Though many issues divide the Republican and Democratic parties, one of the most crucial (and unfortunately, least understood) concerns the line drawn between individual and society. In a recent speech, the sitting president controversially remarked,
If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. (more…)
Though repentance comes neither easily, nor is its public admission always comfortably professed, the sacred interest of justice requires that man bow his ego to heaven, and when he has erred, to ask for apology. When in recent weeks I saw angry mobs marching against a man accused of murder, I stood in his defense, claiming that his accusers overstepped their boundaries, acting not in justice, but in historical and malicious revenge. My position on his accusers’ character has not changed: I still believe many of them to be irrational, unjust, and quite frankly, dangerous to civilization itself. But after careful consideration, I now believe the American system to have become so perverted from a Biblical standard, that both sides can now properly be considered victims. (more…)
Trayvon Martin’s story, in recent days, has caught fire to the heart of our nation. The smoldering coals of racial envy and mistrust have been fanned into full flame, insensible and devious mobs are forming; it seems, in fact, that the so-called age of racial reconciliation hasn’t yielded advance at all, but simply ceded further public liberties to jealous factions. But if one is careful, some light can be seen on the horizon. In fact, my own conversion from radical liberalism to Christian conservatism began from racial strife, and I believe that these unfortunate racial troubles can be employed to undermine leftist causes. Below, in naked honesty, my tale is told. (more…)
In the world of politics, there are perhaps fewer psychological weapons better disguised than a so-called charitable cause. For though at first some causes appear to be rooted in goodness, in empathy, and in mercy, they can oftentimes be vehicles not only to safely advance causes which many find morally offensive, but also tools to silence opponents without the perils of argument. And in this brand of political warfare, there perhaps exists no greater weapon than the fight against AIDS. (more…)
The other day, as I was on my way to work, I was driving through a relatively empty parking lot. Being in somewhat of a hurry, I was trying to save as much time as possible, taking the route in which I had expected the least amount of traffic and cruising over speed bumps. But as I moved quickly to my destination, and a young woman crossed in front of me, a wave of impatience smothered my sensitivity and urged me to continue at my same pace. Surely she can speed up, I thought. And she did: I did not slow down. (more…)
As an increasingly liberal government seeks to import and accommodate not only a greater diversity of peoples, but the greater diversity of lifestyles and doctrines which accompany them, the topic of a national American language has been one of increasing controversy. But there are certain facts about language and education which belong to all ranges of opinion, and if studied closely, show that the pursuit of linguistic consolidation is not only in the best interest of any nation, but is already morally accepted by nearly every educational institution across the entire globe. (more…)
In John Stuart Mill‘s most influential and widely read work, On Liberty, he defended what he considered to be one of the most important pillars of any successful society, liberty of thought, and consequently of speech. And it is plain from reading On Liberty that Americans have taken his suggestions quite seriously, not only supporting legislation to protect speech from governmental prohibition, but also instituting laws which protect against the so-called tyranny of private opinion. But has this endeavor actually promoted discussion and rationality, or has it actually suppressed both? (more…)
Earlier in the month of February, The Telegraph reported that an English high court judge barred a man from having sex, due to that man’s incredibly low IQ and an inability to properly assess circumstances. At first, the action seemed bizarre, and brought to mind eugenics programs of the Nazi Party. But if one looks closely at the matter, this judge ruled far more closely according to the philosophy of John Locke than Adolf Hitler. (more…)
In recent years, it has been increasingly claimed by the left that the American national media, in its coverage of murder mysteries, ignores the plight of missing black women because of prejudice. But in their condemnation of what they perceive to be a great racial injustice, leftists oftentimes forget not only about empathy’s selective nature, but also about the reasons why people oppose racial prejudice in the first place. (more…)
It is not uncommon, these days, to see those interested in a liberal cause use the suffering of poster boys to soften the public heart. Oftentimes, these poster boys are kind faced, hard working, law abiding flag wavers, who claim they bear similarity to the majority of Americans, though coming from circumstances far less fortunate or socially acceptable. But regardless of whether a refusal to grant relief would harm such people, such claims are not a legitimate moral platform from which to launch a movement. (more…)
The other day, I greatly offended an Arabic associate of mine.During a conversation about the social contract, I tried to use an example of a group forming themselves into a nation, and I had begun the example with the statement, “suppose that a group of people like you were to get together, and decide to build your own country, with your own laws.”
His objection to my statement was that Christians and conservatives oftentimes enjoy separating themselves from everyone else, that we believe that people like him are not part of our group, that we in essence discriminate. In this particular instance, I referred to him as people like you, leading toward an idea and an effect which I had not intended. Why, he asked, could we not just all be considered human, and on the same team? (more…)
Must an increase in empathy signal a decrease in law?
Let us consider, for a moment, that someone has wronged you by stealing your car. When the person is caught by police, you have the option to press charges, but then discover that your neighbor–whose wife is dying from cancer, after they both lost their jobs–stole your car out of desperation to rush to meet her in the hospital, since he thought she was about to die. Begging your forgiveness with tears in his eyes, the man sinks to his knees in court, clasps his hands together, and looks at you directly. At this moment, moved with compassion, in an act of mercy you allow the man to walk free.
Compassion, then, is our friend. A placing of ourselves in the shoes of others, imagining their hardship and deciding–in some particular instance, to side with them, to recognize that had you been in their position, you would have been desperate as well. And this empathy, in many cases, is noble. (more…)
The other day, I came across a feminist blog about the movie “Tangled,” a movie I know almost nothing about, other than that it’s racist, sexist, and evil. Girl With Pen writes: “The bad news is that it re-hashes the same old story – that as a woman you can either be a princess awaiting her prince or an evil stepmother/witch, that if you are male, you get all the action (in many senses of the word) and that beauty equals white, blonde, thin, and young.” Let us all grab our pitchforks.
The first reason we should be at arms is because of the racism. You see, when we apply positive affirmations of beauty to white people, it logically implies that all the other races cannot possess these traits, and are in fact less beautiful than white people. Consider also that the princess, in Tangled’s case, is white, blonde, and young. Solely because of movies such as Tangled, it is entirely likely that an entire generation of American boys will find young blondes to be sexually attractive. I, as one tragic example, have fallen prey to this most odious of ploys. (more…)
Editor’s note: this article is dedicated to my first non-familial fan, Esky.
Why do we belong together?
This should not be an offensive question, yet it cannot seriously be asked in our modern political climate–particularly by conservatives–without expecting angry retribution. But when John Jay wrote Federalist Paper #2, he did so out of the need to convince the American people that they must cede some of their natural rights for the sake of unity; that, although the states had distinct governments and oftentimes different interests, they would need to sacrifice some of these interests for a greater good. Jay reasoned that this unity always comes at a price, but he was also able to guarantee that the overwhelming majority of identity and of morality would be preserved despite the institution of an American union. Indeed, this small price for unity was one of his key arguments in favor of the US Constitution. (more…)
The TEA Party has got establishment Republicans’ panties in a major twist. While most party insiders argue that fiscal conservatism is the uniting factor which will bring Americans out of a socialist abyss, TEA Partiers (despite some obvious ideological diversity within their ranks) aren’t so sure that fiscal conservatism alone is the answer, bringing a serious brand of social conservatism into the mix. Supposedly this foray into “archaic” and “unwinnable” social issues could cost Republicans the elections, but what could Republicans lose without social conservatism? (more…)
Most Leftists enjoy thinking of themselves as color-blind philanthropists, hell-bent on erasing bigotry from the public mind, bringing every racial category into economic harmony and uniting every culture in a sort of tolerant, egalitarian utopia. But is this self-assessment true?
In order to be truly multicultural, one has to have a tolerant approach to all other cultures, since–coming from a postmodern, atheistic perspective–there can be no right or wrong culture, and we all have to live peacefully with one another. But while most Leftists are increasingly tolerant with foreign cultures, their tendency toward domestic bigotry yields the assumption that multiculturalism is not truly multicultural, but is laden with racially-based tendencies.
For instance, the concept of tolerance first necessitates an “us” and a “them.” Without this concept of “us and them,” there exists no standard of behavior for tolerance and generosity, since we would be incapable of defining who requires a more understanding and benevolent approach. After all, when you are aware that someone has a different culture than you do, you should theoretically approach them as though there will be some misunderstandings, and as though you have an increased need to be patient and accepting. (more…)
The other day, I had the privilege of watching the television while a smarmy Muslim condescendingly downplayed the significance of the 9/11 mosque controversy. His argument consisted of something along the lines of “Is this what our national dialogue has been reduced to?” As though almost to say that Americans were too culturally insensitive and bigoted to allow the building of a mosque which would overlook Ground Zero. And to be sure, most people who support the building of the mosque adopt this pompous position, pretending that if we truly are tolerant and accepting of other cultures, we should be able to accept the building of an Islamic temple over a building ruined by an Islamically-motivated mass-murder. Surely, they argue, we are beyond squabblings and sensitivities, and we should be able to just accept cohabitation with other cultures.
It is this attitude which precisely highlights the problem with the doctrine of tolerance. While those who accept a multicultural postmodern perspective agree that acceptance must hypothetically occur amongst all in a racially diverse and religiously pluralistic society, the logical mechanics of tolerance suggest that the direction of tolerance can only exist toward one group in any clash of cultures. (more…)
Editor’s note: this video was instrumental in explaining the historical foundation for western social liberalism to me, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in being ahead of the thinking curve. Covers subjects ranging from drug use to homosexual behavior, and why they–according to the foundational principles of genuine social liberalism–should be regulated. Also: covers double standards of legal protection, explaining how children do not have the same protection from harm which our law affords adults. Don’t miss this!
It’s not uncommon to see a patriot mistreated over the issue of immigration, usually by people who consider themselves part of the human rights/anti-racism movement. But while “global human rights” sound a little bit larger and more glamorous a struggle than “American rights,” both the glamor and resulting anger toward patriots ensue from a major misunderstanding of the importance of citizenship.
In a proper republic, citizenship extends rights to those who are legally obligatedto make sacrifices. We all get the chance to vote, and usually to receive some sort of economic safety net, and be protected by the police and firefighters, and benefit from the infrastructure created through taxation. We have the right to a trial by jury, the right to keep and use weaponry, the right to pursue a job, and the right to reside within our limited territory. But these rights are only inherited by our citizenry because they were paid for with the blood, sweat, and tears of both our ancestors and us. (more…)
It seems that almost since the dawn of modern American liberalism, accusations of conservative racism have been flying, and conservatives have been ineffectively wasting their time trying to fight them. But regardless of how vigorously the movement tries to defend itself, it’s not ever going to clear its name. From a leftist point of view, any conservative movement is “racist” in deeply rooted principle. Even the TEA Party, a strictly constitutional and financial movement which has nothing to do with racial issues, finds itself under attack for many of the same issues that any other conservative movement embraces, since its ranks are publicly known to consist of those who consider themselves “very conservative.” (more…)
One of the most important necessities of true justice is that we apply it equally. But while most on planet earth would readily agree that granting two people different verdicts for the same crime would be corruption, trends in the United States show us that our society is moving away from an equality-based law-system to one which considers the status of people instead of their actions.
As examples, a couple of major stories have caught the eye of Leftist “human rights” organizations lately. The first one, involving a police officer and two jaywalkers, resulted in an unruly pedestrian attacking the officer, which resulted in the assailant being punched in the face. The second story involved a Mexican smuggler being shot after he and his friends were throwing rocks at our border patrol agents. (more…)
I have to admit a bit of bias before getting to the meat of the matter, here: I’ve always gotten along well with Asian students, particularly northern ones. During my several years in California’s school system, I never once had a problem with a rude Asian student, never had one steal from me, never knew one who broke the law (although I’m sure they exist, somewhere), never was physically threatened by one, and never had one blame me for any of their shortcomings or demand a handout. In short, I have no history of bad interactions with Asian students, and to be quite frank, it’s left me with a good impression of them.
So it should come as no surprise to my readers that I’m particularly angered by the UC system, as they’re purposely seeking to lower admissions standards to rid themselves of many of their Asian students. Not only is this institutional envy shameful and socially dysgenic, but also a poor form of business. Asians didn’t dominate the UC system by whining like other races, after all. They became a large portion of the student body by having a superior work ethic and a culture geared toward academic success. If success is a reason to bar anyone from a college system, you must be a Democrat. (more…)
Recently, Nancy “Bibles” Pelosi told the Catholic clergy that amnesty legislation is “a manifestation of our living the Gospels.” Now, to be fair, Nancy isn’t alone: many Christians today pursue a type of social justice that can result if someone takes Christ’s words out of context, and due to either laziness or outright disregard refuses to look at the big picture. So what does the Bible actually say about immigration?
As Christians, all must admit that Pelosi is right about a couple of things. First off, Jesus commanded us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves, and that means treating them with generosity. But while Jesus absolutely commanded us to love our neighbors as ourselves, and spoke positively about individuals belonging to unpopular minority groups to show that His teachings apply to everyone, Pelosi and liberal Christians forget that the Gospels aren’t Christ’s first message, and that Christ had already made specific statements about how to engage in government. After all, His own personal style of government was given through Moses in the Old Testament. (more…)
For the past 50 years or so, real manhood has been disappearing, and the effects couldn’t be more clear: men are dropping out of school, leaving their families behind, and generally turning into the abominable video-game playing man-child. The last twenty years have seen the metrosexual community gain a foothold in American society, the overtly-feminine readers of Men’s Health magazine focusing their lives not on inner strength, but on gaining abs or worse–shaving their chests more neatly. And as the homosexual advocacy movement seeks to erase any and all boundaries for proper gender norms, turning what could have been Joe Dimaggios and John Waynes into Regis Philbins and Perez Hiltons, we have to wonder: can we please go back to having real men again? (more…)
Editor’s note: the end of this article contains implied use of vulgarities from other liberal writers who oppose American Clarity’s position. Tread carefully!
A short while ago, Don McLeroy and other Texas conservatives decided they’d had enough: liberal indoctrination of their children had been crossing boundaries for too many decades, teaching values which opposed the very foundations of conservatism. And so one day, he and a band of other Texas school board members decided that Texas would be different. They decided that Texas would spend class time talking about different aspects of American history than what had been considered adequate for decades. Predictably, the backlash was vicious: the anger expressed by liberals has been predictably foul (by historical standards), and at times even terrifying.
So what exactly did McLeroy and his board do to cause all the rage?
1) Teach about the values of the free market, and how America was intended to achieve economic success with less government intervention (see: The Wealth of Nations, written by an incredibly important historical figure whom liberals tend to forget, Adam Smith).
2) They didn’t want to spend as much time on one of our most humanistic (read: liberal) founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson, and instead decided to discuss the speeches of Jefferson Davis–The President of the Confederacy, an important person in American history–alongside those of Abraham Lincoln. (more…)
A couple of weeks ago, I had a conversation with a very sweet and well-intentioned lady about racial bias in the American justice system. Due to some personal experiences she’d had, she wholeheartedly believed that Seattle’s police force was full of “racist pigs,” and that they weren’t worthy of respect. But although I can–with all of my being–agree with her that police officers without a sense of justice are dangerous, and that a person should be judged according to their deeds and the contents of their heart, the insult levied against our boys in blue was slanderous enough to warrant a rebuttal.
But before proceeding, it must be noted that this woman isn’t the only person on the planet who holds those views. A common goal of all leftists is the reform of what they see as an incredibly racist judicial system, which preys upon people of color and throws them in jail without probable cause. Barack Obama himself stated during his campaign that America greatly needed a civilian oversight panel in every city, which would follow our police officers around and threaten to punish them if their actions were seen as racist. (more…)
Although abortion is a hot-button topic due to the debate over whether a human death is involved or not, the ramifications of abortion or the right-to-life are far more reaching than ever discussed in the mainstream media. As such, this article is not about why abortion is wrong. If the reader is interested in a concise and easy read about the moral bankruptcy of child-murder, they can read an article I wrote on the subject a short while back. Rather, this article is about the more dangerous consequences of solely granting the right-to-life.
Of course, when approaching the topic of abortion, the intelligent and learned Left is generally (yet unmentionably) aware of one major problem: that repealing the ability of a woman to kill her children would have the effect of nearly exponentially increasing the number of Black–and mostly illegitimate– children in the West, the fear of which prompted the creation of abortion rights groups such as Planned Parenthood (who specifically targeted Black communities with access to “choice”). Even popular liberal books such as Freakonomics have unabashedly stated that the decline in violence levels in the US were predominantly due to the abortions of the 1970′s and 1980′s, but didn’t care to mention that an overwhelming number of abortions involved Black children. Actually, the Black abortion rate is ridiculously higher than the White abortion rate, and has always been. (more…)
Every time liberals want to pass legislation about something, newspapers and television reports fill up with stories about a kind-faced and law-abiding person who just wants to be able to live their life if it only wasn’t for you: the American public, because you’re calloused and won’t extend “human rights” to them (known to sensible people as “extending the right to break legal/moral barriers and then get benefits”). The reason for your callousness, of course, because you’re selfish and racist and bigoted. This treatment is especially applied by the media in the argument over illegal immigration.
Before getting started however, it should be known that this writer has personally known and enjoyed the companionship of an illegal alien before. His name was Armando, and he was one of the nicest, most polite, charming young men I’ve known in my lifetime. He couldn’t speak English worth a damn, but it was clear to me that the kid just wanted to work hard to support the family he’d left back home. Back then, his friends have me over for carne asada in the rural Californian town of Bonsall, we’d listen to music, and enjoy each other’s company. He was my buddy. I’m even willing to assume that–at that particular time and place–he was a better person than I was. (more…)