Real News

As opposed to the usual garbage on the News. You know, the Beiber DUI obsession, The latest hate-mongering from the Leftists over at MSNBC, or the obsession  over an ASU fraternity suspended after hosting MLK “Black Party”.

That last one made national news. If you search for “asu mlk” you’ll get about a 10-1 ratio of the “party” over the actual news story below. That’s news today.

The “party” is news. The discovery below is not remotely as worthy.

But there was some actual news this week that was largely ignored. It’s sensational, just not sensationalist. There is no agenda here, so it’s not as worthy as a bunch of dumb college frat kids making an ass of themselves (when does that ever happen!).

A speech by the great Martin Luther King, Jr 50 years ago here at Arizona State University that no one knew was recorded was found at a Goodwill Store!

http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/story/24595412/2014/01/30/long-lost-martin-luther-king-jr-audio-found-at-valley-goodwill-store

Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke at ASU in 1964
From right to left: G. Homer Durham, Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph Abernathy, an unidentified participant, Rev. Louis Eaton and Msgr. Robert Donahoe at Goodwin Stadium, Arizona State University. Martin Luther King addressed an audience of 8,000 people on the topic “Religious Witness for Human Dignity.”
June 3, 1964
Photo by: Monsignor Robert Donahoe Collection

Discovery significant for historians, Arizona and nation 

PHOENIX (KSAZ) –A woman finds some old reel-to-reel tapes at a Goodwill store in Phoenix, they turned out to be a long-lost recording of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s only speech here in the valley. The announcement of this amazing discovery made last week and now there is audio of the slain civil rights leader speaking in Arizona.
      
“How very delighted and honored I am to have the opportunity of coming once more to the State of Arizona” said King during the recording.

A recording of King’s only public appearance in Phoenix on June 3rd 1964. He spoke at the old stadium at ASU and at Phoenix’s Tanner AME church during his west coast tour he stopped in our state.
    
“Now we are challenged to make this world one in terms of brotherhood one in terms of peace”  said Dr. King.
    
His speeches that day could’ve been lost forever if a sharp-eyed record collector had not stopped by a Goodwill store at 32nd Street and Thomas.
    
“Went over and I just picked up one of them and it just happened to be the one that turned out to be Martin Luther King it said MLK 1964 ” said Mary Scanlon.
    
She bought several tapes at $2.99 a piece. They could have crumbled if she tried playing them but she brought them to an ASU archive. They were sent to be digitized then they heard him speak.
    
“It’s just completely unlikely improbable sometimes these things happen apparently someone stored it in their closet for years and years” said Keith Miller an ASU professor.
    
“Just electrifying, it brought tears to my eyes it was really moving” said Scanlon.
    
“The wind of change is blowing in a real sense it is sweeping away an old order” Dr. King said in the recording.
    
Two weeks after King gave this speech Phoenix signed an anti-discrimination law.
    
“What a point of pride that Martin Luther King came here” said Scanlon. A month afterwards.. The Civil Rights act of 1964 was made law.
    
“We have made of this world a neighborhood and now thru our moral and ethical commitment we must make of it a brotherhood we must all learn to live together as brothers or we will perish together as fools” said Dr. King.
    
ASU announced the discovery of the lost tapes last week.hey were recorded by civil rights leader Lincoln Ragsdale an ASU alumna. (Fox Phoenix)

“The cooperation of ASU and the NAACP in welcoming King sets the record straight in the national historical record,” Whitaker said. “Arizona gained great notoriety in the late 1980s when Gov. Evan Mecham rescinded the King holiday, triggering a national boycott of Arizona. On top of that, in the early 1990s in a statewide referendum, Arizona voters defeated a proposed King holiday, perpetuating the image that Arizona was anti-King.

“This speech is evidence that Arizona is not as anti-King or, in the wake of national debates about immigration, as anti-minority as many people across the nation think,” he said. “It certainly adds complexity to both the historical and current picture of our state.”

Phoenix lawyer Herb Ely, longtime civil rights activist and legal counsel for the NAACP at the time of King’s speech, said no more convincing example exists of the importance of King’s speech than the fact that 13 days later, the city of Phoenix passed a comprehensive public accommodation ordinance outlawing discrimination in all places of public accommodation. (ASU)

But the hate mongers and morally Superior Passers of Judgment on the left don’t care about FACTS.

“Further, his speech and inspiration lead to broad civil rights legislation by the Arizona legislature,” said Ely, who drafted Arizona’s civil rights bill that was signed into law on April 1, 1965, prohibiting discrimination in voting, employment, labor union membership and places of public accommodation. “Dr. King’s speech and leadership was an inspiration to us all. For me, he was my guiding light as I devoted my early years here to the civil rights movement. Not just this speech, but his entire life caused the culture to change here in Arizona and throughout this country.”

But not on the Left. They use him as a tool, not a guide, as they use everyone and everything.

The full recordings are available here: http://repository.asu.edu/items/18389

“We have made of this world a neighborhood and now thru our moral and ethical commitment we must make of it a brotherhood we must all learn to live together as brothers or we will perish together as fools” said Dr. King not long afterwards.

Now that’s NEWS, fool. 🙂

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Suicide Watch

Ann Coulter: As House Republicans prepare to sell out the country on immigration this week, Phyllis Schlafly has produced a stunning report on how immigration is changing the country. The report is still embargoed, but someone slipped me a copy, and it’s too important to wait.

Leave aside the harm cheap labor being dumped on the country does to the millions of unemployed Americans. What does it mean for the Republican Party?

Citing surveys from the Pew Research Center, the Pew Hispanic Center, Gallup, NBC News, Harris polling, the Annenberg Policy Center, Latino Decisions, the Center for Immigration Studies and the Hudson Institute, Schlafly’s report overwhelmingly demonstrates that merely continuing our current immigration policies spells doom for the Republican Party.

Immigrants — all immigrants — have always been the bulwark of the Democratic Party. For one thing, recent arrivals tend to be poor and in need of government assistance. Also, they’re coming from societies that are far more left-wing than our own. History shows that, rather than fleeing those policies, they bring their cultures with them. (Look at what New Yorkers did to Vermont.)

This is not a secret. For at least a century, there’s never been a period when a majority of immigrants weren’t Democrats.

At the current accelerated rate of immigration — 1.1 million new immigrants every year — Republicans will be a fringe party in about a decade.

Thanks to endless polling, we have a pretty good idea of what most immigrants believe.

According to a Harris poll, 81 percent of native-born citizens think the schools should teach students to be proud of being American. Only 50 percent of naturalized U.S. citizens do.

While 67 percent of native-born Americans believe our Constitution is a higher legal authority than international law, only 37 percent of naturalized citizens agree.

No wonder they vote 2-1 for the Democrats.

The two largest immigrant groups, Hispanics and Asians, have little in common economically, culturally or historically. But they both overwhelmingly support big government, Obamacare, affirmative action and gun control.

According the 2012 National Asian American Survey, as well as a Kaiser Foundation poll, only 40 percent of the general public holds a favorable opinion of Obamacare, 42 percent unfavorable. Meanwhile, 51 percent of Asians have a favorable opinion of Obamacare, 18 percent an unfavorable one. Even Koreans support Obamacare by 57 percent to 17 percent.

Overall, 69 percent of immigrants like Obamacare, according to a 2010 Cooperative Congressional Election Study.

That same survey showed that only 35 percent of native-born Americans support affirmative action, compared to 58 percent of immigrants, including — amazingly — 64 percent of Asians (suggesting they may not be as smart as everyone thinks).

Also surprising, a Pew Research Center poll of all Hispanics, immigrant and citizen alike, found that Hispanics take a dimmer view of capitalism than even people who describe themselves as “liberal Democrats.” While 47 percent of self-described “liberal Democrats” hold a negative view of capitalism, 55 percent of Hispanics do.

Pew also found that only 27 percent of Hispanics support gun rights, compared to 57 percent of non-Hispanic whites. According to Latino Decisions, large majorities of Hispanics favor a national database of gun owners, limiting the capacity of magazines and a ban on semiautomatic weapons.

Seventy-five percent of Hispanic immigrants and 55 percent of Asian immigrants support bigger government — also according to Pew. Even after three generations in America, Hispanics still support bigger government 55 percent to 36 percent, compared to the general public, which opposes bigger government 48 percent to 41 percent.

How are Republicans going to square that circle? It’s not their position on amnesty that immigrants don’t like; it’s Republicans’ support for small government, gun rights, patriotism, the Constitution and capitalism.

Reading these statistics, does anyone wonder why Democrats think vastly increasing immigration should be the nation’s No. 1 priority?

It would be one thing if the people with these views already lived here. Republicans would have no right to say, “You can’t vote.” But why on Earth are they bringing in people sworn to their political destruction?

Republicans have no obligation to assist the Democrats as they change the country in a way that favors them electorally, particularly when it does great harm to the people already here.

Yes, it’s great for the most powerful Americans to have lots of cheap, unskilled labor. Immigration definitely solves the rich’s “servant problem.”

(Approximately 5 million times a day, MSNBC expresses bewilderment that any Republicans oppose amnesty when it’s supported by the Chamber of Commerce. Wow! So even people who profit by flooding the country with cheap labor are in favor of flooding the country with cheap labor!)

It’s terrific for ethnic lobbyists whose political clout will skyrocket the more foreign-born Americans we have.

And it’s fantastic for the Democrats, who are well on their way to a permanent majority, so they can completely destroy the last remnants of what was once known as “the land of the free.”

The only ones opposed to our current immigration policies are the people.

But are they going to give John Boehner a job when he’s no longer House speaker, as some big business lobbyist will?

Will they help Marco Rubio run for president on the claim that, as a Cuban, he can appeal to Hispanics? (Fat chance.)

Will they bundle contributions for Eric Cantor’s re-election, as well-heeled donors will?

Will they be enough to re-elect Kevin McCarthy to Congress so he can keep his gold-plated government health insurance?

Will they be the ones writing Darrell Issa’s flattering New York Times obituary?

Sorry, Americans. You lose.

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The full quote is even better:

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”

 

 

The Empire Impossible

Well, “Chopped” was a rerun last night, as I am sure Obama’s speech was too. So I watched an episode of “Hotel Impossible” I had recorded. It’s a show where a Hospitality Expert goes into a failing hotel to find out why they are failing. It always comes down to bad management.

Just like Obama.

“What I believe unites the people of this nation, regardless of race or region or party (which is why if you disagree with a liberal you’re a racist! a hick or a tea party “obstructionist!” :)), young or old, rich or poor (rich evil, poor good), is the simple, profound belief in opportunity for all (as long as you do as I say without question!)— the notion that if you work hard and take responsibility (Like ObamaCare, Benghazi, CIA,IRS,NSA,etc…It must be an Internet Video’s Fault!), you can get ahead (if you’re one of my cronies),” Obama said last night.

Sounds flowery, but he doesn’t believe a word of it! And everything he’s done undermines or complete contradicts this goal. Everything. But I’m sure he believes it. After all, liberals are nothing if not supremely self-delusional about their superior vision and superior morality.

So back to the episode, in Juneau, Alaska, was instructive because you had a hippy owner who’d been running the hotel for 40 years, badly. But she thought it was “good enough” to keep the hotel going so what’s the problem?

Meanwhile, he competition was eating her for lunch on the business.

But she willing to change, unlike the rigid ideologue we have for a President who will say flowery and lofty things but has no intention of changing his ways.

They brought back in her son who was much more educated than she was to manage it day-to-day and he wanted to do it completely differently.

But the instructive part was the Bar Manager. He was a laid back dude who didn’t care if he was over-pouring the drinks (which is bad for business because its profit going down the drain) or leaving the cash register open and unattended, or free drinks because no one pays or steals. He was only interested in the several hundred locals who came to the bar at night. He “people”.  When confronted about trying to get some of the thousands of tourists in the bar to make more money he flipped out. He said he rather quit than see the bar “sanitized” and the thought of people outside of his little circle coming to his own private little watering hole was akin to the end of the world to him.

Sound like a liberal we know?

Only does things for his own good and the good of “his people”. Doesn’t want to change when things are not working. Will go around the owners wishes because they are not his wishes.

The manager thought the bar was his own private domain and he could do anything he wanted for “his friends” and that change would destroy it.

The Democrats think government is their own private domain. And they have a plethora of cronies and if want to change it, you will destroy “the little people” they supposedly do it for (but don’t actually).

Unfortunately, for America, their is no one to fire Obama or push him to quit so that’s where the story ends.

We’re stuck with him.

God help us all.

President Barack Obama outlined plans Tuesday to make 2014 his year of action — using his executive authorities wherever possible while encouraging Congress to go even further.

Obama took on a more pragmatic tone than in previous State of the Union addresses, acknowledging that getting his agenda past House Republicans was unlikely and therefore he would use his power to do what he can on his own.

So I’m going to do what I’m going to do, screw you. I will just do it by decree and regulations. I am Emperor Obama, I will not be denied!

This bar is run by me, for me, and my friends, and for the betterment of “the town”, screw you!

I will not have it “sanitized” by outsiders. People not of “the Body” (Star Trek reference) or “The Not We” (Doctor Who reference).

“Let’s make this a year of action. That’s what most Americans want — for all of us in this chamber to focus on their lives, their hopes, their aspirations.”

They don’t want Obamacare. They don’t want the NSA spying on them. They want some held accountable for Benghazi. They want lower taxes and less government intrusion in their lives.
I don’t think that’s the action the Emperor meant, do you? Its what the people want, but not what his “people” want. And it’s his “people” that matter.

They own it, after all.  They won (stick tongue out!). They have all the power. 🙂

Remember when they were horrified by Bush’s “unilateral” actions…:)

After all, this is his bar, and unlike in Alaska, the owners (the real citizen people) can only tell him at the election if they want to change managers.

Maybe we need an Anthony Melchiorri to come in and straighten out the owners of this country.

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The Emperor’s Speech

Tonight’ is Obama’s State of The Empire..Union…Speech.

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy

He will tout how good things are going and how much better they could be if everyone just did everything he wanted and just shut the hell up and let him do whatever he wanted, when he wanted, and because he wanted to.

You know, where “bi-partisan” means BY-Partisan and he and the Democrats get everything they want, when they want it, because they want it . There’s no use complaining about it (you “obstructionist”) because we’re going to cram it down your throat no matter what eventually because, after all, we are just that much better and more powerful than you. And we will get what we want, when we want it, and because WE want it. Period.

After all, We are Homo Superior Liberalis and he’s just better than you in every way. And it can never ever be their fault, for anything. The Rich/Obstructionist/Tea Party/Right Wing/Koch Brothers are to blame for everything, didn’t you know that? 🙂

He’ll talk up his Class Warfare and how evil rich people are (Boo Hisssss). How the “little guy” that he’s been squashed for 5 years is being squashed by his political opponents and not him.

He far too superior to be at fault for anything.

How he’ll rule be Imperial Decree if the “obstructionists” (aka Republicans) won’t kow-tow to everything he wants because he wants it. And if he wants it it must be good, right?

So who gives a rats ass about that Constitution thing if the Emperor says it’s good.

After all, he is Homo Superior Liberalis, he’s just smarter than you. He’s a Constitutional Professor. He knows better than you what you need and no damn partisan hack is going to keep him from ramming it down your throat whether you like it or not!!

And besides, it is racist of you to not allow those 20 million illegal Democrats and Welfare/ObamaCare recipients to vote for his brood and the Once and Future Queen, Hillary The First.

But I do have one poser for the Emperor. I know it’s impertinent of me, a lowly blogger serf to ever even approach the level of greatness and magnificence that is our Emperor, Obama The First.

If high unemployment is a “stimulus” then is unemployment going down making the economy worse? 🙂

The fact that it’s going down because 5x as many people who got a job gave up looking and went on the government dole is irrelevant to the Gods of Washington.

But if it was a “stimulus” when it was high, with it going down, now what is it? Still a good thing?? A doublethink….and political duplicity….Thy name is Obama.

Should be a rousing speech that we’ve all heard before, several times over, tonight. And the Liberal Media will be drooling over it for months as they do their Lord’s work for him in educating the masses on how he’s most magnificent and most magnanimous to his subjects.

I think I’ll watch “Chopped” instead… 🙂

On the eve of President Obama’s State of the Union Address, a new poll from Washington Post-ABC News shows that fully 63 percent of Americans have either little to no confidence Obama will make the right decisions. The public is evenly split on whether Obama is honest and trustworthy, with 49 percent of Americans answering in the affirmative, and 48 percent answering negatively.

So the “Vote for Me, The other Guy’s an Asshole” crowd have got a lot of work ahead of them. But they have 24/7 Ministry of Truth Misinformation Networks so they just have to Lie repeatedly until people believe it.And those trained minions who already do, they just have to give them new ammo to shoot their mouths with.

Welcome to 2014. The Year Hell could come to Earth and lands right in Washington D.C.

A bare majority of Americans, 52 percent, feel Obama does not understand the problems of people like them – a shocking downward turn for Obama on an important likeability issue in which he dominated in 2012. A majority of Americans, 51 percent, also believe Obama is not a strong leader. His disapproval rating stands currently at 50 percent, with 41 percent disapproving strongly – only 23 percent support him strongly. 50 percent of Americans have an unfavorable impression of the president.(TR)

But yet they will vote for the Democrats anyhow (and it starts tonight), either because they are mindless zombies, or because they are manipulated by the media, or because the Republicans are too weak to have a spine.

Either way, I think I’ll watch “Chopped”…

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert

 

 

What The Emperor Won’t Say

In his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, President Obama is expected to make income inequality the centerpiece of his address.

Political analysts say it’s a way for him to connect with a public still anxious about the tepid economic recovery — now in its fifth year — and upset with Obama over the disastrous rollout of ObamaCare. They also see it as a way to rally his liberal base in advance of the 2014 midterm elections.

But what Obama is unlikely to say in his lengthy address is that income inequality — as measured by the Census Bureau’s Gini index — has increased faster on his watch than it did under any of the three previous presidents.

Nor is he likely to mention that, on his watch, inequality has reached its highest level since the Census started recording it back in 1947.

And Obama is almost certain to avoid mentioning that the policies he’s pushing now have either had little impact on inequality or have provided few benefits to those they’re supposed to help. Or that one of his policy priorities is likely to increase inequality, not reduce it.

Here’s a closer look at some of Obama’s proposals.

Taxes. Raising taxes on the rich might seem like a good way to close the income gap. But inequality rose faster under President Clinton, who raised taxes, than it did under President George W. Bush, who cut them. In fact, the inequality measure was the same when Bush left the White House as when he entered it. Plus, the rich now pay a greater share of total income taxes than at any time in decades, yet inequality is also higher than ever.

Minimum wage. Obama will also call for another round of minimum-wage hikes. But raising the minimum wage hasn’t reduced inequality in the past.

A 2007 law boosted the federal minimum wage over three years to $7.25 an hour — a 41% increase while inflation has climbed just 12% since that year.

Yet inequality was much higher in 2012 than it was in 2007. The federal minimum wage climbed 21% under Clinton, years during which inequality also climbed.

And the most recent wage hikes haven’t done much to help those just starting in the job market. In fact, the unemployment rate among 16- to 19-year-olds is 20% today, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s up from 16% before the increases started in July 2007.

Meanwhile, real median household income is 7% below where it was before the minimum-wage hikes took place, according to Sentier Research.

Infrastructure spending. Another likely proposal from Obama is to increase spending on roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects. Obama has long looked to this as a way to boost the number of good-paying jobs. But federal transportation spending is already 22% higher than it was before Obama took office, with little to show for it.

Promise Zones. Obama has already proposed setting up five “Promise Zones,” economically distressed areas that will get extra federal help and some tax breaks. This isn’t a new idea, but a variation on the “enterprise zone” concept championed by conservative lawmaker Jack Kemp. The idea is to encourage businesses to grow and create jobs in troubled areas by cutting red tape, lowering taxes and providing other incentives. Clinton enacted several “Empowerment Zones” while president.

But the effectiveness of these zones is entirely unclear, with several studies finding little overall improvement in the areas. A 2009 study by the Public Policy Institute of California, for example, found that state’s enterprise zone program “has no effect on job or business creation.”

College aid. Another Obama favorite is to call for more college aid. On the surface, it makes sense. People with college degrees earn far more than those without them, so making college more affordable should end up raising income levels.

The problem is that federal aid has already exploded in recent years — it’s up more than 80% since 2003, according to the College Board.

But that hasn’t made a dent in college costs. In fact, average net tuition — after accounting for grants and special tax breaks — at private four-year colleges has been virtually flat over those same years. The average list price, however, shot up 23%.

Average net tuition at public four-year colleges has climbed 59%, despite all this extra federal help.

It would appear, then, that increases in aid are fueling tuition inflation, not making college more affordable.

Immigration. Like Obama, big business has been pushing for immigration reform. They see it as a way to cut labor costs and boost profits. Marriott International (MAR) CEO Arne Sorenson recently called for “a functioning immigration system that helps us staff positions that might otherwise go unfilled.” And 208 CEOs signed a letter to Obama calling for “a new visa system for lower-skilled workers.”

But while a flood of low-income workers might be good for big business, it’s not likely to be so good for those struggling at the bottom of the income ladder.

Harvard immigration expert George Borjas found that immigration increases from 1960 through 2000 cut wages of low-skilled black men and boosted their unemployment rate.

And when the Congressional Budget Office looked at the Senate immigration bill, it found that it would depress the overall average wage somewhat for the first 10 years.

Even backers of immigration reform admit that the Senate bill would hurt low-income wage earners, but claim that those ill effects will be concentrated mainly among earlier immigrants.

Either way, it’s not exactly a recipe for reducing income inequality.

But if he can make people “feel” better then his job is done.

Oh, and it’s all the Republican’s Fault!! 🙂


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The End is Nigh

WASHINGTON — House Republicans are preparing to unveil their own broad template for overhauling the nation’s immigration system this week, potentially offering a small opening for President Obama and congressional Democrats to pass bipartisan legislation before the end of the year.

Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio and other Republican leaders are expected to release a one-page statement of immigration principles this week at their annual retreat in Cambridge, Md., according to aides with knowledge of the plan. The document is expected to call for border security and enforcement measures, as well as providing a path to legal status — but not citizenship — for many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country, the aides said.

If the RINOs think that giving 20 Million Democrats the right to vote is going to make them like them they are NUTS!

But then again this a Republican Party that WANTS to destroy itself. They are just wanted to be “liked” by the school bully, who isn’t going to like them. He’s going to beat them into the ground and use them for there own personal sextoy.

And we’ll all be the victims of it.

Congrats, Jar Jar, you are so desperate to hand the fate of all over to The Empire. Willingly sacrifice us all for your own needs.

Critics worry that House Republican leaders and Senate Democrats are essentially negotiating a final deal, bypassing formal House-Senate negotiations, where conservatives had hoped to derail the process. Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York, one of the Democratic architects of the Senate bill, said: “One thing is certain, just as with the budget, at some point both the House and the Senate will have to sit down and resolve all the contentious issues.”

And let the Democrats have everything they have every wanted, because after all, they are your supreme Overlords! They are Homo Superior Liberalis! And you are not.

Heil King Obama The First (and his successor, Queen Hillary)!

The king of BY-Partyisanship!

Welcome to Amerika all you former illegal Democrats. Welcome to One Party rule. The Party of Homo Superior Liberalis.

Don’t like it? I’m sure the Thought Police will make it all better…

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert

The Challenge

One of the things that attracted me to the political left as a young man was a belief that leftists were for “the people.”

I voted for Jimmy Carter in 1980. I was a registered Democrat until 1988.

Fortunately, I was also very interested in the history of ideas — and years of research in that field repeatedly brought out the inescapable fact that many leading thinkers on the left had only contempt for “the people.”

That has been true from the 18th century to the present. Even more surprising, I discovered over the years that leading thinkers on the opposite side of the ideological spectrum had more respect for ordinary people than people on the left who spoke in their name.

Leftists like Rousseau, Condorcet or William Godwin in the 18th century, Karl Marx in the 19th century or Fabian socialists like George Bernard Shaw in England and American Progressives in the 20th century saw the people in a role much like that of sheep, and saw themselves as their shepherds.

Another disturbing pattern turned up that is also with us to the present moment. From the 18th century to today, many leading thinkers on the left have regarded those who disagree with them as being not merely factually wrong but morally repugnant.

You RACIST! SEXIST!  PIG!

And again, this pattern is far less often found among those on the opposite side of the ideological spectrum.

The visceral hostility toward Sarah Palin by present-day liberals, and the gutter level to which some descend in expressing it, is just one sign of a mindset on the left that goes back more than two centuries.

T.R. Malthus was the target of such hostility in the 18th and early 19th centuries. When replying to his critics, he said: “I cannot doubt the talents of such men as Godwin and Condorcet. I am unwilling to doubt their candor.”

But Godwin’s vision of Malthus was very different. He called Malthus “malignant,” questioned “the humanity of the man,” and said, “I profess myself at a loss to conceive of what earth the man was made.”

This asymmetry in responses to people with different opinions has been too persistent for too many years to be just a matter of individual personality differences.

Although Charles Murray has been a major critic of the welfare state and of the assumptions behind it, he recalled that before writing his landmark book, “Losing Ground,” he had been “working for years with people who ran social programs at street level, and knew the overwhelming majority of them to be good people trying hard to help.”

Can you think of anyone on the left who has described Murray as “a good person trying hard to help?” He has been repeatedly denounced as virtually the devil incarnate — far more often than anyone has tried seriously to refute his facts.

Such treatment is not reserved solely for Murray. Liberal writer Andrew Hacker spoke more sweepingly when he said, “conservatives don’t really care whether black Americans are happy or unhappy.”

Even in the midst of an election campaign against the British Labour Party, when Winston Churchill said there would be dire consequences if his opponents won, he said that this was because “they do not see where their theories are leading them.”

But in an earlier campaign, Churchill’s opponent said that he looked upon Churchill “as such a personal force for evil that I would take up the fight against him with a whole heart.”

Examples of this asymmetry between those on opposite sides of the ideological divide could be multiplied almost without limit. It is not solely a matter of individual personality differences.

The vision of the left is not just a vision of the world. For many, it is also a vision of themselves — a very flattering vision of people trying to save the planet, rescue the exploited, create “social justice” and otherwise be on the side of the angels. This is an exalting vision that few are ready to give up, or to risk on a roll of the dice, which is what submitting it to the test of factual evidence amounts to.

Maybe that is why there are so many fact-free arguments on the left, whether on gun control, minimum wages, or innumerable other issues — and why they react so viscerally to those who challenge their vision. (Thomas Sowell)

AMEN!

“proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing”–Douglas Adams.

Liberals do not want proof that they are wrong, nor do they want to even entertain the possibility. So you cannot be allowed to either.

They are never wrong. They are always on the side of “good” and “right” and “moral” no matter what and anyone says otherwise is a lowly speaker and communer of “evil” and no respect should be give to such “evil”. You are “obstructing” their “good”.

They are Homo Superior Liberalis, and if you don’t do exactly as they say when they say it without thought or hesitation and don’t question them ever, then you are not.

End of story.

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert