Abun­dant non­sense

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES - Mike Master­son Mike Master­son is a long­time Arkansas jour­nal­ist. Email him at mmas­ter­son@arkansason­line.com.

When it comes to ap­pre­ci­at­ing other opin­ions, I also have fa­vorites such as Charles Krauthammer, Thomas Sow­ell (re­tired) and David Ku­pelian, ed­i­tor of World Net Daily’s Whistle­blower Mag­a­zine.

They each of­fer ra­tio­nal­ity over non­sense while prompt­ing me to ex­am­ine how and why I be­lieve as I do.

With that in mind, I agree with a re­cent Ku­pelian piece head­lined, “The left’s ma­ni­a­cal war on com­mon sense.”

We’ve all seen those cal­cu­lated “ri­ots” by bused-in pro­test­ers and the drum­beat of grossly overblown and self-serv­ing po­lit­i­cal scan­dals hyped by many in an in­tensely lib­eral and ar­ro­gant main­stream me­dia as well as the rad­i­cal left­ist po­lit­i­cal agen­das and their so­cial en­gi­neer­ing have steadily eroded the wide­spread com­mon sense once re­flected by our Great­est Gen­er­a­tion.

I be­lieve rad­i­cal so­cial and moral re­forms de­void of com­mon sense have be­come pri­mary ob­jec­tives among so many in the far-left seg­ment, in­clud­ing Hol­ly­wood and academe. Women in men’s bath­rooms, the mil­i­tary us­ing tax dol­lars for gen­der-change op­er­a­tions, dic­ta­to­rial laws re­plac­ing free­doms of choice (Oba­macare penal­ties) and flood­ing our na­tion with il­le­gals all the while know­ing in this age of slaugh­ter­ing in­no­cents that they can’t be prop­erly vet­ted.

Adults who pre­fer com­mon sense to a child­ish, in­creas­ingly per­verse and over­re­ac­tive ap­proach to Amer­ica’s his­toric val­ues of­ten wind up smeared and de­mo­nized by the same “pro­gres­sive” me­dia be­cause they be­lieve in per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity, in­di­vid­ual free­doms and com­mon sense.

I rec­og­nize not a shred of pro­gres­sive­ness in dic­ta­to­rial, Third World ide­ol­ogy that ob­structs free speech and vi­o­lates com­mon sense.

Ku­pelian sup­ports his ar­gu­ment with nu­mer­ous ex­am­ples of how of­fi­cials in com­mu­ni­ties con­trolled by the left lack sim­ple com­mon sense.

He cites the more than 4,000 peo­ple shot and 762 mur­dered last year in Chicago, a city with in­tensely re­stric­tive gun laws. Mayor and for­mer Obama White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, he writes, doesn’t un­der­stand that “decades of re­search proves more guns in the hands of law-abid­ing cit­i­zens re­li­ably re­sults in less crime.”

Even worse, Ku­pelian con­tin­ues, the mayor boasts of his de­ter­mi­na­tion to keep Chicago a “sanc­tu­ary city.” That means po­lice can refuse to co­op­er­ate with fed­eral of­fi­cers in re­mov­ing crim­i­nal il­le­gals off the streets through de­por­ta­tion. Fly­ing in the face of com­mon sense, Chicago’s sanc­tu­ary city des­ig­na­tion, along with the oth­ers who use that des­ig­na­tion, of­fers a “wel­come” sign and “safe space” to vi­o­lent crim­i­nals here il­le­gally.

Ku­pelian also refers to the Seat­tle coun­cil­man who ob­jected to hos­ing hu­man waste off city side­walks around home­less cen­ters near City Hall be­cause it could be con­sid­ered racially in­sen­si­tive and pos­si­bly trau­ma­tize those watch­ing who might as­so­ciate power-wash­ing with us­ing fire hoses against “civil rights ac­tivists.” Say what?

He talks of pas­sen­gers be­ing swarmed by teen “swarm­ing at­tacks” on San Fran­cisco’s BART mass tran­sit sys­tem. Or­di­nar­ily, tran­sit po­lice pub­licly re­lease sur­veil­lance videos so those dozens of crim­i­nals might be iden­ti­fied. Yet BART of­fi­cials wouldn’t pro­vide this footage to the me­dia. Their non­sen­si­cal ra­tio­nale? “Let­ting the pub­lic see the video would en­cour­age racism,” Ku­pelian writes.

Then we have the out­landish push to make men into women. “Re­spond­ing to re­lent­less LGBT pres­sure, vir­tu­ally the en­tire sports world, in­clud­ing the Olympics, is now al­low­ing pow­er­ful male ath­letes who ‘self-iden­tify’ as fe­male to com­pete against ac­tual women, of­ten win­ning the women’s com­pe­ti­tions and—in some cases— se­ri­ously in­jur­ing their less-pow­er­ful fe­male com­peti­tors,” Ku­pelian writes.

“Coun­tries … are suf­fer­ing from ter­ror­ism,” he con­tin­ues. “Since the vast ma­jor­ity of these ter­ror at­tacks to­day are com­mit­ted by Mus­lims in the name of Is­lam, one ob­vi­ous com­mon-sense re­sponse for con­cerned na­tions would be to limit Mus­lim immigration, es­pe­cially from known ter­ror hot­beds. Yet the left—in­clud­ing the Demo­cratic Party, ‘main­stream’ me­dia, most uni­ver­sity pop­u­la­tions, pro­gres­sive judges and Hol­ly­wood— seems in­tent on do­ing the op­po­site, bring­ing as many Mus­lims as pos­si­ble into Europe, the U.K. and Amer­ica.”

He says it may be too late to re­verse course for the United Kingdom and Europe, “al­ready reel­ing from ma­jor Is­lamic ter­ror at­tacks, an epi­demic of sex­ual as­saults and other im­mi­grant crimes, wide­spread non-as­sim­i­la­tion and ‘no-go zones,’ and the steady en­croach­ment of Shariah law, fe­male gen­i­tal mu­ti­la­tion, ‘honor killings’ and other anti-Western as­pects of Is­lamic cul­ture.”

But in Amer­ica “Pres­i­dent Donald Trump in Fe­bru­ary said his ad­min­is­tra­tion was com­mit­ted to a ‘com­mon sense’ ap­proach to immigration and na­tional se­cu­rity, promis­ing to do ev­ery­thing in his power to stop ter­ror at­tacks within the U.S … ‘it’s a stance of com­mon sense—maybe a cer­tain tough­ness, but it’s re­ally more than tough­ness,’ Trump said … . ‘… we are go­ing to pur­sue it vig­or­ously. And we don’t want to have our coun­try have the kinds of prob­lems that you’re wit­ness­ing tak­ing place not only here, but all over the world.’”

In his con­sid­er­able list of ex­am­ples, Ku­pelian con­tends com­mon sense is un­der great­est at­tack in higher ed­u­ca­tion. “Amer­i­cans were re­peat­edly told by poll­sters last year that col­lege-ed­u­cated folk tended to fa­vor Hil­lary Clin­ton, while those with only a high-school diploma fa­vored Donald Trump. Did that mean Hil­lary Clin­ton vot­ers were some­how smarter, wiser, more per­cep­tive, more ma­ture and bet­ter in­formed than Trump vot­ers? Ob­vi­ously not.”

“… An in­flu­en­tial 2015 re­port in the At­lantic, ti­tled ‘The Cod­dling of the Amer­i­can Mind,’ cited ev­i­dence that col­leges lit­er­ally pro­mote patho­log­i­cal think­ing: ‘But vin­dic­tive pro­tec­tive­ness teaches stu­dents to think in a very dif­fer­ent way. It pre­pares them poorly for pro­fes­sional life, which of­ten de­mands in­tel­lec­tual en­gage­ment with peo­ple and ideas one might find un­con­ge­nial or wrong. … A cam­pus cul­ture de­voted to polic­ing speech and pun­ish­ing speak­ers is likely to en­gen­der pat­terns of thought that are sur­pris­ingly sim­i­lar to those long iden­ti­fied by cog­ni­tive be­hav­ioral ther­a­pists as causes of de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety. The new pro­tec­tive­ness may be teach­ing stu­dents to think patho­log­i­cally.’”

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