Willful ignorance, barbarism often go hand in hand

Systemic racism? I wouldn’t call that America’s present problem. “Systemic ignorance” comes a lot closer to it -- a wonderful and telling phrase coined by an attorney friend of mine.

Time for silent majority to speak

This year has been one body blow after another to the nation we love. First, there was the coronavirus, and we thought, “How can this get any worse?” Then came the economic shutdown and the incalculable pain and suffering it brought. Next were the riots, the radicals’ unopposed seizure of a section of Seattle and the maniacal efforts throughout the country to defund the police. Now a series of rulings from the “conservative” Supreme Court are wreaking untold havoc on the Constitution and the rule of law.

China can find dissenters in seven seconds

If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear!” This is the message governments have told their people from time immemorial, especially tyrants of socialist countries: Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mao Ze Dong and Pol Pot. All designed to paralyze freedom buffs of every nation.

The monumental campaign to #CancelAmerica

Across our looted plain, statues are under siege. Smashed. Spray-painted. Shrouded. Expunged. In the name of social justice, we are witnessing the systematic eradication of history. Edifice vigilantes will not rest until all monuments of Western civilization fall. It matters not whether the targets were guilty of the tired old charges of patriarchal oppression and institutional racism. It only matters that marble and granite tributes to dead white men be replaced with “Black Lives Matter” street murals and St. George Floyd altars.

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It’s a Supreme Court ruling that would have stung no matter what. But the timing of this one, when Americans are desperately waiting for something in 2020 to make sense, seemed to deliver a much more painful blow.

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The apparently unstoppable nuttiness of the present moment has more faces and features than a Summit supercomputer could keep up with. Here, possibly, is the most incredible of those features: the call to “defund” the cops. Whatever “defund” may mean.

Recently, I’ve been perplexed to see articles on the coronavirus buried on back pages of the newspaper. In the Tuesday, June 16 issue, an article informing people of two new cases (including one hospitalization) as well as the news that an employee at a Lampasas County nursing home has tested positive was literally the final article in the entire paper, right by the crossword puzzle. Likewise, it’s the last story on the website news section.

The true plight of black Americans

While it might not be popular to say in the wake of the recent social disorder, the true plight of black people has little or nothing to do with the police or what has been called “systemic racism.” Instead, we need to look at the responsibilities of those running our big cities.