Jim Goetsch: All lives matter
Heidi Hall has been downplaying her Democrat talking points over the past few weeks, focusing more on issues that are important to all of Nevada County. I give her kudos for that.
So why in her recent editorial (July 28 in The Union) does she take a single event involving the arrest of a black woman by an overly aggressive traffic cop, and that woman’s subsequent death by apparent suicide in the local jail, and accuse the entire “white” world of institutional racism — ending her comments with “black lives matter?”
That phrase is being uttered by liberals now around the country, while anyone who claims that “all lives matter” is considered racist, despite the fact that we, who utter that phrase, don’t indicate that race has anything to do with our comment. If Ms. Hall is so concerned that black lives matter, I have some questions for her?
Murders. Why are liberals focusing on the few occasions when a white policeman oversteps his bounds with a black suspect? The fact that these incidents are newsworthy at all is because they happen so seldom. FBI statistics show that over twice as many blacks (409) killed whites as whites (189) killed blacks in 2013. Some of the 189 whites who killed blacks were no doubt policemen doing their jobs, and a very few of these overstepped their bounds. But these last few are the incidents that are used to paint all whites as racist.
Education. If liberals think that “black lives matter,” wouldn’t that include an interest in making sure that blacks have the same educational opportunities as whites? Why, then, did the Obama Administration, with the full support of the teacher’s union (the National Education Association), attempt to kill the voucher program for black kids in Washington D.C. under the Opportunity Scholarship Program?
President George W. Bush started this program in 2004 to increase the educational opportunities for low-income students (90 percent of whom were African American). Democrats were prepared to let this opportunity die until Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senator Joe Lieberman introduced the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Act in 2011 to restore funding for the program for the next five years.
If Democrats are so concerned about black lives, why are they against the concept of school vouchers in general — a concept that has shown proven success in allowing the disadvantaged to have the same educational opportunities as the advantaged? Could it be that Democrats are more interested in protecting the jobs of unionized teachers than in educating the disadvantaged?
Abortion. If “black” lives are more important that “all” lives, why do Democrats continue to support the taking of innocent “black” lives (as well as “all” lives) through Planned Parenthood abortion centers? Now it has been discovered that Planned Parenthood has been selling human fetal tissue (a federal offense). What is the Democrats’ response? They are demanding an investigation into the organization that made the discovery rather than focusing on the horrendous nature of killing innocents for profit.
It astounds me that the black community seems to know nothing about the founding of Planned Parenthood by Margaret Sanger, who was a strong supporter of Eugenics — the creation of a master race by controlling who has children. One of Ms. Sanger’s quotations should be read by every black person in America: “We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”
I believe that in the future our descendants will look back on abortion as we look back at slavery, and wonder why an entire political party (the Democrats) didn’t see the evil involved in the practice of taking innocent lives. And now we find out that Planned Parenthood is profiting from the practice by preserving as much of a fetus as possible to harvest the organs.
Just as it was the Republican party that fought for the end of slavery, from Abe Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation through three Constitutional Amendments, and multiple Civil Rights Acts, it appears that Republicans are really the party that stands for the principle that “all” lives matter, particularly “black” lives.
Jim Goetsch lives in Lake of the Pines.
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