Understanding the Progressive Mind

Kevin Williamson does a great job outlining what it is progs believe and how conservatives miss it with them.  An excellent read!

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Indian-American appoints Black-American to Senate, but it doesn’t matter because racism or something…

tim scott1The news of the day is that Indian-American governor of South Carolina has appointed Tim Scott to replace Jim DeMint in the U.S. Senate.  Scott will be the only Black American serving in the Senate and only the 7th in the entire history of that storied institution.

The Grio reports:

The appointment is not a surprise, as Scott is an ideal fit for seat. With Republicans just having lost an election in which more than 80 percent of non-white voters nationally backed Democrats, the party is looking to elevate minority figures.

Of course the spin will focus first on his identity as a Black man and only secondarily to his credentials, which is typical.  The article continues:

 in addition to his race, Scott holds strongly conservative views that have made him popular among the Tea Party Republicans who have embraced Haley and DeMint as well. He has been a strong opponent of President Obama’s agenda on nearly every issue, which will make him a controversial figure among African-Americans.

Yes, he will controversial among African-Americans of the kind that have bought into the myth that all Republicans  / Conservatives are fire-breathing racists with hoods and nooses under their beds.  That idea is laughable.  Everyone knows that Democrats already have a solid lock on nooses and robes.  Of course we also know that no matter what the history, what the past or present, Republicans / Conservatives (and they are NOT the same by any stretch) will be painted as racists.

In fact commentary on David Love’s opinion piece at the Grio is informative.  According to some:

Black people shouldn’t want a sellout in the Senate like Scott.

So Scott is a sellout…

If he is chosen, it will be for the same reason Michael Steele was chosen as RNC chief. A phony attempt to appear inclusive without actually being inclusive. He got one thing going for him, he’s a Tea Party darling. And the Tea Party tends to favor African Americans who are at odds with their own race. That seems to be their criteria, case in point: have you ever heard Allen West, Herman Cain or Allen Keyes say anything positive about the President? NEVER. Have you ever wonder why? Simple they’re not allowed to.

Scott (and others) are puppets of their white masters.

Scott is a useless knee-grow that only parrots the racist , sexist and stupid views of the fanatic right wing…We should do everything in or power to get him out of office

And well, I will let this comment speak for itself.

Now I will tell you that there are lots of reasons why Black people wold be suspicious of Republicans, but isn’t there a time for some simple honest pride that we’ve reached the place in the nation’s history that we could have a freakin’ Indian-American woman appointing a Black man to the US Senate in the state whose secession started the freekin’ Civil War!!!

In any event congratulations are in order.

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Electile Dysfunction

It has been a while hasn’t it since I’ve written anything.  Well here I am writing again to who know who will ever read this post.  not a problem, as I write for my own interest rather than necessarily to attract a great readership.  As of this writing, we are just over 1 month away from “the most important election of our lifetime,” or so they say.  Of course they say that every time, and perhaps they are right.  The choice we have is Mitt Romney or Barack Obama.  One is pretty standard issue presidential looking White guy and the other is, well, Obama.

Frankly, I can’t say I really know what the election is about.  Obama is running for re-election primarily it seems because he doesn’t have anything better to do.  His entire campaign thus far is summed up in, “vote for me because…” and you can fill in your own blank.  There is no there there, and there never was, but now it is more evident.  The country hasn’t collapsed under his leadership, but things are pretty crappy.

Romney is running a campaign whose slogan, officially or not, is “vote for me because I’m not Obama!”  That will work for a lot of people.

The lackluster campaigns though point to something more problematic, which is why I titled this post Electile Dysfunction… and it’s not because of the film I’d never heard of by the same name that I only discovered when I Googled the phrase.

Pictured: half the American electorate

The American electoral process is dominated by two entirely entrenched political parties that have conspired to control access to the levers of power.  The electorate is basically stuck choosing between option A and option B, and pretty much every voter leaves the voting booth dissatisfied and ready to burn down the country, especially if / when their guy doesn’t win (and that’s guaranteed about half the time).

Even when your guy wins though, you feel somewhat cheated.  After all he campaigned on XYZ, but year upon year we continue to get BS and BS.


No matter who is in power:

  1. The debt goes up
  2. The Middle East is a mess and the US is involved in it
  3. The culture degrades
  4. Our education system continues to suck
  5. Big monied corporations get away with stuff
  6. Government continues to be non-responsive to the needs of the electorate
  7. Add your own…

So there you have the basic issue.  People don’t want to vote because it frankly feels (and is mostly) pointless.  It has become much less a sober exercise of civic responsibility and much more like texting in to win a contest.  It is a huge popularity contest, or rather a beauty pageant with media people acting as judges of the contestants.

Maybe it would be better if it were a pageant.  At least then we could have a swimsuit competition.

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Pray for the Santorum’s

I haven’t much been following the Republican primaries.  In fact, I’ve been rather busy with many things, but still endeavor to keep with political developments, even though I haven’t been writing much.  The news today is that Rick Santorum’s daughter Bella has been hospitalized.  My prayers go out to him and his family, and to the families of all those who are hurting, in pain, or experiencing loss this holiday season.

That said, this does perhaps give a way for him to graciously exit a campaign that caught fire too late and seems unlikely to do anything other than stall.

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A Story of Religious Freedom & Its Costs

There was a group of young minority men who were among the best and brightest in society.  Not only had they been top of their class, they were athletically fit, and good looking besides.  They represented the whole package and consequently were selected to be a part of an elite government internship that only the very best could hope to be admitted to.  Needless to say, they were very excited about the opportunity, but they were also somewhat nervous.  It was not a very common practice for minorities to rise into  such positions of influence, and they were concerned to make a good impression.  At the same time however, they felt a lot of pressure to not “sell out” their identity in order to secure a position.  It was  delicate balancing act, but being friends, they worked hard to keep each other accountable and to encourage each other.

For the most part, they did well, but one day the internship director informed them that in order to advance in the program, they would need to sign some documents and agree to participate in some things that normally would be against their religion. “It’s all just a formality,” they were assured, but these young friends were a bit nervous and didn’t want to sign.  The internship director told them that he’d give them a chance to think about it, but it really wasn’t an option — and he couldn’t figure what the big deal was anyway.  Talking about it later on in their room, the friends decided that they really couldn’t sign it, and certainly couldn’t participate, but they knew it would only make it hard on the internship director, whom they all liked.

Somehow  the next day they convinced him to let them continue the program on a trial basis, without signing, and promised him that if anything didn’t go right, they would go ahead with the full program.  The director reluctantly agreed, and at the end of the program, well everything worked out for them.  They were able to graduate and all of them got excellent government positions.  The internship director wrote the references himself, something he rarely did.

Fast forward a few years and our young men are all still friends, well paid, and enjoying the good life.  They spent their days in high level meetings and their nights out on the town enjoying the diverse and exciting night life befitting the capital of the most powerful country in the world.  The petty troubles of their internship years were far behind them.  They were still some of the few minorities working in such high levels of government to be sure, but they lived in enlightened times.  No one bothered them much about their odd customs, other than to make the occasional joke, or the puzzled look when their friends found out that they observed such quaint religious rituals.  “To each his own,” their friends would say, “as long as you don’t try to impose it on others, I think it’s fine.”  And it was fine, mostly.

Until one day when the large packet packet detailing all the requirements of recent passed legislation landed on the desk of one of the friends.  He almost didn’t see it at first, as he lazily scanned the pages and pages of arcane legal language that was the most dull part of his day.  But there it was, plain as day – “all employees shall…, failure to abide by this regulation…, this policy will be applied without exception….”  He stopped reading, speechless.  Usually regulations like this always contained some policy exemption, some language that provided a loophole here or there, but there was none.

Down the hall he ran, not bothering to knock but burst in on his friend.  The others were already there. “So you heard?” he asked, but no answer was needed.  They had.

Days and weeks went by; meeting after meeting was held.  Promises of conciliation and assurances of good faith were given, but no, the policy would not be changing.  “You don’t understand,” they pleaded at desk after desk, higher and higher up the chain of management.  Whose policy is this anyway? Surely they don’t mean to implement this.  The questions swirled faster and faster but the conclusion was always the same.

The city lights sparkled in the distance. Soft music played while the smell of exquisite food being prepared in the courtyard below wafted in.  The spacious apartment decorated in the latest style and filled with the finest decor was a far cry from the cramped dorm room.  But the luxurious surroundings and fine wine could not hide the heaviness in the room.  Their appeals were exhausted, and so it seemed were they.  “Maybe if we just…”  “No that wouldn’t work.”  “Do you think if we talked to…”  Sentences half finished and never answered.  They knew the answer already.  “We knew it might come to this some day.  We’ve had a good ride so far.  God’s been good to us, so we can’t really complain.”  Muffled sighs of agreement and resignation answered.  It was true.  They had known; they’d always known.  “Well,” he spoke, standing and lifting his glass as for a toast, “we cannot know if the LORD will save us from destruction tomorrow or not, but whether he does or not, we will not bow.”  The others lifted their glasses to the toast and drank the last in silence.


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The Truth in Black and Right

The photo of the men above illustrate part of the reason I made my transition from the plantation of the Democratic Party on which many Black Americans continue to languish. These men elected during the period of Reconstruction were the first, and for a very long time, the only Black Americans elected to the United States Congress. They were all of them, courageous and bold men who put lie to the then prevailing notion that Blacks were innately inferior to Whites and they served with distinction.

hiram revelsHiram Rhodes Revels was the first Black member of the Senate and of Congress, and he was elected from the state of Mississippi in 1870.

Joseph Rainey was the first Black elected to the House of Representatives.joseph rainey from South Carolina.

These men, and the others, were all republicans. In fact the Republican Party “owned” the Black vote until the 1930’s when FDR’s New Deal…

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Where’s the handbasket? The country’s gone all to hell….

It’s been a while as I’ve watched on the sideline as the country continues to spiral ever downward into a cesspool of liberal induced death, like an unsuspecting impala dragged down to his death by a crocodile in a Nature documentary.  Except this is no documentary and the impala in question is far from unsuspecting.  Indeed the government we have is the government we elected, and although I did not pull the lever for an bloated, indebted, unresponsive nanny-state, many millions of others did.  Most likely they were seduced by a combination of threats  (if you don’t vote for us you’re uncompassionate), bribes (vote for us and well take care of granny for you), and outright fraud (see everything the Democratic Party has ever done to win elections since the Reconstruction Era). And of course you have the vast unwashed, barely literate masses whose voting knowledge can be reduced to various expressions of, “He make me feel safe,” or “She give me hope,” and it is no wonder we have the politicians we do.

And now in consequence of the ignorance and irresponsibility of the general American populace, we have an elected class that is in general more ignorant and more irresponsible than average.  Our credit rating has gone from AAA to AA+ which largely means that the ratings agencies are not quite convinced that we yet willing to sell our grandchildren’s grandchildren into debt slavery in order to finance the retirement and health care of the generation of Baby Boomers who has given us everything from no fault divorce to grown men and women wearing sweatpants in the mall to Snookie, whoever the h3ll she is.

Do I sound bitter?  Perhaps no more so than the other “bitter clingers,” but I’m a Gen-X’er and cynicism is our right. After all we have had to live in the shadow of the Baby Boomers our entire lives whilst we swim in the detritus of their collective excess.

So what difference does it make if a few Wall Street goofs thinks our country is no longer “AAA.”  President Obama assures us that we will always be AAA in his book, sounding not unlike a post-modern parent trying to soothe the feelings of a kid just kicked off the baseball team.

Well in the short term, probably not much.  In the long term, not much either, except perhaps a recognition by the rest of the world that, yeah, they aren’t buying the notion that the good ole’ USA can continue to defy the laws of economics, physics, or even common sense forever and that eventually even Uncle Sam will have to pay his bills.

And pay the bills we will, albeit in a deflated currency that will erode the savings of the middle class, further impoverish the poor, and undermine the foundations of American prosperity for the foreseeable future.

But at least we got to have a Black President!!

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