Dealing with reality is an essential part of growing up. A wise person can weigh risks and benefits before making a decision. At Sunday night’s debate, we saw two different portraits of America. Secretary Hillary Clinton said repeatedly, “America is great because it is good.” Donald Trump recited a list of evil things about Modern America and claimed he would “Make America Great Again.” The voters have a clear choice between these two descriptions of reality.
Conservatives prefer addressing fake threats to real threats.
Donald Trump is everything President Obama is not. Trump is reckless, ignorant and full of pride.
I’ve said for awhile now that hatred makes you stupid.
For 8 years conservative misleaders manufactured fear and hatred of the President of the United States of America. They are now reaping what they have sown.
Crass, vulgar, Stupidity.
Conservative politicians and pundits understand that they cannot succeed unless they create an “other” separate from humanity. “Mexican rapist.” “Muslim extremist.” “Thug” “Welfare Queen” “Drug Addict”
Hence, conservative politicians and pundits target the Humanities at universities with vicious attacks that de-legitimize these fields of study. Renaissance humanism opened the door to the Modern World. We better learn real history or our children will descend into a period of tribalism and barbarism.
For humanity doesn’t just exist; it has to be created, over and over again. If our violent history shows anything, it is that we are not born with an innate sympathy for, or understanding of, all humankind; and without those, “humanity” is just a word. So humanity has to be built, and the only way to build it is to show young people, already rooted in their own birth culture, that they can move beyond that culture without abandoning it — that what is foreign to that culture can remain foreign and still be worthy of thought and respect.
Don’t worry folks. Mike Pence told us there is no institutional racism in the American Justice System. These are not the droids you’re looking for.
Under Texas law, a jury cannot sentence a defendant to death unless it unanimously concludes he poses a future danger. During the sentencing phase of the trial, Duane Buck’s own lawyer put psychologist Walter Quijano on the witness stand. Quijano testified that statistically Buck was more likely to commit violent crimes because he is black. The prosecution then drove that point home during cross-examination, asking Quijano, “You have determined that … the race factor, black, increases the future dangerousness for various complicated reasons; is that correct?”
14 Amendment “nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
Overt racism, sexism and bigotry were banished from polite society decades ago. Trump calls that banishment “PC.” The vast majority of Americans understand the threat to civil society caused by subtle discrimination. The white power movement wants a race war to push Trump over the top and “Take America Back.”
Stand for justice.
Anyone who threatens a police officer is wrong. Any police officer who uses excessive force is wrong. We don’t have to make a false choice.
Wrong is wrong. Justice is justice. We have the brains to know the difference.
This real picture was the start of a horrible lie.
It was used to de-legitimize Barrack Obama as a candidate. It circulated falsely claiming Sen. Obama refused to put his hand over his heart for the pledge. In fact the image was taken during the National Anthem.
Obama was simply following the custom from our youth by standing for the Anthem with his hands down. After 9/11 the custom changed to hand over the heart like the pledge. It was an informal change. Some people deny the change and claim that the practice always existed.
This manufactured controversy was reignited at the Olympics. A young medal winner, Gabby Douglas, did not put her hand on her heart.
I had been searching for a way to document this change in custom. I found it in old medal ceremonies. The athletes did not place their hand over the heart and there was no outrage.
Watch for yourself.
This is really a pet peeve of mine. Often family, friends and strangers get upset with me for telling them the truth. Often they will say, “I never learned that.” Why blame ME and the TRUTH for your poor education? You live in the Information Age. Educate yourself.
I try my best to be patient. I provide data and documents. I’ll make charts to illustrate the point. I’ll do a side by side comparison. Too often I get ridiculed for thinking.
What greater gift from God is there than reason? Why would I refuse his gift? To win a spot on a “reality tv show”?
Just couple of days ago I had the audacity to show that the DNC really did have flags on the first day of the convention. A commenter got mad at me for proving a simple fact. Why not get mad at the people creating the lies?
Why keep trusting the same people over and over that produce bad public policy? The people that cut teacher salaries. The people who over work our law enforcement to the point of exhaustion. The people who write laws to fill up expensive private prisons. The politicians who refuse to admit a mistake and prolong wars.
I work in a profession that facts matter. We give a wide berth for different arguments. Those arguments, however, must be rooted in reality. You can’t just make it up.
I feel better. Keep calm and mind the facts.