Skip to main content

Civility Is The Heart Of A Civilization

I couldn’t really believe my eyes when I read that the New York City council was considering de-criminalizing or reducing the penalties for urinating and masturbation (yes, you read that right) in public.  The argument presented by the imbecile council member proposing this is that the law is racist in that it is mostly African-Americans do these things.  Let me remind my readers here, I am the father of an African-American boy, and the husband of a Latina, and the child of European Jews who made it to America to flee the persecution of deep discrimination.  So, the last thing you’ll get from me is discrimination towards anyone.

It is just this sort of idiotic singling out of African-Americans as the prime perpetrators that is the very height of discrimination!  Does the moron who proposed this stupidity believe that African-Americans as a group are barbarians who are so out of control that they just cannot adhere to the most basic requirements of decency??  As the father of an African-American and the friend of many I am enraged by this presumption.  I’m amazed that the African-American community, and if fact all decent people in NYC didn’t respond very strongly to these insinuations.  Maybe a march to City Hall for group urination would have communicated the obscenity of the proposal in a very pointed way.

A society cannot accept public urination or masturbation.  There is no excuse, and this intolerance has absolutely nothing to do with racism.  Confusing the issue of decency with racial stereotyping is repulsive and should be condemned.  The rationale that links repulsive practices to a race is itself intolerable and must be condemned.   A healthy and strong society must be committed to a level of civility from which it won’t waiver.  The “Golden Rule” of respecting others and treating them as we’d wish to be treated is really not a hard one to adhere to.  Leadership involves setting the proper standard and having the proper punishments in place to serve as an appropriate deterrent for those who might consider straying from them.

Popular posts from this blog

"No, Not You. You Are Fake News."

"No, not you. You are fake news."  These were the words chosen by our president-elect to shut down a CNN reporter seeking to question him at his recent press conference. Many hearing those words surely recoiled, interpreting them as an affront to freedom and a form of censuring. I reacted quite differently, instead celebrating the moment that a strong leader decided to hold people accountable in a public manner for their actions.

Taxes and Hyperbole

There is a new tax code in the U.S., and this is indeed a “Yuuuge” deal. As far as I can tell, it is as close to an unmitigated home run for America as can be. Is it perfect? Of course, it’s not. The code retains its unwieldy size and complexity, largely as a result of compromises made in order to bribe congressmen and senators for their votes. Until we get term limits, it seems we’re stuck with a tax code that is big and complex. However, it does hit the mark on a few key issues: most every taxpayer will now pay less to the federal government (except those in states with ridiculously mismanaged economies who now will be forced to hold their state politicians more accountable); and our businesses, large and small alike, will remit less of their profits to the federal government and will be liberated to invest that savings into growth – which will surely create job and wage growth in the productive private sector.

James Harden - A Classic Case of Misunderstood Value

The last time I wrote on hoops was December 2013 when I presciently trashed Carmelo Anthony. The time has come to take out my poison pen once again to decry James Harden as a fraud. I know that Harden has amazing stats - third in scoring, first in assists, and that his team the Rockets have far exceeded expectations as they are currently the 3rd seed out west. But, I still maintain that he is an awful player.