Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Diversity Can Spell Trouble

By Victor Davis Hanson

Image credit:  Barbara Kelley
America is experiencing a diversity and inclusion conundrum—which, in historical terms, has not necessarily been a good thing.

Communities are tearing themselves apart over the statues of long-dead Confederate generals.

Controversy rages over which slogan—“Black Lives Matter” or “All Lives Matter”—is truly racist.

Antifa street thugs clash with white supremacists in a major American city.

Americans argue over whether the USC equine mascot “Traveler” is racist, given the resemblance of the horse’s name to Robert E. Lee’s mount “Traveller.”

Amid all this turmoil, we forget that diversity was always considered a liability in the history of nations—not an asset.  

Ancient Greece’s numerous enemies eventually overran the 1,500 city-states because the Greeks were never able to sublimate their parochial, tribal, and ethnic differences to unify under a common Hellenism.
The Balkans were always a lethal powder keg due to the region’s vastly different religions and ethnicities where East and West traditionally collided—from Roman and Byzantine times through the Ottoman imperial period to the bloody twentieth century. Such diversity often caused destructive conflicts of ethnic and religious hatred.
Europe for centuries did not celebrate the religiously diverse mosaic of Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant Christians, but instead tore itself apart in a half-millennium of killing and warring that continued into the late twentieth century in places like Northern Ireland.
In multiracial, multiethnic, and multi-religious societies—such as contemporary India or the Middle East—violence is the rule in the absence of unity.
Even the common banner of a brutal communism could not force all the diverse religions and races of the Soviet Union to get along.
Japan, meanwhile, does not admit many immigrants, while Germany has welcomed over a million, mostly young Muslim men from the war-torn Middle East. The result is that Japan is in many ways more stable than Germany, which is reeling over terrorist violence and the need for assimilation and integration of diverse newcomers with little desire to become fully German.
History offers only a few success stories when it comes to diversity.
Rome, for one, managed to weld together millions of quite different Mediterranean, European, and African tribes and peoples through the shared ideas of Roman citizenship (civis Romanus sum) and equality under the law. That reality endured for some 500 years.
The original Founders of the Roman Republic were a few hundred thousand Latin-speaking Italians; but the inheritors of their vision of Roman Republican law and constitutionalism were a diverse group of millions of people all over the Mediterranean.
History’s other positive example is the United States, which has proven one of the only truly diverse societies in history to remain fairly stable and unified—at least so far. 
Although the Founders are now caricatured as oppressive European white men, they were not tribal brutes. The natural evolution of their unique belief that all men are created equal is today’s diverse society, where different people have managed, until recently, to live together in relatively harmony and equality under the law.
Unlike present-day Mexico, China, or Japan, America never developed a fixed idea, either culturally or formally in its written constitution, that race or religion de facto defined citizenship. Instead, an imperfect America was always being reinvented in dogged pursuit of the Founders’ promise of equality and the toleration of difference.
Despite a Civil War that took over 600,000 lives, years of oppression and segregation, dozens of major riots, and thousands of court cases and legislative fights, our American exceptionalism held that America alone could pull off the bizarre idea that diverse peoples could eventually live together as a single people in brotherhood.
But the American experiment is not static, nor is it settled. The nation’s racial, ethnic, and religious diversity is by nature volatile, and prone to exploitation by demagogues and opportunists.
A diverse America requires constant reminders of e pluribus unum and the need for assimilation and integration.
The idea of Americanism is an undeniably brutal bargain in which we all give up primary allegiance to our tribes in order to become fellow Americans redefined by shared ideas rather than mere appearance.
Unfortunately, there are increasing signs that our political, religious, ethnic, and racial diversity is overwhelming our shared but fragile notion of national unity.
Growing geographical separation into blue coastal liberal states and red interior conservative counterparts is starting to mimic the North-South regional divide of the Civil War, a split in national geography that is fueling political differences.
Not surprising, there is talk of a Calexit, or a Confederate-like secession of California from the United States—and during the Obama administration, there was news of a secessionist movement in Texas.
There is currently little real free speech on American campuses. A new kind of racial segregation is occurring in college “theme” and “affinity” houses.
Recent street violence in places like Charlottesville between extremists of the left and right resembled the brawling between totalitarian Stalinists and racist brown shirts of 1930s Germany. The successful melting pot is caricatured; the unproven salad bowl is canonized.
Almost everything in America today is politicized and thus polarized, from the fundamental to the trivial: sports events, music, art, Hollywood movies, mute statues, cable television, university curriculums, Silicon Valley corporations, and now even the names of horses.
Fewer people are unified.
The schools and the media do not remind Americans that their country can be quite good without having to be perfect—and is far better than the contemporary alternatives elsewhere.
At the same time, these institutions have convinced Americans that the evils of human kind—racism, sexism, homophobia, slavery, serfdom, and class oppression—are the unique sins of democratic America.
Few today appreciate that only in America has there been a culture of self-critique, introspection, and dissent—and thus remedies for the nation’s shortcomings, a self-correcting culture not known elsewhere.
The fashion today is to identify yourself by your ethnicity, race, or sexual preference—as something that transcends both being American and a unique individual.
In contrast, there are vanishing incentives for people to simply call themselves Americans, allowing the content of their character to trump the color of their skin.
In this regard, we can welcome the recent change in name of the preeminent Latino lobbying group from the racialist National Council of La Raza to Unidos US. (Raza is a Franco-era chauvinistic buzzword meaning “The Race.”)
If America is to survive this fourth century of its existence, it will soon have to recalibrate from “celebrating diversity” to “celebrating unity.”
The bleak alternative is history’s long list of genocides, tribal feuding, ethnic warring, religious conflicts, and pogroms.
In sum, the United States will at some point have to subordinate the fad of multiculturalism to the ideal of multiracialism: many different-looking Americans who are nonetheless one in their shared customs, citizenship, and culture, while holding diverse political and cultural views not predicated on identity politics.
“Difference” is a plus when it is a matter of enjoying diverse foods, music, fashion, art, and literature that enhance a central, shared, and unchanging set of values based on the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
We all enjoy Mexican or Chinese food, but not Mexican or Chinese ideas of democracy and human rights.
We all are enriched by Caribbean music but not by Caribbean notions of law and justice.
We all value political and ideological diversity—but only when they rely on collective tribal allegiances.
And we are impressed by Middle Eastern hospitality and family solidarity, but not Middle Eastern treatment of women, minorities, gays, and diverse religions.
What makes millions of immigrants strive to reach and stay in America at all costs is not our racial make-up or our many languages but the racially-blind promise of freedom, liberty, the rule of law, prosperity, and security which are the dividends of Americans abiding by the precepts of the U.S. Constitution.
If America’s set of values becomes a pick-and-choose potpourri, there is no unity.
And then America will certainly become yet another one of history’s casualties of diversity.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Why the statue-smashers will never stop

By Karol Markowicz


After last month’s violent clashes in Charlottesville, Va., that left one woman dead and many others injured, the left has focused not on some sort of national healing but on destruction — specifically, of old statues of long-dead men.

And it doesn’t much matter what those men stood for. America’s culture of idol worship and public defenestration has come for anything set in stone.
Last Tuesday, a statue of Christopher Columbus in Central Park had its hands painted red and a sinister message warning “#somethingscoming” was spray-painted on the statue’s base. That same day, protesters covered a Thomas Jefferson statue at the University of Virginia with a black sheet. On Wednesday in Baltimore, a monument to Francis Scott Key, author of “The Star Spangled Banner,” was defaced with the words “Racist Anthem.” On Thursday, Wall Street’s “charging bull” was covered in blue paint.
Conservatives and President Trump warned the vandalism of Confederate monuments was a slippery slope. Liberals scoffed.
Matthew Yglesias had a piece at Vox titled “The huge problem with Trump comparing Robert E. Lee to George Washington.” Writing in The Washington Post, David A. Bell decried Trump’s “moral relativism” and an NBC News story by Dartunorro Clark interviewed several historians who confidently declared Washington and Jefferson aren’t in any danger.
The differences were so obvious, we were told, that common sense would prevail. It was the triumph of hope over experience. Anyone who doesn’t line up with current progressive social mores is out. The war isn’t on history; it’s on anything that isn’t specifically leftist — now, today, subject to change tomorrow.
Example: The Cumberland Coun­ty school board in Fayetteville, NC, recently canceled an environmental program that used an image of the Marquis de Lafayette in its promotional materials. Why? Because Lafayette owned slaves.
Never mind that Lafayette had purchased the slaves in order to free them or that he was an avid abolitionist who had influenced George Washington to free his own slaves upon his death.
“It appears that by trying to be sensitive to part of the community, I was insensitive to another part,” said Interim Superintendent Tim Kinlaw, who was responsible for canceling the program. In a city actually named after the Marquis de Lafayette, it wasn’t sensitivity that caused the cancellation of the program, it was pure, industrial-grade ignorance.
 
In New York City the issue reached a fever pitch when Mayor de Blasio suggested that tearing down the Christopher Columbus statue in Columbus Circle was a possibility. The mayor has assembled a commission to review “oppressive” monuments and take them down or annotate their plaques with PC-approved Puritanism. The idea that monuments can oppress people by their very existence is a slap in the face to people living under actual oppression.

Not that that’ll stop city pols. Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito suggested there should be no statues to Columbus because of “[the] oppression and everything that he brought with him.” But what he brought with him was an opening and connection of the entire world, the discovery of new lands and the beginning of America. To discard Columbus is to discard all of the good that came from his discoveries as well.

Plus, the new commission essentially proves its own uselessness, since it’ll have to go looking for things people might be angry about — in a city full of young leftists who aren’t exactly shy about their grievances. As The Post editorialized, “the panel is a solution in search of a problem: If anything in this town were as offensive as a Confederate memorial, New York would’ve had a tabloid feeding frenzy over it long ago.”
Meanwhile, the mayor has no plans to skip out on the annual Columbus Day Parade down Fifth Avenue next month. Tearing down a statue of Christopher Columbus is one thing, but skipping a campaign event a month before the election is apparently too extreme a step. Let’s not be rash about this, right Mr. Mayor? De Blasio’s spin that the day has turned into an Italian heritage event is pathetic. The day, and the parade, bears Christopher Columbus’s name for a reason.
In a sense, though, we shouldn’t be too surprised it’s come to this. Pop culture is especially heavy on the cult part. We obsess over celebrities. We personalize everything. We build up and tear down our heroes. A healthier response to all this would be resolving to celebrate accomplishments, not personalities. Otherwise, the answer to “Where will it end?” will be: “Never.”

Sunday, September 17, 2017

The Forgotten History of Britain's White Slaves in America

By Janet Levy


Slavery in America, typically associated with blacks from Africa, was an enterprise that began with the shipping of more than 300,000 white Britons to the colonies.  This little known history is fascinatingly recounted in White Cargo (New York University Press, 2007).  Drawing on letters, diaries, ship manifests, court documents, and government archives, authors Don Jordan and Michael Walsh detail how thousands of whites endured the hardships of tobacco farming and lived and died in bondage in the New World. 

Following the cultivation in 1613 of an acceptable tobacco crop in Virginia, the need for labor accelerated.  Slavery was viewed as the cheapest and most expedient way of providing the necessary work force.  Due to harsh working conditions, beatings, starvation, and disease, survival rates for slaves rarely exceeded two years.  Thus, the high level of demand was sustained by a continuous flow of white slaves from England, Ireland, and Scotland from 1618 to 1775, who were imported to serve America's colonial masters.
These white slaves in the New World consisted of street children plucked from London's back alleys, prostitutes, and impoverished migrants searching for a brighter future and willing to sign up for indentured servitude.  Convicts were also persuaded to avoid lengthy sentences and executions on their home soil by enslavement in the British colonies.  The much maligned Irish, viewed as savages worthy of ethnic cleansing and despised for their rejection of Protestantism, also made up a portion of America's first slave population, as did Quakers, Cavaliers, Puritans, Jesuits, and others.
Around 1618 at the start of their colonial slave trade, the English began by seizing and shipping to Virginia impoverished children, even toddlers, from London slums.  Some impoverished parents sought a better life for their offspring and agreed to send them, but most often, the children were sent despite their own protests and those of their families.  At the time, the London authorities represented their actions as an act of charity, a chance for a poor youth to apprentice in America, learn a trade, and avoid starvation at home.  Tragically, once these unfortunate youngsters arrived, 50% of them were dead within a year after being sold to farmers to work the fields.
A few months after the first shipment of children, the first African slaves were shipped to Virginia.  Interestingly, no American market existed for African slaves until late in the 17th century.  Until then, black slave traders typically took their cargo to Bermuda.  England's poor were the colonies' preferred source of slave labor, even though Europeans were more likely than Africans to die an early death in the fields.  Slave owners had a greater interest in keeping African slaves alive because they represented a more significant investment.  Black slaves received better treatment than Europeans on plantations, as they were viewed as valuable, lifelong property rather than indentured servants with a specific term of service.
These indentured servants represented the next wave of laborers.  They were promised land after a period of servitude, but most worked unpaid for up to15 years with few ever owning any land.  Mortality rates were high.  Of the 1,200 who arrived in 1619, more than two thirds perished in the first year from disease, working to death, or Indian raid killings.  In Maryland, out of 5,000 indentured servants who entered the colony between 1670 and 1680, 1,250 died in bondage, 1,300 gained their right to freedom, and only 241 ever became landowners.
Early in the 17th century, the headright system, a land allocation program to attract new colonists, began in Jamestown, Virginia as an attempt to solve labor shortages.  The program provided acreage to heads of households that funded travel to the colony for destitute individuals to work the land.  It led to the sharp growth of indentured servitude and slavery because the more slaves imported by a colonist, the larger the tracts of land received.  Promises of prosperity and land were used to lure the poor, who were typically enslaved for three to 15 years.  All the while, agents profited handsomely by augmenting their land holdings.  Corruption was rampant in the headright system and included double-counting of individual slaves, land allocations for servants who were dead upon arrival, and per head fees given for those kidnapped off English streets.
Purveyors of slaves often worked in teams of spirits, captains, and office-keepers to kidnap people from English ports for sale in the American labor market.  Spirits lured or kidnapped potential servants and arranged for their transport with ship captains.  Office-keepers maintained a base to run the operation.  They would entertain their prey and get them to sign papers until an awaiting ship became available.  Spirits and their accomplices were occasionally put on trial, but court records show that they got off easily and that the practice was tolerated because it was so profitable.
The indentured servant system of people who voluntarily mortgaged their freedom evolved into slavery.  England essentially dumped its unwanted in the American colonies, where they were treated no better than livestock.  Servants were regularly battered, whipped, and humiliated.  Disease was rampant, food was in short supply, and working and living conditions were grim.  War with local native Indian tribes was common.  Severe punishment made escape unrealistic.  Initially, running away was considered a capital crime, with clemency granted in exchange for an agreement to increase the period of servitude.
In the 1640s, the transportation of the Irish began.  Britain's goal was to obliterate Ireland's Catholics to make room for English planters.  Catholics who refused to attend a Protestant church could be fined.  If they were unable to pay, they could be sold as slaves.  Following the end of the English Civil Wars in 1651, English military and political leader Oliver Cromwell focused his attention on Ireland, where the people had allied with the defeated royalists during the conflict.  Famine was created by the intentional destruction of food stocks.  Those implicated in the rebellion had their land confiscated and were sold into slavery.  Anyone refusing to relocate was threatened with death, including children.
Scots were also subjected to transportation to the British colonies for religious differences, as England imposed Anglican disciplines on the Church of Scotland as well.  The English army was deployed to break up illegal church assemblies and imprison or deport religious protesters.
Cruelty to servants was rampant.  Beatings were common, and the perpetrators, buttressed by juries made up of fellow landowners, were rarely punished for abuse or even murder.  In time, efforts were made to improve the lot of servants.  Legislation in 1662 provided for a "competent diet, clothing and lodging" and disciplinary measures not to "exceed the bounds of moderation."  Servants were granted the right to complain, but the cruelty continued.
Infanticide by unmarried women was common, as they could be severely punished for "fornication."  The mother faced a whipping, fines, and extra years added to her servitude.  Her offspring faced time in bondage as well.  If the mother was the victim of a rape by the master, he faced a fine and the loss of a servant but wasn't subjected to whipping.
Several uprisings in the American colonies awakened slave owners to problems, exposing their vulnerability within the caste-like master-servant social system they had created.  In 1676, Nathaniel Bacon, an aristocrat from England who became a Virginia colonist, instigated an insurrection, referred to as Bacon's Rebellion, that changed the course of white slavery.
Prior to Bacon's Rebellion, much discontentment existed among servants over seemingly empty promises of land following their periods of indenture.  When they were finally freed of their obligations, many found that they couldn't afford the required land surveying fees and the exorbitant poll taxes.
In 1675, when war broke out with some of the native tribes, Bacon joined the side of the warring settlers and offered freedom to every slave and servant who deserted his master and joined Bacon in battle.  Hundreds enthusiastically joined him in the insurgency.  When Bacon died suddenly, his supporters fled or surrendered; some were recaptured, put in chains, and beaten or hanged.  However, because of the revolt, whites gained rights.  Whippings were forbidden without a formal judicial order.
By the early 1770s, the convict trade was big business, more profitable than the black slave trade because criminals were cheap.  They could be sold for one third the price of indentured servants.  England's jails were being emptied into America on a significant scale.  Additionally, merchants who traded in convicts from England and Ireland received a subsidy for every miscreant transported to America.  Up to a third of incoming convicts died from dysentery, smallpox, typhoid, and freezing temperatures.  Upon arrival, they were advertised for sale, inspected, and taken away in chains by new masters.
Following the Revolutionary War, the British continued to ship convict labor as "indentured servants" to America.  During that time, seven ships filled with prisoners made the journey, and two successfully landed.  In 1789, convict importation was legally banned across the U.S.  America would no longer be the dumping ground for British criminals.  It took another 30 years before the indentured servant trade ended completely.
A well written and well researched historical narrative, White Cargo does an excellent job of elucidating a forgotten part of our colonial past by telling the story of thousands of Britons who lived and died in bondage before African slaves were transported to the New World.


Saturday, September 16, 2017

The National Diversity Coalition for Trump Message: Keep In Mind The Families Affected By Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

 
The National Diversity Coalition for Trump believes in and supports ALL Americans. We stand with our President, his cabinet and all the federal and local agencies that have worked together to keep those in Florida safe during this disaster. Their demonstration of teamwork and action is a real-life example of the American spirit! 
Our thoughts are with the families affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma and we wish them all a fast recovery.
Despite these awful events that would cripple any other nation, we continue to see positives throughout our country.
People are coming together to help one another regardless of race, creed, religion or political party.

American pride and confidence in our ability to make it through tough times continues to outshine the rhetoric of divide that has been pushed by the mainstream media and Democrats.

Consumer and business confidence is still on the rise and with talks of tax reform on the horizon, there are plenty of positives to expect.


A recent Gallup Poll indicates that “two-thirds of the public now says their living circumstances are getting better".

Below is the President’s statement about the bi-partisan meeting to move his agenda forward.
Also below is information regarding tax reform and about the Small Business Administration looking to fill temporary JOBS to help with hurricane relief.

Make America Great Again!


National Diversity Coalition for Trump
Darrell Scott - CEO
Michael Cohen - Chair
Christos Marafatsos - Vice Chair
Bruce LeVell, Executive Director
 
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REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP

IN BIPARTISAN MEETING WITH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS

      THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  I am pleased to welcome this bipartisan group of Democrats and Republican lawmakers to the White House.  More and more, we're trying to work things out together.  That's a positive thing, and it's good for the Republicans and good for the Democrats.  And this group knows that very well.
     Whether we can do the incredible things that we're doing -- and working in a bipartisan fashion, obviously, would be a positive and, I think, something, Tom, that we all feel good about.
 I want to thank Tom Reed.  He's been a friend of mine for a long time.  He was there right at the beginning when it wasn't very fashionable.  Right?  And I really appreciate it.
     And Josh Gottheimer, for helping to organize this very important gathering.  I think it's really -- the whole concept of what we're trying to do is very, very important.
 Inspired by the example of our own citizens, we should be able to come together to make government work for the people -- that's why I was elected, that's why I ran -- and to provide jobs and opportunities to millions of struggling families.  This includes tax reform that is pro-jobs, pro-growth, pro-family, and pro-American.  It's very simple.  It's all pro-American.
      There are four principles for tax reform:  Make the tax code simple and fair; cut taxes substantially -- it will be the largest tax decree in the history of our country for the middle class; encourage companies to hire and grow in America.
 And by doing that, we're going to have to reduce the taxes for companies.  Right now, we're at 35 percent and really much higher when you add state taxes in.  And China is at 15 percent, and we wonder why are we not competing well against China.  So they're at 15 percent and we're at 35 percent plus.  And that doesn't work.
 And bring back trillions of dollars -- we have trillions of dollars overseas that we'll bring back, and we'll bring them back quickly.
      So this is money that -- Josh and Tom and everybody in this room can tell you -- everybody has agreed to bring it back for years but it never gets done.  So we're putting it down as part of our tax proposal.
 Another bipartisan project that is urgently needed is infrastructure and infrastructure investment.  For decades now, Washington has allowed our infrastructure to fall into a state of total decay and disrepair.  And it's time now to build new roads, new bridges, airports, tunnels, highways, and railways all across our great land.
 When we set aside our differences -- and it's amazing how sometimes how little our differences are -- we put our country and we put the citizens of our country first.  And that's what this is all about.
 So we want to have a great new tax cut and tax reform, simplification, and massive cuts, and we want to get our country working again and competing again worldwide. And there will be nothing that can stop us.
 On top of that, we'll be discussing probably a little bit of healthcare, because I know some information has come to light.  So we'll be discussing -- because ultimately -- well, we have some Democrats, I won't speak -- I think I can speak for the Republicans, generally.
 But we do want to do something very, very powerfully with respect to Obamacare.  It has not worked; the rates are going through the roof.  The numbers that you looked at -- no matter where you go, no matter where you look, healthcare is failing in our country.  And we’re going to get it changed, and we’re going to get it changed fast.
      Infrastructure -- we’ll be talking about.  And we’ll probably also be talking about DACA because we don’t want to forget DACA.  And it’s already been a week and a half, and people don’t talk about it as much.
We want to see if we can do something with regard to immigration, with regard to the 800,000 people that are now young people.  They’re not children anymore.  They were children, now they’re young people.  But we want to see if we can do something in a bipartisan fashion so that we can solve the DACA problem and other immigration problems.  So we’ll be discussing that today.
     And then tonight, I’m having dinner with Senator Schumer and Nancy Pelosi and we’ll continue some discussions.
      So we have a lot of things in the fire, but I think right now, first and foremost, so that we can compete again -- and especially in light of the fact that we had two massive hurricanes, the likes of which, I guess, our country has never seen.  I don’t think they have ever seen.  One was the biggest ever in water and the other was the biggest ever in wind.  And you put them together and we have devastation in Texas and in Florida, and we’ve done -- and other parts of our country, by the way.
 And I think we’ve gotten very high marks for the way we’ve handled them thus far, and we continue to handle them well.  But they were very big and very powerful and it was very unfortunate.
 But because of that, more than ever, we now need great tax reform and great tax cuts.  So we are here as a group -- bipartisan -- to try and see what we can come up with.
      Thank you all very much.  I appreciate it.  Thank you.

      Q    Mr. President, some conservatives are skeptical of this new approach with Democrats.  What would you tell them?  Why have Leader Pelosi and Senator Schumer over tonight?  What’s your message for skeptical conservatives?
      THE PRESIDENT:  Well, I’m conservative and, I will tell you, I’m not skeptical.  And I think that if we can do things in a bipartisan manner, that will be great.
      Now, it might not work out, in which case, we’ll try and do them without.  But I think if we can do, in a bipartisan manner -- if you look at some of the greatest legislation ever passed, it was done on a bipartisan manner.  And so that’s why we’re going to give it a shot.  Right, Tom?  And we’ll see what we can do.  And if it works out, great.  And if it doesn’t work out, great.  Hopefully we’ll be able to do it anyways -- Republicans.
 Okay?  Thank you.

      Q    (Inaudible) 15 percent corporate tax rate with a bipartisan --
      THE PRESIDENT:  We’re looking at a 15 percent rate.  And we want a 15 percent rate because that would bring us low -- not by any means the lowest -- but it would bring us to a level where China and other countries are.  And we will be able to compete with anybody.  Nobody will be able to touch us.  So we would like to see 15 percent.
      Thank you very much everybody.
 And, by the way, lower for individuals -- much lower than that for individuals.  And the rich will not be gaining at all with this plan.  We’re looking for the middle class, and we’re looking for jobs.  Jobs, meaning companies.  So we’re looking at the middle class and we’re looking at jobs.
 
      Q    Will the wealthy have to accept higher taxes --
      THE PRESIDENT:  I think the wealthy will be pretty much where they are -- pretty much where they are.  If we can do that, we’d like it.  If they have to go higher, they’ll go higher, frankly.  We’re looking at the middle class and we’re looking at jobs.

      Okay?  Thank you very much.

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Tax Reform:

The Importance for Small Business

The goal is to enact tax reform that will lower the tax burden on small-businesses, enable them to invest in the economy and create more jobs and restructure the code so that it is fair and simple.
 Lower Tax Burden
    According to a recent CNBC survey, taxes are the No.1 concern of small business owners
    95 percent of small businesses are structured as “pass-through” organizations, which are not subject to the corporate income tax; instead their income is reported on their owners’ tax returns and subject to the individual income tax
    According to the Tax Foundation, these pass through businesses have a top marginal tax rate of more than 44 percent, which means in most U.S. states pass-through businesses can face marginal tax rates that exceed 47 percent
    These pass-through businesses are the drivers of economic growth. In 2014, 57.3 percent of the U.S. private-sector workforce was employed or self-employed at a pass-through business.
Job Creation
The U.S. economy is dominated by small business, making them one of the largest overall contributors to economic health and prosperity (Source: U.S. Chamber of Commerce):
    There are 28 million small businesses
    Small business represent more than 99 percent of all employers
    Small businesses generates 64 percent of net new private-sector jobs
    Small businesses represent nearly 50 percent of the nation’s economic output
    These small business are able to increase the nation’s economic strength by employing American workers and expanding their businesses
A recent study from the National Bureau of Economic Research concluded that tax cuts aimed at small businesses in the bottom 90 percent of the economy were highly effective at increasing overall economic growth and employment.
Fair and Simple
We need to provide tax relief for small businesses across the United States who have been treated unfairly by the current system:
    In 2013, a study for the National Federation of Independent Business and the S Corporation Association found that small businesses pay a higher effective tax rate than many large corporations
    Our goal is to ensure that the tax code does not place an undue burden on small businesses
Simplifying the tax code is crucial
    The tax code is 2,600 pages long with more than 70,000 forms, instructions, and other pieces of guidance
    It costs small businesses approximately as much as $16 billion to comply with the tax code
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Hurricane response jobs at the SBA

The Small Business Administration is hiring temporary employees to assist with disaster relief efforts this hurricane season from September 1st to December 31st, 2017. Bilingual language skills a plus.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Is It Time To Remove All Statutes of All Black People In The United States?

Commentary

By Frances Rice


Since a black man owned the first slave in the colonies and Africans sold their fellow blacks into slavery, must there now be a demand to remove all statutes of black people in the United States?
See "The Truth About Slavery" video at: https://vimeo.com/161376819
Below is a follow up article about the disturbing effort by the black author Ta-Nehesi Coates to further divide our country along racial lines and destroy the Trump presidency.

Also below is a message from an average American who’s also fed up with the race mongering of left-wingers who hate our country and the president we elected protect our national security and lead our nation back to economic prosperity.
Further below is an article about how Hillary Clinton is still making excuses for losing the 2016 election.
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Coates Versus Douglass

By Steven Hayward

Ta-Nehesi Coates has a new essay out about Trump that is generating a lot of buzz, entitled “The First White President.” Here are a couple of excerpts about what he has to say about Trump:
He is preeminently the white man’s President, entirely devoted to the welfare of white men. He is ready and willing at any time during the first year of his administration to deny, postpone, and sacrifice the rights of humanity in the colored people to promote the welfare of the white people of this country. In all his education and feeling he is an American of the Americans. He came into the Presidential chair upon one principle alone, namely, opposition to the extension of immigration. His arguments in furtherance of this policy have their motive and mainspring in his patriotic devotion to the interests of his own race. To protect, defend, and perpetuate slavery in the states where it existed Donald Trump is not less ready than any other President to draw the sword of the nation. . . Knowing this, I concede to you, my white fellow-citizens, a pre-eminence in this worship at once full and supreme.
Oh wait a minute. That’s not Coates; that’s Frederick Douglass, speaking about Abraham Lincoln at the dedication of the Freedman’s Monument in Washington DC on April 14, 1876.  
 
I took the small liberty of changing the verb tenses, swapping out “immigration” for “slavery” in the fourth sentence, and swapping “Trump” for “Lincoln” in the last sentence. None of these changes alter the argument of the passage. In other words, we have here Douglass arguing that Lincoln is pre-eminently a “white president,” and not the first by any means.
 
Of course, if you read the whole of Douglass’s oration, he makes out the case of why Lincoln should be honored, and by extension why the country he led is good and just, despite its obvious failings and mistakes.
By comparison Douglass reveals Coates to be the superficial thinker that he is.
Because of course many contemporary black thinkers—I suspect Coates is among them—believe Lincoln was a “white supremacist” pure and simple, no better or different than the Confederate leaders whose statues are being removed.
A “Black Lives Matter” protest a couple years back featured signs proclaiming “Lincoln was a racist,” and demanding that Lincoln be removed from the five-dollar bill. This is not a brand new charge. Ebony magazine in 1968 published an article entitled “Was Lincoln a White Supremacist?” (Answer: yes.)
Let’s take in a bit more of Douglass:
Despite the mist and haze that surrounded him; despite the tumult, the hurry, and confusion of the hour, we were able to take a comprehensive view of Abraham Lincoln, and to make reasonable allowance for the circumstances of his position. We saw him, measured him, and estimated him; not by stray utterances to injudicious and tedious delegations, who often tried his patience; not by isolated facts torn from their connection; not by any partial and imperfect glimpses, caught at inopportune moments; but by a broad survey, in the light of the stern logic of great events, and in view of that divinity which shapes our ends, rough hew them how we will, we came to the conclusion that the hour and the man of our redemption had somehow met in the person of Abraham Lincoln. It mattered little to us what language he might employ on special occasions; it mattered little to us, when we fully knew him, whether he was swift or slow in his movements; it was enough for us that Abraham Lincoln was at the head of a great movement, and was in living and earnest sympathy with that movement, which, in the nature of things, must go on until slavery should be utterly and forever abolished in the United States. . .
I have said that President Lincoln was a white man, and shared the prejudices common to his countrymen towards the colored race. Looking back to his times and to the condition of his country, we are compelled to admit that this unfriendly feeling on his part may be safely set down as one element of his wonderful success in organizing the loyal American people for the tremendous conflict before them, and bringing them safely through that conflict. His great mission was to accomplish two things: first, to save his country from dismemberment and ruin; and, second, to free his country from the great crime of slavery. To do one or the other, or both, he must have the earnest sympathy and the powerful cooperation of his loyal fellow-countrymen. Without this primary and essential condition to success his efforts must have been vain and utterly fruitless. Had he put the abolition of slavery before the salvation of the Union, he would have inevitably driven from him a powerful class of the American people and rendered resistance to rebellion impossible. Viewed from the genuine abolition ground, Mr. Lincoln seemed tardy, cold, dull, and indifferent; but measuring him by the sentiment of his country, a sentiment he was bound as a statesman to consult, he was swift, zealous, radical, and determined.
I doubt Coates would ever concede any part of Douglass’s argument. Just as environmentalists delight in every apocalyptic claim that comes along, Coates delights in the bitterness that descends from the view that America’s failings define the totality of America’s history and meaning. You might call it a different kind of supremacy.
NB: See Damon Linker’s dissent about Coates here.


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A Message From:  Mark Hughes, An American Citizen
New Mental Illness.
Do You Know Someone Suffering From Trump Un-acceptance & Resistance Disorder (TURD)?
Know the signs, spot the symptoms, and save a life.
TURD is a pattern of pathologically dissociative and psychotic behavior, first observed in the late hours of November 8th 2016, and increasing in severity with passing time.
Sufferers of TURD often exhibit pronounced cognitive dissonance, sudden bouts of rage, rioting, uncontrollable crying and “unfriending” on Facebook.
TURD is caused by the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States of America.
For many, both in America and worldwide, this was a shocking and unexpected outcome; their preferred news sources having failed to inform them that the alternative candidate was a criminal, Socialist parasite in such ill health she got chucked into the back of a van like a kidnap victim.
Research is ongoing, but TURD appears to correlate closely with the following environmental and behavioral factors:
Membership in the Democratic Party
Identifies as an Actor or Artist
Exposure to a Liberal Arts college professor
Works for the Federal, State or Local government
Living in a densely populated metropolitan area
Massive student debt
Spotty or non-existent work history
Patients with TURD are very resistant to treatment, and dangerous in large groups.
Any possibility of treatment requires that they be separated from their hive-mind support apparatus; they cannot begin the process of accepting reality in the presence of encouragement towards delusion and irrationality.
Separation may require the assistance of law enforcement.
If you have a friend or loved one suffering from TURD, urge them to seek treatment.
Together we can beat this scourge, and Make America Great Again.
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“WHAT HAPPENED” IN A NUTSHELL
Hillary Clinton’s book about her 2016 defeat is called What Happened.
Her answer, apparently, is that Bernie Sanders, Jill Stein, Barack Obama, the Russians, Joe Biden, James Comey, Anthony Weiner, the Electoral College, apathetic voters, and assorted misogynists behaved badly and/or let her down.
A better answer can be gleaned from this account by Maureen Callahan of a book signing event in New York City. Callahan writes:
Among the enduring criticisms of Hillary Clinton: Her sense of entitlement is limitless. She’s tone-deaf and doesn’t understand the average American — nor does she care to. Her greed is insatiable.
Add to this a gaping lack of self-awareness, and you have all the ingredients for the New York City launch of Hillary’s nationwide book tour Tuesday morning.
Callahan reports that thousands of people lined up outside the Barnes & Noble at Union Square hoping to meet their idol. Some even slept outside the night before.
They were willing to follow whatever directives were handed down by the apparatchiks. Here, in part, is what they were told:
A limited number of wristbands for entry will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis with purchase of the featured title at Barnes & Noble Union Square. Hillary Rodham Clinton will sign copies of her new release, “What Happened” and the 2017 illustrated children’s edition of “It Takes a Village,” no exceptions or personalizing. She will sign up to two books per customer, one of which must be “What Happened.”
No other books or memorabilia please. Posed photos or selfies will not be taking place . . . Book purchase and wristbands are both required to meet the author, no exceptions. Customers without wristbands will not be allowed to participate in any capacity.
In other words, observes Callahan, attendees were to serve two purposes: To make sure What Happened debuts at No. 1 on the bestseller list and to line Hillary’s pockets. But at least she wasn’t charging $89 to $3,000 per head, as she is at upcoming events.
Clinton’s announced arrival time was 11:00 a.m. She arrived just before noon. According to Callahan:
[There was] no hello to the crowd, no thanks for the hours of waiting — let alone decades of support — no apology for or acknowledgment of being an hour late, or losing the most consequential election in American history. Not a single word. She just started signing.
I have a hard time imagining Donald Trump behaving this way. No apology, yes. Not a single word, no.
The wheelchair bound seniors near the stage were forced to move or, in some cases, wheeled away by staff. “We’re going for a ride,” one staffer explained.
If Donald Trump had treated his admirers the way Clinton treats hers, he wouldn’t have won a single primary. If Trump were as people-averse as Clinton, he would have lost the general election as badly as many of us expected him to.
 
What happened in 2016? The electorate rejected, albeit narrowly, a candidate who professes love for “the people” but doesn’t seem to like people much and has no idea how to connect with them.