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Must-reads from the Bubbler

Socialism vs capitalism

Socialism lends itself to the worst temptations of man by encouraging gain at other people’s expense. Capitalism understands that men are not angels and builds in safeguards and peer pressure to prevent them from ruling over others. They’re complicated philosophies… but not that complicated.

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Who would you like to meet in Heaven?

Papa von Higgenbotham and I were recently talking about death, and I asked him who would he look forward to meeting in Heaven? I was curious if he would talk about departed family members or perhaps more historical figures. It was neither. Instead, he answered: “You know, Ruben… there are billions of dead who have died and gone to Heaven. What are the chances that I would even run into anyone I know, much less someone famous?” This is a perspective I’ve never heard. Who thinks of Heaven as a busy city with hustle and bustle, where the only…

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Leftist word association

When you say the following words to a leftist, I imagine there responses would look something like this: Whites = racist Blacks = helpless Illegal immigrants = Democrat voters Women = victims Police = killers Hispanics = unskilled labor Middle America = uneducated hicks Tech professionals = important Republicans = white supremacists Democrats = useful idiots Celebrities = important Wealthy people = educated The pattern here is that leftists don’t see individuals. They see groups. However you want to group people, leftists see everyone in that group as the same. Blacks all think alike. Police all want to kill…

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Obama’s place in history

People give U.S. President’s way too much credit. No one President can single-handedly fix or wreck the economy. They can’t individually solve a problem. They can rarely enact a policy all on their own. They can share a plan or express a solution, but the United States government was designed to build multiple dependencies so that there has to be agreement or compromise to get anything done. This is supposed to prevent a dictatorship. The greatest individual power a President has is to set the cultural tone. They have the power to direct and influence if people are paying…

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London Breed’s qualifications

I recently visited the disaster that is San Francisco. I went for a walk around the city and noticed that random streets were closed from vehicle access. It’s called the “Slow Streets Program,” and the purpose is to create more space for socially distanced walking and biking. I asked my friend if London Breed is qualified to be Mayor. “Of course,” he said. “She’s black, and she’s a woman.” Let that list of qualifications sink in a minute. Sure, anyone could, in good faith, list her resume of experience. But how many times do we hear politicians and activists…

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Opportunity vs excuses

By telling an entire generation of American children that they’re either all racist or oppressed by racists, we are destroying their futures, right along with our own. Most people understand that it is up to adults to teach children and help them make sense of the things life will teach them on its own. But few actively understand that children don’t know anything other than what they experience growing up. Children have no frame of reference. Kids in the Middle East who are taught that America wants to destroy them and keeps them oppressed will undoubtedly grown up with…

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They don’t show streakers anymore

It used to be that when a fan or streaker ran onto the field during a televised sporting event, the action was captured by the cameras for all to see. That has changed. Now, the on-air broadcasters make a point of telling you that someone has gone on the field and they will not show it because they don’t want to encourage that sort of behavior. Why is it any different with racism? Liberals are constantly talking about racism. They see racism behind every door. Everything that goes wrong in a black person’s life is due to racism. We…

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Thinking in generalities leads to racism

Leftists think in generalities. Conservatives think in specifics. Leftists see people as groups. Conservatives see people as individuals. This is, quite simply, why leftists are fixated on race and see racism everywhere. They mistakenly believe that all whites, all blacks, all gays, all Asians, and all other groups are the same. They assume they think the same, act the same, want the same things, have the same capabilities, and are all interchangeable. Ironically, this way of thinking is, in fact, a brilliant example of racism – or how a racist would think. Conservatives see people as individuals, and likewise,…

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Hate: the appeal of Democrats

What is it that unifies Democrats? What draws people to the Democrat Party? Why do people vote for them? Sometimes I wonder if the biggest draw to the Democrat Party isn’t stopping conservatives. Democrats spend so much time demonizing conservatives as being evil, racist, bigoted, sexist, domestic terrorist conspiracy theorists, that I can’t help but wonder just how deliberate of a strategy is it really? Do the party leaders truly see this as the path to growing the base and voting out conservatives? How many people who identify as a Democrat or vote for Democrat candidates are motivated by…

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Ignorance is not hate

While channel-surfing recently, I came across a story on ESPN about the Nebraska women’s golf team. A Muslim woman had recently made the team, and that was the first exposure for many of the team’s women to a Muslim. In the brief time I was watching, the coach was talking about how many of the women on the team were from Nebraska or neighboring states and had never met a Muslim before. She mentioned there were many questions, and the team was learning a lot about their new teammate. I noticed that the coach didn’t mention the team all…

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