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Minorities made the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ what it is. Today’s progressives want to undo that.

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Both Brietbart and The Epoch Times ran different pieces about how the NFL was back in the day when Whitney Houston sung America’s National Anthem “The Star Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl XXV in 1991.

The long running syndicated radio program American Top 40 (which was hosted by radio personality and game show announcer Shadoe Stevens at the time) used Billboard’s Hot 100 chart long enough to play Whitney Houston’s “The Star Spangled Banner” for as long it was in the Top 40 of the Hot 100 coupled with Whitney’s record company Arista Records selling it as a single in record stores. Those broadcasts were from March 9, 1991 through April 20, 1991 for a total of seven weeks and seven AT40 broadcasts.

(March 16, 1991 broadcast below)

She is one of two artists who cracked the Hot 100 with their takes on our National Anthem. The other artist by the way was José Feliciano who peaked at #50 with his Latin tingled version of “The Star Spangled Banner” and the only controversial thing he did was not sticking to composer intent…unlike Houston’s version.

Both versions that did make the Hot 100 were performed by minorities. One was Hispanic/Latino, male and legally blind, and the other African-American and female. Today if Whitney were alive, I think she would get on the Black Lives Matters bandwagon. The progressives are doing a very successful job at promoting race hatred and getting the black community (and other minorities) to hate our nation and what it stands for. These minority groups regardless of pigmentation don’t understand the real history of who the Democratic Party was.

Lyndon Baines Johnson knew exactly what to do when he and the Democrats lost the civil rights fight. Got to admit, LBJ was not a sore loser, and he dusted himself off and let his racism hang while a media protected him of that ever being exposed. Grass Roots Conservatives and certain Republicans (especially those who are bucking the establishment) must speak out against this cover up that the Democrats and the overall Progressives have gotten away with for years. If we don’t then will all be heading for a much greater plantation…and this one will be run by Washington DC.

And then there’s Jimi Hendrix’s version…

Hendrix served in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne. He wasn’t a particularly good soldier, but he understood his country and what sacrifice is.

Jimi Hendrix’s “Star-Spangled Banner”: The Epitome of the Countercultural Experience | Jennifer Liu

https://medium.com/@mimono.chroma/jimi-hendrixs-star-spangled-banner-the-epitome-of-the-countercultural-experience-3bd325fd9358The narrative that was subtly woven into the “Star-Spangled Banner” made visible the prevalent segregation of race in the nation and even within the counterculture and rock genre of music. JImi Hendrix was both revered and tormented for the fact that he was African American. During his time in Westminster, London, Hendrix came to the forefront of rock music with the Jimi Hendrix Experience, which included two other band members Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell. Aside from Hendrix, the band and its audience was dominantly White. Interestingly, Hendrix had already disbanded from the Jimi Hendrix Experience persona and was in a transitional phase when the Woodstock promoters placed him on the lineup roster. He decided last minute to play at Woodstock with the Band of Gypsies, an all-Black band, and the way their set was played shows an obvious lack of musical unity due to inadequate practice as a group. However his “Star-Spangled Banner” solo sought to establish a kind of compromise among racial difference, suggesting that the anthem is an abstract but inherently “American” thing that many kids grow up singing (referring back to the Dick Cavett Show interview). Thus, “the ability of his music to cross the deep divide of race in America made the government fear him” (Cross 2005, 251). Following Woodstock the Black Power movement insisted that Hendrix join their civil rights cause, but he was neither nor on the situation, remaining pacifist while acknowledging the systematic oppression of Blacks in society. Instead, Hendrix preferred to associate himself entirely to his music with some respect for the fundamental aims of the counterculture.

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Elizabeth Warren releases DNA proof that she’s at least 1/1024th Native American. Twitter responds appropriately.

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Elizabeth Warren releases DNA proof that shes at least 11024th Native American Twitter responds appr

There’s a strategist in Senator Elizabeth Warren’s ear who thought it was a good idea to release results of a DNA test showing a likelihood that one of her very distant descendants was Native American. The advice taken. The results were predictable.

The test shows she is at most 1/32nd Native American if she is six generations from her Native American ancestor. That’s her best-case scenario. At worst, her ancestor was as far back as ten generations which would make her 1/1024th Native American. To put that into perspective, if she were to honor her heritage by engaging in 1/1024th of a four-hour Native American Sweat, she’d be in and out of the lodge in 14 seconds.

Elizabeth Warren releases results of DNA test on Native American ancesty

https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2018/10/15/warren-addresses-native-american-issue/YEUaGzsefB0gPBe2AbmSVO/story.htmlThe inherent imprecision of the six-page DNA analysis could provide fodder for Warren’s critics. If her great-great-great-grandmother was Native American, that puts her at 1/32nd American Indian. But the report includes the possibility that she’s just 1/1024th Native American if the ancestor is 10 generations back.

Undergoing the test and releasing the results reveal how seriously Warren is taking the attacks from Trump, who has been able to effectively caricature and diminish his national foes via nicknames and conspiracy theories. Trump pushed then President Barack Obama into releasing the long form of his birth certificate to prove what most knew was already true: He was born in America.

This publicity stunt was designed to let everyone know she’s serious about running for President in 2020. She wanted to be able to call out President Trump on his promise to give $1,000,000 to charity if she could prove Native American heritage. He won’t pay, of course, which will get plenty of headlines calling him a deal-breaking scoundrel, but was it really if for her to be the focus of even more jokes on social media?

Here are some of the reactions on Twitter. You decide:

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Katherine Timpf on fighting political correctness

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Katherine Timpf on fighting political correctness

National Review reporter and Fox News contributor Katherine Timpf often discusses political correctness. She talks about it so often that one might think it’s a subject she enjoys, but in reality it’s simply a problem she passionately wants to solve.

In American society, it is way too easy to offend. People do not want to hear that their perspectives are wrong. That’s apparently some form of violence. They don’t want to hear an opposing viewpoint. That’s allegedly a form of oppression. Many on the left feel entitled to express their opinions in any way they see fit and also to prevent others from sharing their opinions if there’s a difference in worldviews.

The hypocrisy of political correctness is thick.

As Timpf recently pointed out on National Review, it’s a problem that doesn’t have an easy solution, but trends are pointing to positive movement against the specter of political correctness.

Political Correctness: Study Finds 80 Percent of Americans Think It’s a Problem

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/10/political-correctness-problem-according-to-80-percent-of-people/I could go on for pages and pages, but you get the point: Writing about political correctness sometimes makes me feel as if everyone has gone mad, and I’m very glad to see that this doesn’t seem to be the case. Instead, a strong majority of people apparently agrees with me. A strong majority believes that political correctness has gone too far, and probably would agree that we need to be careful to protect our ability to speak freely in this country.

That’s certainly encouraging, but it still doesn’t make me feel entirely better. After all, the small, PC-obsessed mob can sometimes be very powerful. Once it decides that someone or something is racist or sexist, that conclusion can carry a lot of weight. It can ruin careers and lives. It can remove perfectly good, innocuous words from acceptable speech, because even the people who might not see a problem with those words don’t want to risk being accused of racism or sexism for using them. The only answer is to keep fighting, to keep exposing and mocking such overreach when it occurs — and to take solace in the fact that so many people have awoken to its dangers.

Keep fighting the good fight, Ms. Timpf.

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Reason: Socialism fails every time

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Reason Socialism fails every time

If Socialism Actually Worked, the Left wouldn’t have to Lie about it.

John Stossel has a new video featuring Gloria Álvarez who knows the truth about Socialism. She passionately decimates all of the Left’s lies about what is truly organised evil.

Socialism has become cool in America, under the nice name “democratic socialism”.

Gloria Álvarez knows better, because she’s from Latin America and studied socialism there. She says: watch out! Socialism has a clear track record of wrecking every country that implements it.

Cuba tried socialism. Things got so bad that tens of thousands fled the island on dangerous, makeshift rafts. Others paid lots of money to be allowed to leave.

After Cuba, the next Latin American country to get totally immersed in socialism was Venezuela. For a while, things seemed to work okay thanks to the country’s oil wealth; Venezuela has the largest proven oil reserves in the world, and used to be the richest country in Latin America.

Celebrities like Michael Moore and Sean Penn visited Hugo Chavez and praised his socialism.

Venezuelans were happy, too. A former mayor in Venezuela’s capital city told Álvarez: “People were clapping so hard. They were like, ‘Oh, finally there is somebody here making social justice.'”

But eventually socialism led to a mismanagement of the economy that was so bad that money started to run out. The government just printed more, so much more that it led to million-percent inflation.

But some still defend socialism, saying that what happened there “isn’t real socialism.” Bernie Sanders says: “when I talk about Socialism I am not looking at Venezuela, I’m not looking at Cuba. I’m looking at countries like Denmark, like Sweden.”

But Denmark’s prime minister says that’s a mistake: “Denmark is far from a socialist planned economy. Denmark is a market economy,” he clarified.

In Scandinavian countries, government regulates business less than America’s government does. Scandinavian countries don’t even have a minimum wage.

Real socialism looks more like Cuba and Venezuela.

Álvarez hopes people look at socialism’s track record before implementing it anywhere else.

If the stakes weren’t so deadly serious, the Left’s absurd contradictions on this subject would be quite amusing. The video had several celebrities trying to claim that normal government functions are somehow ‘socialism’, without explaining how this is the case. Other Leftists will claim that certain socialist regimes weren’t actually socialist, but were really ‘Right-Wing’, again without explaining how this is the case. However, those supposedly non-socialist, ‘Right-Wing’ regimes had normal government functions – road, liberties etc. So by the lights of the first contention, wouldn’t they be socialist?

But let us put this as succinctly as possible:

If Socialism Actually worked:

The Left wouldn’t have to falsely claim that normal government functions are ‘socialism’.
The Left wouldn’t have to Lie about the definition of the word.
The Left wouldn’t have to pretend that Scandinavian countries are socialist.
The Left wouldn’t have to lie, claiming that totalitarian Socialist regimes are supposedly ‘rightwing’.
If Socialism Actually worked, they wouldn’t need ‘revolutionary terror’.
If Socialism Actually worked, they wouldn’t need Tanquetas’ or ‘Ballenas’ to keep the people in line.
If Socialism Actually worked, they wouldn’t need secret police and torture to suppress dissent.
If Socialism Actually worked, they wouldn’t need barbed wire or mine fields to keep people from leaving.
If Socialism Actually worked, they wouldn’t need concentration camps, gulags or ‘re-education’ camps.
If Socialism Actually worked, they wouldn’t need firing squads or as ‘Che Guevara’ put it, the ‘pedagogy of the wall’.

The Takeaway.

If the organised evil that is socialism [Or it’s 40+ alternative labels] didn’t defy basic human nature, being a functional system, there would be no reason for the nation’s Socialist-Left to Lie about it. If it had actually accomplished something useful – aside from 100+ Million dead – it’s proponents could simply sell it without all of the falsehoods and outright lies. Those who advocate for that collectivist system – while claiming they aren’t it’s advocates – could simply be honest about what they want to impose on the rest of us.

Compare this to the entirely workable – but never claiming to be perfect – system of economic Liberty.
Those of us who are advocates for freedom have no need to pretend that systems of economic Liberty are something else. We have no need to make false claims or pretend it something that it is not. We only need to sell it on it’s great achievements, something the advocates of socialism can never do.

 

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