Thursday, April 16, 2009

An Answered Prayer

**UPDATE** Since posting this, I received a reply from Dr. Williams. He wrote: "Thanks for the compliments and the link. I need all the moral support I can get in my battle against America's Huns and Vandals.Cheers."

So lately I feel an almost constant knot in my stomach. I know it has to do with all that is happening in my family life, but it can also be attributed to something bigger. My country. I feel as though I'm taking a terrible ride on a pendulum. I love this country, and I'm grateful for the countless blessings it brings. You know that. But, I just have to say..... I am sick and damn tired of the assault on my family!

We are a family of white, Christian, conservative, law-abiding, legal U.S. citizens. We believe in the right to bear arms, the sanctity of human life, and personal accountability in all things. We believe capitalism is NOT the problem, but materialism most definitely IS. We want the freedom to choose for ourselves who will be the recipients of our charitable donations. We hold firmly to the belief that those who receive our tax dollars, through social programs, should be actively participating in bettering themselves and their communities. We are less interested in giving a hand-out, and far more concerned with lending a hand-up, far more concerned with teaching marketable skills and trades. We believe in defending the defenseless. We do not believe in people being accepted to law, med, or any other kind of school because of their skin color, ethnicity, or gender. We believe our nation should unite in efforts to better our public schools and make certain opportunities abound for all Americans...yes, that includes my white boys! I resent the fact that many believe my sons and/or husband should be punished for the sins of idiotic, evil slaveowners and other men who almost completely destroyed this nation due to their greed and perversions. We believe in treating the American flag with respect as well as knowing the words to our national anthem. We feel that if you believe socialism works so beautifully, you should probably move to Venezuela. I'm sure Chavez would welcome you with open arms.

Based on the above, most of the media, Hollywood, and entirely too many of our political "leaders" would have you believe the following about my family:
We are intolerant, insensitive, and narrow-minded. We are warmongers. We are ignorant racists. We are elitists, hell-bent on leaving poor people to starve and rot in the streets, because surely they did something to bring their situation on themselves (or they're probably just lazy, so we'll teach 'em a lesson). We are a family with hearts of stone, greedy pigs who want everything for ourselves, and we will trample all over you if that's what it takes to get what we want. We want more, more, more of everything! We are overindulgent, egocentric Americans. We are afraid of immigrants because somehow they will lessen who we are as white people. We believe abortion is strictly a black and white issue, there is no gray area, and women who choose this are going straight to hell. Gay people are scourges of humanity. We are incapable of compromise. We are not capable of deep thought, you know the really intellectual things that make you go "Hmmmm". We are greatly lacking compassion.

It's all so ridiculous. But I'll tell you, quite frankly, what I am...pissed. Enough already. Leave us alone. You don't have to agree with me. In fact, I could not care less if you agree with me or not. Just stop attacking my family, and families like mine, based on your jacked-up assumptions of who we are. The very people who judge families like mine are those who shout about tolerance and treating others with respect. Guess that philosophy only applies to those they deem worthy. Interesting.

So, what about the answered prayer? I want to keep this fire I have for politics. I want to remain active and undeterred in speaking up, but I don't want the knot in my stomach over all of it. My answer came this morning as I just happened upon the website of Dr. Walter Williams. (Many of you already know exactly who he is.) I spent quite a bit of time reading his articles, and learning about him. End result: I think I'm in love. (No worries Captain, not the romantic kind, just the admiration kind of love.) I even called Dr. Williams' office. Then, I sent him an email. Does this qualify me for stalker status? Uh-oh. No, I think I prefer the term super fan.

Anyway, his words relieved me. I felt a sense of letting go. Just knowing that he is out there, writing words of wisdom for so many to read, it made me feel better about things. I think I'm just overly emotional lately, but this man's words actually made me cry...that is how thankful I am to have found his site. After you read the article below, check out his gift to people of European descent. Also, you can go here to read more of his syndicated columns. So worth your time!

A Nation of Cowards? By Walter Williams (February 25, 2009)
Attorney General Eric Holder said the United States is "a nation of cowards" when it comes to race relations. In one sense, he is absolutely right. Many whites, from university administrators and professors, schoolteachers to employers and public officials accept behavior from black people that they wouldn't begin to accept from whites. For example, some of the nation's most elite universities, such as Vanderbilt, Stanford University and the University of California, have yielded to black student demands for separate graduation ceremonies and separate "celebratory events." Universities such as Stanford, Cornell, MIT, and Cal Berkeley have, or have had, segregated dorms. If white students demanded whites-only graduation ceremonies or whites-only dorms, administrators would have labeled their demands as intolerable racism. When black students demand the same thing, these administrators cowardly capitulate. Calling these university administrators cowards is the most flattering characterization of their behavior. They might actually be stupid enough to believe nonsense taught by their some of sociology and psychology professors that blacks can't be racists because they don't have power.

What about Holder's statement that America is "voluntarily segregated"? I say, so what. According to the census, in 2007, 4.6 percent of married blacks were married to a white; less than 1 percent of married whites were married to a black. While blacks are 13 percent of the population, they are 80 percent of professional basketball players and 65 percent of professional football players. Mere casual observance of audiences at ice hockey games or opera performances would reveal gross voluntary segregation. What would Holder propose the U.S. Justice Department do about these and other instances of voluntary segregation?

Attorney General Holder's flawed thinking is widespread whereby people think that an activity that is not racially integrated is therefore segregated. Blacks are about 60 percent of the Washington, D.C. population. At the Reagan National Airport, which serves D.C., nowhere near 60 percent of the airport's water fountain users are black; I'd guess blacks are never more than 5 percent of users. The population statistics of states such as South Dakota, Iowa, Maine, Montana and Vermont show that not even 1 percent of their populations are black. Does that mean Reagan National Airport water fountains and South Dakota, Iowa, Maine, Montana and Vermont are racially segregated? If Holder does anything about "voluntary segregation" at the state level I hope it's not court-ordered busing; I'm not wild about their winters. Just because some activity is not racially integrated does not mean that it is racially segregated.

The bottom line is that the civil rights struggle is over and it is won. At one time black Americans didn't share the constitutional guarantees shared by whites; today we do. That does not mean that there are not major problems that confront a large segment of the black community, but they are not civil rights problems nor can they be solved through a "conversation on race." Black illegitimacy stands at 70 percent; nearly 50 percent of black students drop out of high school; and only 30 percent of black youngsters reside in two-parent families. In 2005, while 13 percent of the population, blacks committed over 52 percent of the nation's homicides and were 46 percent of the homicide victims. Ninety-four percent of black homicide victims had a black person as their murderer. Such pathology, I think much of it precipitated by family breakdown, is entirely new among blacks. In 1940, black illegitimacy was 19 percent; in 1950, only 18 percent of black households were female-headed compared with today's 70 percent. Both during slavery and as late as 1920, a teenage girl raising a child without a man present was rare among blacks.

If black people continue to accept the corrupt blame game agenda of liberal whites, black politicians and assorted hustlers, as opposed to accepting personal responsibility, the future for many black Americans will remain bleak.

Born in Philadelphia in 1936, Walter E. Williams holds a bachelor's degree in economics from California State University (1965) and a master's degree (1967) and doctorate (1972) in economics from the University of California at Los Angeles. Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University.


Sue said...

I, too, am tired of the blanket judgments placed upon me and those like me by liberals who supposedly espouse and respect the right of others. Hello. What about my rights? And I do not enjoy being taxed to kingdom come because my husband has worked like a dog to try and help his family achieve their dreams. Shouldn't he be able to keep at least more than half of his hard-earned money? We have bills, too! And we're not out there taking trips or buying luxurious cars either. We live in California, and the cost of living ain't cheap.

As for Dr. Williams, I have seen him interviewed many times and am consistently impressed by his ability to be objective and responsible in his views of race and its implications in our country. Those who would would succeed in life might do well to emulate his paradigm of accountability and action as a means of personal achievement.

Keep on keepin' on, Natalie. There are still voices of reason out there.

Natalie said...

Thanks Sue, because it looks like I've already lost 2 followers just since posting this one! Oh well, can't keep everybody happy can I?

RitterB's said...

I have learned a lot about being judged for the past 15 months. And another judgement is coming our way! We have already see and heard the voices of shock. The judgements that have been tossed my way have been incredible! Bring it on! I can see the fool. I'm know you can too! (Note the 2 lost followers!)

I have had a peek outside of our country.. One think I have learned is that outside of our country "poorest of the poor" KNOW how to work. And they do. A handout? They dont know what that is all about... Yet, here in America... the "poorest of the poor" welcome a good ol' handout! How sad. If everyone could see and believe in a hand-up instead of a Hand-out.. life would be different...
I love your voice Nat... Say what you want to say and ENJOY it!!!!

K2cole said...

WOOT! WOOT!! - Go Snarky Belle go - I echo your thoughts 100%. I am alway amazed that my bro in law had to apply twice to Stanford, with fantastic test scores and perfect grades, because he is a white male.

I am amazed at the acceptance of the protestors at the Mesa Temple pagent - they used bull horns during the performances and were very disruptive - if this had happened to a Muslim performance, Jewish, or some other "PC" religion it would have been on the news with some "religious" leader comdeming it as a lack of tolerance. Instead there had been no backlash, no media, no nothing.

Like you I am mad and a little concerned that my rights will not mean squat in the future because of my race and/or religion.

As soon as I figure out how, I will be a follower on your blog (I already check it everyday!)

Hugs to you - and keep on writing!


Frosty said...

AMEN! Between your comments and those of Dr. Williams, all I can say now is, this snarkette couldn't agree more!

SnarkyMama said...

Thanks be to God for people like Dr.Walter Williams and you....those who shall not stand counted as "cowardly" in this world.

Again, my "Captain Moroni(s)" of today. Title(s) of Liberty firmly planted in the ground...for our wives, our children, our families, our liberty....

You have expressed every thought and feeling that crosses my mind regarding the "imbalance" of our country...Amen and Amen!

Let Snarky and the "Belles" be heard this day!!!! :)

"Lost" followers...make sure you stand on solid ground somewhere...otherwise you will find yourself "packing it in" every time the wind does not blow in your favored direction! Can't hang in the Belle's corner, probably best you do move on!

Fiauna said...

So much to think about. I agree with all of it!!! If I were eloquent and educated in politics I would expound on this, but I all I have is my gut instinct, and my gut tells me if society doesn't change, we will be forced to segregate ourselves yet again to practice our religion and live how we believe.

Jill said...

I started Google reader, and I don't like it because then I never comment.

Anyhoodles, I'm going to respond to your last two posts.

I look at all of the change in your life and I think, wow, change keeps happening to me and I think it's going to end someday, but maybe not. My life is looking a bit like yours, just milder and without significant sad events. But my husband got accepted to nursing school in Fall, and then today he informed me that he is applying for P.A. school for the following Fall, which means he would drop out of nursing school.

to which I said . . . "Whah?" I had no idea. Communication lacking there. Anyhow--bring on change. Whatever.

then--you're husband may be deployed? Stink. When Hyrum was applying to medical school he thought about the military, but I was too freaked out about it. So thanks to people like you who step up, we have good medical people for soldiers. Kudos to you and your husband.

then this last post. Right on. I'm tired of being told we are "brainwashed" and uncaring. last time I checked we help more than anyone. We step up during disasters with worker and food. And I think more importantly we want to teach people how to fish, so they can feed their own family. What's so wrong with that??

KC Mom said...

I'm on my phone in the middle of south Carolina with terrible service but I wanted to echo what has been said and tell you I will not never.

Carly said...

Yay! Now I have 2 people to be a fan of, Snarky Belle, and Dr. Williams! Although, I worry about him a little bit--when Bill Cosby dared to suggest people start taking responsibility for their own actions and not try to blame decades of race relations on problems, the man got kicked to the curb in a big way.
I too, however, am tired of people screaming that I am intolerant because I don't agree with them. I've come up with a theory that it's impossible to call someone else intolerant because it just means you are more intolerant of them--I just happen to fall on the side of politics that sees the hypocrisy of the term and therefore, is not "allowed" to use it.

karen said...

I totally agree. I am not nearly as politically educated as you are (where do you find this stuff??)but I am tired of the media making me feel like the bad guy, and being taxed literally to death here in California. Sue knows what I'm talking about. I'd never heard of Dr. Williams, but I am a fan now. Thanks again.

Aubrey said...

Let's throw some tea!

from baltimore said...

Yes, yes and yes.


jen said...

Maybe in the military the reverse discrimination isn't as bad as the rest of the graduate world, but when Brad wen to law school at the University of Chicago (yes, he was there when Obama taught, no, he never took race relations law, So you can still respect him), the affirmative action stuff was bad. There was one guy who, over the course of the three years, became a friend of Brad's, and he knew he was only an affirmative action admission. In a group that exclusive, it was hard sometimes for him to keep up with the rest, and what that must have done to his ego, I'll never know. But I'll tell you what, if you're a white, straight man, and you graduate from one of these top five universities, then you know you're good.
Small solace, I know. Because now I have a son, not quite as stellar in the grade department as his dad, and I wonder what reverse discrimination he will suffer. Don't get me started on this one. It's a little too close to home.

Laretha said...

Well said my friend! Well said!!

Amy said...

I loved the column by Dr. Williams, thanks for sharing. I'd never heard of him before but I liked what he had to say.

On a side note, I am so happy for your family and all the upcoming changes you have to look forward to. Georgia is lucky to be getting you guys.

Michelle said...

Great post, Natalie.
I'm so glad you have the courage to say what you do. You express my feelings beautifully. :)
I have a friend in his medical residency here who was telling me about the racial discrimination for medical school admissions. He says it is so much harder for a white, A/S male to get in, even with much higher scores on the MCAT. I don't know about you, but *I* would much rather have a doctor who got into medical school based on his merit and not his skin color!
I'm glad that Dr. Williams responded so graciously to your note. It's obvious he is a man of great character and thoughtfulness. :)

DawnS said...

Great post - very well stated! It saddens me greatly to see our country becoming so anti-Christian and Anti-Conservative. What is also so disheartening is that most of the country doesn't even seem to realize what is really happening.