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A Further Perspective

Eating Some Jim Crow

By 4.9.15

Americans, specifically white Americans, have too little understanding of the Jim Crow South and the fierce moral courage black Americans showed in overcoming it. It is too much relegated to “Black History” rather than “American History.”

But of late Democrats, both politicians and pundits, have been doing an even greater disservice to our history. They have been cheapening the reality of Jim Crow in order to silence opposition to Religious Freedom Restoration Acts. Telling an audience that your opponents seek to institute a new Jim Crow is like telling them that your opponents seek to create a new Nazi Reich or accusing them of being rapists. It smears them so utterly and completely that no respectable person who bought it would want to be associated with them in any way.

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Rand Paul Helps the Republican Party

By 4.9.15

Rand Paul’s entry into the 2016 Republican presidential primary is good for the GOP. I won’t proclaim that Paul, 52, has the gravitas or character to occupy the Oval Office — that remains to be seen — but I do believe that all the other Republican hopefuls should watch and learn from Kentucky’s junior senator. His take on issues could make independents and Democrats take a second look at a party where they have not felt welcome.

Paul describes himself as “libertarian-ish.” He’s not an apologist for the GOP. “It seems to me that both parties and the entire political system are to blame,” Paul said in his campaign kickoff speech in Louisville on Tuesday. “Big government and debt doubled under a Republican administration. And it’s now tripling under Barack Obama’s watch.” Many Republicans wonder why they send to Congress candidates who promise to reduce the size and scope of government yet government keeps growing. This rhetoric plays with the party’s base.

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The Iran ‘Agreement’ Charade

By 4.7.15

By abandoning virtually all its demands for serious restrictions on Iran’s nuclear bomb program, the Obama administration has apparently achieved the semblance of a preliminary introduction to the beginning of a tentative framework for a possible hope of an eventual agreement with Iran.

But even this hazy “achievement” may vanish like a mirage. It takes two to agree — and Iran has already publicly disputed and even mocked what President Obama says is the nature of that framework.

Had Iran wholeheartedly agreed with everything the Obama administration said, that agreement would still have been worthless, since Iran has already blocked international inspectors from its nuclear facilities at unpredictable times. The appearance of international control is more dangerous than a frank admission that we don’t really know what they are doing.

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Who Will Remember the Missing Children of Nigeria?

By 4.6.15

The presidential election in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, on March 28, pitted the incumbent Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian from the South, against Mohammadu Buhari, a Muslim from the North. Buhari is a former military ruler who assumed power in a coup in December 1983 and was ousted in 1985.

This is not the first contest between Jonathan and Buhari. Buhari’s electoral loss in April 2011 was followed by three days of Muslim rioting in 12 northern states which left 800 people dead. The March 28 election, which went the other way, didn’t see any rioting by the Christians in the south and power was passed peacefully to the new president.

For many commentators, the smooth transition of power was a cause for optimism for the future of democracy in Nigeria. It is if you believe, as do many in the West, that process equals democracy. That’s why dictators the world over hold elections that they win with 99% of the vote.

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Onward, Christian Florists

By 4.1.15

“There’s something very dangerous happening in states across the country,” Apple chief executive Tim Cook warned Monday in a Washington Post opinion piece against Indiana’s newly passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act. It matters not to the corporate big shot that President Bill Clinton signed a federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 1993 (which current House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi supported) or that then-Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama voted for a similar law in 1998.

It was one thing for Democrats to support religious freedom when there was no downside to standing up for the devout. Today there could be a cost. An Indiana baker might refuse to sell a wedding cake to a same-sex couple and cite the new law if the couple were to sue him or her. Cook believes that such discrimination would be “bad for business.” I agree. Cook also believes that the baker wouldn’t have the right to say no. I do not agree with that.

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Etiquette Versus Annihilation

By 3.31.15

Recent statements from United Nations officials, that Iran is already blocking their existing efforts to keep track of what is going on in their nuclear program, should tell anyone who does not already know it that any agreement with Iran will be utterly worthless in practice. It doesn’t matter what the terms of the agreement are, if Iran can cheat.

It is amazing — indeed, staggering — that so few Americans are talking about what it would mean for the world’s biggest sponsor of international terrorism, Iran, to have nuclear bombs, and to be developing intercontinental missiles that can deliver them far beyond the Middle East.

Back during the years of the nuclear stand-off between the Soviet Union and the United States, contemplating what a nuclear war would be like was called “thinking the unthinkable.” But surely the Nazi Holocaust during World War II should tell us that what is beyond the imagination of decent people is by no means impossible for people who, as Churchill warned of Hitler before the war, had “currents of hatred so intense as to sear the souls of those who swim upon them.”

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Among the Anti-Anti-Semites

By 3.27.15

When civil rights attorney Gil McGuire took to the pages of the Los Angeles Times to respond to actor Michael Douglas’ widely distributed article about his son’s own vile encounter with anti-Semitism, McGuire disparaged Douglas for conflating anti-Israel criticism with anti-Semitism. In so doing, McGuire inadvertently betrayed the myopia of the progressive view of both anti-Semitism and anti-Israel criticism. This limited vision comes from focusing on the Israeli occupation devoid of any historical context.

Israel is not above criticism, and as McGuire and most progressives undoubtedly know, Israelis themselves roundly and freely criticize their government. Arab members of the Knesset stand in the legislative body to launch vitriolic attacks that would be found abhorrent in most Western democracies. In Middle East tyrannies, any legislator who engaged in such attacks would find himself facing a quick appointment with the executioner.

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A Simple Question

By 3.24.15

It is amazing how a simple question can cause a complex lie to collapse like a house of cards. The simple question was asked by Bill O’Reilly of the Fox News Channel, and it was addressed to two Democrats. He asked what has Hillary Clinton ever accomplished.

The two Democrats immediately sidestepped the question and started reciting their talking points in favor of Hillary. But O’Reilly kept coming back to the fact that nothing they were talking about was an accomplishment.

For someone who has spent her entire adult life in politics, including being a Senator and then a Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has nothing to show for all those years — no significant legislation of hers that she got passed in the Senate, and only an unbroken series of international setbacks for the United States during her time as Secretary of State.

Before Barack Obama entered the White House and appointed Mrs. Clinton Secretary of State, Al Qaeda operatives in Iraq had notified their higher ups, stationed in Pakistan, that their cause was lost in Iraq and that there was no point sending more men there.

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The Tea Party and the Sunshine Boys

By 3.22.15

It’s not easy giving sunshine a bad name — especially in the Northeast after this winter. But the solar energy industry, its lobbyists, and its leftist enablers in the environmental movement have come close to accomplishing this. 

Solyndra, and all those little Solyndras across the country, have demonstrated to alert observers how a generator of small amounts of pricy and unreliable energy can turn into a honey-pot for the well connected. Using global warming (aka climate change) and fossil fuels as the bug-bears, solarists, and those whooping up equally expensive and unproductive “renewable” energy sources, have managed to drain billions from various government treasuries while producing very little in the way of kilowatt hours.

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Pretty in Pravda

By 3.16.15

Open-mindedness is a key value at Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and to demonstrate that value they chose “Communism” as the theme to their prom, dubbing it “Prommunism.”

The Prommunist era didn’t last long. It turns out that despite feeling like they “knew a lot about the topic,” choosing the Communist theme brought a stronger reaction than they were expecting. Much stronger. Once the story hit the web (see this particularly fine take by the Spectator's Dan Flynn), students said they “no longer felt safe” due to some of the reactions they received. So they switched themes.

If only those who lived under Communism could have switched so easily.

While the students claim that choosing the “Communism” theme was a way of honoring their education and showing off their open-mindedness, KRQE reported that Cottonwood's Executive Director, Sam Obenshain, confessed when it was first selected that “he and many students aren’t even quite sure what Prommunism is supposed to look like.”