STIRRING THE BOILING POT

This country will never be without racists but to deny that we have made progress is to deny reality. Even lacking extant data, what we see in our classrooms, our sports bars, our workplaces, our athletic fields and in the stadiums that encompass them provides convincing evidence of that.

 

Liberals dispute that. They go to extremes to prove that if you’re white you’re a racist, if you’re black you aren’t. So much to that even taking in consideration the anamorphic liberal view of reality, they look foolish.

 

Case in point: The fulminations of Miami Herald’s black columnist, Leonard Pitts who juxtaposes George Zimmerman’s sale of the gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin with a 117-year-old Georgia lynching.

 

On April 12, 1899, in Coweta County Georgia, Tom Wilkes aka Sam Hose killed his employer Alfred Cranford. For that crime he was brutally lynched.

 

This particular lynching stands out because parts of Wilkes’ body were put up for sale. W.E.B. DuBois reported seeing Wilkes’ knuckles on sale in an Atlanta grocer’s window

 

Ignoring the fact that Zimmerman was deemed to have acted in self-defense, Pitts perceives that the sale of his gun as a memento of his killing Trayvon Martin is analogous to a lynch mob’s sale of Wilkes’ body parts.

 

The logical contortions required to accept this pronouncement are painful to the rational mind. To our misfortune, liberals are possessed of a belief resistant to confrontation with actual fact that our true cultural and historical demons are white.

 

The extreme to which Pitts goes to make this point exposes a hitherto poorly-concealed conviction that being black is sine qua non virtuous and that whites who can’t accept that are bigots.

 

The only possible outcome of this approach to American race relations is to assure that racial polarization will thrive among black liberals.

 

The time has come for American conservatives to ask how long will it be before we will have experienced sufficient affronts to our sense of fairness to force us to stare into the abyss of this nation’s racial problems and declare that the issue is being perpetuated by those who protest too much?

To Remain Silent is to Lie

This country will never be without racists but to deny that we have made progress is to deny reality. Even lacking extant data, what we see in our classrooms, our sports bars, our workplaces, our athletic fields and in the stadiums that encompass them provides convincing evidence of that.

 

Liberals dispute that. They go to extremes to prove that if you’re white you’re a racist, if you’re black you aren’t. So much to that even taking in consideration the anamorphic liberal view of reality, they look foolish.

 

Case in point: The fulminations of Miami Herald’s black columnist, Leonard Pitts who juxtaposes George Zimmerman’s sale of the gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin with a 117-year-old Georgia lynching.

 

On April 12, 1899, in Coweta County Georgia, Tom Wilkes aka Sam Hose killed his employer Alfred Cranford. For that crime he was brutally lynched.

 

This particular lynching stands out because parts of Wilkes’ body were put up for sale. W.E.B. DuBois reported seeing Wilkes’ knuckles on sale in an Atlanta grocer’s window

 

Ignoring the fact that Zimmerman was deemed to have acted in self-defense, Pitts perceives that the sale of his gun as a memento of his killing Trayvon Martin is analogous to a lynch mob’s sale of Wilkes’ body parts.

 

The logical contortions required to accept this pronouncement are painful to the rational mind. But to our misfortune, liberals are possessed of a belief resistant to confrontation with actual fact that our true cultural and historical demons are white. Pitts and others like him are regarded as oracles.

 

The extreme to which Pitts goes to make this point exposes a hitherto poorly-concealed conviction that being black is sine qua non virtuous and that whites who can’t accept that are bigots.

 

The only possible outcome of this approach to American race relations is to assure that racial polarization will thrive among black liberals.

 

I wonder how long will it be before conservatives will have experienced sufficient affronts to our sense of fairness to force us to stare into the abyss of this nation’s racial problems and declare that the issue is being perpetuated by those who protest too much.

The Uncertain Conservative Trump

Once again, Reince Priebus has proven that the job of Chairman of The Republican National Committee (RNC) is a basic entry position.

During a recent closed-door dinner attended by RNC bosses, Priebus raised the possibility of a brokered convention designed to deny Donald Trump the nomination.

The story leaked (there’s a shocker).

Priebus claimed that the discussion had nothing to do with Donald Trump.

No one believed him.

Ben Carson: “If this was the beginning of a plan to subvert the will of the voters and replace it with the will of the political elite, I assure you Donald Trump will not be the only one leaving the party.”

Clearly, the party needs to dump Trump. His hazy concepts and chest-thumping debating style will never survive Hillary’s mendacity and the media’s bias.

Even if elected his blunderbuss approach to solving problems casts doubt on his ability to deliver the kind of adult supervision the country needs.

But Priebus’ suggestion to eliminate him by connivance has left the party embracing a disaster waiting to happen.

Trump has never been overly enthusiastic about working with the Party (they made him sign a loyalty oath). Conspiring to remove him by deception gives him one more excuse for leaving the party.

Besides, the party has an alternative.

It should be obvious that the party base has undergone significant change. Trump speaks to it.

He has energized that broad swath of conservative Republicans and independents that constituted the Tea Party movement.

The demonstrations, the marches may have gone but the passions that gave rise to them never cooled.

Yet, this is not the Tea Party of 2009.

In 2009 it was a rebellion against a liberal minority that had been dragging the country leftward since the 1970s.

In 20016 it’s a rebellion against a Republican Party that failed to stop them.

Trump appeals to their outrage at being ignored by their party, bullied by the extreme left, silenced by a biased media, discarded by government that no longer represents them.

 

They are fed up with a party that remains silent when the president lies, when he supports the false claim that police are cop killers (see “Black Lies Matter” below).

They are fed up with a party that fails to act when he connives (see “Silence of the Lambs below), when he skirts the Constitution,  when dictators of countries just emerging from the 15th century  ridicule, mock and insult us.

Trump was the only candidate to speak out when  Pope Francis announced that he was holding mass on the US- Mexican border:

“I think that the Pope is a very political person. I think that he doesn’t understand the problems our country has. I don’t think he understands the danger of the open border that we have with Mexico.”

Every conservative wanted to say the same thing – only with more profanity..

So profound is that outrage that it has overtaken Tea Partiers’ rationality. Trump’s policy pronouncements are absurd but doctrinal purity no longer drives the Tea Party. Policy no longer matters to a majority of conservatives.

Here’s where the RNC comes in.

Without being aware of it, Trump has touched upon the genius of the American political system. Tea Partiers are using Trump as the instrument to convey to their party what they want out of their Republican president: take-no-prisoners candidates,  candidates who engage in barroom brawls, candidates who strike back when third fate dictators insult us.

So far, the Republican leadership is tone-deaf.

Take Nikki Haley’s response to Obama’s Sate of the Union dress. Instead of the angry, scornful, bitterly harsh attack on Obama Trump’s followers wanted, she told the world that Republicans don’t like Obamacare (be still my heart) and then took potshots at Trump:

“Some people think that you have to be the loudest voice in the room to make a difference…Often, the best thing we can do is turn down the volume.”

Clearly, Tea Partiers (that would the voters that will give Republicans a majority come November) don’t agree.

Peggy Noonan (Wall Street Journal January 16) has it right.

“A new playbook is emerging while some contenders seem to be reading from the old playbook and wondering why the plays they’re calling aren’t working.”

If Republican bigwigs want to rid themselves of the dreaded Trump phenomenon, they might stop trying to change him (fat chance) and start out-Trumping him.

That would mean reinventing the party.

And soon.

Like yesterday.

 

Non Campus Racist

 

Something bad didn’t take place on the campuses of American colleges and universities. The cries of black students calling for protection (in academic jargon “a safe space”) were received by student bodies with a collective shrug of the shoulders.

This is unusual. At the risk of hurting feelings, students are suckers for an emotional cause.  They want to fix everything their elders broke.

To want change is good.

To believe that all change is good is naiveté .

Enter the American college student. Stage left.

Too inexperienced to heed opposing views (especially their parents’), too easily captivated by emotional issues to check facts, too gullible to suspect they ought to; todays college students are a demonstration waiting to happen.

Give them a cause that fits their whimsical sense of the intolerable and they will arise.

In October, social justice and diversity warriors launched a series of protests in more than 60 colleges – from UC Berkeley to Harvard –demanding that college officials rescue them from a climate of racism on their campuses.

Student demands ranged from dumping the Harvard Seal because it includes the family crest of Isaac Royall Jr. (1719 – 1781) a “wealthy and ruthless” slaveholder” to calls for Yale University to strip the name and imagery of Woodrow Wilson (13th president of Princeton, 28th President of the US) from all of its institutions and buildings because he supported racial segregation.

Despite the profound, life changing impact on all Americans these demands implied, the one that carried the day was at the University of Missouri.

On November 3, Jonathan Butler,  a Master’s candidate struggling to disentangle the complexities of Educational Leadership and Administration, wrote a letter to the Missouri Curators announcing that because  “…a slew of racist, sexist, homophobic, etc. incidents…”had not received a suitable response from University President, Tim Wolfe, he was going on a hunger strike.

So 11 months after a black student was elected Student Body President by an overwhelmingly white student population, black students arose en masse protesting a racially charged campus atmosphere.

In his letter to the University curators, Butler declared, “During this hunger strike, I will not consume any food or nutritional sustenance (a good start) at the expense of my health until either Tim Wolfe is removed from office or my internal organs fail and my life is lost…”

With all the grace of an elephant exiting a snowdrift, President Wolfe executed the Liberal Academician Grovel and resigned.

Triggering this drama was a swastika drawn (backwards) in fecal matter, scrawled on a unisex bathroom wall (coincidentally several swastikas drawn on sidewalks appeared at Yale three weeks earlier).

Though unaccompanied by any racial inferences, the symbol carried insult sufficient to drive Mr. Butler toward death by starvation.

Given the “racially charged atmosphere” declared by Butler, the incident should have brought a thorough investigation of the facts if only to ascertain that the swastika was not the handy-work of a homeless drunk.

There is, on today’s college campuses, a demonstrable lack of interest in facts.

For one thing, Butler’s protesting “…a slew of racist, sexist, homophobic, etc. incidents…”smacks of conscious embellishment.

By definition, racists are conservatives and conservative students on today’s college campuses are few and endangered.

Our public schools produce college-bound students swaddled in progressive idealism.  I believe that at least 85 percent of the students attending any American university are liberal.

Deduct from the remaining 15 percent those conservatives who are not racists, exclude students who actually focus upon graduating, eliminate racists who don’t like blacks but don’t go around drawing swastikas and it’s hard to envision how the remaining handful of activist racists (who surely know the proper configuration of a swastika) could create a “campus-wide racially hostile atmosphere.”

All things considered, the demonstrations on the MU campus appear contrived.

True or not, something important didn’t happen.

Historically, college-student demonstrations start in October and May, reaching a crescendo sufficient to close down the university over final week thereby sabotaging final exams. And also thereby encouraging the participation of students who are more eager to block exams that support the cause.

In any event it didn’t happen.

Anywhere.

By the end of November, the demonstrations ended as presidents of universities cringed, kowtowed and apologized, acceding to student demands.

Unnecessarily, it seems.

At Missouri, videos of the demonstrations revealed skimpy crowds comprised largely of under-whelmed students, texting or chatting among themselves clearly more curious than inspired.

The cropped video of the female Yale student screaming obscenities at a professor that appeared on the evening news failed to reveal an unenthusiastic crowd of five.

College students across the nation, normally quite inflammable, stayed away.

Perhaps it was because the black victimization caper has run its course. Perhaps students feel that racism isn’t the problem it once was. For whatever reason, the nationwide wave of demonstrations died of malnutrition.

One final thought.

It may have occurred to Missouri students, just as it did to me, that the fecal swastika virtuoso wasn’t white.