- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Fake hate

“On March 20th, something truly extraordinary happened. On the eve of the health care vote, a group of black Democrat Congressmen (eschewing the private tunnels they usually use to cross from their offices to the Capitol) chose to walk en masse through a crowd of protesters, confident that the knuckledragging Tea Party goons they and their media pals have reviled for a year now would respond with racial epithets.

“And then, when the crowd didn’t, the black Congressmen made it up anyway. Representative Andre Carson (Democrat, Indiana) insisted he heard the N-word 15 times. … At a scene packed not only with crews from the Dem poodle media but with a gazillion cellphone cameras, not one single N-word has been caught on audio. …

“But that’s what the Democratic Party has been reduced to — faking hate crimes as pathetically as any lonely, mentally ill college student. Congressmen Carson, Lewis, Cleaver and the rest have turned themselves into the Congressional equivalent of the Duke University stripper.”

Mark Steyn, writing on “The Democrats’ Fake Hate Crime,” on April 3 at the National Review blog the Corner

Not like old times

“It’s a friendly argument I’ve had with allies like Ezra Levant. They counter my pessimism about ever changing Canada’s politically correct culture by reminding me about, say, Canada’s bravery on Juno Beach. But of course, most of those men are, well, dead. The Canada that produced them was intentionally destroyed in the 1960s, and now we see the results.

“Now, Hillsdale’s Paul Rahe writes of his fellow Americans: ‘We are not yet a people apt to acquiesce in dictates handed down by our lords and masters,’ etc. You can probably write his speech yourself, if you are a reasonably well educated individual of a certain age. But the article would have been more realistic if it has been dated 1955 or so.

“We do see the resistance he lauds, in the Tea Party movement obviously. But the trouble with the Tea Party movement is that they tend to target their anger at only one source: Big Government. However, angry Americans really need to face the unfaceable: that most of their fellow citizens are just as corrupt, incompetent and compromised. … Congressman Paul Ryan writes: ‘an eye-opening study by the Tax Foundation, a reliable and non-partisan research group, tells us that in 2004, 20 percent of US households were getting about 75 percent of their income from the federal government. In other words, one out of five families in America is already government dependent.’”

Kathy Shaidle, writing on “Paul Rahe’s America doesn’t exist anymore,” on April 4 at her blog Five Feet of Fury

Equality for some

“A Parliamentary committee in Belgium has recently voted to ban the burqa. The language of the ban is strategically neutral in terms of religion and ethnicity: It bans ‘face coverings,’ not ‘niqab’ or the ‘burqa.’ … But I doubt that the full Parliament will approve this ban; and, if they do, I predict that Muslims, both men and women, as well as their western accomplices, will don burqas as a form of ‘resistance’ and sit in jail for a week or pay their fines. No doubt, the European Union will ultimately find that such a ban violates human and religious rights. …

“However, at the University of Antwerp … the poet and critic of Islam, Benno Barnard, tried to deliver a lecture with the provocative title ‘The Islam Debate. Long Live God, Down with Allah.’ Forty Muslim protesters allowed Barnard barely two minutes before they began yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’ and stormed the podium — which effectively ended the lecture. …

“The rioters were not arrested. Someone — Barnard? The University? The city of Antwerp? — had to pay for Barnards bodyguards so that he would not be killed as he tried to exercise his right to express his views. I doubt that the European Union would find that Barnards civil or human rights were violated. Barnard himself might be treated as a human rights offender and racist. Sympathy only for specific ‘offended’ victims rules Europe and is what Obamas America seeks to emulate.”

Phyllis Chesler, writing on “The Orwellian Times. Burqa Bans No; Free Speech Bans Yes,” on April 4 at her Pajamas Media blog Chesler Chronicles

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