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Sexism and Racism the Province of the Rich?

By Victor Davis Hanson

Discrimination by sex and by race are ancient innate pathologies and transcend particular cultures. But the American idea of sexism and racism in the 21st century — unfailing, endemic, and institutional discrimination by a majority-white-male-privileged culture against both women and so-called non-white minorities — has largely become a leftist construct. We can see how these two relativist -isms work in a variety of ways. One, the frequent charge of racism and sexism is predicated not so much on one’s gender and race as on one’s gender, race, and politics. Certainly, few on the left worried much about the slurs against Sarah Palin during and after her vice-presidential run. America’s overclass in the media and leftist politics constructed a sexist portrait of a clueless white-trash mom in Wasilla, Alaska, mindlessly having lots of kids after barely graduating from the University of Idaho. Even Bill Maher’s and David Letterman’s liberal armor would not have withstood leftist thrusts had, mutatis mutandis, the former called Hillary Clinton a c–t or the latter disparaged Ms. Clinton as “slutty flight attendant” and joked that, when a teen, Chelsea Clinton had had sexual relations with a Yankee baseball player in the dugout. Ironically it was the by-her-own-bootstraps lower-middle-class Palin who braved the frontier, no-prisoners, male world to become governor of Alaska; in real terms, she is the true feminist. In contrast, according to doctrinaire feminism, Hillary Clinton does not measure up. She has largely clung, in mousy fashion, to her two-timing husband, excused his serial and manipulative philandering with young women of less clout and power, traded on his political nomenclature, and piggy-backed on his career.

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"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men (and women) do nothing."

Women's Republican Club

                      of Lake Forest & Lake Bluff

The Women’s Republican Club of Lake Forest-Lake Bluff was founded in 1941 and is the longest continually operating political organization of its kind in the area. The WRC exists to assist local, state and national Republican candidates win elective office; to assist elected Republican officeholders with constituent interface and to educate all voters on issues important to the maintenance of our Constitutional republic and the social and economic vitality of Illinois and our local communities.

Consistent with the written Illinois and National GOP platforms, the WRC supports reverence for the United States Constitution and the rule of law, and the traditional, American values protecting human life, personal liberty and responsibility, and the pursuit of happiness in any lawful sphere of endeavor.

The WRC does not support the increasingly intrusive and dehumanizing interference of either state or federal governments that deny life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness including but not limited to: job-killing oppressive taxation and regulation, wasteful government spending, the cynical creation and maintenance of a permanent, government-dependent underclass, corporate cronyism, the governmental monopoly on education, denial of school choice, the redefinition of marriage and the trampling of religious liberty.

We understand that good Republicans—both voters and candidates and to sometimes widely varying degrees—do not necessarily agree with everything in the platform.  We agree with Ronald Reagan, who famously said that the person who agrees with you 80% of the time is a friend, not a 20% traitor.  If you agree with 80% of the GOP platform, you’re a friend.  What’s more, you’re a Republican!  So join us!



Stopping Obama’s Assault On the Suburbs  by STANLEY KURTZ June 9, 2014 12:33 PM

(Note this piece was written one year ago.  The Breaking News today?  The Gosar Amendment passed.  Read about it here).

For two years I’ve been writing about President Obama’s steadily unfolding plans to transform the way Americans live.  Now there’s something you can do stop him. Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar is planning to offer an amendment to the THUD Bill (Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill), currently being considered by the House of Representatives.  Gosar’s amendment would bar the use of funding to implement, administer, or enforce the Obama administration’s proposed rule on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH). As even outgoing Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan acknowledges, AFFH isn’t about blocking actual cases of housing discrimination.  Instead, this rule uses the language of fighting discrimination to re-engineer Americans’ housing choices.  AFFH forces every municipality receiving federal aid to conduct a survey of its neighborhoods by race, ethnicity and income.  If the mixture is not to the federal government’s liking, changes would have to be made on pain of losing federal funding.  This would effectively strip local governments of their zoning powers. Furthermore, by redefining “fair housing” to mean housing near transportation hubs and dense downtown districts where many jobs are available, AFFH can be used to change the way Americans live, urbanizing suburbs and Manhattanizing cities.  The rule can also be used to press suburbs into regional housing consortia designed to strip local governments of their independence. I wrote about the history, philosophy, and strategy of the Obama administration’s anti-suburban policies in Spreading the Wealth: How Obama is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities.  You can read more about AFFH here. Congressman Gosar’s amendment has a chance of passing the House.  The Democrat controlled Senate poses a greater challenge.  Win or lose, however, the Gosar amendment puts AFFH into the public eye. 
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More from Mark Steyn....

Mann for Breakfast

June 12, 2015

On Friday morning Mark gave the breakfast keynote speech to a capacity crowd at the Heartland Institute's 10th International Conference on Climate Change in Washington, DC - the same jurisdiction in which climate mullah Michael E Mann is suing Mark for defamation. We think you'll appreciate very much this Steyn summation of where the suit currently stands, although whether Mann and his lawyer will is another matter.

The video begins with a much deserved award for Anthony Watts, proprietor of the indispensable climate, and then Jim Lakely turns up to introduce Mark about 20 minutes in. After that, Mark touches on Magna Carta, the Medieval Warm Period, the warm bit of Canada, naked Nobel Laureates, Rajendra Pantsdowni jumping the tracks - and, of course, Doctor Fraudpants and his hockey stick. Sit back and enjoy - and do stay tuned for the q-&-a at the end.  Read and watch here.

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