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July 30, 2019

Part Two of My Baltimore Commentary: The Rat-Free Half

The immediate labeling of Trump as a racist shows just much mainstream Democrats and the media are patterning themselves after the far-left freshmen House “Squad,” particularly Reps. AOC, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.  I warned at the time that insisting that even Nancy Pelosi had better watch her step before criticizing “women of color” or else be labeled “racist” was not only a tactic to scare their critics into silence, it was also a racist tactic in itself.  It implies that a political figure of color has no ideas that can be criticized on their merit or lack of same, but that the only thing that matters about them is the amount of melanin in their skin.  That’s more racially demeaning than any honest criticism could be.  

The worst thing about that attitude, and about this sudden flurry of accusations that everything and everyone is “racist” is that takes away from the gravity of that charge.  I’ve written before about my experiences growing up in the South in the 1960s and seeing the evils of racism firsthand.  As a pastor, I had to deal with people threatening to leave my church because I welcomed parishioners of all races.  I wished them good luck in finding a new church that would look the other way at one of the most reprehensible of sins.

We’re all made in the image of God, and to believe that you are better than someone else, simple because of something as meaningless as skin tone is a sin against God. That is how seriously I take racism.  I would never support anyone whom I sincerely believed to be a racist. The widespread labeling of Trump as a racist by people who never made such accusations – indeed, who even embraced him, up until the moment he announced he was running for President as a Republican – suggests to me that they do not take that accusation as seriously as they should. 

Because racism is such a serious sin, it is also sinful to falsely accuse someone of it.  It’s not merely slanderous, it harms all of us.  Using “racism” as an easy, go-to accusation to hurl at political opponents reduces the gravity of the charge and makes it easier for people to tune it out, when it should only be treated with the utmost seriousness.  This editorial cartoon illustrates only too well what the cheapening of the charge of racism is doing to society.

An accusation of racism should be a wake-up call, not something that we snooze through.  Sadly, that’s what it’s becoming because crying “racism” has become the new version of crying “wolf.” 

Stop it.  Just stop it. 


RELATED READING: Part One of My Baltimore Commentary: The Part With Rats



With the second round of Democratic Presidential debates nearly upon us, I wonder if all the candidates will be so eager to raise their hands to back new benefits for illegal immigrants or decriminalizing illegal entry into the US after they see the latest poll numbers. 

Heritage Action for America released the results of a series of polls. They found that when asked to name their top concern, Americans listed illegal immigration at #1 (21%), with health care a distant second at 7%. Fifty-four percent said illegal immigration affects their own lives, through such avenues as unfair job competition and abuse of social services.  Before Democrats dismiss that as a biased conservative poll, Gallup also recently showed concerns about illegal immigration hitting an all-time high.

The polls also found large majorities reject socialism, single-payer government health care and political correctness, and 76% think babies born alive during abortions should receive medical care.  And 57% of general election voters think the national Democrats are “becoming increasingly extremist” and moving too far left. 

This is why, while many conservatives wish the radical leftists would shut up, I hope they just keep talking and talking.  I may not agree with what they say, but I will defend to the death their right to say it, preferably on national media outlets, right up until Election Day.



What do you know?  So it turns out that pursuing money, career and hedonistic physical pleasure rather than a solid relationship and a family can leave women feeling depressed, disappointed and alone?  That would have been a good thing to realize before turning the promotion of selfish bad decisions into a major media sensation influencing countless young women.

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  • Adrian Rehak

    07/31/2019 09:54 PM

    You have a poll elsewhere about Trump banning Antifa. I don't think Antifa can legally be banned anymore than the Democratic Party or the Baptist Church can be banned. Wouldn't that be banning freedom of speech? Of course, arresting any and all members involved in any illegal activity should be pursued just as arresting Hillary for her thousands of felony emails should be pursued. Most likely neither of these actions will ever occur, arrest of political criminals for their criminal activities, unless the arrestee is a Republican.

  • Arlen Johnson

    07/31/2019 09:19 PM

    Many of the people calling those they disagree with racist should look in the mirror at themselves. Is that anything like being hypocritical? They yell 'racist' while voting to support an organization that is racist and may be even considered white supremacist. The Pennsylvania representative whose video showed him ranting against a protester as 'an ol' white woman's and calling her racist numerous times would certainly indicate that most of the clients of this clinic were non white. Does trying to save the life of a non white baby make the woman a racist? Who really is the racist in this scenario?

  • rodney burke

    07/31/2019 01:24 PM

    It would appear that libs are just not mature enough to face the real issues of our time. The word racist should only apply to a racial situation. DT was accused twice when he said nothing about race. Fear is what it is. Feat that others won't conform to YOU. No, no, that is not how it works. Dems have shown they are NOT Americans nor do they support anything that has to DO with America. They want a nation that is NOT America. I think there is a word for that? And possibly a punishment in the USC?

  • Bernadette Dillon

    07/31/2019 10:46 AM

    Governor Newsome has taken away our right to vote. If a Republican Governor did this to Democrats there would be Holy Heck to pay for this crime of silence forced upon by Republicans. This is not acceptable and he must be removed from office. The California Senate will never do it. I looked it up that it only takes 12% of the vote in California in 5 counties to remove a Governor. Travis Allen had 38% of the vote. We can do this. We can remove him from office. We have to. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE TO DENY THE PEOPLE OF THIS STATE THE ABILITY TO VOTE FOR WHO WE WANT!

  • jack macdonald

    07/31/2019 07:40 AM

    Just finished reading the comments of your first 7 contributors and I am impressed by their thoughtfulness. Your subscribers are well informed rational citizens who care about this country and like me are very, very weary of Trump being called a racist and I one along with him. I am a 79 year old white Navy veteran and retired career IBM'er. I feel I am Mr. Average American. The Racism charges don't register with me and only cause me to have no respect for the idiots who fling this term around at every opportunity. It is only the cheapest of phonies who would think that reparations are the solution to anything. That position would also qualify me as a racist rather than an actual rational person. I don't believe I'm a racist because I think Al Sharpton should be behind bars and that Candace Owens and Ben Carson and many other thinking "persons of color" are wonderful individuals and true Americans. Labeling people as "persons of color" drives me up the wall. So many of the Dems running for President are very weak thinkers and display their real lack of maturity, education and all semblance of being deserving of my attention. They must be products of the Education system they created.

  • Bill Cortesio

    07/31/2019 05:31 AM

    Just maybe, it is time to promote wellness instead of health care, perhaps with a dumbed down title such as: Don't get Sick, Stupid!
    What percentage of health care dollars are spent on self-inflicted aliments, as such being overweight, drug or alcohol abuse, smoking, poor nutrition, poor sleep habits, lack of exercise, or lack of preventive care? What percentage of health dollars are spent on terminally ill patients? I am not an expert in the health care field, but I would estimate from my casual observations that over half of the dollars spent in our country are spent on the above mentioned conditions. This could be the best way to drive down health care costs. Perhaps a national conversation needs to begin on Ben Franklins quote, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" -- but it would require a civil dialogue! Is this worthy of a segment on your weekly show on TBN?

  • filmore hennis

    07/31/2019 03:10 AM

    Dems will get another wake-up call on Trump's re-election. They had a reality check on the last presidential election. Americans are not sleeping, we are paying attention and we will express ourselves in the booth on election day.

  • Larry Fry

    07/30/2019 09:14 PM

    The defense against being called a racist is non existent. “I am not,” just doesn’t float. All a person can do is to live their life like they know it is intended. ‘Do God’s will and help his other children.’

    Baltimore: almost every big city has two parts. Part one the beautiful downtown that the city’s politicians try to glorify as THEIR work. Part two where the people live with much depression, poverty and the part the politicians ignore, administration after administration. And, what party is the administration in most large cities?

  • Roseanne Impellizzeri

    07/30/2019 09:04 PM

    I wish some way, some how, I could get this message across!!!!! Please.... somebody get this memo.....the best way to refute the charge of racism is to DISARM it!! Every time we defend ourselves against the charge, we give it credence!!! We have to STOP trying to defend ourselves & once & for all invalidate it by coming at them FIRST. For instance, when President Trump made his charge against Baltimore, he needs to end EVERY assertion, whether against the squad or immigration, etc with this: "WATCH... IF THEY CAN'T JUSTIFY THEIR ACTIONS, THEY'LL FALL ON THEIR DEFAULT ANSWER SUCH AS RACISM, MISOGYNIST etc!!" (And as soon as they hear that.... THEY'RE CORNERED!!!! And there you have it....if they run to that... they're admitting to having no solutions.

  • Waylon Bush

    07/30/2019 07:57 PM

    I'm dadgum weary of politicians/media trying to pit citizens against citizens. It's old, it's wrong, and it is an attempted form of mind control. It works on some. Maybe too many, for we keep re-electing the fear-mongers.

  • Joseph Arena

    07/30/2019 07:56 PM

    What is so bad about Trump being impeached. The Republicans have 53 votes in the Senate. You need 67 votes of guilty to oust a President from office. That means 20 Republicans would have to vote along with the Dems. That is never going to happen. Then the issue would be over and done with. Yes, I know the Dems will find something else to yell about. I am truly pessimistic about the future on our country.

  • Audrey Smith

    07/30/2019 07:12 PM

    Many of the politicians who say "racist".... why don't they look into the background of the
    founder of ACLU... why she wanted to abort babies. I would think she was considered a racist.