Monday Potpourri – Liberal Hypocrisy

 

As we’ve done in the past, we’ll take a moment on this Monday to comment from a HardWired News perspective on weekend developments that didn’t receive much coverage

Comedian George Lopez Booed; Contributes to Racism

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Racism Purveyor

Hispanic comedian George Lopez was booed from an event he was supposed to be moderating in Denver over the weekend for his continued Trump-bashing jokes and anti-white comments.  He referred to people in the audience disparagingly as a bunch of “old white men,” and ranted about white privilege.

When minorities seek justice by bashing whites, they are guilty of the same racist philosophies as those who insult them.  Racism is, of course, the practice of attributing faults to an entire group of people based on their ancestry.  It’s wrong when white people practice it against blacks, Hispanics, and others.  But when turnaround is used by minorities, it simply justifies and ratifies the process, thereby contributing to the spiral of racial divide.  And the frenzied Trump-bashing by Lopez and his buddies on the left is so over the top, rational people begin to simply dismiss it out of hand rather than seriously consider the arguments of those who oppose Trump.

I can tell you from experience as a white man in America that there are others of my background and ethnicity who are racist (I am not).  But for every one that is, there are many, many more who are fair-minded and sympathetic to the concerns of minorities.  Behavior such as Lopez displayed turns these people off, and gives permission to the racists for their behavior.

So score one for the racists thanks to George Lopez.  Not to mention empowering the Trump supporters.  Thanks, George

Weinstein Brings Out the Worst in the Left

Harvey Weinstein, as everyone knows by now, is the uber-liberal Hollywood mogul recently called out for sexual aggression toward and exploitation of young Hollywoodweinstein-nyt1.jpg women.  The fawning left initially—for decades, actually—looked the other way, although his actions have become so notorious everyone is piling on (rightly so, in my view).  He has no cover.  But now the left is growing bizarre in their quest to draw-and-

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Bialik: Victim of Leftist Hypocrisy

quarter him.  An actress, Mayim Bialik of Big Bang TV fame, wrote that she condemned Weinstein, sympathized with his victims, and recounted how she has had to deflect unwanted sexual advances in Tinsel Town by making it clear she would not tolerate them.  Instead of praising her, the left attacked her for “implying” the victims had done something wrong by not emulating Bialik.  She, of course, said no such thing, but that did not calm the attacks.  As these things always seem to work out, she has now apologized to the left, for doing absolutely nothing wrong!  You can’t make this stuff up.

 

Those Who Profess Wanting to Save People from Gun Violence Threaten Others with Death

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Loesch: Threatened with Shooting by Anti-gun Activists

You heard me.  Anti-gun advocates are turning on NRA female spokesperson Dana Loesch and sending her death threats.  In the interest of stopping gun violence, these nuts are saying they will shoot her and “rape her to death.”  She points out, correctly in my mind, many of her detractors are also the ones condemning Weinstein for his abuse of women (see any irony here?) and “the left believes only non-conservative women deserve respect.”  The left could not show greater hypocrisy.

The Cat-In-The-Hat and Racism

Popular dictionaries define racism as a belief that people’s characteristics, their qualities and faults, are determined by race (or ethnicity).  It was behind Hitler’s murder of millions of Jews and countless lynchings and shootings of blacks in the American South.  Needless to say, racism works profound injustice and is behind divisions that exist in America and many other societies.  Anyone with an ounce of sense and a modicum of human experiences knows that qualities and faults are individual and not determined by a person’s ancestral group.

There has been enormous progress during my lifetime in improving racial justice and Roofrace relations.  Nonetheless, racism continues to rear its ugly head.  A notorious recent example was the shooting of nine black people in a Charleston, South Carolina church in 2015 by the demented white supremacist Dylann Roof.  He is being tried for murder and very likely faces the death penalty.  Periodic events such as this cause people to rightly remain on edge, and society needs to continue to be vigilant regarding any embedded racism.

But it’s possible that vigilance can be carried too far.  Recently First Lady Melania Trump donated the iconic Dr. Seuss children’s books to school libraries as part of an effort toGrinch encourage reading by youngsters.  The librarian in a Cambridge, Massachusetts elementary school rejected the gift saying the books were “steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes.”  Then a black woman, a prominent Democrat and former Georgia legislator, LeDawn Jones, appeared on the Fox Network’s Tucker Carlson show to double down, saying that old Dr. Seuss was a well-known racist and a purveyor of racially charged images.

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Alleged Racist

Maybe you’re as surprised as I am that The Cat in the Hat not to mention Thing One and Thing Two are racist.  I can understand the evil Grinch—he was simply bad to the bone—and I’m not just saying that because he’s green.

 

It seems that Dr. Seuss, in his early years as a cartoonist, supported the World War II effort by creating some propaganda cartoons on behalf Seuss political cartoonsof the government lampooning Hitler and the Japanese war leader Tojo in, of course, an unflattering way.  And he also illustrated ads for a popular insecticide product, Flit.  Some of the illustrations contained figures that could be fairly construed as unacceptable stereotypes of Arabs and black Africans.  It’s noteworthy that these kinds of illustrations were in the context of the times and—while clearly insensitive especially by today’s standards—were in the mainstream then, particularly so with our government’s Seuss race cartoonwar propaganda effort.  One could fault FDR as much or more so than Dr. Seuss for the propaganda illustrations, and I don’t hear mainstream Democrats calling for the boycott of Franklin Roosevelt.  Dr. Seuss also was an outspoken voice for racial justice for African-Americans and published many illustrations supporting his point of view, which was quite unpopular at the time.

Even if you believe the venerable Seuss should be condemned for his racial insensitivity in spite of his public stand for racial justice, it’s hard to justify bashing Sam-I-Am or The Cat in the Hat.  After all, the sins of the father should not be visited upon the sons, as Shakespeare taught us in The Merchant of VeniceSeusss It seems to me there are plenty of real racial villains—David Duke, George Wallace, Dylann Roof…I’d name more but we’d run out of room.  Spotlighting Dr. Seuss and his cast of iconic characters as racist villains seems to cheapen the conversation about racism in America and undermine the credibility of those who are speaking out about it.  Maybe, as Dr. Seuss taught us, we ought to think a  little more carefully before we condemn.

“Think left and think right and think low and think high.

Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!”

Weinstein Sex Escapades Spotlight Liberal Hypocrisy

harvey-weinstein-5.jpgIf you don’t know who Harvey Weinstein is by now, you’ve been living under a rock.  Born to a New York Jewish family, he made his mark as a Hollywood producer of films that roll off the tongue: Pulp Fiction, Gangs of New York, Chicago, Fahrenheit 9/11, Rambo, The King’s Speech.  I’d name more, but we’d run out of space.  A power-player fixture on the Hollywood social scene, he’s been generously awarded by the Tinsel Town elite and is a (in)famously connected liberal gadfly and supporter of the likes of Hillary Clinton, Barrack Obama, and a host of left-wing causes.

But you know him for his recent transgressions.  He’s finally—after decades of these misdeeds—been called-out for the sexual exploitation of vulnerable young Hollywood women, sometimes in the most deviant of ways.  And now he’s been forced to resign.  I won’t go into the sordid details (youWeinstein NYT can read or hear about them through any news outlet), but as a father of five daughters and a reinforced platoon of grand- and great-granddaughters, I am personally outraged.  I’m no prude, and I rarely condemn liaisons between consenting adults roughly equal in power and position, but his actions are a violation of decency toward women in the extreme.

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SNL Trump Parody

But our outrage is only enhanced by the hypocrisy of the left.  Saturday Night Live (SNL), the faux-comedy late-night TV show that is essentially a propaganda arm of the left, happily lampoons the foibles of the likes of Donald Trump, Sarah Palin, George Bush and a host of others from the right, but has remained pointedly silent on Weinstein.  It was reported that a few of their writers developed skits or jokes related to Weinstein’s now well-publicized problems, but they were killed.  SNL’s only explanation was that “it’s a New York thing,” apparently acknowledging that the problems of a prominent Jewish community member New Yorker who has made it big in uber-liberal Hollywood are off limits.

The left, of course, is famous for pontificating on what they see as moral causes: women’s rights, abortion, gun control.  But when one of theirs is the offender, they conveniently look the other way.  Remember Bill Clinton’s well-documented sexual exploitation of LewinskyMonica Lewinsky, Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey and a host of others.  He confessed to perjury on national TV, was impeached, barred from legal practice, and subject to court settlements for his activities.  But NOW, the National Organization of (liberal?) Women, sprang to his defense, and he remains the poster-child of Democrats and their liberal causes.  SNL is continuing that fine tradition of liberal hypocrisy in turning a blind eye to Weinstein.

Front Cover JPEG - Pestilence_edited-1Liberals love to paint conservatives wrongly as greedy, hateful exploiters.  In fact, we are in the main people who believe limited government, personal freedom, free enterprise and individual accountability along with its rewards and consequences will do the most to advance the American dream for everyone.  Some of the most generous and compassionate people I know are conservatives.  As my novel, Caine’s Pestilence fictionally explored, all too often those invested in the industry of liberalism are driven by the quest for money, power, prestige, and privilege, with their heartrending “causes” only a means to a more cynical end.

In fairness, some of the liberal elite can no longer ignore what Weinstein hasSteve Correll done.  The New York Times broke the story.  Then to her credit, actress Meryl Streep has belatedly condemned his actions and even poor CNN has been forced to report on them.  Saturday Night Live, however, continues the fine liberal tradition of hypocrisy and selective outrage.  Let’s see how the rest of the liberal establishment reacts.

 

 

CNN Goes Commando: National Enquirer Style

 

enquirer.jpgYou gotta’ love The National Enquirer, you know—the sleazy tabloid found near grocery checkouts that your mother used to glance at when she thought no one was looking?  It was as nutty as it was outrageous.  Here are a few of their iconic headlines:

 

Supreme Court Justice Scalia—Murdered by a Hooker (May 2016)

DEA Sting! Jeb Bush Snorted Cocaine on Night Dad Became Pres (Feb. 2016)

Rita Hayworth says…”I’m back from the dead: two years a Zombie” (Dec. 1968)

Cosby had Son Murdered (October 2015)

Like your goofy Uncle Barney’s outlandish stories he weaves after a few toddies, the attention-grabbing premises—built on the tiniest grains of truth—are too scurrilous to resist.

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But now the venerable Enquirer has some competition.  In the face of falling ratings, CNN has adopted an Enquirer-like disregard for realism, spinning every story possible with an “ain’t Trump awful” twist to appeal to the side of liberals that desperately wants to believe the silly articles.  Here are a few headlines from or about CNN:

 

“Donald Trump’s 57 Most Outrageous Quotes” (CNN Aug. 2017)

“Donald Trump’s last 7 days are just mind-bogglingly bad” (CNN Sept. 2017)

”CNN Faces Backlash over Doctored Trump Video” (CNBC July 2017)

Fake News CNNThese are just a few recent ones.  And if you think I’m overreacting, scholars at the notoriously liberal Harvard conducted a study of news coverage about Donald Trump.  They found CNN stories about the president were negative 93% of the time, the worst of any outlet studied.  The Washington Examiner (May 2017) said of the study

“..coverage was so negative it is hard to argue it was anywhere near neutral…CNN’s Trump coverage was 93% negative..negative stories outpaced positive by 13-1”

Hey, but maybe you think CNN’s exaggerated anti-Trump spin is just good business.  If so, you’d be wrong.  During the study period, CNN continued to have weak ratings.  According to TVNewser (adweek), a website devoted to covering media developments, CNN was only 8th among cable news programs, while Fox News easily held the Number One spot.

Fake News 8So is there a lesson here?  Maybe it’s if your theory is “sell the sizzle, not the steak” in news coverage, at least make sure there’s a real steak there.  Otherwise, you might just go hungry—at least TV viewer-wise.

Economics 101: The Dismal Science & the Trump Tax Cuts

Everything You NEVER Wanted to Know About Economics

(but were afraid to ask)

Economics 2GNP, GDP, National Income, the trade deficit, inflation rate, strength of the dollar, unemployment, growth, productivity, recession.  Economics is a buzz-kill.  That’s why 18th-century economist Thomas Malthus coined it “the dismal science,” the analysis of conditions connected with unemployment, shortages and plain old human misery.

But economics is fundamental to each human’s wellbeing.  Will I have a job?  Will my income keep up with inflation?  Can I afford a new mortgage, and will the equity in my house grow enough to help me retire successfully?  That’s why politicians sprinkle their rhetoric with economic promises, and sometimes sleight of hand.

Donald Trump ran and won on a straightforward economic platform: more high-paying jobs.  Basically, everything else (except perhaps national security) supports that; immigration control, infrastructure reinvestment, smarter trade deals.  And so far the news is pretty good.

Economic bellwethers have looked strong during the opening months of the Trump administration.  Overall economic growth exceeds 3%, the best in over two years.  Unemployment is about 4 ½% and has been declining throughout the year (many economists consider 5% to be “full employment”).  Inflation is tame at less than 2% (keeping in mind it was 11-13% in the Carter era) and holding, resulting in low interest rates that make home mortgages and financing new business investments affordable.  And the index of leading economic indicators—used by economists and the government to forecast future economic performance—is positive and improving.

Now we’re not out of the woods yet.  We still need more “good” jobs, paying enough to provide workers the standard of living that has become customary in America.  And there are still too many people under-employed—working in low-paying jobs beneath their level of skill and training—or simply discouraged and out of the workforce.

With this as a backdrop, the administration has announced it’s tax reform initiative, to be taken up quickly by Congress.  There are two main features: simplification and rate reductions.

Just about everyone agrees with the need for simplification.  The average person who itemizes is incapable (like me) of navigating the American tax code.  Here is an actual example of a paragraph from an IRS tax publication:

For purposes of paragraph (3), an organization described in paragraph (2) shall be deemed to include an organization described in section 501(c)(4), (5), or (6) which would be described in paragraph (2) if it were an organization described in section 501(c)(3).

It gets worse from there.

The second feature is an across the board reduction of taxes and tax rates for businesses and individuals.  It is designed to put more money back into the hands of individuals and businesses, both in the interest of fairness and under the well-founded assumption it will be largely re-spent, thereby spurring the creation of new and better jobs.

The risk is that, at least initially, tax revenues will go down, increasing the deficit and potentially leading to other serious problems down the road.  The hope and expectations are that the cuts will stimulate enough new jobs and income to replace those revenues, not through higher tax rates, but simply through greater incomes for everyone.  It’s definitely a risky move by the president.

The Democrats, as only they can, are trying to paint an ugly face on what should be seen as good for everyone.  They are characterizing the president’s plan as a cut for the wealthy (it isn’t), pro-business and anti-middle class (it isn’t).  They are simply livid that the Republicans are doing something to help average Americans.  We shouldn’t believe them.

Will Trump’s strategy work?  It’s clearly a risk that could lead to higher inflation, interesteconomics 5 rates and the resumption of the boom-bust-boom cycle that has plagued the American economy in the past.  For my money, it’s worth the risk and, like Presidents Reagan’s and Kennedy’s famous tax cuts, could launch us on a better path to ongoing prosperity.  Let’s give it a try.

 

Harmony Berkeley Style

This one is just too good to pass up.

Fox News reported on a protest at Berkeley, home of the University of California, that went a little…shall we say…awry.

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Berkeley Version of Peace & Love

Of course, you remember Berkeley.  HardWired News has covered their hypocrisy and bigotry in our article The Ascent of Bigotry.  You know, where uber-liberal faculty and their student minions physically beat, Mace and burn speakers who have a different political view than theirs, all in the name of peace, love, tolerance, and diversity.  If people weren’t getting hurt it would be just plain funny.

Anyway, Berkeley has taken things to a new high (or low, depending on your perspective).  During recent left-right dueling protests, an “Empathy Tent” was set up to allow protesters to come in and unwind, bond with the other side, and meditate on the more important things in life.  Peace and love, bro.

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Peace & Love Activist (Assault and Battery)

But—you couldn’t make this stuff up—violence broke out IN the Empathy Tent.  Chilling protesters with opposite views resorted to violence, almost collapsing the tent and resulting in four arrests.  One man was arrested for carrying a deadly weapon.  An extreme-left activist woman, dedicated according to her to peace, acceptance and love, beat the crap out of a right-leaning man.  Unlike the peace-children of an earlier era, these hippies-born-too-late have developed a pretty good left hook.  And looking at these photos of arrested combatants, we think we smell a romance blooming.  Ah….love!

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Fellow Combatant & Love Interest

In this day of new thousand-dollar iPhones coming out every few months, apps to hook up adulterers, artificial intelligence and the like, it’s good to see some old standbys that never change.  And that would be the conceited hypocrisy at the venerable University of California at Berkeley.  Go Golden Bears!  Or should it be “Golden Neanderthals”?

Our Anthem, the Flag & Black Lives

The HardWired News staff is back from a two-week vacation in Ireland just in time for the NFL “taking a knee” histrionics.

1st amendmentTo set the record, we have no problem with First Amendment free speech, as long as it is legal and does not physically harm others (it doesn’t mean we agree with all protesters).  Riots such as seen in Missouri or Baltimore or North Carolina (to name a few) involving beatings, firebombing, looting, other personal property destruction and the like are another thing altogether.  Assaults on police or other public officials are sickening.  There is no constitutional right to harm others to make a point.

flag burnerBut like it or loathe it, disrespect for symbols has a long tradition in America.  Remember flag burning during the Vietnam era?  How about flying the flag upside down, defacing historic statues or monuments, or simple graffiti on public buildings?  Or burning your draft card.  You can name others.  We at HardWired News have no training in psychology or sociology.  But we have plenty of good old-fashioned experience with people and situations.  And it seems to us the knee-takers are trying to do something so offensive to the public that their message is noticed, whether the action makes sense or not.  After all, if they were distributing handbills, marching around with signs or posting on Facebook, there wouldn’t be much if any national media hysteria.  This way their message is heard.  Still, and ironically, this type of offensive behavior, while attracting attention, undermines public support for their cause.

Don’t get us wrong.  We are deeply offended by the affront to America, her flag and anthem.  And protesting police behavior, which is controlled by states and communities—not the federal government, by denigrating our nation is preposterous.  The knee-takers are, in our view, disloyal and their animosity toward our country misplaced.  But their protests are still peaceable and legal.

The concerns of black people in general with the issue of disproportionate severe enforcement by police is understandable.  We doubt that there is any generalized behavior by police as an institution that is hostile to African-Americans, although individual malfeasance is always a possibility.  But if it is your son or cousin or nephew, father or brother, or you that is roughed up or worse, it naturally assumes gigantic proportions.  Doubtless many if not most African-Americans know someone personally who has had these experiences with police, justified or otherwise.  And the legacy of slavery, segregation and blatant discrimination that is part of their history must be difficult to shrug off.  Clearly, there is a problem in the black community itself that makes that population statistically more likely to be convicted of serious crimes, drop out of school, or have children out of wedlock, all things that can lead to misery.  And in our view, the long-term solutions need to come in large part from changes within that community.  Nonetheless, we can understand their concerns about the treatment of blacks at the hands of police, even if we don’t always agree with their conclusions as to the causes and remedies.

In short, taking a knee appears to us as a legal if offensive way to protest.  In our view, itKnee takers should simply be ignored as rude and inappropriate.  Elevating the behavior in the media as tantamount to a national crisis (not to mention blaming it on Trump) is silly and unnecessary, and our outrage at the disrespect shown our flag and country plays right into the hands of the protesters’ need for a platform.  For those of us who are offended, the best thing would be to ignore it.  And if you’re like me, move on to patronizing something other than professional football, at least until this stuff blows over (which it surely will, as all the theatrics before have done).

Left-Winged Chickens Come Home to Roost at Liberal Colleges

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Left Winged Chickens

Most people agree that, with a few notable exceptions, university campuses are the redoubts of liberals—faculty, staff, and students.  And that seems to create an incubator for left wing violent and disruptive protests, seen by the college administrators and national media as a justifiable if boisterous outcry against obvious injustice; i.e. any conservative person or idea.

HardWired News has written before that conservatives are people who believe a nation based upon market capitalism, a socio-economic system of rewards and consequences, limited government, and personal freedom has been and will continue to be the best road to America’s success for her people.  They also believe in a strong social safety net for those people needing help.  Conservatives are correctly most frequently associated with the center-right wings of the Republican Party and Libertarians, although many so-called political independents fit the bill.  Despite the bigoted beliefs of some on the left, groups such as the Neo-Nazis, KKK, skinheads or other white supremacist groups find no harbor among the conservative establishment.  The left’s view of conservatives as haters is as politically self-serving and ironic as it is bogus. (See HardWired News: The Ascent of Bigotry)

MissouBut more and more the tolerance shown the extreme left by liberal colleges is turning back against them.  At the University of Missouri, between 2010 and 2015 a few isolated and in some cases unsubstantiated racial confrontations led to a series of increasingly unruly (and arguably baseless) protests.  Emboldened by the lack of restraints from the University or local law enforcement, the protests became increasingly frequent, threatening and demanding.  While the school had done nothing to cause or condone the alleged racial incidents and had Missou protestbent over backward to placate the protesters, nonetheless the administration acceded to the demands with the president and chancellor resigning as de facto racists.  At Evergreen State College in the uberliberal state of Washington, violent protests erupted after the college would not agree to demands that white students be banned from campus during a planned event on racism.  The Washington Post said

“The public university in Washington state has attracted national attention in recent days after protests over race erupted and video of the unrest on campus went viral. Last week, students of color confronted a professor who had objected to a request by school officials that white people consider avoiding campus on a day of discussions about race. They called him racist and angrily demanded that he be fired. Demonstrations continued the next day with a standoff with the college’s president and other officials.”

But now both universities are facing a backlash.  Alumni financial support is declining.  Applications from incoming students are dropping.  The University of Missouri has been forced to slash budgets and implement layoffs.  Fox News explained:

“Now Evergreen State has experienced a decline in enrollment that has resulted in a $2.1 million budget shortfall, forcing the liberal arts school to announce layoffs…

(At Missouri), freshman enrollment has plunged by 35 percent, and donations to the athletic department have dropped 72 percent over the year before…The University of Missouri had to temporarily close seven dormitories – renting them out for special events, such as homecoming games – and planned to cut 400 jobs.”

The left, as one would expect, blames the problems on public reaction to the universities’ racism, while others (more reasonably, it seems to us) cite public disgust with the schools’ coddling of disruptive students, acquiescing to preposterous demands, and general inability to maintain a wholesome learning environment.

Either way, it seems poetic justice of sorts for the maudlin, liberal schools and their weak-kneed administrations.  We’ll see if the university community can learn from its mistakes.

PC Term of the Day: “PRONOUN MISHAP”

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Perpetrator

In California (where else?), a first grade girl was called to the principal’s office for grilling and potential discipline (which she dodged in the end) for calling another child by his (or newly “her”) given first name.  It seems the second child had been a “boy” the prior year, and was “transitioning” to a girl in a gender switch.  The naughty little first grader called the gender-mobile child by the male name she had known him (now “her”) by for the prior years.  The offending girl was investigated for gender bullying and eventually cleared when the “pronoun mishap,” a term coined by the school, was found to be unintentional (WHEW! – close one).

I have absolutely nothing against transgender people, although I confess to finding it profoundly odd.  And I have sympathy for the discomfort they must experience in the process of changing genders.  I likewise have no patience for bullying people who are different from the majority, be it because of race, religion, disabilities, sexual orientation or any other status that can be used to arbitrarily define people.

But bending over backward to invent verbal offenses and to make differently appearing or abled persons permanent victims meriting extraordinary deference is preposterous.

Political Correctness has invaded our language.  Here is a quick guide, taken from several sources, to nasty words or phrases according to the PC police.

Offensive TermExplanation JPG I suppose taken to its logical conclusion, a person (male identification) must become a gender neutral perper, a woman (here we go again, male reference) should be a woperper, more simply a woper, or perhaps ideally a wowo.  Then again a human would have to be a huper or arguably a huperper.  And lest we forget, a female becomes a feperper or fewowo, while a wife (demeaning connotation) is a wowospouse.  But then must a manhole cover become perperhole cover or maybe even a huperhole cover?  But wait!  Is hole politically correct?  We must move to a huperperspace cover!  What’s a fellow (er…nonwowoperper) to do?  I’m getting more confused by the second.  It’s going to be dang difficult to learn this new language to keep the Political Correctness Police at bay!

The Ascent of Bigotry

How the Left is Fomenting Hate and Violence

charlottesville 4Just about everyone has heard the news of the sad events in Charlottesville over the past weekend.   A violent clash of protesters from the political left and radical right occurred over the display of a Confederate statue.  The events culminated in the death of a young woman and injury of many others.  The deadly violence was perpetrated by a young man identified with white supremacists who intentionally rammed his speeding car into a group he believed represented the left, leaving the woman dead and others in critical condition.

The collective American consciousness could not but be horrified by this kind of murderous cruelty.  But the aftermath of politically motivated and misplaced recrimination is symptomatic of a more pervasive and deeply rooted problem in our country.  A problem of rampant bigotry perpetrated increasingly by the left.

The term bigotry is generally understood as the deep dislike or even hate of a group because of a belief, often self-serving and always false, that they universally share despicable characteristics.  The most infamous case may be the persecution of the Jews by Nazi Germany.  But its targets have also included other peoples including African-Americans, Muslims, LGBT, and those with a particular ancestry or national origin viewed as problematic by the bigots.  Of course, science and common sense tell us all such large groups include people of various abilities, morals and the like.  It is patently false to characterize all or even most members in a particularly negative way.

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UC Berkeley

Unfortunately, the extreme political left element is climbing on the bigotry train big-time.  And they are doing it with violence.  Conservatives—who usually believe that market capitalism and personal freedom advance the well being of most everyone—are labeled as haters and as such, fundamentally evil.  Right leaning speakers invited to the University of California at Berkeley have been met with clubs, mace and firebombs in the interest of assuring peace and kindness on the campus.  Hollywood griffin-trum-head.jpgis doing an excellent job of fanning the flames, as Johnny Depp asks if it is time for an actor to (again: John Wilkes Booth) assassinate a president (Trump) while Madonna declares to a gathered cheering throng she seriously considers blowing up the White House.  And who can forget so-called comedian Kathy Griffin posing with a faux severed Trump head?

Institutional bigotry on the left has risen to a new high with the recent Charlottesville events.  Donald Trump, seen by the media as the poster-child of the right, is being falsely accused of siding with the far right extremists.  Anyone who has seen the film footage of the events knows that both sides came looking for trouble, donning helmets and wielding clubs.  Violence between the groups quickly occurred, instigated in many instances by those demonstrators on the political left.  Nothing justifies the horrible deadly assault with the automobile, and no one has even implied as much.  But because President Trump said there was blame for the unrest due to the conduct of both sides, the left and their mouthpieces in the liberal media have branded him an apologist for the white supremacists.

It is noteworthy that Trump has consistently condemned and disavowed racism and associated groups, while speaking up for the rights of people of color and vowing to unite America.  His concern with terrorism originating from the radical Muslim world, and illegal entry over our southern border is equated by the liberal media to racism, while his policies are clearly anti-crime, and not anti-people.

The constant and increasingly violent condemnation by the left of people with a more egalitarian political view on the right is nothing short of bigotry.  And one of the problems with this type of institutionalized bigotry is that it legitimizes it, giving a sort of permission to those who would characterize other groups who they in turn hate, such African-Americans or gay people.  In this way, the extreme element on the left is fanning the flames of division, hatred and violence in the country.  And it seems to be spreading. Let’s hope and pray that bigotry can be ended on all fronts, or we face a very grim future.