Common Sense Ignored

Too often we have ignored wise counsel in this society. By now it may be too late to fully appreciate these men while they are alive, however, a young group of men is rising up. They are unafraid and tell the truth. American culture needs this to balance out the rhetoric spewed by the left about victimhood and race.

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Dr. Thomas Sowell and Dr. Walter E. Williams are well-known in conservative circles, yet it seems the world ignores everything they say. Even the conservatives in the past, like George Bush and others, seem to ignore the economic warnings they give out. One explanation of this is that good economics often is seen as bad politics, while bad economics may help in the short run, but only can get you elected. Bad economics cannot sustain success.

These men consistently expose the racism in, whether inadvertent or purposeful, in the “progressive” policies of the left. In actuality, these policies can be more accurately called “regressive”, as they only hamper the success of the individual and grow the government. The liberal media loves to write them off, and promote Keynesian economics, which encourages more spending.

They also show how race has been mishandled in America, however folks would rather listen to cultural Marxists and socialist idealism than actual realism. The realism of these men is as follows, that culture matters, and affects results. Thomas Sowell wrote about this extensively in his book Black Rednecks and White Liberals. 

This happens to be one of my favorite books on culture in America. Sowell breaks down the history of culture in America and other areas in the world. In so doing, he demonstrates over and over that culture matters more than race. When a culture is bad, the people suffer, and when it encourages hard work and thrift, the people thrive.

A simple concept really, yet so hard for the masses to accept. The main issue is responsibility to create a winning culture, and in an American society where everyone blames everyone else, that does not fly. Saying that the effects of the minimum wage hurt black people is sacrilege. Explaining that a welfare state is never good for anyone is taboo.

Common sense is ignored. Yet as these men age, a new group of young people are rising up. Men like Jason Riley, Allen West, Lenny McAllister and others are speaking out. Others are in the legislature, like Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Tim Scott, and Will Hurd. The idea that freedom is what is best for all people is common sense, yet it is all too often ignored.

With these men, and the young libertarian movement, there is hope that all common sense is not lost. There is hope that conversations about issues that may offend, but ultimately lead to solutions, will occur. Let us not be discouraged by what the media shows, but be encouraged but what is actually out in the world. There is hope, but the agents of that hope need to succeed for it to be realized.

Why I Have Never Been A Democrat

Growing up, I have always loved history. My mother taught me until sixth grade, and fed my love for history. Both of my parents are Christian conservatives, and that influenced me as I grew up. However, I did not learn much about the history of the Republicans and Democrats until I read a book by David Barton. It was called Setting the Record Straight: American History in Black & White. 

Barton explains the history of Black Americans in the history of America. He pointed to a book by William Cooper Nell entitled The Colored Patriots of the American Revolution. That book opened my eyes to a history of America often overlooked, or skimmed over. It goes through different states in America and talks about the black veterans in each state, and also the progress of blacks and Americans in the 1800s.

This book simply reinforced my American pride. I was already proud to be an American, but finding out there was more to the American Revolution than simply James Armistead Lafayette and Crispus Attucks was amazing. Then, David Barton went on to talk about Reconstruction and the issues surrounding it. In high school history, the textbook usually mentions Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington. However, Barton talked about these men who were in Congress, all Republicans, and all self-educated men who made something of themselves after being freed from slavery.

The first black congressmen in the United States.
The first black congressmen in the United States.

These men are talked about more in-depth in the book Capitol Men: The Epic Story of Reconstruction Through The Lives of the First Black Congressmen. When looking at the policies of the Republicans and Democrats then and now, my Republicanism was reinforced. Why should I vote for the party that didn’t think I was fully human back then, and currently would rather have had me aborted than adopted? Why would I vote for the party who was scared to let people who look like me vote back then, and now thinks I am too stupid to get an ID to vote?

One party treats me like an American man, and the other party treats me like a child in need of parenting. I already have my parents, and they have done a good job. I do not need the government to help me based on my skin color. I don’t need affirmative action, I don’t need special treatment. All I need from the government is to be left alone. I have never been a Democrat, and never will be.

That being said, my allegiance is to my God and not to any party. While I may be a Republican now, I am a Christian, a sinner who is saved by grace, and I will not carry the party line when my conscience tells me not to. Right now, America needs to get back to the small government we were built on. We need to return to freedom. Hopefully one of the presidential candidates will bring that about.

The Beauty of Thinking Differently

Among the American people there is much diversity of thought. In the past, Americans were able to hold political discussions, and progress would be made. Many Americans have strong disagreements, yet we seem to take offense at every disagreement we have. Names are called, racial slurs hurled out, and no progress is made. 

This is incredibly prevalent in the Black-American community. The only individuals that are allowed to speak out without fear of insult are liberals. Seemingly, one can destroy his own community with bad policy, but if he is a liberal, he is celebrated. This is a problem that is attempting to spread itself like a virus across America. 

We as Americans have become soft in the mind. We have no skin at all, just bones. We hate to admit when we are wrong, and we refuse to agree to disagree. The time has come for us to stop worrying about who gets offended and start worrying about our country. If we, as freedom loving Americans, lose the ability to think differently, our country will be lost. 

Many brilliant men and women with brilliant ideas have been silenced or ignored in urban communities. These individuals have real solutions and ideas to problems, however they are hated because they make no excuses. The schools have indoctrinated children into perpetual victim hood. Now many young people use their circumstances as a crutch or an excuse for failure.

Failure is presented as inevitable, a condition that can only be cured by the government. One is free to think that way, however, as soon as an individual decides to think that he can achieve greatness without government help and does it; he is labeled a sellout. I do not know of any other race that labels success stories as sell outs, nor have I ever seen such glorification of victim hood. 

This problem has spread from Black men and women to a small but vocal group of white women. They call themselves “feminists”, they claim to be strong and independent, and yet they blame everything on white men. If one dares to disagree with them, he or she is labeled a misogynist. This is what we call censorship, where a small group controls every aspect of communication. 

These socialists do this so that they can condition people into believing them without fact checking. Both groups lie to get the population in their favor. They do not relish the beauty of thinking differently. They do not wish to deal with facts, they simply ride on emotions and gut feelings. 

America must wake up before all intelligent thought and dissent is wiped out. Thinking the same is more robotic than human, and our nation needs to embrace the challenge of dialogue. Once dialogue is destroyed, all discussion will be nebulous diatribe, a worthless breathing of hot air. 

I love America and would hate for this to happen. I hope that in the near future more diverse thought will be welcomed in society. Freedom must prevail in America or else we will have nowhere to go. Stay vigilant and speak the your mind without fear, and do not get offended at disagreement and discussion.