Race In America: Why We Can’t (and Shouldn’t) “Just Get Over It”
A few weeks ago, my wife and I visited the state of Virginia. While there, we went to the American Civil War Museum, formerly known as the Museum of the Confederacy, a small town called New Castle in the western part of the Commonwealth, Washington and Lee College in Roanoke (Home of Lee Chapel, the final resting place of Robert E. Lee), Monticello, and the University of Virginia Campus. During this trip, and since, I have reflected quite a bit on the history of race relations in the United States, especially the lasting impact of what many refer to as America’s original sin: the enslavement of millions of people of African origin. This past weekend’s horrific events at UVA have placed an additional point of context on those reflections and prompted me to share some of my thoughts here.
What Does Freedom of Religion Mean?
There seems to be a great deal of confusion these days on both sides of the political aisle with regard to the concept of freedom of religion, especially in context of the Constitution of the United States. The First Amendment says, in part, “Congress shall make no law regarding the establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Subsequent court rulings have indicated that this proscription applies to not only Congress, but the Federal Government and the governments of the various states as well. Unfortunately, many people today seem to think that this only applies to religions that they either practice or do not see as problematic. Each side of the political divide applies this conditional freedom of religion in a different context to suit their political goals.
Post Trump Revisited
I have a lot of thoughts about the events of this weekend; Trump’s inauguration, the protests that day, the Women’s march the next day, too. I wanted to get them down now before we find ourselves full tilt into a Trump administration. Each of these items could have been made into its own separate post, but I honestly didn’t want to be writing about Trump or the Left all the time. There are things that need fixing, problems that need solving, and I think that’s a far better use of my time.
High Speed Rail in Texas – Boon or Boondoggle?
...I need to get something off my chest. I never wanted to become a relative subject-matter expert in government at any level. I never wanted to learn the things I did about Obamacare, or the Rain Tax, or the Red Light Cameras, or light rail, or municipal bonds, or high speed rail, or gazillion dollar high school football stadiums. But if there’s anything I learned in my eighteen-plus years of political activism, it’s that there is always some faction trying to game the system, some crony in the background with his hand out, some politician trying to make a name or career move for himself.
Wait. Why are we celebrating this? Should I be HAPPY that Crowder makes fools of these people- both figuratively AND literally? As a gun owner and conservative activist who believes strongly in the second amendment, how does laughing at a bunch of ill-informed people help me make my case that more gun control isn’t the solution to the horrific tragedies the Left blames on gun ownership?
Uphill Liberty – Part The Sixth – Leftwashed
We’ve all seen crime dramas and courtroom shows where the criminal mastermind gets some low-level associate to do the dirty work while he stays safely insulated behind lawyers and money and an intimidating network of threats and enforcement. Police and prosecutors will scoop up these lower status perpetrators and try to get them to turn on the guys that are higher up, in hopes of landing the Big Fish, the guy at the top of the food chain. In these shows, they lean pretty hard on the little guy, inflating charges and threatening long sentences, hoping to turn them against the mastermind. And each guy who is that low on the totem pole has to make this calculation: of whom is he more afraid – the authorities or the criminal network?
Uphill Liberty – Part The Fifth
So far, if you’ve been following along, you’ve walked with me through several of the challenges conservatives face in the electoral arena: We demand the farthest right candidates we can get We have a huge swing state shortfall to overcome We don’t get candidates who can mount effective challenges in swing states Swing states and moderate voters decide elections