Saturday, June 27, 2015

American Thinker

The Diversity Diversion, by Bruce Robinson
It is not racial hatred or the lack of sufficient diversity in our workplaces, schools and universities that is causing so much divisiveness in our nation….. Or maybe this whole diversity shtick is just a diversion -- at best, another clumsy attempt to make a politically correct silk purse out of a blatantly discriminatory sow’s ear. According to Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam, the ugly truth is: “…the greater the diversity in a community, the fewer people vote and the less they volunteer, the less they give to charity and work on community projects. In the most diverse communities, neighbors trust one another about half as much as they do in the most homogenous settings.” ….. It is not racial hatred or the lack of sufficient diversity in our workplaces, schools and universities that is causing so much divisiveness in our nation. It is our failure to understand what Murray calls “the quotidian culture” of our own communities…….
 
While the media was all abuzz over Obama using the “n” word, I was outraged over him accusing my country of being a nation filled with racists. Folks, our president actually said racism is in our DNA and is passed on from generation to generation.  Dude, you're a black man whom white folks -- because blacks are only 12% of the population -- made leader of the free world two times. Stop it with the “blacks are victims” nonsense. Millennial blacks have never or rarely experience bona-fide racism. So why are Obama and his fellow Leftists hell-bent on instilling racial paranoia and resentment against whites in millennial blacks? 
 
The answer is simple: this is how Democrats keep their monopoly of the black vote. Instill in blacks that America is eternally racist and voting for Democrats is the only way to keep the haters which are the majority at bay….. There is also no question that the Left's continuous drumbeat that all opposition to Obama is racist, that cops routinely murder blacks and that America has racism in its DNA has effected blacks…a hate-filled black woman called for a race war. She said police are the KKK no longer hiding behind hoods. She says whites are terrorists against blacks and even referenced the Lefts' term, “white privilege”. By the way, the Left has added gasoline to their rhetoric, replacing “white privilege” with “white supremacy”. The Leftist media has under-reported the “Knockout Game, “Polar Bear Hunting” and black flash mob attacks……
 
Conceit vs. Reality, by J. Robert Smith
Conceit is busting out all over. It’s a global epidemic in dire need of an encyclical and U.N. action. Failure to take action is all but certain to do-in the human race…….Let’s start with Pope Francis. Of Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’, we must say: “Father, forgive him, he knows not what he proposes.” That is, concerning “manmade climate change.” Or maybe he does. Francis’ letter is a screed.

A mélange of church teachings, junk science, and Jesuit-inspired leftism. There’s good in the letter, but it’s choked by weedy thinking. Above all – doubtlessly unintended -- it’s a conceit.   Francis presents leftish tropes on economics and society. He gives us heavy doses of Kumbaya. He hedges as needed. There’s great merit in il Papa’s defense of the unborn and his opposition to human trafficking. After all, isn’t the human race part of the natural world? Don’t innocents matter as much as carbon dioxide molecules? …….

Marriage’s debauching won’t end with homosexual unions, notwithstanding the disclaimers and eye-rolling by champs. Bigamists, polygamists, and groups are ready to queue up. Everyone not enamored of the normal and traditional are ready to make mush of a foundational institution. Wait until those swell fellers at NAMBLA weigh in…….. Said the late, great Notre Dame football coach, Frank Leahy: “Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.” There’s more than a little stupidity going around nowadays.  More than a little…..
 
It is always a moment of amusement to read the latest fulmination of the venerable archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu. On June 17, 2015, he beguiled us again with his message to his dear sisters and brothers in the United Church of Christ, which is holding its general synod in Cleveland June 26-30, 2015. He assured the congregation of his support for its divestment resolution targeting the “Israeli occupation.” He fully endorsed the proposal to use the powerful nonviolent tools of economic leverage against the State of Israel……All these eminent scholars, who seem unaware of or silent about the war crimes, atrocities, and violations of human rights committed by Hamas in Gaza, have taken their cues from the Palestinian Campaign to Boycott Israel, the organization founded in July 2005. The supposed objective of this campaign, political, economic, academic, and cultural, by countless NGOs and pro-Palestinian activists, is to end the occupation and colonization of all Arab lands, and to promote the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties. But all know that its real objective is the de-legitimization of Israel and the piecemeal and then final elimination of the Jewish State. ……. do Archbishop Tutu and Alice Water, by their enthusiasm for boycott of Israeli enterprises and products, really want the poorer people of the world to die? Do they know that Israel is preventing that from happening by its innovations, including in water supply?......
 
My Take – Over the years I’ve discovered that some people and groups have views so egregiously and stunningly stupid I automatically oppose what they’re for and support whatever it is they’re against.  Accordingly my views on any opinions spewed out by Desmond Tutu are on automatic, and that's mostly true of most things from university PhD’s.  Leftists spew out an unending line of clabber that’s been unendingly proven false, and yet they continue blubbering solutions doomed by reality and history.  I’ve gone past believing they’re stupid.  To continue down this path can only mean they must be insane! 
 
The left rules, with an increasingly iron hand, the commanding heights of culture, including the arts, media, and the academy. Capitalizing on the respect and power this endows the progressives with, they have been creating an alternative reality and ratifying it. In one brilliant paragraph, Peter Kirsanow of NRO summarizes the delusions that have been foisted upon the body politic and society, and which are sticking (for now): 

Exchanges established by the federal government are exchanges established by the state. Rachel Dolezal is black. Iran will honor an agreement not to develop nuclear weapons. ISIS is a JV team. There’s an epidemic of sexual assaults on college campuses. Michael Brown had his hands up and pleaded “don’t shoot.” Caitlyn Jenner is a woman. Obamacare is working. 2+2 doesn’t necessarily equal 4. The polar ice caps are disappearing. The IRS is doing a decent job. The border is secure. We’ve ended two wars responsibly. Hillary Clinton turned over all work-related e-mails. An $18,200,000,000,000 debt can grow without mention. People who burn down buildings and overturn cars aren’t thugs. The OPM hack is manageable. We’ve reset relations with Russia. Entitlement reform can be kicked down the road. We’re more respected around the world.

About an hour ago, I added one more item – lower GDP is really a sign of a better economy – to this list, and you can be sure that more are coming.…..
 
Upon hearing the disheartening news that the Supreme Court twisted the law to rule in favor of Obamacare, my wife Mary said, “We need a cool drink of water.” She was referring to a scene in the movie Ben-Hur. Judah Ben-Hur was falsely accused of attempted murder. He was shackled and marched through the desert to prison. Succumbing to severe thirst and the desert sun, Judah collapsed, unable to take another step. Jesus happened to be traveling by. He knelt down and gave hopeless and exhausted Judah a drink of water. Jesus' compassion and refreshing drink energized Judah to continue his journey. 
 
Patriots, electing rock-solid conservative Mike Flynn, Republican for Illinois's 18th District, is a desperately needed refreshing drink of water that will impact our entire nation – energizing patriots to continue fighting to restore our country.  The cultural traditions and values that have made us great are under assault like never before. Suddenly, we are demanded, first by the attack-dog liberal media and now by government, to embrace behaviors against our conscience and faith. Process that for a moment, folks: government-mandated sensitivity training to get our heads right, according to the left.  Our best offense against leftist aggressors is replacing Democrats and RINOs with courageous conservative fighters, bold defenders of our Constitution like Mike Flynn. Flynn will provide desperately needed in-your-face, we-the-people opposition to House majority betrayer John Boehner. For this reason, the GOP is pulling out all the stops, resorting to dirty tricks to stop Flynn in the special election…...

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