Sunday, April 19, 2015

Roger Scruton - Conservative vs. Socialist Politics

Raynard Jackson ― Blacks are begging Republican Party to give them a reason to vote GOP

Republicans have a history of favoring Blacks who will tell them what they want to hear, versus Blacks who tell them what they need to hear.


(New Pittsburgh Courier

In the immortal words of former British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, “to every man there comes a time when he is figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a great and mighty work; unique to him and fitted to his talents; what a tragedy if that moment finds him unprepared or unqualified for the moment that could be his finest hour.”
The Republican Party is currently being tapped on the shoulder and being asked to do “a great and mighty work, unique to them and fitted to their talents.”
They are being tapped on the shoulder by the Black community who are begging the Republican Party to give them a reason to vote Republican in next year’s presidential election.
The Black community gave Obama 94% of its vote in 2008, not just because he was Black; but because he said he was “change we could believe in.”
Obama said he would get the U.S. out of all these “unnecessary” wars; indirectly giving Blacks the impression that he would then redirect the money spent on war to dealing with the high Black unemployment rate, the lack of access to capital for Black entrepreneurs, shoring up the failing schools within the Black community, both secondary and college.
Six and a half years after Obama was “tapped on the shoulder;” he has indeed been found “unqualified and unprepared for the moment that could have been his (and America’s) finest hour.”

Read more: http://newpittsburghcourieronline.com/2015/04/13/blacks-are-begging-republican-party-to-give-them-a-reason-to-vote-gop/

Dr. Oliver McGee — Germanwings 9525: Post 9-11 Cockpit Security Protocols Needed

The black conservative professor discusses his views on the tragedy that occurred with Germanwings' flight 9525.

I am extremely conservative about aviation safety and security at 38,000 feet, as an aviation expert, like most of us are in this small highly technical community. Mainly because when traveling at that stratospheric flight level, “failure is not an option.
Since commercial aviation began over seven decades ago, nevertheless, we have had only a hand full of incidents of a pilot “going kamikaze” with hundreds of innocent passengers on board.
Nonetheless, this  is why I have publicly across international media called for the aviation industry to “adopt belts and suspenders retrofit measures” in this post 9-11 era of international commercial passenger travel safety and security. So, we don’t ever teach some bad folks how to do bad things. While, we are flying the friendliest skies these days and future ones too. 
Here is where an integrated focus on “the people just as much as the devices” is key to integrity and trust alongside accountability and responsibility of the soundness of the aviation industry and its future as a going concern in the international public interest, as I discussed below on Sky News Live on Thursday, March 26.

Read more: http://olivermcgee.org/germanwings-9525-post-9-11-cockpit-security-protocols-needed/

The Fight for Braiding Freedom


Since the advent of hair braiding more than 5,000 years ago, it has been a simple and safe practice that government has no business regulating. African-style hair braiding uses no dyes or chemicals, and it is safe for braiders to perform and safe for the people getting their hair braided. But in most states, if you want to braid hair for a living, you need to get permission from the government first.

http://www.braidingfreedom.com/

Josiah McElroy — Why Black Americans Identify as Black

Many conservatives on Twitter seem to get upset whenever a Black man or woman proudly declares the obvious. It seems as though they think that we must forget our color completely to become fully American. However I’ve never seen anyone get angry at my grandfather for being proud of his Irish heritage. Nor has anyone chided my grandmother for proudly declaring her Italian ancestry. However, when an American Black celebrates his blackness, there seems to be a problem. 

Most American Blacks who celebrate their blackness are not doing so because they think black is better than white. Furthermore when black Americans celebrate, they are celebrating their history and culture. They cannot celebrate being Jamaican, Nigerian or any other nationality of origin because they are American, and they know not which exact tribes or countries they came from. 

However, the American Black is fully American, yet peculiarly different, as are Irish Americans, Italian Americans and others of European ancestry. Those of European ancestry can celebrate the culture they came from. They have festivals and local holidays. However, the American Black has none. There are African Fests, but the American black is hardly African and many times will not connect with that festival. Some do, and others are immigrants from Africa. 

Read more: https://sonoftheredhairedlad.wordpress.com/2015/03/10/why-black-americans-identify-as-black/

Michael David Cobb Bowen — Markets and Solitude

Solitude.

When you have money, you can generally, in civilized places, purchase whatever you need to sustain yourself. You can do so without having to explain your reasons. You pay cash, you get goods. The marketplace is a brilliant invention that allows us to minimize our interactions with people to the simple. If you've ever been in a situation where someone is over-explaining everything and trying to draw you into the complications and frustrations of their lives, you understand what a blessing it is to have them finally shut up. All of us want them to shut up, don't we?

But sometimes that person is your idiot boss, your nagging spouse, your teenaged child, that cop who pulled you over, your sick aunt, your hardheaded father, your demanding mother, your prattling professor, your overbearing minister, your whiney little sister and you just can't get away to find a moment's peace! You want to, desperately, but you're on the hook. You made a promise. You need their approval. You owe them a debt. You ignore them at your peril. And you cannot be free.

Read more: http://cobb.typepad.com/cobb/2015/04/markets-and-solitude.html?

Phumlani M. UMajozi ―Terror in Kenya: An attack on personal liberties

AL-SHABAAB’S militants inflicted damage again in Kenya last week. More than 145 people were killed at Garissa University located in the north-east of East Africa’s economic powerhouse. It’s the nation’s worst attack since the bombing of the United States embassy in Nairobi by al-Qaeda in 1998.

We lovers of personal freedom, see this attack as an attack on people’s liberties.

The survivors of the incident tell horrific stories of what exactly happened during the attack. They say the militants were selective in their killing. Non-Muslims were targeted. Whenever I read these stories I always fail to understand why one has to be murdered for not believing in Islam. I should be free to choose which religion to associate myself with, and nobody should deny me this right. All these religious terrorist groups – al-Qaeda, ISIS, Boko Haram, al-Shabaab, envision a world governed under Sharia. In countries like Pakistan, Mali, Nigeria, Somalia, they fight against their secular governments because they demand that Sharia be the only way to govern their societies. Those who disapprove of their ideas are brutally murdered. In other words in their view, your freedom of religion is insignificant. You must choose Islam nothing else. 

Read more: https://policydebates.wordpress.com/2015/04/10/terror-in-kenya-an-attack-on-personal-liberties/

Donna Summer - McArthur Park (Live)

Chelsi P. Henry ― Does the GOP Have a Shot at the Black Vote?

Chelsi is the first and only conservative contributor to EBONY.com. She writes bi-weekly sharing conservative principles and polices, and how they affect Black Americans

When our next president steps into the White House, that person should be someone who is fighting for issues that disproportionately affect Black Americans. We need someone that will make our issues a priority to discuss and solve. The three U.S. Senators on the GOP Presidential bench are youthful, accomplished, and engaged with issues affecting minorities. Whether through legislation they have passed while elected or through issue statements, rest assured these GOP candidates have and will continue to fight for Black America—they want us to have our shot at living the American dream. 

 In the current administration, it took six years for the “My Brother’s Keeper” initative to get off the ground. Though this program has the potential to affect thousands of Black and Hispanic males, it should not have taken President Obama six years to launch. The most logical reason for my Brother's Keeper being launched in President Obama's second term is likely because of the negative perception surrounding the fact that there were no initiatives geared toward solving issues that disproportionately affect Black Americans. My Brother's Keeper is a nice gesture seeing that over 90% of Black people voted to elect and re-elect President Obama. 

 Read more at EBONY http://www.ebony.com/news-views/election-2016-does-the-gop-have-a-shot-at-the-black-vote-532#ixzz3XjqNcK8z

John Wood, Jr. ― California’s Economic Recovery is for the Few

There is a strange disconnect that can be noted in the definition of economic recovery promoted by many on the political left when it comes to evaluating the economic performance of Democratic executive office holders. In the case of President Obama, many Democrats are eager to observe the resurgence of the stock market and the return to pre-recession baseline revenue levels as evidence of a restored economy. More recently, as the headline unemployment rate has declined, they’ve claimed the official reduction in unemployment as a landmark of economic recovery. Yet even as progressive rhetoric stresses income equality and champions the financial plight of the poor and the working class, real unemployment (when one factors in those no longer counted in the labor force) is near 10%, the poverty rate close to 15% (where it has been for several years) showing millions of Americans sliding down the ladder of opportunity. This is the disconnect between rhetoric and outcome in President Obama’s America. Much the same could be said, however, of Governor Jerry Brown’s California. 

A Bloomberg Business article published after Governor Brown’s State of the State Address at the beginning of the year made much of the fact that California had overtaken Brazil as the world’s 7th largest economy (see Brown’s California Overtakes Brazil). As the Golden State’s GDP recovered from dips following the recession and as California corporations returned substantial profits to investors, the aggregate economy in California did indeed swell as rivals in the global economy such as Brazil and others continued to languish in the aftermath of the global recession. 

Read more at: http://www.flashreport.org/blog/2015/04/14/californias-economic-recovery-is-for-the-few/

J. Hunter ― Rubio in the Running


Standing before a throng of supporters chanting his name, Marco Rubio delivered his inspiring campaign kickoff speech. The young Florida senator spoke movingly about his family’s history and about how that history coincided with the American Dream. The most important parts of his speech illustrate the everyday people Rubio’s campaign seeks to champion–among them: maids, janitors, bartenders, single mothers, and students. These illustrations demonstrate his superb ability to connect with people beyond cold statistics. Touching on policy positions, highlighting his ability to speak Spanish, expressing his Christian faith and defining his campaign as forward-looking did much to connect his message to Republicans who want to grow the party and win the 2016 presidential race. National Review’s editors rightly declare Rubio “the most charismatic potential Republican nominee,” and “the most articulate advocate of strong American leadership in foreign affairs.” 

But, can he win the nomination? 

Read more at: https://blackandredblog.wordpress.com/2015/04/17/rubio-in-the-running/

Joseph C. Phillips — Jesse Lee Peterson, Sigh...

The end of reason! Sigh…

What is it with Reverends?  Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson was recently on the Sean Hannity program bumbling his way through a discussion on the police shooting in South Carolina. Also on the panel was professional raving lunatic Leo Terrell.  By the way, I say that fondly. Leo is an artist at the performance of outrage.  I was on a panel program with Leo a few years ago.  Leo and I knew of each other, but had never met.  When the camera was off, Leo and I talked with each other in reasonable tones; he smiled, even cracked jokes.  When the camera was back on, he furrowed his brow, raised his voice and began pounding his fist.  I thought, “what happened to the guy I was just talking to? The pattern was repeated at every commercial break.  Genius! In this instance, however, I don’t believe he was playing to the camera.
Peterson begins talking about angry, young black men and Leo loses it. Eventually, Terrell walks off the show.
Read more at http://josephcphillips.com/2015/04/jesse-lee-peterson-sigh/

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Dr. C.H.E. Sadaphal — Why Free Speech Cannot Always Be Free

“Indeed, true freedom is not free, nor is it always convenient. The root of the word should never delude any of us because true freedom is always costly. 



Free speech is certainly an ideal, but that often means hearing things you would rather not hear, and dealing with people whom you would rather not deal with. In the end, everyone should simply get over it because when others are “free” to say what they want, you also become “free” to say what you want. Political correctness only shields the wolves who prance around in sheep costumes.

Possessing a free mind is one of the greatest gifts God ever bestowed on humankind, and He intended for all of us to use it. So, if we, as subordinate human beings, are able to reject God, then who gives humans the right to mandate what other humans must and must not reject? Certainly, for the sake of communal well-being, individual freedom must be sacrificed for the collective whole, but that should never involve thought preference, prescribed behavior, or the selective application of the said freedom. If freedom were sacrificed in these ways, then what you’d be left with wouldn’t be freedom at all, but the greatest trick that democracy and progressivism had ever played: the relinquishment of liberty under the pretense of tolerance and under the guise of ‘egalitarianism,’ the modern euphemism for ‘coercion.'”

Read more here: http://www.chesadaphal.com/why-free-speech-cannot-always-be-free/

Crystal Wright — Hillary’s Back . . . Hoping Her Breasts Will Lead the Way to the White House


(TownHall.com)

In a low-key tweet, Hillary Clinton announced she’s running for president AGAIN in 2016. This time, because “It’s your time,” she told Americans in a two-minute video. Time for what exactly? Time for Americans to check the “chick” box and elect the first female president? Americans checked the black box with Obama in 2008, electing him president twice -- largely based on his race.
Now liberals are demanding -- and screaming -- we elect Queen Hillary president, based solely on that fact she has boobs. How about we check the qualification box this time and actually elect a candidate on merit instead of on gender guilt?
Any woman who is "Ready for Hillary " needs her head examined. Hillary Clinton is no champion of women. First, she married a whoremonger, former president Bill Clinton. And she has stayed married to him for over 30 years -- purely for raw political power. Her resounding message to women is stand by your man at any cost because you can only rise to power if you're married to a man (even a low-down dirty scoundrel of a man).

Read more here: http://townhall.com/columnists/crystalwright/2015/04/15/hillarys-back----hoping-her-breasts-will-lead-the-way-to-the-white-house-n1985201

Friday, April 17, 2015

Akil Alleyne ― Did Lincoln Deserve Credit for Ending Slavery? Actually, Yeah.

The black Libertarian lawyer offers his views on Lincoln's contribution to ending slavery in America. Akil is a graduate of Princeton University and a 2013 graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.




Dr. Stephen L. Carter ― Common Schools in a Fractured World


Stephen L. Carter, a Bloomberg View columnist, is a professor of law at Yale University, where he teaches courses on contracts, professional responsibility, ethics in literature, intellectual property, and the law and ethics of war.                 


(Bloomberg News)

“Are we still making citizens?” That’s the title of an important essay by Leon Botstein, president of Bard College, in the spring issue of the journal Democracy. Botstein worries that we nowadays “defend education in purely economic terms, linking education to work and productivity.” Instead, we should embrace afresh Horace Mann’s ideal of the common school, where education transforms “private individuals with diverse faiths and origins into equal citizens in a democracy.”

Botstein’s celebration of Mann’s vision is one I wish I could embrace. But it’s too late. The fracturing of the educational system is real, and accelerating. As Botstein notes, the victims are children -- poor and minority children in particular. The question is what to do about it.

Although Botstein identifies many causes -- relativism and the Internet, for example -- his principal villain is the private school. Here, I fear, he and I must agree to disagree.

Read more here: http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-04-10/common-schools-in-a-fractured-world

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Mandatory Minimums - Why Liberty?

Julie Stewart is the president and founder of FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization fighting for smart sentencing laws that maintain public safety.

 

JC Watts on What Makes Rand Paul a Unique 2016 Candidate



Former Rep. JC Watts was on hand for Sen. Rand Paul's presidential announcement in Louisville, Ky. He tells The Daily Signal why he's endorsing the newly minted 2016 candidate.

Ayo Sogunro ― On Murdered Bishops, Oba Akiolu of Lagos, etc, etc

            

In the year 1170, the king of England, Henry II, was getting some flak from one Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Archbishop had been very upset that the king had blindsided him at a political event and, in retaliation, the bishop set out to diligently excommunicate political associates of the king. In those days, excommunication was a fate worse than jail, and so you can understand that the king was pretty miffed about all this. Miffed enough, in fact, to blurt out to his court: “Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?” or words to that effect.

Four of the king’s knights decided to treat this rant as some sort of royal decree and, without much ado, quickly despatched the Archbishop (thereby unintentionally generating inspiration for plenty of English literature to come). However, a number of important folks were upset by this bloody business and the king himself became rather sorry about the mess he caused. He had not intended to have the priest killed; it was just a rant on a hot day. And so, the meddlesome knights were sent to do penance and the king came to understand the finer aspects of the law of unintended consequences.

Now, in the year 2015, another king, less influential but equally careless, made a similarly controversial statement: in this case, the king—Oba of the Lagos islands and the neighbouring lagoon—threatened a watery death to opponents of his political favourite. Now, if the English history lesson painstakingly summarised in the paragraphs above teaches us anything, it is that kings should learn to STFU a whole lot of the time.

And so, without much ado, the Oba of Lagos was dreadfully wrong.

On This Day: GOP enacts 'nations' first civil rights act ever, the 1866 Civil Rights Act

Before the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the GOP enacted the 'nations' first civil rights act ever, the 1866 Civil Rights Act


The Civil Rights Act of 1866, 14 Stat. 27-30, enacted April 9, 1866, was the first United States federal law to define US citizenship and affirmed that all citizens were equally protected by the law. It was mainly intended to protect the civil rights of African-Americans, in the wake of the American Civil War.

 The author of the Civil Rights Act of 1866 was Senator Lyman Trumbull (R), who introduced the bill in the Senate. Congressman James F. Wilson (R) summarized what he considered to be the purpose of the act as follows, when he introduced the bill in the House of Representatives:

It provides for the equality of citizens of the United States in the enjoyment of "civil rights and immunities." What do these terms mean? Do they mean that in all things civil, social, political, all citizens, without distinction of race or color, shall be equal? By no means can they be so construed. Do they mean that all citizens shall vote in the several States? No; for suffrage is a political right which has been left under the control of the several States, subject to the action of Congress only when it becomes necessary to enforce the guarantee of a republican form of government (protection against a monarchy). Nor do they mean that all citizens shall sit on the juries, or that their children shall attend the same schools. The definition given to the term "civil rights" in Bouvier's Law Dictionary is very concise, and is supported by the best authority. It is this: "Civil rights are those which have no relation to the establishment, support, or management of government."

Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Rights_Act_of_1866