Booshwah Values and Stuff


Nick Kristof ‘fesses up:

When Liberals Blew It

Fifty years ago this month, Democrats made a historic mistake.

Daniel Patrick Moynihan, at the time a federal official, wrote a famous report in March 1965 on family breakdown among African-Americans. He argued presciently and powerfully that the rise of single-parent households would make poverty more intractable.

“The fundamental problem,” Moynihan wrote, is family breakdown. In a follow-up, he explained: “From the wild Irish slums of the 19th-century Eastern seaboard, to the riot-torn suburbs of Los Angeles, there is one unmistakable lesson in American history: a community that allows large numbers of young men to grow up in broken families … never acquiring any stable relationship to male authority, never acquiring any set of rational expectations about the future — that community asks for and gets chaos.”

Liberals brutally denounced Moynihan as a racist. He himself had grown up in a single-mother household and worked as a shoeshine boy at the corner of Broadway and 43rd Street in Manhattan, yet he was accused of being aloof and patronizing, and of “blaming the victim.”


But the scathing commentary led President Lyndon Johnson to distance himself from the Moynihan report. Scholars, fearful of being accused of racism, mostly avoided studying family structure and poverty.

In 1992, Vice President Dan Quayle stepped into the breach by emphasizing the role of the family in addressing poverty, including a brief reference to Murphy Brown, a television character who was a single mom. Liberals rushed to ridicule Quayle for sexism and outdated moralism, causing politicians to tread this ground ever more carefully.

The taboo on careful research on family structure and poverty was broken by William Julius Wilson, an eminent black sociologist. He has praised Moynihan’s report as “a prophetic document,” for evidence is now overwhelming that family structure matters a great deal for low-income children of any color.

I was a little kid when LBJ was in the White House, but I still remember talk about a “War on Poverty.” Helping poor people seemed like a nice thing to do. It just never occurred to me that poverty would win.

But here’s the money quote I want to talk about:

“My major criticism of the report is that it assumes that middle-class American values are the correct values for everyone in America,” protested Floyd McKissick, then a prominent African-American civil rights leader.

That right there is the cancer that lurks at the heart of modern liberalism. Most people call it “multiculturalism.”

If you ever took a sales course you probably have heard of Zig Ziglar. He was a motivational speaker and author who taught that if you want to be a winner you have to act like one. If you do the things that winners do, you’ll start winning too.

According to modern liberalism, “You didn’t build that.” If you are successful it’s not because you worked hard and applied yourself, denying yourself instant gratification for a bigger and better reward later.

According to modern liberalism, success is achieved by either pure luck or by cheating someone else. There is no such thing as “American Exceptionalism” and capitalism is inherently evil. Religion and moral values are tools of The Patriarchy and the racist White Power Establishment that are used to oppress and enslave minorities and women.

Middle class American values have a lot to do with success of the middle class. Lower class and/or non-American values have a lot to do with the lack of success of the lower class. To quote Zig Ziglar, “You cannot climb the ladder of success dressed in the costume of failure.”

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31 Responses to Booshwah Values and Stuff

  1. DeniseVB says:

    Personal Responsibility. It’s a good thing😉

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  3. SHV says:

    “non-American values have a lot to do with the lack of success of the lower class.”
    East and South-West Asians seem to be rejuvenating American values. “Diversity”, Holistic admission standards, etc. are getting push-back, especially by Chinese in California. A recent list of High School students in my city, who were named Presidential(?) Scholars, 8 of the 11 were, by name, Chinese or Indian.

    • 1539days says:

      If the idea of the Tiger Mom is to be believed, it’s all because of family.

      • SHV says:

        Culture, family and peer pressure are probably responsible for 80%(?) of success in school.

        • Myiq2xu says:

          We have raised a couple generations of kids who all think they are above average. Getting straight C’s is seen as failure. We have made A’s and B’s the default grades for average performance. That also means the smart kids don’t get pushed to meet their potential.

          Tiger moms of all races push their kids to do their best, which in our system makes them look like high achievers even when they are just average.

          • SHV says:

            ” We have made A’s and B’s the default grades for average performance.”
            Except for Harvey Mudd College; as of 2010 only 7 students have graduated with 4.0 GPA. Harvard, however, the average grade is A-.

  4. mothy67 says:

    I am having a rough hideos dogs will not leve me alone. Bellla is from hell. No t hing can fix her. Barks non stop. Shock collars sprays nothing works. Today she will not leave my feet. I weep she licks my tears.

  5. 49erDweet says:

    Interesting thing about the politics of Floyd McKissick is he started out while quite young forming a Progressive Party chapter, then swung CORE from non-violence to violent provocation, then morphed into an entrepreneur and in later life, as he became older and assumably wiser, became a Republican. Heh.

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    • 49erDweet says:

      From my experience with them – OK, it was Kennedy, but – this is pretty normal for SS. They party hard and if you can’t cut it you don’t belong, from what I saw. Interestingly (to me) I worked with two other fed agency personal security details a few times and they were top notch and professional. When K was in Dallas I wondered how clear their minds were at the time, but that’s probably not important.

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    A mostly peaceful lunch at Mickey D’s:

  11. Kathy says:

    Wow–great piece. Years ago I read a piece (forgot the name) about how to improve low achieving students. Basically the best way is to surround them in classes with high achievers.

  12. Myiq2xu says:

    MoJo on Lanny Davis:

    Though the Senate committee chaired by Republican Sen. Fred Thompson investigating the campaign finance scandal was hyping the case against Bill Clinton—suggesting that China had illegally funneled money to his presidential campaign—there were legitimate concerns about Clinton fundraising practices (when Terry McAuliffe was then the Clinton’s highly effective and prolific money chaser), as well as serious allegations about the excesses of the GOP’s money machine. Yet Davis, representing the White House, was hell-bent on denying any evidence of Clinton wrongdoing. It was absurd. There were days when the committee would reveal a memo clearly showing that the Democrats had done something untoward. In the hallway, Davis, in pitbull fashion, would insist with a straight face that the document did not say what it said, and he would self-righteously claim the GOP was wasting taxpayers’ money to wage this vendetta against the Clintons. Reporters soon began comparing him to Jon Lovitz’s SNL character, the pathological liar. (“Yeah, that’s the ticket.”) Anything Davis told us was totally discounted and dismissed. His reality denial discredited him—and, by extension, the White House.

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  15. mothy67 says:

    I am very sorry. Case and Iare one year apart. I was not ready to lose her. People throw aroind ton of btiks all the time. Has no meaning til ir does. I want to is not so simple. My baby giirl needs me.

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