"George Zimmerman's acquittal of murder charges in a Florida court has been followed by predictable calls for America to have a "national conversation" about this or that aspect of the case. President Obama wants to talk about gun control. Civil-rights leaders want to talk about racial profiling. Others want to discuss how the American criminal justice system supposedly targets black men.
All of which is fine. Just don't expect these conversations to be especially illuminating or honest. Liberals in general, and the black left in particular, like the idea of talking about racial problems, but in practice they typically ignore the most relevant aspects of any such discussion.
Any candid debate on race and criminality in this country would have to start with the fact that blacks commit an astoundingly disproportionate number of crimes. African-Americans constitute about 13% of the population, yet between 1976 and 2005 blacks committed more than half of all murder…
Healthcare Reform Versus the Obamacare Sham
Written on Monday, July 8, 2013 by Sean Aland PatriotUpdate.com
The United States was truly in need of a healthcare overhaul that would
take what is already the greatest healthcare system in the world to the
next level. Change within the medical field is ongoing and
has taken us from the archaic practice of bleeding to the miraculous
life saving procedures that are commonplace today. There is always
room to improve, but the changes need to come from the people closest to
the problems, doctors and healthcare professionals, not a bunch of
bureaucrats. More than 15 years ago, my brother who has been a
practicing surgeon for over 30 years told me three things that could be
done to improve healthcare, cost and, quality.
The first was “Tort reform.” We need to eliminate the ludicrous law
suit lottery that is played by people who try to capitalize on any
medical mishap as a way to “cash in.” What these medical lottery
WHAT'S A DEMAGOGUE? Lately, how many times have you heard the term, “demagogue” or “demagoguery?” I'm sure you have heard it on the radio or TV. Some of you know what it means or have an idea, yet most people are not sure of or do not know its definition. A demagogue or rabble-rouser is a political leader in a democracy who appeals to the emotions, and ignorance of the less-educated people of a population in order to gain power. Demagogues usually oppose deliberation, discussion, avoid compromise, and advocate immediate and quick action to address a national crisis; they accuse moderate and thoughtful opponents of weakness. Demagogues have appeared in democracies since ancient Athens. They exploit a fundamental weakness in democracy: since ultimate power is held by the people, nothing stops the populace from giving supreme power to someone who appeals to the lowest common denominator of a large segment of the population. In researching this word…