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Finding Peace in the Midst of Racism and Identity Politics

“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28)

There is hope, even in these turbulent times. The spirit of the world is divisive, angry, hateful and racist. Those forces can deeply affect how we view ourselves and those around us. But looking to Jesus brings us clarity, charity and peace.

Increasing racial tensions can quickly resurrect old wounds and cause them to burn with a vengeance. We can find bitterness an easy path to take, but it is one which wounds us even more deeply.

In our broken world, we are all wounded, often deeply, by the differences that divide us. Racism – and other divisive beliefs and attitudes – permeate this world, wounding and dividing us. But we can be at peace – and be peacemakers – in the midst of this turmoil.

Jesus rejected racism and identity politics. In Him, we “are all one” – transcending all racial, class and gender distinctions. Jesus prayed to our Father: “ I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one – I in them and you in me – so that they may be brought to complete unity” (John 17:22-23).

How is that possible? Because we have Christ incarnate in us. The glory Jesus gave us is Himself.

We are a new creation in Jesus Christ, who reconciled us to God and “gave us the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:17-18).

Now, we can have healing in our hearts and in our relationships through Jesus Christ. Jesus can – and will – heal our deepest wounds and soften the hardness of our own hearts.

At the cross, we see other people by the value of His blood. We see people of infinite worth in God’s eyes. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

We all need transformed hearts that are redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ.

It is especially at troubled times like these that we must listen to and talk with one another. In so doing – in extending the grace, love and forgiveness of God to others – we minister to them and bring reconciliation.

Let us not get caught up in the superficial, the outward appearance, but rather look to one another as equals – brothers and sisters of Christ who are all equal at the foot of the cross.

Let us love one another, as God loves us.

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CPAC Draws Nigh

One day to go.

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This will be my 19th CPAC conference and 2017 is shaping up to be one of the best. This year’s theme: “We the People: Reclaiming America’s Promise.”

Yes, We, the People, have spoken. Will those we have elected actually fulfill their oaths and keep their promises? Will they put America First?

This week’s Time magazine cover asks the question: “Do the Democrats Matter?” Sadly, yes. Leftists fiercely resist the efforts of the Trump administration and the GOP majority to reclaim America’s promise.

CPAC is the place to be if you want to be part of that reclamation effort. With its impressive roster of speakers, plethora of workshops, and countless networking opportunities, we can all become better-informed participants in the public arena.

CPAC has posted its current conference agenda (subject to change), and its roster of speakers contains (as usual) many heavyweights, among them: the President and Vice President of the United States, governors, senators, congressmen, talk show hosts, and members of the media.

At CPAC, you can learn about and become connected with virtually any aspect of the conservative movement. Moreover, you can discover the various forces currently at play as America adjusts to the new Trump Era, which is surely not an era of good feelings.

How will Americans navigate the various political, cultural, economic, and international currents and storms extant in 2017 and beyond when we remain a nation starkly divided by ideology and culture, and even confused about own American identity?

CPAC is poised to provide some answers.

One thing is for sure: We can expect both fireworks and fun.

I Am America! NOT!

What is “America?”

A person? A race? A party? An idea?

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For decades, leftists have redefined “American” into something else.

Reactions to Trump’s inaugural address reflect the disparate views of America: globalist vs. nationalist; American Exceptionalism vs. Ugly American.

Remember Obama’s apology presidency? He continually found fault with America and courted anti-American nations and tyrants.

The Alt-Right’s WASP America

But first, let’s address the Alt-Right and its identification as WASP.

The Alt-Right views real America as a race. Ann Coulter exemplifies that view. Coulter has asserted, “Most of us have a lot of British ancestry. … of course our two countries are very similar in culture, I mean, down to the genes.” (For years, Coulter has entertained the notion of WASP superiority – at a genetic level.)

While the Left embraces illegals and foreigners as “Americans,” Coulter and the Alt-Right contend that only WASPs descended from colonists are “true” Americans.

Indeed, Coulter sees Americanness as not only a race, but envisions it as a personherself. Coulter boasts “I’m a settler” and a “Native American.” Coulter cherishes her Pilgrim roots, making her a self-identified authority on all things American as well as moral, culturally, and genetically superior to the rest of us mere mortals.

Leftists tend to reject nationalism (and, thus, Americanism) in favor of a globalist, citizens of the world, paradigm. They look askance at patriotism, dismiss concerns for border control and enforcement of immigration laws, and reject the idea of American exceptionalism and the privilege of American citizenship.

In contrast, the Alt-Right holds a very constrictive, nativist view of citizenship.

The Left’s America

For the Left, America is a party as much as it is anything else. The “Women’s March on Washington” was a potpourri of far-left causes and ideologies – all to affirm that they are the real America.

The appropriately named actress America Ferrera inaugurated that anti-Trump event by claiming, “The president is not America. His Cabinet is not America. Congress is not America. We are America, and we are here to stay.”

“We are America” – the “We” being those Leftists who were sufficiently Left to be included in the protest.

As noted by National Review, “While no one claims that the president, his Cabinet, and Congress are in fact, ‘America,’ the president and the Congress (which includes many progressives presumably more congenial to Ferrera’s world view) are duly elected officials, chosen in accordance with our constitutional system. In that sense, they do represent ‘America’ – in the only way that counts in our democratic republic.”

But the Left’s America is, as Dennis Prager notes, “essentially a racist, xenophobic, colonialist, imperialist, war-mongering, money-worshipping, moronically religious nation.”

Cultural Zeitgeist

Benjamin Weingarten, at Conservative Review, asked a series of questions which “speak to a fundamental cultural divide” in American. “How one answers reflects a certain cultural zeitgeist.” Weingarten suggests Trump’s platform “cut across party lines” to answer “some basic questions:”

“Do Americans believe in strength or weakness?”

“Do Americans believe in law and order or license and disorder?”

“Do Americans believe in brash politically incorrect candor or genteel political-speak?”

“Do Americans believe that their well-being is primary, or of secondary importance to the well-being of those of other nations?”

“Do Americans believe that America is the exceptional, indispensable nation, or conversely that it is the unique source of all that is ill in the world?”

Weingarten observed that “conservative policies serve populist ends because conservative policies are about protecting the littlest of “’little guys,’ the individual: His life, his liberty and his pursuit of happiness. Conservatism is about treating everyone equally under the law, ensuring an even playing field for all rather than conferring on individuals, groups or enterprises special benefits and privileges. Conservatism is about what is doing best for all Americans by holding as preeminent individual liberty and private property rights, thereby fostering a vibrant and dynamic culture and economy, and protecting our fundamental rights by way of an impartial justice system and a dominant defense.”

Real Americans

However, the Left would almost uniformly answer Weingarten’s questions choosing the second option – whichever choice accrued to America’s detriment or diminishing of stature and power.

Dismissing American exceptionalism and discrediting America’s Founding Fathers, progressives now champion a new countercultural figure: A female Muslim as representative of America.

An anti-Trump “We the People” campaign produced posters depicting “protagonist” groups “identified as vulnerable in the present political climate – Muslims, Latinos, African-Americans, and LGBTQ people among them – using the tropes of patriotic American campaign posters.” A spokesperson claimed, “Our America is one of equal humanity that does not demean or discriminate.”

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Moreover, “These ideas are not partisan. They are the foundation of America, and on inauguration day, with your help, we will make sure everyone remembers them.”

Their campaign expressly excludes the mainstream, Christians, and Western Europeans. The countercultural 1960s are alive and well in the 2010s.

Contrary to their assertions, these propagandistic posters are purely partisan and further an expansive redefinition of what it means to be an American. As for the equality of all mankind, well …

Sharia Law

Linda Sarsour, one of the Women’s March organizers, wants sharia law in America. Sharia law is contrary to the Constitution, the supreme law of the land. It is contrary to the Declaration’s proclamation of the inalienable rights of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” It is contrary to America’s roots and ideals and everything which makes America America.

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Sarsour, a self-proclaimed, “racial justice and civil rights activist,” attacked freedom fighter Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who “was forced to suffer female genital mutilation when she was five years old in Somalia,” tweeting “Brigitte Gabriel=Ayaan Hirsi Ali. She’s asking 4 an a$$ whippin’. I wish I could take their vaginas away – they don’t deserve to be women.”

Nice. American.

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Sarsour also tweeted, “Nothing is creepier than Zionism.”

American?

Contrary to Barack Obama’s assertion that Islam was part of the fabric of America at her founding, it wasn’t. Sharia is hostile to the freedoms proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence and enshrined in the Constitution.

What leftists offer is the antithesis of the American ethos.

America – an Idea

Both the Alt-Right and the Far Left dismiss the notion that America is an idea when, in fact, America was birthed by an idea enshrined in the Declaration of Independence.

The idea – freedom – is at the heart of the American Dream. That idea encompasses the biblical understanding that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.”

Our forefathers – whether genetically or ideologically – took a virgin continent to create a New World. Not like Hitler’s Fatherland or Stalin’s Mother Russia. Theirs was not a blood and soil philosophy, but one which built upon the collected wisdom of Western Civilization, the principles and precepts of the Bible, and the surety of God’s Providence.

The Framers of our Constitution and Founders of our Republic created a nation and a government which maximized political, economic, and religious liberty to an extent never before seen.

America’s Founders believed in the idea of liberty and equality – not race! Abraham Lincoln eloquently spoke of the “proposition that all men are created equal.” A proposition is an idea or an ideal, not a race!

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Word Rage

Donald Trump’s presidency began with a bang.

Scary!

Leftists hated his words. And they will hate his actions even more.

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Trump actually puts America First! – and the Left has gone bonkers. Leftists recoiled in reactionary horror.

Trump has tapped into a patriotic fervor which terrifies the Left and exposes its anti-American values and anti-democratic impulses.

Trump’s (First) Inaugural Address

Trump’s inaugural address was short, a mere 1,459 (powerful) words. The longest address, at 8,460 words, was given by William Henry Harrison, who died 31 days later from complications due to pneumonia. Franklin D. Roosevelt’s fourth address was the shortest at a meager 559 words.

In his address, Trump drew a line in the sand – a demarcation line between patriotism and globalism, between national sovereignty and cosmopolitanism, between American exceptionalism and obeisance to a New World Order.

Trump posits American primacy and polity above international diplomacy and appeasement. And Americans love it!

Charlie Kirk observed, “Donald Trump’s speech used the word ‘we’ 45 times and the word ‘I’ three times,” suggesting Trump’s ego may succumb to his new role as Commander-in-Chief.

(Will Trump’s new position as President transform Trump into a better man as he seeks to Make America Great Again? Will he grow into a selfless leader for a higher purpose? We can hope and pray.)

I tweeted: “Impressive #inaugural address: God country liberty fraternity TRUE hope & change #GodBlessAmerica.”

The Hartford Sentinel highlighted these inaugural words: “Will (40), America (17), American (12), people (9), nation (9), country (9), again (9).”

Patriotism. Nationalism.

Trump’s Dark, Dark, Dark Inaugural Address

Responses to Trump’s inaugural address varied: hysterical fear from the Left, jubilant enthusiasm from the #AmericaFirst crowd, and cautious optimism from formerly #NeverTrump.

Open borders enthusiasts like Forbes bemoaned “the most bellicose inaugural address ever given” with its “incendiary rhetoric,” “dark vision of America,” and “extraordinarily dark rhetoric.”

Hearkening back to the alleged “angry white males” of the Bill Clinton era, Forbes claimed: “Trump’s angry, determined, and take-no-prisoners speech was astonishingly dark in tone, matching his campaign speeches – and by far the darkest inaugural of the past half-century.”

(How would Leftists have responded if Forbes had used that very same dark language to describe any of Obama’s speeches?)

The Washington Post also lamented Trump’s dark choice of words, which included:

 “sprawl, ignored, windswept, overseas, tombstones, rusted-out, trapped, neighborhoods, landscape, flush, carnage, unrealized, robbed, stolen, likes, listening, hardships, transferring, politicians, reaped, stops, subsidized, disagreements, bedrock, Islamic, reinforce, solidarity, unstoppable, brown, mysteries, arrives, politicians, hire, infrastructure, trillions, depletion, allowing, disrepair, redistributed, tunnels, stealing, ravages, issuing, bleed.”

Zero Hedge similarly grumbled about Trump’s word choice, providing its own list of words never before used in a presidential inaugural address:

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Many deplored Trump’s use of “carnage,” a word wholly appropriate and accurate in describing the violence in America’s Democrat-run metropolitan areas.

Trump testified to the blunt reality many Americans face from inner-city violence, race riots, terrorist attacks, and the consequences of the massive influx of illegal aliens.

Snowflakes want the whole world to be a safe space. Normal people in the real world want freedom.

(Quartz Media provides a database of every presidential inaugural, listing the most frequent words used in each one. Homework assignment: compare the inaugurals from Reagan to Trump.)

America First!

The most jarring moment for me was in Trump’s salutation: addressing and thanking, among others, the “people of the world.” That phrase, reminiscent of Obama’s “citizen of the world” rhetoric, ran counter to Trump’s America First! theme.

Trump’s appeal to the hearts of Americans – America First! –is neither unhealthy nor immoral.

Nevertheless, Leftists responded in typical fashion. Blue Virginia offered up an inaugural word cloud showing the predominance of America, American, country, and people in Trump’s speech.

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Blue Virginia also condemned the substance of Trump’s message, writing: “Donald Trump’s inaugural address: will go down in history as the infamous, hyper-nationalist, chest-thumping ‘America First’ speech, I bet.”

Even Bill O’Reilly called Trump’s speech “militant.” But it’s only divisive or militant if you disagree with the content.

Trump’s America First! Agenda

What does “America First!” mean?

Is it a nefarious plot to create a racist authoritarian state? Does it inspire national hubris? Or is it a response to the anti-American ethos of so many of America’s political, cultural, and economic elites?

In reality, American First! is both populist and conservative.

It is populist in that it is popular with the average America-loving American who believes in American exceptionalism, American values, and American ideals.

And it is conservative in seeking to restore and preserve the best of what America was and can be.

How will Trump translate his words into actions?

Trump proclaimed patriotism, protectionism, and nationalism. Patriotism and healthy nationalism are good things. Protectionism is not.

Unfortunately, in being America First!, Trump misapplies some American principles. His protectionist instincts are counterproductive and contradict the very principle of liberty upon which America is based. Free markets deserve to be free. Liberty necessitates the free exchange of ideas and of products.

Moreover, America is not an island and must not become isolationist.

Evil was allowed to fill the vacuum left by Obama’s retreat from world affairs. Obama’s “leading from behind” failed abysmally. Absent an American presence of strength in the world, evil will continue to grow and thrive, inevitably becoming an ever clearer and more present danger to this nation.

Trump also must not ignore the reality that America needs her allies and other relationships which are mutually beneficial. To neglect or discourage them would be disastrous. Fortunately, Trump pledged, “We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism.”

Trump appears to recognize that the United States is much more than an “I” – it’s also a “We.”

We, the People – with deep roots and relationships with our allies (e.g., Britain, Israel) and certain alliances (e.g., NATO). (In contrast, Trump is correct in diminishing – or abandoning – the United Nations, which is not an ally and is more often than not anti-American.)

Nevertheless, our new president’s prioritization of American interests at the head of the queue is both laudable and a necessary course correction from the previous administration and decades of progressive dominance in politics.

A Re-United States?

Michael Barone argues that Trump’s nationalism can ultimately reunite the American people, noting, “a healthy nationalism can bring people together.” Barone quotes Trump, who said, “When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice. Whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots.”

For a strong America, we need to restore and strengthen the American identity, American values, American ideals, and American independence.

Trump concluded his address:

“Your voice, your hopes and your dreams will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way. Together, we will make America strong again. We will make America wealthy again. We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again. And yes, together, we will make America great again. Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America. Thank you. God bless America.”

As Captain Jean-Luc Picard was known to say: “Make it so.”

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Left Behind

Donald Trump’s inauguration is hours away and the Left remains stupefied.

The Left remains stunned by Hillary Clinton’s defeat. (Snowflakes are melting.) Her defeat, and Obama’s legacy, augur ill for the progressive agenda.

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From Obama and Hillary to identity politics and bumper stickers, the Left is in need of not just a new messenger, but a new message.

Hillary Lost – Get Over It

Hillary, the worst candidate Democrats could have nominated, lost to the worst GOP candidate ever.

Analysis by Dan McLaughlin strongly suggests that Trump won despite himself and that a far more traditionally conservative GOP nominee “would have fared far better.” According to McLaughlin, “A candidate with nothing but the historical wind at his back would have fared far better than Trump. Only his singular underperformance of the historic trend kept this race even close.”

But Hillary still lost!

Hillary had “an astoundingly poor performance,” according to McLaughlin, winning “a majority of the popular vote in only thirteen states, the fewest of any major-party nominee since Bob Dole in 1996.” Indeed, though she faced the “deeply flawed” GOP candidate “that Democrats were visibly salivating over running against,” Hillary “carried a popular majority in half as many states as Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, barely more than half as many as Mitt Romney.”

Indeed, “Hillary managed the worst Democratic performance as a share of eligible voters over the past five elections in 17 states, almost all of them states with above-average white populations: West Virginia, North and South Dakota, Wyoming, Tennessee, Missouri, Oklahoma, Iowa, Arkansas, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Michigan, Rhode Island, Alabama, Louisiana, Kansas, and New York.”

To whom did Hillary lose? Donald Trump.

McLaughlin observes, “All told, across the 765 counties in 28 states where Trump got fewer votes than the Republican candidate for Senate, he received 2.176 million fewer votes.” Moreover, in “counties Trump lost by 10,000 or more votes, we get a much longer list of 52 counties, in which more than 21 million votes were cast and Trump got 1,377,179 fewer votes than Republican Senate candidates.”

Trump was extremely unpopular; Hillary even more so.

Obama has Left Liberalism in Crisis

What was Hillary message? She as going to out-Obama Obama. America has rejected that agenda.

President Obama’s legacy is one which has actually left liberalism in crisis. Michael Barone points out: “Republicans have now won House majorities in 10 of the past 12 elections, leaving 2006 and 2008 as temporary aberrations.”

Barone continues:

“Republican success has been even greater in gubernatorial and state-legislature elections, to the point that Democrats hold both the governorship and legislative control only in California, Hawaii, Delaware, and Rhode Island. After eight years of the Obama presidency, Democrats hold fewer elective offices than at any time since the 1920s.”

Ramesh Ponnuru addresses the leftward momentum of the Left: “On criminal justice, on entitlements, on immigration, on abortion, on religious liberty, Democrats staked out positions and adopted rhetoric that were much less moderate than they had previously been. The new Democratic consensus included Hillary Clinton, who ran in 2016 as the heir to Obama rather than to her own husband.”

As Rich Lowry notes, Obama’s “favorite rhetorical crutch was to portray his positions as the centrist path between two extremes, although this was convincing only to people who already agreed with him. His inability or unwillingness to seriously compromise proved devastating to his party, which got wiped out in 2010, 2014, and most importantly 2016. This puts much of what he accomplished legislatively and unilaterally in jeopardy.”

Straightjacketed by Identity Politics

The Left has become straightjacketed by the identity politics for which both Obama and Hillary are poster children. The Year of the Woman failed in 2008 and 2016. Appealing to voters on the basis of race, gender, and class is becoming increasingly counterproductive.

Hillary and the Left lost in large measure due to the politically cancerous identity politics it is obsessed with and which taints everything the Left does.

The Million Woman March slated for the day after Trump’s inauguration epitomizes the nonsense that permeates the Left. Organizers for these protests in the name of all women actually exclude those who are neither liberal nor pro-choice. They also reject white women, claiming their oppression is significantly less than that of minority women.

Heather Wilhelm notes, “There are many different types of oppression, intersectional feminism teaches – based on race, class, sexual identity, and more  that layer upon each other. In the world of intersectionality, victimhood is sorted by category, tallied, and ultimately ranked.” Sounds a lot like those good old days of apartheid in South Africa.

“Apparently, at this point,” writes Wilhelm, “the way forward involves a cavalcade of left-wing causes – abortion, as usual, is taking top billing – buckets of vague platitudes, lots of hectoring, and endless, obsessive, identity-based infighting.” As usual in situations like this, the loudest bully wins, kind of like in Lord of the Flies.

Leftist Political Dynasties

Progressives are always seeking progress – moving forward. Hence their disdain for tradition, especially in traditional values, religious beliefs, and patriotic fervor. For them, we must get beyond the foibles of nationalism and embrace a globalist citizen-of-the-world ethos.

But progressives also like to anchor their progress and their victories in hero worship. Hence their love for political dynasties.

Leftist admiration for political dynasties is particularly undemocratic and peculiarly foreign to the precepts upon which America was founded. (Remember the Declaration of Independence?) Once leftists have power, they are loathe to give it up.

In the 1960s, the Left dreamed of a Kennedy dynasty (John, Bobby, Ted). Now they fervently desire an interwoven dynastic reign by Obamas and Clintons.

Lowry observes, Obama “will be remembered – and revered – by his admirers as his generation’s JFK. Lasting substantive achievements are beside the point when ascending to this iconic status.” As I pointed out, “At least JFK loved America, fought against communism, valued free market, tough on crime.”

One bumper sticker encapsulates this self-destructive pathology on the Left. It read: Hillary 2016, Michelle 2024, Chelsea 2032, Malia 2040, Sasha 2048.

What qualifies any of the (exclusively female) names on this list to be President of the United States?

Hillary’s singular accomplishment was to be more hated and less trusted than Donald Trump. HillaryCare bombed during her husband’s first administration. She was a lackluster senator and an abysmal Secretary of State who presided over the collapse of stability in the Middle East and the mushrooming of Islamism. Her singular achievement (apart from Benghazi and her secret email server) was setting a Guinness world record for frequent flyer miles.

Michelle Obama is indeed accomplished – at decimating public school lunch programs across America.

What are Chelsea Clinton’s accomplishments, credentials, and qualifications to be Commander-in-Chief? She received “an eye-popping $600,000 annual salary for an irregular stint as an NBC special correspondent.” Yes, she’s a “political heiress” engaged in crony capitalism.

Finally, in case it escaped anyone’s notice, Malia and Sasha Obama are children!

What do all these wonderful people have in common? They are all women and they all share the name of Clinton or Obama.

Obama’s Unraveling Legacy

Obama’s legacy is unravelling even as Trump prepares for his inauguration. Hillary’s political ambitions are effectively dead. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has again become her party’s standard-bearer in the House. Leftists continue to pursue their leftward momentum even as most Americans reject their policies.

President Obama’s “central case for government’s existence,” writes David Harsanyi, “rests on the notion of the state being society’s moral center, engine of prosperity, and arbiter of fairness. Obama speaks of government as a theocrat might speak of the Church, and his fans return the favor by treating him like a pope. This was true in 2008. And it’s true now. Just check out liberal Twitterdom.”

Some delusions die hard.

Racial Madness

Four blacks kidnapped and tortured a white mentally-challenged man while using “terrible racist statements.” (Torture streamed on Facebook Live!)

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The Washington Post suggested it was inconsequential. CNN called it a “hazing.” One CNN panelist actually blamed Trump! NBC argued the thugs were not “truly trying to be criminal.” (Imagine saying that about the abominable Dylann Roof.)

The Chicago police refused to call it a hate crime. When is a hate crime not a hate crime? When its committed by blacks against a white male.

In related news, a university professor tweeted “All I Want for Christmas is White Genocide.” This professor remains employed.

Racial Healing Aborted

Barack Obama promised racial healing in America and racial tensions reached new heights under his presidency.

Despite Obama winning the presidency twice in a majority white nation, the racial grievance industry took control of the national debate. (No, not the KKK; the BLM.)

Phony Black Lives Matter narratives filled the airwaves, Internet, and social media.

Enslaved and energized by identity politics – and rejecting the promises and realities of Martin Luther King’s famous dream – the Black Lives Matter movement employed a range of racial myths to create a constituency and gain power and prestige. (Let’s not forget the money.)

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Some of these narratives (e.g., “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot”) have been proven totally false, yet they retain a visceral power which overwhelms reason and reality.

From Ferguson to Baltimore and across the nation, Black Lives Matter propaganda has destroyed communities and created chaos.

Riots are called “protests.” Murder is deemed “social justice.”

Root Causes

So-called “white privilege” is the latest bogeyman. But blacks are not victims of a fictitious “institutionalized white racism” or presumed “white privilege.”

Rather, some blacks are victims of a fifty-year-old War on Poverty and a welfare state which has become the new plantation – created by Democrats who treat them as children. The paternalistic state gone awry.

The welfare statenot white racism – has created generational poverty, generational broken homes, and a cultural of dependency justified by allegations that blacks are victims of white racism and the legacy of slavery.

Consequently, perceiving themselves to be victims, many feel entitled to whatever they can get from the government, becoming dependent upon that government. With it, comes rage against the injustices they perceive have been perpetrated against them. And with that comes a culture of irresponsibility.

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David French observes, “When you celebrate thugs, you get more thugs.” He laments a “depraved culture” and “breakdown in law and order.”

French concludes: “Our nation’s social fabric is fraying — nowhere more than in Chicago. This is the Left’s city, a foundation of its national power. How many more people have to die before it changes course?”

Contemporary dysfunctional black communities are not rooted in America’s founding. Rather, one need only look to Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society and subsequent iterations of the welfare state and the adoption of progressive policies and political correctness to see the development and escalation of dysfunctional pathologies in some black (and a growing number of white) communities.

America No Longer Needs to Apologize for Slavery

My MSNBC Op-Ed (7/2/97), entitled, “America has acknowledged mistakes,” is as relevant today as it was twenty years ago. Here it is:

Kimberle Crenshaw writes about passionate “white opposition” to a formal apology for slavery (neglecting to mention the many blacks who oppose it as well). While citing their objections (in her terms: “personal denial,” “finger pointing,” “traditional historicizing,” and “new-age globalizing”), she fails to refute any of those arguments. She doesn’t even try.

Instead, Crenshaw questions the motives of those opposed to an apology, saying it “reflects a deep unwillingness to desegregate American history and to integrate American self-identity.” Self-flagellation is not my self-identity.

Crenshaw contrasts post-slave, post-apartheid societies with non-slave, non-apartheid ones, failing to note that all societies are at least post-slave and, even today, many societies remain slave societies. (Why is the Left always willing to condemn America but praise our enemies?)

Crenshaw accuses the right of explaining away the black underclass as a result of “inherent characteristics.” Wrong! The right recognizes that the welfare state promotes self-destructive behaviors and the underclass is enslaved to the welfare state. Let’s forget apologies and free the underclass.

Crenshaw desires “historical closure.” Most Americans have experienced “closure” with past slavery. Constantly tearing at the scab only causes the wound to bleed.

Par for the course, Crenshaw criticizes America’s Founding Fathers for expressing the ideals of liberty for all while condoning slavery. No one disputes the divergence of these ideals and their implementation.

Crenshaw insists that whites – and American culture itself – are in a state of denial about slavery (and other historical atrocities). Denial? Our cultural elites positively revel in past American misdeeds (while glossing over our triumphs and glories).

Is Crenshaw really suggesting that Americans are denying historical slavery? Is she subtly suggesting a moral equivalence between this perceived denial and those who deny the Holocaust?

Tragically, while her ancestors may have been enslaved in chains, Crenshaw (and others) have enslaved themselves to the past. She desires “a reopening of American historical memory,” as if anyone could “forget” American slavery. She wants an acknowledgement of America’s “tragic mistakes” but Americans have already acknowledged them.

We are fast approaching a new millennium. Isn’t it time to put the past behind us, to let the wounds heal, to live for the future? Until we do, this schizophrenic identity crisis will only exacerbate the already tumultuous times we are living in.

Favorite Christmas Songs

The magic of Christmas is new every Yuletide. It is truly the most joyful (enduring and endearing) season and, indeed, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

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Such is its impact in our lives, our communities, and the world that people around the world often begin preparing for it months in advance.

Christmas trees, lights, decorations, gifts, and music – these all attest to its significance for humanity and to mankind’s desire for the peace and joy that only Jesus can bring.

Christmas isn’t magic, though it is magical. Christmas is a birthday celebrating the miraculous birth of Jesus into the world as a Babe in a manger and also His birth into our lives.

Jesus – Emmanuel (“God with us”), our Savior and Redeemer – was born that, as God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen acknowledges, “man no more may die.”

Christmas music is invariably joyfulJoy to the World – because Jesus was born, sacrificed himself for us, and offers us the incredible gift of inviting us to live with Him forever in Paradise as His brothers and sisters.

Jesus truly is the reason for the season. Two millennia ago, shepherds and angels proclaimed the miracle of our Messiah’s birth. Heaven and nature has been singing ever since. Let us join our voices to that heavenly chorus.

Here are a few of my favorite Christmas songs (a few with multiple versions).

2,000 Decembers Ago Joy Williams https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4W8K3OhxVSw
Angels We have Heard on High Laura Story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YyI-hS-Q1k
Breath of Heaven Amy Grant https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8_475FKJWQ
Carol of the Bells Barlow Girl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0WXDp2twLw
Do You Hear What I Hear? Carrie Underwood https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ad7KU9bCTAM
For Unto Us Point of Grace https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGoyyDRi-_Q
Go Light Your Candle Kathy Troccoli https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9eyUgOFZf0
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Mannheim Steamroller https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXoJoHvho5M
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Nancy Sinatra https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ma4lDu1RwOk
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Paige Sisters https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCoy7URHuY4
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Pentatonix https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ku7ohU1IGls
Hallelujah (Light Has Come) Barlow Girl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0e_2t4vHugo
Hark, the Herald Angels Sing Amy Grant https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1m–UmRngY
How Many Kings Downhere https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zF952rzG3Yk
I Believe Natalie Grant https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQBDtKC-cQ0
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day Casting Crowns https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIqCtigFAXs
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear Kutless https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7aizwAprBA
It’s Christmas Mandisa https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PG14DXeXD3U
Joy to the World Avalon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-lKAyPYI_I
Joy to the World Mannehim Steamroller https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zX5M9n7vrrg
Joy to the World (Unspeakable Joy) Chris Tomlin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tC3SwhJsLqU
Joyful Joyful Casting Crowns https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfNS0nxHXhc
Light of the World Lauren Daigle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olw5uH_fvuw
Mary, Did You Know? Kathy Mattea https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6I597YUXw1E
Mary, Did You Know? Pentatonix https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifCWN5pJGIE.
O Come All Ye Faithful Third Day https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsqNCWOycNw
O Come All Ye Faithful Britt Nicole https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27K59NgWsZo
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel Barlow Girl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzW_PmW-LzE
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel Celtic Angels https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIGSuLlM-R4
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel Selah https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Q6iesplJRM
O Holy Night Barlow Girl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLYM2WYkxEs
O Holy Night Josh Groban https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Zh-yR0pbmU
O Holy Night Point of Grace https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpxrK5ItgG0
O Little Town of Bethlehem Hillsong https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsXJp6A5y9Q
O Little Town of Bethlehem Jeremy Camp https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grKx1YSeLr0
Silent Night Kelly Clarkson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yE1G-JdeNow
The First Noel Jaci Velaquez https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmAsVGraobU
What Child is This? Carrie Underwood https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWwj5Jatc9Y
What Child is This? Faith Hill https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DUhpP1w6Fc

(Please feel free to add your own to this list.)