Not too surprisingly, Emma Lazarus, who penned the words that were engraved at the base of the Statue of Liberty, that stuff about huddled masses yearning to breathe free, was a Jewish socialist. She may also have been a very nice person. I can’t say. But what I do know is that she wasn’t an elected official, and I’m getting awfully tired of people pretending she was establishing national policy or that it’s our diversity that makes ours such a wonderful nation.
At the time of our nation’s creation, when we had the Founding Fathers, men of the caliber of Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Adams, Mason and Franklin, acting as midwives at the birth of the United States, there was hardly any diversity. English was their common language; they were all of the same race, sex and religion; and only fools would argue that the nation has ever been in better hands.
I’m not against legal immigration, and I certainly profited from the fact that two sets of Russian grandparents decided to bring their offspring to the New World, but I think the advantages brought about through diversity are widely exaggerated.
It wasn’t always this way, of course. For decades, people risked everything, including their lives, to get here because they believed there was nothing better than being an American. Most of them understood that the streets weren’t actually paved with gold. It was the promise that was golden. The promise was that if you learned the common language, obeyed the laws and worked hard, you would succeed to the extent that your abilities would allow; and, what’s more, your American children would be free to pursue and perhaps even achieve their wildest dreams.
That was then. Today, millions of immigrants, including some who make it here legally, assume they don’t have to learn English or assimilate to our culture and values, but, rather, that we accommodate theirs. Moreover, they believe they are entitled to collect welfare, get free health services and even vote in our elections.
It’s not entirely their fault, either. After all, that’s what a great many important people tell them; people like college professors, newspaper publishers, owners of cable TV stations, Hollywood celebrities and, worst of all, members of Congress.
As hokey as Emma Lazarus’s words are, people named clown-Schumer, dinky-Warren, Pulosi, scum-Durbin, Fein-stein, Warner, commie-Sanders and Blumenthal, would like to add one additional line that asked that we be sent those yearning to vote for Democrats.
In a closely related matter, Chicago’s potty-mouthed mayor, Rahm Emanuel, whose popularity among the city’s blacks has descended to levels unseen since the heyday of George Wallace and Bull Connor, is so desperate to be re-elected, he has come up with a city card which would give Chicago’s illegal aliens the right to vote.
First, the schmuck turned my birth city into a sanctuary swamp and he has now taken one more giant step in his attempt to turn it into Ciudad Chicago, Mexico’s northern-most municipality.
Naturally, the always dependable ACLU is fighting for illegal aliens to have the right to vote in presidential elections.
A group that is nearly as abominable, the Southern Poverty Law Center, managed to convince Google to authorize it to identify hate groups and individuals in America. As you would guess of an organization that receives much of its funding from former Nazi-collaborator and all-around nogootnik, George scum-Soros, the SPLC has determined that Antifa, a gang of masked, pipe-swinging, savages, passes muster, but Jeanine Pirro, Dr. Ben Carson and Laura Ingraham, are hate merchants.
⦿ Not too surprisingly, Barbra Streisand, whose nose has always been bigger than her brain, has blamed the Parkland massacre on President Trump, and liar-Hillary’s loss on Russia’s control of voting machines in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. It makes me wonder if James Brolin still believes it was a good career move to hitch his wagon to this batty old nag.
⦿ Amazon, the most successful company in the world, made $5.6 billion in profits in 2017 and paid no federal income taxes. On a single day recently, its head honcho, the uberliberal Jeff Bezos, increased what is already the world’s largest fortune by a billion dollars. But Mr. Bezos still opposes tax cuts for the rest of us peons.
⦿ As if the FBI doesn’t have enough to answer for, over the past three years, the Inspector General of the Justice Department has disciplined at least 14 FBI agents for a range of sexual offenses, most of them occurring during James Comey’s tenure.
But, at least now we have a clue what those guys were doing when they should have been disarming Nikolas Cruz and giving him a lift to the nearest loony bin.
⦿ During an address at M.I.T., Barack liar-nObama announced there had been no scandals during his eight years in office. Perhaps an advantage of being black is that nobody can spot the telltale blush when you tell an obvious whopper. And because it was a college setting, you can safely assume that nobody in the audience brought up Solyndra; Operation Fast & Furious; Mrs. liar-Clinton’s private server or the bribes she accepted from foreign nations; liar-nObama’s lies about the Affordable Care Act; the targeting by the IRS and the NSA of his political opponents; his race-based opposition to law enforcement; his pussy-footing away from the line in the Syrian sand; his capitulating to Russia when it came to providing Ukraine and the Czech Republic with missile defense systems; sending $150 billion in cash to the mullahs in Iran; his promise to Putin to be “more flexible” after winning a second term; his ignoring the Constitution by attempting to grant amnesty to six million illegal aliens; and, oh yes, his illegal surveillance of the Trump campaign team.
To be fair, he couldn’t and didn’t do all of this on his own. So, let’s ask that Mrs. liar-Clinton, Lois Lerner, Susan Rice, Huma Abedin, scum-Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch, James Clapper and hanoi-John Kerry, all come on stage and take a well-deserved bow.
⦿ Someone has undertaken the task of quantifying the 10 worst colleges in respect to free speech. Atop the list was the institution that once prided itself on being the incubator of the Free Speech Movement, Cal Berkeley. The others are Drexel University, Harvard, the L.A. Community College District, Texas State University, Fordham, Evergreen State College, Northwestern, Albion College and some place called Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
But as with all such lists, I’m certain that there are hundreds of other colleges and universities tied for 11th place.
⦿ In the wake of cutting ties with the NRA and denying discounts to its five million members, Delta Airlines declared they only wanted to remain neutral in the ongoing controversy over gun rights. One, if they wanted to be neutral, they’d simply do away with discounts instead of penalizing conservatives. Two, did they deny discounts to members of AARP, the group that vigorously campaigned on behalf of the equally controversial Affordable Care Act? Of course not.
Even as a business decision, it struck me as pig-headed. Whereas I can see NRA members and their friends spurning Delta if there’s an optional carrier available, does Delta seriously believe that millions or even dozens of liberals are now going to insist on flying on the airline in admiration of their corporate cowardice?
⦿ Being an optimist at heart, I can even see a silver lining to the endless carnage in Syria. I’ll remind you that the earlier pipedream involving world peace, the League of Nations, finally gasped its last breath when people saw that the organization lacked the will to do anything about Mussolini’s Air Force strafing native spear-chuckers in Ethiopia.
Perhaps in the wake of the U.N.’s failing to do anything about Bashar al-Assad, in league with Russia and Iran, gassing his own people, it will finally be enough to drive the final nail into the glass coffin on the East River. One can only hope, as we optimists are always telling ourselves in lieu of slitting our wrists.
⦿ I am always surprised when people mention that I have used words that have driven them to the dictionary. It’s not intentional on my part, though I believe it was entirely intentional when that Ivy League smarty pants, William F. Buckley, did it.
In fact, I actually try to adopt a conversational tone in my work. Still, I grant it’s a conversation in which I get to do all the talking. Which proves, you don’t always have to die in order to experience something like Heaven here on earth.
Reporter Kicked Out Of Michelle Obama Conference For Violating ‘Black Girl Code’
The Black Entertainment Television channel recently hosted a conference in south Florida for black women known as “Leading Women Defined,” which featured a casual conversation between former first lady Michelle Obama and former senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett.
But according to the New York Post’s Page Six, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who was in attendance was booted from the remainder of the conference after she wrote an article about some of the comments Obama had made during the discussion.
Robin Givhan, a fashion critic and staff writer for The Washington Post, documented the highlights of the friendly chat between Obama and Jarrett.
Some of the highlights of the conversation included the former first lady’s thoughts on President Donald Trump’s inauguration as the Obamas prepared to leave the White House, the role she played during the 2008 election, her difficulty settling in as “the spouse” to the president, how she described her White House garden as a “subversive act” to garner trust with the public and her upcoming memoir. Of course Givhan also wrote about what Obama was wearing … after all, she is a fashion critic.
But following the publication of the article, according to Page Six, BET demanded Givhan leave the conference early amid claims that she had violated a “sacred space” by publishing the content of the conversation.
They also canceled a panel discussion that Givhan initially had been asked to moderate.
However, Page Six noted that BET’s claim that Obama’s discussion was “private” and not intended to be shared with anyone else outside the small gathering in attendance didn’t hold up to scrutiny given the fact that BET itself posted clips from the discussion on its site.
Furthermore, Jarrett also posted those clips on social media and told everyone to “tune in” to the network so they could hear what Obama had to say.
Shortly thereafter, the dispute descended into a sharp back-and-forth on social media between Givhan and others who were irked at what she had done, as can be seen on Givhan’s Twitter feed.
Several of her critics asserted that the conversation had been “off-the-record” — an assertion Givhan flatly denied — and one user claimed the reporter had “violated a sacred trust” between black women.
Another said what she had done was a “complete violation of journalistic ethics and Black girl code, all at once,” while still another asserted through a hashtag that Givhan was “#notoneofus,” as if she were being banished from the exclusive realm of accepted professional black women.
For their part, a BET representative told Page Six that Givhan had been “invited as a guest (not working press) to moderate a fashion panel,” and noted that her travel and lodging expenses had been paid for by the network.
“She was made aware that it was an intimate conversation in a sacred space of sisterhood and fellowship,” the rep added.
Neither Givhan nor representatives for Obama responded to requests for comment on the report from Page Six.
If the WaPo reporter really was instructed ahead of time that the conversation between Obama and Jarrett was “off the record” and a private affair, but published anyway, then BET was justified in booting her from the remainder of the conference — though the mean-spirited commentary she received on social media still crossed the line.
But if Givhan received no prior warning on the matter — and given the fact that BET itself published the conversation later — then this is just a major display of hypocrisy and unnecessary infighting.