ONE of the fundamental beliefs of today's liberals is that they are for civil rights and Republicans are racists. The proof is that Barry Goldwater voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and that the South voted for Goldwater in 1964.
(In fact Goldwater was a libertarian who had desegregated the Arizona National Guard and voted against the Civil Rights Act because he felt it was too intrusive.)
And then there was Richard Nixon's supposed "Southern strategy" to pick up white Southern racist votes in 1972.
Recently there have been three items in the liberal media, all featuring photos of Gov. George Wallace standing in the schoolhouse door, that assume this meme.
But Ed Driscoll has taken one look and decided to invoke Ian Fleming and Goldfinger.
And there's a telling boner on MSNBC's part in this hate-fest. Its chiron tags Wallace as an (R). In fact Gov. George Wallace (D-Alabama) was a lifelong Democrat.
But once the Civil Rights Act passed and blacks began to vote in Alabama, Wallace got religion and bid for the votes of African Americans and appointed blacks to his cabinet. A true politician.
Liberals need to paint Republicans as racists, because their policies have betrayed the spirit of civil rights. They have turned equal rights into a racial spoils system and injected race relations with the poison of cultural Marxism and identity politics. According to fashionable liberal psychology, the way your deal with that is "projection," projecting your own faults on your political opponents.
In reality, Republicans are embarrassed by race. We'd love to have blacks voting Republican but we know it ain't gonna happen as long as Democrats manage to whip them with the fear that Republicans want to return blacks to the days of Jim Crow. Anyway, the result of affirmative action is that overwhelming numbers of blacks work for the government. They ain't gonna be voting for the party of limited government any time soon.
Republicans have never bid for the votes of Democrats. What happens is that individual Democrats find themselves echoing one-time Democrat Ronald Reagan: I didn't leave the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party left me. And they find themselves voting Republican.
But there is a germ of truth in the liberal accusations on Wascally Wepublican Wacism. It is that the victims of liberal race politics are predominantly lower-middle class and working class whites. It is their jobs in government and elsewhere that have been targeted by affirmative action. And the same applies to university admissions.
I don't know how racist the lower class whites are, but if I were one, I'd be pretty angry with the Democratic Party that once loved me as a working stiff and now sneers at me as a racist redneck.
LIBERTARIAN economist Mark Skousen is boosting a grand debate at the next FreedomFest in Las Vegas July 8-11, 2015. It's between NYT columnist and Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman and WSJ columnist and supply-sider Stephen Moore. They are going to debate a bunch of topics, one by one. Red States vs. Blue States (especially California)… Flat Tax vs. Progressive Tax… Austerity vs Stimulus… Inequality ...
AS the Obama administration stumbles towards existential ruin, I hope that the Republican candidates for president in 2016 have their foreign policy and defense teams hard at work on a grand strategy for the post-Obama years. Really, the utter confusion and failure of the Obama years is a blessing, because the Democrats' foreign policy has been exposed as nothing more than anti-Bush animus and ...
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THE FINAL PROBLEM for all political and religious movements is what to do after you get to the Promised Land. You’ve defeated the enemy, you’ve conquered the land flowing with milk and honey. What next?
What’s next is that the soldiers of the revolution should get a job, get married, and start a family. And forget all about millennial hope.
But usually they don’t. Instead they get angry.
That’s why blacks rioted in the aftermath of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of ...
Everyone that has half a brain understands that the foundations are shaking. ...
THE CONVENTIONAL WISDOM among western cultural elites is that God is dead and we are well rid of him.... more
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E.G. West, Education and the State
How education was doing fine before the government muscled in
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How law developed from early times down to the present
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But I saw a man yesterday who knows a fellow who had it from a chappie
that said that Urquhart had been dipping himself a bit recklessly off the deep end.
Dorothy L. Sayers, Strong Poison
Civil Societya complex welter of intermediate institutions, including businesses, voluntary associations, educational institutions, clubs, unions, media, charities, and churchesbuilds, in turn, on the family, the primary instrument by which people are socialized into their culture and given the skills that allow them to live in broader society and through which the values and knowledge of that society are transmitted across the generations.
Francis Fukuyama, Trust
Tear down theory, poetic systems... No more rules, no more models... Genius conjures up
rather than learns... Victor Hugo
César Graña, Bohemian versus Bourgeois
We have met with families in which for weeks together, not an article of sustenance but potatoes had been used; yet for every child the hard-earned sum was provided to send them to school.
E. G. West, Education and the State
When we began first to preach these things, the people appeared as awakened from the sleep of agesthey seemed to see for the first time that they were responsible beings, and that a refusal to use the means appointed was a damning sin.
Finke, Stark, The Churching of America, 1776-1990
When we received Christ, Phil added, all of a sudden we now had a rule book to go by, and when we had problems the preacher was right there to give us the answers.
James M. Ault, Jr., Spirit and Flesh
A writer who says that there are no truths, or that all truth is merely relative, is asking you not to believe him. So dont.
Roger Scruton, Modern Philosophy
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