What All of Us Can Do
Tuesday night on FOX News, veteran Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY)
spoke simply and eloquently about the way Americans respond at times
like these. Acknowledging the existence of passionate debate on
just about any issue amongst ourselves, he told the world in calm,
strong, deeply-felt language what happens if our home is attacked,
when members of our family are killed.
We urgently need more of the same - reminders that we are a family.
By way of illustration, here is an example of what we don't need.
The Saturday "before," America watched the long-awaited
final between the Williams sisters at the U.S. Open Tennis Championships.
Billy Jean King, tennis icon and activist for women's increased
prize money, was front and center as the event unfolded. During
her interview, Mrs. King related in a highly emotional manner that
in 1973, at the time of her famous match with Bobby Riggs, "women
could not even apply for a credit card in America."
Miles, not inches, separate her statement from the truth. I got
my first credit card from Diners Club in 1963, ten years before
the date Mrs. King cited, because a female colleague of mine - a
valued cardholder already - was invited to recommend acquaintances
of hers for membership. This was the dawn of credit cards, so women
were never excluded.
Mrs. King's remark, apart from being untrue, is an example of using
a night of celebrations to arouse hatred toward fellow-Americans,
on this occasion: men. There has been too much of that.
Most of us agree with the incessant admonishment coming our way
about the need to avoid stereotyping and generalization. This would
be a wonderful time to make it the individual and corporate resolution
of every American to apply this lofty ideal across the board. Before
you applaud, though, you should realize that it's easier said than
done, because people would have to give up long-accustomed perks.
That, for sure, is more difficult than submitting to additional
questioning at airports.
Millions of decent, hard-working black Americans are tired of the
rest of us thinking - there comes a black person, he is about to
They are right, but the rest of us are tired of being told we are
the descendants of slave holders. The change in tone should also
include halting the deconstruction and desecration of America's
Founders. Like the rest of us, black Americans owe everything to
According to the Census Bureau, just under 25%, or one-fourth of
the entire population, has been qualified as Americans with a disability.
There is no way on Heaven and Earth such a number could be accurate,
unless the Americans With Disabilities Act is being abused by a
horrendous number of people. This is a drain on our national resources
we can no longer afford. Doctors who invent bogus diseases daily
can cease and desist, just as the abusers themselves.
The same applies to people on welfare. An old immigrant was asked
many decades ago what he had learned as his American education progressed.
"There is no free lunch," he said. We ought to return
to the maxim that able-bodied people who don't work by choice, don't
get to eat. I know it sounds harsh, but we need a change of attitudes
if we want the only beacon of hope in the world to survive.
This time it really is about our survival - individually, and collectively.
We need to stop various Nazi/Communist-inspired trends, such as
having children inform on their parents, or sending people to sensitivity
training because they speak their mind. We need to stop telling
our children that human beings, especially of the American variety,
are destroyers of the Earth.
Instead, we need to tell our children - white, black, yellow or
purple - that Americans have been the saving grace of this planet,
and the people who live on it, for a hundred years now. That without
Americans, most would be living in slavery - or not at all.
And now for the big one. Nothing has erected thicker concrete walls
between us than the so-called hate crimes legislation. It has made
a mockery of the Constitution by separating Americans according
to race, sex, private habits or religion. Since there is no good
reason to hurt, maim or kill another person, nothing can be a worse
reason. "Hate crimes" is a deliberate misnomer for thought
crimes. Thought crimes have no place among America's laws.
Call your elected representatives and ask them to repeal everything
that stands in the way of "e pluribus unum."