In Four Freedoms Park

Olivia Nuzzzi has a piece over at The Daily Beast about Hillary Clinton’s opening campaign event: Welcome to Hillary Island, a Pleasant Little Police State. This paragraph struck me.

Here would be Hillary Island—formerly Roosevelt Island—a strip of land located in the middle of the East River between Manhattan and Queens that some 10,000 New Yorkers call home. More specifically, here is Four Freedoms Park—a grassy island enclave named for the Four Freedoms FDR spelled out in his 1941 State of the Union speech: Freedom of speech, of worship, from want, and from fear—where the Clinton team has assembled a red and blue stage, in the shape of an H, for her to pace on as she delivers her first major campaign speech.

Read the whole thing. That captures a bit of the Orwellian nature of so much of the Left’s politics these days.

Freedom of speech? The Left now wants to partially repeal the First Amendment in order to correct the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling. (I probably I should have included a trigger warning for some Progressives.)

Freedom of worship? Ask the Little Sisters of the Poor about that. Or a former pizza shop owner. For many, worship extends beyond a meeting house and throughout their lives.

Freedom from want? Ask one of the structurally unemployed who can’t find a place in a stagnant economy.

Freedom from fear? Ask that question tonight in one of several Baltimore neighborhoods—if you’re not afraid to go.

BTW, those first two freedoms are about what the government isn’t supposed to be able to take from us. The second pair are gimmes Progressives imagine government can provide. There’s much to be said about the differences between them. The comments are open. Discuss among yourselves.

An Inconvenient Truth

Kimberly Ross has a post over at RedState examining the Left’s disparate reactions to Bruce Jenner (aka Caitlyn) and Rachel Dolezal.

It’s painfully obvious to many that those who lean transgender or transracial are fooling themselves. It’s also painfully obvious that those who support someone’s new trans-identity aren’t doing so because they care about that person’s health. They are doing it to appear tolerant, open-minded, and in line with societal fads. Bruce Caitlyn Jenner and Rachel Dolezal are not much different. Both struggle with identity issues, but one is praised and another is mocked. The convenience of shifting tolerance may make the Left feel better when discussing these two, but it’s apparent that what the Left struggles with most is the inconvenient reality of absolute truth.

Read the whole thing.

Note: RedState and I were codefendants in the Kimberlin v. National Bloggers Club, et al. LOLsuit recently dismissed by the U. S. District Court for the District of Maryland. Brett Kimberlin has appealed that dismissal to the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. We are also defendants in the Kimberlin v. National Bloggers Club, et al. LOLsuit recently filed in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland.

Anti-Semitism on the Left

Yesterday, NPR talk-show host Diane Rehm (I sometimes listen to her so you don’t have to.) asked Bernie Sanders if he held dual citizenship: U. S. and Israeli. She said the information came from “a list we have gotten[.]” It appears that the list comes from a pro-Palestinian Facebook page. Her cheap shot question and its anti-semitic underpinning is not surprising given her long term anti-Israel bias.

Bernie Sanders is tied with Hillary Clinton for last place among my picks for President in the coming election (at least among the current candidates). There are plenty of substantive reasons to oppose his candidacy, but this sort of slimy, baseless attack is now becoming all-too-common. I expect a lot more of it aimed at candidates from both sides of the aisle who support Israel. The next year-and-a-half will be ugly.