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Making Racism Impotent

Today's Fightin Words podcast: We may never end racism. But we can easily sap its power.

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Walter Hudson

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April 14, 2014 - 2:15 pm

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On today’s Fightin Words podcast: Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman Steve Israel, appearing with Candy Crowley on CNN, says significant elements of the Republican base “are animated by racism.” Rather than argue which party proves more racist, let’s consider which policies lend racism its power.

A just society punishes actions which violate individual rights, like Sunday’s ghastly shootings at Jewish community centers in Kansas City. An unjust society allows, endorses, or even perpetrates violations of rights, as Nazi Germany did. Rather than a world without racism, a utopian ideal futilely sought after through the police of thought, we should seek public policy which condemns any action which violates rights, regardless of its motivation.

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Walter Hudson advocates for individual rights, serving on the board of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Minnesota, and as president of the Minority Liberty Alliance. He hosts a daily podcast entitled Fightin Words, proudly hosted on Twin Cities Newstalk Podcast Network. Walter is a city council member in Albertville, MN. Follow his work via Twitter and Facebook.

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Steve Israel and Nancy Pelosi are either

A. Following premeditated and unsubstantiated talking points for political gain

B. Projecting

C. Both
31 weeks ago
31 weeks ago Link To Comment
So after listening to the podcast, let me get this straight, we're going to let the STATE decide who is racist and by such labeling plus enforcement of the bill of rights in the Constitution, those same racists will not have the power to harm anyone. How quaint! What total baloney, especially in a period of our history where the STATE is calling all who oppose those in power as being racist, as the STATE steals our money and the future earnings of our children in a manner never before seen in history, as the STATE threatens to take away the Bill of Rights and threatens those who defend them. Walter, I like and agree with almost everything you've written, but man, you're way off your drugs on this one.
31 weeks ago
31 weeks ago Link To Comment
I don't know how you got that out of what I said. I clearly referenced a laissez faire capitalistic state which acts only to protect individual rights. What is or is not "racist" would be wholly irrelevant to such a state.
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Walter, In your podcast, you said "the state will not allow them to violate my rights." Any state that is so powerful that they can prevent others from violating my rights is also powerful enough to take away all of our rights. With the exception of George Washington, I know of no politician who has ever held office who doesn't become power mad in the end. They all think they can create a utopia that always turns into a living hell for most. To create your envisagement of a laissez faire government would take a nation of George Washington's where all I see are Obama's, Reid's, Pelosi's, and their Republican counterparts. And when threatened with violence in the next few seconds, the police force at best is minutes away. No my friend, while I would like to live in a world of your dreams, however, the reality in which we must all live is completely different.
31 weeks ago
31 weeks ago Link To Comment
Steve Israel needs to start naming names and then produce the rhetoric by way of quotes to back it up. On the other hand, I could fill a telephone book just listing racist quotes from members of the congressional black, Asian/Pacific, and Hispanic tri-caucuses.

Maybe I will.
31 weeks ago
31 weeks ago Link To Comment
Bless you Walter, for taking a shot at "Hate Crime".
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