We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The far left Common Dreams Website drops the mask and exclaims, “Climate change is not an environmental issue. It’s about resources and global justice, about the future direction of capitalism, about where the next wars will be.”
So I just want everybody to know, Congress will have time to read the bill. They will have time to debate the bill. They will have all of August to review the various legislative proposals. When we come back in September, I will be available to answer any question that members of Congress have. If they want to come over to the White House and go over line by line what’s going on, I will be happy to do that.
...as long as this opposition = racism story line is allowed to continue unchallenged, it ultimately reflects badly on him. Because it is an insult and a condescension for his prominent supporters to refuse to let him govern as anything but a black man.
In her most recent rambling discourse Maureen Dowd writes that President Obama is “at the center of a period of racial turbulence sparked by his ascension.”
Is that true? Have we had 9 months of “racial turbulence” or have we had about six weeks of it, spurred on in great measure by a press/punditry corps has been wondering “is this opposition actually racism?” since the springtime Tea Parties, but really starting panting the question once the August townhall meetings got hot and it became clear that the Democrats were not effectively selling their bill.
In our culture, the charge of racism is not only a conversation-stopper it is a thought-stopper. We cannot publicly tell the truth about race, so the charge of racism always carries with it not only an element of intimidation, but also an element of exposure. Everyone knows that Al Sharpton, say, is a mountebank, but we must be chary of saying so because of his race.
As a Jew with a degree from a public university (City College), Kaplan felt that he had been discriminated against in his attempt to gain admission to medical school. So he turned standardized tests into a weapon to be used by students who might otherwise have no chance of getting into a quality university. With high scores, he reasoned, they could not be ignored.
In doing so, Kaplan called the test makers' bluff. The College Board, which sponsors the SAT, and Educational Testing Service, which develops and administers the test, had long maintained that the test was not coachable. Kaplan exposed this as the blatant and self-serving falsehood that it was.
..."the charge of racism is not only a conversation stopper, it is a thought stopper." To the extent this is true [and I'm not entirely convinced that it is] we've got to be tougher than this. Maybe it's because I've been around as an adult since the 1950s, but I long-ago decided that this is just one more technique on the part of liberals to shut us up and stop the discussion. So I say we should not let that happen. How about asking the accuser to define racism as it applies to the current discussion? If the creature has a brain, that ought to at least give him/her pause.
At least it ought to, unless the creature is Maureen Dowd.
Charles Krauthammer has his latest on this subject on video, and I agree with him. It's going to backfire, for one, and it's going to lose its punch. Everything insulting that is over-used loses its punch eventually, and back in the old days when Americans had a sense of humor, we'd turn such things into jokes. If someone accuses me of being racist in the middle of a debate, I'll pause briefly, say "Unh hunh." and keep on talking. Anyway, keep it up. If people think their opinions do not count because they're racists? Watch out. After fifty years of people doing everything they could to rid this country of racism, suddenly hitting them with that insult is going to backfire with a fury.
"75 Percent of Oklahoma High School Students Can't Name the First President of the U.S."
Well, there were several before old George W, but under the Articles of Confederation rather than the Constitution.
Then, how many have we had? There are the squabbles about whether the VP becomes PotUS automatically, or only when the Oath of Office is administered. Like the guy who was so drunk that he never even woke up the day after the President died, did not take the Oath, and was superceded the next day by the inauguration of the newly-elected President. Was the country without a President for a day?