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Warren's Proposed Laws Oppose MLK's 'Dream'

Warren's Proposed Laws Oppose MLK's 'Dream'
Sen. Elizabeth Warren at Friday's New Hampshire debate (Getty Images)

Michael Dorstewitz By Monday, 10 February 2020 08:56 AM EST Current | Bio | Archive

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., promotes the use of "race-conscious laws" on a sweeping array of issues, including housing, education, and the criminal justice system. But that's the exact opposite of what America stands for — equality.

"We need to rework our criminal justice system," she said at the New Hampshire Democratic debate. “We need race-conscious laws in education and employment, in entrepreneurship, to make this country a country of opportunity for everyone, no matter the color of their skin.”

This runs smack dab against the dream of the late civil rights icon, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who called for a colorblind society.

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character," he said.

But instead of a colorblind America, Warren dreams of a color-conscious one, despite our founding principles laid out in the Declaration of Independence: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights. ..."

It didn't say that some people are more equal than others, despite what Warren envisions.

We engaged in a Civil War lasting four years and that took 290,000 lives in order to uphold those principles. As Abraham Lincoln observed, America’s founding represented "a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."

It was Lincoln's dream "that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

He didn’t say more freedom for some and less for others. He said a "new birth of freedom" — period.

After the war the United States ratified the Reconstruction Amendments to the Constitution. They are:

  • The Thirteenth Amendment, which prohibits slavery or involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime.
  • The Fourteenth Amendment, which grants citizenship to all persons born or naturalized in the United States — including former slaves — and guarantees all citizens "equal protection of the laws."
  • The Fifteenth Amendment, which prohibits the government from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that person's "race, color, or previous condition of servitude."

Incidentally, those amendments were almost universally approved by Republican members of Congress, and almost universally opposed by Democrats.

The 1960s ushered in key pieces of legislation that addressed the Jim Crow laws, which were themselves the epitome of "race-conscious laws." That new legislation included:

  • The Civil Rights Act of 1964, which abolished segregation and discrimination in public accommodations.
  • The 24th Amendment, which banned poll taxes — charging citizens for exercising their right to vote.
  • The Voting Rights Act of 1965, which guaranteed what the 15th Amendment promised — that no person may be denied the right to vote based on race. It also banned the use of literacy tests as a prerequisite to vote.

These and other civil rights laws that guaranteed equality for all were approved in Congress not because of Congressional Democrats, but despite them.

Yet Warren would promote a "color-conscious" society where some Americans are more equal than others — based on the color of their skin.

If she's that concerned that some individuals may still be subject to discrimination, she should consider that the founders provided two equalizers for American citizens: capitalism and the Second Amendment — and each helps define liberty and freedom.

Capitalism has lifted more people out of poverty than any other economic system in use, past or present. It's also wholly responsible for the creation of the middle class.

The Second Amendment, which guarantees citizens the right to keep and bear arms, has made it possible for everyone — no matter what their sex or size — to adequately defend themselves.

An adage from the Old West went, "God created men and Sam Colt made them equal!"

Ask a woman "in the know" for her self-defense preference: A cell phone, a rape whistle, or a "LadySmith" revolver, and she'll choose the handgun every time.

But Warren would replace capitalism with socialism, and eliminate the Second Amendment altogether, sentiments that are shared by many other Democrats on the presidential debate stage.

It's one more reason her party has to be defeated all the way down the ballot — from the presidency to the school board.

Everyone has to vote as though their way of life depends on it —because it does.

Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., promotes the use of "race-conscious laws" on a sweeping array of issues, including housing, education, and the criminal justice system. But that's the exact opposite of what America stands for — equality.
elizabethwarren, race, martinlutherking
Monday, 10 February 2020 08:56 AM
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