I'm Sick of News Anchors Telling us
Not to Rush to Judgement on Terror Attacks
Todd Starnes, May 25, 2017
The photos and the video and the sounds
have become all too familiar. A flash of light – a massive explosion – horrified
screams of the dying and wounded.
This time in Manchester, England – at a
concert filled with young teenagers and their parents.
What was supposed to be a night of music
and dancing and childhood frivolity – ended in carnage.
"Horrific, horrific injuries. Terrible,"
President Trump said. "Dozens of innocent people, beautiful young children
savagely murdered in this heinous attack upon humanity."
An untold number of children and their
parents were massacred by Islamic radicals - killed in the name of the religion
In response – there have been candlelight
vigils and calls for peace and understanding – but the Muslim jihadists do not
want peace. They want death.
The Islamic radicals will not stop until
they have killed every last one of us - Christians, Jews, Gay, Straight.
The time has come to eliminate this evil
from the face of the planet. The time has come for nations around the world to
stop appeasing the Islamists.
"We must drive out the terrorists and
extremists from our midst, obliterate this evil ideology, and protect and defend
our citizens and people of the world," the president said. "All civilized
nations must be united in this effort."
And we must do our part in the United
States. We must secure our borders, we must investigate those who come here
from the birthplace of this radical ideology and we must do whatever is
necessary to prevent American blood from being shed on American soil.
Yet, there are still apologists for the
radical Islamists - from Hollywood to the halls of Congress. They seem to think
we can win over the hearts and minds of the jihadists with bouquets of flowers
and gentle hugs.
That sort of philosophy is not only
foolish but it's downright dangerous.
How many more times do we have to listen
to breathless news anchors lecturing us about not rushing to judgment?
The Presbyterians and the Lutherans are
not the ones strapping on backpacks filled with nails and blowing themselves up.
The Methodists and Baptists aren't beheading people. The Catholics are not
flying jetliners into buildings.
So spare us the politically correct
How many more children must die at the
hands of radical Muslims - slain in the name of the religion of peace?
How many more citizens of the world must
be sacrificed to satisfy the bloodlust of these brutal savages?
How many more times, America? How many
Liberal Fight Against Freedom Turns
Star Parker, May 25, 2017
Intolerance, at times exploding into
violence, is spreading throughout our society. And it's coming from the
It's happening on college campuses. Most
recently, students walked out on Vice President Mike Pence's commencement
address at Notre Dame University.
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was
interrupted by boos and jeers at her commencement address at historically black
Conservative scholar Charles Murray was
met with violent protests and physically assaulted at Middlebury College.
Another conservative scholar, Heather MacDonald, was violently shut down in a
presentation she was giving at Claremont McKenna College. These are just a
Now it's spreading off college campuses
with reports of violence and threats toward Republican members of congress, and
their families, as they hold town halls in their districts.
A column in The Hill newspaper bears the
headline, "Republicans fearing for their safety as anger, threats mount."
What is happening?
A recent commentary in Forbes Magazine
from a London School of Business professor calls this "The Post-Truth World."
He describes a prevailing feeling of
helplessness as individuals inhabit a world in which knowledge is, in general,
exploding but each individual knows, relatively, less and less. And he points to
a world in which business and politics are becoming increasingly interdependent.
New York University psychologist Jonathan
Haidt attributes what's happening to a culture in which young people are not
forced to deal with opposing viewpoints. This, says Haidt, is amplified by
social media, which serves to reinforce existing biases.
But all this doesn't explain why the
intolerance and violence is coming mainly from the political left.
A new survey from the Pew Research Center
sheds light on this. Sixty-six percent of Republicans compared to 29 percent of
Democrats say that a person is rich "because they worked harder than most
people" rather than because of having personal advantages in life. This 37
percent difference in attitudes of Republicans and Democrats about why some
people are rich is 12 points larger today than where it stood just three years
ago in 2014.
Seventy-one percent of Democrats compared
to 32 percent of Republicans say someone is poor because of "circumstances
beyond a person's control," rather than because of "lack of effort." This 37
percent difference between Republicans and Democrats in attitudes regarding why
someone is poor is 19 points larger than where it stood three years ago in 2014.
The nation is becoming increasingly polarized
on the very fundamental question regarding the extent to which individuals have
control over their own life.
Across the nation's whole population, 53
percent feel poverty is the result of circumstances beyond an individual's
control compared to 34 percent who see poverty as the result of lack of effort.
What is the meaning of freedom in a
country where more than half its citizens feel fate rather than choice governs
Not surprisingly, for the first time in 8
years, according to Pew, more Americans (48 percent) say they want bigger
government than say they want smaller government (45 percent).
Conservatives are exposed to the same
cultural and technological forces as liberals. But it's not what comes from
outside that determines human behavior. It's what comes from inside -- the
individual's attitudes and approach to life.
Liberal mentality, increasingly dominated
by moral relativism, produces a culture of victimhood. The victim sees life
exclusively in political terms, seeing political power and government as the
means to a better life, rather than freedom and personal responsibility.
With Republicans now in power, trying to
restore economic vitality and fiscal balance by limiting government and
expanding personal freedom, the left sees this as a threat, not an opportunity.
We all should be deeply troubled that, in
the "land of the free and home of the brave," some are turning to violence to
battle the prospect of becoming
With Summer fast
approching you can bet West Stanly Water Rescue will stay busy bringing people
out of Rocky River. This month they have been called three times for water
rescue from Rocky River and summer doesn't start for another month. The reason
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years ago West Stanly Fire Dept. and Midland Fire Department along with other
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Midland pulled out due to lack of funds and the burden fell on West Stanly to
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I have had several
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I believe the
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set up a regional water rescue team to handle the additional calls on the Rocky