In the wake of 9-11, the mood in the country was dark. Ray’s performance at the World Series that year was a spiritual shot in the arm for America at a time when we really needed it. It was indeed a moment worth remembering.
Liberal politicians way underestimate the degree to which #TakeaKnee pandering alienates majority of Americans
Torch? Check. Pitchfork? Check. Victim mentality? Double check. Congratulations! You’re all set for your Democratic Party adventure. Bart Simpson’s principal once said, “Ah, there’s no justice like mob justice.” Too bad the Democrats already chose a new slogan because this one would have fit them perfectly. Whatever a small, angry, leftist mob screams, they scribble it on a post-it note and jam it into their platform. And the more they become the party of fringe groups and phony fringe issues, the more their power will evaporate into the political ether.
Read more by Eddie Zipperer at Lifezette.com
Maybe you heard about the tribute Kevin Durant paid to his mother last week. You probably missed the one he paid to his dad.
Both came during Durant’s acceptance speech after being named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player. Maybe you don’t follow sports; maybe you’ve never heard of Durant; maybe you think a pick and roll is a roadside produce stand. You still should see the video.
–SNIP– The absence of fathers matters.
We have evolved a society wherein we pretend the opposite is true. The disappearance of fathers is now nearly the norm. Almost one in four American children lives in a household without their biological dads. For brown kids, that number stands at about 28%. For black kids, it’s a little better than half.
Mass incarceration and the War on Drugs certainly have played a role in this. But just as surely, a role is also played by the new social more that says it’s OK for a man or a woman to be feckless, for him to wander away because he is immature, selfish and young, for her to have a baby on her own because the clock is ticking and, really, she doesn’t need a man for anything more than sperm. This is the new morality, the new American mind-set.
And we tell ourselves it’s OK, . . .
Read more by Leonard Pitts at JSonline.com