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Ketanji Brown Jackson is no Amy Coney Barrett

With an impartial press, Amy Coney Barrett would be roundly celebrated, while the liberal press has already lionized Ketanji Brown Jackson

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The lax manner with which forthcoming Supreme Court justice Ketanji Brown Jackson hands down sentences to child pornographers has been well-documented… only, of course, in conservative news outlets. Jackson will the first black woman to become a justice. Okay, I presume she is a woman, but I am not a biologist.

By comparison, consider the most recent confirmed Justice prior to Jackson: Amy Coney Barrett.  In this era, being a conservative woman, being a Catholic or Christian, or believing in the sanctity of life, relegates Amy Coney Barrett (ACB) to the demon category among the mainstream media, Democrats, ‘progressives,’ the ‘woke’ crowd, and the Left in general. This is a sad commentary on the state of perspectives among roughly half of our population. Their pure hatred and disgust for anything and anyone with whom they disagree is visceral, and surely will be the subject of study for decades to come.

In what corrupt and rotten universe is a hard-working, totally deserving person like ACB not a credit to American jurisprudence? In what universe is Ketanji Brown Jackson with her soft on crime stance, in countless court cases, a credit to American jurisprudence?

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A Human Beacon

ACB is a prime example of what a person, man or woman, can be and exemplifies the type of individual to which we all might aspire. First and foremost, she is a wife and mother who, by all accounts, has done a remarkable job. At the same time, she is a scholar, a teacher, a judge, and soon to be a Justice.

Her knowledge of the law, on so many levels, is so easily and amply displayed that onlookers who maintain any sense of objectivity have to be in awe. She is in effect, a walking, breathing encyclopedia of case law in America. Law students everywhere, take note: Here is a standard worth admiring. What’s more, ACB is as composed a person as one might imagine.

If you’re 48, recall when you were that age, and compare yourself to how she handled herself during the Supreme Court nomination hearings. If you’re younger than 48, you’ve got something to aspire to by the time you reach that age.

Take your pick among American women in history – Dolley Madison, Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Ida Wells, Mary McLeod Bethune, Carrie Chapman Catt, Amelia Earhart, Eleanor Roosevelt, Margaret Chase Smith, Barbara Jordan, Coretta Scott King, Jackie Kennedy, Betty Ford, Grace Hopper, Vera Rubin, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg among countless others.

With an impartial, astute, and, need I say it, sane press, Amy Coney Barrett would be celebrated as a champion of women everywhere. Can we say the same about (the presumed woman) Ketanji Brown Jackson?

A World of ACBs

A nation of ACBs, indeed a world of them, could be a place of wonder. Where else does someone who maintains an upbeat posture, is obviously in excellent physical shape – apparently, she is a jogger or long-distance runner – is conversant, well-read, reverent, knowledgeable, respectful, and witty?

If the women’s movement in the United States even partially lived up to its ideals, ACB would be celebrated among them, and many inside and outside of the movement know that. Instead, she is characterized as some kind of mortal threat, slandered and caricatured by people who have no such basis for the slander or caricaturization. By contrast. Ketanji Brown Jackson is already lionized by the liberal press as a heroine (given that she is a woman) for the ages.

The utterly compromised #MeToo movement, the feminist movement in general, and all other related movements have long been exposed for what they are: Phonies who demand that ‘members’ adhere to an exceedingly strict set of rules, beliefs, and dictums. If one strays, even an iota, it’s ‘cancel’ time, or so they seek to enforce.

No Walking on Water

ACB never proclaimed that one can have it all, and undoubtedly, behind the scenes, has her own set of personal shortcomings, foibles, and mistakes. Nevertheless, she has enough in place and doing so many things right that any reasonable observer cannot help but marvel at her demeanor, as well as her accomplishments. Where is the media lionization? Where is one fifth of the adulation already bestowed upon Ketanji Brown Jackson?

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Two out of three ain’t bad

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Here are three movies, each having received at least one Oscar nomination:

All Quiet on the Western Front — here is a remake of the 1930s classic, and I was prepared to have this be the same old trench warfare, with all the accompanying platitudes. Instead, I was surprised. This was well done, with decent acting, and a few hand-to-hand combat sequences unlike anything I have previously seen, some truly touching. It is a German production, but all in English. Although it’s on the long side, I think it is worthwhile.

Everything Everywhere All at Once — starring Michelle Yeoh, and receiving 11 Oscar nominations is alternatively amusing, excessively noisy, clever, confusing, and lacking boundaries. It is without a raison d’être, as with other movies during this awards season, notably The Banshees of Isherin and Tár. Everything Everywhere is getting rave reviews, but I say “skip it.” As one reviewer put it, the plot seems to suggest “that what makes life meaningful is the recognition that because there is no inherent meaning, all things and moments are equally meaningful.” Oh, sure thing….

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Aftersun — a subtle but touching recollection of a 30-year old woman, when she was on a long vacation with her divorced father, 20 years earlier, before the new school year starts. Not much happens, yet we are drawn to this twosome, and the screenplay and the director skillfully lead us to an articulated but implied conclusion. Newcomer Paul Mescal, as the father, received an Oscar nomination and (Miss) Frankie Corio, as the 10-year old daughter, is equally good. Aftersun is not for the masses, but I found it to be worthwhile.

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The Left Is Fueling a New Racism

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It’s my firm belief that the number of Americans holding racist views is small, whether white, black, or Hispanic. At this point in our history, the vast majority of Americans try to live up to the challenge delivered by Martin Luther King Jr. on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. We keep moving toward the hard-fought dream he envisioned of an America where a citizen’s character would mean more than the color of their skin.

We are a different country today. I’ve presented leadership programs to hundreds of companies over the last 40 years. I’ve seen the work they’ve done to embrace diversity and advance capable employees and leaders from all races. Many minority members have advanced and earned their rightful place in making this great American economy work. At a time we should be celebrating and furthering our progress, our American culture is under attack from the left. Angry race-baiters are doing everything they can to increase our racial divide through pushing the 1619 Project, CRT, and BLM. They make extreme racist claims with a clear goal—to expand the government gravy train that only racial “victims” can justify.

I lived in pre-civil rights Atlanta where there were separate schools, separate bathrooms, and the baseball team was the Atlanta Crackers! Today, it’s more likely that leftist blacks are the ones who want separate schools, separate rights, and special reparations for their race.

As one anonymous post asserted, “Only in America can an ethnic group of black awareness month, black holiday, black only colleges, black only dating sites, and black only bars and clubs…and turn around and call everyone else racists!” You don’t have to look far to find evidence of extreme black racist demands.

In California, the San Francisco African American Reparations Advisory Committee released a report calling on the city to pay every qualifying black California resident $5 million and absolve them of their outstanding personal debt. This is madness. California was a free state and did not condone slavery, but the committee is doing all it can to justify reparations: “While neither San Francisco, nor California, formally adopted the institution of chattel slavery, the tenets of segregation, white supremacy and systematic repression and exclusion of Black people were codified through legal and extralegal actions, social codes, and judicial enforcement.” To the left, this “failure” warrants millions of innocent California citizens being forced to pay higher taxes to fund exorbitant benefits to one race they haven’t abused in any way.

In Washington, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) is proposing a law that could codify black racism in America. There is a common mantra in her political speeches: White America is defined by institutional racism, systemic racism, white supremacy, and white nationalism. She attacks “white” America and seems to see the clan in the face of every white citizen. Such general attacks are evidence of a new racism—black racism.

Read for yourself Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s proposed law, the Leading Against White Supremacy Act of 2023. The legislation promises to criminalize criticism of any minority that is subsequently used to incite anybody else to commit a hate crime. The law reads: “A conspiracy to engage in white supremacy inspired hate crimes shall be determined to exist between two or more persons, at least one of whom published material advancing white supremacy, white supremacist ideology, antagonism based on ‘replacement theory,’ or hate speech that vilifies or is otherwise directed against any non-White person or group could, as determined by a reasonable person, motivate actions by a person predisposed to engaging in a white supremacy inspired crime.”

This is a chilling attack on freedom of speech against one race—caucasians. In short, if you criticize a minority and another person states that your statement was all the motivation needed to do a hate crime, you may be jailed because your criticism “motivated” a hate crime you did not commit. Get the message—be silent and conform or we will put you away.

Black racism is real and just as evil as white racism. Both must be soundly rejected by responsible citizens. As a Christian, I affirm my Savior’s claim that all God’s children matter! No responsible citizen should be shamed into silence by the irresponsible racist attacks of the left. Be proud of yourself and of America. Whether black, brown or white, success as a small business person or advancement as a good employee had to be earned by hard work, long hours, and diligent sacrifice. As with Americans for generations, it was not handed to you. You didn’t depend on government handouts to get ahead, you had to find a way to earn your own American Dream.

Reparations will never happen! Politicians can’t even afford to fund the entitlements they’ve already promised. Special black racist demands are unethical, divisive, and risk fueling a new racism backlash. Politicians from the left keep making the promises to fuel racist anger and secure special interest donations and votes.

Don’t fall for their racist rants and demands. Depending on government entitlements is never the answer. Instead, get busy following the models and learning from citizens of all races who have made America work for themselves and their families.

Let’s reclaim the American Dream Martin Luther King, Jr. affirmed. Do not judge a fellow citizen by the color of their skin. Celebrate the character of the vast majority of good American citizens you meet. Keep rejecting racism of any kind. It’s time to stand proud and applaud hard work and success wherever we find it, no matter what the race. May it always be so in this great republic we treasure…America!

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