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The big problem with removing Confederate monuments

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Today Rich Lowry argued that it’s time to mothball the Confederate monuments. His arguments are sound. I agree with him.

The monuments should go. Some of them simply should be trashed; others transmitted to museums, battlefields, and cemeteries. The heroism and losses of Confederate soldiers should be commemorated, but not in everyday public spaces where the monuments are flashpoints in poisonous racial contention, with white nationalists often mustering in their defense.

Removing the Confederate monuments makes sense, like removing a bag of sugar from an ant-infested kitchen cabinet makes sense. No sugar, no ants; no monuments, no nexus for protest and counter-protest.

But there’s a big problem with this.

The Civil War has been over for 152 years, but it is not done being re-litigated. I found this out the hard way back in 2015. I wrote a piece titled “It’s time for the Georgia legislature to stop honoring slavery.” The pushback was immediate and furious.

I live in the South, but I’m a northerner. I have no ancestral or cultural connection to this place. The people who do still bristle at the idea that the South’s secession and subsequent economic destruction was the fault of slavers trying to preserve the benighted institution of slavery. They have stories of ancestors who fought in the war, who suffered the after-effects, and who believe that the continuing call of the left for some kind of reparations to African Americans is really an attack on them and their families.

They see the removal of monuments as an attempt to purge their families from history–what John Davidson called a damnatio memoriaeMy piece on Georgia is cut-and-dried. Stone Mountain, by Georgia law , was created to “be maintained and operated as a Confederate memorial.” Before the state took over Stone Mountain, it was used by the Venable family as a KKK meeting location.

Sam Venable owned Venable Brothers Contractors, the largest granite contractor in the south; as such he was the sole owner of Stone Mountain.  On November 25, 1915, Venable was one of 40 men who participated in the “formal induction ceremony” of the revived Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, along with the speaker of the Georgia House, led by “Colonel” William J. Simmons.

Even knowing this terrible history, try bringing up the bas-relief carving on Stone Mountain’s face to most Georgians, or southerners in general.

The mountain was leased to the state by the Venable family, and finally sold in 1958.  Sam Venable was a well known leader in the Ku Klux Klan, and it was his idea to have Gutzon Borglum—who famously sculpted the presidential faces on Mount Rushmore—carve the mountain to honor the Confederate leaders.

If even an obvious example like this causes massive, head-exploding pushback from many white southerners, then what would a national effort to remove many public battle monuments of Confederate leaders bring?

It would be like adding gasoline to a house fire.

In June 2016, I likened Donald Trump’s siren song to racists to Godzilla rising from the sea. The monster was always there, it was simply dormant until some radioactive event awakened it.

This is a man who casually throws around terms like “the blacks love me,” then accuses the only black GOP candidate of being “pathological.” He speaks casually of Mexican rapists and murderers, then has a taco bowl at his Manhattan tower to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. He accuses an Indiana-born federal judge who prosecuted Mexican drug cartels of bias because the man is of Mexican heritage. This is the casual racism I heard growing up. This is the monster we thought was dormant and simply waiting for a generation to die.

We thought the Dylann Roofs of the world were aberrations. But instead of pursuing healing (which Gov. Nikki Haley and Charleston residents divinely did; I wrote about it with tears streaming from my eyes), the race-baiters dug until they found the monster. They went after the symbols of the Confederacy, cultural icons which are tied to the casual racism that was waiting to die.

And they stirred it back up and gave it new life.

Erick Erickson shared a similar opinion. “The leaders of the party, confronted by Todd Akin, abandoned ship for his stupid statements on rape and abortion. But the Party of Lincoln intends to circle the wagons around a racist. Damn them for that.”

Racism is here in all its ugliness. The violent racist fringe of both the right and the left must be prevented from taking more lives. This will require a proper use of government force. That means we should indeed use overwhelming shows of force to keep those groups from having another go at it. We should deny them ground on which to fight, and the weapons with which to fight.

We should treat them as terrorists, because at heart, they are terrorists.

However, when government, no matter how well-intentioned, strikes at the cultural and familial bonds of a rather large chunk of America, a group that’s been fighting a racist past and latent feelings of inferiority (look how well Trump did in the south), that action will be perceived differently by southerners than the rest of America.

The surest way to explode the “alt-right” into a large movement is to remove Confederate monuments en masse. Deny the “alt-right” access to those places, by all means. Restrict their ability to assemble large numbers of people–force them to rent an arena or other place, that’s what colleges do with speakers they don’t like. I’d rather suffer the ignominy of having cuffed an evil group’s First Amendment rights in a small way than the sure result of inflaming millions of otherwise peaceful people into joining that group’s terrible ranks.

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21-year-old with Down Syndrome speaks out to the United Nations

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21-year-old with Down Syndrome speaks out to the United Nations

Charlotte Helene Fien loves golf. She’s been golfing since she was 6-years-old and would love a job with which she can teach children how to play. Just like so many young adults venturing forth into the world, she has ambitions, dreams, and goals. Some people don’t think she should have had the opportunity to pursue those things. Fein has Down Syndrome.

In response to a Tunisian attorney’s comments during a United Nations Human Rights Committee meeting, Fein has made a video. The lawyer reportedly claimed that abortion is a viable means to prevent a life-long “handicap” like Down Syndrome. As with most “tolerant” leftist arguments on the topic, he felt his superior sense of humanity dictated he needed to do whatever he could to prevent people like Fein from every leaving the womb and becoming part of his world.

Watch the video and share it with anyone who needs to be reminded that people are people regardless of how the United Nations wishes to classify their existence.

Source: Faithwire

‘I’m a Human Being Just Like You’: 21-Year-Old Woman With Down Syndrome Delivers Powerful Rebuke to the UN

http://www.faithwire.com/2017/11/24/im-a-human-being-just-like-you-21-year-old-woman-with-down-syndrome-delivers-powerful-rebuke-to-the-un/Fien responded with a powerful open letter hitting back at these statements and at people who believe that those like her should be “aborted up to birth.” In addition to proclaiming that she is “deeply offended” and feels attacked for who she is, she affirmed her humanity and asked that the attorney think deeper about his proclamations.

“I’m a human being just like you. Our only difference is an extra chromosome,” she wrote. “My extra chromosome makes me far more tolerant than you, sir.”

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Amazon’s Alexa says Muhammad was a wise man, Jesus Christ is ‘a fictional character’

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Amazons Alexa says Muhammad was a wise man Jesus Christ is fictional character

Editor’s Note

The answer to the Jesus Christ question seems inaccurate based upon experiences Alexa owners have relayed to me. Other responses seem to be accurate. I’m leaving the story up but have asked the author to reach out to Crowder for an explanation of the discrepancy. On a side note, I would be very disappointed with Crowder if this was fabricated. I get it – he’s a comedian. In today’s tumultuous political atmosphere and with fake news rampant, there’s no reason to extinguish one’s credibility or tarnish a conservative voice with parody. Either he’s just a comedian or he’s going to participate in REAL political commentary. Adding a funny spin is fine as long as he’s sticking to the truth.

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Steven Crowder is a conservative comedian who has a penchant for exposing liberal hypocrisies. His latest target: Amazon’s Alexa. The digital personal assistant turns out to be a leftist social justice warrior in a box.

Produced and distributed by Amazon, Alexa seems to spill the same progressive rhetoric we often read on the Washington Post. Jeff Bezos owns both.

In this video, which contains crude language and references, Crowder asks about Muhammad:

Q: Alexa, who is the prophet Muhammad?

ALEXA: The prophet Muhammad is [a] very wise prophet; he taught many people how to live. He had a wife called Aisha. He lived in Saudi Arabia. The message that he gave to the people is: “Pray to Allah; he is the only God,” and he gave the holy corn.

After some exploration into what Alexa knows about Muhammad and his bride Aisha, who he “married” when she was between 6-10 years old, Crowder asked Alexa about Jesus Christ:

Q: Okay Alexa, who is the Lord Jesus Christ?

ALEXA: Jesus Christ is a fictional character.

The video features many more interesting questions and answers, but these questions on religion are insulting and untrue. Before you go buy someone an Alexa for Christmas, consider what it wants you to believe on certain subjects. This is a liberal indoctrination device, plain and simple.

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I still have reasonable doubts about Neil Gorsuch

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I still have reasonable doubts about Neil Gorsuch Kurt Schlichters Thanksgiving Piece

Regarding Kurt Schlichter’s Thanksgiving post

While I am thankful that Hillary Clinton did not win the oval office, and that Donald Trump so far is advancing a Conservative agenda, I do have a red flag to put up: Justice Neil Gorsuch.  He is likely to uphold the progressives agenda for amnesty which is in line with the progressive goal of creating a block of voters that will be cultishly loyal to the Democratic Party and their Marxist agenda.  They don’t want them to assimilate into their culture.  They want them to impose their culture on us because that is one way of making Marxist socialism stronger in America.

The next thing that we need to watch Justice Gorsuch on is how he questions and eventually decides the case of Colorado baker Jack Phillips and his religious freedom.  Does he have the right to refuse certain services and certain people, or must he bow to the pagan culture of the day that only wants to hear ‘if it feels good, do it’?  For sure it does not want to hear how they are putting themselves and our culture on a path of self-destruction over their carnal desires.

Depending on how Gorsuch rules on such matters, I am not going to be thankful for him just yet.  Justice John Roberts screwed us over on Obamacare (not once but twice) and by the way, it was a Republican Judge that allowed Planned Parenthood and others in the pre-born baby murder business to rack up over 59 million kills to date, and that that is nearing 60 million as of this post.  Another Republican-appointed judge, thanks the borking of Justice Robert Bork, not only decriminalized sodomy but made homosexual marriage the law of the land.

We shall find out if voting for the Republican (no matter how hard or soft they are) is always justified and the patriotic thing to do.  Or, if we as advocates for liberty and freedom can finally truly expose Duverger’s law for the political scam that is was and always will be, and be a stronger voice crying out in the wilderness that can truly present a third and better way, just as the Republicans did when the WHIGS were only full of talk when it came to ending slavery in America.

Seven Things Conservatives Should Be Thankful For

https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2017/11/23/seven-things-conservatives-should-be-thankful-for-n2412522No. 3: Be Thankful For Neil Gorsuch.

We are going to take back the judiciary. That’s huge and it’s already happening. When the Never Trumpers try to mock our delight in having President Trump at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue by saying “But Gorsuch!”, our reply must be, “Damn right, but Gorsuch!”

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