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A view of liberalism


By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

I do not care for liberalism. Not at all. Not because motives of liberals are bad, but because their premises for and “solutions” to supposed problems are repeatedly just wrong, and, far too often, result in absolute disasters. Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society is a great example in not just one area but in many.

That effort, for instance, helped spawn a race-industry that has done little to solve the problems of minorities but has allowed race-baiters like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton to stay on center-stage and make a nice living. Moreover, our whole society is permeated with divisive initiatives, mal-employment and wasteful spending on multi-cultural programs, diversity plans, affirmative action efforts, fairness initiatives, and so on.

They rely on a premise that is factually incorrect and results in efforts that do more harm than good. That premise is that our society is permeated with racism. To liberals that requires all sorts of twisted efforts to compensate for that racism. Underlying all of this, is the notion that minorities don’t have the ability to succeed on their own and need outside help. In other words, minorities are victims and, worse, are probably intellectually inferior.

Hispanic and black Americans for example, have academic scores and achievement levels that are lower than they are for Caucasians or Asians. Is this caused by racism? And are minorities really less intelligent? If you are a liberal you probably conclude that that is absolutely true for the first question and very probable for the second.

Tom Sowell recently wrote a fascinating piece about recent research in England. Researchers there did a study of the academic achievement of children eligible for free lunch programs. 60 percent of one group met standards, less than 50 percent of another group did, and 30 percent of a third group met standards.

If you buy into liberal’s noxious racist society theory you would likely conclude that 60 percent of Caucasians met standards, 50 percent of immigrant Muslim children from Bangladesh and Pakistan met standards, and only 30 percent of the black immigrant children from Africa and the Caribbean did. And that is exactly what researchers found is it not?

Wrong. Immigrant children from Bangladesh and Pakistan and from black Africa were at the top. Next? Black children from the Caribbean. And at the bottom? White English children.

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Correction 2.10.14

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

In the January 20, 2014 edition of the Fillmore County Journal, it was worded that R-P Foundation Chairperson Lisa Ledebuhr was a co-donor of a $1,000 sum and $2,000 sum. However, Ledebuhr was acting as a recipient representative for the R-P Foundat ..... 
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Correction 2.10.14

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
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In the February 3 edition of the Fillmore County Journal, it was stated that the next Fillmore Central School Board meeting is scheduled for February 26, 2014 at 7 p.m. However, the meeting is actually scheduled for 7 a.m.

One Moment, Please... Looking back while moving forward

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
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If you visit www.fillmorecountyjournal.com, you’ll see 51 online comments (as of press time) on the commentary I published on Monday, January 20, 2014, titled “One Moment, Plea ..... 
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MNsure’s problems continue to mount

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
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By Jason Wenisch Minnesota House of Representatives,Communications Specialist Last week, Minnesotans got even more bad news about MNsure. While Governor Dayton jets off to the Super Bowl on the taxpayer dime and busies himself with discussions of ..... 
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When does illusion become reality?

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
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My three year old grand-daughter came up to me, her eyes bright with excitement. “Grandma, let’s pretend!” she suggested. When I visit my grandchildren, it’s like entering a time machine. I found myself transported back 75 years. I lived in ..... 
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One Moment, Please... A family energy challenge

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
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Over the past number of years, I have noticed that I have turned into my parents. I can’t recall how many times I was asked if I was born in a barn when I was a kid, but the answer was always “no.” But, once I became a parent, I could see why ..... 
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More issues raised as former Kingsland board member speaks out

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
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Al Williams lives in the Kingsland district, he was on the Wykoff school board during the consolidation with Kingsland and he has also been on the Kingsland school board. Williams coaches youth sports for Kingsland and has for many years. He serve ..... 
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Hold the congratulations for Congress

By Lee Hamilton

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
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Now that Congress has its immense, $1.1 trillion bipartisan funding bill in hand, Capitol Hill is breathing easier. They ended the specter of a government shutdown for the moment, and funded the federal budget for most of the year. The media has been ..... 
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