Is My Nose Really Filled with Garlic?
Bigotry is ugly, no matter the rational, no matter the source. I think the most difficult concept for the far left blogs to comprehend is that neither they, nor their rivals get to make the laws. We instead are called to work within them. With that in mind, it is time to make a very basic statement: bigotry is both illegal and immoral, and tolerance is constitutionally protected for all peoples, all creeds, and all religions in these United States. But just because one has been previously persecuted does not give one the right to perpetuate the same hate speech and crime upon the ancestors of those groups who were responsible. For instance the main stream media are reticent to call Hilary Clinton a liar when she so clearly and demonstrably lied about her experiences in Bosnia. At the very same time the politicians on the left take great joy in calling President Bush a liar when it is just as clear and demonstrable that the entire free world believed Saddam Hussein had Weapons of Mass Destruction, and that indeed many were uncovered. This is reverse discrimination at best, bigotry at worst.
I can vividly remember when I first became aware of reverse discrimination. It was early December 1967 in Buffalo, New York. I was a married dental student and returning home from an 18 hour work shift. It was dusk, and there were about four or five inches of snow on the ground. The roads were slick and covered with a thin coating of ice. I was driving my trusty stripped down 1962 Plymouth Savoy, three on the column, no radio, no carpets, no heater, no nothing. Marilyn was at our apartment tending to our year old son, Danny. I had spent that Friday night and all day Saturday at the Buffalo General Hospital (BGH), where I routinely worked every third night (all night), as well as weekends to earn my way through Dental School and support my family. For some reason, likely an accident, I was detoured away from my familiar route home. The detour took me into an area of town which was both unfamiliar and exclusively African American. Martin Luther King was still alive and, despite his insistence on peaceful demonstrations, the civil rights movement had been infiltrated by a handful of violent leaders (“Black Muslims”), and the previous summer had indeed been one of race riots. But I had no time for anything political, I was too busy trying to survive and become the best dentist of which I was capable. I pulled up to a traffic signal. When the light turned green my tires were unable to get traction and there I sat spinning for at least two light changes. As I looked at the blight of the neighborhood, signs of unrest were everywhere. I asked myself, “Who was ‘Malcolm Ten’ anyways?” After I missed a few more lights, and traffic was backed up for blocks, a rather large African American woman exited her apartment and leaned over her balcony rail. She pointed an accusing finger at me, the naïve student helplessly sitting and spinning at the corner plight and distress. She crossed her arms without changing her glare, and began a loud chant: “White N….r, white N….r, white N…..r.” She soon was accompanied by others on similar balconies as well as passer bys: all standing, staring, and chanting their threat. Cars passing in the opposite direction saluted me with their middle finger. Then a gentleman in the car behind me ran up to my spinning tires, threw some salt under them and slurred: “Lucky I’m in a hurry, or I’d let them show you what they do to white N….rs in this neighborhood.
I mumbled a meek, “Thank you”, and got out of the area ASAP.
I will never forget my bewilderment at this reverse bigotry. And then it hit me, perhaps for the first time I understood what my black brothers and sisters had felt for generations. I had almost forgotten that incident until I recently listened to Sen. Obama’s mentor, Rev. Wright, wax hateful against America. Rev. Wright is supposed to reflect the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. The love revealed and exposed to us by the Rev. Martin Luther King. But instead we heard racial slurs like: ‘Italian garlic noses’. As an Italian American I resent that hate speech as much as my African American brethren should the ‘N’ word. But let’s not be naïve, it is no secret that from both white and black American pulpits, bigotry has been exposed. After researching and writing two books on Christian Theology I can assure you nowhere in the New Testament do we hear Jesus command us to return hatred with hatred. As a matter of fact His commands are just the opposite. When He met the hated and half breed adulterous Samaritan woman at the well in the Gospel of John He went out of His way to preach salvation to her, not lecture her on her sin and short comings. Skin color, ethnicity, sexual preference or social status mattered not to our Lord and Savior, only that they were all sinners in need of an intercessor. His is a Gospel, Good News, based on love, not hate. He died so that all human kind could commune with Him forever. He resurrected to prove to any who would believe that He was who He claimed to be: the Son of God. In this new covenant with mankind there was to be no hate, no bigotry, or no prejudice, only love. So it is perplexing to me to listen to hatred spewed forth from any Christian pulpit, but especially the pulpit of a man who is the mentor of a Presidential candidate. Perhaps each Christian should reflect back onto a statement by Ghandi: “I would be a Christian, if it weren’t for Christians.” The Reverend Wright is the wrong man, at the wrong time, with the wrong message, for the wrong candidate.
Here is much requested and good summary on David’s candidacy for the Republican Nomination for Congress from Rerdstateneworkl.com:
House to House… to House! Support War Hero David Bellavia for Congress
By gideon1789 Posted in 2008 —
With the retirement of Rep. Reynolds in district NY-26 in Buffalo, former Staff Sergeant David Bellavia is on the verge of running for the empty seat. He hasn’t announced yet, but is likely to do so any day now. The Corner learned a few days ago that Bellavia wants to gauge the potential support for his candidacy before deciding. The district is Republican, so if he gets his party’s nomination, he will probably win the general election.
To anyone who knows Bellavia’s biography, there’s no question that he should run. He is a veteran of Kosovo and Iraq, recipient of the silver star and bronze star for outstanding bravery in Iraq, co-founder of Vets for Freedom, and author of the celebrated book, “House to House: an Epic Memoir of War”. In a time of war, and with a congressional majority ready to declare defeat, David Bellavia is exactly the political candidate the country needs.
Please send David Bellavia an email (and a financial pledge, if you can) to let him know you support him for Congress – firstname.lastname@example.org. I have sent him an email of support, and also pledged $25 to him.
BELLAVIA’S HEROISM IN IRAQ
Here is an excellent two-minute video in which Bellavia discusses how his platoon was trapped by the enemy in Fallujah, how he was the only one who could do anything to save his men, and how he mustered the courage to do just that, taking out a number of insurgents single-handedly.
As Bellavia put it himself, in that moment of immense pressure, he faced a choice: “Either I was going to lose my life, or I was going to lose my soul.” The situation was “horrible,” but in light of the duty he felt toward his men, he realized that “to fear death is… a waste of time.”
If that isn’t enough David Bellavia for you, take a look at this 8-minute video of his “Honor Our Soldiers” speech he made recently at the Tucson VFW post. It’s the best speech of its kind that I have heard since I was born (in 1974).
CONTINUING TO SERVE AS A CIVILIAN
Since returning to civilian life, Bellavia helped found the bipartisan group Vets for Freedom to promote the cause of victory here at home. Then, in 2006, he went back to Iraq as an embedded reporter. His work was featured in The Weekly Standard.
Not content to stop there, Bellavia wrote a book, “House to House,” praised as one of the best portraits of battle in Iraq. He traveled about talking about the book, inspiring respect for our soldiers, and helping Americans understand the importance of the Iraq War.
Here is a C-Span video of a fascinating book talk he gave in Rochester:
And just to put the icing on the cake – you’ll really like this one – David Bellavia appeared on the radio a year ago with some choice words for Sen. Webb, who had just delivered a rebuttal to Pres. Bush’s State of the Union:
“Those who have served with such honor and valor as Senator Webb have a certain accountability that he’s failing, because you can’t just pick and choose — regardless of how you feel about the war we’re fighting right now. We are losing Americans every day, and we have an accountability…
…those of us who have experienced this hostile fire, who have seen the face of evil on the battlefield, as Americans we have to reach out and not only acknowledge what these men and women are going through on the battlefield, we have a responsibility to preserve them on the battlefield.”
Born and raised in upstate New York, Bellavia still lives there with his wife and two children… that is, when he’s not traveling around the country promoting victory, as he is currently doing in The National Heroes Tour, http://www.vetsforfreedom.com/heroestour/
David Bellavia for Congress. The nation needs his service still.
(cross-posted at www.win-the-war.com)