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‘Healthy’ Is Now Racist

Robert Stacy McCain, The American Spectator

Opinion columns in the New York Times will not solve “health inequities,” any more than rants about “whiteness” on Ms. Ali’s Instagram account will improve the health of her 20,000-plus followers. This is what I mean by describing critical theory as analogous to a carpenter’s hammer. When the only tool you’ve got is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. When the only tool you’ve got is critical theory, every problem looks like systemic oppression. Social justice ideologues are very good at finding problems by defining everything as racist, sexist, homophobic, etc., but when it comes to solutions, they offer nothing useful.

A tale of two riots reveals double standard

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

Remember Charlottesville? According to the loyalty oaths at that time, they were all evil. According to the loyalty oaths today, all the rioters are pure and good — especially when it comes to ordering pallets of bricks to be delivered to appointed street corners. Think back to Charlottesville and just imagine if those peaceful protesters had lit a fire in the basement of a mosque or a synagogue. Would everyone from the bishop of Washington to The New York Times come running to their defense to say, it was just a building? Swallow your privilege and get over it. Indeed, it is a season of darkness, the very winter of despair.

The left's poisoning of the educational infrastructure

Tammy Bruce, Washington Times

The result of educational infrastructure having been transformed into leftist indoctrination centers is politicians who care only about ideology where citizens are collateral damage. Our media is populated with news-actors who are similarly bound to their teachers’ idols of social justice, political correctness and identity politics. All of our institutions are suffering from the twin masters of identity politics and woke philosophy. As leftists consumed public education, they accepted open-minded young people into their realm and are now vomiting them back up as heartless anarchists. The issue is a systemwide problem.

No Centrists in the Democratic Primaries

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

The candidates are uniformly, radically in favor of abortion on demand with taxpayer funding. They are all in favor of the Equality Act, which would crush religious liberty in an effort to end "discrimination" against the "LGBTQ community." They all want to dramatically ease up on enforcing the borders and provide illegal immigrants with taxpayer-funded health care. On the international front, they are all eager to expand the federal government in a big crusade against the phantom menace called "climate change." They all wish we were still participating in a phony nuclear agreement with Iran, and they all think it was wrong for President Donald Trump to take out Iranian terrorist mastermind Qassem Soleimani.

Turn the Page on Impeachment

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

Month after month, network evening-news coverage of Donald Trump's presidency has been notable mostly for its perpetual negativity. The Senate impeachment trial isn't the slightest bit different. They spent more than two years "reporting" that a Russian collusion conspiracy would be exposed and prematurely end the Trump presidency. Now we're nine months from Election Day, and Trump is still in charge ... which means the beatings must continue. The American people should point and laugh at the idea that the networks would argue it is essential for the Senate jurors to be nonpartisan in their weighing of the evidence. Our media elites are never objective. The stakes are always too high for evenhandedness.

The Cult of West-Shaming

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Western elites often harangue about misdemeanors when they cannot address felonies — a strange sort of psychological penance that excuses their impotence. It is much easier for the city of Berkeley to ban clean-burning, U.S.-produced natural gas in newly constructed buildings than it is to outlaw far dirtier crude oil from Saudi Arabia. The Saudis send the state some 100 million barrels per year, without which thousands of Berkeley motorists could not get to work. Apparently, outlawing clean, domestic natural gas allows one to justify importing unclean Saudi oil. Western elites are perpetually aggrieved. But the next time they direct their lectures at a particular target, consider the source.

Time to Cancel the ‘Cancel Culture’

Roger L. Simon, The Epoch Times

“Cancel culture” is the term used by the self-anointed “woke” for boycotting—essentially turning into non-persons and erasing from public life—people (usually celebrities, but plebes aren’t exempt) who have exhibited what they deem questionable behavior or written something untoward on social media. It’s our version of the Chinese Cultural Revolution: Being blocked on Twitter is the equivalent of being marched around on a stool while wearing a dunce cap. I say—enough already. Let’s cancel the cancel culture. But don’t ask me how. Under present conditions, with the relentless antagonism on social media and the zeitgeist in general, curing cancer may be a walk in the proverbial park by comparison.

The 'lunatic left' sides with Iranian regime rather than protesters

Cal Thomas, Washington Times

The lunatic left, which increasingly dominates the Democratic Party, predictably took Iran’s side against their own country. Could the protests in Iran follow the pattern of other freedom movements, or demonstrations that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union? Or, could they end in a stalemate with increasingly brutal repression, as in Venezuela? It’s too early to say, but the least that should be expected is that people who enjoy the blessings of liberty, including the right to say very foolish things, support the efforts of others who want to free themselves from totalitarian oppression. If they won’t, perhaps they should pick what they think is a better country and live there.

Universities Breed Anger, Ignorance, and Ingratitude

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

What do widely diverse crises such as declining demography, increasing indebtedness, Generation Z’s indifference to religion and patriotism, static rates of home ownership, and a national epidemic of ignorance about American history and traditions all have in common? In a word, 21st-century higher education. Colleges are turning out woke and broke graduates. The curricula in the social sciences and humanities are largely politicized. Ignorance, arrogance, and ingratitude are now the brands of the undergraduate experience. No wonder a once duly honored institution, higher education, is now either the butt of jokes or cynically seen as a credentialing factory.

Beware the 'Right-Wing Media Machine'?

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

CNN media reporter Oliver Darcy is warning the public about a "right-wing media machine" that has demonstrated "zero willingness to abide by any traditional rules of engagement." That shameless "machine" opposing President Trump's impeachment and removal is, of course, composed of Fox News, talk radio, conservative websites and an "army of trolls" on the internet. It's easy to say your opponent is "weaponizing" information or specializes in "disinformation." What's hard is to believe the leftist media that portrays itself as "independent" and "nonpartisan" and only working to make "democracy" work. Nobody's buying that nonsense, and nobody should put up with the leftist media's duplicity.

The Progressives’ Enthusiastic Political Incorrectness

Melissa Mackenzie, The American Spectator

Americans are far more unified across racial, gender, intellectual, and other identities than the social justice warriors would have everyone believe. Americans have long since unified across their differences. They have friends and neighbors who disagree politically. They laugh. Progressives want to control and dominate and define and separate. They want to condemn and punish — unless it’s one of their own. They know that the rules they wish to impose on their ideological enemies won’t be used against them. Kamala Harris and her audience can laugh, and they do. It’s time everyone else gets to play by the same rules.

Oh, the lies they tell about voter ID

Editors, Washington Examiner

Screaming opponents of voter ID laws, who argue that such a commonsense measure suppresses the vote or is even racist, are terrible liars. This is the most important conclusion to draw from a new and illuminating study from the National Bureau of Economic Research. Researchers Mark Hoekstra and Vijetha Koppa looked at more than 2,000 election races in Florida and Michigan. In those two states, where voters are asked for an ID at the polls but can still vote without it, the study found what common sense would suggest: that nearly everyone has and brings an ID when they go to vote, even in places where it isn’t strictly necessary.

They've lost their minds in San Francisco

Cal Thomas, Washington Times

The English language once conveyed meaning. Properly written and spoken, it suggested one was educated and capable of conversing in polite company. Today, it is often used to cover up true intentions. In our muddled language and culture, one dare not suggest anyone has done anything wrong lest negative labels be attached to them. Instead of applying euphemisms, San Francisco should be seeing to the homeless (“previously housed individuals”?) and the filthy streets that now require maps so people can avoid stepping in human waste. Tony Bennett may have left his heart in San Francisco, but the city seems to have lost its mind there, too.

White Supremacy: Like Manna to the Left

Roger Kimball, American Greatness

The charge of white supremacism is so precious to anti-Trump stalwarts because it enables them to inject the smudgy ink of racism into a discussion where it is totally out of place. As American society becomes ever less racist, any possible shards of racialist thinking are gathered up like manna for grateful consumption by those who have a stake in perpetuating the noxious myth that America is a uniquely racist society. The unstable edifice of racial accusation can be kept upright only by constant pressure, like those inflatable toy castles at children’s birthday parties. Turn off the machine pumping in the air and the plaything collapses in upon itself.

Liberals are eating their friends as well as their enemies

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

Liberals are no longer liberals, they are progressives or social-justice warriors or anti-Trumpers. Whatever they call themselves, they are still eating their friends as well as their enemies. Munch, munch. Dems, of course, could also pull themselves together and unite behind their nominee for 2020. But even allowing for how much they want to defeat Trump, it’s more likely their savage attacks on each other will get bloodier and cost them the election. For one thing, there is no strong Trump-like personality capable of dominating the party and turning it to a more sensible policy course. And recall that Clinton and Bernie Sanders never reconciled before the 2016 general election.

The Cowardly Incoherence of Name-Changing, Statue-Toppling, and other Iconoclasms

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Note that the university is no more likely to change the name of Stanford to something like Amah Mutsun University to rectify the theft of indigenous peoples' lands than Yale University is willing to give up the names of its slave-owning founders. The selective outrage is not just because old white Neanderthal alumni love going to Yale or Stanford iconic football games, but rather because tens of thousands of woke nonwhite students and alumni are proud of their tony 'Yale' and 'Stanford' diplomas. They are not about to destroy their career investments in such a brand name on the altar of systematic and coherent politically correct name-changing.

Ignore The Never Trump Losers Who Are OK With Liberals Winning

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

Never Trumpers are no threat to the elite because, at their hollow core, they support the existing power structure. That’s why they are so blind to the manifest corruption of the institutions that they are a part of and are therefore invested in. That’s why these saps were so easily suckered by the RUSSIA TREASON COLLUSION!!!! scam. And that’s why Trump and those of us who support him terrify them – because, unlike the Conservative, Inc., cabal, we have nothing to lose if the whole teetering edifice of our crummy ruling class collapses under the sheer weight of its lies and incompetence.

A new folly of identity politics: 'Separate but equal' commencements

Tammy Bruce, Washington Times

Those who laud the separate-but-equal commencement events argue that college students have always associated based on interest and affinities. And that’s true — there are debate clubs, political science societies, drama leagues, language clubs, etc. In some campus housing, you find people choosing floors that also reflect similar interests like language, math, art history, engineering or architecture. The heart of the American experience, relationships, empathy and understanding, and becoming united with people unlike yourself, is the existential threat to the left and to their political narrative, and it is why the left remains obsessed with conditioning people into accepting the dangerous fraud of identity politics.

Liberals Begin to Revolt against ‘Rock Stupid’ Homelessness Policies

John Fund, National Review

Finding the right balance between compassion and personal responsibility in homelessness policy is incredibly difficult. Simply spending money on more apartments for the homeless only attracts more homeless and breeds corruption. Demanding that people get off drugs and alcohol and on to any prescribed medication they have invites howls of outrage and civil-rights lawsuits. That’s why it’s noteworthy that the citizens of liberal Denver finally said “Enough” to liberal plans to broaden the right of homeless people to live on city streets. It’s now time for reformers to realize that the public is yearning for answers and to propose tough-love solutions that address the root cause of the homeless problem, rather than sentimentalize it.

US economy proves it is robust and thriving, liberal 'sugar high' predictions are wrong again

Andy Puzder, Fox News

Liberals have been predicting an impending recession for months. With each successive quarter that their predictions have failed to materialize, they’ve only become more frustrated with the economy’s long-term prospects. This isn’t a “sugar high,” no matter how much liberals wish it were as they nervously look ahead to the 2020 presidential election. This is a robust economy that is thriving on a red meat-and-potatoes pro-growth diet of tax cuts, deregulation, fair trade policies, and a focus on domestic energy. The most recent GDP growth merely confirms what should have been obvious long ago to anyone without a partisan ax to grind: the U.S. economy is finally healthy again. This is a Trump Boom, period.