We need to dig deeper and give more careful thought about whether racism is as pervasive as all the rhetoric seems to imply or whether other factors are driving the problems that continue to plague non-white communities. And if so, perhaps all the rhetoric about race weâ€™re hearing reflects more Democratic political operations than realities of America.
Why exactly is it that Democrats find it so outrageous that in America religious freedom is respected? That we have law â€“ The Religious Freedom Restoration Act under which the owners of Hobby Lobby sued the federal government â€“ that assures that no federal law will substantially burden individuals in the practice of their religion? Paying for contraception would violate the Christian principles of Hobby Lobbyâ€™s owners.
When Hamas joined the Palestinian government on June 2, the United States recognized the new government, and there was no indication that the substantial funding Palestinians get from American taxpayers would be impacted. Business as usual would continue.
But a news flash for McDaniel, which he should know, having served as a state senator, is that not all blacks are liberals. In Mississippiâ€™s huge black population are many conservative black pastors who want freedom for their flocks. They know that black poverty is not about government money.
Many continue to harbor and sell the illusion, nurtured by media sources like the New York Times and reaching sometimes even to the Wall Street Journal, that somehow there is a â€śmainstreamâ€ť in American politics today and that anyone with strongly held conviction, who actually cares about that conviction, is an â€śextremistâ€ť or â€śideologueâ€ť and not part of this â€śmainstream.â€ť
In the primary last Tuesday, Cochran lost by half a point to tea-party Republican challenger Chris McDaniel. But because McDaniel garnered 49.6 percent of the vote, short of the 50 percent mark, there will be a run-off.
What exactly is Reidâ€™s notion of â€śmorally rightâ€ť when he thinks it is moral to take a manâ€™s property because of a private conversation, recorded surreptitiously? But he is not bothered that the man, Donald Sterling, is an open adulterer, and that his remarks were recorded by the young tart who sells her services to him.
Lest you think that Americans are chronically unhappy, satisfaction in 2000, when George W. Bush was elected president, was over 60 percent. It then spiraled down for the next eight years, bottoming out at 7 percent at the end of his second term. During the Obama years this peaked at 36 percent in the early days when many Americans still believed that Barack Obama had something new and positive to offer the country.
Religion and the institutions of traditional marriage and family are being challenged and, rather than being seen as enablers of our freedom, are now regularly portrayed as obstacles to it.
Although it is surely premature, to say the least, to suggest that blacks are becoming Republicans, the data reported in the Pew survey show a meaningful shift in black opinion in this direction.