As the nation goes into day whatever of the government shutdown there can be no arguing away the fact that this disruption of government services, paychecks, etc. is owned - exclusively - by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and the hyper-partisan political animals of the Progressive Left. And own it they will come election time.
Many are trying to equate this government shutdown - which is really not a paralyzing of government, but a disruption in many government services and federal outlays to employees and those receiving benefits - is akin to the last government services disruption cause by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) when he filibustered for the repeal of Obamacare. It is not.
Sen. Cruz was using the filibuster to the benefit of the American people in that he was pressing for the repeal of a wholly unconstitutional law that affected every citizen of the United States. Sen. Schumer is filibustering to the benefit of non-citizens of the United States in his totalitarian insistence that the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program be passed without deviation from the whims of Progressives and Democrats in Congress. Cruz advocated for American citizens. Schumer is not.
The sad thing is that Republicans and President Trump are willing to negotiate a compromise on DACA and, in fact, are actually doing so, much to the chagrin of many. What Schumer is doing is a political show; politically opportune grandstanding. It is all for political and partisan purposes. It is politics over government; Leftist, open-borders ideology over good government for the citizens of our country.
Retired Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas once said, "The most dangerous place in Washington is between Chuck Schumer and a TV camera.” It's very hard to argue with Mr. Dole on that.
Just in case you wondered how the hermit kingdom lives and thrives, its women now have an app for beauty tips. Kim Jong-Un has expanded beyond haircuts for men to ideas for women. Wonder if his wife or sister is pulling the strings on this one. Think of the old military grooming standard posters...
There is a new movement afoot in California: The New California Movement. It seeks to see the rural counties of California secede from the spendthrift-giveaway coastal counties of that state. But the proposed split is a temporary solution to a cultural problem.
Citing a "tyrannical form of government," the New California Movement seeks to band together rural California into a separate economy separate from the coast. The founders of the movement, Robert Paul Preston and Tom Reed, unveiled a "Declaration of Independence" earlier this week and are following a path outlined in Article IV Section 3 of the US Constitution.
Make no mistake, California is in dire straits. The Progressives of the coast have "prude shamed" (for lack of a more effective term) and gerrymandered the voters in the rest of the state for so long that they have delivered the whole of the state's legislature to the Left. The fact of the matter is that California's state legislature doesn't represent the majority of the state any longer. This is not unlike the state legislatures in Illinois or New York.
But the truth of the matter is this. We get the governments that we elect, especially when the majority of people both maintain ignorance of daily politics or go-along-to-get-along. To that end, any new "state" will no doubt, eventually fall prey to the same issues no left not addressed.
Is the answer the splitting of a state? In California's case, the coastal areas would necessarily collapse financially without the revenues generated by the rural areas, causing more of a financial drain on the Federal government come the inevitable "bailout."
Perhaps an intellectual revolution is necessary, where individual responsibility and an embracing of opportunity overtake the victimhood "I-am-owed-something" mentality installed into the American psyche by the Progressive Left.
Remember, they want you dependent on government. It's how they control culture.
Democrats on Capitol Hill are now saber-rattling about "shutting down" government over what they would accept on making DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). As they couch this th digging in of the President's heels on the subject, it is they who are digging in their heels.
President Trump, the deal maker, is set to negotiate a passage of DACA into law. But, like any good wheeler-dealer, he wants something in return. He sees this as a perfect opportunity to do what other Republican presidents have failed to do in the past: affect stronger physical border security.
Of course, Democrats, who are completely focused on politics and delinquent on doing what is correct for the safety and well-being of the country, want DACA passed as a stand-alone measure, even as they continue to marry comprehensive immigration reform with any move on toughening border security.
Do you see the blatant and bald-faced hypocrisy here? They want stand-alone legislation when it benifits their ideological agenda, but couple issues to water-down results whenever something might advance that is not within their core Progressive bucket list.
Here's a thought. Let them shutdown government. Let the President and non-establishment Republicans run with the message that Democrats shut down government to keep Social Security checks, Federal services and tax refunds from citizens in deference to Dreamers and see how long the government stays "shut down."
Every now and again someone stands up, makes a point and does the right thing. This is what James Damore is doing with the totalitarianism of Google. Damore is claiming discrimination, not only because he is a white male, but because he holds certain Conservative points of view.
Damore has filed a lawsuit claiming discrimination against the behemoth search engine and online entity. In part, the suit claims: "Damore...and other class members were ostracized, belittled, and punished for their heterodox political views, and for the added sin of their birth circumstances of being Caucasians and/or males."
The idea that a purveyor of information, such that Google is - effectively the gatekeeper to what we can come to know in today's information age - practicing ideological discrimination at its core should be incredibly alarming. They are, for all intents and purposes, socially engineering information to suit one, exclusive and elitist point of view.
It should be noted here that First Amendment free speech rights do not apply to private sector entities. The First Amendment applies to government censoring speech or preventing the redress of government. Private sector companies - short of being deemed monopolies and broken up - can practice censorship to their hearts content.
That is, unless people like James Damore prevail.
When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences banished sexual predator Harvey Weinstein to the netherworld, they did so in such a knee-jerk manner that they opened themselves up to a huge conundrum: What do do with all the other sexual predators they have celebrated over the years.
I would like to point out that everyone - even Weinstein - needs to considered innocent until proven guilty. That is how our legal system works. Sadly, in the court of public opinion, which these days seems to usurp our rule of law, a charge, innuendo or rumor can equate to "conviction" and the destruction of a career.
That said, there are some real scumbags in the entertainment industry (politics, too). Weinstein, faced with multiple charges of sexual harassment and assault, was quick to claim a mental affliction feigning some sort of victimhood and ceded to the accusations. Same goes for the unrepentant child rapist Roman Polanski. These pigs deserved everything that came to them. But what of the others who deny the accusations?
Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman, Ben and Casey Affleck, Brett Ratner, James Toback, they all deny the allegations. For Spacey, it cost him his acclaimed HBO series House of Cards.
But I digress. This post is about Hollywood knee-jerkism.
With Weinstein banished from the Academy, what is that entity to do with the Roman Polanski's among them? Polanski continues to win awards in the industry, including from the Academy. Will they excommunicate this pig as well?
This is the hypocrisy that is allowed to exist when there is a two-tiered justice system and a society that renders verdicts in the court of public opinion. A serial sexual predator gets banished from the academy, and a convicted child rapist gets awards from the same entity.
A prankster has made a huge political statement at several locations in California by placing an unofficial sign designating California - and a few specific cities - as sanctuary locations.
The signs are in the form of the nationally recognized blue informational signage, but they do pack a message.
One sign says, "Felons, Illegals and MS13 [gang members] welcome." Another reads, "Official Sanctuary City 'Cheap Nannies and Gardeners Make Malibu Great!' (Boyle Heights Not So Much.)" Others include "Democrats Need the Votes."
Authorities in California have already removed the signs, but one can only assume that many more will now begin to pop up, which brings me to my point. While the placement of these signs may skirt the law, they are a form of redress to government, which is guaranteed in the First Amendment to the US Constitution.
While California's elected cabal may have found a way to maintain power through the manipulation of the ballot box, some California residents are making their disdain for anti-sovereignty actions clearly understood.
Just when you thought it couldn't get more convoluted. Evidently there really is a Nigerian prince behind all of those scam emails...it's just that he is a 67-year old White guy from Slidell, Louisiana.
Michael Neu was arrested and charged with wire fraud and money laundering in connection with the Nigerian prince email scam that targeted the gullible and the greedy.
Incredibly, some people believe in pathetic scams like this and get fleeced out of their life savings and/or significant amounts of money. The sad truth is that there are despicable creatures like Neu, who prey on these people for personal gain.
As Slidell police Chief Randy Fandal suggested to everyone: "Never give out personal information over the phone or through email, cash checks for other individuals, or wire large amounts of money to someone you don’t know. Ninety-nine-point-nine percent of the time, it’s a scam."
It appears that CNN took full advantage of the post-family hour time slot on New Years Eve. CNN reporter Randi Kaye took everyone to a marijuana dispensary in Colorado were the herb is legal.
But rather than doing a simple report on the enterprise and analyzing the effects of legalized marijuana, it was obvious that Kaye was stoned. This moved the reporter from reporting on the story to becoming the story, a huge no-no in journalism.
Sadly, in our 24/7/365 news cycle culture, "journalists" have become "stars" and, thus, routinely make themselves the story. Because of this we must embrace the fact that objective journalism is dead and buried.
And because traditional objective journalism is dead and buried, we have a choice to make. We, the consuming public, must either learn to divine between propaganda, click bait and agendized reporting and truth and accuracy.
In a culture that has become self-absorbed, lazy and fraudulently self-righteous, don't hold your breath for that to happen.
As the Christmas season gets into full swing the usual suspect politically correct Scrooges are taking to attacking a Christmas song for it's "intent." To say they are piggybacking off the recent rash of topic de jour sexual harassment/assault claims would be an understatement.
It appears that the oh-so-sensitive Left (I liken them to the yuppie neighbor characters in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation) has the Christmas song "Baby It's Cold Outside" in their crosshairs because, they insist, the man is coercing the woman into having sex with him.
Period, context and an actual reading of the lyrics not only prove this criticism to be absurd, it actually spotlights te real issue at hand. If we are to dissect this song by 2017 standards, then the ugly thing about it isn't the courting ritual that takes place, it is the societal shaming of the woman that is evidenced in the lyrics.
If the Left is all about free expression and a woman's right to choose what she does with her body, then the "slut shaming" should be the target of their ire, not the male's quest to court a woman he find attractive.
In a day and age when society has embraced high school boys and girls simply hooking-up for sex over social media portals, this fake outrage about a Christmas song is as disingenuous as it is pathetic.
Peter Strzok, a former FBI counterintelligence agent and ex-member of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team, was found to have sent texts that proved his vehement anti-Trump fervor. During testimony Wednesday, US Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), shrugged the hyper-partisanship off.
“Peter Strzok wasn’t saying anything about Donald Trump that the majority of Americans weren’t also thinking at the same time," said Nadler. He is the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee.
Nadler was responding to texts of Strzok's that called President Trump a "f*cking idiot" and a "douche" and writing "F TRUMP." Mueller has since dismissed Strzok from the Special Counsel team.
While it is a constitutional right to hold political views, and to even redress government, Strzok's views on Donald Trump should have eliminated him from both investigating anything to do with Mr. Trump and consideration for the Special Counsel position.
This is proof that Mr. Mueller failed to properly vet for bias in his investigative team and casts a dark shadow over the legitimacy of the Special Counsel.
Further, it proves beyond doubt that there are people in positions of influence and consequence who are violating their oaths of office to remain non-political in the execution of their positions and whose biases are compromising the governmental process.
With 100 percent of the precincts reporting in Alabama, it appears that, sans the tallying of absentee and military ballots -- and an inevitable recount, US Senate candidate has fallen to the propaganda attack of the Progressive Left.
Judge Roy Moore has, at this point, lost to Democrat challenger Doug Jones. Moore gleaned 48.4 percent of the vote, where Jones took 49.9 percent. This is the first time in 25 years that a Democrat has been elected to the US Senate from what the elite media call the "Deep South."
Jones's election is a paradox for Alabamans. Jones is adamantly pro-abortion and a supporter of Planned Parenthood. He is also a believer in man-made climate change and pro-Obamacare. He is pro-open borders and supports increased restrictions on gun-ownership. In essence, he is all about everything that Alabamans are against, yet he won by the slimmest of margins.
The overriding point in all of this is the sexual misconduct allegations leveled against Roy Moore, allegations that never appeared in any of his other political contests over 40 years. It will be very interesting to see if any of these allegations continue to have feet, or whether they evaporate because the election is over.
The former North Korean national talked almost matter-of-factly about horrors we in the West can only imagine, if we can even do that. But her horrors were reality in her native North Korea, a nation ruled by a tin-pot despot who now has nuclear capability.
Ji Hyeon-A, who was forced to repatriate to North Korea after escaping to China three time before making it to South Korea and the sanity of the West, told of forced abortions (done without any pain medication), harsh labor camps for pregnant women who conceived of mixed-race, inmates being starved to death, and the dead of the labor camps being fed to dogs.
If Kim Jong-un condones this kind of barbaric behavior towards his country's pregnant women, imagine what he would do to Westerners caught on the field of battle, or civilians who would somehow come under his purview?
It is time this little fraud be dealt with. That the Chinese have not done so is the greatest indictment to their delinquent human rights record.
For-now-Senator Al Franken (D-MN), a caustic Progressive, resigned from the US Senate because he got caught groping and sexually assaulting women in his earlier "comedian" days. Bet the farm that if an overwhelming number of sexual harassment allegations hadn't surfaced, Franken would still be sitting as an elected Senator from Minnesota.
Aside from the fact that Franken continued to hide his sexual predator status behind the cloak of plausible deniablity -- saying he has always been a champion of women's rights and that he remembers each instance of alleged harassment "differently," there is a larger event that took place with his resignation.
Along with the "retirement" of US Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), again over allegations of sexual harassment, the Progressive and Democrat leaderships will use the demise of these two individuals as a marker to insist they have purged the "caveman mentality" from their political party. They will parade the carcasses of these two men as trophies through the public square in an attempt to divert scrutinizing eyes and paint themselves, once again, as champions of women, diversity, and equality. It is a move of deception void of true soul-searching.
Democrats will attempt to make this event a pivot point to snare Republicans, and especially Pres. Trump, trying to equate words with deeds. We should all understand that while sexist bravado is distasteful, it is still miles short of sexual assault and/or sexual harassment.
Locker room bravado; braggadocios chode-warrioring is absolutely not the same as groping a woman as she sleeps or forcing your tongue down someone's throat against their wishes.
SOURCE: FOX NEWS
President Trump is getting blowback from the usual suspect mainstream media for his comments about Sen. Elizabeth Warren (P-MA), calling her "Pocahontas" for her lie about her heritage. But the media is railing against the wrong person here.
The "Pocahontas" label came from the fact that Warren blatantly lied about having a Native American lineage in order to attain a six-figure pseudo-job at Harvard University and, when caught in that lie, made excuses instead of owning her deception.
Even more disturbing in all of this -- and more disturbing than Warren's lie (and it was a huge one, especially by Progressive standards...for everyone else but them, evidently) is that she wasn't immediately terminated by Harvard and that the people of Massachusetts didn't care that they were electing a proven liar to government.
Ultimately, we get the government we vote for. Thanks Massachusetts for this lying sack of bovine feces!
SOURCE: FOX NEWS
US Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), is no stranger to scandal or corruption. His latest trouble, a sexual harassment claim, only touches a bit of his penchant for walking the ethics tightrope.
Conyers' wife, Monica, spent 3 years in prison on a bribery charge conviction. He has been accused of forcing staffers to perform personal duties for the family under the threat of unemployment. The Detroit Free Press documented that Conyers staffers in his district office handed out donated holiday turkeys to political cronies and not the needy constituents for which they were meant.
Conyers is just another "pay-to-play," quid pro quo, Democrat Progressive politician. These types are intrinsically corrupt and unethical. That's what happens when you embrece thr Alinsky-ism: Win at all cost.
SOURCE: ASSOCIATED PRESS
Arrogant Progressive US Senator Al Franken (D-MN), has been outed as a sexist and a sexual predator. Accusations, accompanied by picture proving the accusations to be true, surfaced of Franken demeaning a female radio show host from Los Angeles.
What is stunningly hypocritical in it all is that Franken's colleagues in the Senate are only demanding an ethics investigation, where would the offender have been a Republican they would have been shrieking for his resignation.
Pathetically, the establishment swamp monster, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the Senate Majority Leader, is stopping short of calling for Franken's demise, and hopping on the ethics investigation bandwagon.
Looks like Franken is going to get away with it. Meanwhile Roy Morre is already condemned, and there is no evidence, as in Franken's case, to prove the allegations.
SOURCE: THE NEW YORK POST
As if people weren't already gagging on the political correctness that's being stuffed down their throats, now comes word that the PC police at New York City's MTA have banned the words "Ladies" and "Gentlemen" from their announcements. Civility is truly dead.
This move, while being sensitive to the over-sensitive and easily offended (sadly, a growing number of people in our society), is offensive to those who believe in preserving ghe English language and civility in society. Perhaps we keep "ladies" and "gentlemen" and simply include the phrase "and everyone who is not." Wouldn't that be more accurate and inclusive? I thought "inclusive" was the thing with Progressives!
The expunging of language, history and culture to cater to the terminally aggrieved must end immediately. Political Correctness -- an unlegislated set of shadow rules counter to the freedoms guaranteed in the Charters of Freedom, is an elitist and fascist mechanism used by oligarchs to bully the people. Time to push back. Do NOT be politically correct!
SOURCE: LEGAL INSURRECTION
It appears that the managing editors of the Columbia University newspaper are practicing selective-omission fascism in their coverage of campus activism. It's a intellectual disease that metastasizes faster than the worst version of cancer.
Honest media, which we simply do not have today in the mainstream, reports on anything and everything fact-based. Agendized, politicized and ideologically-based propaganda outlets manipulate the truth and omit stories and facts to skew the outcome.
If one of the premier journalism schools in the country, Columbia University, has a "news publication" that practices selective-omission in their stories, the American people must jettison the status quo news sources, educate themselves on how to vet news sources, and glean their information from a new avenue. If we do not, the Republic is doomed.
SOURCE: FOX NEWS
This is effectively the expunging of history, plain and simple. The tunnel-visioned activism of the Progressive toadies who shriek for the destruction of monuments dedicating history are no better than Nazi book-burners. In each of these instances, an opportunity to learn, both good and bad, is being destroyed. Our society has gotten that touchy-feely stupid.
Ever since Antifa and the neo-Nazis have started squaring off (two of the most loathsome groups on the face of the planet, add Black Lives Matter for a trifecta), the mainstream media and Progressive-Left have been trying to substitute the "nationalist" for "supremacist." The two are not interchangeable.
It's a tactic of the Progressive movement dating all the way back to its genesis. They have been redefining the meanings of words and subtlely injecting inappropriate words into labels so as to change the meanings to suit their goals.
Nationalist, by traditional definition, is someone who is fighting for national independence, or a strong national government. In other words, a nationalist is someone who believes in his/her country; someone who is patriotic.
A supremacist, on the other hand, is quite different. A supremacist is someone a person who believes in or actively advocates the supremacy of a particular group, especially a racial group.
So, why do the mainstream media and Progressive/Democrat politicians and activists believe that the two words can be interchangeable? Nary a day goes by when we aren't told by some opportunistic politician or disingenuous talking head that neo-Nazis are "white nationalists." Of course, they are not, they are "white supremacists."
The reason that Leftists in politics and the media are trying to stain the word "nationalist" is two-fold. First, they want to kill the word. And second they want to tamp down any patriotic resurgence in the population like when Reagan came to office.
By co-opting the definition of the word, Progressives seek to marry it to the darkness of the neo-Nazi movement so the majority of the population was stigmatized by the word; repulsed by it.
The last thing Progressives want is for a resurgence of patriotism to surface. With Trump's America First agenda, a growing sense of patriotism -- and an understanding that a strong and prosperous United States is great for the entirety of the free world, would negate the whole of Barack Obama's eight years of Progressive rule and achievement.
Progressives truly thought that the Obama presidency presented the opportunity to bring the ball over the goal line; to ultimately transform the United States from a Constitutional Republic to a Socialist Democracy controlled by oligarchs. A resurgence of patriotism (read: nationalism) would kill this eight year effort.
This is just another piece of evidence that proves the mainstream media is in the pocket of the Progressive Left, and another reason why true Americans, patriotic Americans -- American Nationalists -- need to be very cautious about where they consume their information. Lord knows politicians can't be trusted.
Have you heard the name Linda Sarsour? If you have a grimace probably just came over your face. Sarsour is one of the most disingenuous political parasites of modern times. Now, this opportunistic fraud is diverting funds from the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Sarsour was one of the minor players in organizing the vagina-hat march against Donald Trump in the early days of his presidency. This was the march with Madonna saying she often thinks about blowing up the White House (interesting since the eight years before Trump saw the White House occupied by Barack Obama) and Ashley Judd spewing rhetoric that should have mandated her a trip to a psychiatrist. Sarsour glommed on to the event as is she had given birth to it. She did not.
Sarsour is vehemently anti-Israel and foaming-at-the-mouth pro-Palestinian. She is a proponent of advancing Sharia Law into the West. She injected Muslim activism into the Ferguson issue and rebuked then-President Obama who reluctantly called on the Muslim community to denounce those who executed the attacks in San Bernardino, California; attacks perpetrated by Islamofascists. She has, since her showboating at the vagina-hat march, attached her self, opportunistically, to the Black Lives Matter movement, the immigration issue, the Confederate statue issue, you name it, if it's a Progressive anti-American cause, this charlatan is there.
Now, Legal Insurrection reports that in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, this fraud is misdirecting people on social media who want to help the flood victims. In a tweet, Sansour directs potential donors to political action groups (PACs) with which she is affiliated. These are community organizing PACs dedicated to Progressive social justice initiatives. They have absolutely nothing to do with providing much needed financial aid to victims of Hurricane Harvey; people who need - in the immediate - food, clothing, water, emergency shelter, etc.
This is why the overwhelming majority of thinking Americans despise the Progressive-Left. They are an ideological gaggle of deceivers who prey on people's emotions even as they defraud those they have manipulated, both intellectually and monetarily.
Sarsour, a typical Progressive-Left activist, is beneath contempt for her dishonesty. Even in Allah's afterlife, this woman is going to burn.
Since it's Sunday let's get go to Catechism, shall we? I mean if there is one place in our warped and skewed society that must stand for a set of principles it would be the Catholic Church, right? Oh, how times have changed.
It appears that officials at the San Domenico School in California - a 167 year old catholic school - have made the horrendous decision to remove some Catholic statues and Christian artifacts in a move to be seen as more inclusive. That's right, the religious hierarchy at this 167 year old Catholic institution have decided that statues depicting Catholic saints are not "inclusive." These statues include those of St. Dominic and St. Francis.
In addition to this incredible stupidity - and that's what it is, Leftist, Progressive, politically correct stupidity, the school's touchy-feely, brain-dead hierarchy, led by Amy Skewes-Cox, who chairs the school's board of trustees, have presided over the removal of the word "Catholic" from its mission statement!
If the Catholic Church's mission is to spread he word of Christ, how is that accomplished by sanitizing a Catholic school of Catholic statues, icons, artifacts and the word "Catholic" from the effort?
Skewes-Cox's explanation for this stupidity is: "If you walk on the campus and the first thing you confront is three or four statues of St. Dominic or St. Francis, it could be alienating for that other religion, and we didn’t want to further that feeling."
It's a freaking Catholic school. It's supposed to be Catholic. It should cater to any other religion. That's the point of sending a child to Catholic school!
When religious institutions start to expunge elements of their own dogma because of political correctness the entirety of that religion's followers must refuse to cater to the inanity of the act. The faithful celebrate and embrace their religion. We don't make it mailable to others because certain points, elements of artifacts might "offend."
Again, any point of anxiety over a statue and/or icon - not to mention the word "Catholic" - presents a teachable moment. Skewes-Cox completely fails to see this and that is a flaw that should preclude her from serving on th school's board of trustees. Trustees are entrusted with the task of preserving institutions, not presiding over their dismantling.
Skewes-Cox needs to be removed from the board, along with all those who chose to tarnish Christianity with this move. The statues should be returned to their original places and each child and parent who belongs to that community should receive an apology from the board of trustees for failing each and every person in the San Domenico School community.
Then we really do have to start expunging political correctness from the American lexicon.
As "anti-statue-mania" continues to infest the minds of those tunnel-visioned by their ideological hobbling, we must consider the repercussions of expunging historical artifacts, and even ones with which we disagree.
Many proponents of expunging Confederate monuments have started to consider dismantling other monuments to people. One political opportunist masquerading as a "Bishop" in Chicago is demanding that the city rename and remove statues from Washington and Jackson Parks. These two men were presidents, yet the "Bishop" says celebrating them is racist because Washington owned slaves and Jackson facilitated the "Trail of Tears."
In the "Bishop's" mind, expunging these names and monuments will right a wrong. Evidently, for the "Bishop," out of sight is out of mind and that makes history irrelevant.
But history has a propensity to repeat itself. In fact, every great historian warns that if we stop learning from history, history will, indeed, repeat itself. That human beings are prone to gravitate toward tyrannical hierarchical governments (read: absolute power corrupts absolutely), without a constant reminder of history we are doomed to repeat the grave errors of generations and eras past.
The Jewish people, who bore the brunt of true fascist tyranny in Adolf Hitler's Nazi genocide against their people, have a saying they all embrace: "Never again." The point behind the saying is clear. It was originally used by Jewish resistance fighters in the Warsaw ghetto during World War II, and is interpreted to mean that the Nazi Holocaust; the extermination of over six million Jews, will never be permitted to recur.
To wit, the Jewish people did not expunge this history from their world, they embraced the history so that this atrocity is remembered and never allowed to metastasize into a threat to the Jewish people again.
Evidently, Black activists in the United States -- and those taking up their cause -- are clueless to the idea of a "teachable moment." They are removing symbols of history and, thus, removing a daily reminder of historical events, both celebratory and cautionary. They are killing a teachable moment and, therefore, dooming history to repeat itself.
Instead of pulling down or otherwise removing Confederate monuments -- and monuments to others that activists find offensive, they should be taking this opportunity in the spotlight to reaffirm the horrific past surrounding the controversial icons; they should be taking this opportunity to point at these monuments and explain to the youth of today the realities of history and the struggles to over come so that they, too, can say "never again."
By "snatching down" these historical monuments (and yes, I did paraphrase former-Chicago Alderwoman Dorothy Tillman), we are robbing our children of a teachable moment and threatening a repeat of history...and that is just stupid on every level.
Donald Trump did not defend neo-Nazis or the Ku Klux Klan in his rebuke of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Of course, you wouldn't know that from the incredibly disingenuous coverage of the event and the ensuing ideologically motivated blathering from the over-paid and increasingly irrelevant chattering class.
The truth of the matter is this. Trump denounce the violence in total that occurred in Charlottesville and that is, indeed, enough. He denounced violence, bigotry and racism as it was perpetrated by each and every person -- regardless of color, religion and/or ideology -- attending the event. That is the correct thing to do.
The victimhood class -- opportunistic ideologues, one and all, are blind to the absolute fact that one cannot view history through the lens of the modern era. The real-time situations of times gone by are impossible to fathom from a modern day vantage point. So too, we, today, are not privileged to the societal conversations of eras past.
To wit, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, George Washington and, later, even Robert E. Lee were all abolitionists; they wanted to end slavery understanding it to be an abomination. Jefferson even wrote abolition into the Declaration of Independence only to have to remove the measure lest the whole of independence be relegated to the trash can. Nevertheless, it was something that was sought after for these men until the days they died.
This reality -- this truth -- is lost on the activist masses, even while it is obscured by those fanning the flames of division. The only reason these people can be led down this untruthful path is because Progressives have expunged the need for US History education in our schools.
Another truth not being exposed is the disingenuous duplicity of the mainstream media. As they condemn the neo-Nazis and white supremacists who attended the rally in Charlottesville (they had a legal permit to march and assemble, by the by), they refuse to condemn -- equally and with the same gusto -- the non-permitted Antifa, Black Lives Matter and anarchist groups who descended on the rally in full battle gear. The very fact that they were wearing battle gear indicates they meant to do violence; their violence was premeditated..
As I wrote in a recent syndicated column:
"Disagreement is going to happen in a free society. It’s how members of that society engage in disagreements that define whether they are an advanced society or an adolescent society. Sadly...we are devolving from an emotional and intellectually advanced society (circa the Civil Rights movement) to an adolescent society where violence and censorship are deemed acceptable tools to employ in disagreements."
There have always been ignoramuses in society. They are the fringe, but a by-product of freedom itself. I classify the neo-Nazi and white supremacist activists in this category. But Antifa is a special kind of dangerous. They are tools of the hardcore ideological Left, employed to bring about the chaos and anarchy that has successfully brought about violent revolutions in lesser nations. They are, rightfully, classified as a domestic terror group.
We can argue about commemorating history, and I, personally, believe that any erasure of history -- offensive to some or not -- is abhorrent; it is the stuff of the Islamic State.. But violent censorship and coercion, the likes of what Antifa and the Left are executing, must be met definitively by law enforcement and the rule of law.
It is time to make examples of those who piss on our laws and those who risk their lives to enforce it. Then we need to return to educating our children on accurate US History, not the bullsh*t Progressives are shopping to us.