The magnificent Dr. Stephen C. Meyer refutes theistic evolution in under ten minutes!
A very good debate between Harvard’s Dr. Jeffrey Miron and Asa Hutchinson on America’s War on Drugs.
As I have always said, negative e-mails from detractors are always important in helping me explain things that I do not explain properly in articles. Articles are not books where there is unlimited space to make points. That’s why I created this blog: to write follow-ups to articles, correct my mistakes, as well as write about things that aren’t necessarily publishable elsewhere.
Yes, I Said It! As We Can See From His Actions, Barack Obama Is NOT Concerned with the Black Community
One e-mail I received pointed out that it is wrong for me to accuse Obama of not caring about the black community inasmuch as it is impossible to ascertain what is in a person’s heart. What’s hilarious is the fact that nowhere did I categorically assert that I knew what was in Barack Obama’s heart. I simply argued that by failing to deliver on the economy, Barack Obama has betrayed the black community. I also pointed out that he has focused relentlessly on a smorgasbord of other trivial issues, thus demonstrating his lack of concern for the black community. I never claim to be a clairvoyant that can tell what’s in anyone’s heart, but what I can do is deduce from someone’s actions what their most important concerns are. By not instituting policies that have worked for blacks in the past — Reagan conservatism — it is plausible to suggest that Barack Obama doesn’t care about the black community. It’s a logical inference; it’s not a declarative statement of knowledge.
Barack Obama and the Betrayal of Black America
When Barack Obama was elected as the president of the United States, black liberals dreamily believed that the numerous maladies in the black community would cease to exist. They believed that his election was indicative of a vigorous wind of political and social change that was blowing across the country. Barack Obama himself vowed that his election would demarcate the conclusion of grisly “politics as usual” from the commencement of political and democratic freshness. However, as this administration continues on, it is abundantly clear that Obama has not only failed to deliver in a general sense, but he has also completely betrayed his most loyal constituency — the black community.
After passing a gargantuan stimulus plan that was supposed to fix the economy, the unemployment rate continued to rise — until it only recently began falling. Although we are currently at an 8.7 percent unemployment rate, the rate in the black community is at an unpardonably enormous 16.1 percent – the highest of any ethnic group in the country. It is also important to note that black unemployment was lower under Bush than it has been at any point during Obama’s administration. In point of fact, black unemployment was even lower under Bush than it was under Clinton.
The current crop of Republican presidential candidates should be a depressing sight to conservatives that are serious about winning back the White House and reversing the socialistic trend of the current Obama administration. Despite promising “hope and change,” Barack Obama has unambiguously failed as a president.
That notwithstanding, Obama has to run against somebody – and if that somebody is a deeply flawed candidate without the political ability needed to sway flimsy, unprincipled voters, Obama may just be elected to a second term as president.
Herman Cain is undoubtedly a good conservative. He has the right principles and he knows the right things to say that will appeal to his base. However, as far as I am concerned, Herman Cain does not possess the requisite tact to be a successful politician. He cannot differentiate between the role of a pundit and that of a politician.
Know Your Role: Pundit vs. Politician
A pundit is someone who unapologetically and glibly speaks their mind with little to no care as to how they are perceived. Making distinctly polemical statements is an irreducible component of being a successful pundit. A pundit that carefully measures their words and writes austerely in an attempt not to offend is a pundit that has no real impact or influence.
By contrast, however, a politician needs to be much more guarded with their speech. Politicians cannot shoot from the hip with their statements, and they must be aware of the fact that everything they say and do can – and will – be used against them politically. A politician must keep the voters in mind when speaking – and a good politician is someone with the power of persuasion that can speak their mind without putting off voters. It is not obvious to me that Cain has this ability.