It WAS the “best of times”…
It WAS the “best of times”…
“And I will always do my duty, no matter what the price.
I’ve counted up the cost, I know the sacrifice.
Oh, and I don’t want to die for you,
But if dying’s asked of me,
I’ll bear that cross with honor,
‘Cause freedom don’t come free.
I’m an American soldier, an American,
Beside my brothers and my sisters I will proudly take a stand,
When liberty’s in jeopardy I will always do what’s right,
I’m out here on the front lines. Sleep in peace tonight.
American soldier, I’m an American soldier, …”
— Toby Keith
We had quite a weekend our here in Southern California over the LA Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling’s private conversation with his mistress in which she goaded him into an incoherent racist rant. Subsequent mass outrage has cost him ownership of the team and a lifetime ban from the NBA. Good riddance to Donald Sterling in professional basketball.
However, the LA City Council is requesting all local papers to stop accepting ads from his companies (he owns tons of rental properties, 100s — 1000s?) So the question comes up, “Does a private conversation now rise to the occasion as to being the basis for destroying a person’s livelihood?”
To my mind, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, former Lakers center, has the most rational take on the entire circus. He has lived with, studied and written about racism in America his entire life and sees much to be concerned about in the press melee that converged on Sterling.
Abdul-Jabbar, perhaps channeling his closet libertarianism, also blasted the fact that Sterling’s private conversation — however racist — was suddenly broadcast nationwide.
“Didn’t we just call to task the NSA for intruding into American citizen’s privacy in such an un-American way?” he asked, comparing the secret tape-recording to Mitt Romney’s embarrassing 47 percent remark, recorded without the then-candidate’s knowledge.
“The making and release of this tape is so sleazy that just listening to it makes me feel like an accomplice to the crime,” Abdul-Jabbar fumed. “We didn’t steal the cake but we’re all gorging ourselves on it.”
“So, if we’re all going to be outraged,” the former NBA star concluded, “let’s be outraged that we weren’t more outraged when his racism was first evident. Let’s be outraged that private conversations between people in an intimate relationship are recorded and publicly played. Let’s be outraged that whoever did the betraying will probably get a book deal, a sitcom, trade recipes with Hoda and Kathie Lee, and soon appear on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ and ‘Dancing with the Stars.’”
Guess the next question to be asked is, “Who’s next?”
A blessed Easter to you and yours,
Today marks the 41 anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision on Roe v. Wade, which made abortion on demand the law of the land in all 50 states. Over 55 million lives have been ended during this time, as women found it much easier to “get rid” of their “problems” rather than give a living child up for adoption.
Our current POTUS certainly enjoys celebrating this anniversary, and has released the following statement:
Today, as we reflect on the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, we recommit ourselves to the decision’s guiding principle: that every woman should be able to make her own choices about her body and her health. We reaffirm our steadfast commitment to protecting a woman’s access to safe, affordable health care and her constitutional right to privacy, including the right to reproductive freedom. And we resolve to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, support maternal and child health, and continue to build safe and healthy communities for all our children. Because this is a country where everyone deserves the same freedom and opportunities to fulfill their dreams.
Everyone except for those nascent human beings being slaughtered each and every day…
This is NOT America’s finest hour, not by a long shot. Republicans are considering making this an issue in the upcoming mid-term elections. Ed Morrissey at Hot Air has some advice for them about that.
That strategy requires political candidates who can discuss the subject intelligently. We’ve seen what happens when Republicans attempt to “wing it” during interviews, and the media will be as anxious as ever to cast the GOP as “extreme” on abortion. No doubt demagogues like Andrew Cuomo will be delighted to assist, too.
If the RNC really wants to put this issue on the table for 2014, then it had better plan for those eventualities. (They did postpone their winter meeting to allow Republicans on Capitol Hill to participate in March for Life demonstrations today.) The RNC consists in large part of officers from state parties, who should know the candidates who will try to unseat Democratic incumbents, and GOP incumbents whose rhetoric needs polishing. Hold some seminars to accomplish that, and perhaps Republicans can leverage the majority who want to see more restrictions on abortion and expose Democrats as abortion-on-demand advocates to demonstrate the real extremism on this issue.
Okie wishes them luck with this one… Somehow, this plague of mass killing must stop.
The soul of the United States hangs in the balance.
One more time…