God, you had to go and ruin an otherwise well thought out article by all but suggesting a minimum wage increase as the ultimate solution. As if the rate at which low-skill labor is compensated really matters in the grand scheme of things. I figured a man of your rhetoric would be touting more investment in education. Although I realize that puts you in a predicament where you can't blame the white man for everything since a great deal of that must start at home.
I can get on board with most of your high-and-mighty brand of intellectual elitism in this piece. But "raise the minimum wage so black people can thrive" is about as superficial as it gets on CCP.
"The intolerance of my flagrant bigotry is ALSO bigotry" said no logical person in the history of mankind.
The attitudes like those displayed in this column is the reason that any healing will be held back. You want to see people come together and work for the common good? Stop demanding that everyone believe the way that you do. Show a little tolerance of others beliefs and opinions. Stop calling every white person who disagrees with you a racist. Or every white Christian a homophobe. Maybe have a positive outlook and say, yeah sure, maybe some people will never change but this will also inspire so many more to start thinking about finding solutions to these issues that work for everyone and together we can make it happen.
Instead of always being a bitter, negative prick why not celebrate the goodness that came from just one situation for once. This is probably one of the best displays of unity and finding common ground I have seen in my lifetime. Not just in taking down the flag, but in the way that Charleston handled a tragedy. Celebrate it, don't stomp on it.
Thank you for making my case about YOUR intolerance of opposing views.
'You'd be on the ground had you said that to my face!'
'since I'm a mature adult...'
'You people' meaning all 'you people' that refuse to think beyond your own impression of the flag. All 'you people' that refuse to accept that someone else can be offended by something you are not. All 'you people' that don't understand what censorship really is. All 'you people' that are willfully obtuse in defense of a defenseless symbol of hate. All 'you people' that don't actually understand what the first amendment means. All 'you people' that are living a daily persecution complex. All 'you people' that refuse to accept the intentions of the confederacy from the mouths of the confederates themselves.
Racist? Your reading comprehension continues to fail you miserably.
Well FU Lee, I didn't attack anyone with my comment so who the hell gives you the right to talk to me like that? You'd be on the ground had you said that to my face! But moving on, since I'm a mature adult...
"...also be banned...from display on Public property." Does that help your obvious lack of reading comprehension and critical thinking skills?
"Goddamn you people are dense and devoid of critical thinking skills. And reading comprehension." Who are "You people"? Sounds like an intolerant racist rant from a person who resembles their remarks.
'also be banned'
No one is banning its existence--it just has no place on state property. Goddamn you people are dense and devoid of critical thinking skills. And reading comprehension.
So then should the American flag, Bible, and any other item that an undesirable group uses also be banned? Pretty sure the KKK has carried the American flag more often than the Confederate flag. And as far as min. wage...are you ready to pay twice as much for your burger served by people who are annoyed they're even working?
While your article was thought-provoking, it failed to mention the primary problem in South Carolina; the lack of education. Regardless of all the laws that are passed, and all the symbolic events that are enacted, not much will change for the average South Carolinian unless people in the state ascend from the bottom rung of the educational ladder.
As the governor said, the problem is that school funding is by local property tax. To provide equal protection to all the state's children, funding should be provided at the state level where all children are guaranteed equal protection.
The idea that conservatives suddenly care about the humanitarian conditions created by war in the Middle East is amusing.
Nowhere in your rant do you explain how ISIS is a threat to my home in the United States of America.
"...we are now focused on the Islamic State, the latest apparition to keep conservatives like Lindsay Graham and Joe Wilson on the brink of hysteria."
Mr Moredock, you should be ashamed of yourself for writing this article.
Isis is a real threat to free people everywhere, not some figment of Mr Graham's imagination.
How we respond to their threat is up for debate.
But their violence and treatment of free peoples everywhere, is all too real.
The rise of Islamic State (Isis) has displaced over 3.3 million people in Iraq alone, with millions more fleeing Syria for Lebanon, Turkey and the Gulf, and many of them risking perilous journeys to Europe via Egypt, Libya and the Mediterranean.
In 2015, asylum applications to rich countries reached their highest level for over two decades in 2014, with 866,000 applications lodged, an increase of 45% on 2013 and two-thirds of those in the European Union.
As well as Iraq, more than 3.8 million Syrians have fled to the neighbouring states of Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt and another 7.6 million are displaced inside the country, according to the UN. These include tens of thousands of Palestinian refugees living in the Yarmouk camp near Damascus, which recently became the front line in Syria's civil war.
Much of the stories of the horrors that refugees have witnessed under IS rule have come from Iraq, where the Yazidi minority suffered harrowing conditions as the terrorist group advanced. Speaking earlier in 2015, UNHCR special envoy Angelina Jolie spoke of the accounts she had heard from those who had escaped or been liberated from IS's grasp.
"Nothing can prepare you for the horrific stories of these survivors of kidnap, abuse and exploitation and to see how they cannot all get the urgent help they need and deserve," Jolie said. "The needs so dramatically outstrip the resources available in this vast crisis." "Much more international assistance is needed."
We can debate how much of a response and assistance our nation should provide.
But the threat of ISIS is mostly definitely NOT a crazy right wing conspiracy that should be compared in your article to the fear mongering of some racist SC leader from the 18th century.
It's hard to take Miss Lindsay seriously. At the sign of a mouse our Senator grabs the pearls, puts on her finest military frock, screeches hysterically to play with seamen and then throws herself on the fainting couch. How can the war party be taken seriously with a candidate like Lindsay Graham as its figurehead.
Do people actually listen to old Linds?
"Sen. Lindsay Graham made it clear what kind of campaign he would run. "I want to be president to defeat the enemies trying to kill us," he announced."
Curious that he would want to defeat the Republican Party. That can't be a sound campaign strategy.
She was not simply a product of her times, she was a supporter of the institution! She had choices just like the Blackburn sisters did, to support the institution of slavery or to be an abolitionist, or at the very least show respect for human life! She chose to support and promote slavery in an extreme and profound way. Causing untold damage for the relationship between the races and for the negative perception of a race of people undeserving of such!
I remember your parents; your dad better than your mom. The times I visited you in your home were surreal. I was the son of a mill worked visiting in the home of the plant manager. I had family members who told me that I didn't respect my place. My daddy loved it; but, he was unusual for a forth-grad educated mill hand.
Your mother was the definition of a refined Southern lady. She was hospitable to me and very kind, although I'm sure that she knew I didn't belong there.
I'm glad you didn't respect the social rules of mill-town Kershaw. I'd have missed a special chapter. I'd have missed a special friendship.
Here's to rebels who broke some rigid rules!
Couldn't have said it better myself!
I enjoy reading Shreadley. You, on the other hand, are passing on something more akin to "Talking Points". Benghazi taught me that Democrats in leadership can say anything as long as they stick together...loyal to the Talking Points. And you, most certainly, are no different. Thank you, Mr. Schreadley. Will Moredock is more suitable to AP or MSNBC.
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