Thanks to the Baptist preacher whose life we celebrate on today’s national holiday, America overcame racist Jim Crow laws that prevented millions of Blacks from voting, otherwise exercising their civil rights under the Constitution and from pursuing happiness via economic Liberty.
Nearly fifty-one years ago President Lyndon Baines Johnson repeated the title of the anthem of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s movement, “We Shall Overcome”, before a joint session of Congress when he proposed the 1964 Civil Rights Act.Almost fifty years ago this year that anthem would be sung again at Selma, Alabama when King, Atlanta’s John Lewis and other non-violent marchers for the right to vote would be attacked by police on “Bloody Sunday.” The 1965 Voting Rights Act was passed later that year, thus overcoming yet another obstacle to equal treatment under the laws.
Moreover, much of Dr. King’s dream of integration beyond the realm of legalities has also been realized.Continue reading
Given Juan’s own Enough book bemoaning Jackson and Sharpton-style victimology, no way he can believe what he has written concerning alleged “racial politics in plain sight” exercised by Republicans in the last election. It used to be beneath Mr. Williams to stoop to such baseless conjecture.
It is Democrats that proudly favor and pass race-based Jim Crow laws today and since just after the ink on the the 1965 Voting Rights Act was passed 50 years ago and for the 100 years before said ink was dry on the 1964 Civil Rights Act when signed 49 years ago.
In his post-election missive Williams cites a liberal immigration advocate and Democrat congressman’s “suspicions” that conservatives and Republican’s “resent a black man’s presence in the White House”. Based upon what? That past presidents have exercised “prosecutorial discretion”, advocacy of voter-photo identification cards, innocuous statements by Rush Limbaugh and a Republican congressman’s characterization of the Obama Administration as waging a “war on whites”.Continue reading
Man and Chevrolets dangerously warm the Earth; Muslims hate us because Bush Republicans are racist, sexist cowboys who want to throw grannies over the cliff; all men are rapists; if a drop of BP oil hits the Gulf, life as we know it there will end; government shutdowns are the worst possible occurrence; government can best control one-sixth of the economy and the other 5/6ths as well for that matter; and have we got the perfect candidates to deal with all that: Meet Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and fellow Democrats to enact laws necessary to produce Utopia, or look the other way when illegal executive orders or memos must be the unconstitutional means to those ends.
And they think God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are far-fetched? Geesh, but we digress.Continue reading
OK–it’s time to just come out and say it. So-called liberals must be desperate, because–with regard to the Ground Zero mosque (as with so many other past cultural issues)–Barack Obama has sided against the American people–again. How do I know this to be true? Well, let’s just look at the steady stream of hysterical op-eds coming out of The New York Times slandering the American people as racist, Islamaphobic, unpatriotic dumb-dumbs. (Yes, I know, so-called liberals must be pretty desperate to play the patriotism card–I thought they thought that patriotism was gauche.)
For instance, last weekend, TV entertainer, Dick Cavett, wrote a column titled, Real Americans, Please Stand Up. (Did you get that? If you disagree with him about the Ground Zero mosque, you aren’t a “real American”.) In this op-ed, Cavett goes on to lament how “ashamed of us” he is, and he even goes so far as to write the following insanity–
As a war kid, I also heard an uncle of mine endorse a sentiment attributed to our Admiral “Bull” Halsey: “If I met a pregnant Japanese woman, I’d kick her in the belly.”
So now, not only am I not a “real American”, but I want to kick pregnant Japanese women in the belly.
Oh, but Mr. Cavett is not alone in his inane ramblings. On Sunday, theater critic, Frank Rich, wrote a column titled, How Fox Betrayed Petraeus, and on Monday cultural writer, Nicholas Kristof, wrote a column titled, Taking bin Laden’s Side.
Now, just from the titles of these op-eds alone, it should be painfully obvious what The New York Times is trying to do–i.e., “otherize” all opponents of the Ground Zero mosque as bigoted, anti-American rednecks with the worst possible motives. However, all of these columns were rich in over the top rhetoric, but deeply lacking in any information about the previous troubling, statements from Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf (the man behind the mosque), or the fact that that Iman Rauf has not been at all transparent about where the money’s coming from to build this mosque at Ground Zero. So, for flat out slandering the American people as anti-American bigots–and being disingenuous as to why they are really upset about the Ground Zero mosque–The New York Times deserves to wear “The Cone of Shame”. Continue reading
(H/T to Allahpundit of Hot Air.)
Recently on The O’Reilly Factor, a moderate Canadian Muslim woman by the name of Raheel Raza spoke out against building the now infamous Ground Zero mosque. (She has previously written about her feelings as well.) First of all, her performance on O’Reilly’s show tonight was gangbusters. She blew him away with her extremely well articulated reasoning for being against the building of the Ground Zero mosque. To be specific, Ms. Raza stated that, “It’s confrontational, it’s in bad faith, and it doesn’t set up any real dialogue or discussion on tolerance.” Then, she went on to further state that, “Bleeding heart, white liberals don’t understand the battle that moderate Muslims face and how radical Islam has grown since 9/11 because of political correctness.” She was so terrific and spot-on that she, literally, left Bill O’Reilly speechless–all he could respond with was, “What a great answer!”. (You can watch Ms. Raza’s entire interview in the embed below.)
Folks, what this woman did on O’Reilly’s show took guts–I’m not going to mince words. You know that she’s going to catch all kinds of hell when she gets back home from “tolerant liberals” who can’t tolerate any apostasy from their PC ideology. We need to give Ms. Raza, and moderate Muslims like her with the courage to speak out against radical Islam, as much support as possible. It’s the right thing to do.
Update: This diary was originally posted a week ago in a Live Wire for The Minority Report, but it looks like I was quite prescient when I wrote that Raheel Raza was going to “catch hell” when she went back home to Canada. Yesterday, Kathy Shaidle of NewsReal reported that Ms. Raza has already received a threatening phone call from the property owner of the Ground Zero mosque. Again, now more than ever, the Raheel Razas of the Muslim world–with the fortitude to take a stand against radical Islam–need and deserve our support.
Next Sunday is my 51st birthday. I won’t be here on that day so I’m “celebrating” a bit early. For the first time in my life I’m scared of my government. That’s a first I never wanted to experience.
In every life there is always some uncertainty and insecurities. We can get angry at some of them or we can be depressed or run a gamut of emotions over turmoil.
Jaded says that race relations have not been this bad in decades. Obama was supposed to be a post-racial president. He was also supposed to be a bi-partisan president. In fact, he promised to be a lot of post- somethings. Instead, he went in the opposite direction. Who could have seen that coming? (A lot of people who were deemed racists for saying so.)
It’s not racial tensions that have me frightened. Racial tensions ebb and tide and there’s a limit to how much rage can be spewed before it dissipates, although it could get bloody before that limit is reached. We’ve been bloody before and while worrying it does not bring me to full terror.
It’s the whole monstrosity of government.There’s a segment of the country gnashing their teeth at the Republicans, insulting them with the “Party of No” nom de plume and insulting the people who oppose this complete takeover of the country that signals the death of our Constitution.
Some want that death, yet seem to have little understanding that it is the only thing standing between the government and our civil rights. Given the numbers who want it they may well achieve their goals and that is what scares me.
The federal government is made up of three parts and it seems two of those parts are in collusion to effect that change. The “Party of No”, in times past a part of the collusion, at others standing against it, has withdrawn and shed light on what happens in the shadows. It’s not pretty and I had not realized that we were so far gone until they did step back.
The other side wants its cover back so they can continue to work in the shadows and resort to bullying to get it. We’re called hate-mongers by people who hate us and what we stand for. If we dare question their premise or their statements, we’re accused of questioning their patriotism. I used to question their patriotism but not anymore. It’s just their patriotism is for something that isn’t this country in its original inception but for their own conception of what this country should be.
No, it’s the government that has me scared. Laws are permanent things. Once enacted they’re rarely repealed. That is why there is the hot and heavy debate over the health care bill. Some of us have actually read it and know more about what is in it than the Congress that purportedly wrote it.
In just the health care bill alone there are mechanisms of control that will be permanent and subdue (if not completely kill them) our civil rights under the Constitution. And there is other legislation coming down the pike that will cement those controls in place. For anyone who has read any part of these upcoming bills, they realize that it is more about control and very little about the thing they’re promising to fix. And they’ll lie and lie and lie, ad infinitum to achieve their goal which is power and control.
To show you what I mean here’s a small list of indignities (their so-called myths):
SEC. 152. PROHIBITING DISCRIMINATION IN HEALTH CARE.
22 (a) IN GENERAL.—Except as otherwise explicitly per
mitted by this Act and by subsequent regulations consistent with this Act, all health care and related services (including insurance coverage and public health activities) covered by this Act shall be provided without regard to personal characteristics extraneous to the provision of high quality health care or related services.
In addition, in the early pages of the bill, pg 170, HR3200, it specifies that any nonresident alien is exempt from individual taxes.
What that says to me is that illegal aliens will be provided for under the health care bill. Now, that’s to be expected considering what who wants it. The issue is: Why Do They Have to Lie About it?
The pols say abortion isn’t covered in the bill but neglect to mention that it’s in there by definition pgs. 769-770, HR3200.
The health care bill provides for government sharing of your personal data, including bank records, between departments that have absolutely nothing to do with health care, pg 735, HR3200.
I’ll stop there otherwise I’ll be here for the next week outlining that bill. However, the pols say these things aren’t in there and, yet, here they are. When that doesn’t work, they say the bill hasn’t been written, yet. So, they lie. Why do they have to lie if it’s such a good deal?
Even if you’re willing to give them the benefit of the doubt because you support Obama or one or another member of Congress, remember what I said: Laws are typically permanent things.
I’m not just scared of my government. I’m terrified.
Crossposted to Redstate.
Yeah, that’s right, Governor. The criticism of you and President Obama is because you’re Black. That’s much easier to accept than the truth: it’s because you’re incompetent.
Gov. Paterson is still blaming race for his his troubles.
After complaining on a Friday radio show that he is the victim of an “orchestrated” campaign to push him out of office, Paterson told a blogger that some people are uncomfortable with too many black pols in power.
“Part of what I feel is that one very successful minority is permissible, but when you see too many success stories, then some people get nervous,” Paterson told political blogger Gerson Borrero over the weekend.
See? This is the mind of a true, blue liberal. Nothing’s ever their fault. There’s always some nefarious reason why people are against them.
But the Obama White House won’t publicly back this drivel.
Obama spokesman Bill Burton said Monday morning that the President does not share Paterson’s view that criticism of him or any other politician is racially motivated.
“In terms of media coverage of the President, he thinks that there are a lot of people who agree with him in the media, there are a lot people who disagree with him in the media, and there are a lot of folks who play it straight,” Burton told reporters in Martha’s Vineyard, where Obama is vacationing, Monday morning.
If Burton had just stopped at the first part of his sentence he wouldn’t have had to make up that other stuff. Of course Obama “thinks that there are a lot of people who agree with him in the media” because they are blatant about their man-crush for him.
As for incompetent NY Gov. Patterson…not so much. They like Patterson but Obama will always be the media’s first true love.