Views on the News

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 April 22, 2017


Liberals believe they are smarter than the rest of us.  They believe that ordinary people should have little say in politics, because the so-called intellectuals know better.  That is the essential appeal of liberalism to most of its followers.  It's nice to believe that you are smarter than everyone else, but it's not true.  That complex liberal mind, so intent on demonstrating its own superiority, has not governed well.  Based on the record of the past century, since the time of Woodrow Wilson in America and Mussolini in Europe, liberal rule has resulted in nothing but war, recession, and social division.  The fundamental reason for this failure is that for liberals, with their so-called "advanced" way of thinking, life is centered on the ego.  The "I" is always attempting to outthink and overpower others, supposedly for their benefit but actually for the satisfaction of the ego.  This exclusivism and elitism of liberal thinking is the source of endless despair for mankind.  Conservatives are not without ego, witness our current president, but conservatism at its core is a worldview that involves conserving what is of value outside the demands of the ego.  For liberals, who seem always caught up in the ideology of transforming the world into a utopia, a utopia that always turns out to be hell on earth, the realities of everyday life have little meaning.  Hillary's lifelong fantasy of being the "champion of the middle class" was all about herself as champion, not about working people, about whom she seems to have known very little.  Likewise, because liberals filter their experience of the world through the delusional thought process that led Obama to compare himself not just to one great leader of the past, but to all of them, words lose their definite meaning outside the province of the individual.  They become part of a "narrative," and every statement is just a version of the truth.  Actually, there is no "version" of Benghazi or the recent poison gas atrocities in Syria.  The gassing of civilians at Khan Sheikhoun was evil, and there can be only one response on the part of civilized people.  Likewise, there is only one way to view North Korea's buildup of a nuclear arsenal.  It is not intended for self-defense.  It is controlled by a fanatical dictator at the head of a fanatical totalitarian regime.  It is a mounting danger to the U.S. and its allies.  North Korea's nuclear program must be brought under control.  The same can be said for Iran's nuclear ambitions.  Instead of facing up to these simple truths, truths based on the natural law of respect for human life and the legitimate right of self-defense, progressives have turned a blind eye as America was attacked by al-Qaeda in the 1990s, have ignored North Korea's repeated lies about its nuclear program, and have abetted Iran's nuclear program by signing an agreement that guarantees Iran the right to build nuclear weapons in ten years, based on the groundless assumption that in ten years, Iran will be "different."  In every case, liberals found excuses for actions that were politically expedient but fatal to democracy.  Donald Trump is not one of these "smart" intellectuals whose primary goal is to gratify the ego.  He is far more intelligent than that, smart enough to understand that strength is derived from a recognition of natural law and, beyond that, to recognize that the abstraction "natural law" is shorthand for the virtues of love, concern, and prudence in the face of the mystery of being.  Conservatives are wise enough to know that life is indescribably precious and that evil such as we have seen in Syria is real.  Liberals never make it past their shallow abstractions of "equality" and "social justice."   President Trump's goals, with regard to both foreign affairs and domestic issues, are the product of deep reflection on the human condition.  To a wise man, it is obvious that North Korea must not be allowed to combine its nuclear program with the development of a long-range missile.  The U.N. has never demonstrated resolve on stopping them, any more than it has on dealing with Iran's nuclear program.  The U.S. and its allies must do so, hopefully through economic pressure but probably with at least the threat of military action, a threat that may already have awakened China to its responsibilities.  The President is a simple man who takes his obligation to protect America seriously, and in this he is wise.  Donald Trump takes his obligations seriously because of his deep love of life, and because of his appreciation of hard facts.  The reality is that Iran will soon have the ability to wipe Israel off the map, and it is possible that her fanatical leadership will choose to do so.  That is a simple truth that can be masked only by the mental sophistry progressives engage in.  The same reality applies in the case of North Korea, whose missiles are minutes away from Japan and South Korea.  Soon North Korea's missiles may be able to strike the mainland U.S. as well.  Liberals speak of negotiation as if North Korea can be trusted, knowing she cannot.  There was always a bizarre unreality to John Kerry's conduct of diplomacy, the product of a mind so removed from facts that it refused to consider the possibility of American cities incinerated on the order of some mad dictator.  The Obama administration always seemed to confuse "concluding a negotiation" with actual security.  The same show-and-tell mentality applied to domestic policy.  Only a progressive ideologue could close his eyes to the brutal consequences of Democrat rule in America's big cities over the past 50 years.  Even the slightest observation of reality would reveal how destructive liberal policies have been.  America's five most dangerous big cities all have Democrat mayors and have had them for decades.  President Trump has spoken many times about the need in America's cities for more jobs and for more respect for police officers, not for more welfare.  The President is a simple man in the best sense of the phrase.  He sees, he understands, and he acts.  He knows, as all conservatives do, that words are pointless if not backed up by action.  President Trump appreciates the boundless value of life, and he is determined, in both his foreign and domestic policy, to protect it.       

(“Donald Trump: A Simple Man” by Jeffrey folks dated April 20, 2017 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/04/donald_trump_a_simple_man.html )

Among the great mysteries of the universe are questions that the lucid among us have asked for generations.  Why are liberals so enamored with Islam and so hostile towards Christianity?  if given the opportunity, would behead every godless liberal they found.  Why do liberals want to protect violent criminals and condemned prisoners, but are willing to kill the unborn right up to the time of birth?   Why do liberals want to apply socialist/communist ‘solutions’ to problems when socialism has never worked anywhere in the world at any time?  Why do liberals want to admit unskilled illegal aliens without extreme vetting, into our country while turning away many would-be legals like scientists and engineers?  No one can deny that most true liberal believers are intelligent, but, something is missing.  They are “intelligent people that incorrectly apply abstract logical reasoning to interpersonal domains.”  The ability to think and reason evolved as a means to solve common problems such as parenting, personal relationships and social dealings, referred today as common sense.  Everyone is equipped with common sense, but liberals have a tendency to “over apply their analytical and logical reasoning abilities, derived from their intelligence, incorrectly.”  Liberals feel in situations where they are supposed to think and think in situations where they are supposed to feel.  Many intelligent people, especially liberals, are anything but common, because they refuse to apply common sense when their intellect says there is a ‘better’ way.  Liberals think they are being clever, when they are being oblivious to reality.  If you disagree with them, they are convinced it is because you do not understand.  Liberals always prefer absurdly complex solutions to common sense solutions, displaying their intellect, their ‘god-like’ qualities, the more complex the better.  So godlike that true liberals have a terrible time believing in God, a being infinitely more intelligent than themselves.  Only a liberal would think that spending to prevent bankruptcy is smart.  Only a liberal would think ‘gun free zones’ would prevent criminals from carrying guns.  Only liberals would require safe zones to protect themselves from common sense.  Only a liberal would require 20,000 pages to cover a health care law that makes almost everyone unhappy.  What is so infuriating is that the ‘clever but oblivious’ have completely taken over the Democrat Party, the media and academia.  It cannot be stressed strongly enough that we need to prevent liberals from entering government, education, the media and anywhere else they may affect other people’s lives.   

(“Liberals: Clever, But Oblivious” by Ray DiLorenzo dated April 15, 2017 published by Canada Free Press at http://canadafreepress.com/article/liberals-clever-but-oblivious )

President Trump’s message when he was seeking black support during the presidential campaign was, “What do you have to lose?  Trump’s point was that after a half-century of government programs that have failed blacks, doesn’t it make sense to try something new?  Suppose I said that physical laws, such as the law of gravity, are different for whites and blacks. You would laugh at me.  How about economic laws?  Are they different for whites and blacks? Of course not. They are laws that apply to human behavior.  It is clear to me that freedom and capitalism are the principles that made America a rich and powerful nation.  It is not unique to America.  Plenty of studies show that for all the nations of the world, those that are free, that allow capitalism to operate in their economies, are the most prosperous.  So when I say, as I have been saying for the last 20-plus years, that lack of freedom and capitalism is what is holding back black Americans, you would think black leaders would want to listen, but they have no interest.  Black politicians want us to believe that the economic laws that work for whites don’t apply to blacks.  They want us to believe that politics and government will make black lives better instead.  Some $22 trillion dollars have been spent on anti-poverty programs without making a dent in the black poverty rate, and with gaps between black and white median household income and wealth continuing to increase.  After 50 years of black lives dominated by government programs that have not achieved their objectives, isn’t it time to try something new? Maybe freedom and capitalism. What do you have to lose? This was Trump’s point.  However with more freedom and capitalism, black politicians do have something to lose. Power.  So despite the benefits that more freedom and capitalism will bring to black Americans, black politicians don’t want to hear about it.  The Congressional Black Caucus ticks off for some 100-plus pages of all the same failed ideas of the last half-century: government, spending, welfare.  Everything that has failed so dismally and helped destroy the most important institution in black life, the black family.  Meanwhile, the Trump administration is hard at work, as promised, to develop new approaches, helping black Americans with more opportunity that works for everyone, more freedom and more capitalism.  It’s time to bring freedom and capitalism to black America; the only ones who have something to lose are power-loving black politicians.    

(“More Freedom: Good for Blacks, Bad for Black Politicians” by Star Parker dated April 17, 2017 published by Right Wing News at http://rightwingnews.com/top-news/freedom-good-blacks-bad-black-politicians/ )


As a group, black Americans have made the greatest gains, over some of the highest hurdles and in a very short span of time, of any racial group in mankind's history.  If one totaled up the earnings of black Americans and considered us as a separate nation with our own gross domestic product, we would rank among the 20 richest nations.  Black Americans are among the world's most famous personalities, and a few are among the world's richest people.  It speaks to the greatness of a nation in which such gains were possible.  Nowhere else on the face of the earth would such progress be possible except in the United States of America.  The big and thorny issue that confronts our nation is how these gains can be extended to the one-third or more of the black population for whom they have proved elusive.  A major part of the solution should be the elimination of public and private policy that rewards inferiority and irresponsibility.  Chief among the policies that reward inferiority and irresponsibility is the welfare state.  When some people know that they can have children out of wedlock, drop out of school and refuse employment and suffer little consequence, one should not be surprised to see the growth of such behavior.  The poverty rate among blacks is about 30%.  The poverty rate among black intact husband-and-wife families has been in the single digits for more than two decades.  Education is one of the ways out of poverty, but stupid political correctness stands in the way for many blacks.  In many predominantly black schools, destructive behavior and lack of respect for authority is rewarded.  We can see some of the results by visiting some city public schools where violence, disorder and disrespect is the order of the day.  Many whites are ashamed and saddened by our history of slavery, Jim Crow and gross racial discrimination.  As a result, they often hold blacks accountable to standards and conduct they would never accept from whites.  These administrators and other guilt-ridden whites have one standard of conduct for whites and a lower standard for blacks.  Black people can be thankful that racist forms of double standards and public and private policies rewarding inferiority and irresponsibility were not broadly accepted during the 1920s, '30s, '40s and '50s, because there would not have been the kind of intellectual excellence and spiritual courage that created the world's most successful civil rights movement.

(“Worse Than Racists” by Walter E. Williams dated April 19, 2017 published by Town Hall at https://townhall.com/columnists/walterewilliams/2017/04/19/worse-than-racists-n2314303 )

Campus bureaucrats have dumped millions of taxpayer dollars into “diversity training” materials and mandated courses based on theories such as one that concludes it is racist to expect punctuality in others.  In this higher education alt universe, it is taught that gender can take on any shape, form, or color.  Deliberately missing from this “diversity” world view is any notion of diversity in speech and thought.  The recent protest of Heather Mac Donald, a well-known journalist and current fellow at the Manhattan Institute at Claremont McKenna College on law enforcement, was short-circuited by violent protestors.  As in similar incidents, the demonstrators appeared to have no actual understanding of who Mac Donald was or what she advocated; believing simply that she was “pro-cop” and did not align with the protestors was sufficient for them to use violence to silence her.  Adding to the absurdity surrounding Mac Donald’s visit to Claremont McKenna, students at Pomona College, a member of the Claremont Colleges consortium, justified the protest of Mac Donald in a letter calling free speech “a tool appropriated by hegemonic institutions…[giving] those who seek to perpetuate systems of domination a platform to project their bigotry. For proof, one need look no further than the recent violence at the University of California at Berkeley, instigated by radical leftist demonstrators in response to speech they declared unfit for their campus.  Tragically, this scenario depicts the future of college campuses if permitted to flourish without opposition.  Even with the writing on the wall, this is exactly how many campus administrators across the country have chosen to respond, doing nothing.  This naïve, hands-off approach only emboldens the thugs.  Even more disturbing than the infuriating-but-predictable inaction of liberal college administrators is the complicity of government authorities in allowing this violent behavior to go unpunished.  Police stood on the sidelines as liberal anti-fascist fascists turned the campus into a war zone.  It does not take rocket science to understand how in the absence of any down side to using violence as a protest, violence continues to escalate; no surprise, then,  the Trump rally at Berkeley ended in violence as masked thugs decided to put a stop to the event with force.  Trump was mocked for suggesting U.C. Berkeley should lose federal funding for refusing to address campus violence in response to free speech events; yet, what other option is there?  Clearly, conditions are not improving in higher education; in fact, all signs point to a worsening trend if corrective action is not taken immediately. Especially at public colleges and universities, protecting free speech is a fundamental duty of elected and appointed officials associated with such schools; including officials with the administration in Washington, the Congress, state governors and legislatures. If revocation of federal or state funding is what it takes to get the attention of college administrators, then that is what must be done for the sake of protecting the integrity of public institutions of higher education and those students who actually desire to learn.

(“Time to Take Off the Gloves with Campus Protestors” by Bob Barr dated April 19, 2017 published by Town Hall at https://townhall.com/columnists/bobbarr/2017/04/19/time-to-take-off-the-gloves-with-campus-protestors-n2314952 )


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·  Terrorism at http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/fp/terrorism.php


David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY