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The Joe Wilson Hand

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

Dennis Prager claims to be a Liberal, the JFK type and contends that “the Left” took over the Democrats.

Now I get why he insists on remaining a Liberal…it’s a shuffle game: he has mentioned on more than one occasion how Jewish families are tolerant of almost everything…abortion, gay marriages…but a family member that becomes a Conservative is shunned and ostracized.  Thus he can champion the Republican cause, even openly support Republicans, as long as he remains a “liberal”.

And I can even comprehend the idea of a party being taken over by the extremes.  In fact I am witnessing such a move by Libertarians calling themselves “conservatives.”

Libertarians believe in very little government…thus they hate programs that allow the elderly the ability to afford the miracle drugs that prolong their lives….they see no value in a program that make teachers accountable for actually educating our children. Twenty five years ago, if the same people who judged GWB as “not conservative enough” had talk shows and blogs, the paragon of conservatism himself Ronald Reagan would have been vilified for all the money he spent on international affairs and let us not forget real amnesty.

For nearly 6 years, the Libertarians aka conservatives have taken over the GOP, pushing many Independents and cross over Democrats out of the Republican tent.  They have demanded strict adherence to their “principles”, ideology NOT shared by the majority of American voters (see 2006 and 2008 election results as the Libertarian champions didn’t even win the primaries). 

But I learned something very interesting…America is a strange and fairly cool experiment in human self-rule. 

6 years ago, conservatives JOINED their liberal counterparts in “reading” the mind of Trent Lott whose great “crime” was that he had made a toast at a birthday party.  It wasn’t WHAT Lott said or DID; it was what he MEANT when he made the toast to a 100 year old born during a period of deep southern racial hatred.  The crucifixion of this man, driving him out of his Senate Majority leadership, gave notice to all politicians thinking of running under the GOP banner that less than perfection would not be tolerated. 

Recently, the sanctimonious talk show mafia and their pundits tried to do it again with Joe Wilson.  Only the American people weren’t having it.  Joe Wilson said what many listening to Obama’s lies wanted to say.

He spoke for every one of those who had raised their voices at townhall meetings, wrote scathing blogs, and marched on Washington and at tea parties.

All of a sudden, the holier than thou preaching of being “above it all” got angry retorts…Prager, Medved, Hewitt found themselves having to explain their lack of support.  They were noticeably happy when the race card got played because all of a sudden they could add a “but” to the Wilson issue.  “Yes, I believe he was being inappropriate for the venue in which he uttered the words…BUT to be fair, the president had called the American people liars first…and to claim that he was really uttering a racial epithet, now THAT is going too far!”

Dems may have been happy with Joe Wilson’s outburst…not because he showed how uncontrolled Republicans were, but because it reminded Independents of the racial rhetoric conservatives hurled at MEXICANS, legal or not.  It was only logical, that the next card to be played would be their racist card.

But as Blacks needed Whites to finally give them civil rights, Liberals needed Conservatives to win the Joe Wilson hand.   And while that was the initial reaction of most talk show hosts and conservative pundits, the latter learned real quick that the real power lays within those who can turn the dial or click on their web site.

For decades, conservatives practically salivated at the power wielded by the mainstream media to influence America.  For a short period, conservatives via the talk show mafia believed that power was being transferred to them. 

The Joe Wilson hand may be the signal that there’s a new game in town.

The Race Card

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

Some years ago I was in the lobby of a very posh professional building having a discussion with one of our directors.  We had both worked quite late and a simple remark had turned into a literal shouting match.  So much so that the night security guard had approached us with a polite inquiry if there was anything he could do for us.  We both turned to him with glaring looks that advised him in no uncertain terms to butt out. The poor man was quite flustered because most of the occupants of this building pride themselves on their discipline and calm even among their most arduous clients and having to deal with two screaming females was not something he was used to.

Both Margarette and I have Hawaiian Blood which means that our children can attend a private school for children of Hawaiian Ancestry.  Margarette was from the old school of victimization that never forgave America for “stealing” the kingdom from Queen Liliuokalani–and through her, the Hawaiian people.  She believed that America owed “us” reparations, rental for the use of the crown lands (which was ceded to Hawaii upon statehood), and a separate nation like those of the Indians.

I dislike racism period.  I don’t understand how lands won in battle can be “stolen”.  I wouldn’t mind reparations if the money was coming from Spain or England, but taking taxes from me to pay to me seems ridiculous.  And paying rental for use of lands that belonged to a kingdom that had ceased to exist a century ago makes about as much sense as paying Mexicans rental for use of the lands of California, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Nevada.

I also have a great issue with this private school because while it was founded by a Hawaiian princess for the people of Hawaii, it is a school that is exclusive to the best and the brightest which means some brothers and sisters of the SAME family may not be accepted to attend.  This has cause great bitterness among families–many of my relatives for example.  The school is run by one of the wealthiest estates and could have, should have eons ago, opened up more schools across the state, instead of pulling this “choose one but not all” deal.

I particularly cannot comprehend why it is totally understandable for the Supreme Court to disband an all boys, all White school fully funded by a Southern man’s trust on the grounds that the school breaks Federal laws against gender and racial discrimination, but a TAX DEDUCTED school that bases it’s entrance acceptance on race is allowed to continue it’s race based practice.

Margarette contended that for many years Haoles (Whites) had the best education and that this was our Princess’ way of helping raise the standard of our people. Why then, I countered, didn’t her estate pay the tuition for private schools at Punahou or Iolani instead of denying so many because of lack of room at Kamehameha?

Round and round we went, and finally I said this–and I print it here as I feel it applies to the race card that Obama is slyly using:

“I find it highly insulting to assert the idea that children of Hawaiian blood NEED extra privileges in order to compete.”

I believe that McCain should say the same to those who would entertain the idea that we need to PROVE our racial tolerance by voting for someone just because he is Black.  I think he should also say:

“There is talk about picking Condi Rice for a running mate.  I hope you know that if she would agree and I should ask her, it would be because she would make a fine V.P. and a great president someday.  And if she should ever take the oath of office, it would be because she was the best and brightest…not because she was a token female or Black person. It is what America deserves, nothing less.”