Before today, the last time I was genuinely fearful for my country was in 1964. As a 5th grader being forced to shelter under my desk and face away from the windows, our teacher had us convinced that nuclear annihilation was likely. As an impressionable child, I followed the lead of that teacher, someone I trusted.
Today, I’m once again fearful for my country, but this time, the person I trust in making that analysis is me. As the lucky recipient of an old-school education that taught me how to think and not what to think, I have made my own observations and drawn my own conclusions. After living on this planet for more than 67 years, that dread I felt under my desk has resurfaced and this time, it is my own understanding and conclusions that fuel that fear.
Our country is evenly split between the two parties. Win or lose, either way, the outcome will result in mayhem and social unrest. Everyone is on edge. Trump, Biden, Barrett, Covid, masks, unemployment, riots, arson, assaults, murder, social isolation, BLM, George Floyd, Brianna Taylor, uncertainty, frustration, anger, depression, we are all being influenced by the issues of the day, while we continue in social isolation.
Jefferson warned that, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”I fear that soon after the election, that tree will either be cut-down or refreshed. Either way, the very nerve structure of the country will be tested and face assault. My level of trepidation in today’s situation is not unlike what I felt in that classroom some 56 years ago except today; I believe the threat is real.
The more polite amongst readers might suggest that in lieu of miscreants I say, felons, parolees, those on probation, friends-of-felons, admirer-of-felons, supporters of felons, thugs, bad-guys, gang-members, hood-rats etc. but instead, I’ll just call them all miscreants for the sake of this article because they share so much in common while having so little distinction from one another.
It begins when two miscreants have sex that creates a life they can’t afford or properly manage. Without a decent, two-parent, loving, nurturing, God-fearing family unit, not surprisingly, from such unions young miscreants are being cultivated and replicated. While the patriarchal, white-privileged, racist system does everything imaginable to save these poor kids from the miscreants who created them, most of the time this fails, and miscreant wannabes exchange the system of education for the system of enforcement, policing, adjudicating and finally incarceration. At this point, our newly-minted miscreants have finally found the “family” they missed growing up, that being the family of fellow miscreants in jails and prisons.
Back in “the hood”, this series of digressions are seen as positive, a way of validating ones “street cred”, what is known in those black communities as “keeping it real.” “Keeping it real” is shorthand for refusing to become domesticated, socialized and civilized, a goal of today’s Black Lives Matter movement. The systematic cycling of young black men through this system is as proud a moment for miscreants as is the bar mitzvah for the Jews and college graduation for the otherwise domesticated, socialized and civilized.
Today’s welfare-state perversely incentivizes miscreant’s continued bad behaviors by failing to condition social benefits on positive steps towards self-sufficiency and the acceptance of social norms. The soft bigotry of low expectations lowers standards while cultivating learned helplessness which leads to hopelessness and despair.
The Justice Policy Institute states that each year, the U.S. incurs an estimated $8-$21 billion in long-term costs for the confinement of young people. Here in New York State, the cost of incarcerating a juvenile is over $400.00 per day. This is a portion of what Ohio county court judge Anthony Capizzi had to say about kids in the system.
”The reality is, by keeping a child out of prison, we save this county $170,000 a year.”
Our current system is like feeding a really bad diet to a horse and then going around to the back of the animal and trying to solve the problem as it exits. Perverse incentives that destroy ambition and self-worth are counter-productive and failing. We need to positively incentivize the absence of pregnancy in communities that aren’t equipping people to become responsible and financially independent parents. Paying young men and women to submit to birth-control measures is a much more humane and thoughtful approach that front-loads the system with cash that can jump-start a new and different life-trajectory for young people before having children.
That portion of society that is domesticated, socialized and civilized is paying the costs of the current system that isn’t working and hasn’t worked in a social engineering experiment that is now pushing 50 years in the making. It is time to try alternatives. Ruined lives, societal challenges and the degradation of civilized humanity is the current result. We can do better by providing positive incentives for positive behaviors.
A Biden presidency will potentially end America as we know it. Biden is a self-serving principle-less opportunist with a 50-year track record of following not leading. He has accomplished nothing of note for our country, instead enriching himself and his family through his political connections. Joe Biden is the poster boy for what the Swamp represents. Any intellectually honest assessment of his current state-of-mind and his obvious inability to think on his feet or survive without his handlers ought to alarm everyone. The man is clearly suffering from some kind of dementia or other mental disorder. Politics aside, he is not capable of the rigors of the presidency.
Biden is a proven plagiarist. He embellishes himself and his record because both need embellishment. Biden’s second and current wife is the product of an open-affair conducted while both were still married. This speaks to his lack of honor. Biden is pro-abortion while claiming to be a Catholic. The only thing preventing Biden from continuing to make bald-faced lies is his fear of being recorded. When the fear of being caught is the only check on honesty, lack of character is the problem.
Biden’s behavior around children and women has all the markings of a sexual deviant. Joe Biden is the epitome of a dirty old man. A normal person can’t help but wince seeing Joe in action at these well-publicized photo-ops where he is in full-pervert mode. There are multiple cringe-worthy examples of this, but Trump Derangement Syndrome has cast scales upon the eyes of the Biden faithful.
Under a Trump presidency pre-Covid, the country was in perhaps the greatest shape of her life. Unemployment was statistically zero. The stock market was in record-setting territory. The regulatory state was being dismantled and freedom and liberty celebrated. Prison reform, the over-haul of the military, accountability at the VA the dismantling of NAFTA, the elimination of ISIS and the killing of Solimani and El-Baghdadi, respect for Israel, control over China’s abuses in trade and the insistence that our NATO allies pay their fair share. Legacy support for historically black colleges, the appointment of legitimate constitutionally-grounded judges instead of activist extremists and the world-wide acknowledgement that America is no longer the toothless dragon that she was under an Obama presidency.
Donald Trump kept his promises and indeed Made America Great Again.
The China flu will now be the excuse that blames the Trump administration for everything while ignoring all of the accomplishments. All of the wannabes will Monday morning quarterback what they allegedly would have done differently and better, as if they actually know, and claim to be the better for it. The difference is, Trump has actually done what he said he would do, and the others simply talk.
Portland, Chicago, Minneapolis, BLM, Antifa, “The Squad”, rioting, looting, arson and mayhem. This is America’s future under Joe Biden.
Traditional American values, law, order, peace, respect for the police, the right to life, to bear arms, to peacefully assemble and to peaceably make changes to an America that has never stopped growing, improving and adjusting. That is life under a Trump presidency.
The choice has never been more stark. The America whose flag we salute, whose anthem we sing, who’s future we cry for and who’s legacy many have died for, or the future as defined by the degenerate Cardi-B, the feckless Kamala Harris and the senile Joe Biden.
We are destined to remain the land of the free and the home of the brave. Biden/Harris liberalism promises the home of the afraid and everything provided by the government for free. This must not be the America of tomorrow.
The China flu was just what the doctor ordered for Joe Biden. Providing sub-terrainian cover for self-imposed exile in his basement bunker, doctors can attend to his declining mental health under cover of Covid. Biden’s handlers don’t dare let him out for fear he’ll wander off script, get mad or otherwise appear to be senile, (of which multiple examples abound.) While his continuous barrage of daily gaffs makes for simplistic comedy, it really is a serious matter that should alarm all Americans.
Joe is clearly not up to the task of being the Commander-in-Chief and regardless of your political stripes, this is obvious to any intellectually honest observer. Liberal or conservative, left or right, competency, mental acuity and a sharp intellect are must-haves for any candidate. Recently, Joe has lost those skills and a hatred of Trump alone is no reason to ignore this reality.
My neighbor has a lawn sign that says, “Anyone But Trump”
Be really careful what you wish for. The “anyone” of Joe Biden will quickly become the “everyone” of the political Left and his handlers will morph into puppeteers in a presidency that will look less like America and more like the Land of Oz.
The Covid Carnival seems to be shaping up as a left-right acid-test; “We’re all gonna die, wear a mask 24/7, shelter-in-place” pretty much defining the Left. Healthy skepticism, questions about motives, complaints about radically different standards of compliance, (depending on whether or not you’re rioting or worshipping,) and the desire for sound information on the Right.
This makes sense because the Left feels like bigger government is the solution to everything, while Conservatives believe in limited government, individual freedom, personal responsibility and liberty.
A pandemic does not nullify or otherwise contravene any of the guarantees as outlined in the US Constitution. Executive orders, statements from mayors, county executives, town councils and city managers are not enforceable if they abridge the freedoms enshrined in our founding documents.
If you’re fearful, take appropriate measures to alleviate your fears. Distance yourself from those you deem unsafe. Those not living in fear are also free to exercise their right to freedom of association, movement and any activity not otherwise disallowed under the law. The whim of some petty local tyrant or power-hungry governor must always pass muster as constitutional or it is unenforceable.
“A state which dwarfs its men, in order that they may be more docile instruments in its hands even for beneficial purposes–will find that with small men no great thing can really be accomplished.” ― John Stuart Mill, On Liberty
With no end in sight, today’s world rushes towards us at a torrent pace that is upending our lives, expectations and dreams. Covid-19, George Floyd, Trump, the election, Black Lives Matter, (BLM) rioting, looting, cop-hating, cities on fire; how do we synthesize this while living a normal life? In our fitful dreams we struggle between the image of a made-for-TV apocalypse while hoping it is only a nightmare that will end. The conscious divide between reality and fantasy tests the sanity of us all, hoping we awaken from nothing more than a bad dream yet awake we are.
The quiet Christmas and bountiful New Year enjoyed a few hundred days before seems like a past lifetime someone else experienced and for which we wistfully reminisce, forlorn observers peering through a snow-globe.
We all want our lives back. We want normalcy re-established. We demand law and order. We need the peace and quiet-enjoyment that girds American society by ensuring her reason and sanity. We can’t think straight without peacefulness in our lives. We need this space to focus, to reason, to fathom our situations and make good choices for ourselves. This can’t happen in the midst of mayhem. The chaotic and unpredictable foster bad decisions made under pressure and in haste. We see the results of this today and every day.
The first order of business at all levels of governance is the safety and security of its citizens. In that primary obligation, government at all levels has failed us. Without law and order, all else is lost. If government cannot insure this, government is useless because in the absence of law and order, it all breaks down. Seattle, Portland, Chicago, are bellwethers to a society that is losing its moral and constitutional moorings. A government that can’t provide law and order, but imposes its will on those who voluntarily remain orderly and law-abiding quickly becomes an oppressive enemy of the people. We see this when the police stand down during riots but arrest church-goers for worshipping.
A triad of circumstance brings us to this pivotal and unimaginable moment in American history. The presidency of Donald J. Trump, the pandemic of Covid-19 and the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis have provided the elements that are creating a maelstrom that might well drown us and destroy our society.
The Trump presidency represents the keystone to an arch of unthinkable events for those on the Left. Bush and the Supreme Court stole the election from Al Gore in 2000. The Electoral College undermined the popular vote. Obama failed to deliver on the promise of the first African-American president and Hillary Clinton was denied coronation as the first female US President with the Electoral College undermining the populous once again.
Enter Trump; bombastic, owing no allegiance to any party or funding source, hell-bent on “draining the swamp” as not only an outsider, but an undomesticated force that cannot be manipulated. He out-maneuvers the media so badly that he quickly garners their hatred. He uses social media to bypass the spin doctors and connects directly with the people. The Swamp is panicked and clueless. His followers finally find a fighter. As the stock market soars, unemployment in essence disappears, prosperity is obvious, the military is strong, we’re not at war and things are getting done, the Left is enraged because they were so sure of his incompetency. Hard to argue with facts, even when Biden says he’ll take “truth” instead.
Then with less than a year to a presidential election, Covid-19 paralyses the world, shuts down the entire economy, plunges the country into double-digit unemployment, the fear of death and the uncertainty of what to do. As the country limps along, watching as freedom is traded for safety, people become bitter, cynical and even more un-trusting of a media and a government that gets so much wrong and tramples on the Constitution.
After months of self-quarantine, no work, government bailouts and the constant stream of media noise dumping information on a weary and steadily-growing-angrier public, it takes eight minutes and 46 seconds for a video of George Floyd dying at the hands of the police to bring life back to Black Lives Matter (BLM) and launches a nationwide movement that includes rioting, looting, arson, death and destruction that hasn’t yet ceased.
Floyd was a career felon, once held a gun to the stomach of a pregnant woman, spent years in prison and likely died of complications from a fentanyl over-dose. He is today a folk-hero to some, facts be damned.
China is responsible for the spread of the virus, if not its creation, yet Trump is blamed out of an uncontrolled hatred that simply says it is so.
The three imaginary lines of Trump, Covid-19 and BLM don’t ever converge so the equation is not solvable. There is no compromise only victory or defeat of one ideology over the other, Left or Right. One ideology will prevail and one will be vanquished. The time is now and the moment is upon us. I wish the news was better, but truth is truth and happy-endings are for fairy tales.
God bless America as we witness our own destiny as it unfolds before us, remembering the words of Thomas Jefferson in 1787 but prophetic today.
“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
The phrase “Black Lives Matter” is a truism doubling as the name of an organization. The simple statement that, “black lives matter” is universally understood and accepted. The phrase becomes tortured when it is also used as the name of a movement. Should one disagree with the tenants of the Black Lives Matter, (BLM) organization, their detractor’s accuse them of believing that black lives don’t matter, an obvious word trap.
Like “Planned Parenthood” or the “Southern Poverty Law Center”, parenthood, poverty and in the case of BLM, black lives take a secondary role in the actual mission of these organizations.
According to BLM documents, their first stated goal is to, “Eradicate White Supremacy.” Eradicate means to “destroy completely”, or “pull out by the roots.” White supremacy only exists in the hearts of white supremacists, actual people. So by definition, in order to eradicate white supremacy, one needs to kill white supremacists. How else could this goal be attained? Maybe re-education camps, like the Chinese use.
The second BLM goal is to, “intervene in violence inflicted on black communities by the state and vigilantes.” This statement requires that the reader accept as true that the, “state and vigilantes” are actually inflicting violence on the black community. Who are these “vigilantes”? How is the “state” raining down this violence? This as an out-and-out lie offered without a shred of evidence. Once this imaginary issue is addressed this will result in, (according to BLM’s words,) “creating space for black imagination and innovation, and centering black joy.”
What in heavens name is black imagination, innovation and black joy? This is nothing but gibberish.
In reading the disjointed and poorly worded BLM statements, only twice do the author(s) assign any responsibility to the black community itself for anything. In the first instance they say, “…we must move beyond the narrow nationalism that is all too prevalent in black communities.” Considering that the black community is not actually a nation, it is left to be guessed what this actually means and no further explanation is offered.
But this is where the BLM movement comes off the rails in terms of staying focused on the mission to which most of their supporters identify.
“We affirm the lives of black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, undocumented folks, folks with records, women, and all black lives along the gender spectrum.”
Notice the absence of men but the acceptance of the notion of multiple genders? And herein lies the second admittance of some responsibility within the black community, but clearly directed squarely at the men.
“Our network centers those who have been marginalized within black liberation movements.”
Here we see the tie-in to the past organization of the 60’s, the Black Liberation Movement, and the complaint that it was a male-dominated group. In other words, “Our network centers on those who have been marginalized… namely WOMEN!
The militant trio of misandrist lesbians who run today’s BLM have relegated men not only out of the family, but out of the organization as well. The matriarch is in charge, and they’re pissed off at everyone and everything, but especially black men.
“We are working for a world where black lives are no longer systematically targeted for demise. We affirm our humanity, our contributions to this society, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression.”
“Systematically targeted for demise?… Deadly oppression”? These accusations against society are insultingly racist, bigoted and libelous garbage.
This is the last sentence in their manifesto:
“The call for black lives to matter is a rallying cry for ALL black lives striving for liberation.”
The biggest barriers to the success or “liberation” facing BLM adherents are their own poisonous attitudes and their refusal to assimilate. This misguided subset of the black community needs to stop lying to themselves and take responsibility for their own shortcomings and begin managing their success instead of excusing their failures. The bounty of America and the access to her opportunities are only limited by the artificially constructed barriers erected in the closed minds of people who hate at the expense of embracing and accepting liberation from themselves and the reject of their poisonous assertions.
The larger black community that smartly rejects the anthem of the BLM organization knows better than to embrace the mantle of victimhood when the arms of freedom, self-determination and true liberation are there for the embracing if you simply participate in all that America has to offer.
BLM points its adherents toward the fallacy of victimhood, impossible limitations and the lie that they’re being held back by an outside force. The oppressiveness of this philosophy produces and encourages despair and a culture of congenital hopelessness. The fabulous story of the United State of America rejects this and invites everyone to participate in the continued construction of the greatest achievements the world has ever known, here in the greatest country the world has ever seen.
Today’s Black Lives Matter movement, (BLM,) has been co-opted by a Black Lesbian Management team that has little resemblance to the Black Liberation Movement and the Black Panther’s of the 1960’s, although they want you to think otherwise.
Fast forward three generations to the same initials but a split agenda. With a new crop of naïve devotees blissfully devoid of historical perspective, this ignorance leaves as unknown to them the fact that communism, collectivism and the theories of Stalin and Mao underpin the BLM philosophy. Today’s leadership adds misandry and the rejection of heterosexuality and tradition in blurring those historical lines.
According to the BLM manifesto, the horsepower driving their activism today is the death of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, two black thugs that died at the hands of white men. In both cases, the killings were adjudicated as legally justified homicides yet the BLM community inaccurately calls the incidents “murder.”
The refusal to accept unfavorable judicial verdicts is one hallmark of BLM. This supports the fallacy that rulings they disagree with prove the illegitimacy of the “system”. This “circular nonsense” justifies their outrage and whatever flows from it as a result; like the rioting, looting, arson and anarchy we see today.
Without a current cause celebre, the BLM movement was suffering along in relative dormancy until the death of George Floyd provided renewed torque and traction to their cause. Ironically, Floyd’s last breath breathed life back into the BLM movement.
Floyd’s death at the hands of the police is being wielded as a hammer by BLM, attempting to amalgamate the false narrative that all interactions between blacks and cops are illegitimate and likely lethal. Floyd’s assailants were swiftly charged and jailed. Their fate rests in the same judicial system BLM seeks to nullify, that is unless that system produces for them the result they want. Floyd’s death rightfully brought indictments on those responsible. Expanding that indictment to the entirety of our nation’s police officers is not only wrong, it is irresponsible and reprehensible.
BLM is by their own definition a hate group. They hate the “system” and the state and by extension the white men who they believe unfairly control both. This is what they say:
“We are unapologetically Black in our positioning. In affirming that Black Lives Matter, we need not qualify our position. The impetus for that commitment was, and still is, the rampant and deliberate violence inflicted on us by the state.”
Imagine replacing the words black with white in the above statement. BLM would explode with accusations of racism yet fail to see their own hypocrisy.
If BLM actually gave a damn about black lives, their efforts would concentrate on black-on-black murders which account for the overwhelming cause all black homicides. The closer examination of black lives matter more to BLM when they are on caught on camera at the hands of a white man because that narrative is easier to protest than it is to explain why blacks overwhelmingly kill each other.
Proudly stating, “we need not qualify our position,” is understandable because it is not legitimately qualifiable. Declaring that, “rampant and deliberate violence inflicted on us by the state.” is a serious and unsubstantiated statement unworthy of debate in the absence of some proof, or in the words of BLM, “we need not quality our position” on how nonsensical is this assertion.
BLM goes on to de-legitimize the traditional nuclear family structure. Here is what they say:
“We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.”
Notice the deliberate absence of the word “father”? That is because this modern iteration of the Black Liberation Movement is run by a small group of young misandrist-minded, hetero-hating women. It would appear that just like their role in the family, black men are missing in action when it comes to the leadership of BLM as well. No wonder when this is what BLM says about their view of men:
“We build a space that affirms Black women and is free from sexism, misogyny, and environments in which men are centered.”
They go on to say, “We foster a queer‐affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking, or rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual.”
Today’s BLM lesbian leadership team is marginalizing black men while taking over the organization and expanding its agenda.
BLM is a hate-filled cancer that is attempting to hijack normal and decent people in the black community. Ironically, it has found more success in the young, white female population, most eager to prostrate themselves due to their learned self-loathing simply because they were born white. A generation indoctrinated in schools that preach a narrative instead of teaching one how to reason with healthy skepticism produces blind followers.
The United State of America has done more to address racism than any other nation on the face of this Earth. The USA is the overwhelming choice for emigrants from all over the world, and the vast majority are non-white.
BLM adherent’s use the freedoms afforded them by virtue of being Americans to argue for dismantling that very gift, along with the greatest society mankind has ever created. They must not be negotiated with, but like any other cancer, these outrageous ideas and accusations must be cut-out, discarded and inoculated against by the ideas and ideals of a better, enlightened vision.
This is from Black Liberation Movement propaganda and today’s organization shares these goals:
“SMASH OPPORTUNISM, MODERN REVISIONISM AND IMPERIALISM UP WITH THE DICTATORSHIP OF THE PROLETARIAT BUILD A GENUINE MULTI-NATIONAL COMMUNIST PARTY.”
Look at the recent funding of BLM. Here are the facts: The Ford Foundation donated $100 million to BLM, according to the Washington Times. Another donation of $33 million was reportedly issued by the Open Society Foundations.
BLM and the organizations that fund them need to be exposed for the hate-filled and vile ideologies they foster. America recognizes her imperfections and is always improving. That fact deserves celebration and support not efforts to destroy.
The United State of America is at a historical tipping point. We will either vanquish those who seek to destroy, dismantle and re-define us as a nation, or we will be homogenized into the mediocrity that these small-minded and self-loathing people wish for us to be destined. The fight against BLM is that battle and their poison ideology is that hill worth dying on, no longer philosophical, mythic, or poetic, but as worthy of the cause as was Gettysburg, the Battle of Somme or Midway.
As the black-socialist, radical underground movement tunnels its way to the surface of a world gone mad, normal is under attack. A closer examination reveals that it isn’t a black uprising at all, but a subset of predominantly white, self-loathing young people ashamed of their own existence and seeking atonement at the alter of the myth of systemic racism in America. Years of misinformation, a lack of historical teaching, and an agenda-driven educational system geared to indoctrinate rather than inform by teaching what to think instead of how to think leads us to this moment.
Ward Connerly is a well-respected 81-year-old black iconoclast and founder of the American Civil Rights Institute. An actual descendent of slaves, he has lived through the era of Jim Crow and defacto racism and this is what he had to say recently in an editorial in the Wall Street Journal.
“The claim that America is “systemically racist” is a false narrative that fuels racial paranoia, division and hatred.” He went on to say, “Our history is the best proof that America is not a racist nation. A nation of white racists wouldn’t elect and re-elect a black man as president. Those who assert that the U.S. is racist must, at a minimum, address this historical fact.”
Since 1980, more than 2 million sub-Saharan African’s have legally emigrated to the US. Would they flock to a racist nation? U.S. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is one of those emigrants. After the United States of America saved the lives of her and her extended family by allowing their settlement here from Somalia, she was able to rise to the highest level of political office. Today, Omar uses her office as a bully-pulpit to trash America. Back in Somalia, her words would get her killed.
As hate-filled as Omar is, America is unique in protecting her right to her hatred.
Born a poor black girl in America, billionaire Oprah Winfrey becomes so popular she is recognizable by only her first name. Professional football player Colin Kaepernick took a knee during our national anthem expressing his opinion about racial oppression, while under contract to make upwards of $126 million. Many National Basketball Association players have lots of opinions about racism and the police, never mind that the league is 75% black and the average salary is $7.7 million.
These very people, the most recognizable and vocal with a media platform to reach millions, sadly use their voices to convince us that what we see with our own eyes isn’t true. These famous people are living proof that achievement and success are a part of the American fabric. Better their voices be directed at those in despair and facing in the wrong direction. Better to use those powerful voices to say, I did it, you can do it too, instead of trying to convince us that the greatness, the beauty and traditions of the United States of America are anything less than extraordinary, exceptional and a gift from God Almighty.
Unlike the noble efforts of George Washington and his brave troops at Valley Forge during the terrible winter of 1777, the newly minted men of the neo-emasculation movement fold up their tents as the winter of 2012 descends upon them. Instead of celebrating the good fortune of being born an American and thanking God almighty for limitless opportunities, these socially constructed eunuchs chant for a modern day Robin Hood. Far from wanting a level playing field, this group despises the game itself, preferring mutual mediocrity for all.
The days of scoreless T-Ball are over kids.
If you’re surprised by this outcome, you shouldn’t be. This is the mentality bred when competition is scuttled from childhood via the enlightened helicopter parent’s who present the gift of “illusory superiority” to their precious little one-of-a-kind brats in training. Illusory superiority overstates ones abilities while understating their weaknesses. In one study, 85% of high school students rated themselves as above average while 25% put themselves in the top 1%. While all of the children in Garrison Keillor’s make-believe town of Lake Wobegon were above average, those NPR listening parents must have believed it to be real.
When you promote, support and endorse mediocrity, you demote success, achievement and drive. When you punish the successful and gifted by forcing them to slow their pace to match the lowest performer, you sap their enthusiasm under the misguided assumption that doing so somehow rewards those at the bottom.
When you do away with the class valedictorian under the guise of offending lower performers, you breed the acceptance of low expectations. When every kid in a classroom gets an award or certificate, so we don’t leave anyone out, you breed self-loathing. When you encourage high self-esteem in those who should be reticent and reflective about poor choices, you breed narcissism.
When you allow a dose of reality to squarely hit your kid along side the head when he deserves it, you breed self reliance. When you refuse to interfere with a social problem involving childhood rivalries and disputes, you teach self awareness and pride. And when you punish bad behavior and reward exemplary performance, you build the foundation upon which cannot rest the mentality of the occupy movement.
People from all over the world are willingly risking arrest, deportation, imprisonment and even death itself, just for the opportunity to set foot on American soil. Their reasons and motivations for doing so are a much better study in what is good about the United States than the sad portrait painted at the not so artful hand of today’s occupiers, so far removed from their proud relatives at Valley Forge.