There’s a rule of thumb that I’ve made in my personal life long ago. It is to take people at their literal word. When Obama called for fundamental transformation of America, we should’ve taken that literally. We shouldn’t have chuckled about it and say, “Oh, well what he really meant was…” Especially given his past history of socialism. Look at his upbringing and all of those whom he associated with, including those with whom he spent his Sunday morning worship time. Same thing can be said for Donald Trump. If he’s going to say that he wants healthcare that covers everyone and then demands congress to pass a bill that is a lite version of Obamacare, we should take him at his word. Typically, unless you’ve actively changed the way you act and have had a pivot point in your life, your past history can be indicative of future actions. That allows the literal words of an individual to be fused with what we’ve seen in one’s life history to be extremely insightful. It allows us to have a bit of a mental compass to have an idea as to which direction one will move.
But, we must also take a second measured step. We must put people’s words through the lens of their intent. Intent is the driving force behind how the same exact statement could be funny on one hand, and insulting if intended to be something on the other hand. It’s how judges rule in court. It’s how the letter of the law is interpreted. That being the case, we must look at the Alabama Senate Race. Luther Strange was appointed to Jeff Session’s former Senate seat by former governor Robert Bentley, as soon as he became Attorney General to the Trump Administration. He is seen as extremely RINO leaning. He has fallen in line with Mitch McConnell on almost everything “Turtlehead” McConnell wanted. So his defeat by a true conservative can tilt the senate towards the Freedom Caucus direction.
Roy Moore, the Republican front-runner in next week’s special Senate election in Alabama, referred to “reds and yellows fighting” in a campaign speech, a video shows.
Moore, the ultra-conservative former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, lamented racial divisions in his remarks on Sunday.
“We have blacks and whites fighting, reds and yellows fighting, Democrats and Republicans fighting, men and women fighting,” he said.
“Red” and “yellow” are widely recognized as racial slurs.
“Red, yellow, black and white they are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world. This is the Gospel. If we take it seriously, America can once again be united as one nation under God,” Moore said.
Polls show Moore leading Sen. Luther Strange, the Republican appointed to the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions this year, in Tuesday’s Republican primary runoff. Moore and Strange will hold their first debate Thursday.
The general election will not take place until December, but given Alabama’s conservative lean, the winner on Tuesday is expected to become the state’s next senator.
President Donald Trump is supporting Strange and will campaign for him on Saturday, though many conservative figures have lined up behind Moore, who is running as an anti-establishment firebrand.
Moore, who has suggested that the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were punishment from God, often mixes religion and politics.
He was removed from the state’s top judicial post twice for doing so — the first time for refusing to remove a statue of the Ten Commandments he had installed on state property, and the second time for refusing to follow the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling allowing same-sex marriage.
Do you realize why Judge Moore even said that in his speech? It’s a lyric from “Jesus loves the little children”. He didn’t have to specifically cite the reference in order for someone to come to that conclusion. It’s referenced from the part that goes “Red and Yellow, Black and White, they’re precious in his sight. Jesus Loves the Little Children of the world”. If you’ve ever heard Judge Moore speak, you can tell he’s a Deep South guy. Not only is the southern part of him exuding on a regular basis, he’s also one who speaks with that “Old Time Religion”. A Southern Baptist way of speaking. His commercial even had a portion addressing his opponents attacks as, “bearing false witness”, as in the Ten Commandments. The Sunday School Hymn was the first thing that came to mind when I saw this story. I guess lyrics from Sunday school hymns penned in the 1800’s are now racial slurs. Never mind the message of inclusion and equality that said hymn actually portrays.
But we live in a sensitive day and age. When cotton plants sold in vases for Home Décor are considered racists, it’s not unheard of to see outrage over something that is completely misconstrued. When an ESPN commentator can be fired for saying an athlete, who is a minority, was using “guerrilla” tactics, it shows how irrational we’ve become. When a D.C. Mayor’s aide is forced to resign over saying the word Niggardly (and adjective meaning “Stingy” or “miserly” that’s traced back to Middle English – a language spoken back in the 15th century), I guess this is the world we live now a days. ANYTHING will be twisted into an offense.
So, when do we all start looking at that thing called “intent”? You can tell when intention is behind what’s being said. There’s no Ill-intent. He didn’t go, “Those damn Reds! Always trying to take stuff BACK! And them Yellows, with them shifty eyes!” That’s an example of bad intent. The media understands they must take every measured attempt to destroy any threat to their status quo of control.
It’s also the reason why we are seeing this magical emergence of The White Supremacy phenomenon. It’s the reason why we see compassion for the Antifa movement. We see the left, justifying violence and advocating for attacking anyone who is a “White Supremacist’. Much of the time, these people can’t even identify an actual White Supremacist from the average person. They’ll simply attack them for wearing a red trucker hat that says “Make America Great Again”. There isn’t some large white supremacists movement growing. This is simply the new way to vilify conservatism. Any conservative speech, especially on college campuses, is dubbed White Supremacists speech. Ben FREAKING Shapiro, who simply makes the case for Conservatism and has the knowledge and quick analytical wit to back it up, was labeled a White Supremacist. You do know, white supremacists are not too fond of the Jews, to which Mr. Shapiro is one. But facts don’t matter. And as he says, Facts don’t care about your feelings. When you fuel your drive and existence purely on feelings, you have to stomp out any vehicle that drives that facts into your garage.
This isn’t a new tactic. As a conservative, we’ve been labeled racists since before the day I was born. Forget about the fact that the party that we aligned with was birthed over outrage for slavery. Never mind one of the earliest Republicans, Charles Sumner, a a Massachusetts antislavery Republican was beaten in the senate chambers with a cane for delivering the “Crime Against Kansas” speech. Let’s ignore that the first Republican President was Abraham Lincoln! No, the party’s did this “Musical Chair” switch-a-roo! It was they amazingly coordinated simultaneous trade of ideologies – Even Steven. They call it “The Big Flip” similar to the Big Bang. But this is how they operate. Define your enemy. The problem these days is that it’s taking root in the activist youth. They find purpose in fighting for something. Only, they don’t know what to fight for to define themselves. So they back these violent movements as some purposeful mission to make things right.
So, let’s go back to Roy Moore. He explains what he meant by his usage of “Red and Yellows”.
U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore said Monday that his remarks about fighting between “reds and yellows” was a reference to the religious song “Jesus Loves the Little Children” and not a remark about race.
Moore made the remarks during a campaign stop Sunday while arguing that the country has to get back to “virtue and morality.”
“There’s time in our history where we did. Once such time was [after] war between the states” Moore said. “Brother against brother, North against South, party against party. What’s changed? Now we have blacks and whites fighting, reds and yellows fighting, Democrats and Republicans fighting, men and women fighting. What’s going to unite us? What’s going to bring us back together? A president? A Congress? No. It’s going to be God.”
The song, which was written more than 150 years ago, includes the lyrics: “Jesus loves the little children/ All the children of the world/ Red, brown, yellow/ Black and white/ They are precious in His sight.”
The Moore campaign said the former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice’s remarks were taken out of context. “This is the gospel,” a Moore spokeswoman. “If we take it seriously, America can once again be united as one nation under God.”
I know that Christianity is the religion du jour to lambaste and demean, but Moore’s explanation couldn’t be more pertinent. Even if you disagree with the religion or even the faith itself, the tenets of Christianity of love and forgiveness would be a welcome change in our current culture. I can’t criticize him for wanting this to be the case.
Also, be aware that the Left aren’t the only ones who want to destroy Roy Moore’s chance to bring Conservatism to the forefront. The Establishment is looking to snipe him as well. The cries over his perceived “electability” gets thrown about again. Wonder where we heard that before? They’ll try to delegitimize his chances in the same manner as they did with Ted Cruz. They did this here in Virginia, with the governor’s race and Ken Cuccinelli. The establishment even pulled Mr. Cuccinelli’s support and campaign funding. But a true example of the Establishment looking to strike was the upcoming Luther Strange/Roy Moore debate. Upon learning the debate moderator was an establishment foot soldier, Moore canceled the debate. Moore eventually agreed to a Lincoln/Douglas styled debate with no moderator. That’s how you flip the script. We can only hope that this debate will be televised. Then, we can take them both at their literal words and view them through that lens of intent.