Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Iconoclast

Sharyl Attkisson has written a book about her experiences in the journalism profession.  She characterizes her work as “fearless reporting” on “untouchable subjects.”
Ms. Attkisson is an iconoclast.  She is also courageous, in that she has the political power of the Department of Justice arrayed against her.
While that may not seem like a formidable proposition, when the DOJ sanctions operations against an individual, that person is in grave danger.  Ms. Attkisson deserves our respect and support.
We’ve also got Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Elbert Guillory in the news of late.  These are two individuals who cast off the constraints of their identity groups to “speak truth to power.”
They represent the best of our consummate American ideal by displaying the “Give me liberty, or give me death!” mindset we have treasured in our past.
Our current culture does not celebrate these behaviors.  They are “swept under the rug” by our media organizations.

That’s unfortunate.

UPDATE 12/5/2014:
James O'Keefe provides an example of our justice system being manipulated in a political fashion.  I don't think my description of Sharyl Attkisson being in "grave danger" is an overstatement:


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Are Congratulations in Order?

Scott Rasmussen, founder of Rasmussen Reports

 A Rasmussen voter survey from November 3, 2014 found that 87% of black voters believe those who oppose Obama's policies do so because of racism.

What to make of this?

Given that "those who oppose Obama's policies" are Republicans, and that nine out of ten black voters are Democrats, we see that the Democratic Party is successful in teaching its constituents to hate Republicans: Democrats accept as fact that Republicans are racists.

With very few exceptions, every black Democrat voter sees Republicans as racists.

Are congratulations in order?  Is this the Democratic Party’s "Mission Accomplished" moment?

We know the Democratic Party is consistent in its themes.  My earlier post on The Quiz suggests that if we could track people’s feelings about the Republican Party over time, we would see the gradual adoption of those themes.  Americans don’t start out hating Republicans, but with continuous repetition, the Democratic Party is able to inculcate that perception into our American culture.

The Rasmussen survey provides a snapshot of this effect, and is a testament to the power of the Democratic Party.

I know: Nothing to see here; just move along…