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Democrat Debate Moderated by Tavis. Republicans Are Smiley.

Posted by Mike on June 28, 2007

The Democrats debated tonight on taxpayer-funded television and would have embarrassed themselves once again if anyone other myself had seen it. Normally after a debate I give you my opinion as to who won, who accomplished something and who stumbled. Tonight, I cannot say that any of the candidates won. They were equally pathetic.

The substance of this debate centered on what I think is a racist assumption. Each of the candidates seemed to believe that our nation is divided between a well-off white America and a black America in which people are unable to control their own destinies. Even the set behind them depicted this message of division. This condescension especially manifested itself when it came to the concept of personal responsibility. At one point, She Who Must Not Be Named bemoaned the lack of attention to the high occurrence of AIDS among black women. She even played the race card by claiming that Americans would be more willing to address the problem if it affected more white people. What she either failed to explain or did not understand is that with rare exceptions, HIV is only communicable as the result of conscious decisions made by those affected. The answer is not spending more of other people’s money as the candidates suggested. The answer is for people to take more personal responsibility for their own choices.

John Edwards choices this evening were no surprise. He pandered to racists in the crowd such as Cornell West, Al Sharpton, and Maxine Waters by arguing that “every vote should count” in future elections. Perpetuating the false claim that blacks were disenfranchised in 2000 and 2004 only serves to heighten racial tension. He also bought into the notions that the government could prevent AIDS and that people are where they are in life because of a “genetic lottery.” The fact that Edwards wants black people to believe the latter so they will depend on people like him does not make it so. Every human being is capable of accomplishing extraordinary things.

The foreign policy discussion was even more embarrassing. Neither terrorism nor alternative strategies in the Iraq front in the War on Terror were discussed at all. At one point, many of the candidates advocated the use of force in Darfur for humanitarian reasons, but failed to explain why such reasons are insufficient for the use of force in Iraq. Maybe they just didn’t have enough time. Unfortunately, foreign policy took a back seat to more important issues like a hurricane that made landfall in New Orleans two years ago.

The bright spot of the evening came when Barack Obama and SWMNBN referenced the racial progress made in the 20th century. Obama specifically commended the U.S. for overcoming slavery and Jim Crow. It would have been nice if he had taken his history lesson a step further by reminding those in the crowd which party supported those ideas in the first place though. (Hint: It’s the same party that supports discrimination today in the form of affirmative action).

Tonight, the Democrats demonstrated once again that none of their candidates are fit to be President of the United States. They did not even address the War on Terror. They ignored the role of personal responsibility as a precondition to success. They pandered to racists in the crowd. They took their two Americas nonsense to new heights. Count this debate as a Republican victory.

Reuters photo

UPDATE: LaShawn Barber live blogged this thing. Her real time reactions are worth a read.

UPDATE 2: Great poll spoof on Little Green Footballs.

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A Guide on How Not to Cover the Vatican

Posted by Mike on June 28, 2007

I’ve always argued the first thing people who want to learn more about religion, especially Catholicism, need to do is ignore anything reported in the mainstream media because it is usually wrong. Sometimes the stories are inaccurate because of bias. Sometimes the inaccuracies are merely the result of good-faith theological ignorance. Whatever the reason, good starting points for gaining theological knowledge and understanding are rarely found in the MSM.

Pope Benedict’s imminent decision to relax restrictions on the use of the old Tridentine rite is an excellent example. I couldn’t decide exactly which MSM article to link to, but luckily I discovered the Curt Jester’s template for MSM coverage of the Latin Mass issue. The Curt Jester knows the Pope’s decision is coming and that the MSM will get it wrong one way or another. In an effort to make their jobs a little easier, he created a template, complete with anti-Catholic misconceptions and biases frequently found in the MSM, for them to use in writing their articles. Reading the template is instructive because it highlights many common media misconceptions of Catholicism and how they use those misconceptions in their reporting. It’s definitely worth a look.

If you’re interested in this sort of thing, be sure to check out the rest of the site as well.

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Amnesty Bill Killed

Posted by Mike on June 28, 2007

The roof collapsed on the McCain-Kennedy amnesty bill today when failed 46-53. Last time this bill failed I predicted that it wasn’t dead. This time, I think it is dead as dead can be in politics. Bush can’t revive it as the 2008 election draws closer. The only way this comes back is if the Democrats take the White House. (McCain’s campaign is going nowhere).

The grass roots defeated this bill despite some questionable tactics and rhetoric. Michelle Malkin has a detailed roundup of this morning’s pro-amnesty shenanigans. My favorite tactic was when the fairness doctrine liberals didn’t even bother to apply equal time on the Senate floor. Although Ted Kennedy claiming amnesty opponents favored a gestapo was quite amusing too. I’m sure Elizabeth Edwards will take the Cape Cod Orca to task for that one.

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Supreme Court Rejects Discrimination

Posted by Ryan on June 28, 2007

One of the Roberts Court’s latest 5-4 decisions ends racial discrimination against children in local areas that force them to go to different schools based on the child’s race in order to promote “diversity.” While this doesn’t close the book on using race as a basis for school enrollment on the college level, as Justice Kennedy notes in the article, the Louisville, KY, and Seattle, WA, cases deal with local school districts that are afraid of “re-segregation,” but have no Constitutional basis for their actions since it violated the 14th Amendment’s “equal protection” clause. Louisville parents and

While an undersandable fear in certain parts of the country, as a teacher I can tell you that this has less to do with race, and more to do with inept school board officials and ineffective principals. At the time of the landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision, the basic ideas promoting the need for school integration had to do with the geography of the children in relation to their schools and the obvious inequality of the “separate but equal” nonsense of Plessy (1896) in the child’s education.

If in 2007 there is a need to bus children to another part of town to promote “diveristy” if the schools have had a noticeable achievement gap, this has nothing to do with “diversity” and more to do with highly paid people who don’t want to do their jobs for fear of looking unpopular for making tough decisions at the highest level of the school district’s administration. I see it all the time here in Central New Jersey– inept administrators blaming their demographics for decades of poor performance, looking for more hand-outs from the federal government, and being reelected on understanding the plight of the children and poor poor town. Cutting throughth he nonsense, the child should go to the closest school, and those in charge of the district and school should do whatever they can in order to make that school excel, be it a black or white or mixed-race school. It’s a little ridiculous to be having this argument in 2007. Maybe that’s my post-Civil Rights movement Gen-X attitude talking.

Either way, I’m please with this ruling, but it also reinforces the notion that a President’s judicial picks are so important– in 2003 a similar case lost on a 5-4 vote in relations to college admissions.

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