Constitutional Ignorance and Dereliction

via: The Patriot Post 07/01/15

The nation’s demagogues and constitutionally ignorant are using the Charleston, South Carolina, AME church shooting to attack the Second Amendment’s “right of the people to keep and bear Arms.” A couple of years ago, President Barack Obama said, “I have a profound respect for the traditions of hunting that trace back in this country for generations.” That’s a vision shared by many Americans, namely that the Constitution’s framers gave us the Second Amendment to protect our rights to go deer and duck hunting, do a bit of skeet shooting, and protect ourselves against criminals. That this vision is so widely held reflects the failure of gun rights advocates, such as the NRA and Gun Owners of America, to educate the American people. The following are some statements by the Founding Fathers. You tell me which one of them suggests that they gave us the Second Amendment for deer and duck hunting and protection against criminals. Continue reading

Culture and Social Pathology

via: The Patriot Post 06/17/2015

A civilized society’s first line of defense is not the law, police and courts but customs, traditions, rules of etiquette and moral values. These behavioral norms — mostly transmitted by example, word of mouth and religious teachings — represent a body of wisdom distilled over the ages through experience and trial and error. They include important thou-shalt-nots, such as thou shalt not murder, thou shalt not steal and thou shalt not cheat. They also include all those courtesies that have traditionally been associated with ladylike and gentlemanly conduct. Continue reading

Improving Black Education

via: The Patriot Post 06/10?2015)

Last summer’s (2014) Ferguson, Missouri, disturbances revealed that while blacks were 67 percent of its population, only three members of its 53-officer police force were black. Some might conclude that such a statistic is evidence of hiring discrimination. That’s a possibility, but we might ask what percentage of blacks met hiring qualifications on the civil service examination. Are there hundreds of blacks in Ferguson and elsewhere who achieve passing scores on civil service examinations who are then refused employment? There is no evidence suggesting an affirmative answer to that question. Continue reading

Intellectual Dishonesty

via: The Patriot Post (06/03/15)

President Barack Obama’s stance, expressed in his 2014 State of the Union address, is that the debate is settled and climate change is a fact. Obama is by no means unique in that view. Former Vice President Al Gore declared that “the science is settled.” This “settled science” vision about climate is held by many, including those in academia. To call any science settled is sheer idiocy. Had mankind acted as though any science could possibly be settled, we’d be living in caves, as opposed to having the standard of living we enjoy today. That higher standard of living stems from challenges to what might have been seen as “scientific fact.” Continue reading

Blacks Must Confront Reality

Walter  Williams
via: Jewish World Review
By Walter Williams
Published August 27, 2014

 Blacks Must Confront RealityThough racial discrimination exists, it is nowhere near the barrier it once was. The relevant question is: How much of what we see today can be explained by racial discrimination? This is an important question because if we conclude that racial discrimination is the major cause of black problems when it isn’t, then effective solutions will be elusive forever. To begin to get a handle on the answer, let’s pull up a few historical facts about black Americans.In 1950, female-headed households were 18 percent of the black population. Today it’s close to 70 percent. One study of 19th-century slave families found that in up to three-fourths of the families, all the children lived with the biological mother and father. In 1925 New York City, 85 percent of black households were two-parent households. Herbert Gutman, author of “The Black Family in Slavery and Freedom, 1750-1925,” reports, “Five in six children under the age of six lived with both parents.” Also, both during slavery and as late as 1920, a teenage girl raising a child without a man present was rare among blacks. Continue reading

Do Blacks Need Favors?

via: Jewish World Review This was originally published on Jewish World Review / July 23, 2014

Earlier this month, the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act was celebrated. During the act’s legislative debate, then-Sen. Hubert Humphrey, responding to predictions, promised, “I’ll eat my hat if this leads to racial quotas.” I don’t know whether Humphrey got around to keeping his promise, but here’s my question: Is it within the capacity of black Americans to make it in this society without the special favors variously called racial preferences, quotas, affirmative action and race-sensitive policies? What might a “yes” answer to that question assume and imply about blacks? Likewise, what would a “no” answer assume and imply? Let’s look at it. Continue reading

Absurdity, brazenness and hypocrisy reigns

via: Jewish World Review This was originally published on Jewish World Review / January 27, 1999, during the Clinton administration, but the message is still valid today!

(JWR) —-(http://www.jewishworldreview.com) A YEAR’S WORTH OF PRESIDENTIAL SCANDAL proves at least two things about us: our weakened ability to think and political hypocrisy.

The president’s defenders and pundits constantly preach that removing Clinton from office will “overturn the 1996 elections.” I’m wondering whether they want Americans to believe, and whether Americans actually believe, that removing Clinton from office means that Bob Dole and Jack Kemp, defeated in the 1996 presidential elections, will assume the presidency and vice presidency. It doesn’t. Continue reading

Economics 101

via: Jewish World Review This was originally published on Jewish World Review / January 20, 1999, but the message is still valid today!

(JWR) —- (http://www.jewishworldreview.com) MOST PEOPLE THINK THAT ECONOMICS IS DIFFICULT, but it’s really simple. More than anything else, economics is a way of thinking. Knowing just a little bit of economics can save us from the tricks of political hustlers.

At the heart of economics are a few simple and easy-to-comprehend rules — it’s not rocket science. Our first rule is there’s a cost to everything. To obtain more of one thing requires the sacrifice of something else. Nothing is free. Continue reading

A wrongful celebration

via: Jewish World Review This was originally published on Jewish World Review / January 13, 1999, but the message is still valid today!

(JWR) —- (http://www.jewishworldreview.com) SCARCELY A DAY GOES BY without a reference to preparations for the new millennium.

First, what’s a millennium, anyway? A millennium is a period of 1,000 years. Does the next millennium start at the beginning of next year (2000) at the stroke of midnight? Most people think it does, and they’re wrong.

Here’s how to think about when the new — third — millennium starts. Continue reading