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The Left’s Clever Use of ‘Karen’ as a Derogatory Name

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Someone decided to start using the name “Karen” as a derogatory term for women who are caught on video acting annoying, such as complaining about a customer to management at a business, and once the public started making that association, the left started lumping in conservative women with the moniker. Now, anything a conservative woman says or does in taking a political position is at risk of being dismissed as Karen behavior. Stand up and publicly speak out against Critical Race Theory being taught to your children? You’re no longer a hero, you’re a Karen. Get in a political debate with a leftist on social media? No longer are you engaging in the purest form of speech, political speech, instead your behavior is frowned on as trolling because you’re a Karen. It’s an easy way to squelch free speech, because a lot of women don’t want to be thought of as annoying or rude. 

 

The left is very clever about hyping up videos of women who were rude in their interactions with a minority in particular, because it fits their stereotype that conservatives are racist. Who doesn’t know about the woman who called the police on a man for writing “Black Lives Matter” in chalk on his own property, or the woman who called the police on a black man in Central Park who was bird watching? This is dishonest, because the vast majority of conservatives aren’t racist; it’s not hard to make a case that the left has more racists on their side.  

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Of course, the Karen moniker is hypocritical, because even though the left no longer champions free speech, they champion feminism, which stands for women speaking up. This is very typical of the left; since they have no principles (other than acting like Santa Claus and handing out free things to everyone using other people’s money, if you can call that a principle), their beliefs, which are based on treating people as groups, not as equal individuals, are inevitably going to clash.

 

It’s part of the left incrementally going after everyone who disagrees with them. It started with white males, who were an easy target, since they don’t fit into any of the left’s special interest groups that they try to buy with money (of course this theory conveniently ignores white males who are disadvantaged, such as being handicapped, chronically ill, etc.). White women have become the next easiest target, since the left has successfully placed such a stigma on being white. Never mind that their most hardcore activists, Antifa, are almost all pasty white, and the people calling conservative women Karens are usually white males themselves.      

 

Studies have been done showing that liberal women tend to be more prickly than conservative women, yet the false stereotype is gaining traction. Liberal women are the ones trying to cancel people, marching in Antifa, reporting people for alleged COVID-19 violations and distorting the #MeToo movement into attacking men for things that don’t rise to the level of sexual harassment. CSPI scholar Zack Goldberg looked into the data behind a Pew survey and found that white liberals are far more likely than other ideological or racial subgroups to report being diagnosed with a mental health condition. I’ve believed for years that when people on the left take out their anger in hateful ways in politics; they are manifesting their personal problems in a way that is considered more socially acceptable. Instead of screaming at family members, punching holes in the wall or abusing substances, they target random strangers on the right with abusive behavior. They think they are hiding their personal problems. It’s far overdue to call them out and make the public aware.

 

The left’s incremental attacks are now turning on their own. Not satisfied with just going after white men, conservative minorities, and now white women, they’re going after moderate Democrats who buck the line. Rod Dreher at The American Conservative talks about how the mob mentality online is driving some to commit suicide. He writes, “If you say the wrong thing, and somebody puts it on social media, they can take your job and destroy your life in a single day — and they will — and nobody and nothing can protect you.”

 

Notice the left has been rather quiet lately in condemning Christians for being judgmental? It’s because they’ve become so mercilessly vicious they forgot about it. Christians also believe in forgiveness, treating others well and compassion. The left gloats and brags wearing face masks that say “Be kind” as they destroy the lives and careers of women they’ve convinced people to believe are behaving like Karens. Meanwhile, people on the right are treating the victims with compassion. I wrote an article about a woman who was targeted a few years ago in hopes of saving her job.   

 

Three women named Karen appeared on This Morning, a British talk show, to talk about how irritating it is to have their name used this way. One is going to legally change her name and another has started a petition to have people stop using the name this way. Predictably, they were slammed as behaving like Karens merely for disliking what had happened to their name. 

 

The moniker probably originated in reference to liberal women. The petition says there was a meme on Black Twitter which described white women who tattle on black children’s lemonade stands. The right is known for defending these; the Institute for Justice has been fighting legal battles on behalf of little kids in this area for years.   

 

Instead of letting the left get away with it, laughing along and being glad your name isn’t Karen, conservatives should call them out on this nasty tactic. Just like women stand up for men when they’re under attack by the left, men need to stand up for women here.

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Rachel Alexander is a conservative political writer and pundit. She is the editor of Intellectual Conservative and a recovering attorney. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2019.



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What’s This Fuss About Conservatives Not Joining the Left in Cheering for Ukraine?

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At first glance, most of us thought Russia was out of line invading Ukraine. But then some leading conservatives started questioning things. They got sick of the Democratic-controlled government and MSM whitewashing history and not explaining to the American public how the war came about. We just got out of three years of COVID-19 misinformation, so bad that it probably led to the needless deaths of conservatives overreacting in disgust to the misinformation, so we’re highly skeptical right now of being told how to think. 

 

But the MSM then turned the right’s skepticism around on them and made them look like they supported Russian President Vladimir Putin, which is something completely different. They cherry picked statements by conservative leaders in order to do this.

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In a segment entitled, “Our leaders are lying about Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, and it’s insulting,”  top conservative Tucker Carlson said, “They’re forcing the entire American population to mouth childish slogans about good versus evil. It’s insulting, but worse, it’s not helpful.” 

 

He suggested looking to leading UK conservative Nigel Farage to understand the skepticism. Farage warned eight years ago not to provoke Putin, “the moral of the story is if you poke the Russian bear with a stick, don’t be surprised when he reacts.” Farage criticized the European Union’s expansion — and why not, conservatives have warned against a one-world government for years. He said encouraging Ukraine to join NATO, combined with NATO conducting joint exercises in Ukraine, needlessly provoked Putin. Bombing Libya —which many believe was a mistake now — and arming the rebels in Syria exacerbated the pressure. Farage pointed out the moral relativity involved, it’s not all black and white, “in the war against Islamic extremism, Vladimir Putin … is actually on our side.” 

The Biden administration has been a disaster so far, from the bloody withdrawal from Afghanistan to record inflation and now the Russia-Ukraine war. So Democrat hacks are desperately spinning to look good, forced to defend their actions under President Barack Obama that deliberately antagonized Putin, bringing this on. They’re spinning Carlson’s remarks, especially his obviously sarcastic ones, into making him look like he supports Putin, which isn’t accurate. And they conveniently leave out the fact the Democrats stand to benefit financially from a war in Ukraine. 

 

So far, the Biden administration is doing almost exactly what Carlson advises (Carlson merely seems a little more hesitant about some of the sanctions)  — not getting involved militarily to stop Putin, since the ramifications could drag us into another Vietnam War, or at best, another Iraq War.

 

Sen. Rand Paul was criticized for questioning giving Ukraine financial aid, but that’s because he’s one of the biggest fiscal hawks in Congress, concerned about “taxpayers who are struggling to buy gas, groceries and find baby formula.” Trump said the invasion was “genius,” but that’s not the same as agreeing with it. 

 

A lot of the quibbling gets into the minutiae. Some on the right point out that Ukraine is not a democracy, then get slammed for pointing that out as if they’re on Russia’s side. Well according to ratings and rankings of how democratic countries are, Ukraine’s scores are mediocre. The  Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2021 rankings place Ukraine at 86th in the world, tied with Mexico, in a section of countries described as “hybrid regimes” due to their authoritarian leanings. Russia is ranked 124, in the authoritarian section.

 

Where is the questioning of the left’s motives? They jeered at the right for many years for being too interventionist, accused conservatives of trying to make the U.S. the world’s police. Now they’re doing exactly what they accused us of with a straight face; they’ve become more interventionist than the right. Biden said Putin is a war criminal who needs to be removed from office. So where were they defending the U.S. in Vietnam and Iraq? 

 

It’s surreal watching them condemn the type of statements some on the right are saying that they themselves said about Vietnam. Former Hawaiian Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a conservative Democrat, has been slammed for asking on Carlson’s show, “Are we prepared to see our loved ones burn alive in a nuclear holocaust in a war with Russia over Ukraine?”

 

Evangelicals, who generally represent the conservative base, support Ukraine over Russia in similar numbers to the general population. This is more evidence some of our conservative leaders are deliberately being misinterpreted by the MSM.

 

Amost no one supports Russian troops murdering thousands of Ukrainians. It all comes down to the Democrats cleverly twisting the words of prominent Republicans. During CPAC this year, a plane flew overhead with a banner stating “Putin Welcomes CPAC to Orlando.” Tellingly, it didn’t come from the right; a Democratic political action committee paid for the banner in order to spin the false mantra. 

 

The Democrats are attacking the right for doing what we do, fully analyzing all aspects of a political issue. Unlike them, we value the freedom to think for ourselves and do not enjoy being told by the government and MSM how to think monolithically. 

 

Look at our conflicted history with Afghanistan. The U.S. supported the mujahideen fighters in Afghanistan in the 1980s against the Soviet Union, which enabled the Taliban takeover in the 1990s. But that switched after 9/11, and we worked with NATO and the Northern Alliance to topple the Taliban regime in 2001.  

 

The Democrats are trying to deflect from the fact Putin is not afraid of Biden, so Biden is ineffective at bringing the war to a close. Many believe if Trump had been in office, Putin would have never dared to invade Ukraine. They had “detente,” a word the MSM will never bring up now, but what effectively worked under President Ronald Reagan in dealing with the Soviets. Putin held a begrudging respect toward Trump, and was secretly terrified that if he pushed him too hard, Trump would hit back hard. The real question people should be asking is why have the Democrats decided to do a 180 on interventionism for this war. 

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Academic Underachievement As a Permanent Condition

Academic achievement occurs through individual effort: One boy and one girl after another rising above

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On the state and local level, as decisions are made about how and in what form we will educate the nation’s children, an age-old issue remains. The underlying causes of income inequality and civil unrest likely has less to do with media-inflamed coverage and more to do with a lingering issue that few people want to earnestly discuss: educational disparity.

In virtually every U.S. school system, the disparity year after year, decade after decade, and even longer, in mathematics competency, reading proficiency, test scores, honor roll status, and graduation rates, between African American students and other students is disturbing.

A Disturbing Reality

Here in the third decade of the third millennium, with a male African American high school dropout rate at 40% across the U.S., can anyone view the situation optimistically? Any responsible American would understandably be concerned.

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As Eric Hanushek, who is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, as well as a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, exclaimed “It’s remarkable.” Following his extensive analysis of the situation, he remarked, “I knew that the gap hadn’t been closing too much, but when I actually looked at the data I was myself surprised.”

In one community after another, and one school system after another, when strenuous efforts to bridge the gap do not bear fruit, invariably someone yells “foul,” as if some grand conspiracy is occurring and a magic wand, yet to be waved, could suddenly redress all. And, as if hard-working, dedicated teachers are not attempting their utmost for each of their students.

An Undesired Path

Consider the school system in Chapel Hill-Carrboro, North Carolina. This locale, deemed, “The southern part of heaven,” by a variety of writers, is among the most progressive in the United States. The teachers and educators here have a vested interest in demonstrating that their school system, beyond all others, can succeed in the vital area of closing achievement gaps between whites and minorities.

Nevertheless, year in and year out the gap remains. So, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education becomes primed to try anything! Another in an endless line of supposed “fixes” was to eliminate the advanced math classes in the middle schools and to lump all non-pre-algebra students together, with similar plans to eliminate other advanced classes such as in language arts.

Just as you cannot easily erect a sound building on quicksand, and you cannot expect to solve a decades-old problem by starting with a shaky foundation. Taking a lowest common denominator approach to developing school curriculum has never consistently worked, anywhere. It frustrates the students and dramatically increases a teacher’s burden – all such students must then be taught at individual learning speeds. Do you know any superhuman teachers? If so, could you afford them?

Face the Real Issues

Permanently closing the academic gap between underachieving students and the rest of the student population requires addressing reality – airing the truth about the disparity – not resorting to politically “correct” psychobabble and curricula finagling for another ten years, and then another ten, and then another.

This disparity encompasses such issues as the number of hours the television is on in given households, family or parental encouragement for completing homework assignments, a regular workspace, and established hours for studying in a quiet environment, among other factors.

Until solid analysis, exploration, and programs that address these issues are undertaken, no amount of wrangling with classes will prove to be the “winning formula.” And, school boards will have no chance of effectively addressing the continuing problem of poor academic performance among student groups.

In Arthur Conan Doyle’s short story The Sign of Four, detective Sherlock Holmes says, “…When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” The schools in U.S. communities routinely exhaust talented teachers with a task that cannot be solved by them, nor is it theirs to solve.

Students Eager to Learn

However improbable to those who wish to pretend otherwise, academic achievement occurs through individual effort: One boy and one girl after another rising above and cracking the books, then coming to class as serious students, eager to learn, and primed to excel. Such achievement is not likely to occur any other way.

Otherwise, expect that income inequality and civil unrest will continue for decades into the 21st century.

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