Posts tagged ‘Thomas Sowell’
Wow, Sowell is really good value with this one.
Among the many new “rights” being conjured out of thin air, a new one seems to be a “right” to win.
Americans have long had the right to put their candidates and their ideas to a vote. Now there seems to be a sense that your rights have been trampled on if you don’t win.
Hillary Clinton’s supporters were not merely disappointed, but outraged, when she lost the Democrats’ nomination to Barack Obama. Some took it as a sign that, while racial barriers had come down, the “glass ceiling” holding down women was still in place.
Apparently, if you don’t win, somebody has put up a barrier or a ceiling. The more obvious explanation of the nomination outcome was that Obama ran a better campaign than Hillary. There is not the slightest reason to doubt that she would have been the nominee if the votes in the primaries had come out her way.
As the election approached, pundits warned that, if Obama lost, there would be riots in the ghetto. We will never know. But since when does any candidate have a right to win any office, much less the White House?
The worst of all the reactions from people who act as if they have a right to win have come from gay activists in the wake of voter rejection of so-called “gay marriage,” which is to say, redefining what marriage has meant for centuries.
Blacks and Mormons have been the main targets of the gay activists’ anger. Seventy percent of blacks voted against gay marriage in California, so racial epithets were hurled at blacks in Los Angeles — not in black neighborhoods, by the way.
Blacks who just happened to be driving through Westwood, near UCLA, were accosted in their cars and, in addition to being denounced, were warned, “You better watch your back.”
Even blacks who were carrying signs in favor of gay marriage were denounced with racial epithets.
In Michigan, an evangelical-church service was invaded and disrupted by gay activists, who also set off a fire alarm, because evangelicals had dared to exercise their right to express their opinions at the polls.
In Oakland, California, a mob gathered outside a Mormon temple in such numbers that officials shut down a nearby freeway exit for more than three hours.
In their midst was a San Francisco Supervisor who said “The Mormon church has had to rely on our tolerance in the past, to be able to express their beliefs.” He added, “This is a huge mistake for them. It looks like they’ve forgotten some lessons.”
Apparently Mormons don’t have the same rights as other Americans, at least not if they don’t vote the way gay activists want them to vote.
There was another gay activist mob gathered outside a Mormon temple in Orange County, California.
In the past, gay activists have disrupted Catholic services and their “gay pride” parades in San Francisco have crudely mocked nuns.
While demanding tolerance from others, gay activists apparently feel no need to show any themselves.
Just reading another Thomas Sowell article.
A thought occurred on compromises.
It really annoys me when people approach a conflict with the idea that there is always fault on both sides. Like the latest political beat-up.
If you don’t know about Solomon and the baby dispute, read up on it – it’s classic.
You can’t always compromise – there are cases where on side is simply in the wrong.
It’s often the one making the most noise – the one willing to stand back for the sake of what’s precious is the better person.
And at the moment, that person is Brash.
Pay it Back.
Finally found the quote I was looking for last week.
Contrast this with our current government:
George Washington, who took pride in his self-control, lost his temper completely when someone told him that a decision he was going to make could cost him re-election as President. He blew up at the suggestion that he wanted to be President, rather than serving as a duty when he would rather be back home.
Actually, I believe this would better describe that oh-so-evil government we had during the 90s. You know the one, the one that put us through boot camp so Labour could take all the credit when we came out fighting fit.
The opening line in the article made me think of something I realised the other day:
I don’t make a million dollars a year but I think every member of Congress should be paid at least that much. It’s not because those turkeys in Washington deserve it. It’s because we deserve a lot better people than we have in Congress.
Here’s what: Helen, and for that matter, Cullen, are now both earning the most they ever have.
Brash and his likely replacement Key, gave up more that these two put together to get their current jobs.
Just shows you how much credit we should give the concept of these guys being bought off.
Thomas Sowell is one of the most switched-on guys I’ve read.
What a great quote:
When you enter a boxing ring, you agree to abide by the rules of boxing. But when you are attacked from behind in a dark alley, you would be a fool to abide by the Marquis of Queensbury rules. If you do, you can end up being a dead fool.
Here’s also a great article for people who believe that National is selling policies.