Feeling The Love At Easter
On Easter Sunday the First Family walked from the White House across Farragut Square to St. John's Episcopal Church. There they heard the Rev. Luis Leon preach the Easter "good news" of "He is risen, He is risen indeed." The only problem was that appears not to be what they heard.
According to Reuters' Jeff Mason, who filed the "pool report" to the other media outlets, Reverend Leon in his sermon did not have much love for some Christians. He reportedly said to the congregation, "It drives me crazy when the captains of the religious right are always calling us back… for blacks to be back in the back of the bus… for women to be back in the kitchen…. For immigrants to be back on their side of the border."
Do you feel the love? White House press Secretary Jay Carney refused to say today what President Obama thought of the reverend's remarks. I am going to make a wild guess that since Obama apparently had no problem listening to the Reverend Wright's poisoned hate every Sunday in his Chicago church, Reverend Luis Leon's libel of conservatives made Obama feel right at home.
The Leftist "Lynching" Of Ben Carson Begins
Dr. Ben Carson burst onto the scene after his bold speech at the National Prayer Breakfast in February. His remarks were a breath of fresh air for millions of Americans who want to take the country back from the left-wing coalition of socialists and radical secularists. I have known about Dr. Carson for years, and I agree that he seems to have the character many would like to see in our leaders. BUT. . .
It is a vain hope to think that simply having a good heart and a remarkable story of success and achievement will somehow inoculate that individual from the political killing machine that the left has developed in recent years.
After Dr. Carson's remarks at the Prayer Breakfast, I half-jokingly told people that within 24 hours an office would be opened up in Washington, D.C., New York or San Francisco with a dozen leftist researchers pouring over every second of his life trying to find things that could be used to bring him down. As I predicted, the Carson killing machine is now in high gear.
MSNBC's Toure Neblett recently said that Dr. Carson is nothing more than the conservative movement's "new black friend" who is "helpful in assuaging their guilt." He also said that Dr. Carson, a neurosurgeon, is "unserious." This is what the left has done to Clarence Thomas, Allen West and other people of color who have defended conservatism.
Now comes the latest attack against Dr. Carson. The left is creating a narrative that he is a bigot. Asked on Sean Hannity's show what he thought about the marriage debate, Dr. Carson responded:
Dr. Carson was immediately excoriated for his remarks, and he quickly apologized if he offended anyone. (Note to Dr. Carson: Don't run for president if you are going to start apologizing for offending liberals. They are offended by your very existence.)
Now students at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine have launched a petition to prevent Dr. Carson from speaking at this year's commencement ceremony because his values are "deeply offensive to a large proportion our student body." (Note to pastors and young Christians: The same-sex marriage debate is not about "fairness for everyone." Wake up! This is a battering ram to destroy your religious liberty and freedom of speech.)
When Hillary Clinton finally went up to Capitol Hill to testify about the Benghazi attacks, a number of Republican senators told their staff members and others, "We've got to be careful. We can't be seen as attacking someone who is popular because that could hurt us." That is precisely the wrong mindset to adopt if you hope to expose a cover-up or gross incompetence.
In contrast, liberals see a black conservative doctor with a wonderful personality and incredible achievements and no matter how popular he is, their first instinct is to take him down. That is what the radical left has done to our politics. They have turned it into a "blood sport," and right now it is Dr. Ben Carson being sliced up.
A Black Businessman Blasts Obama
The founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET), Bob Johnson, made headlines last week. He blasted the economic condition of the African American community in America. "This country would never tolerate white unemployment at 14 and 15 percent," he said. "No one would ever stay in office at 14 or 15 percent. Unemployment in this nation, but we've had that double unemployment (among blacks) for over 50 years."
Johnson is right. After decades of liberal policies the black community has little to show for its loyalty to the Democrat Party. The Great Society's "war on poverty" and the election of Barack Obama have not significantly altered the economic reality facing black Americans. A definition of insanity is said to be doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Socialism doesn't work for anyone - including America's minorities.
The lead article at Politico today is about how leaders of the pro-family movement are fighting back against misguided efforts within the Republican Party to abandon values issues. Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum said, "We're not the Libertarian Party, we're the Republican Party." He stressed that if the GOP drops values issues, it will go the way of the Whig Party.
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee noted that the GOP's last two candidates were "more moderate candidates" who failed to energize the evangelical base. Huckabee added, "If all of the evangelicals had showed up, it may have made a difference."
I was pleased that the key argument I have been making about the Reagan coalition made it into this report. As I explained to Politico, the values issues are more popular than many of the party's economic positions. But if the GOP alienates its base by abandoning values, it risks losing its economic agenda in the process. You can read the Politico article here.
National Financial Capability Month?
In what could only be a bizarre April Fool's joke, President Obama declared April to be "National Financial Capability Month."
Seriously? This is coming from the man who added more to the national debt in four years than George W. Bush added in eight. Obama hasn't even submitted a budget to Congress yet, even though he is well past the legal deadline and both the House and Senate have already passed their own budgets. Talk about audacity!