Dr Sowell continues with Frivolous politics: Part III
Nowhere is political frivolity more in evidence than in issues involving racial and ethnic groups. Disagree with some policies or demands and you become an instant “racist.”
The substance of those policies or demands, and the substance of the objections to them, get lost in an orgy of rhetoric and personal accusations. Racial issues are just one of a growing number of issues where rational discussion has become virtually impossible.
Rev. Jesse Jackson, far right, sits in the front row with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, far left, during President Bush’s speech at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Convention, Thursday, July 20, 2006 in Washington. President Bush acknowledged persistent racism in America and lamented the Republican Party’s bumpy relations with black voters as he addressed the NAACP’s annual convention Thursday for the first time in his presidency. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Rational discussion would not serve the interests of the Democratic Party, and the Republicans think that the way to increase their small share of the black vote is to imitate the Democrats.
All the most powerful groups within the Democratic Party — the teachers’ unions, environmental zealots, lawyers who make big bucks off frivolous lawsuits, and the American Civil Liberties Union — have interests diametrically opposed to the interests of blacks.
The teachers’ unions fight any attempt to allow parents to pull their children out of failing schools and no one needs to do that more than black parents who want their children to get a decent education — without which they have little chance for a better life.
Severe building restrictions imposed by environmental zealots make housing prices skyrocket, forcing blacks by the tens of thousands out of San Francisco and other places dominated by green limousine liberals.
Huge damage awards or out-of-court settlements won by frivolous lawsuits force up all prices, with special impact on low-income groups, such as blacks.
When the American Civil Liberties Union and liberal judges are able to get criminals freed on flimsy grounds, or prevent hoodlums from being expelled from the public schools, the community most likely to be harmed is the black community.
How then can the Democrats consistently get the lion’s share of black votes? And why can’t the Republicans make any serious inroads?
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More assertiveness in Britain
Via Mara, [The British] Government withdrew its support from Britain’s largest Muslim organisation yesterday after accusing it of failing to lead the fight against religious extremism.
The disappearing deficit
continues to drop
Disgrace: Columbia bars public from Walid Shoebat lecture at last minute Kesher Talk posts on it. Pamela was there. Update Mary was there too, and realizes that there’s something very disingenuous going on.
The newly-facelifted extreme-makeover test subject Susan Estrich is busy: Attorneys Defending Jihad Fundraiser; Argue its Protected Religious Activity
McCaskill’s ACORN Group Submits 1,492 Bogus Voter Cards. If The Lancet hears of it, they’ll say McCaskill’s got 655,000 new voters.