Will the Real Racist Please Stand Up?

Before I start in on this particular post, please go over and visit Seane-Anna at Sinatra’s Bane.  She is going through post-operative chemo & radiation treatments for cancer, and could use some words of encouragement.

I’m off on vacation this week, and keeping busy with stuff around the house.  The main project that I have is tiling a bathroom in the basement.  Water from the toilet tank leaked all over the carpet & mold set in, so rather than go through that mess again, it’s taking out the carpet & padding, and tiling the bathroom.

While setting tile earlier today, I had the radio on & a segment came on about the constant problem with racism in Detroit, hiring practices, and social injustice.  After five minutes of listing to the blather, I had enough.  I turned it off.

Folks, I am not a racist.  I do not believe that any one race is superior to another.  I also do not believe that any race should enjoy special “privileges” in getting a leg up on any other race to equalize a perceived “social injustice.” 

Are people in Detroit disadvantaged?  I would say “Yes”, but would qualify it by stating that some of these disadvantages are self-inflicted.  I look at the string of corrupt politicians elected by the people of Detroit over the years, who looted and lined their pockets while the city imploded, and the people of Detroit still defend these con-artists stating that it is because of their race that they were prosecuted.  The latest prosecution and conviction of Kwame Kilpatrick is a case in point. 

I also look at these same people that constantly have their hands out for the government to take care of them instead of taking care of themselves.  Here’s the classic “for instance” sound bites:

It’s no longer providing for yourself, it’s having others providing you with your needs.  How sad, but we are now there, and I’m digressing from the point of the post…

The election of President Obozo seemed to promise an end of racism.  After all, a non-white person was elected to the highest office of the land, so we, as a country, have finally shed our racism.  Not by a long shot…  If anything, there has been more and more polarization between all of the races.  I look at the current (illegal) immigration controversy, the past Professor Gates / Obozo “acting stupidly” episode, and the apparent perverse double-standard that permeates all levels of government.

Robin of Berkely has some great insights from her post “Liberal Racism”:

Obama has been the Teflon President because of the color of his skin. Liberals are giving him a free ride.

We see it every day when criticism of Obama evokes cries of racism. But who are the real racists here?

Are the racists those conservatives who hold everyone accountable to the same standards? Who believe that people should be judged by their character and their behavior, not their race, creed, or color?

Or are the racists those white liberals who treat Obama like some delicate flower? While liberals still eviscerate George W. Bush, any judgment of Obama is off limits.

It’s not just whites who are enabling Obama by acting like his protectors. Blacks voted en masse for Obama. Sadly, what has he offered them?

From the start, it was obvious that Obama, though half-black, had never done anything for the black community. In Chicago, his actions hurt blacks.

Obama was a huge supporter of Tony Rezko, a notorious slumlord, now a felon. When Obama served in the state senate, black residents picketed Rezko’s offices to protest their rat-infested, unheated apartments.   

And what has Obama done to help blacks since he’s been president? One of Obama’s first actions as president was eliminating the DC school voucher program that offered poor black kids the chance for a better life.

Obama and the Democrats have created record debt and crushed the economy. A depressed economy hits minority groups especially hard.

And then there is Obama’s push for amnesty for illegals. How is giving jobs to millions of illegals going to help blacks, who have unconscionably high unemployment rates?

But there is one perk Obama has afforded the black underclass — the right to behave brutally. Obama’s Justice Department dropped charges for those New Black Panthers who allegedly threatened and harassed people at election sites. 

This encouragement to act out is deeply cynical and manipulative. It’s designed to control racial minorities and promote social unrest.

Although Obama has only agitated, not uplifted, Americans, most liberals regard him as their icon. To them, Obama is the Great Black Hope. 

Liberals handle Obama with kid gloves. In the meantime, they turn a blind eye to his dangerous policies, like flirting with radical Islam. Liberals make excuses for the plummeting economy, blaming their usual bogeyman: conservatives.

They refuse to see Obama without the rose-colored glasses. Why? Because when it comes to Obama, liberals see a black man deserving of special treatment.

Will the real racist please stand up?

Perhaps I’m just being cynical, but I’m really starting to think that Robin is on to something.  Like Rahm Immanuel has been quoted as saying “You never let a serious crisis go to waste,” I’m beginning to wonder if racism is a crisis whose flames are constantly fanned to provide reasons for personal wealth and political power.  And that, my friends, is sinister indeed, because it makes the next quote even more chilling:

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves." —William Pitt

And thus, our Federal Government has seen fit to level the social justice playing field by diverting taxpayer dollars to the inner cities with the stated intent of raising the standard of living of those people trapped in that urban jungle.  Instead, what has happened is that they have created a class of dependant people with failing schools and crime such that the police will not patrol certain areas either during the day or night.  Given the video above and that the Detroit school system is broke and broken are just a couple of examples of what is happening in my backyard and in the backyards of cities across this nation.

It is time to take off the rose-colored glasses and don the blindfold so that we are truly color- and religion-blind.  The time for special classes, races, and religions is over if we expect this country to survive and prosper for the next several generations.

A Message from the Greatest Generation

I received the following from one of my friends (a pastor friend of mine).  I’ve seen this before, but have never posted it.

This venerable and much honored WW II vet is well known in Hawaii for his seventy-plus years of service to patriotic organizations and causes all over the country. A humble man without a political bone in his body, he has never spoken out before about a government official, until now. He dictated this letter to a friend, signed it and mailed it to the president.

Dear President Obama,

My name is Harold Estes, approaching 95 on December 13 of this year. People meeting me for the first time don’t believe my age because I remain wrinkle free and pretty much mentally alert.

I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1934 and served proudly before, during and after WW II retiring as a Master Chief Bos’n Mate. Now I live in a "rest home" located on the western end of Pearl Harbor, allowing me to keep alive the memories of 23 years of service to my country.

One of the benefits of my age, perhaps the only one, is to speak my mind, blunt and direct even to the head man.

So here goes.

I am amazed, angry and determined not to see my country die before I do, but you seem hell bent not to grant me that wish.

I can’t figure out what country you are the president of.

You fly around the world telling our friends and enemies despicable lies like:

" We’re no longer a Christian nation"

" America is arrogant"

Your wife even announced to the world,"America is mean- spirited. " Please tell her to try preaching that nonsense to 23 generations of our war dead buried all over the globe who died for no other reason than to free a whole lot of strangers from tyranny and hopelessness.)

I’d say shame on the both of you, but I don’t think you like America, nor do I see an ounce of gratefulness in anything you do, for the obvious gifts this country has given you. To be without shame or gratefulness is a dangerous thing for a man sitting in the White House.

After 9/11 you said," America hasn’t lived up to her ideals."

Which ones did you mean? Was it the notion of personal liberty that 11,000 farmers and shopkeepers died for to win independence from the British? Or maybe the ideal that no man should be a slave to another man, that 500,000 men died for in the Civil War? I hope you didn’t mean the ideal 470,000 fathers, brothers, husbands, and a lot of fellas I knew personally died for in WWII, because we felt real strongly about not letting any nation push us around, because we stand for freedom.

I don’t think you mean the ideal that says equality is better than discrimination. You know the one that a whole lot of white people understood when they helped to get you elected.

Take a little advice from a very old geezer, young man.

Shape up and start acting like an American. If you don’t, I’ll do what I can to see you get shipped out of that fancy rental on Pennsylvania Avenue. You were elected to lead not to bow, apologize and kiss the hands of murderers and corrupt leaders who still treat their people like slaves.

And just who do you think you are telling the American people not to jump to conclusions and condemn that Muslim major who killed 13 of his fellow soldiers and wounded dozens more. You mean you don’t want us to do what you did when that white cop used force to subdue that black college professor in Massachusetts, who was putting up a fight? You don’t mind offending the police calling them stupid but you don’t want us to offend Muslim fanatics by calling them what they are, terrorists.

One more thing. I realize you never served in the military and never had to defend your country with your life, but you’re the Commander-in-Chief now, son. Do your job. When your battle-hardened field General asks you for 40,000 more troops to complete the mission, give them to him. But if you’re not in this fight to win, then get out. The life of one American soldier is not worth the best political strategy you’re thinking of.

You could be our greatest president because you face the greatest challenge ever presented to any president.

You’re not going to restore American greatness by bringing back our bloated economy. That’s not our greatest threat. Losing the heart and soul of who we are as Americans is our big fight now.

And I sure as hell don’t want to think my president is the enemy in this final battle.

Sincerely,

Harold B. Estes

When a 95 year old hero of the "the Greatest Generation" stands up and speaks out like this, I think we owe it to him to send his words to as many Americans as we can.

Our Disappearing Freedoms

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security…

Two-Hundred & thirty-four years ago, the Thirteen Colonies declared their freedom from the tyranny of a government that continued to oppress the freedoms that many found to be onerous.  Such a declaration was treason to the King of England, but after several bloody years, the colonies won their freedom.

In the present time, we are also witnessing another government appearing to trample upon the freedoms of its population, passing laws that the citizenry either knows or will find out soon enough what freedoms or personal livelihood they have given up for the passage of those laws.  What do you think the Founders would say of this government that they gave their word, their bond, their blood to create for the betterment of future generations of Americans?  Nothing good, I would wager…

For instance, the Second Amendment succinctly and plainly states “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”  The Supreme Court’s ruling on McDonald v. Chicago upholding this right is amazing only in the respect that a local government (i.e., Chicago, among others like Washington DC) infringed upon a basic right of a person to defend themselves with a firearm, and that a lawsuit had to be filed to uphold this right!!  For instance, Article VI of the Constitution states:

This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.

Which means that the Bill of Rights, approved by Congress, is the “supreme Law of the Land.”  This includes the Second Amendment, no matter what the spin doctors or politicians say.

Regardless, in response to the Supreme Court’s decision, the Chicago City Council unanimously passed an ordinance that:

  • Bans gun shops within the City of Chicago
  • Prohibits gun owners from stepping outside their homes with a handgun, even onto their porches or in their garages.
  • Limits the number of handguns residents can register to one per month and prohibits residents from having more than one handgun in operating order at any given time.
  • Requires residents in homes with children to keep handguns in lock boxes or equipped with trigger locks and requires residents convicted of a gun offense to register with the police department, much as sex offenders are now required to do.
  • Prohibits people from owning a gun if they were convicted of a violent crime, domestic violence or two or more convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Requires prospective gun owners to be fingerprinted, take a four-hour class and one-hour training at a gun range.
  • Calls for the police department to maintain a registry of every registered handgun owner in the city, with the names and addresses to be made available to police officers, firefighters and other emergency responders.
  • Those who have handguns, illegal under the previous ban, would have 90 days from the day the ordinance is enacted to register those weapons.

Police are not everywhere, and if they were, what kind of country would we be?  Like the old Soviet Union or present day Communist China where everyone spies on each other?  What ever happened to the concept that each person is responsible for their own actions?

Just be reminded that every law, ordinance, and legislation that government passes infringes upon the freedom of some citizen in some way, shape, or form.  As an example:

Every social program takes money out of someone’s pocket (yours) and gives it to someone else.  It doesn’t mean that that person isn’t deserving, but it means that government has taken on a role that was not intended for it through the Constitution.  My freedom to give to charities of my choice (possibly to help those same people) has now been curtailed because I now have limited resources to give.

How has this happened?  It has happened because of an uninvolved populace in the affairs of government and ignorant career politicians who only care about the power they can amass.  The majority of either group has not read the Constitution with the various Amendments from beginning to end with the goal of understanding these documents, and that contributes to the sad state of our country.

While you are watching the fireworks, eating out, and enjoying the weekend, please take time to reflect upon the greatness and uniqueness of this country.  We are truly blessed to be living in this country.

Have a great 4th!

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