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Monday, July 22, 2013
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President Obama & the Race Issue
"On Friday the President delivered some remarks about the Trayvon Martin case and race in general. Talking Points believes the President was correct in addressing the race issue and framing it with the Martin case, but the sad truth is that our leadership, from the President on down, has no clue about how to solve problems within the black community, and many are frightened to even broach the issue. That's because race hustlers and the grievance industry have intimidated the so-called 'conversation,' turning any valid criticism of African American culture into charges of racial bias. Many in power simply walk away, leaving millions of law-abiding African Americans to fend for themselves in violent neighborhoods. You want racism? That's racism! Thus it is time for some straight talk, and I hope the President is listening. Young black men commit homicides at a rate that is ten times greater than whites or Hispanics. Presented with damning evidence like that, the civil rights industry looks the other way or makes excuses. They blame guns, poor education, lack of jobs, but rarely do they define the problem accurately. The reason there is so much violence and chaos in the black precincts is the disintegration of the African American family. About 73% of all black babies are born out of wedlock. The lack of involved fathers leads to young boys growing up resentful and unsupervised. But when was the last time you saw a public service ad telling young black girls to avoid become pregnant? Has President Obama done such an ad? How about Jackson or Sharpton? Has the Congressional Black Caucus demanded an ad like that? How about the pundits who work for NBC News? White people don't force black people to have babies out of wedlock; that's a personal decision that has devastated millions of children. Raised without structure, young black men often reject education and gravitate toward the street culture. The entertainment industry encourages the irresponsibility by marketing a gangsta' culture to impressionable children. These so-called entertainers get rich while the kids who emulate their lyrics and attitude destroy themselves. Then there's the drug issue. What do the race hustlers and limousine liberals complain about? The number of black men in prison for selling drugs. The thugs who sell hard drugs, no matter what color they are, deserve to be put away for long periods of time. They sell a product that enslaves and kills, they are scum! When was the last time you heard the Congressional Black Caucus say that? How about Jackson and Sharpton? How about President Obama? The solution to the epidemic of violent crime in poor black neighborhoods is to actively discourage pregnancies out of marriage, to impose strict discipline in the public schools, to create a zero tolerance for drug and gun crimes, and to challenge the entertainment industry to stop peddling garbage. Listen up, you greedheads: If a kid can't use proper English, uses the 'f' word in every sentence, and is disrespectful in his or her manner, that child will never be able to compete in the marketplace in America. It has nothing to do with slavery, it has everything to do with you Hollywood people and you derelict parents. You want a conversation? You got it! It is time for the African American leadership, including President Obama, to stop the nonsense. Walk away from the world of victimization and nonsense and lead the way out of this mess."
Race Issues in America
Guest: Juan Williams & Mary Katharine Ham
The Factor invited Juan Williams and Mary Katharine Ham to elaborate on the Talking Points Memo. "I wrote a book about this," Williams said, "and you never see a protest against the drug dealers, you never see people taking on the unions about the bad schools in the big cities, you never see anybody say there are too many out-of-wedlock births in our community. Black people, from Jesse Jackson on down, have said that it makes them nervous when they see black kids on the street. It's not racism!" Ham urged Americans to discuss racial issues locally and fearlessly. "People are petrified to talk about race because they're afraid they'll be called 'racist,' and much of the country is very invested in calling other people 'racists.' I agree with President Obama that having a political discussion about race is probably not really productive. Doing that in your local community or in your church or with your friends is more beneficial."
Race Issues in America
Guest: Karl Rove
FNC's Karl Rove entered the No Spin Zone with his analysis of President Obama's race comments. "I thought his talking about the grace and dignity of Trayvon Martin's parents was good," Rove said, "and it was good when he talked about how America is getting better with each generation. But he spent three paragraphs blaming this incident on racial profiling, when there was no evidence of that. He could have brought the country together in a positive direction, but instead he used this to build on the old resentments. It was vacuous and it didn't have the kind of punch you had in the Talking Points, when you took on some of the deep and dangerous pathologies in the African American community."
The Royal Baby is Here
Guest: Martha MacCallum
Prince William and Kate Middleton have welcomed a new baby boy, who remains unnamed. Martha MacCallum reported on the celebrated birth from London. "The British media have spent years bemoaning the 90's," MacCallum said, "which were difficult years for the royal family with divorces and scandals. But they feel very good about William and Harry and they have embraced this young couple. This is on the cover of every newspaper and magazine. I think the British are feeling good about themselves and the royal family plays a role in that."
President Obama & the Race Issue
Guest: Bernard Goldberg
Bernie Goldberg entered the No Spin Zone with his analysis of the media's coverage of President Obama's comments. "The headlines were that this was a highlight of his presidency and a boffo performance," Goldberg said, "but the media didn't analyze what he left out of the speech. The President could have said that while racism in America is not yet dead and buried, white racism is the least of the problems plaguing black America. Babies having babies is a much bigger problem, kids dropping out of high school and winding up in prison is a much bigger problem. But if you listen to the African American elites on TV, you would think that the biggest problem facing young black men in America today is white guys with guns who are out to kill them. This would be laughable if it weren't so damned pathetic! President Obama has been accused of not being a leader, and he's not even a leader on a subject where he could be a great leader!"
IRS Scandal Update
Guest: Bob Cusack
There are reports that someone leaked the confidential tax records of Republican Christine O'Donnell, who ran unsuccessfully for the Senate in 2010. The Factor welcomed The Hill's Bob Cusack, who has been pursuing the story. "These are serious allegations," he reported. "The left likes to mock O'Donnell, but these allegations are getting traction on Capitol Hill. When O'Donnell launched her campaign, the IRS put a lien on her house, but the problem is that it wasn't her house. The IRS made a mistake, but these reports got leaked to the press and it hurt her candidacy. An IRS official now says her tax records may have been compromised."
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Factor Words of the Day
John Rintoul, Savannah, GA: "Mr. O, congratulations on the best Talking Points in Factor history. In three minutes you concisely and courageously laid out why our country is in decline."

Mike Nicholson, Houston, TX: "Bill, you were wrong to blame the Republicans for banks making risky investments. That was a direct result of relaxed mortgage regulations under the Clinton administration."

Brian Swanstrom, Baileyville, IL: "Mr. O, thanks for challenging Geraldo with respect to Al Sharpton's antics. It's become clear that he needs to keep the perception of racial injustice going in order to remain relevant."
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