Hat Tip: BB
By: Lloyd Marcus
At first I was a bit hurt. Later, I became angry. Working on a family history project documenting the extraordinary life of my 87 year old black dad, I noticed that a few relatives were not returning my phone calls. My brother said those particular relatives were non-responsive because they want nothing to do with me. They disagree with my politics and are embarrassed by me and my website. They dislike me saying blacks are not victims in America. They also hate me criticizing blacks in front of white people. So in my relative’s minds, I am one big Uncle Tom traitor.
Meanwhile, I caught the local TV news while in Baltimore visiting my dad. Ten blacks including a nine year old girl were shot by blacks over the weekend, three died. http://bsun.md/1KRTsxB Baltimore along with other cities controlled by Democrats continue to break records; reaching new heights of blacks murdering blacks. http://fxn.ws/1FLLwq4 And my idiot relatives are angry at me because whites hear me criticizing such behavior. Rather than honestly dealing with the issues plaguing urban blacks, my relatives foolishly believe racial loyalty means turning a blind eye or blaming whitey. I thought, “Fine. My siblings and I will honor my dad with or without those relatives.”
Another thing I can not wrap my head around is my relative’s insistence on believing the lie that blacks are victims in America, despite overwhelming evidence proving otherwise. It is as if my relatives believe maintaining a victim mindset is tied to racial loyalty. In an unprecedented act of appeasement to black rioters, thugs and looters, Baltimore awarded the family of Freddy Gray, a criminal, a settlement of $6.4 million before the trial of the six accused police officers. http://on.wsj.com/1JQgMpH
The Bible speaks of people who simply refuse to accept truth. God turns them over to a reprobate mind. In other words, stiff-necked, hateful and racist blacks are doomed to squander away the blessing of having been born in America – the greatest land of opportunity on the planet.
While in the Baltimore/Washington DC area, I was honored to speak and sing at an event titled, Sing It America! http://bit.ly/1QhwaiT The purpose of the annual event is to save our national anthem. Liberals have concluded that the Star Spangled Banner is too oriented towards war. The Left desires a new national anthem more world friendly based on peace. Only 100 thousand signatures were needed to change our national anthem. Here is the scary part. The Left’s campaign to change our national anthem only fell short by 9,000 signatures.
Sing It America was an all day event in which the Star Spangled Banner was performed every hour on the hour. The stage was in front of the Lincoln Memorial. It was my first time back to the memorial since elementary school. In the presence of Lincoln in his chair and reading his second inaugural speech carved in stone on the walls, I got a lump in my throat; very moving. One could not help reflecting on the chaos and purposeful divisiveness going on in our country today. I was struck by the numerous times Lincoln referred to God in his speech. Those who say we are not a Christian nation are wrong.
My speech focused on my dad who in 1952 was among a handful of blacks who broke the color barrier to become Baltimore City firefighters. The white firefighters hated my dad and did not want him there. Dad was humiliated unable to drink from the same coffee pot or use the same eating utensils as the white fighters. And yet, despite those horrific conditions, Dad won Firefighter of the Year two times. He did not win because of Affirmative Action, lowered standards or activists proclaiming, “It’s the black guy’s turn.”
A young assistant pastor of an east Baltimore storefront church, Dad won because he was excellent. I told the crowd how I long to see black youths across America striving for excellence; rather than engaging in the evil, lie and hate inspired Black Lives Matter nonsensical movement. I shared how I am sick of the divisiveness. I do not refer to myself as an African-American. I am Lloyd Marcus, American – period.
Folks, Sing It America gave me hope. Every orator acknowledged that our country is on a path to destruction, but expressed great faith and hope for our future. While the evil secular progressive agenda appears to be flourishing, Christians and patriots are waking up and pushing back. http://bit.ly/1QFM1IB
If only my ego had not gotten in the way. Mary and I were having lunch with a friend when two white cops entered the restaurant. I felt lead to approach their table and express my support in light of the weekly assassinations and crazy hatred for police promoted in the media. http://bit.ly/1F2wlOs I chose not to follow through for fear that my emotions would cause me to tear up, thus embarrassing myself.
A day or so later, Mary asked if I remembered the police in the restaurant? She said, she wanted to thank them, but knew she would not make it through her first sentence without crying. Mary’s words confirmed that we were divinely lead to bless those officers with our words. I blew an opportunity to be a divine vessel. Who knows what those cops were going through or dealing with that day. My words could have offered a little encouragement and a little strength.
Visiting my dad, the Lincoln Memorial and participating in Sing It America was awesome and inspiring. I’m energized to continue fighting the good fight to restore my beloved America and enlighten the masses. My wife Mary and I are enjoying a leisurely drive back home to Florida.
Of course, Mary would not think of leaving Baltimore without a Maryland crab-cake; huge chunks of lump crab-meat with very little filling. Folks, you can not get that anywhere else but in the Baltimore/Washington DC area. Mary’s favorite crab cake is from G & M restaurant near BWI airport.
As it turns out, yes, the Iranians are self-inspecting their nuclear sites… not the IAEA.
And there’s more to come… the Iranians are demanding more concessions and the Obama regime and the EU appear anxious to comply.
Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.
So, let’s see what we have for you this week…
- The Razor – Quick Thoughts on GOP Debate #2, Sept 16, 2015
- The Right Planet – A Message to the Trump Bashers on the Right
- The Noisy Room – Afghani Boys Screaming In The Night: US Soldiers Told To Stand Down And Not Stop Rape
- Maggie’s Notebook – Eisenhower: Illegals – TENS OF THOUSANDS Sent Deep Into Mexico On Two Ships
- Joshuapundit – Who’s The Real Carly Fiorina?
- Don Surber – Exceptional American of the Day: Isaac Shelby and the Overmountain Men
- Puma By Design – Bill Maher Rips Liberals Outraged Over Muslim Student detained for Homemade Clock: ‘What if It Had Been a Bomb?’
- GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD – Russia’s Syrian Strategy
- The Independent Sentinel – Obamacare Blows Another $600 Million Due to Incentivized Incompetence
- VA Right! – Media Pushes CNN Poll showing Trump Drop and Ignore Zogby Poll, NBC Poll showing Trump Bump
- Bookworm Room – [MUST SEE VIDEO] An Egyptian activist argues that Israel makes the world a better place
- The Glittering Eye – The Scope of the Volkswagen Problem
- Nice Deb – The President, the Pope, and the U.N.
- Kyle Smith/NY Post – How Ahmed’s clock became a false, convenient tale of racism submitted by The Razor
- AV Artvoice – Reverse Engineering Ahmed Mohamed’s Clock … and Ourselves submitted by The Right Planet
- Mark Steyn – Get Lost, You Palace-Guard Creeps submitted by The Noisy Room
- Doug Ross @ Journal – SMASHING THE GOP ESTABLISHMENT: Trump, Bush, Cruz and Me submitted by Maggie’s Notebook
- Noah Rothman, Commentary Knish – The Poisonous Obama Years submitted by Joshuapundit
- Sebastian Shakespeare/Daily Mail – Muslims are transforming Europe, says Art Garfunkel in warning over dangers of mass migration submitted by Don Surber
- David Frum/The Atlantic – The Coming Democratic Crackup submitted by Puma By Design
- Bruce Riedel/Al-Monitor – The War in Yemen Reaches Fever Pitch submitted by GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD
- Victor Davis Hanson – Hillary Clinton’s Empire of Dirt submitted by The Independent Sentinel
- Reaganite Republican – What’s Wrong with Carly Fiorina? PLENTY submitted by VA Right!
- Robert Bryce/WSJ – How to Lower U.S. Living Standards submitted by The Watcher
- The Pirate’s Cove – White House Is Surprised By Increased Border Crossings submitted by The Watcher
- Cortney O’Brien/Townhall – Hillsdale Says it Was Excluded from Dept of Ed’s ‘College Scorecard’ Because it ‘Doesn’t Count Students By Race’ submitted by The Watcher hat tip Puma by Design
- Thomas Sowell – The Left Has It’s Pope submitted by The Watcher
By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media
Salem radio commentator Hugh Hewitt has become a media darling for his “expert” opinions, as he lectures Republicans on how to handle not only the media but the issues. However, Hewitt is the same commentator who had flatly predicted a big Mitt Romney win. On October 22, 2012, Hewitt announced, “Romney’s momentum will continue unbroken, and his demeanor and especially his poise will be the takeaway for any undecideds that are left…Romney won the debates decisively, which means he will win on November 6. Some things are simple, and this is one of them.”
Hewitt, known as Hugh Blewit, failed to understand that President Obama had organized “the strongest grassroots organization in the history of American presidential politics,” in the words of Jeremy Bird, the National Field Director of Obama for America. This was a network comprised of more than two million volunteers, backed by neighborhood political teams and 2,700 field organizers. They carried the day.
We noted at the time that Republican strategist Karl Rove was raising $300 million for television ads depicting Republican candidate Mitt Romney as a would-be efficient manager of the U.S economy. Rove had advised Republicans not to call Obama a socialist, believing that undecided, moderate or left-leaning voters would jump to Obama’s side if that charge were leveled against him. This was a terrible miscalculation. It meant that a significant percentage of conservative voters didn’t think Romney was up to the task of identifying and rolling back Obama-style Marxism. They didn’t turn out for Romney. They also gave up on the Republican establishment, a continuing wave of outrage and discontent that accounts for outsiders moving to the top of the field of Republicans contending for the GOP 2016 presidential nomination.
But the establishment is back, in the form of such personalities as Karl Rove, a Fox News contributor, and Hugh Hewitt.
A moderator during the recent Republican debate broadcast by CNN, Hewitt engaged in back-and-forth with candidate Donald Trump over a Trump interview on Hewitt’s Salem network radio show. Trump complained that Hewitt was playing gotcha with trick questions about Arab personalities and names in the Middle East. Hewitt has made it clear he doesn’t like Trump’s style and approach.
Now that candidate Ben Carson is under fire by the media for offering his opinion that a Muslim who believes in Sharia should not be president, Hewitt has gone back on CNN to take issue with Carson and offer his advice. On Tuesday he told CNN’s Carol Costello that Carson is a rookie who has to work on getting his message right.
Confirming his role as a gatekeeper, Jim Geraghty of National Review says that Republican candidates are “attempting to showcase their interest in Hewitt’s priorities.” Similarly, Politico says Hewitt “has captured the ears of the GOP and earned the trust of virtually all of its biggest names.” But why? As proven by his faulty prediction in 2012, it seems he is too tied up in the establishment Republican Party view to understand the progressive wave that is not only still strong in the U.S., but around the world. Despite how things may look on the Democratic side right now, these forces are strong and believe that history is on their side.
In terms of their most recent gains, consider that the socialists have solidified their control of Greece, anti-American socialist Jeremy Corbyn has been elected the head of the Labor Party in Britain, and socialists seem poised to win the Canadian national elections on October 19. Even if the New Democratic Party (NDP) doesn’t win nationally, the left-wing party has already taken control of Alberta, the oil-rich and most conservative part of the country.
Here, avowed socialist Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is strongly challenging Hillary Clinton for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. He draws huge crowds—most of them young people—and attracts people in the New Age movement who believe in bizarre things like a federal Department of Peace. This may sound strange, but the movement has tens of millions of followers who forecast a new Aquarian Age, apparently to be led by Sanders and the leader of a new global religion.
Having misjudged one presidential contest, it would be nice if the public were reminded of the details surrounding Hewitt’s prediction of a Romney victory in 2012. His blog at the time had proclaimed, “Why Romney Wins: the Economy is Tanking.” It is easier to pontificate than actually examine what is happening out in the country, as I recently did when covering a Sanders for President rally. The surge for socialism is real and has taken hold among those being “educated” at our public universities. No wonder Sanders wants to give them free college, a maneuver that could guarantee the Democrats millions of votes.
In a 2012 column entitled “Mittmentum Builds,” Hewitt seemed to have New Age powers of clairvoyance, saying that “He who surges last surges best in a presidential campaign, and it appears that Romney has indeed caught the last big wave.” He said that an “amazing” Romney speech in Wisconsin “is the sort of performance that flows from a candidate who knows he is winning.”
Let’s remember that Republican Mitt Romney lost an easily winnable election. He got only 48 percent of the vote, just two points more than Senator John McCain’s (R-AZ) total in 2008.
Candidates get scorched for making perceived mistakes, in response to trick or gotcha questions, but commentators are rarely held accountable for their errors. Let’s take a look back at some other predictions from the 2012 election, as reflected in headlines or actual quotations:
- Karl Rove’s Prediction: Mitt Romney wins 285 electoral votes to President Obama’s 253.
- George Will Predicts 321-217 Romney Romp.
- Larry Kudlow (CNBC) predicts Romney Landslide. “A huge victory for a principled Romney.”
- Ann Coulter confident of Romney victory.
- Why Glenn (Beck) thinks Romney will have a decisive victory on Tuesday.
- Dick Morris: Romney will win popular vote by 5 or 10 points.
- Charles Krauthammer: It will be very close but Romney will win the presidency.
- Landslide (win for Romney): Limbaugh predicts 2012 election.
- (Michael) Barone predicts Romney wins handily.
- Fred Barnes in The Weekly Standard: “Why Romney Will Win.”
- Jonah Goldberg: “I think Romney wins in an absolute nailbiter.”
- Matt Vespa at Red State: “My Prediction: Romney Wins Comfortably.”
- Edward Morrissey (Hot Air): “Joe Biden Can’t Save Obama.”
- James Pethokoukis (American Enterprise Institute): “…Mitt Romney will be elected the 45th President of the United States, winning the two-party popular vote 51% to 49% and the electoral vote by 301 to 237 for President Obama.”
Commentators get things wrong, and that doesn’t disqualify them from continuing to hold their jobs and make predictions. But getting a presidential contest wrong, without analyzing why it happened and whether the progressives are still outsmarting the Republicans, is a recipe for another disaster.
The headline over that October 22, 2012 Hugh Hewitt column was, “Romney Wins Again, And Left Gets It Wrong—Again.” The left was not only “right,” but is as strong as ever. Today, they have the pope on their side.
Republicans listen to and follow a Pied Piper like Hewitt at their own risk.