14 thoughts on “American Thinker publishes two writers of local interest

  1. Jackson seems convinced that Smollett’s alleged fake assault is evidence that liberals hate America.

    Wonder what he thinks of someone who would “set things right” by targeting Democrats like Pelosi and media personalities? Patriots I suppose?

    https://pilotonline.com/news/military/nation/article_e821b56a-35d3-11e9-952b-3b7b9d28b184.html

    After all this fine man was prepared to kill our “enemies”. That is what you do to enemies. And he even had a detailed plan with a spread sheet of names.

    Bottom line: criticism of our government, our policies, our actions and even our people does not mean hatred of America or Americans. It is what people do when they care and want to improve things. Disagreements about what and how are the norm and are expected. Jackson’s rant offers few counter offers. Just hatred.
    A firming up of calling opposition enemy action.

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    1. RE: “Bottom line: criticism of our government, our policies, our actions and even our people does not mean hatred of America or Americans.”_

      It doesn’t not-not-mean it, either. In the same way that a man will not countenance criticism of his wife, a patriot cannot countenance criticsm of his country.

      Whatever Smollett’s motives may have been, his actions clearly played on several flavors of anti-Americanism.

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  2. Smollett is small potatoes. If the allegations are true he is just another looney that distracts from real issues.

    As far as a patriot cannot countenance criticism of his country that is absolutely not true or even a good quality.

    Those who criticized Jim Crow laws, the war in Vietnam, Iran-Contra, the invasion of Iraq turned out to be right and they were the true patriots. The scum in power who supported them and lied about them were the traitors we should all despise.

    My country right or wrong is the worst bumper sticker slogan any nation could have.

    To paraphrase Teddy Roosevelt, it is morally treasonous not to question, challenge and criticize every action we take as a nation.

    IMHO!!!

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    1. I don’t find Teddy Roosevelt’s dictum very compelling. I do not think he would extend the principle to include sedition, or flag-burning, or other behaviors that clearly disrespect the country.

      Another quotation by him makes exactly this point: “Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else.”

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    2. No, it is not small potatoes.

      Incidents like the one he faked have, in the past, led to riots or retributive attacks on innocents. It is only by luck that no innocent person perceived as a Trump supporter was not attacked or killed.

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      1. So how do you explain the pizzeria shooting? The Coast Guard officer armed to the teeth with a list of Democrats and media personalities? The man sending pipe bombs to liberals? The anti-Soros and Jewish banker guy who killed people in a synagogue? Or the BBC cameraman attacked at a Trump rally?

        Were the various right wing rants by Trump et. al. not also equally dangerous stimulants as a faked attack.

        Or is that just nutjobs acting in a vacuum?

        I think we know the answer. Words from the president have immensely more weight than a faked and exposed attack by a washed up actor.

        So small potatoes stands.

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        1. That’s pretty lame ‘whataboutism’

          One bad act does not excuse another. But violence to silence speech on a college campus is not small potatoes, nor is a faked hate crime when the nation is a racial tinderbox.

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          1. You ignore the violence from the right while relishing minor incidents on the left so you can say that there is an equivalency.

            That is true “whataboutism”.

            Faking an attack is wrong. No question. So is shooting Jews in a synagogue.

            When the truth comes out on Smollett, he might go to jail and there will be some hand wring and “I told you so’s”.

            Can’t say same about dead and injured worshippers.

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          2. Robert Bowers, the Tree of Life synagogue shooter was a registered independent and his social media posts were harshly critical of President Trump.

            Why did you presume his acts were an example of right wing violence?

            All political violence is wrong, but the point I was making was that past incitements based on race have led to attacks on innocent people simply because they were white, or in some cases, Jewish.

            Smolet’s lies could have incited violence against people who had nothing to do with any racial controversy.

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          3. Yes, Bowers was critical of Trump, but he was upset because Trump was not extreme right enough:

            “Mr. Bowers also extended his anger to the president, whom he accused of not going far enough to achieve the political goals Mr. Bowers wanted.

            Days before the shooting, he wrote: “Trump is a globalist, not a nationalist. There is no #MAGA as long as there is a” — he inserted a slur for Jews — “infestation.”

            “During October, according to archives of activity on the right-leaning social media site Gab.com, Robert Bowers, using the handle onedingo, authored or shared apocalyptic post after post.

            He shared material on the Christian Identity movement, which holds that people of European descent are the “chosen people,” Jews are their enemy and other races are meant to be exterminated or enslaved. He also shared warnings of a coming “false flag” fake attack which would be “one of the final desperate attempts by the jewish [sic] international oligarchy to maintain power in the face of collapsing public trust” in the media.”

            “In the weeks before the Oct. 27 massacre, Robert Bowers shared memes about the “caravan” of Central Americans moving through Mexico, and began posting on the “mass migration” of immigrants and refugees, sometimes blaming Jews. He zoomed in on HIAS, formerly the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, which helps federally approved refugees of all faiths to settle in the U.S. Referring to HIAS, he posted: “You like to bring in hostile invaders to dwell among us?”

            https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2018/11/10/Robert-Bowers-extremism-Tree-of-Life-massacre-shooting-pittsburgh-Gab-Warroom/stories/201811080165

            I wonder where the concept of “hostile invaders” at the border came from?

            Bottom line, Bowers was a right wing extremist, certainly not a progressive or even a socialist.

            And in the article you can see how right wing radio did its part to push him from conservative to white nationalist.

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          4. You err in presuming antisemitism and xenophobia are conservative in nature.

            The Nazi’s after all, were socialists. I grew up in Louisiana where in some parts, people were openly Klan members. Part of their hatred for Jews was based on the presumption that they were all rich. They were every bit as much redistributionists as Paul or Al.

            Racism and antisemitism are evils all in their own right, and know no party, and their adherents aren’t smart enough to identify with any view of economics. They are just losers, and often as driven by envy of other’s success as by race or religion.

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  3. I appreciate the mention of my American Thinker article.. Here is the key paragraph, which is a sly reference to the Pilot and its policy of rarely covering education:

    “Worse still, when we contemplate the educational panorama, we feel that something is very wrong. Finally, we identify the problem: silence. If salmonella infects the food supply, the nation’s media scream for weeks. How could such a terrible thing happen?! But the schools are churning out millions of ignorant, illiterate children. Why is no one screaming? There seems to be a news blackout concerning education.”

    Read more: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/02/k12_reformers_needed.html#ixzz5gUCDdSP2
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