What a Majority Wants or Believes is Irrelevant

    From The Attack on America, "Tolerance is the enemy of justice". Always held accountable by the absolute of Law by the Creator referred to in the Declaration of Independence, true freedom is found within the bounds of His intention. Humanity needs neither to acknowledge or even understand His immutable law. It is the reality understood by the Framers and the very foundation of the Constitution.
    Does it surprise anyone that Khalil Shikaki, Ph.D. of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research reported, in a article published by the New York Times, that 84 percent of the Palestinians he surveyed approved of the recent terror attack in which eight, innocent, teen-age Israeli rabbinic students were murdered in Jerusalem? History is replete with the constant evidence of humanity's tolerance of horrendous injustice. Quoting The Attack on America, "Tolerance is the enemy of justice".
 
    When liberals and humanists call for our troops to be withdrawn from areas providing aid and assistance to our enemies – those that took down the Twin Towers, or build nuclear weapons to attack innocent peoples, aren't we repeating the history of those that ignored the horrendous evil of Stalin, Hitler, Rwanda, or the killing fields of Cambodia? Revisionist history condemns the Crusades, and those buying into the same lies and deceptions that tolerated the slaughters of the innocents just mentioned extrapolate their false conclusions gleaned from the perversion of the history of mankind to equate the resistance to the modern onslaught of Islam to those Crusades of the Middle Ages. In truth, there has never been any expansion of Islam without military conquest. Unjust forces conquer and destroy unless stopped by the sacrifices of the righteous. Unfortunately, that is reality.
 
    Reality was what guided and directed the generations of men and women on these shores in 1776 to resist injustice. This "one Nation under God" was conceived and given birth by those that clearly understood and were willing to pay the price for "liberty and justice for all". Now we are called not only to tolerate injustice, but support it.
 
    Again, from The Attack on America, there is no doubt that "Economic interests always motivate political actions.". But saying that tyranny should not be resisted on every front for the sake of justice for all alone is to offer an excuse for evil to spread and contaminate the righteous and innocent everywhere. Most likely there were those encouraging the Crusades in order to reopen the trade routes to the East closed by Muslim conquest. Ireland suffered from a civil war arising from the economic consequences of discrimination sustained by unjust political power. Hitler rose to power because of the unjust economic impositions and effects of World War I. Communism found its energy for growth in the oppression and poverty of Czarist Russia.
 
    Call it by any name, the injustice of affirmative action, Islamic conquest under the smokescreen of religious fundamentalism, or any injustice and discrimination enforced by any unjust political power, the Framers' Christian Biblical worldview afforded them the only religious tradition founded entirely and completely on truth and reality. It was not a religious concept incorporated into our "supreme law of the land". Theirs was the most complete and valid understanding of the reality of human behavior establishing "a new nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal". Their religious tradition upon which this Nation was founded was confirmed by history, and truth and reality were consistent with that tradition, or vice versa. The original intention of the Constitution was to always protect the weaker from the injustice of the more politically powerful.
 
    We are under attack from the forces of evil here and abroad. Defeat follows the tolerance of injustice and the failure to stand against it. "The light again shines in the old North Church." Only one-third of the colonists were engaged in or supported the Revolutionary War. Here was a minority, with no standing army or navy, no unified military organization that engaged and defeated the mightiest army and navy of the time, "relying on divine Providence". 
 
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Muslims should fight against terrorists

By WALTER E. WILLIAMS

All of us should give some serious thought to some of the ideas contained in an article circulating the blogsphere titled "Why a Peaceful Majority is Irrelevant."

      Williams

So often our political leaders, "experts" and talking heads tell us that Islam is a peaceful religion and most Muslims are not out to destroy the West. We're told it's only that 1 percent, out of 1.2 billion Muslims, who are fanatical jihadists who believe America is the Great Satan, cause of all evil, and should be attacked and destroyed.

In terms of national policy, it's irrelevant whether Islam is a peaceful religion and most Muslims are peaceful.

Think back to the 1930s when the Japanese murdered an estimated 3 million to 10 million people in China, Indonesia, Korea, Philippines and Indochina; and on December 7, 1941 when they attacked Pearl Harbor, killing over 2,400 Americans.

I'm betting that most of Japan's at-the-time 60 million population were peace-loving people and would have wanted nothing to do with the brutal slaughter in China and the attack on the U.S.

In formulating our response to the attack, should President Roosevelt have taken into account the fact that most Japanese are peace-loving people ruled by fanatics? Should our military have only gone after the Japanese pilots and their naval armada?

I'd also wager that most Germans were peace-loving people and not part of the Nazi sadists wanting to wage war on their neighbors and exterminate the Jews.

Again, should Roosevelt and Churchill have taken that into account in their response to German militarism? My answer is no and thank God it was their answer as well. Whether most Germans, Italians or Japanese were peace-loving or not was entirely irrelevant in formulating the Allied response to their militarism.

Horrible acts can be committed in countries where most of the people are peace-loving and simply want to be left alone to attend to their affairs.

I imagine that described most of the people in the former Soviet Union; however, that did not stop the killing of an estimated 62 million people between 1917 and 1987. The same can be said of the Chinese people, but it didn't stop the killing of 35 million of their countrymen during Mao Zedong's reign.

Whether most people of a country are peace-loving or not is not nearly as important as who's calling the shots. At this particular time, fanatical jihadists are calling the terrorism shots in many Muslim countries. Their success in committing terrorist acts is in no small part the result of the actions by the millions of peace-loving fellow Muslims.

First, there is not enough condemnation of their terrorist acts by the Muslim community. More important is the direct or indirect assistance terrorists receive through the silence of their fellow Muslims.

There is no way terrorists can carry on their operations, obtain explosive materials, run terrorist training camps, raise money without the knowledge of other Muslims, whether they're government officials, bankers, family members, friends or neighbors.

Because those millions of peace-loving Muslims do not speak out and expose terrorists and don't more fully cooperate with domestic and international authorities trying to stop terrorists, they become enemies of the West just as the peace-loving people in Germany, Italy and Japan became enemies of the Allied powers during World War II.

Like them, Muslims should be prepared to suffer the full might of the West in its efforts to fight terrorism. I'm hoping that the millions of peaceful Muslims take the proper action to avoid such an outcome. I'm not that optimistic.

We're involved in a clash with a culture that has little regard for the Western values that hold the sanctity of human life and liberty dear.


Walter E. Williams is a professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. His column is distributed by Creators Syndicate Inc., 5777 W. Century Blvd., Suite 700, Los Angeles, CA 90045; (310) 337-7003.

The Past Is Past

    The errors of the past should provide constructive information to help us avoid and correct the mistakes of the past. By moving on, letting the past be lessons learned, we can elevate the human condition.
 
 
 
 
The Past Is Past
 
    The errors of the past should provide constructive information to help us avoid and correct the mistakes of the past. By moving on, letting the past be lessons learned, we can elevate the human condition. Our prior essays entitled Reality and Religion, Reflections On "Justice For All", and What a Majority Wants or Believes is Irrelevant focus on using the past to direct the future in a way that humanity can enjoy and respect those "unalienable Rights, . . . Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness" of each other as endowed by our Creator. Without "justice for all", liberty remains, in the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but a "dream".

 

    Continuing that theme, attempting to avoid the constant political hyperbole and propaganda, and discarding the lies and deceptions spewing from the liberal media, we are including the link to American Enterprise Institute Senior Fellow Newt Gingrich's address on "The Obama Challenge: What Is the Right Change to Help All Americans Pursue Happiness and Create Prosperity," a response to Obama's speech on change in government. Also, again hoping to separate fact from "spin merchant" rhetoric another article from Pat Buchanan is enclosed.

 

    In order to move on, Americans must arise from their affluence and apathy to take responsibility for allowing self-serving, humanist politicians to turn what the Framers intended to be "one Nation under God" into a bureaucracy riddled with failed socialist ideologues and judicial activists robbing us of our liberty and denying justice for all. Need we say again, "We are at war at home and abroad!", and "Freedom is never free."?

 

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Uprooting the New Racism


    In his Philadelphia address on race, Sen. Obama identified as a root cause of white resentment affirmative action — the punishing of white working- and middle-class folks for sins they did not commit:

    "Most working- and middle-class white Americans don't feel that they have been particularly privileged by their race," said Barack. "As far as they're concerned, no one's handed them anything. … So when they … hear that an African American is getting an advantage in landing a good job or a spot in a good college because of an injustice that they themselves never committed … resentment builds over time."

    On this issue, Barack seemed to have nailed it.

 

    But then he revealed the distorting lens through which he and his fellow liberals see the world. To them, black rage is grounded in real grievances, while white resentments are exaggerated and exploited.

    White resentments, said Barack, "have helped shape the political landscape for at least a generation. Anger over welfare and affirmative action helped forge the Reagan Coalition. … Talk show hosts and conservative commentators built entire careers unmasking bogus claims of racism while dismissing legitimate discussions of racial injustice and inequality as mere political correctness or reverse racism."

    What Barack is saying here is that the resentment of black America is justified, but the resentment of white America is a myth manufactured and manipulated by the conservative commentariat. Barack is attempting to de-legitimize the other side of the argument.

    Yet, who is he to claim the moral high ground?

    Where does this child of privilege who went to two Ivy League schools, then spent 20 years in a church where racist rants were routine, come off preaching to anyone? What are Barack's moral credentials to instruct white folks on what they must do, when he failed to do what any decent father should have done: Take his wife and daughters out of a church where hate had a home in the pulpit?

    Barack needs to reread the Lord's admonition in the Sermon on the Mount: "And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?"

    Longshoreman philosopher Eric Hoffer once wrote that all great movements eventually become a business, then degenerate into a racket.

    That is certainly true of the civil rights movement. Begun with just demands for an end to state-mandated discrimination based on race, it ends with unjust demands for state-mandated preferences, based on race.

    Under affirmative action, white men are passed over for jobs and promotions in business and government, and denied admission to colleges and universities to which their grades and merits entitle them, because of their gender and race.

    Paradoxically, America's greatest warrior for equal justice under law and an end to reverse racism is, like Barack, a man of mixed ancestry. He is Ward Connerly. And his life's mission is to drive through reverse discrimination the same stake America drove through segregation.

    And when one considers that the GOP establishment has often fled Connerly's cause and campaigns, his record of achievement is remarkable.

    Connerly was chief engineer of CCRI, the 1996 California Civil Rights Initiative, Proposition 209, which outlawed affirmative action based on ethnicity, race or gender in all public institutions of America's most populous state. Two years later, Connerly racked up a second victory in Washington.

    In 2006, Connerly went to Michigan to overturn an affirmative action policy that kept Jennifer Gratz out of the University of Michigan, though she had superior grades and performance records than many minority students admitted. The Michigan proposition also carried and has been upheld by the courts.

    One U.S. senator, however, taped an ad denouncing Connerly's Proposition 2 in Michigan and endorsed affirmative action for minorities and women. That senator was Barack Obama.

    Comes now the big test. Connerly is gathering signatures to place on the ballots in Nebraska, Arizona, Oklahoma, Colorado and Missouri — the latter two crucial swing states — propositions to outlaw all racial, gender and ethnic preferences. Voting would be the same day as the presidential election.

    "Race preferences are on the way out," declares Connerly.

    Now that our national conversation is underway, Barack should be asked to explain why discrimination against whites is good public policy, while discrimination against blacks explains the rants of the Rev. Wright.

    America is headed for a day, a few decades off, when there will be no racial majority, only a collection of minorities. When that day arrives, if some races and ethnic groups may be preferred because of where their ancestors came from, while others can be held back because their ancestors came from Europe, America will become the Balkans writ large.

    Folks need to be able to separate the true friends of racial justice from the phonies who believe with the pigs on Orwell's Animal Farm — that "all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."

 

Mr. Buchanan is a nationally syndicated columnist and author of "The Death of the West," "The Great Betrayal," "A Republic, Not an Empire" and "Where the Right Went Wrong."
(blue Ward Connerly links in Uprooting the New Racism by the CftC)

Reflections On “Justice For All”

    Reflecting on the controversy raised by Obama in his speeches defending his relationship with his pastor , the real point is that the whole truth needs to be understood, and "justice for all" upheld. We need to move constructively ahead guided by the original intention of the Constitution.
Reflections On "Justice For All"
 
    Reflecting on the controversy raised by Obama in his speeches defending his relationship with his pastor (doesn't the word mean shepherd?, leading his flock where?, and who is following the shepherd?), there are several very relevant points made by the authors of the articles enclosed.
 
    The real point is that the whole truth needs to be understood, and "justice for all" upheld. We need to move constructively ahead. That can only happen if the liberal propaganda providing lame, invalid excuses for crime and corruption is revealed as lies and deceptions by the light of truth. Our Constitution, holding to the Framers' original intention, can guide and direct us all to justice and accountability. Liberal, humanist voices calling to the ever present human failings of sin, crime, greed, and avarice must be prevented from contaminating our society, and perpetuating their evil. We have the right, indeed the duty, to protect and defend our families and children from what history has repeatedly revealed as leading to destruction. A Great Awakening, one like that experienced by the generations of men and women who conceived, gave birth to, and protected and nurtured this "one Nation under God" beginning in the 1730s, needs to take place here and now in America.
 
    Only by dealing with problems with justice for all,  without the vitriol suggested by politicians attempting to bribe their constituencies with other people's earnings confiscated, many say illegally according to the original intention of the Constitution, through unjust taxes, can the tide be turned. We must work together, all men created equal, to protect and defend those "unalienable rights" endowed by the Creator, referred to in the Declaration of Independence. By recognizing problems and injustices, we can work together to correct and resolve them. Divisiveness, retribution, covetness, and untruths are our real enemies.
 
    United we must stand, for divided we are susceptible to those here and abroad seeking to overthrow the form of government intended to bring liberty and justice to all.
 
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From Newt Gingrich:
    "The tragedy of Detroit can't be blamed on the decline of the auto industry alone. Grand Rapids – another Michigan city dependent on the auto industry but one with good government — is prospering.
    African-Americans in particular have been impoverished by the bad government policies of Detroit. What would Sen. Obama do to reform the bad city government, failed public safety policies and terrible school system?
    Let us have an honest national dialogue about what works and what fails in helping people.

    Let us visit the sites of institutions that are failing and the sites of places where people are doing the right things and having a positive result.

    Let us have the courage to challenge conservative ideas and institutions, but let us also have the courage to challenge left-wing ideas and institutions.

    Confront the degree to which today's problems are the problems of bad government, bad regulations, bad tax policy, bad litigation policy and bad attitudes."
From Pat Buchanan
    "It is the same old con, the same old shakedown that black hustlers have been running since the Kerner Commission blamed the riots in Harlem, Watts, Newark, Detroit and a hundred other cities on, as Nixon put it, "everybody but the rioters themselves."
    Was "white racism" really responsible for those black men looting auto dealerships and liquor stories, and burning down their own communities, as Otto Kerner said – that liberal icon until the feds put him away for bribery. 
   
This time, the Silent Majority needs to have its convictions, grievances and demands heard. And among them are these:
    First, America has been the best country on earth for black folks. It was here that 600,000 black people, brought from Africa in slave ships, grew into a community of 40 million, were introduced to Christian salvation, and reached the greatest levels of freedom and prosperity blacks have ever known. And , what about the thousands of whites in the Union Army that fought and died alongside their black brothers to end slavery?
    Wright ought to go down on his knees and thank God he is an American.
    Second, no people anywhere has done more to lift up blacks than white Americans. Untold trillions have been spent since the '60s on welfare, food stamps, rent supplements, Section 8 and Title 10 housing, Pell grants, student loans, legal services, Medicaid, Earned Income Tax Credits and poverty programs designed to bring the African-American community into the mainstream.
    Governments, businesses and colleges have engaged in discrimination against white folks — with affirmative action, contract set-asides and quotas — to advance black applicants over white applicants. 
    Churches, foundations, civic groups, schools and individuals all over America have donated time and money to support soup kitchens, adult education, day care, retirement and nursing homes for blacks.
    We hear the grievances. Where is the gratitude?
 
    Barack talks about new "ladders of opportunity" for blacks. 
    Let him go to Altoona and Johnstown, and ask the white kids in Catholic schools how many were visited lately by Ivy League recruiters handing out scholarships for "deserving" white kids. 
    Is white America really responsible for the fact that the crime and incarceration rates for African-Americans are seven times those of white America? Is it really white America's fault that illegitimacy in the African-American community has hit 70 percent and the black dropout rate from high schools in some cities has reached 50 percent? 
    Is that the fault of white America or, first and foremost, a failure of the black community itself? 
    As for racism, its ugliest manifestation is in interracial crime, and especially interracial crimes of violence. Is Barack Obama aware that while white criminals choose black victims 3 percent of the time, black criminals choose white victims 45 percent of the time?
    Is Barack aware that black-on-white rapes are 100 times more common than the reverse, that black-on-white robberies were 139 times as common in the first three years of this decade as the reverse?
    We have all heard ad nauseam from the Rev. Al about Tawana Brawley, the Duke rape case and Jena. And all turned out to be hoaxes. But about the epidemic of black assaults on whites that are real, we hear nothing."
 
(editions are in blue)
A Brief for Whitey
by Patrick J. Buchanan
 
    How would he pull it off? I wondered.


    How would Barack explain to his press groupies why he sat silent in a pew for 20 years as the Rev. Jeremiah Wright delivered racist rants against white America for our maligning of Fidel and Gadhafi, and inventing AIDS to infect and kill black people?


    How would he justify not walking out as Wright spewed his venom about "the U.S. of K.K.K. America," and howled, "God damn America!"
    My hunch was right. Barack would turn the tables.


    Yes, Barack agreed, Wright's statements were "controversial," and "divisive," and "racially charged," reflecting a "distorted view of America."


    But we must understand the man in full and the black experience out of which the Rev. Wright came: 350 years of slavery and segregation.


    Barack then listed black grievances and informed us what white America must do to close the racial divide and heal the country.


    The "white community," said Barack, must start "acknowledging that what ails the African-American community does not just exist in the minds of black people; that the legacy of discrimination — and current incidents of discrimination, while less overt than in the past — are real and must be addressed. Not just with words, but with deeds … ."


    And what deeds must we perform to heal ourselves and our country?


    The "white community" must invest more money in black schools and communities, enforce civil rights laws, ensure fairness in the criminal justice system and provide this generation of blacks with "ladders of opportunity" that were "unavailable" to Barack's and the Rev. Wright's generations.


    What is wrong with Barack's prognosis and Barack's cure?


    Only this. It is the same old con, the same old shakedown that black hustlers have been running since the Kerner Commission blamed the riots in Harlem, Watts, Newark, Detroit and a hundred other cities on, as Nixon put it, "everybody but the rioters themselves."


    Was "white racism" really responsible for those black men looting auto dealerships and liquor stories, and burning down their own communities, as Otto Kerner said — that liberal icon until the feds put him away for bribery.


    Barack says we need to have a conversation about race in America.


    Fair enough. But this time, it has to be a two-way conversation. White America needs to be heard from, not just lectured to.


    This time, the Silent Majority needs to have its convictions, grievances and demands heard. And among them are these:


    First, America has been the best country on earth for black folks. It was here that 600,000 black people, brought from Africa in slave ships, grew into a community of 40 million, were introduced to Christian salvation, and reached the greatest levels of freedom and prosperity blacks have ever known.


    Wright ought to go down on his knees and thank God he is an American.


    Second, no people anywhere has done more to lift up blacks than white Americans. Untold trillions have been spent since the '60s on welfare, food stamps, rent supplements, Section 8 housing, Pell grants, student loans, legal services, Medicaid, Earned Income Tax Credits and poverty programs designed to bring the African-American community into the mainstream.


    Governments, businesses and colleges have engaged in discrimination against white folks — with affirmative action, contract set-asides and quotas — to advance black applicants over white applicants.


    Churches, foundations, civic groups, schools and individuals all over America have donated time and money to support soup kitchens, adult education, day care, retirement and nursing homes for blacks.


    We hear the grievances. Where is the gratitude?


    Barack talks about new "ladders of opportunity" for blacks.


    Let him go to Altoona and Johnstown, and ask the white kids in Catholic schools how many were visited lately by Ivy League recruiters handing out scholarships for "deserving" white kids.


    Is white America really responsible for the fact that the crime and incarceration rates for African-Americans are seven times those of white America? Is it really white America's fault that illegitimacy in the African-American community has hit 70 percent and the black dropout rate from high schools in some cities has reached 50 percent?


    Is that the fault of white America or, first and foremost, a failure of the black community itself?


    As for racism, its ugliest manifestation is in interracial crime, and especially interracial crimes of violence. Is Barack Obama aware that while white criminals choose black victims 3 percent of the time, black criminals choose white victims 45 percent of the time?


    Is Barack aware that black-on-white rapes are 100 times more common than the reverse, that black-on-white robberies were 139 times as common in the first three years of this decade as the reverse?


    We have all heard ad nauseam from the Rev. Al about Tawana Brawley, the Duke rape case and Jena. And all turned out to be hoaxes. But about the epidemic of black assaults on whites that are real, we hear nothing.


    Sorry, Barack, some of us have heard it all before, about 40 years and 40 trillion tax dollars ago.



Mr. Buchanan is a nationally syndicated columnist and author of "The Death of the West," "The Great Betrayal," "A Republic, Not an Empire" and "Where the Right

Reality and Religion

 
     Religion and the truth must be consistent. Whether expressed in true science, strictly adhering to the scientific method, or revealed through the fact and truth of the validated historical record, the truth alone shall set us free.

    We have been privileged to review portions of the soon to be published book, Beyond Reason, by the author of The Attack on America. Paraphrasing, it says that "Religion and the truth must be consistent. Whether expressed in true science, strictly adhering to the scientific method, or revealed through the fact and truth of the validated historical record, the truth alone shall set us free."

     The author goes on to explain that "True freedom is found within the bounds of God's intention.". From his perspective, "The Creator, referred to in the Declaration of Independence, the grantor of 'unalienable Rights', the Source of the 'Laws of Nature', and the Father of all human emotion, emanating from the unchanging patterns of human behavior, first created law giving everything order. Before matter, energy, time and space, there was first absolute Law.".

    Aware of the repetitive constancy of human behavior, fearful of humanity's failures magnified in political organizations, the Framers of the Constitution met in secret in 1787, in Independence Hall, Philadelphia, to give birth to these United States of America. Understanding every person's propensity to step beyond reason to further their own "special interests", the men meeting there, and the women supporting and sustaining them, were proceeding from their view of reality shaped by a religious tradition known as the Great Awakening, beginning in the 1730s. This view of reality was upheld and maintained by the effective socialization process grounded in the traditional nuclear family – one man married to one woman, both committed to each other, legally and morally, with the purpose of raising mentally and physically healthy children, then able to perpetuate their religious tradition translated into an enduring social order. 

    A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse . . . from the public treasury . . .

    . . . from bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependency; from dependency, back again into bondage. Alexander Fraser Tytler – 1750

 
    "Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime and pure [and] which insures to the good eternal happiness, are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments." – Charles Carroll, signer of the Declaration of Independence

    "Before any man can be considered as a member of civil society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe. And to the same Divine Author of every good and perfect gift, James 1:17, we are indebted for all those privileges and advantages, religious as well as civil, which are so richly enjoyed in this favored land." – James Madison, "architect" of the Constitution

    The only foundation for a republic is to be laid in Religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments. – Dr. Benjamin Rush, Signer of the Declaration of Independence

 “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and Morality are indispensable supports . . .
 And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion . . .
 . . . reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle” 

 – Washington's Farewell Address to Congress
    Whether reflected in their desire to have the States voluntarily abolish slavery within twenty years after ratification, seen in Article I, Section 9 of the Constitution, the checks and balances of power they instituted, the first ten amendments enacted by the First Congress, or, indeed, the entire Constitution and the Bill of Rights, this was an expression of reality. Not by chance – many say divinely inspired, and most certainly "relying on divine Providence", for these men and women of God, religion and reality were consistent with each other. Their intention is validated by history. Failing in that intention, we find this "one Nation under God" susceptible to attack from all of the false religions of humanism. "The Truth shall set us free."

 

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    Below is an article forwarded to us by one of our subscribers relative to this issue. Not wanting to "throw out the baby with the bath water", we have included it in its entirety.

 

 

Accept the Obama Invitation                                

March 20, 2008

by Newt Gingrich

 

    Illinois Democratic Sen. Barack Obama gave one speech in Philadelphia this week, but he made two different presentations.

    The first was an apology and attempted explanation for his 20-year relationship with a preacher, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who is viciously anti-American, racist and anti-Semitic and for his membership in a church which had honored Louis Farrakhan.

    The second presentation was an eloquent but fundamentally inadequate speech about racism and poverty in America. It was an invitation to a national dialogue that conservatives and all Americans should accept.

A Failure of Judgment? Or a Failure of Honesty and Courage?

    Sen. Obama's first presentation was very troubling. It offers two possibilities for judging his character, both of which are unsettling.

    The first possibility is that Sen. Obama did not notice the racism, anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism coming from the pulpit in 20 years of attending Pastor Wright's sermons. He failed to register as troubling Pastor Wright's trip to Libya with Louis Farrakhan to see Muammar Qaddafi or the church's giving Farrakhan a lifetime achievement award.

    But if this is true, it is a devastating insight into any possibility that Sen. Obama is ready to be President. How could we expect him to act with judgment and responsibility in Iran and Iraq, to pick a Supreme Court Justice or to undertake any other complex act under the pressing reality of being president when he could not notice reality in 20 years at his church.

    On the other hand, if he noticed the goings on in his church but failed to act on them, what does that tell us about his honesty and his courage?

Pastor Wright Falls Short of Obama's 'Don Imus' Standard

    After all, it was Sen. Obama himself who set the standard. As Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby noted, "When Don Imus uttered his infamous slur on the radio last year, Obama cut him no slack. Imus should be fired, he said. 'There's nobody on my staff who would still be working for me if they made a comment like that about anybody of any ethnic group.'"

    I understand this standard. When I first became speaker of the House, we hired a House historian who turned out to have written very controversial things. We asked for her resignation within 24 hours of learning what she had done.

    Clearly, when it comes to Pastor Wright, Sen. Obama has fallen short of his own standard by about 20 years.

    Still, the fascinating opportunity Sen. Obama offers is to begin a genuine dialogue on race and poverty in America.

The Opportunity of Our Lifetime to Engage With the Left in How to Help Every American Pursue Happiness

    The sections of his speech on race and poverty were eloquent — but they were fundamentally inaccurate and inadequate.

    As such, they create a real opportunity to engage Sen. Obama in a national dialogue about why poverty exists on the Southside of Chicago, why Detroit has been a disaster and why there is so much crime in Philadelphia.

    This is the best opportunity conservatives have had in our lifetime to engage a serious politician of the left on a national dialogue about how to help every American pursue happiness.

    Sen. Obama's analysis in his Philadelphia speech was so filled with inaccuracies and was so inadequate in its proposed remedies that it must be responded to. However, the event could be the beginning of a major national effort to discuss how we can help poor people, poor neighborhoods and impoverished Americans.

What Would Sen. Obama Do About the Tragedy of Detroit?

    In Real Change (which with your help has now entered its ninth week on the New York Times bestsellers list), I outline the disaster of Detroit, which has dropped from 1,800,000 people in 1950 to fewer than 900,000 today (the first American city to drop below one million in our history). Detroit had the highest median income of all major cities in America in 1950. Today it ranks at No. 66 out of 68 major cities in media household income.

    The tragedy of Detroit can't be blamed on the decline of the auto industry alone. Grand Rapids — another Michigan city dependent on the auto industry but one with good government — is prospering.

    African-Americans in particular have been impoverished by the bad government policies of Detroit. What would Sen. Obama do to reform the bad city government, failed public safety policies and terrible school system?

The Challenges of Racism and Poverty Won't Be Solved With the Attitudes and Policies of the Left

    As speaker, I helped pass the welfare reform bill. On the 10th anniversary of the passage of welfare reform, Christine Kim and Robert Rector highlighted some of its achievements:

     

  • During the late 1990s, employment of never-married mothers increased by nearly 50%, of single mothers who are high school dropouts by 66% and of young single mothers (ages 18 to 24) by nearly 100%;
  • The child poverty rate fell, from 20.8% in 1995 to 17.8% in 2004, lifting 1.6 million children out of poverty;
  • The poverty rate among black children fell from 41.5% in 1995 to 32.9% in 2004 (a stark contrast from the period 1971 to 1995 when this poverty level had not changed much);
  • The poverty rate also fell from 53.1% to 39.8% for children from single-mother families;
  • The once explosive growth of unwed childbearing has ended. The unwed birthrate was 7.7% in 1965 and increased about one percentage point per year for the next thirty years. Had this rate of increase been sustained, the unwed childbearing rate would have hit 41.6% by 2003, but welfare reform interrupted this process. Between 1995 and 2003, overall unwed childbearing inched upward by only 2.4 percentage points, a fourth of the pre-reform rate of increase. The black unwed childbearing rate actually fell from 69.9% in 1995 to 68.2% in 2003; and
  • Welfare caseloads began to decline in earnest after 1996 and have fallen by 56% since then.

Let's Have an Honest National Dialogue About What Works and What Fails in Helping People

    Today at American Solutions, we are using the Platform of the American People to help develop a series of fundamental changes designed to help poor Americans pursue happiness and achieve prosperity. We can meet the challenge of racism and poverty in America but we cannot do so with the attitudes, the policies and the institutions of the left.

    My message today to all conservatives is this: We should accept Sen. Obama's invitation.

    Let us have an honest national dialogue about what works and what fails in helping people.

    Let us visit the sites of institutions that are failing and the sites of places where people are doing the right things and having a positive result.

    Let us have the courage to challenge conservative ideas and institutions, but let us also have the courage to challenge left-wing ideas and institutions.

Stay Tuned for More Analysis of Obama's Speech Next Week in a Speech at the American Enterprise Institute

    Sen. Obama has opened a discussion that could be very good for America. It may turn out to be a discussion that forces him to confront the degree to which today's problems are the problems of bad government, bad regulations, bad tax policy, bad litigation policy and bad attitudes.

    American playwright David Mamet has just written a remarkable essay titled "David Mamet: Why I Am No Longer a 'Brain-Dead Liberal,'" in which he explains his own confrontation with his changing views on the role of government and what works in society. Mamet writes: "What about the role of government? Well, in the abstract, coming from my time and background, I thought it was a rather good thing, but tallying up the ledger in those things which affect me and in those things I observe, I am hard-pressed to see an instance where the intervention of the government led to much beyond sorrow."

    This is such a complex and important area, and Sen. Obama's speech had so many inaccuracies and false assumptions about poverty in America that I will give a speech next Thursday at the American Enterprise Institute with a more detailed analysis of these sections from Obama's speech.

    In the meantime, everyone should eagerly respond to the invitation to have an honest dialogue about how to help all Americans achieve their Creator-endowed rights.

Your friend,

 

 

Newt Gingrich