Clinton takes a dump, Media blames Trump

December 23, 2015

Former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton’s, ill timed toilet break in front of an audience of 7.8 million television viewers is an excellent metaphor for the 2016 presidential election.  It happened during the ABC Democratic Presidential Debate, December 19, 2015.  Basically, the whole democratic process is now in the toilet.  The national media has determined to give the White House to Hillary Clinton and no scandal, no incompetence and no lack of decorum will dislodge them from their task.

“Sorry,” Clinton said when she came back to the podium.

Of course, the mainstream media is well aware that ridicule can be even more damaging than scandal so their handling of the “Clinton Dump” is instructive. The next day the television networks refused to tell anyone in their audience what had happened. If they hadn’t found out on their own through social media they were out of luck. And it had been the smallest television audience for a debate so far this cycle.  The Democrat National Committee had arranged for that, making sure it happened the week of Christmas, trying to minimize the possibility of any opposition to Clinton.

Yet the story of Clinton’s departure from the stage was so widespread that they couldn’t ignore it either.  The network evening news, with its half hour weather reports, is verging on the cliff of irrelevancy.  It had to say something.  Thus, at the beginning of the next night’s newscasts the major networks led with a story of Donald Trump’s comments on the Clinton toilet break, as well as his comments on other events.  Trump had dismissed the moment as “disgusting.”  The networks attacked Trump’s response, and did so without telling their audiences what had triggered it.  He had done it again, they intoned, for those who could figure out what had happened.  That Donald Trump is just so classless.

In fact, it is the major television networks, now bent on cramming Clinton down our throats who have become classless.  We are talking about a handful of old men, who want to see a woman elected president in their lifetime.  It will be their gift to their wives and daughters.  And while there are many civilized and intelligent Democrat women, whose creation of wealth is less criminal and outrageous than Hillary Clinton, they know that she is the only chance they have to elect a woman in their lifetime and so she will have to do.

Hillary knows this too.  And so, say her critics, she did not shrink from extorting every major international company or government on her way through the experience of Secretary of State. “They will all forget this in a few months,” Bill probably assured her. “Look at me.  The public forgets.  And remember our dinner at Claridges?  Old Mr. so and so and his daughter love you.”

When Paula Jones first made her outrageous accusations against Bill Clinton, she was dismissed by the Clinton entourage – and the national media – as “trailer park trash.”  No one believed Ms. Jones.  Women’s groups ignored her story. The nation dismissed incumbent President George H.W. Bush’s campaign emphasis on character.  Obviously, character doesn’t mean much in American society anymore.

But today, after a decade of Bill Clinton, and stained dresses, and endless stories, we know that Paul Jones was not lying.  She was being crushed by powerful men who control television and politics in America and the pain and abuse and sexual exploitation of a single young woman did not matter.  It could be laughed off. The victims of the Clinton’s must shut up and take their medicine. Laws do not apply.  Ask the Clinton’s White House counsel, Vince Foster, who once said, that in Washington “ruining people is considered sport.” Ask Sally Perdue, who was warned not to talk about her affair with Clinton. “We know you go jogging by yourself, a former Democrat Party official allegedly told her, “and we can’t guarantee what might happen to your pretty little legs.”

It is now clear that Hillary Clinton, who turned $1,000 into $100,000 in 92 transactions in less than a year in the commodities market is going to get a pass to power.  She will not be asked to answer questions about the conflict of interest of the Clinton Foundation.  It now appears she will not have to explain anything to anybody.

Only now we know.  It is not Donald Trump who lacks class.  And it is not Paul Jones who is trailer park trash. It is the Clintons and it is the wealthy, powerful old men who are delivering up America on a platter.  They are asking that once more we put the American dream and the U.S. Constitution in suspension, this time so they can make Hillary Clinton the next president, a birthday gift wrapped in a ribbon, for their indolent daughters.

To put it in Hillary’s own words, “Sorry.”  Or, “At this point, what difference does it make?”

 

 


Exclusive: Inside the Trump campaign panic!

December 16, 2015

“Now the trouble with trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed.”  – C.S. Lewis

The national media prides itself in its ignorance of religion but that can sometimes lead to unintentional blackouts, where the news makes no sense to them or anybody else. This past month we experienced such a blackout in American politics and so I am tasked with offering an explanation.

As you know, presidential candidate, Donald Trump announced we should temporarily ban all Muslim immigration into the U.S.  The media is still puzzled about what he is up to.  Most just chalk it down to his erratic behavior, a random act of trying to stay in the headlines.

Then there is the Ted Cruz lift off and the Ben Carson collapse.  With no explanation for either one.  It is just something that happened.  Evolution.

Now, here is the skinny, I summarize for those of you locked into the Boston-New York-Washington corridor who have just a tad bit of intellectual curiosity.  Those of us dirty, ignorant, religious rabble living on the outside knew this all along and have been watching with fascination as you have tried to put together this political rubrics cube.

On December 1, 2015, Sally Quinn wrote a piece for the Washington Post on “Why Ben Carson doesn’t believe in hell.”  Now, I should point out that Sally Quinn is not your typical, left wing, ultra liberal bigot.  She is an informed person who knows the width and breadth of American culture, including its Evangelical Christian plains and Southern cities.  She has bumped into the 51% of Americans who claim to be “born again.”  She and her late husband, Ben Bradlee, must have had a cousin or sibling or servant who was “born again” because they had a knowledge of how it works that not many in their circle can boast.  So when Sally cornered Ben Carson, she knew what she was doing.

Unfortunately for him, Ben Carson, did not.

Sally asked Carson if he believed in a literal hell.  Carson said he did not.  He should have said, “None of your damn business.” Or, “The U.S. Constitution says there is no religious test for office.  Now, if you want to give this list of questions to Hillary Clinton go right ahead but my faith is a very private and personal thing.”

But in that moment,  Carson, who was leading in some national polls, was agonizing over how he was going to win the general election and, perhaps, how he was going to win the “Sally Quinn Caucus.”  And so he gave his answer and those of us who understand religion know what followed.

61% of all Americans believe in hell.  87% of Evangelicals do.  And who knows how high that number gets when you narrow it down to Republican activists most likely to vote in Iowa?

Soon after the Sally Quinn piece appeared, the Ted Cruz folks started passing it around the internet and the Carson bubble burst.  Even Evangelicals who didn’t believe in hell started to slip away. Did it mean that Carson did not believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God?

The move to Ted Cruz became so pronounced that Bob Vander Platts, the Family Life-Tony Perkins- incarnation in Iowa, who prides himself with picking the winner, rushed to get in on the act. Wait for me, I am your leader.  I am the guy who names the winner.  People pay me money to endorse them. Vander Platts endorsed Ted Cruz on December 14.

Meanwhile, right after the Carson-Quinn interview from hell,  insiders with Donald Trump saw a disaster in the making.  The original thinking was that the Evangelical vote in Iowa would be divided between Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Rick Santorum.  The Catholic vote would be divided between Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and, again, Santorum, who is a switch hitter.  But now the Carson collapse was feeding into a Ted Cruz ascent.

The Trump camp was confronted with this reality. Cruz would win Iowa, cause an explosion of excitement, maybe lose New Hampshire to Trump the next week but come back to win South Carolina and lock in his place as the Trump alternative and win the nomination.  Trump had to do something.  And it had to be newsworthy.  It had to be bigger than anything before it, which was a bit of a challenge.  And yet it had to be something he could walk back later in the general election. Hey, forget the general election.  If Trump didn’t win the nomination who cared?

And so, one week after Carson told Sally Quinn that there is no hell, Trump announced we should stop all Muslim immigration.

Two days later he also made a clumsy attempt to hurt Cruz by saying, “Not many Evangelicals come out of Cuba.”  This was Trump trying to sew doubt about the purity of Cruz born again bona fides. Like other Trump statements there was a seam of something dark here. Was Trump trying to appeal to an imagined Evangelical anti-Catholic bias?

And that, my poor, dear, ignorant, religious free, members of the mainstream media,  is how and why it all happened.  I thought you should know.  The rest of us do.

Here is the story in Newsmax

http://www.newsmax.com/DougWead/carson-cruz-trump-2016/2015/12/16/id/705984/


French baffled by Obama’s ISIS – anti abortion comparisons

December 3, 2015

President Obama’s comparison of the violence committed by ISIS in Paris and the attack by a deranged man against a Planned Parenthood Clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado brought gasps of surprise from some French journalists.  “There is no comparison and it cheapens the loss of life here to try to make some dubious political point back home,” I was told.  Beyond that, the feeling was that the president’s comparison was illogical.

I spoke with French citizens and government authorities earlier today by Skype and on FaceTime.

Meanwhile, here are some of the points of comparison to consider.

  1. ISIS speaks for a wing of the Islamic faith that represents millions of followers.  Even the most conservative polling data and research confirms this.  According to one recent poll, as many as 7% of all Muslims, or roughly 80 million people worldwide believe that the Koran approves of the killing of “infidels” or persons who do not share the same Islamic faith. Meanwhile, the gunman in Colorado can name no group of people, no organization, no religious denomination, no rogue pastor, no NGO, that endorses the killing of persons in the name of “anti-abortion.”
  2. ISIS is a full fledged – self declared – Caliphate with an estimated $3 million a day in income from oil and international banks who willingly do business with them.  The deranged gunman in Colorado lives in a house trailer that by some accounts he doesn’t even own.
  3. ISIS has an active online presence, with thousands of sites and postings, preaching terror and death to infidels and recruiting followers.  There is no online anti-abortion presence advocating death to abortionists or recruiting volunteers to kill them.
  4. ISIS murders number into the tens of thousands.  They have targeted Shiias, Yazidis, Kurds, and Christians.  Entire ethnic or religious populations have been wiped out in some villages and cities in the Middle East.  By comparison, since 1990 there have been a total of eight murders associated with anti abortion extremists. None of the eight were coordinated. To offer a point of reference, 136 persons have been murdered in the city of St. Louis so far this year.
  5. Ironically, Islamic laws about abortion are strikingly similar to the views of most Christians and stricter than many.  For example, it prohibits all abortions after four months, even in the case of rape.  It only makes exceptions in the case of the life of the mother.

Meanwhile, after their initial shock, most French journalists ignored the President’s comments. There was no reference to them in the French media. Most French citizens I spoke with had no idea what the President had said.

“Yes, we see this as a war against extremism,” said one French official.  “But how this relates to abortion is beyond me. Donner sa langue au chat.”

Meanwhile, a debate erupted over the American acceptance of 10,000 Syrian refugees. It will push the United States ahead of France in the number of such refugees accepted in 2015.   And this after a Syrian passport was found near one of the dead terrorists in Paris. This past summer a shocking poll revealed that that 51% of all American Muslims favored Shariah Law over the U.S. Constitution.  And a surprising 25% were okay with violence against Americans.

Back at home, Republican presidential candidates wondered if the United States shouldn’t hold off on the influx of Syrian refugees and accept some of the Christian refugees now being slaughtered by ISIS in countries across the Middle East, or even military translators and their families, who helped U.S. ground forces during the Iraq War.

At this Obama was outraged. “When I heard political leaders suggest that there would be a religious test for which a person who’s fleeing a warn-torn country is admitted…that’s shameful, that’s not American. That’s not who we are. We don’t have religious tests to our compassion.”

Which many Christians would contend is the whole point. There is indeed a test. Christians refugees are accepted last or not allowed.

For their part, the mainstream media continues to rigidly cater to the President’s version of the world even when embarrassing events such as the tragedy in Paris interrupt.

A documentary on ABC television points out that Islam and Christianity share common verses in the Old Testament that speak of barbaric executions for crimes against religious laws.

CNN reports on a raid against a Charity in Karachi in which Christian workers were separated from Muslims, the Christians murdered, the Muslims spared, while CNN intones that there appeared to be “no indication of a motive.”

Now both Obama and Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, insist that we must take the 10,000 Syrian refugees or suffer the consequences. “I cannot think of a more potent recruitment tool for ISIL,” says Obama.

Has it come to this?  We must take them, feed them, educate them and trust they will assimilate or they will blow us up?


TOP TEN CELEBRITY CHARITY FUNDRAISERS OF ALL TIME

November 30, 2015
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Pat Boone, the greatest celebrity charity fundraiser of all time.

So who are the top ten entertainment-celebrity charity fundraisers of all time?  With dollars raised adjusted for inflation?  And counting only money raised from the private sector, not factoring in money raised by influencing government legislation? And not counting business celebrities such as Bill and Melinda Gates?

This is not an easy question to answer.  Many donations are anonymous. Forbes Magazine wanted to make a list but thought better of it.  Instead they tried to measure how the coattails of a celebrity endorsement benefited their chosen charity.  This gave them a metric on how much of a celebrity’s fame was “given” to the named cause.

This subjective list below comes from 45 years of experience working with six presidents and first ladies and hundreds of charities around the world.

 

1.) Pat Boone: His years of fundraising for the national Easter Seals telethon, which involved a massive nationwide ground game, brought in millions of dollars.  The ground game is the key here.  Easter Seals involved multiple charities and causes, not just Muscular Dystrophy as in the case of Jerry Lewis.  Thus multiple NGO’s, corporations and donors were involved at the grassroots.  Boone also had a prominent role in co-founding Mercy Corps which alone has distributed $2 billion in food and medicine around the world.  And he has helped found countless other charities.  By any money measurement, Pat Boone is at the top of my list as the number one celebrity charity fundraiser of all time.

2.) Jerry Lewis: His national Labor Day telethons were watched by millions and raised $2.6 billion for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  At one time, the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon dominated every television channel available to American viewers.

3.) Oprah Winfrey: She is just getting started and is likely to some day top this list.  She has probably given more personally to charity than anyone else mentioned here.  By 2010 she had donated $400 million to educational charities, including 400 scholarships to Morehouse College in Atlanta.  Meanwhile, at last count, Oprah’s Angel Network has raised $80 million in private funds.

4.) Danny Thomas: As a poor actor he promised himself that if he ever made it big he would remember the less fortunate.  He made it big and he founded the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

5.) Bob Hope: He may have put in more miles in behalf of charity than any other celebrity, including those listed above who out-raised him.  Between 1941 and 1991 Bob Hope made 57 USO tours for American armed forces.  Hope tried several times to launch his own televised charity effort, and had some success with the project “Fight For Sight” in 1960. Bob Hope never met a charity he didn’t like and never missed the Annual Charity Awards.

6.) Bill Clinton: This former president, as a private citizen, raised more money for charity than all other American presidents combined. And we are not counting government money here.

7.) Lady Diana, Princess of Wales: Yes, former president Bill Clinton actually raised more private money for charity than Lady Diana.  But if her life had not been cut short, who knows what would have happened? At one point, Lady Diana was making more than 300 appearances a year, most of them for charity.

8.) Bono: He has raised millions in private and corporate money and funneled it into the neediest projects. Bono is listed by TIME magazine as one of the most influential persons in the world.

9.) Paul Newman: Along with writer A. E. Hotchner, he co-founded Newman’s Own, a food-beverage company. Newman dedicated all after tax proceeds from the business to charity.  As of this writing it has topped $400 million.

10.)  Angelina Jolie: She is still young enough to eventually out raise them all. Her world travel and selfless appearances for UNHCR have inspired many.

This list above is quite inadequate and establishing a “top ten” is not really very fair.  There is a long list of many others who have changed the world.

Elizabeth Taylor worked for AIDS research. Phyllis Diller worked for many charities in a long public career. The actor, Michael J. Fox has been the visible figure of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Cheryl Ladd and Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. were fixtures for ChildHelp USA.

Sean Penn has mixed art, charity and politics in a career that has helped raise thousands of dollars for needy victims. Christopher Reeve, who portrayed Superman onscreen, teamed up with his wife Dana to create The Christopher Reeve Foundation and later co-found The Reeve-Irving Research Center.  William Shatner, Justin Beiber, Ben Affleck, Jon Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney and Don Imus are just a few of the many others who have given much and have been quick to champion a good cause.

Their songs have soothed our fears and their onscreen dramatics have provoked us and entertained us.  But it is their off screen work for people in need that makes them true celebrities to me.


The Young Evangelicals: Their Hearts Belong to Rand Paul

November 11, 2015

While the other GOP presidential candidates are falling all over themselves trying to win the important evangelical leaders of influence, Senator Rand Paul appears to have won the hearts of their youth. What this will mean for the coming Iowa Caucuses, where the Paul campaign has organized the college campuses, remains to be seen.

Jerry Johnson, president of the National Religious Broadcasters, is one of the most important evangelical leaders in the country. He must keep the peace among the powerful televangelists and thus is meticulously neutral in the 2016 presidential race.  But his son, Isaac Johnson, supports Rand Paul.

David Lane, labeled by the New York Times as “something of a stealth weapon for the right” has brokered meetings with evangelical leaders and most of the Republican candidates from Ted Cruz  and Ben Carson to Mike Huckabee and Bobby Jindal. But his daughter, Jillian Lane, supports Rand Paul and works as his press secretary.

James Robison, televangelist, who is perhaps the most politically savvy Christian leader in the country, has met all of the Republican candidates and refused to make a commitment.  But his son, James Randall Robison, supports Rand Paul.  And recently co-authored a book with him.

When most people think of the Rand Paul youth vote they think of college campuses and young people concerned with criminal justice reform or marijuana or auditing the Federal Reserve not the immorality of government. For the evangelical youth there are additional issues Rand represents. “We have to be worried about the future of liberty and the loss of morality in this country,” says Justin Machacek, an Emmy Award winning evangelical Christian leader of the Neo Libertarian Movement.  “Make no mistake, there is corruption in the monetary system and crony capitalism throughout, but few candidates are addressing the deeper issue that government is innately immoral. The Bible says that where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty. Pastors and church leaders have to be concerned that government is taking our liberty and squeezing out morality along with the Spirit of God.”

Brian Jacobs, a former consultant to the Billy Graham Organization and the man who arranged the important public meeting between George W. Bush and Billy Graham in Florida on the eve of the 2000 election, agrees. “Pure religion is caring for the widows and orphans and how does that square with a monetary system that makes the poor poorer and the rich richer?  What happened to free enterprise and supply and demand? Now it is all about government created monopolies for a select few. It is theft. It has become a moral crisis. And both Republicans and Democrats are involved.  Only Rand Paul offers a solution for this.”

But what about the social issues? What about marriage? Abortion? Jillian Lane says that an older generation of evangelicals are fighting their battles at the Federal level. “If that’s where the battle is waged the evangelicals will lose.  The mainstream media will guarantee that. Senator Paul wants to see us deal with these issues at the State level where we can often win.”

Rand Paul’s new book, Our Presidents and Their Prayers, which he co-authored with James Randall Robison, the son of televangelist, James Robison, quotes Founding Fathers who warned that even the best laws could not make a people good.  “I want you to be free to do just about anything if you don’t hurt anyone,” Paul recently told a television audience. “But I think society and civilization needs structure. There is a theologian by the name of Os Guinness I like who says ‘that liberty requires restraint, but the only restraint consistent with liberty is self-restraint.’

Says Rand Paul, “I am not saying the government should make good people out of you, but I think it makes it a heck of a lot easier for civilization to exist if you have liberty and virtue.”

Meanwhile, the Rand Paul presidential campaign has more than 300 clubs on university campuses across the nation and they include Christian universities as well as secular.  Will it make a difference?  College students are notorious for talking loud and not actually voting,” laughs Sydney Hay, a conservative political consultant who ran the Alan Keyes and Duncan Hunter presidential campaigns.  “The big difference is that this time, those college kids in Iowa will not be gone for Semester Break.  They will be back on campus and they will be able to vote.”

For now, the nation seems transfixed on the Republican front runners in national popularity polls, much as they were on Rudolph Giuliani at this point in 2008 or Herman Cain in 2012.  But the first in the nation presidential contest will be the Iowa Caucuses held next January. National popularity polls won’t necessarily translate into delegates to the Republican National Convention.  Ask president Giuliani or president Cain.  Then, ground game will matter.  Then we will see if Rand Paul’s student army makes a splash.

 

 


Would Ben Carson really be the first 7th Day Adventist president?

October 30, 2015

Yes, technically, if Ben Carson wins the American presidency he would be the first, openly admitted, Seventh Day Adventist in the White House. But there have been others that the Adventists could claim as their own and with good reason.  Warren G. Harding comes to mind.  The 29th president’s mother, sisters, brother and many friends were Adventists.  Some of those friends and relatives were appointed to prominent positions of power.

There were widespread rumors – believed among Adventists – that Harding was only publicly a Baptist “for political reasons.”  The embarrassing truth about Harding’s lusty lifestyle would not become widely known until his death and is even still unraveling thanks to recent DNA tests confirming that he was indeed the father of the illegitimate child he always denied.

Our current president, Barack Obama, has Adventist roots. His ancestors trace their spiritual lineage to Adventist missionaries in Africa.  As the 2009 inauguration of Obama was planned in Washington, D.C.  journalists descended on the Obama family in Kenya where they found two, rather evenly divided groups.  Adventists and Muslims.  The international press ignored the Obama Adventists and spent their time pursuing stories on the Islamic side of the family.  Nevertheless, the Obama family roots in this faith are well established.

Now, leading in the polls in Iowa, GOP presidential candidate and neurosurgeon, Ben Carson, is getting a closer look and his religion is becoming bit of an item.  Former Iowa front runner, Donald Trump, made a point to talk about it.  “I’m Presbyterian.  Boy, that’s down the middle of the road folks, in all fairness. I mean, Seventh Day Adventist? I don’t know about that.”  Trump’s apparent reckless and politically incorrect comments are usually much more calculated and nuanced than meets the eye.  Here he is trying to make a point to born again Christians in Iowa.  This guy is suspect.  That group is a cult.

Nowadays, the beleaguered Evangelical Movement has no problem with a fellow Christian who calls himself a Seventh Day Adventist.  As we learned at Columbine and Umpqua Community College, Christians are lined up and shot for their faith in this country. The killers don’t ask if you worship on Saturday, as the Seventh Day Adventists believe, or on Sunday, as most other Christians do.

Seventh Day Adventist, George Vandeman, who for years hosted the popular Christian television program, It Is Written, was widely loved and respected.  The show was consistently ranked by the Nielsen Company as one of the top three most watched Christian television programs in America.  Vandeman had a wide following of Catholics and Protestants.

In 1879, Warren G. Harding was at Ohio Central College, a Baptist institution, when his mother and aunt joined the Seventh Day Adventist Church. By some accounts all of his siblings were raised in the new faith.  And while Harding clung to the his independent and more “worldly” lifestyle as a Baptist he was at times drawn to the doctrines and health practices of his mother’s religion of choice.  Once suffering from depression a young Harding visited a sanatorium in Battle Creek, Michigan.  It was run by the famous Adventist medical doctor, John Harvey Kellogg, who practiced holistic medicine and won fame for Kellogg’s Corn Flakes cereal.

When Harding became president the door to power opened wide to Adventists.  The president brought his own homeopathic doctor, Charles Sawyer, back to Washington.   The presidents’ sister ran a program for unwed mothers.  Her husband, Herber Votaw, a minister in the church, was appointed Director of the Federal Prison System.

Ironically, the Harding administration was one of the most scandal ridden presidencies in history.  While the Adventist publications praised Harding during his time in power, they grew silent when after his death the skeletons began tumbling out of the White House closets.  Harding, who kept a mistress, ran for office touting prohibition. Meanwhile, he privately loved his whiskey, which he served to guests in the White House in spite of the law.

Eventually, the scandals threatened to touch the church itself.  Harding’s brother in law, Herber Votaw was accused of allowing a drug ring to operate freely in the Atlanta Penitentiary.  The charges were unproven and Votaw left public life, returning quietly to work in the Adventist Church.

After Warren G. Harding, gun shy Adventists elders reflected sadly on their church’s brush with power, vowing to remain focused on spiritual matters, while earthly events could take care of themselves.  But now, things have changed.  This is a time when Christians are lined up an shot dead for their faith.  There is a hostile media declaring open warfare on their values.  And finally, there is the emergence of Ben Carson, a quiet, self effacing doctor, now a front-runner for the GOP nomination.  He is not a descendent of Adventists like Obama.  Or a friend of Adventists like Harding.  He is the real thing.

See below: Doug Wead on the collapse of the Jeb Bush Campaign.  30 Seconds.


RUPERT MURDOCH FOR PRESIDENT

October 8, 2015

Rupert Murdoch doesn’t need me to defend him but I’m going to anyway.

He owns Twentieth Century Fox, World News Corp, The Times, Fox News Channel, Wall Street Journal, (Ha, I am out of breath and don’t need to continue, but you get the point.)  Nevertheless, when he recently tweeted aloud his thoughts about Ben Carson and how sweet it would be to have “a real Black American president” it caused quite an uproar.  All of his rival media buddies, bloodied by his prowess in the marketplace now pounced on a genuine gaffe.  If they can’t beat him in business perhaps they can draw some political blood?

The fact is everybody knows what he meant.  He meant wouldn’t it be nice to have an African American president who actually tried to heal race relations instead of drive a wedge between them?  Wouldn’t it be nice to have our own American Nelson Mandela?  The kind of president we had hoped Barrack Obama would be.  The kind of president the world hoped he would be when they gave him the Nobel Peace Prize before he had even uttered a word or done a deed.

Pundits on the other networks piled on Murdoch, incredulously asking aloud, “Now, what could he possibly mean?  Does he mean that Obama is not really black?  What is his point?”

But we all know his point.  And we know that those pundits know it as well.  So let them laugh, act puzzled, and revel in their pious, moral superiority.  The joke is on them.

Ben Carson is hated and feared by the political police because he is Black and not a bigot.  And well, perhaps, because he is also a Christian.

Let’s face it, there is a new hatred in America, a new bigotry.  It is reflected in the stifling, anti intellectual media language and in the on air segment choices they make.  One network newscast recently refused to allow witnesses from the Roseburg shooting to say that the gunman asked his victims if they were Christian.  Instead, they allowed the quote, “He asked us our religion.”

After the massacre at Umpqua Community College people debated gun laws and the impact on society of violent videogames and our dismal mental health record but no one dared utter a word about the fact that in our current atmosphere Christians are being targeted for murder, simply because of their religion.  That doesn’t fit the narrative but it is an astonishing fact.  And don’t expect it to ever be called a “hate crime.”  That is reserved for the select and approved people in American society who should not be killed.

It is the national media which feeds this new bigotry, which is why they became so alarmed when one of their own, like Rupert Murdoch, insisted on speaking his mind about Ben Carson.

It is remarkable how this trend persists against all logic.  In 2007, CNN aired Cristiane Amanpour ‘s production of “God’s Warriors” which implied that Islamic terrorists were not much different than fundamentalists in Christianity and Judaism.  All three were equally dangerous.   It won the Peabody Award and was accepted as a basic truth about society.

By 9-11, the disparity between deaths at the hands of Muslim terrorists as opposed to Jewish and Christian terrorists had outdated Amanpour’s bogus documentary.  Today, I am told that “God’s Warriors” is shown to much laughter in dorms at Notre Dame, BIOLA and other Christian Universities, but the bigotry behind this media narrative has not changed.

A couple years ago ABC television tried to promote a sitcom called “Good Christian Bitches.”  One can imagine the outcry if the target community had been gay or Islamic? Christian’s are acceptable targets.  Their women are “bitches” and their young people can be ordered to stand up and be killed without comment from journalists.

There is no doubt that the backlash against this controlled speech about race and religion is behind the rise of Donald Trump.  The public is not racist, nor are they anti-Islamic, but they are tired of being treated like children and having insolent demagogues cram stilted propaganda down their throats.

They are suffocating in the smog of political correctness.  Moments of truth, such as Rupert Murdoch’s wistful reflection on Twitter, no matter how painful or rare they may be, are brief glimmers of hope that the Gulags are still a few years off.

Rupert Murdoch for president.  Oh, I know, let me have my fun.  Don’t be a “birther.”


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