“The Democrat Party, is the greatest “user” of the minds of people who view themselves to be powerless”

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Let’s Get Real – by Republican Coffee Corner with Angela (Dr. Angela Graham-West) @RepubCCwAngela

Look people, Jim Crow was a serious thing. So was cross burning, lynching , and so is the very real topic of racism. I know that there are political battles to be won, and that seems more important than anything, however, as a Tea Party supporter, as a person who believes in the Lord, as a woman, and as a proud Black woman of many cultures, —— I am also VERY educated….. so I take deep offense to these flame throwing fools and their quest to win. The Democrat Party, is the greatest “user” of the minds of people who view themselves to be powerless —- namely the Black underclass.

The great marketers that these Democrats have ruthlessly shackled the legs of Black men who fall for this drivel with stories of victimhood. Black men, unable to find meaningful work, REALLY enslaved by unemployment and poverty, robbed of their birthright of maleness, of feeling that they are the MEN in their households. They have ruthlessly shackled the legs of Black women, who feel unattractive except for what exists between their legs or the hair they can buy for their heads, or the nails they glue on ,then paint…… all the while neglecting school and their children — the ones they choose not to abort. This is the real Black underclass and ain’t none of them were ever slaves. This is the average citizen of the districts of the elderly hysterical Black Caucus. These are reliable Obama voters. Betrayed.

How did they do this? By making them into perpetual victims. Victims of “DA Man”. By telling them that speaking good English and going to school is “acting white”. By celebrating “rap” in its nastiest, homophobic, misogynistic flatulence and then joking in “black-speak” to their friends…. By lowering standards at school, as though they (Blacks) — just can’t learn…..They target groups such as the Tea Party and liken bad images such as cross burnings , Jim Crow and lynchings, re-writing history along the way because they have no shame— Soon it will be anyone who stand in their way.

Sure, the Republican Party is not perfect…….. What in life is. They are older, whiter so forth than the general population but don’t kid yourself……. I have heard the “n” word more in the so called “liberal” arena than I have around Republican. Better to tell me you hate me than tell me you love me while showing me that you hate me.

Because at the end of the day, whether you are Black, White, Hispanic or Asian, or other………… You all did not get the memo. This ain’t about YOU, this is politics at its most vulgar. And what is the goal? Why winning of course —- a ONE party government. Don’t feel betrayed, however, Republicans when you find they are members of our own party as well.

But a one party government,….. then everyone can find out what a goose feels like when it is cooked. By the way, the image above are white men.

@RepubCCwAngela Addressing the Leftist Lead Smear Against @AllenWest

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A personal note from Dr. Angela Graham-West via @RepubCCwAngela on Facebook

It was 6 months ago that I decided to start this page. One of the reasons I started this Page was that I love to write and I am a voracious reader. As a former professor, researcher, and teacher I absolutely LOVE the hunt for interesting as well as provocative material. I read and I ENJOY your comments. It has been and I hope it will continue to be a delightful andragogical learning experience. I learn from you and hopefully you learn something from me. A wonderful give and take. And believe me sometimes the “hunt” can be a daunting experience in today’s “journalistically empty” environment. Instead of worthwhile stories, you find a plethora of idiocy about people’s personal lives (gossip) and all around foolishness.

Therefore, when I share links to stories, you will find that I use a small circle of trusted venues. Anything odd, I will check to make sure that it is factual and correct.

Well, for the millionth time I have come across something that is not factual. In FACT, this has turned out to be a hurtful smear. You see, in the era of the news as propaganda, even the television news becomes a vehicle for political agendas. And I want to clear the record because it is about my husband and myself —- two subjects that I know well.

>First and foremost, my husband has decided to take on a lesser role at PJ Media. He has other aspirations for his life. And guess what? He is allowed to do so. He is a free man. And he is a “grown-up”.

>Second, I left the Board of Trustees with Florida Atlantic University after 2 years because I have other obligations —- most notably I have a business that keeps me monumentally busy, I am a mother and I have other activities that I wanted to get back to. I am allowed to do that. I am a free woman. And I am a “grown-up”.

>Neither one of those movements required that he (my husband) be “fired” or my being “bounced” or “fired”. We just moved on. That is part of life, you do one thing and then it leads to something else. We are allowed to do this and we have this right. We value our freedom as “gown-ups”.

But I suppose the most outlandish innuendo made was that my husband is anti-semitic. This foolishness, similar to the screech of “racism” or “homophobia” has become the mantra for ruining lives and families particularly in South Florida. My daughter happens to be a young Black woman who is a member of a traditionally Jewish sorority, their goals and the caliber of young women appealed to her. She is a “grown-up” and she is free. AND , if you ask me, that represents PROGRESS. We, as Black people, no longer have to cluster in ALL Black environments, we don’t have to think alike, we don’t have to vote alike. Progress occurs when emancipation is not only physical, but mentally and intellectually, as well. 

In addition, my husband and I are supporting a Jewish IDF soldier through university studies —— the full 4 years —- fully paid, “full ride”. A Black family with humble roots making this leap — now THATS progress….

We reject any charge of antisemitism, it is not in our DNA and never will be. We also reject any charges of racism, homophobia, islamophobia, agoraphobia, misogyny (hatred of women), misandry (hatred of men), sexism, atheism , anarchism and any other “phobia” or “ism” that anyone might find or make up.

We are a multi-racial, multi-faith, multicultural family with friends of the same type of mind. We just require that you bring your “thinking cap” to our get-togethers because the discussions are usually lively, intelligent and interesting. In other words, come packing a brain, not gossip and foolishness. 

In closing for this evening……… It has been a great 6 months. I am so impressed with the civility that our little Page has garnered. It is almost like a cozy place to express ideas without the name calling, attacks and vitriol. And without the posturing of false intellectualism. How wonderful that the Ph.D.’s and the high school graduates , each with something to say , can express their minds without fear or hesitation……..What a breath of “fresh conservative air”. And I sincerely thank all of you for teaching me. I have enjoyed it an hope to reach out to all of you tomorrow.

Angela

Dr.Angela Graham-West “I have lost nothing by evolving into a conservative and neither will you” The Journey from left to right

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Posted by  on September 8, 2013 – Dr. Angela Graham-West for Palm Beach County Tea Party

The Journey from Left to Right….

When Allen and I go out to parties, galas, and the like, people speak to him about conservative thinking. That is a given. He is deeply patriotic, deeply involved with the history of the country and very knowledgeable.

But….. after they speak with him, the conversation invariably turns to me. And…. it starts like this….”WHEN DID you BECOME conservative….” A girlfriend of mine who I have known since I was a child told me “its written all over your face…. people can tell..” OK, should I change my lipstick? (smile)

I was the quintessential student, loved school, fell in love with the university life — both in Europe and the US. It was intellectually stimulating and exciting. I truly understand when my daughter gives us 4 hours here and there during the school year. She is me — albeit with the “Conservative Chick” tee-shirt.

The University meant that I could be myself. The lover of documentaries, exhibitions and plays. I remember when Allen and I got married, the officer’s wives club had their meeting to welcome me. That was like fitting a round peg (me) into a square hole (them). You see, one faces a big penalty for non-conformance in such groups. I knew how to sew well because my grandmother owned a business which involved making high quality dresses for the top US stores so she taught me. BUT the officer’s wives were into “crafts” so I tried it. Let me tell you that cross stitch is not only boring, it is tedious. very….. One of the other Ph.D. students came from Utah where she told me that her mother was a whiz at embroidery and cross stitch. Her mother sent an 89 percent completed a piece and I finished the trim in front of my peers in the OWC. I still have the piece. It says “Officers’ Wives — the toughest job in the military”. It had all of the flourishes, my friend’s mother is a genious and I was accepted at least for a short while.

At that time — late 80′s to the 90′s the left pretty much solidified their dominance in University thought and hires. They replaced all of the stuffy professors in suits with conservative ways with “cool professors” who sat on the lawns, smoked weed and had many neurotic ticks. But they were creative and exciting. They also did not have preconceived notions about women, minorities, gays and so forth. Believe me, I was told by one “conservative” professor that “women can not write nor do arithmetic — much less BLACK women.” He was able to grade any paper I wrote, no matter how long, in a matter of 3 – 5 minutes. He gave me a “B” and wrote a note that he was being “generous”. Another, was the chair of one of the large departments, he was known to hire only attractive girls with his department budget, I felt “happy” that I was one of the chosen. Then, I came down with the flu, showed up to work looking pretty run down for a week and he jokingly said —- “If you don’t get your act together and stop dragging in here, I going to replace you.” And so on and so forth ….The “Stinkin’ Thinkin’” crew had to GO.

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Allen, Angela and the West Family joined Fox and Friends Sunday 5/12/13 – Video

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Published on May 12, 2013

5/12/13 – Former Congressman Allen West on Sunday (R-FL) said that an admission by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that it had improperly scrutinized tea party groups was part of a wider conspiracy that included President Barack Obama’s administration forcing Republican-owned car dealerships to be shut down during the auto bailout in 2009.

Fox News host Alisyn Camerota asked West if he had any indications that the recently-revealed IRS practice of examining whether tea party groups were abusing their tax-exempt status was not limited to “rogue, low-level IRS agents in the Cincinnati office who thought that they were going to personally stick it to the tea party.”

“Well, of course,” the tea party-favorite Republican declared. “The most important thing we need to come to understand is your First Amendment rights is you have the right to petition the government for redress of your grievances. If we start to have a government that is targeting certain groups for their political ideology because they don’t believe it is in concert with their beliefs, this is Orwellian, to put it in the least manner.” “We’ve got to come back and have hearings on this,” he continued. “This is something that is criminal.”

Camerota wondered if West knew why the IRS had been asking tea party groups for their donor lists.

“One of the things you have to understand with those donor lists — and this is something that was brought up before the Small Business and also the Oversight Committee when I was there in Congress — they are after those lists because they want to put a lot of pressure on individuals,” West explained. “And there are a lot of folks out there concerned about coming out and being forthcoming about their support to political candidates and what have you.”

“There were a lot of automobile dealerships that were closed down because people found out who they were providing funds and support to, when you go back and look at that auto bailout.”

As part of Chrysler’s bailout deal with the U.S. government in 2008, the company agreed to close about a quarter of its 3,200 dealerships. By 2009, conservative media outlets like The Washington Examiner and Fox News were suggesting that the Obama administration had been disproportionately targeting Republican-owned dealers.

But FactCheck.org looked into the claims in September of 2009 and found that the “best evidence shows that dealerships with Republican donors weren’t disproportionately targeted — auto dealers overall tend to lean overwhelmingly Republican.” And even a Fox News study determined that “the data do not support the charges.”

“Nobody has bothered to look up data for the control group: the list of dealerships which aren’t being closed,” FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver wrote in 2009. “It turns out that all car dealers are, in fact, overwhelmingly more likely to donate to Republicans than to Democrats — not just those who are having their doors closed.”

“Overall, 88 percent of the contributions from car dealers went to Republican candidates and just 12 percent to Democratic candidates,” Silver pointed out. “There’s no conspiracy here, folks — just some bad math.”

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@AllenWest ” This is not a threat, it is a promise”

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by Allen West via Facebook

I completely understand the Alinsky tactics and have no issue with the insidious and incessant personal attacks by the left against me. However, I am warning you, end your harassment of my wife Angela. The students from Florida Atlantic University who have gone to my wife’s office, stalked her at the FAU Board of Trustee meetings, and sent letters to her company headquarters, end it now. This is not a threat, it is a promise that if Angela calls and tells me of one more incident, you will face me, the side of me that you do not want to see. My wife Angela is an American citizen and if you believe that you can intimidate her to surrender her freedoms you are mistaken. Those left wing groups and lawyers associated with these individuals supporting their antics, I recommend you disassociate yourself. How dare you animals attack my wife and her professional reputation. This is your one and only advisory notice.

United Stand for America is coming up on April 14th to Wellington FL with a great speaker lineup

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United Stand for America is coming up on April 14th from 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm. This is our call to action for all Americans, beginning with our fellow South Floridians, to take a stand for the principles on which America was founded: For Individual and Fiscal Responsibility, for Limited Government, for Free Enterprise and for the Pursuit of Happiness. We have terrific, exciting speakers who will be helping to educate, motivate, and share their wisdom about what we all need to DO to make real change, that will shape our nation into the pinnacle of human achievement that it would be if we just adhere to its principles.

This is official flyer for United Stand for America. Please print, share, or forward it as much as you can to spread the word and create buzz around this important event with your friends and your family.

The official event hastags “are:

“#UnitedStandforAmerica”

“#USAme”

For the next 10 days, we’ll be creating buzz around the event using those hashtags for digital media. During that time, whenever you’re doing your own sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other Social Media, help spread the word about this important call to action as well, using those hashtags. The American people must reexamine their commitment to the principles that made this country, and your personal promotion will help remind them to do that.

Thank you once again. I’ll see you all on April 14th!

In Liberty,

Dominique Feldman

Communications Director

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Angela West “As the World Turns……..We must also. The Future of the GOP —- Part 1”

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As the World Turns……..We must also. The Future of the GOP —- Part 1

This is just a small page and as such it relies, at least for now, on the observations and words of one person — me. Feel free to open your mind and reply prodigiously because I believe in the androgogical (made up word meaning you learn from me and I learn from you) rather than the pedagogical (you learn only from me) experience. As you know, I reply to many comments!!!!

Yesterday, I asked you to read the New York Times article which inquired as to whether the Republicans as heading towards obsolescence. I know that many of you have “in-boxed” me to say “I never read the Times”; “The Times is too left leaning for me”;”Not interested in THAT paper”; but I ask you: IF YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU ARE UP AGAINST, HOW IN THE WORLD WILL YOU BE ABLE TO WIN AGAIN!!!!!! I will now lower my voice. Boxers study their opponent, they know where to hit, when and how hard. GOOD managers of basketball, football, hockey and any professional sporting team will spend hours studying even the most minute movement in order to exploit a “hole” in the strategy. They will ruthlessly search films in “slo-mo”, “freeze-frame” and simulation for hours in order to gain a scintilla of advantage.

And you know what? In the “game” of sports — (I have two daughters but grew up in a household consisting of several brothers and when I say several I mean more than 4) so I know people understand this analogy. Going back, in any game of sports, the winner takes all. The winning coaches are invited back, the losers are sent packing. It is a system that will reward the winner and therefore teach the loser to be a winner, eventually. Very interesting concept — you learn from your mistakes and don’t continue to “dig in” — diggin’ in another concept that will lead you straight to the bottom.

Now you say “Angela why are you talking about the coaches and not the players?”; Well because many things can befall a player (injury, bad luck etc..), the player is interested in the tactical side of the house. He/She realizes that the task at hand is what is important. The “tactical “strategy” of a player is often a very personal one and very, very important because each piece will contribute to the “whole”. Now the coach, on the other hand, is concerned with the “strategic” side of the house. Also termed “the long game” or “the big picture”, the leadership of the team — coaches, managers, and ultimately owners are looking at each hierarchical level at the team; league and the franchise as a whole.

The winning team, business and political party will make decisions based upon “strategical” implications and not the individual whims and ambitions of one player………. I am only in business, my readers, but this mantra will hold true for any endeavor —– If you apply tactical thinking to a strategic problem, you will lose, lose lose. And eventually, you will be out of existence — either by attrition or by design.

So, now you ask (I know that this is a burning question), “How can we identify those characteristics that lead us to lose?” Well, let me give you some of the characteristics of the losing team and the words they use……

1. The loser will subconsciously admit to losing by trying to distance him/herself with the team that they are on. For example, they will register as “independents”, put down their own party, and “secretly” vote Republican. Their bumper stickers are peeled off for fear of being “attacked”; they shyly whisper “I’m Republican” or refer to themselves as “Rockefeller Republicans” often to people who do not know one iota about what they are speaking about and could not care less. The real reason they do this is because they want to distinguish themselves from the “Tea Party Republicans” who they view as …… well….. not them.

2. They give up. I watch March Madness and ultimately the Final Four cheering for the little teams . The “Cinderella Story” ,so to speak, of the tiny school in a rural state where the whole school shows to to support the team. From this side of the court, you will witness passion, cohesiveness and desire. Beautiful thing to behold. These are winners. People, the point here is not for you to send me stories about small teams who win the game —– follow me here….. In 2010 we saw a winning revitalized Republican bench. Then the reason for the winning bench was excoriated, on both sides. We gave up and allowed the ambitions of a few to lead the way. Those who speak up, were told to “shut the $%#* up” and became silent. The concept of smaller government, religious freedom, constitutional rights and conservationism gave way to “shut up and go along” —- Lunch is being served at the Capital Hill Club at noon so lets get this out of the way. “They like me again”, get real, they don’t — the play-ground is where you first realize that it is better to go home with a torn dress, busted shoes and your hair in a tither than be “punked”. I remember as a daughter of a military member, my family moved often until we went to Germany. Every time you showed up somewhere, especially in some of the rougher states, another student would challenge you to something… often a fight of some sort. I remember the words “Angela Graham we gon’ meet you at bus stop 2” —- be there….As the bus pulled out of the school I remember feeling scared, real scared, removing my earrings, tying my hair back, and methodically getting myself ready for the “beat down”. I put a wad of gum in my mouth — not sure what that was for but it “looked” tough, tennis shoes on and I was “ready” to get off at bus stop 2. I was never in a fight (that day). Showed up, looked tough and did not back down (also remember the “several” brothers). So…..show up, don’t give up and of course have people around you who have your back-up. —- Not faking it.

3. DO NOT ADMIT DEFEAT! Do not fly the white flag unless you are under attack, comrades down or in trouble, and you have no other option. What do I mean about “flying the white flag?” Using the words of the opposition such as “Middle Class” — we do not live in a caste society; using words such as “they won’t vote for us anyways” — how do you know unless you try?; I can’t stand to listen/read/watch/debate anything they say —- they are “stupid”. —- They are not, they are well educated, well funded and technologically astute, but that does not mean we “get off at bus stop 1” —- lets stop getting “punked”.

In parting, read this for the content and meaning. Please, no old sports homilies, Pass it around, get involved, get technologically savvy. And forget the pundits. All the while we comforted ourselves looking at Karl Rove’s “whiteboard” which is reminiscent of the boards used by Ross Perot, they had cool tech savvy and smart, Nate Silver debunking our cozy, fire-side apple pie complacency that people wanted to return to the “Good ol’ Days” —– when you see me, understand that the “good ole days” were not so good for the likes of me. Cookin’ and cleanin’ , not putting those activities down — are necessary — so much so that I work extra hard to pay for it, but those two gems are admittedly not my strong suit Mizz Scarlett. (SMILE); (LOL).

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Angela West “Is the United States Becoming a Class Based Society?”

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Over the past year, the new media mention of the “middle class” has gotten me to humming themes from “Evita” . For those of you who are theater buffs you will recall the story of Eva and Juan Perón . It is a modern “rock” opera of sorts concentrating on the life of Argentine political leader Eva Perón, the second wife of Argentine president Juan Perón. The story follows Evita’s early life, rise to power, struggles, and finally her death. Most memorable is her following line:

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A Meritocracy vs. Class Based Society

The term ‘meritocracy’ was first used in Michael Young’s 1958 book Rise of the Meritocracy. Young by no means meant for the term to be used in a complementary fashion. In fact a recent film regarding this idea showed a society in which the rich and talented actually LIVED longer while those who are poor and relatively untalented have shortened life spans. That negative connotation aside, we do, to some extent live in a meritocratic society. One can argue that famous musicians, artists, great thinkers and business people with high acumen have been able are representative of the success of the American meritocracy. Thomas Jefferson, relying upon the theories of John Locke’s “Second Treatise on Government” while crafting the “Declaration of Independence” stressed that the acquisition of property (read wealth) was not inherently wrong if were earned through one’s own labor. The end result is a society stratified not by class but by merit.

Opposing arguments of the concept of meritocracy speak of the inequality of starting points. Whether the starting point is gender, race, immigration status etc….

What do you think?

A class based society, according to Marxist theory, the capitalist stage of production consists of two main classes: the bourgeoisie who are the capitalists who own the means of production, and the much larger proletariat (or ‘working class’) who must work for the wages. Class warfare exists because the proletariat (larger group) feels exploited by the bourgeoisie who are in control of the means of production (read “producers). In addition, through a process “proletarianization “ more workers such as physicians and other professionals become proletariat’s either through industrialization or their business becoming absorbed thus making them simple wage earners — for example a former physician who runs his practice becoming an employee of a government hospital.

Mind you, the argument can become much more involved, and I urge you to explore this further, what signs to you see in our society of each? What do you think? Please refrain from negative strains about the present administration, just a thoughtful ponder….

Personally, I don’t believe that we are a class based society. I prefer the term “lower income”; “middle income” and “higher income” or “wealthy”. The problem with class structure is the continual struggle and friction between the classes that allow people to become satisfied and complacent.

We are defeated when the phraseology we use is dictated by the other side of the coin. This is very similar to the defeated town forced to fly the conquering army’s flag.

The USA represents one of the last places on earth where it is possible for a poor brown skinned immigrant to rise up, get an excellent education, perhaps even a Ph.D. It is truly still the bright and shining city on the hill. Not perfect, but almost….

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“Do You Believe In God? The Push towards Secular Humanism” Angela West Discusses

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This question —- the belief in God has never been a question in my mind. OF COURSE THERE IS A GOD! I could scream this from the rafters! Strange cliché, rafters…… don’t really know what “rafters” are but…. You get the picture: My faith is very important to ME.

We each have within us a need to believe that there is something better, something higher, something far more grand than our little world and the miniscule things that bother us from day to day. I meet people who tell me that they do not believe there is a God. God is just “make believe” only to have them drop to their knees when a loved one appears to be in trouble. It is a peaceful, calm and rewarding life to understand that, when the chips are down or up so to speak, someone or something greater is looking out for us.

What is religion?

Religion is an organized collection of belief systems, cultural systems, and world views that relate humanity to spirituality and, sometimes, to moral values. Is religion directly correlated with a belief in God? Not necessarily, the definition of religion as included in the Webster’s Dictionary is “cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith”. You have surely heard many people saying that “football” is their religion or “politics” would be their religion. In this context religion can mean a dedication to ANY cause or principle — even atheism.

The Rise of Secular Humanism

The doctrines of Secular Humanism postulate that human beings are capable of being ethical and moral without religion or a God. The original signers of the first Humanist Manifesto of 1933, declared themselves to be religious humanists. Because, in their view, traditional religions were failing to meet the needs of their day, the signers decided that it was necessary to establish a religion that was a dynamic force to meet the needs of the day. However, this “religion” did not profess a belief in any God.

Societies with a God based religion were more likely to survive than those without because of the community, compassion, lack of anarchy or murder, family structure, etc. enforced by religious beliefs. Agree or disagree?

Lack of moral values, young people getting wasted, and drugs, increasing violence, disrespect for elders, and sex at very young age, unwanted babies, abortion as a means of contraception, parents not knowing how to parent and not wanting to, depression, loneliness, and adults not wanting to behave like adults? Is the lack of God in religion fueling this? (I found this question on the internet and I could not have phrased it in a better)

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“The Liberal Strategy: Pulverize the Republicans” by Angela Graham-West

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This morning I woke up and decided to check out any news that might be in the forefront. I knew that the Pope is resigning by the end of the month — seems sort of strange, almost like he just gave two weeks’ notice …. After skipping through the regular crime and weather stories, I ran into two articles — one in the Huffington Post called “ Republicans Need to Deal With Their Racism Problem” written by some music writer, pretty vacuous stuff and then “The Ignorance Caucus” written by Paul Krugman.

Paul Krugman, an American economist, is well known and well respected. He tends to slant much of his writing towards his political views, but so be it. Very seldom do you find a truly “objective” writer of any stripe since any good piece is the sum total of the facts presented from the prism of the author. The piece goes on to declare the inherent intellectual superiority of the liberal and decry the intelligence and “critical thinking skills” of the Republican mind. In fact here is an excerpt:

For these days his party dislikes the whole idea of applying critical thinking and evidence to policy questions. And no, that’s not a caricature: Last year the Texas G.O.P. explicitly condemned efforts to teach “critical thinking skills,” because, it said, such efforts “have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.”…

So…….. Some GOP members in Texas decide that they do not want to teach “critical thinking skills” and this thought translates itself to Krugman painting the ENTIRE GOP in say, New Jersey or Illinois as having a low intellect level. By the way, who is this representative of ALL GOP members who happens to live in Texas? And HOW can we get in touch with him? Recall the problem that the New York Times writers have had in the past with fictitious interviews…… can anyone say Jayson Blair?

Nevertheless, Krugman finishes with his this little gem:

The truth is that America’s partisan divide runs much deeper than even pessimists are usually willing to admit; the parties aren’t just divided on values and policy views, they’re divided over epistemology. One side believes, at least in principle, in letting its policy views be shaped by facts; the other believes in suppressing the facts if they contradict its fixed beliefs.

For my supposedly “ignorant” GOP friends, he is implying that we have a difference of opinion regarding what knowledge is and how it is acquired. Read: the Democrats are high functioning creatures who allow their policy views to be shaped by facts. The GOP who are low functioning creatures tend to be guided by feeling — if something does not go along with our “feeling” then we suppress it. Now does this type of thinking describe any of my friends on this page?

To one degree or another, we all tend to be closed minded. We shut out those queues and ideas that do not conform to our beliefs. Our perception becomes our reality. J. J. and Eleanor Gibsons’ work on perception argues that understanding human behavior first involves careful analysis of the information available to any perceiving organism. This applies to the human organism — NOT JUST LIBERALS. In other words, Krugman’s OPINION regarding the cognitive abilities of ALL Republicans is not worth the amount of ink or air space that it occupies. … It is way too cool now to beat up on the Republicans and we take it.

What do you think?

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