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Race Baiting by the Left

Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 9, 2014

Leftist politicians and their allies in the mainstream media have created the false narrative that racism in the United States only/mainly emanates from those with conservative political leanings.  This is not accurate today nor has it been correct throughout most of American history.  For example, Republicans were the anti-slavery party since Lincoln’s time, a fact that resulted in African-Americans historically voting Republican until more contemporary times.  Only when it became politically expedient during since the 1950s did the Democratic Party drop its segregationist roots.

As the Democratic Party became the dominating political force within the African-American community, they and their partners in the mainstream media have resorted to the use of race baiting for political gain.  A recent example was the tweet by MSNBC relating to a Super Bowl ad that displayed a biracial family.  That tweet claimed conservatives would disapprove of the ad because it featured a biracial couple.  MSNBC retracted the tweet and apologize for it, but only after significant backlash created on the Internet.

MSNBC is the mouthpiece for the Progressive Left.  Its latest use of race baiting to attack opponents follows a similar attack it made relating to a photograph of the Mitt Romney family that included its African-American grandchild.  While it also apologized for that tasteless attack, the many times the network and its political allies use such attacks indicate more than mere mistakes or bad judgment.

The Boston Globe columnist, Jeff Jacoby, recently posted the op-ed Political values aren’t coded in skin color that appropriately castigates liberals on these race baiting.  These attacks fan the flames of racial division and damage the country’s cohesiveness, dividing us into ever-increasing subsets of society.  Given that these attacks have gone more mainstream since the election of the country’s first African-American president makes the tactic even more politically divisive.

Jacoby also admonishes Republicans, in this case Ann Coulter, on the way they respond to political battles that could be used as racial wedge issues by the Left.  The op-ed is posted post in full below.

Political values aren’t coded in skin color, by Jeff Jacoby

A FEW DAYS before the Super Bowl, MSNBC embarrassed itself with an obnoxious tweet implying that “rightwing” conservatives are such bigots that they were bound to “hate” a Cheerios commercial featuring a biracial couple and their adorable daughter, Gracie.  The backlash was blistering and instantaneous, and the cable channel apologized and deleted the tweet.

When it comes to playing the race card against anyone to its right, MSNBC is a recidivist.  The smear over the Cheerios ad came just a few weeks after an on-air panel smirkingly joked about Mitt and Ann Romney’s newly-adopted black grandson and how incongruous he appeared in the family’s Christmas photo.  That flap also triggered an uproar, followed by multiple apologies.

Count me among those who can’t imagine anyone this side of the fever swamps viewing that sweet Cheerios ad or the Romneys’ quiver full of grandchildren with any kind of racial disapproval, let alone one driven by politics.  That some on the left can so casually traffic in such slander reflects nothing but their own bigotry against conservatives.

If you asked me, I’d have said that was self-evident. (As a right-winger with kids of different colors, I may be biased.)  But Jim Lindgren, a law professor and sociologist at Northwestern University, decided to double-check.  He turned to the General Social Survey, a comprehensive national survey that for years has been compiling sociodemographic statistics on US residents — including (among many variables) data on respondents’ political leanings and the racial makeup of their families.

Not surprisingly, Lindgren found, there was nothing in the data to back up MSNBC’s suggestion that conservatives are more likely than liberals to frown on biracial families.

“Among families with step-children or adopted children,” he wrote for The Volokh Conspiracy, a legal blog hosted by The Washington Post, “11 percent of conservatives were living in mixed-race households compared to 10 percent of liberals.”  Broadening the analysis to include families with biological children of an interracial couple (like Gracie in the Cheerios spot), Lindgren found that 11.9 percent of self-identified conservatives live in mixed-race families compared to 11.4 percent of liberals.  When the numbers were sorted by party affiliation, they showed 9.5 percent of Republicans living in mixed-race families vs. 11.2 percent of Democrats.  Crunching the stats by both race and ideology, 2.0 percent of white conservatives live in mixed-race families, while 2.4 percent of white liberals do.

None of these differences are statistically significant.  Taken together, they reinforce the ugliness of MSNBC’s taunting insinuation that to be politically right-of-center is to be racially intolerant, or that there is something inherently liberal in forging ties of love across the color line.

But there is also a message here that conservatives and Republicans should be taking to heart, one that has nothing to do with liberal closed-mindedness.

In the ongoing debate over immigration reform, there are reasonable arguments on all sides — arguments about the economic, social, and environmental impact of increasing the number of immigrants, sealing the US-Mexican border, or offering amnesty to illegal immigrants.  What is not a reasonable argument, it seems to me, is the claim that more immigrants must mean fewer Republicans.

“At the current accelerated rate of immigration — 1.1 million new immigrants every year — Republicans will be a fringe party in about a decade,” writes Ann Coulter in a recent column.  She cites a wide swath of polling data showing that most immigrants not only come from “societies that are far more left-wing than our own,” but that “they bring their cultures with them.”  Hispanic and Asian immigrants may have little in common economically or culturally, but “both overwhelmingly support big government, ObamaCare, affirmative action, and gun control. . . . How are Republicans going to square that circle?”

But that kind of essentialist argument is as flawed as the claim that interracial families must be left-wing, or that a conservative message of liberty, opportunity, and patriotism can only appeal to voters with white skin.

For more than half a century after the Civil War, blacks were a solid Republican constituency, and the most Democratic-leaning states were the most hostile to black voting rights.  Yet attitudes change — sometimes for good reasons, sometimes not — and voting patterns with them.  Political values aren’t coded in our DNA. Party loyalty isn’t a function of immigration status.

Where do you stand on amnesty?  Whom you support for president?  Would you ever watch MSNBC?  If you’re looking for the answers in the color of your skin, you’re definitely doing it wrong.

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Leftists Attack Dr. Ben Carson

Posted by Steve Markowitz on April 2, 2013

The fascist side of Leftists continues showing its teeth through political correctness and outright squelching of speech that involves opposing opinions.  The most vicious attack from the Left against free speech is specifically targeted to two groups; women and African-Americans.  Both of these segments of the American society are significant supporters of Progressive agendas.  Therefore, the Left especially fears dissent from within either group as it could erode their base of power.

Dr. Ben Carson, a world-renowned surgeon and philanthropist, is now on the receiving end of Leftist vitriol.  Not surprisingly, since obtaining national stature for stating his traditional views, Carson is on the receiving end of attacks from the Left and especially from its members within the African-American community.  Typical of these attacks, he has been accused of being an Uncle Tom for daring suggest opposing solutions for Progressive government and its encroachment on society.  These attacks not only are grossly unfair to Dr. Carson, but also allow the Left to avoid discussion on the logic of Carson’s positions.

Earlier this week a discussion/debate was held on Fox News’ “Hannity” demonstrating the vitriol and illogic of the Left’s position on dissent from African-Americans.  Representing a conservative position from an African-American was Niger Innis, national spokesperson for the Congress of Racial Equality.  Justifying attacks on the Left was African-American attorney Leo Terrell with a video clip posted below.  The outrageous position expressed by Terrel says should scare anyone who believes in free speech and free thought.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=QF5CjIr8O9A#t=46s

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Harvard Shows Signs of anti-Semitism

Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 2, 2012

This Blog has proffered the view that racism and anti-Semitism is currently more prevalent on the Left than emanating from the Right.  A recent example of this Leftists hate emanates from that bastion of modern liberalism, Harvard University.  According to newsbusters.org, students at the Nine River Houses residence had invitations placed under their doors late last week to attend “Harvard’s Newest Final Club.”  In footnotes the invitation stated: “Jews need not apply, … Seriously, no f–king Jews,” as well as “Coloreds OK”.

After concluding that this offensive diatribe was not part of the satirical Harvard Lampoon, a Harvard official said: “As Dean of the College, and as an educator, I find these flyers offensive.  They are not a reflection of the values of our community.  Even if intended as satirical in nature, they are hurtful and offensive to many students, faculty and staff, and do not demonstrate the level of thoughtfulness and respect we expect at Harvard when engaging difficult issues within our community.”  It is telling that such boorish and hateful actions require interpretation as to their appropriateness in Leftist institutions; so much for common sense and common decency.

Progressives in America and throughout the greater Western world have traveled down a slippery slope that includes a grotesque mixture of political correctness and bigotry.  This dangerous path has been traveled before in the not-too-distant past and has led to very bad outcomes including Stalin’s and Mao’s butchering of their own people, sandwiched around fascism.  We should not expect the Leftists to see the perversion within their ranks.  That responsibility rests with middle America who has in recent times shown too much tolerance towards the Left’s bigotry.

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Who’s Watching Which News?

Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 9, 2012

Listed below are the Nielsen ratings for the cable news programs for Tuesday evening, June 5, 2012.  The results are telling with FoxNews thumping the Leftist press by large margin.  This raises a few interesting issues.  First, it is indication that the narrative that more conservative views are not out of the mainstream in America today.  The alternative; those on the Left are less interested in the news than more conservative Americans.

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CNN’s Soledad O’Brien Freaks Out; Then is Spanked by Congressman Allen West

Posted by Steve Markowitz on April 19, 2012

The video of a recent interview by CNN’s Soledad O’Brien of Florida Congressman Allen West is telling on various fronts.  First, the anger and disdain shown by Ms. O’Brien to Congressman West is not only unprofessional for a newscaster, but unmasks her total Leftist political bias.  It also reminds us Libertarian Conservatives why we respect the good Congressman so much.

It is interesting that Ms. O’Brien take such offense to Congressman West labeling some of his compatriots in Congress as “Communists”.  O’Brien in typical Leftist fashion, rejects as almost sacrilegious any label placed on fellow Leftists that might offend middle America.  Given Progressive socio-economic views, you would think that the Left would be proud of their beliefs.  In addition, Ms. O’Brien and her fellow Leftists have no problem labeling those they disagree with such phrases as extremist, the Christian Right, etc.

While many on the right of center support Mitt Romney, that support for some in this group is tepid and more out of concern for the continued radical leftist policies that will occur should Barack Obama be reelected.  On the other hand, the reelection of Obama will significantly increase the likelihood that a Constitutionalist and more conservative politician like Allen West will be elected in 2016.  Is that possibility that should be of more concern to Leftists like Soledad O’Brien than Congressman West’s use of adjectives.  But that would take a strategic thinking.

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NY Times Treats Leaked Wikileaks and Climategate Documents Differently

Posted by Steve Markowitz on January 8, 2012

Newsbusters.org last week published a story showing just how biased the news media is towards the Left.  The article points out how willing the media was to publish the Wikileaks documents that were critical of the United States and some of its policies.  At the same time, the median refuses to publish documents relating to Climategate that showed scientists fudge data to promote their theories on global warming, an issue that is a darling of the Left.

Last week the New York Times, who refused to publish the Climategate e-mails, published an article written by Leftist reporter Leslie Kaufman that focused on who leaked the Climategate documents rather than reporting on the fraudulent data.  The article’s lead text box stated: “A push to find out who tried to undercut scientists, who were later vindicated.”  When the original Climategate documents leaked in November 2009, the Times reporter, Andrew Revkin, stated on his blog, nytimes.com blog, that he would not publish the emails because: “The documents appear to have been acquired illegally and contain all manner of private information and statements that were never intended for the public eye, so they won’t be posted here.”

To Leftist news reporters, truth takes a secondary position to furthering personal political views.  It was not for alternative media, these Leftists hypocrites would be relevant and dangerous.

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Columbia University Offering Credit Course on ‘Occupy Wall Street’

Posted by Steve Markowitz on January 2, 2012

Here’s one of those incredible stories that you just can’t make up.  The AP has reported that Columbia University is offering a course for upperclassmen next semester titled “Occupy the Field: Global Finance, Inequality, Social Movement”.  Yes, this is a course designed to study the Occupy Wall Street movement.

The ridiculous course is been offered by Columbia’s Anthropology department and is being taught by Leftist professor, Dr. Hannah Appel.  This is yet another example as to how Leftist elitist educators are ruining America’s educational institutions.  With the exception of Progressives in government, few employers will choose a job candidate based on their studying the Occupy movement.

As reader Jim Mahoney said when submitting this incredible story: “It just keeps getting better.”  To that this blog and “yikes”!

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Obama Verses Bush Justice

Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 21, 2011

All presidents have narratives created about them.  Sometimes the narratives accurately reflect the man, as with Nixon being “tricky”.  Other narratives have not reflected the individual with an example being that Eisenhower supposedly accomplished little and played too much golf.

It is interesting to compare the related narratives created by the Leftist media for George W. Bush and his successor, Barack Obama concerning the use of force.  Bush was portrayed as a cowboy ready to use force on a moment’s notice.  Obama, on the other hand, has been portrayed as more cerebral, instead using negotiations.  Reality, however, tells quite a different story.

On the use of the U.S. military, Bush engaged America in two wars; Afghanistan and Iraq.  Most Americans would agree that the initial invasion of Afghanistan was justified due to that country protecting the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks.  Similarly, most Americans believe that the Iraq invasion was ill-advised.  Obama has a similar record in this area.  He has not only continued the Afghan War, but has increased America’s effort with more troops.  Obama has also involved America in the Libyan civil war and more recently committed troops to Central Africa.

A comparison of Bush’s and Obama’s willingness to use deadly force against terrorists is more telling.  During the Bush presidency two world-known terrorists were captured; Khalid Sheik Mohammed (KSM, 9/11 planner) and Saddam Hussein (Iraq’s dictator).  KSM was brought to America and is currently in a U.S. jail.  Hussein was turned over to the Iraqi government and later executed.

President Obama has been even more successful in getting high-value bad guys.  During this year alone, America Navy SEALS assassinated Osama Bin Laden.  Then, a few months later Obama order a successful drone hit on American citizen in Yemen, Anwar alAwlaki, which also resulted in the death of others; i.e. collateral damage.  Yesterday, a U.S. drone strike hit a convoy in Libya that resulted in first the capture and then the execution of former dictator Colonel Gadhafi.  Three bad guys located; three assassinated.  That’s the trifecta for President Obama.

The use of force narratives created for Bush and Obama by Progressives are but fantasies.  For Obama’s narrative he was awarded the Noble Prize for Peace.  That’s Progressive Chutzpah!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mainstream Media Fawns over “Occupy” Rallies

Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 18, 2011

The mainstream media has been dominated by Leftist Progressives for decades.  For a significant portion of this period they have offered a façade of neutrality on political issues.  More recently they have come out of the closet, no longer hiding their bias.

Beginning at about the time that Barack Obama began gaining traction in his bid for the presidency, the mainstream media crossed a chasm.  Their support for Obama, first against Hillary Clinton in the primary and later against John McCain, was unabashed.  Who could forget MSNBC’s Chris Matthews saying in February 2008: “I have to tell you, you know, it’s part of reporting this case, this election, the feeling most people get when they hear Barack Obama’s speech.  My, I felt this thrill going up my leg.  I mean, I don’t have that too often.”  Yikes, Matthews needs a social life!

The mainstream media was sure of that the charismatic Obama would usher in a new era of Leftist domination in American politics.  Initially the media was rewarded by Obama and the Democrat Congress with a liberal agenda that included bailouts, stimulus spending, and ObamaCare.  However, this party was short-lived as the policies failed and Obama has lost much of his popular support.

While the current Presidency is clearly failing, the mainstream media is unapologetic for its unprofessional support of Obama.  They continue making excuses for Obama’s policy failures and refuse to ask this President tough questions.  They are now morphing towards a deflection mode, moving their focus and Leftist agenda to the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Brian Williams of NBC news has said of the Occupy movement that: “It could well turn out to be the protest of this current era.”  A week later he added: “They share a heritage with other big protest movements in American history.”

ABC’s Diane Sawyer was made so giddy by the Occupy movement that she incredibly claimed “it has spread to more than 250 American cities, more than a thousand countries”, a video of these preposterous claims posted below.

The New York Times, not to be outdone by their comrades in television, decided to put an Occupy spokesman together with a Wall Streeter for a meeting to share their different viewpoints.  They posted an article on this “summit” last Friday titledOpposite Sides of the Protest Come Together, Briefly by Corey Kilgannon.

The Wall Streeter chosen by the Times was 40-year-old Jimmy Vivona, who grew up in a working-class family on Staten Island and has been a stockbroker for 17 years.

For the Occupy representative, the Times chose 25-year-old Edward T. Hall III.  Being a “III”, it should not be a surprise that Hall came from a well-to-do family with both parents both being attorneys.  He attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and Bard College in New York and is currently attending classes at Columbia University as a nonmatriculated student.  Hall has spent the past month sleeping with the protesters and claims to the one of the movement’s organizers.

Comparing the backgrounds of the two chosen representatives is revealing.  The Wall Streeter, Vivona, came from average means and today works to support his wife and two children.  The Occupy representative comes from privilege, has been a professional student most of his adult life, and is supported by his well-to-do family.  It is not hard to choose which one represents what made America great.

Mr. Edward T. Hall III, the Occupier, also has a bizarre side as shown in a YouTube video posted below.  (Prior to clicking on this video be warned that Hall uses very vulgar language.)  Clearly some in the Occupy movement have an agenda that go beyond the benevolent ones promoted by the mainstream media.

There are significant economic problems facing this Country.  Some have been created by unscrupulous Wall Streeters.  Others have been caused by inept government policies that include the historically low interest rates that led to bubbles and overuse of debt.

It is difficult to know what the Occupy movement stands for after weeks of protests.  However, one theme that comes from the protesters is resentment towards those that made significant profits on the bailouts, i.e. banks.  This anger is also shared by many aligned with the Tea Party.  However, unlike the Tea Party movement, the Occupy group has not understood the government’s key role in these flawed bailouts.  Should they connect the dots, Obama’s attempt to use the Occupy movement politically will become yet another one of his judgmental errors.

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Herman Cain Attacked by Leftist African-Americans

Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 11, 2011

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain’s improving poll numbers have resulted in vicious attacks from the Left.  Because Cain is African-American, white Leftists fear being labeled “racist” should they attack him.  So instead they delegated assault responsibilities to African-American Progressives.

Recently, African-American Leftists Harry Belafonte and Cornel West went on the attack, both rather despicable displays as posted in the videos below.  Cornel said of Cain that “he needs to get off the symbolic crack pipe“.  How juvenile!  West, a career academic, shows the typical disdain that has become the trademark of the elitist Left.

Belafonte showed no less vitriol in his attack of Cain, accusing the candidate of having “denied intelligence” and being a “bad apple“.  Belafonte also stated that he didn’t “think prayers were created for him“.  Finally, Belafonte completed his rant attacking other African-American conservatives including Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell.

The Left has special disdain for African-Americans who refuse to promote the Progressive agenda.   Progressives fear those in the African American community who have become successful and refuse to honor those who make their living serving the social welfare industry.  During the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court in 1991, he was nearly “lynched” by the Left and Anita Hill for at worst telling and off-color joke.  In 2004 when Bill Cosby spoke out at what he saw as weaknesses in the African-American community, another woman came out of the closet accusing him of sexual harassment.

Herman Cain made it up through the ranks of corporate America through intelligence, skill and hard work.  It has prepared him well for the nasty side of Leftist politics.  The professional manner in which he has responded to these attacks is one indication of a readiness for higher office.

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