Liberals turn on one another

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July 8, 2019

Must-read column today by Michael Goodwin at the New York Post, on how the Democrats are eating their own, thanks to the far-leftists finding the leftists not leftist enough.  There’s a ton of interesting info and history here, including a great quote from LBJ, who was dealing with a similar situation during the Vietnam-era Yippie riots.  He said, “You know the difference between cannibals and liberals? Cannibals eat only their enemies.”

This article brings up a couple of stories that made news during the July 4th break, and I wanted to comment on them as well:

1.  Tiffany Cabán, the AOC-backed, far-left insurgent candidate for Queens DA who declared victory on Election night, was found in a count of paper absentee ballots to be 16 votes behind establishment candidate Melinda Katz.  Like other “progressive” DA candidates who’ve burrowed into government like termites by targeting low-turnout primaries in one-party areas, Cabán vowed to institute “justice reforms” by simply no longer prosecuting a long list of crimes. 

The election results are now heading to the courts, and Cabán supporters such as NY State Sen. Alessandra Biaggi are accusing the Democratic establishment of trying to “steal” the election.  This is incredibly ironic considering that if Cabán prevails and becomes DA, stealing things will no longer be illegal in Queens.

2.  Kamala Harris has surged in the polls while Joe Biden has dropped to only a slight lead over her, following the debate where she savaged him for opposing forced busing in the early ‘70s. In fact, it’s worked so well for her that she’s decided to really ride that bus and is suggesting that we need to bring back forced busing to reintegrate schools now.

As I pointed out the morning after that debate (and do so again, refusing to grovel or apologize for telling the truth), many people of all races opposed forced busing back then because it was a bad “solution” to a real problem. Thinking that there must be better ways to combat racism than forcing children to waste hours every day in traffic, going to strange schools far from their homes, didn’t necessarily mean you were racist (at the end of this article is a comment from “Huckabee” writer Pat Reeder, who actually rode a school bus 18 miles each way every day.) 

By the early ‘70s, official segregation had been quashed, but many schools were still largely white or black, mostly because of white flight from inner cities to the suburbs.  There was surely an element of racism with some people, but it was mostly the desire of all parents for their kids to be able to go to the best and safest schools and have better lives than they had (a universal motivation, as witness the black parents and students in DC who compete so hard for a chance at vouchers to send their kids to private and religious schools.)

Robert Verbruggen at National Review has a piece suggesting ways to reintegrate schools than busing.  It also backs up some of the historical points I made, as well as noting that until recently, even liberals acknowledged that forced busing was a lousy and unpopular idea:  

I’d also like to add to Verbruggen’s piece than a better solution than sending black kids on 20-mile bus rides to a decent school would’ve been to make all schools as good as the ones they were being bused to. That would have helped the students and also likely reduced white flight and voluntary segregation.  But it would have required elected officials and bureaucrats in those cities to spend more money, and (even worse!) in ways that would have upset the teachers’ unions, whose interests have for too long been prioritized over the good of the students.  



As a kid, I had to ride a bus 18 miles each way to school, not because of desegregation, but just because I grew up in rural Texas, and the nearest town with a school was 18 miles away.  So while I didn’t experience the racial animosity (or the exposure to dangerous urban traffic) that the black kids on buses suffered, I can tell you what it was like just having to put in so many miles to get to and from school.

It stank!  That bus was the worst part of my childhood, bar none.  It took a long, circuitous route with many stops that required me to get up before sunrise, and in winter time, to stand outside in the pitch dark waiting for it to arrive, just to make it into town in time for the start of school. While the town kids got out at 3:45, I got on the bus and didn’t get home until well after 5. Any social activities, after-school dances, sports, etc. were out for me because I had to be on the bus and lived so far away from the school I attended. I spent all evening until bedtime doing homework because I had to get up so early and waste so much time on that bus. I tried to do some of it on the bus, but it was as noisy as a riot and so bumpy it was impossible to write. You also had to contend every day with bigger kids who had a captive audience for their bullying and a bus driver who did nothing about it. I counted the days until I could get a driver’s license and my first car, and worked a part time job to buy gas, so that the minute I turned 16, I never had to set foot on that damned bus ever again.   

And Kamala Harris wants to bring busing back?  Just what I needed: one more reason not to vote for Kamala Harris! 


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  • Carol J Mathews

    07/12/2019 11:21 PM

    I was a white kid and rode the school bus 30 or 40 minutes a day. I literally could walk home from school faster than I could wait until the buses came back to the school for those of us who were the farthest away. Bus was crowded, people standing, (which may not be allowed now), holding your books, shoving etc. They were cold in the winter and hot in the summer or spring. I hated the bus and as soon as any friend got a car that I could ride to school with, I did.
    As for integration. It is done. I am in the south and the whole area around Chattanooga TN and North GA has integration. Some schools have more whites and some have more blacks depending on the area but ALL are integrated even the private ones. People, white and black, who can afford it, have their children in the private expensive schools the same here as in DC or LA or NY.
    There are more and more black and white couples and many children from them. Many families on both sides have integration within.
    Racism is still prevalent in many places but it is not near what the politicians claim it to be and most of them if not all, live in intergraded neighborhoods themselves. Race card is just that. Scream race when you lose an argument, yell race when you don't get your way, and shout racism to get noticed. It is old, tired, and worn out phrases. It is time that we change the meaning and embrace being a racist because that means you won the argument, you kept a spoiled brat from getting their way, and you will be noticed either way. PC verbiage is baggage we need to put in the garbage.

  • Anita Mule

    07/11/2019 09:39 PM

    I love when a favorite writer (you) references another favorite (Goodwin).

  • Anne Turner

    07/10/2019 09:31 PM

    More. Slavery was an abomination, nothing can justify it. If I am right about history the country of Liberia was created so the freed shaves could go back to Africa. Many chose to stay in the US. I would like to ask their ancestors if the were glad there ancestors stayed or would they prefer to live in Africa? It is often said that sometimes good things can come out of bad things. Perhaps it is a good thing that the present descendents have the opportunities in this country. I think they need to give some thought to the fact that their ancestors were sold into slavery by rival tribes and Arab traders. That does not excuse our white forefathers from the sin of buying them and most especially from the sins of mistreatment, but some lessons of historical perspective can show that their are bad people everywhere. That part of the world was pretty barbaric in many ways and to this day there are tribal wars and heinous crimes.

  • Andrew Burk

    07/10/2019 06:18 PM

    At least as long as Anderson Cooper is front and center, the left network CNN can’t really bring it up. And if they do, any interviewee should call them out in it.

  • Carrie Rudoy

    07/10/2019 02:23 PM

    Kamala Harris lies about everything to the point that her own father had to come out against her. She is an opportunist who tries to mow down everything in her way. I'd never vote for this woman is is as unlikeable, if that's possible, as Hillary Clinton!

  • Susan Wooster Anderson

    07/10/2019 01:07 PM

    As a new elementary teacher in the 70s, I taught in a school district that desegregated through busing in Omaha, Nebraska. From first hand experience I can tell readers that it was not the best thing for any of the students. Those who rode on the bus, didn’t want to be bused away from their neighborhood and friends, and after being on the bus for over an hour in the morning, they were not in any mood to learn or cooperate. In fact, you could hear the bus coming before it came into sight, the kids were so rowdy by the time they got to school. Also, the kids being bused didn’t feel any need to become friends with any of the neighborhood kids in the class because they could never stay after school to play with them or participate in any activities. It was an unfortunate situation all around, and affected the learning environment, no matter how hard I tried to create an inclusive classroom with an atmosphere of acceptance. A few years later, busing in Omaha was disbanded, and instead, money was spent to improve all the schools in the district, which was a much better plan.

  • Stephen Russell

    07/10/2019 12:42 PM

    More division the better so we win 2020.
    More chaos for Dems, Yes.

  • Bruce Wilson

    07/09/2019 11:42 PM

    I had a similar bus experience when I started high school. It was 23 miles and the bus was pretty full by the time it arrived at my house which made me have to stand up for the entire hour it took to get to school sometimes just because bullies wouldn’t let me sit down. Even when my trip to school was closer and shorter, the worst part of my day was on the bus. No one should have to go through that.

  • Nelda White

    07/09/2019 05:06 PM

    Do you really believe that only black kids were bused? White kids were bused to predominantly black schools and black kids were bused to predominantly white schools. What made forced busing unconstitutional was the word forced. Had they made it voluntary busing then it would have been constitutional. But you know how it is when the supreme court gets a bee in its bonnet. Plus it is doubtful that anyone would have volunteered. It seems that through the years the supreme court has adopted a policy of going unconstitutional to kiss someones feet. They need to keep the constitution and a dictionary with them. Back to the subject, they even bused schools that were not segregated to other schools that were not segregated. And they call themselves educators!!

  • Sharon Kumler

    07/09/2019 01:10 PM

    No comment, just a question -- what do YOU think are the top 10 headlines globally and nationally since Jan 1, 2019? Not just politically, but those that affect the security of religious freedom? I know that everyday, something arises, but I'm interested in the biggest concerns.
    Thank you!