets a trophy –      no one wins.”