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PATRICK J. BUCHANAN ARGUES WHITE MEN ARE IMPORTANT TOO!

Watching Buchanan on the Rachel show last night I sat there a gasp listening to him.

Citing it was white men who ratified the Constitution and white men who died fighting for the freedom of the country and its people, that white men fought at Gettysburg and throughout the Civil War — it was white men who formed this country into the greatest nation in the world.  That indeed white men are due the credit and are entitled to the consideration.  He sounded more like what you might hear at a Klan meeting  justifying the stance of white superiority.

He all but denied the contributions of women and minorities who also fought and died, those who struggled in the same efforts to form this nation. When Rachel pointed out that all but a select few of the Supreme Court were white men throughout the history of the United States, Buchanan stated that is as it should be since it was white men who created the country.

Buchanan stated his objection to Sotomayor was she is a affirmative action selection and nothing more.  He contends President Obama passed over many others who were better qualified, that her selection was based solely on the facts she is a woman and a minority. Buchanan thinks her selection is sexism and racism in action.   His opinions aren’t, her selection is!  I disagree with him as she is well qualified due to her experience and education.

I will agree with him that yes, there have been times where better qualified white men have been passed over for less qualified minorities and women. It is the fatal aspect of the way that affirmative action has been enacted — placing the real value of the person on the color of their skin or their gender.  This is not different then the way that affirmative action was meant to correct.  In the case of Sotomayor it was a win-win in my opinion, she is more than a brown store mannequin.

But I have seen the worst possible outcomes in other cases. In those cases it would have been better to have just paid them to stay at home and still be able to claim them as one of the category that was to be filled. There was no difference by having them come to work.

Buchanan was stating his truths but he was wrong in how he was citing his facts. Minorities and women have been a valuable asset to this country. Not just adding color or babies to the building of this nation.

The color of ones skin is only the outer aspect of a person and the real fault or value it what is maintained within. The gender of a person is not the deciding factor of one’s contribution or is more than window dressing.  My youngest son is a far better cook then my daughter but then again my daughter is the best at financial matters in the family. Gender does not limit or enhance a person’s natural abilities. The color of skin does not dictate one’s manner or actions.  In most cases it is the person that dictates their manner and action.

Racism and sexism are wrong no matter which way it goes, I do not see a minority or a woman as a threat to my future. Buchanan missed the point he was trying to make by the way he stated it.

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Justice Clarence Thomas: In His Own Words

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According to this New York Times article, Justice Clarence Thomas spoke to a group of winners of a high school essay contest.  He talked about his job and more about himself, than I have ever heard before.  What follows is Justice Thomas in his own words.

“I tend to be morose sometimes.”

“I am rounding the last turn for my 18th term on the court, this endeavor, or, for some, an ordeal.”

“That’s one thing about this job, you get a little tired.”

“Sometimes, when I get a little down. [he goes online] “I look up wonderful speeches, like speeches by Douglas MacArthur, to hear him give without a note that speech at West Point — ‘duty, honor, country.’ How can you not hear those words and not feel strongly about what we have?”

“Today there is much focus on our rights, indeed, I think there is a proliferation of rights.”

“I am often surprised by the virtual nobility that seems to be accorded those with grievances, shouldn’t there at least be equal time for our Bill of Obligations and our Bill of Responsibilities?”

“It seems that many have come to think that each of us is owed prosperity and a certain standard of living. They’re owed air-conditioning, cars, telephones, televisions.”

“This job is easy for people who’ve never done it.  What I have found in this job is they know more about it than I do, especially if they have the title ‘law professor.’ ”

Anyone else think Clarence might be a secret blogger on that place-that- shall-not-be-named?

This is MoJo’s take on Thomas’s words:

http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2009/04/clarence-thomas

Iggy Donnelly…

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