Rise, Take Up Your Bed, and Walk

by baldilocks

Originally posted July 15, 2004. Edited for contemporaneousness. I think that this is the third or fourth time I’ve reposted it.

What have Republicans/conservatives done for black Americans? I hear that question constantly when I disclose that I am a conservative Republican. Often I will provide the usual facts that seem to be missing from the historical lexicon these days: freed the slaves, were 90%+ in the majority in the votes for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and many other things in between. However, something about the question sets steel to my nerves.

Implied in the question is that a political party must “do something” for blacks. Not merely the usual “something” that a government entity does for all constituents, e.g. provides utilities, regulates commerce, etc., but something special.

That word special has taken on a new meaning in the past few decades and I think that it applies to the special items that liberals/leftists believe that the government should provide for the special people, the congenitally retarded developmentally disabled folk.

Yes, we special people–with special needs–require special handling: special education and special employment. You can’t expect black people to live up to the standards of normal people. Like paraplegics or the blind or the deaf or those born with Down Syndrome, singular accommodations must be made for the great handicap of being born with black skin. To liberals/leftists, black people are a crippled class that can never be made whole just as long as we can never be made not-black. What’s this notion called?

And if anyone tries to treat us as full, competent adults, the liberals/leftists will scream in righteous anger and protest about the unfairness of it all. And if some of us ‘handicapped’ verbally express the desire to be treated like full, competent adults and act in a manner that demonstrates that desire, we are deemed as traitors by those who share the same racial makeup and who buy into the blackness-as-handicap philosophy.

Yes, we are traitors to that cause, because if some of us refuse to take advantage of the special needs offered and succeed anyway, the vast majority of America will begin to think that we don’t really require the handicap parking space.

The vast majority of Americans will begin to think that we’re not really inferior after all. (Optimistically speaking, I believe that the majority think this anyway.)

However, this idea of our race-wide handicap is so ingrained in the mindsets of of the Left — of all races — that it has morphed into the very core of black identity: a black person who believes that black Americans need extra help to succeed is “authentically black.” Conversely, one who doesn’t buy it “isn’t really black” [Ed. note: Did Biden steal this notion from me?] and is, therefore, a traitor to black identity.

In short, blacks who believe in their own inferiority are the real deal and those who don’t, aren’t. How’s that for twisted dogma?

(This is why Candace Owens comes in for special scorn among the liberals/leftists, especially black ones. Having been born with not merely one, but the proverbial two strikes against her, her very existence gives lie to the entire notion of black inferiority. I’m sure that white supremacists hate her just as much.)

So, when some black people find out that Republicans don’t want to “do anything” for them except to encourage them to take part in the American dream of prosperity, stemming from work and ingenuity, they’re like, “WTF? Where’s my money?” So it is that white Republicans/conservatives, those whose ideology purports to treat blacks as equals are considered racists. We blacks who agree with this are merely sell-outs.

Those that have wondered why the Republican party don’t spend time on “minority outreach” miss the point. Republicans do outreach already. They just don’t do handicapped outreach, not unless you’re really handicapped.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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India standing up to China

Lost in the media’s fake news was a very disturbing report of a clash between India and China, the world’s two most populated nuclear-enabled countries, in the Galwan Valley. If you don’t know where that is, its a north-eastern section that divides China from India. India and China fought a war in 1962 over this and other regions, which China won. Ever since then, the Chinese have been encroaching on the area, and small flare ups have happened now and then, including this latest fight.

What’s different is that India probably learned lessons from last time and was better prepared. Previously China tended to have the upper hand in conflict, but based on the downplay from both sides on the most recent conflict, I’m guessing it was much more of a draw. India’s military has upgraded much, including training, so it was more of an equal fight, especially because that area makes it more difficult for more advanced weapons to be brought to play.

The big lesson to learn here is that China is only going to respect power when it comes to border disputes. If you don’t punch back twice as hard, expect China to simply continue to take. It’s become more apparent that China is like Hitler’s Germany, never quite satisfied with whatever land was given up to satiate Hitler’s desires. China will find excuses to lay claim to the Galwan Valley, Tawang, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Siberia, Hawaii, and whatever else it can get away with.

This also opens up huge opportunities for US-India relations. India has traditionally used Russian weapons and equipment, but as China rolls out more upgraded gear, better equipment and training is needed to stand up to them. Given the U.S. experience in Afghanistan, especially for special warfare personnel, the border disputes give an opportunity for enhanced US-India military training. Even better, from a strategic standpoint, having an open conflict on China’s western border would be a way to temper Chinese ambitions in other areas. China can take on Japan, Taiwan or South China Sea claimants one by one, but if they combine and also face a land war on their western border, its a bit much to handle.

This post represents the views of the author and not those of the Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, or any other government agency.

Trump Made them Move one Generation too Early

Sim [on monitor]: Stand away from the controls, Doctor. Any attempt to interfere with them will precipitate the attack immediately.
12th Doctor: Yes, I see that. Very clever. One question, as long as I’m here. Why haven’t you done it already?
Sim [on monitor]: When the time is right, there will be no delay.
12th Doctor: Oh, you told me something there. You told me something useful. You shouldn’t have done that.
Sim [on monitor]: What did I tell you?
12th Doctor: You told me that the time is currently wrong.

Doctor Who The Return of Dr. Mysterio 2016

It does not matter how small the sins are provided that their cumulative effect is to edge the man away from the Light and out into the Nothing. Murder is no better than cards if cards can do the trick. Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one–the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.”

CS Lewis The Screwtape Letters

One of the things that has been a source of some confusion until a bit ago was why the left had become completely unhinged over the rise of Donald Trump.

Time tends to pass, cycles come and go, eventually the levers of power would return to the left has people forgot. It seemed very strange that the left went so all in on the Destruction of the Donald Trump administration.

Yeah the attempt to play the election and the fear of getting caught was serious, but as time has passed and I’ve seen what this administration has done I’m thinking that it’s much more than that.

I’m thinking about the dismantling of the regulations that give the deep state bureaucracy it’s power.

I’m thinking of the dismantling of the one sided trade deals that enriched the connected and places like Red China while the pols they owned insisted that jobs weren’t coming back.

I’m thinking of North Korea which suddenly could get the US to pay them off or nuzzle up to China which is how the game has been played for decades.

I’m thinking of Iran and the various radicals no longer getting pallets of cash.

And most of all I’m thinking of the investigations of the foreign funds that have been pouring into higher education media and elsewhere buying schools, professors administrations and non-profits to try to transform our children into people who are taught a false history of america for the sake of our enemies.

These are all things that have gone on for a while and it they continued on for another generation America would have been lost forever.

However all of things that have been checked or exposed under the Trump administration.

I suspect those behind the riots and the exploitation of events like the pandemic would have liked to keep things quietly going on slowly enriching themselves for the benefit of our enemies and their mutual power.

But Donald Trump’s actions have put them on the spot, if he is allowed to continue then it’s disaster, 1st for all our international enemies who have invested billions to create the right conditions for America to fall or be co-opted and 2nd for all those pols, academics, media types and elites who have gotten wealthy of our enemies investment who fear that this gravy train might end.

Thus they have gone all out, from impeachment to the draconian measure to keep the economy closed to the riots.

If it wasn’t for Trump in a generation it would have been all over. I submit and suggest they have been forced to act before they’re ready and that’s why they’ve reached a point where they’re not even bothering to hide it anymore.

This is the difference Donald Trump has made, it means we as Americans have a chance foil what I suspect have been long laid plans, by Trump’s re-election.

If we don’t it will be on us but if we throw away this precious gift that our forefather bleed to leave us, it will be done with both eyes open.

One more thought: As I noted before the last election It’s not just the left that is a worry here

When people think of jobs in a president’s administration they think of secretary of state, Attorney General or chief of staff, but the reality is there are thousands of positions that carry prestige, pay well and guarantee a well paying position in the private sector later on that an administration fills not just at the start of their term but all during it.  (another argument for Glenn Reynolds revolving door surtax)

What happens if those positions go not to a party man, but to a Trump man?  What happens when the head of an agency like the GSA doesn’t owe his position to a party or to a donor but owes it to the Donald™ and it time to make a ruling that affects the party or could affect a chance in a big donor’s fortunes?  Even worse for the GOP what happens when Donald Trump remembers who treated him fairly and with respect and who did not?  There are few men in the this history of the world that can hold a candle to Lyndon Baines Johnson in terms of ego and remembering a slight but I suspect Donald Trump is one of them.

There are plenty of people in the NeverTrump business and others in the establishment deep state GOP that are willing to go along with all the left and our foes are pushing as long as they and their families have well feathered nests. Those are the ones who will sell us in a heartbeat.