The Left and the Masses – Thomas Sowell

The greatest moral claim of the political left is that they are for the masses in general and the poor in particular. That is also their greatest fraud. It even fools many leftists themselves.

Source: The Left and the Masses – Thomas Sowell

Black or Blue, Lives Matter

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This morning I heard a news pundit on CNN commenting on the horrible attacks on police in Dallas and the police shooting of a driver in Minnesota during which he referred to the “African American/Hispanic” community. He said it as if they are one and the same. This got me thinking. They are not the same. We are a nation divided by numerous cultures. And these cultures are increasingly at each other’s throats.

News of yesterday’s shooting of police in Dallas, Texas left me feeling pretty numb this morning as I prepared for a work day. Five brave men were killed and seven others were shot apparently by a 25 year old black man who claimed to be acting alone because he was upset at white people. Before being killed by police trying to apprehend him, he said he wanted to kill white people, especially cops.

This young man lived in a Dallas suburb and had served six years in the Army Reserves. Sadly there is little doubt he was influenced by the hateful, and ignorant comments made in recent years by many including our President, the Democratic Presidential nominee and the organization Black Lives Matter. They’ve all given voice to the myth that there is a systematic (as Obama has said) or systemic (as Clinton has said) racist problem among America’s police forces.

My unique persepctive: I’m a 50+ year old white man. Thirty-two years ago I met and later married a black woman. We were married 28 years and lived together over 30. I have three kids, 2 are adults, all of whom identify as black. After my divorce I was fortunate to meet and get into a relationship with a beautiful Mexican woman who came to the U.S. at age 13 and became a legal citizen in her 20s. For most of the past year we’ve seen each other 5-6 days per week.

The black community in the very liberal Seattle area where I live is distinct and separate from the white community and certainly from the Hispanic community. Generally speaking they live lives much different, with much different views, different interests, different celebrities, and different heroes than the nearly all-white suburban Seattle community in which I grew up.

It’s no different in the Hispanic community. Though my Mexican-American girlfriend was smart and professionally accomplished and had lived in both Seattle and San Diego, California for her entire adult life her knowledge of most pop or celebrity or sports personalities, events or history that I and many others take for granted was close to zero. And the same was true of many of her Hispanic friends from work and church. Hispanic people, at least in the Seattle-Tacoma area, associate with and live amongst themselves having little interaction with whites, or black either.

I’m confident were I to embed myself as thoroughly in the Asian or Gay communities I would be writing the same thing about them.

These different and diverse communities are not talking to one another. At best they’re talking at each other. At worst, they’re yelling at each other.

The Black Lives Matter movement was established on a lie that continues to be perpetrated and continues to harden the hearts of African-Americans across the country. If you’re black and you’re raised to believe that police are racist and that they WILL shoot you; of course you’re going to defend yourself and shoot back, or fight, or resist arrest. The same is true of Hispanics. Black Lives Matter, Barrack Obama, Hillary Clinton and much of the news media nationwide fed the beast that said Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri was an innocent and sweet little teenager who was gunned down by a cop for no good reason while Brown had his hands raised, essentially giving himself up. It’s a myth, but a widely believed myth.

Here are the facts: Little to no evidence exists that Brown had his hands raised and was humbly subjugating himself to a police officer. Witnesses who initially made such claims, recanted them when interviewed by police. There is clear evidence that Brown robbed a convenience store just prior to his confrontation with police. He assaulted the store clerk. He assaulted the police officer and tried to take his gun. And upon withdrawing from an initial scuffle charged the police officer before being shot. And Michael Brown was 6-foot 5-inches tall and weighed 289 pounds. Not a little guy.

While not to the same extent these myths or exaggerations have also been forwarded in numerous other police shootings and in the Travon Martin case. It’s a narrative that has infected the black community, the separate and at times isolated black community. It’s also permeated the Hispanic community. How many people think Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump hates Mexicans because he called them all rapists and drug dealers? He never said that. NEVER. But you believe he did because its been so reported on social media and even some mainstream media. What Trump said was a reference to illegal immigrants NOT all Mexicans or Hispanics. And he didn’t say all of them were rapists and drug dealers. He actually and accurately said, “Many of them are nice people” in the sort-of off the cuff manner that has endeared him with many and caused rancor with his opponents (It should be pointed out that these opponents wouldn’t support Trump if he had a halo above his head and angel’s wings on his back).

While the United States remains approximately 63% white that number has been decreasing for decades and is not likely to reverse course. Nor is it likely to reverse course that these divided communities will come together when we continue to elect leaders who repeatedly and strategically divide us with their rhetoric and activities.

I love the differences in the people and communities in which I have been in indoctrinated. And I love that I have almost always been eagerly welcomed in those communities. But when you’re the only white guy or gringo in the room, as has been my case many, many, many times over the past 30+ years you notice. And so do they.

What has always worked for me is to be curious and interested in the people with whom I’m around. And when difference come up I’m not afraid to talk about them. I think its helped me many times over the years.

We’re all Americans. We’re not “us” and “them”. Having separate racial, or cultural communities is fine. But lets not act like one is better than the other…as the whites, the black, the hispanics and I suppose others have done too often in recent years. Cops are NOT trying to kill black people. Those bad ones who make mistakes should justly be punished. But treat each case individually and please, please, please reject the demigods who claim systemic or systematic racism that simply doesn’t exist. Read the meaning of the words if you don’t know what it means…Hillary.

In the infamous words of another bad guy who was portrayed as a victim, “Can’t we all just get along”?

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An Anniversary with Two Related Meanings

Martin Luther King leaning on a lectern. Deuts...

April 4 on any year’s calendar has two meanings to me. Both are important and both are related. To the rest of America April 4th is the day in which Doctor Martin Luther King Junior was assassinated on a motel terrace in Memphis, Tennessee, 45 years ago today. While his greatness is undeniable; his martyrdom sealed with absolute certainty that he would never be forgotten.

 

April 4th is also my wedding Anniversary. The best day of my life was when Miss Sonja Fleming agreed to love me and keep me and honor me and wear my ring for the rest of my life. Twenty-six years later we have enjoyed lots of love and traditions, made our own traditions, raised three kids and stayed together. The staying together part is wonderful and a blessing. But I think my wife would agree it wasn’t a fairy tale. As with all successful marriages we’ve overcome some challenges; though we had more than many.

 

Our 1 and only brief moment to sit during our wedding & receptionThese two anniversaries are related in that Sonja is black, and I am white. At the time of Martin Luther King’s death such a union was extremely rare, and socially unacceptable in the eyes of most Americans. In 1958 only 4% of Americans approved of interracial marriage. By 1968 that figure had only grown to 20%. At that time it was only one year removed from the U.S. Supreme Court making it legal for people of different races to wed. Remarkably there are still 16% of Americans who don’t approve of my marriage. Something I share with my children all the time is the fact that in 1987, when Sonja and I said our “I do’s”, interracial marriage was still rare and still disapproved of by most Americans. I tell my kids this, and they nod, but I can tell they haven’t a clue. How could they? But even those who are my age or older have forgotten what pioneers we were and what obstacles existed as late as 1987.

 

I maintain Martin Luther King’s death made our marriage and it’s longevity possible. His death was so horrible and so universally scorned that even the hateful racists or the indifferent idiots were forced to shut-up over changes that happened far too slowly.

 

Much to my embarrassment and frustration my father was one of the majority who didn’t approve of the marriage of a white man (especially his son) to a black woman. Eight years later my brother married a woman of Philippine decent. And my Dad showed no signs of disapproving. At the time I asked why it was wrong for me to marry a black woman but OK in his mind for my brother to marry a woman with darker skin, and asian. To his credit my father said , “You were Jackie Robinson. You showed that it’s OK”. I loved him for saying what was possibly the very best thing he could have said.

 

Funny how that happens. Things change in society. Some are decidedly bad. But some things we only think are bad at the time change is occurring. Time and example prove the changes were OK at worst, good at best. In other words, the masses are often wrong.

 

I was only four years old at the time of Martin Luther Kings death. But by the time I was 19 Ronald Reagan had signed a bill into law creating a national holiday in his name. Funny, that was opposed too.

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President Ronald Reagan and the Signing Ceremony for Martin Luther King Holiday Legislation in 1983.

Race in this country is sadly still a huge issue. And being on the front lines of the issue for more than 26 years I can tell you how sad I find it. For there can be no denying that the ugly face of racism still exists. But I don’t believe it hampers the advancement of most African-Americans from achieving their dreams and goals for success. I do believe the belief, in and of itself, by many blacks that racism holds them back is in fact what holds them back.

 

The fact that I’m married to a black woman for 26 years and the father of three kids who society calls black does not insulate me from criticism from some in the black community for holding this belief. One need only look at the fierce attacks

Ben Carson

Dr. Ben Carson 

Dr. Benjamin Carson received for speaking of Conservative Christian values at the National Prayer breakfast in front of President Obama to know I’m somewhat doomed.

 

Race in this country can live up to Martin Luther King’s dream when and only when African-Americans collectively recognize that racism will never be fully eradicated. Idiots and hate have existed throughout history. But to point accusatory fingers at every person and incident and scream “racism” at every slight only frustrates everyone and keeps innocent people on the defensive and pushes them away. For instance, today’s higher rate of poverty among blacks is less the result of societal racism and more the result of the astounding rate of single-mother and teen births.

A graph showing percentage of single mothers by race.

A graph showing percentage of single mothers by race.

As of 2010 72.5% percent of black children are born to single mothers. It’s 29% for whites, 53.3% for Hispanics. Not one single white person, racist or not is responsible for this horrible fact. And it’s horrible because 64% of single mothers and their children live in poverty, regardless of race.

 

Progress has been made in race relations since the death of Martin Luther King and since the 1987 marriage of Sonja and I. A black President with a traditionally Muslim name is fair evidence of this fact. But on this day every year, I want more and better. And from this non-racist white guys perspective the African-American collective bares the burden of making this happen. Not entirely, just most of the heavy lifting.

 

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GOP Is Not Racist, Notwithstanding Liberal Lies – YouTube

Be sure to pay particular attention to the Liberal Democratic commentary on MSNBC at the 3:00 point of this video. OMG! Really! REALLY!

 

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Democrats Scream RACISM! So What Else is New?

Mitt Romney - Caricature

Mitt Romney – Caricature

Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney is a former Governor in perhaps the most liberal state in the nation, Massachusetts. He’s also a former Pastor and long time volunteer in his church. He quit his highly lucrative position at a company he helped found, Bain Capital, in order to work for free, no salary, for the Salt Lake City Olympics. He did likewise as Massachusetts Governor. He took no salary. Mitt Romney also gave away all of his substantial inheritance following the death of his father; making Brigham Young University the recipient and establishing the George W. Romney Institute of Public Management.

In addition to all these and many more acts of kindness, generosity, and philanthropy Mitt Romney is also a racist! And he’s responsible for the death, some would say murder, of a woman in Missouri in 2006. Or so Democrats would have you believe.

Emblem of the Ku Klux Klan

Emblem of the Ku Klux Klan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Democratic National Convention convenes today in North Carolina and leading into it was word from the blog-ous-fere that Mitt Romney has adopted a 1920s Ku Klux Klan slogan for his Presidential campaign slogan. They say Romney has on a couple of occasions uttered the words “Keep America American“, and that the phrase can be traced by at least two sources back to KKK recruiting material from the 1920s, and continually used up until 1950.

My first question is how does uttering ANY phrase “a couple of times” constitute adopting a slogan? The simple answer is it doesn’t. Romney’s campaign slogan adopted in April 2011 and used to this day is “Believe in America”. Furthermore, as pointed out in this snopes.com report

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Snopes logo

Romney has on a couple of occasions said “Keep America America”, not the KKK phrase.

The murder of the Missouri woman claim stems from a Pro-Obama television campaign ad that shows a hard-core democratic radical who’s manufacturing plant  was closed down by Bain Capital in approximately 2003, after Romney had left Bain. The closing of the plant caused the man to lose his health care coverage. His wife had cancer and died. Of course THAT would be Romney’s fault, according to Democrats. Well, as absurd as that conclusion is based on the commercials claims and inferences it gets worse when the facts are actually injected into this fairy tale. The woman actually HAD health insurance coverage through her own employment. She wasn’t diagnosed with cancer until 2004, after the closing of the plant. And she didn’t pass-away until 2006. And yet, Democrats felt comfortable inferring that Romney caused her death.

The silly season is no longer silly. It unbelievably stupid!

Jimmy the Idiot Boy

A Democratic idiot

Those who would seem to think a racist and a murderer could reside inside the same body as the man who’s documented and demonstrated acts of generosity exceed any Presidential candidate you’ve ever heard of in your lifetime have to remove their imbecile hats and return to Cluelessville.

Is it too much to ask for Democrats to quit believing that Republicans are so completely hateful? Considering at least half the nation is Republican or Conservative I have to wonder how such so-called human beings can function. Think about it Democrats, depending on where you live in this great country a minimum of 1-in-3 people you encounter are Republican or Conservative in their politics. Were they as hateful and evil as you and your party portray why is it that you don’t deliver a well-deserved karate chop to the larynx of every other person you pass on the street? How do you leave your house? Clearly if you are surrounded by such evil haters you would be fully justified in barricading yourself in a fortified home encircled by a moat and 20 foot smooth cement walls.

This is the crux of Democrat’s arguments. Republicans are not only wrong, they’re evil. And this is what we will hear coming out of North Carolina. We can thank our President Barack Obama for this hate filled rhetoric.

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Save your breath Libs. I already know your retort to this blog. “Well, Republicans do the same thing!” First of all, no they don’t. No credible Republican or Republican campaign advertisement has now or in 2008 discussed the extremist views on Obama, the birther crap or socialist/communist conspiracy nonsense. Second, can we agree that accusing someone of organized racism and murder are quite worse than saying he’s being disingenuous about his place of birth and that his far-left liberal philosophy is in-fact socialist? I would hope the 2nd point would be inarguable. But then again, Democrats made the allegations; there’s no telling just how stupid they really are.

And Democrats need not take their insult out on me with angry words. I’d be much more impressed if you simply told all those who believe as you that such hateful, divisive claims of racism and evil were not worthy of the party of Kennedy, Truman, FDR, and Jefferson.

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Trayvon Martin Beat his Killer

George Zimmerman

George Zimmerman

The circumstances surrounding the death of teenager Trayvon Martin on that dark and rainy night, February 26th in Sanford, Florida became clearer yesterday. The doctor for the man who shot Martin released the medical records of his examination of George Zimmerman the day after the shooting. Also autopsy records of the black teenager were released. In both reports injuries suffered by the two people were consistent with Zimmerman’s story that he shot and killed Martin in self-defense. If true the hysterics generated over this case may prove to be one more sad case of racism being alleged and loudly expressed but not supported by the preponderance of the evidence.

Trayvon Martin Protest - Sanford

Trayvon Martin Protest – Sanford (Photo credit: werthmedia)

It maddens me because I love my kids, my black kids, and I want the real racism they may face in their lives to be taken seriously when they and I stand up to it. Too much “crying wolf” from people who have other motivations beyond justice for poor young Trayvon. The old Aesop fable, as shown in this video, teaches us you can only falsely claim racism so-many times before people stop listening.

According to Matt Gutman of ABC News the doctor’s report on Zimmerman showed Zimmerman to have had two black eyes, two cuts on the back of his head, bruising in the upper lip and cheek, lower back pain and a “closed fracture” of his nose.

If you add it up that means Zimmerman was punched a minimum of five times, once in each eye, once in the nose, cheek and lip. And with the two cuts on the back of his head you can determine that Zimmerman was honest about Martin slamming his head against the ground after being severely punched a minimum of five times by the 5-foot 11-inch athletically built young man. And when slamming another man’s head against concrete one must be on top of the victim. It won’t work the other way around (this for those who still claim Martin was defending himself).

Further corroborating Zimmerman’s tale was the autopsy which showed that Martin had only two injuries; the gun shot wound and cuts on his knuckles. Clearly Martin was beating the hell out of Zimmerman.

If you’re Zimmerman, and you know you have a gun, how long are you going to take this beating before reaching into your pocket for the gun and shooting the person who may well kill you?

The wisdom of Zimmerman getting out of his car to follow Martin, who he viewed as suspicious, can certainly be questioned. But Zimmerman’s increasingly believable story is that Martin ran and was lost to Zimmerman. Not knowing where Martin had gone Zimmerman quit his pursuit and was no longer following Martin, but was walking back to his car. That’s when Martin came upon him, Zimmerman, and proceeded to attack the self-made neighborhood-watch-guard.

During the uproar in Sanford throughout the month of March few if any Trayvon Martin supporters, news media, or social media posts thought for a moment that Zimmerman might be innocent though I inferred as much in a blog from March 28th I titled Trayvon Martin’s Killer Should Be Punished, Right? 

Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr. discusses funding h...

Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr.

The farcical acts of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton

Al Sharpton

Al Sharpton

have stirred up angry emotions before when such outrage proved misdirected or wrong. Their acts are old and dangerous and should end. Wouldn’t it be wonderful for the whole country if such men with such notoriety and capabilities actually devoted their efforts to helping people, rather than screaming about racist bogey men?

I don’t blame Martin’s parents for starting the protests. They lost a son. They have conducted themselves well, as best I can tell. Their loss does deserve some explanation.

The death of Trayvon Martin is without question a tragedy, and one we all hope is not repeated. Zimmerman may be guilty of manslaughter for ignoring the 9-1-1 operators softly worded direction “You don’t have to do that”. But wouldn’t it be another tragedy if this other young man’s life were ended or destroyed worse than it has been because other zealous criers of wolf made him spend years in jail in fear for his life, whether behind bars or not?

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Trayvon Martin’s Killer Should be Punished, Right?

Let me start out this blog by making perfectly clear I think the killer of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin should be criminally charged and face prosecution for the death of the Florida youth. I have no desire to put my head in the lions mouth on this subject. Clearly the mob  …errrr…people have made clear their hope for justice in this case.

When I first heard about this I was as concerned as anyone. Imagine a man following a small skinny kid home in a rich neighborhood confronting him and shooting him for no reason, no reason whatsoever. Sounds pretty unbelievable doesn’t it? Well, as I said I just hope that the killer gets what’s coming to him.

It wasn’t until later that I learned that the killer George Zimmerman was an ethnic minority too, just like poor innocent, young Trayvon. Still…Zimmerman should be in jail.

The fact that Zimmerman was selflessly patrolling the streets of his neighborhood as a community neighborhood watchman is unimportant. He clearly is a racist for shooting harmless little Trayvon. And when I learned that there had been numerous home burglaries in this gated community where Trayvon was shot, I thought, well that explains the need for a neighborhood watch. But it doesn’t explain shooting a poor innocent child who has never, ever done anything wrong.

Why would Zimmerman follow this kid who was innocently walking home from the local grocery wearing a hoody, concealing his appearance? It was his neighborhood, wasn’t it? So I thought. Turns out Martin was not known in the neighborhood. He was staying at his a relatives while he served out a 10 day suspension from his high school for drug possession. Still, to shoot him? And the fact that following someone, anyone, is not actually against the law shouldn’t be considered. I still think the racist Zimmerman needs to hang.

And though the media is clearly trying to steer the emotions of the story by repeatedly showing pictures of a much younger Trayvon, with skinny little arms who couldn’t hurt anyone rather than the older, muscular, tattooed Trayvon doesn’t change the fact that Zimmerman hunted down this kid because he was black and killed him. Zimmerman needs to fry!

When police showed up at the scene of the murder February 26th they found a bloodied Zimmerman. He had blood coming from his nose, where he says Martin punched him. And he had blood on the back of his head from Martin slamming his head against the concrete. As CNN reported the fact that Zimmerman wasn’t even following poor Trayvon at the time of the confrontation doesn’t change the fact that Zimmerman hatefully and wrongfully shot Martin for no reason at all other than he’s black.

Zimmerman told police he was following Martin because Martin looked suspicious, but that Martin ran from him and got away. He says he didn’t know where Martin was when he was walking back to his car. He says at that time Martin emerged, approached Zimmerman and confronted him asking “You got a problem?”, to which Zimmerman said “No”. Then according to this evil racist killer Martin said, “You do now” and punched Zimmerman in the nose, knocking Zimmerman to the ground where poor innocent Trayvon pounced on him and continued hitting him and pounding his head into the concrete. Zimmerman claims to have called out for help, something audio witnesses claim to be true. Still, Trayvon is dead and there is no good reason for it.

According to the CNN report police in Sanford, Florida wanted Zimmerman charged with Manslaughter, not murder. Manslaughter, for shooting an innocent 17-year-old old boy who did nothing wrong but jump and beat up a guy who was following him in a neighborhood where he didn’t live and where there had been recent criminal activity.

Like I said. There is no justice. Zimmerman must be a racist. How could he not be. He shot poor little, innocent Trayvon. I think he should go to jail.

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