Content Of Their Character

This weekend we honor a great American. MLK was a true visionary, and devoted his life to advance a noble cause, a cause of which we as Americans unfortunately still struggle with. MLK risked his life for that cause, and in that battle, he is credited with one of the all time great historical quotes, and personally one of my favorites:

“I have a dream that one day my four children will one day live in a nation where they will  not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character”

Nearly 50 years later it seems as though we have not only not lived up to that dream, but have lost sight of it altogether. Today we have politically devolved to the point that we still judge people by the color of their skin, or at least I should say some of us do, and unfortunately that includes the President, who ironically was one of whom benefited the most from MLK’s efforts. Today, our current Democratic Party seems to over look content of character in favor of color of skin to rile up an over emotional political constituency and to advance a political agenda. Liberals within the party have an inherent mistrust of the individual character believing that individuals if left to their own accord are inherently racist, inherently unfair, inherently selfish and because of those character flaws, will not make good decisions. Therefore, they promote a large federal bureaucracy that will serve to “level the playing field”.

Conservatives on the other hand, believe in the individual character. Conservatism is the inherent belief that if left to their own accord, the individual is not racist, is fair and unselfish and will make good decisions. The Constitution was also written in that firm belief in the individual character by mandating smaller, more decentralized government that empowered the individual over the federal bureaucracy and that fact is the reason why America has advanced so far, so quickly. By contrast, many liberals see the Constitution as a racist, and misogynistic document, no doubt as a result of the fact that it was written by older white men of Faith, and completely ignore the fact that that document has resulted in a country that has offered the most civil rights to more people than any other governing document in the history of the world. And it did so, because of the inherent belief in the individual character, just like MLK implored us to believe in so many years ago.

My hope is that we as a country will eventually coalesce around that dream but considering the current state of our political discourse, and the completely irresponsible media, I am afraid that that hope is fading. The over emotional, hyper sensitive liberals in the media and in politics seem to be drowning out the rational adult voices in our society and until that dynamic changes, America will continue to lose sight of the dream.

UPDATE: Speaking of inherent mistrust of character. I ask you – how is this kind of rhetoric helpful?

“Obama’s only remaining option is to pulverize. Whether he succeeds in passing legislation or not, given his ambitions, his goal should be to delegitimize his opponents. Through a series of clarifying fights over controversial issues, he can force Republicans to either side with their coalition’s most extreme elements or cause a rift in the party that will leave it, at least temporarily, in disarray.” – John Dickerson, Slate Magazine

UPDATE II, by Mark Noonan:  Just wanted to point out that the Error of Obama is now officially half over, boys and girls…there is less Obama time in front of us than there is behind!

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26 thoughts on “Content Of Their Character

  1. Cluster January 20, 2013 / 10:30 am

    Frederick, your commentary at the pitchfork reinforces my point:

    Cluster misses the point entirely to any rational reader who isn’t concerned that his race, religion and political ideology will be replaced by something new and alien in the coming generations? That change, like it or not middle aged white religious gun lovers,………..

    You inject race once again in a debate that needs to be void of race entirely if we are to ever aspire to MLK’s dream. You also ascribe religious beliefs to me that are simply not true, but that again is part and parcel to how liberals like you continue to divide and do harm to this country. People like you are so far removed from the dream, that it may take generations to heal the divide once again.

    Frederick, like the others from the Pitchfork, is not allowed to post here. The common themes in posts from these people are various forms of hatred and bigotry and overt racism. //Moderator

    • neocon01 January 20, 2013 / 12:21 pm

      freddy the forker has left the house

      • neocon01 January 20, 2013 / 12:40 pm

        speak of LACK of character….

        CBS News Political Director’s Astonishing Advice: Obama ‘Must Go for the Throat,’ ‘Pulverize’ & ‘Declare War’ on the GOP
        “His goal should be to delegitimize his opponents.”

        —————————————————————————————

        guess she wont be used as a prop by the w hut

        5-Year-Old Suspended, Labeled a ‘Terrorist Threat’ for Threatening to Shoot Friend With Toy Bubble Gun

        ​”This little girl is the least terroristic person in Pennsylvania”

      • neocon01 January 20, 2013 / 1:30 pm

        ROTFLMAO……..

        The Americans With No Abilities Act

        President Barack Obama and the Senate are considering sweeping legislation that will provide new benefits for many Americans. The Americans With No Abilities Act is being hailed as a major legislative goal by advocates of the millions of Americans who lack any real skills or ambition

        http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2980042/posts

      • neocon01 January 20, 2013 / 2:01 pm

        OT……Neo’s game predictions

        SF 49’ers
        NE Patriots

      • Cluster January 20, 2013 / 2:08 pm

        I like the 49ers but I am going with the Ravens to finally beat Brady.

      • neocon01 January 20, 2013 / 2:35 pm

        Cluster
        I want to see Atlanta and the Ravens in the SB, but I think SF is too strong, Brady is damn hard to beat but both should be great games.

      • neocon01 January 20, 2013 / 2:43 pm

        going to watch the game with the Princess and some buds….they HATE Brady so you know who I will be rooting for 🙂 ( even though personally I want NE to lose.)

  2. Cluster January 20, 2013 / 10:48 am

    I think it’s important to continue to display the comments from Frederick, because he is a very good example of what is wrong with society and the current liberal discourse that passes as intellectual thought:

    The GOP scrambled to run minority candidates but could only find a few and with the defeat of West and Love have only an appointed TEA Party believer in South Carolina who will never win a statewide election – Frederick

    Note Frederick’s assertion that it is a “scramble” by the GOP to run minority candidates. Not that those individuals have conservative character, but simply an effort by a party to find someone of a minority skin color to occupy a political seat.

    That is shameful to the core.

  3. Cluster January 20, 2013 / 10:55 am

    Frederick, you continue to embarrass yourself by insisting that political ideology is influenced greatly by gender and skin color. An assertion unfortunately shared by too many of your generation who are hyper insensitive and massively misinformed. Political ideology Frederick, is born from character, and an inherent trust in individual integrity regardless of gender or skin color.

    I hope someday that you mature to the point that you can understand that.

    • Cluster January 20, 2013 / 11:23 am

      Why do I have to take responsibility for Todd Akin? I don’t know him, nor does he represent me in way shape or form. This is what I mean by you being massively misinformed and hyper sensitive. You want to categorize a large swath of people by an element you find distasteful, then position yourself as being morally superior to that category in an effort to assuage your misguided beliefs.

    • J. R. Babcock (@JRBabcock) January 20, 2013 / 11:24 am

      I am sensitive to the needs and comfort of Conservatives.

      Funniest line I’ve ever read here.

      • neocon01 January 20, 2013 / 11:51 am

        OOPS

        Socialist “Saint” – Martin Luther King
        The New American ^ | February 11, 2002 | William Norman Grigg

        Revered as a virtuous American hero, the real Martin Luther King, Jr. colluded with Communists, plagiarized his doctoral thesis, and led an immoral lifestyle.

      • neocon01 January 20, 2013 / 11:59 am

        wasnt st martin best buds with the thief and whoerhound je$$ah jackass??

        In his 1983 book The FBI and Martin Luther King, Jr. — which was in many ways a favorable treatment of King — investigative author David Garrow describes the findings compiled by the FBI’s investigation of the civil rights leader. That investigation was ordered by Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, who was concerned about King’s habit of consorting with Communists. According to Garrow, the FBI learned that King was also involved in “embezzlement, employing prostitutes, alienating wives’ affections from their husbands, and violation of the Mann Act” (by taking women across state lines for immoral purposes). In 1989, the Reverend Ralph Abernathy, King’s successor as head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, published a memoir disclosing that King spent the night before he was killed in a sexual liaison with a female friend.

  4. Retired Spook January 20, 2013 / 10:55 am

    The modern Democrat Party will leave as its legacy a twofer that future historians will both marvel at and as well as shake their heads in disbelief: securing by their promises 95% of the black vote while simultaneously via their policies destroying the black family as a social unit. They deserve a special place in Hell.

    • Retired Spook January 20, 2013 / 11:20 am

      If slavery couldn’t destroy the black family as a social unit I highly doubt two Obama terms will do it.

      What an ignorant comment! The black family as a unit, even in spit of racism and bigotry on the part of whites (most of whom were Democrats), thrived in the 40’s and 50’s, and the majority of blacks were Republicans.

      Speaking of family units have you taken a look at the white rates of divorce over the last 30 years?

      Not as high as the black illegitimacy rate, and Democrats are almost exclusively responsible for that.

  5. Cluster January 20, 2013 / 11:26 am

    Here we are again, mired in a discussion centered around race by a racially obsessed liberal. Frederick has proven my point beyond any doubt.

    • Cluster January 20, 2013 / 11:48 am

      I aspire to the same things Frederick, but the federal government is not the entity that will bring about that result. The individual is. Individuals left to their own accord to govern their individual states and communities as the Constitution mandates will bring about the result you claimed you want, not a large centralized bureaucracy.

    • neocon01 January 20, 2013 / 11:53 am

      cluster

      Here we are again, mired in a discussion centered around race by a racially obsessed liberal

      YUP!

  6. Retired Spook January 20, 2013 / 11:37 am

    But one thing you don’t do is take responsibility for the deeply held beliefs of some people like Todd Akin which are held by millions of Conservatives but are politically and socially embarrassing in modern American life.

    Let’s see, Todd Akin, a guy no one ever heard of prior to the 2012 election makes a staunchly pro-life comment (reflecting a view held by “MILLIONS of Conservatives — your words, not mine), and that’s politically and socially “embarrassing”, while this is not? See, the problem with that, Fred, is that Akin’s comments are protected by the First Amendment, and any actions that reflect his views are not illegal. Maxine Waters’ comments are also protected by the First Amendment, but any Congressional actions that would reflect her views would be cause for impeachment.

  7. neocon01 January 20, 2013 / 12:01 pm

    freddy

    some people to this day think hitler, mao, hugo, fidel were great politicians in the 20th century…your point?

  8. Retired Spook January 20, 2013 / 3:41 pm

    Speaking of the content of one’s character, this glowing piece about our departing governor by Michael Gerson was in our local paper this morning.

    Even his strongest critics don’t deny that “big stuff” has been achieved. Daniels was arguably the most ambitious, effective conservative governor in America. He managed to ride a recession that bucked other leaders – balancing a series of budgets without increasing taxes. He left Indiana with a $500 million yearly surplus and $2 billion in reserves while awarding taxpayers a substantial refund on his way out the door. During eight years in office, he shed 6,800 state government jobs – 19 percent of the total – while improving public services. He passed legislation ending mandatory union dues. He created the largest school choice program for low-income parents in the country. He privatized a toll road and the state lottery, and busted cable monopolies.

    In the process, Daniels demonstrated two paradoxes of conservative governance. First, it often requires a strong executive to encourage limited government. Margaret Thatcher, for example, used executive power to break up existing arrangements favorable to calcified liberalism. Daniels came into office promising a “freight train of change” directed at state bureaucracies that had grown comfortable in dysfunction and mediocrity. (boy does that sound familiar)

    Second, Daniels demonstrated that a smaller, more focused government can restore the reputation of government. Grasping, ineffective bureaucracies cultivate public disdain. Daniels is a man of libertarian leanings who improved the public standing of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the Department of Revenue by making them more efficient and responsive.

    “I set out with two faint hopes,” he says. “For a change-averse state to be a leader. And for this to be a less cynical state. Skepticism about big government is as American as can be. But we must never allow skepticism about big government to become contempt for all government. We can disagree about the scope of government activity. But a free society requires a consensus that government is operated by people of good will achieving reasonable results.”

  9. watsonthethird January 20, 2013 / 9:28 pm

    Cluster said, “You want to categorize a large swath of people by an element you find distasteful, then position yourself as being morally superior to that category in an effort to assuage your misguided beliefs.”

    You just have to laugh at Cluster’s utter lack of self awareness. He writes a post categorizing a large swath of people as distasteful, positioning himself as morally superior, and then feigns surprise when someone else does the same thing. Cluster, you are part of the problem.

    • Cluster January 20, 2013 / 9:50 pm

      My dear Watson, there isn’t a shortage of great examples to prove my point. I am not categorizing, I am exposing the left for who they are. This country is more racially divided than ever before in my life time and that IS because of the current regime, and racist elements in the Democratic Party. Sorry to point that out, but its a fact.

    • Retired Spook January 20, 2013 / 11:15 pm

      He writes a post categorizing a large swath of people as distasteful, positioning himself as morally superior

      Could you expand on that a bit, Watson, because, quite frankly, I don’t see where Cluster did either of those things. The whole gist of his post is the hope that, as a nation, we can aspire to MLK’s dream of character over skin color. Is that distasteful to you? Do you find people who oppose that dream as someone to be admired?

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