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.
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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.