Friday, July 3, 2015

Kristoffer Adam — 10 Reasons Donald Trump Will NOT Get My Vote

Kristoffer Adams, a self-described "urban conservative" shares his opinions on Donald Trump's announcement this week that he is running for president. Kristoffer is the former University of Memphis College Republican President. He is also the Outreach Director for CityGOP a group based out of Washington D.C. In his spare time he volunteers with SoGiv and Lifeline to Success.

"Tuesday an idiot entered the race to be the president of this great nation. I wondered aloud to my friends, “Why would he do such a thing?” Why would a pompous clown, a royal ass, pretend to be an actual presidential candidate? How many yes men does it take for this idiot to have the cojones to pretend to be a leader? I will attempt to not write a book about why Donald Trump, the 4-time bankruptcy champ, shouldn’t run for president.
  1. He does not know how to talk to people.On his show Celebrity Apprentice, he is seen berating men and women. Behind the scenes, he has been accused of much worse. Several women have brought up the fact that he has sexually harassed them off camera.
  2. We have seen this dog show before.
    Trump is a one trick pony. How can we possibly take him seriously as a candidate? He has pretended to run in 1987, then 1999, again in 2004, 2008 and most recently in 2011.
  3. He says our country needs saving while benefiting from all it has to offer.Tell me, in what other country could you wipe out your debt 4 times? Trump filed only taking a financial hit the first time. We are unique because we give people a chance to correct their mistakes and rebuild. Trump uses bankruptcy as a get out of jail free card. That I am sure is not how it was intended to be used."

Gov. Rick Perry's Race Speech


"For too long, we Republicans have been content to lose the black vote because we found we didn’t need it to win. But when we gave up trying to win the support of African Americans, we lost our moral legitimacy as the party of Lincoln, as the party of equal opportunity for all. It’s time for us once again to reclaim our heritage as the only party in our country founded on the principle of freedom for African Americans. "

". . . There has been and there will continue to be an important and a legitimate role for the federal government in enforcing civil rights. Too often, we Republicans — me included — have emphasized our message on the 10th Amendment but not our message on the 14th, an amendment, it bears reminding, that was one of the great contributions of the Republican Party to American life, second only to the abolition of slavery."

Thursday, July 2, 2015

George Takei Should Stop Gaysplaining Black History To Clarence Thomas

George Takei Should Stop Gaysplaining Black History To Clarence Thomas
Image Source: The Federalist 
(The Federalist)
In a nasty, racist rant captured by a Fox affiliate in Arizona, former Star Trek actor-turned-gay rights activist George Takei lashed out at Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, calling him a “clown in black face.”
Takei’s explosive verbal diarrhea, which can be witnessed in full here courtesy ofNewsbusters, was prompted by Thomas’ dissent to the Supreme Court’s Obergefellruling which declared gay marriage to be a fundamental right protected by the Constitution. Here is the excerpt of Thomas’ dissent that led to Takei’s meltdown:

12 Year-Old Responds To George Takei's Comments about Clarence Thomas: "Shut up and Sit Down"

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Hasan Harnett ― Why I Am A Republican

On June 6, 2015, Hasan Harnett became the chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party. But he wasn’t always a Republican…

Hasan Harnett is the first black chairman of North Carolina's Republican Party. 


"My story is probably a good example of how the Republican Party can and is growing by reaching out to different communities in North Carolina and across the country… and succeeding.

I wasn’t always a Republican… In fact, I only formally became a Republican much later in life… or rather, I didn’t realize I was a Republican until much later in life. I grew up poor in a rough neighborhood and in an area that was majority Black. I grew up where it was expected that you were a Democrat because of the color of your skin. Everyone was, and no one thought a thing of it.

But growing up, I was also taught two things: work hard, and get an education. I was told that would lead to success."

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Reginald Kaigler — Banks Closed in GREECE!

The black libertarian explains how a Greece default could affect the United States and the rest of Europe.


Robert George — The Confederate flag and Hamilton: Getting the nation’s symbols right

Robert George, a black conservative writer for The New York Post, opines about Alexander Hamilton's contribution to ending slavery while helping to put the nation on a solid financial footing.

The New York Post:

"Save perhaps for George Washington himself, Alexander Hamilton is most responsible for much of the glue that binds this nation together — its financial system.

It was his firm belief that a young nation that fought a war for independence together should pay off its debts together. In that view, he was initially opposed by Thomas Jefferson, who thought Virginia shouldn’t be burdened by the financial problems of less-wealthy states.

Hamilton ended up winning the day and the Compromise of 1790 the two men forged (alas, the moving of the capital from New York to outside of Virginia was collateral damage) was one of the signature moments in the early days of the young United States.

More important to today (and the post-Confederate flag discussion), Hamilton was an abolitionist, whose best friend attempted to raise a regiment of slaves to fight in the Revolutionary War, promising them freedom for their service (a moment recognized in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” musical heading to Broadway next month)."

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Akil Alleyne — Justice Kennedy Did the Right Thing for the Wrong Reasons on Same-Sex Marriage

Charles C. W. Cooke — A Few Thoughts on Today’s Obergefell Supreme Court Decision

Having read today’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision, I have a few thoughts:

1) Although I am a supporter of same-sex marriage, I cannot celebrate Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion for anything other than its outcome. It is difficult to read, poorly reasoned, vague to the point of confusion, transparently opportunistic, and arrogant as hell. 

As Ace of Spades’s Gabriel Malor — with whom I disagree on the broad legal question — writes today, “The only word I’m coming up with for J. Kennedy’s opinion is ‘mushy.’ It’s mushy. This is [substantive due process] and [equal protection] jurisprudence? Gimme some legal principles to work with, dude.”

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Stephen L. Carter — What Draws People to White Supremacy

Stephen L. Carter,  a Bloomberg View columnist, takes a dark journey into the virtual world of the White Supremacist.

"In the wake of news reports that Dylann Roof, the suspect in this week’s horrific massacre at Charleston's Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, had become attracted to the ideology of white supremacy, I decided to make a visit, albeit a virtual one, to that world.

I came away shaken by the experience.

This is a preliminary analysis, based on visits to seven sites, a couple of them difficult to track down. I’ll write later with more detail. For now, I want to record some general impressions. Note that there are no links, no site names and no direct quotes here. As regular readers know, I am pretty nearly a First Amendment absolutist, so I don’t believe the supremacists’ message should be squelched. That doesn’t mean it’s my job to make their message easy to find.

I recognize that there are monitoring groups that visit these sites routinely, but I didn’t want to read someone else’s analysis. I wanted to see for myself."

Christina Marie Bennett — Charleston's Example - When the Voice of Prayer is Louder than the 'Language of the Unheard'

Christina Marie Bennett, a Connecticut-based conservative writer and pro-life advocate, offers a compelling case for the power of forgiveness.
Blacks in America have a long, rich history of holding prayer meetings. In the days of slavery Blacks gathered secretly, whispering prayers under kettles and muffling their voices to avoid punishment. Slaveholders, even religious ones, feared the prayers of slaves. While outwardly devout plantation owners quoted scripture to hold men captive, they also worried the slaves would pray for freedom and God might just turn his ear to listen.
During the Civil Rights movement the prayer meeting was the place where Blacks gathered to find strength. The lack of justice created by segregation and the pain from lack of political and social progress pushed Blacks to find justice on their knees. The court of heaven was always open and a man, woman or child of any color could come before the throne of grace freely and without discrimination. In the days of Jim Crow and institutionalized racism when Black voices were being stifled on earth, simultaneously they rang clear and true in heaven. The secret place of prayer gave Blacks power and access to a supernatural being stronger than any judge, more just than a national leader and more compassionate than their closest friend. While the marches in Selma and boycotts in Birmingham caught the attention of the public, the prayer meetings captured and arrested the heart of God.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Conservatives and Climate Change


(National Affairs)

The political debate over climate change has long resembled a contest to see which party can discredit itself more. Liberals have seized upon outlandishly improbable climate scenarios to urge drastic and immediate action. Former vice president Al Gore, a leading liberal voice on the subject, has compared global warming to "an asteroid colliding with the Earth and wreaking havoc." "Our food systems, our cities, our people and our very way of life developed within a stable range of climatic conditions on Earth," Gore has written. "Without immediate and decisive action, these favorable conditions on Earth could become a memory if we continue to make the climate crisis worse day after day after day." 

The truth is that the most authoritative, mainstream scientific predictions envision some serious, undesirable changes, but hardly the dystopia of Gore's imagination. Yet, as liberals have yelled that the sky is falling, conservatives have plugged their own ears not only to ludicrous exaggerations, but also to the available facts. Liberal alarmism could be countered with arguments and with constructive policy alternatives to the administrative power grabs that the left prefers. Instead, for years those conservatives with access to the biggest megaphones have announced that the science underlying global warming is somewhere between highly speculative and "the greatest hoax," to quote from the title of a book on the subject by Senator James Inhofe, a Republican with significant influence on climate matters. 

Many more Republicans are uncomfortable making accusations of corruption and conspiracy against so much of the scientific community, but they too have struggled to sustain an untenable position. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, House speaker John Boehner, presidential candidates Bobby Jindal and Marco Rubio, and rising star Senator Joni Ernst have all adopted the new talking point on the issue: "I'm not a scientist." This is an attempt to invoke ignorance in order to avoid embarrassment.

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Nina Simone - Mississippi Goddam

In lieu of the Confederate flag controversy:

Anthony B. Bradley — "Christian forgiveness is transforming the South"

Dr. Anthony Bradley makes the argument that by forgiving Dylann Roof, the families of Emanuel AME changed hearts & history.

From Al-Jazeera America:

During Dylann Roof’s first court appearance after the June 17 murder of nine worshippers at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, several families of the victims offered forgiveness to man who did not deserve it.

Why were they so quick to forgive? The families were simply exercising a fundamental Christian virtue. In so doing, they possibly changed the South forever in the process as Confederate flags and symbols are removed from state buildings across the South.

When we suffer injustice, the human heart craves revenge, vindication and retaliation. These are also desires Christ came to save us from. Christians are commanded to respond to injustice with forgiveness. This principle is central to Jesus’ teaching in the Lord’s Prayer: “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” (Matt 6:12). Immediately after this prayer, Jesus tells his disciples, “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

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Matt Lewis — What the GOP Lost When It Won the South

Why this week’s fight over the Confederate flag is a direct result of the “Southern Strategy” that turned Dixie red—and injected a lot of cultural baggage into the GOP.

Florida Plant City West Reynolds Street Florida Strawberry Festival Grand Parade Daughters of the Confederacy controversial trad. Image shot 2014. Exact date unknown.

(The Daily Beast)

As the Republican field and corporations like Wal-Mart slowly but surely distance themselves from the Confederate flag, a subplot involves a trend I’ve been documenting for a while now: How the GOP is being forced to engage in some major soul searching.

The coalition the GOP assembled to win national elections in the latter part of the 20th century has delivered the popular vote in just one of the last six presidential elections, and it’s not realistic to expect they can win many more by relying solely on old, rural, non-college-educated white men.

Not only have the demographics changed—but so have a lot of attitudes.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Roger Scruton — "How To Be A Conservative"

Roger Scruton, Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, London, talks to Laurie Taylor, about the intellectual roots of Conservative values and ideology.


Anthony B. Bradley — Dylann Roof’s struggle for true whiteness

The black conservative writer offers his view on Dylann Roof’s struggle for true whitness by murdering blacks.

(Al Jazeera America)

"The black church in America remains one of the greatest catalysts of African-American well-being in our nation’s history. Since the formation of black Christian congregations on slave plantations, it has served as a place for spiritual formation, black dignity, training and education, organizing for social justice, sustaining marriage and family, caring for the poor and so much more.
Sadly, African-American flourishing, enabled in part by the black church, was reinterpreted as a threat to the achievement of true whiteness by working-class and lower-class white people. This narrative of race and class may explain why Dylan Roof chose a black church, as opposed to anywhere else, to express his racial animus.
In “Not Quite White: White Trash and the Boundaries of Whiteness,” sociologist Matt Wray argues that, historically speaking, being a white person in America is a class status that someone had to earn, even for lower-class white people. Before the Jim Crow era, as South Carolina Anglican minster the Rev. Charles Woodsman expressed in 1766, people such as Dylann Roof were viewed with disdain by white elites as people who “delight in their present low, lazy, sluttish, heathenish, hellish life, and seem not desirous of changing it.” The so-called white trash, Wray writes, “reveals itself as an expression of fundamental tensions and deep structural antimonies: between the sacred and the profane, purity and impurity, morality and immorality, cleanliness and dirt."

Akil Alleyne ‏— The Two Questions You Should Ask When Someone Says it's about "Heritage, Not Hate":

The black-libertarian lawyer opines about the symbolism of the Confederate Battle Flag.

Crystal Wright — The Stupid Party (GOP) and its Love of the Confederate Flag

Why does it seem more often than not that the Republican Party (my party) is on the wrong side of the debate? Instead of using the killing of nine blacks in Charleston, South Carolina as an opportunity to engage black Americans, the GOP takes time to defend the Confederate flag.

(Conservative Black Chick)

“The flag didn’t have a thing to do with what happened,” bellowed former Haley Barbour Republican National Committee Chairman and former governor of Mississippi. Coincidentally, Mississippi is the only state that uses the Confederate symbol in its state flag.
Dylann Roof is a white supremacist. He wrote a racist manifesto laced with bigoted rants about blacks, Jews and Hispanics, which he posted on his website. One the 60 photos glorifying the Confederacy he posted online includes a picture of him holding a gun and a Confederate flag. His love of the Confederacy and what it symbolizes, an economy and culture built on whites owning blacks, absolutely fueled his hatred of blacks.
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

"African Americans in the Confederate Army"

By the end of 1863, with the Confederate army lacking resources, funds, and manpower, it had become clear to Confederate General Patrick Cleburne that the south desperately needed to find ways to recruit new soldiers for the rebel cause. Calling it "a plan which we believe will save our country," in January 1864, he called upon the leaders of the Army of the Tennessee and proposed the emancipation of slaves in order to enlist them in the Confederate war effort. In Episode 24 we explore the role of African Americans in the Confederate States Army.


The Myth of Black Confederates


Eric Longley — "States' Rights: Do We have It All Wrong?"

The Confederate States of America were for "states' rights" when it benefited slavery, and for Federal jurisdiction when that benefited slavery.

Look beneath the surface, however. Consider that, prior to the election of Lincoln, the Presidency had been held by a succession of Southerners and “doughfaces” (Northern men with Southern principles-a derogatory term coined by a Southerner, John Randolph). The South also controlled the federal judiciary and (for much of the prewar period) had significant influence in Congress. As we shall see, the Southern-dominated federal government asserted its authority on behalf of slavery, at the expense of the “states’ rights” of Northern states which opposed slavery. 

Sen.Tim Scott: My statement on the Confederate battle flag

Timothy Eugene "Tim" Scott is the junior United States Senator for South Carolina. A Republican, he was appointed as senator in 2013 after South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley named him to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jim DeMint.