Friday, October 9, 2015

Dr. Carson Takes a Shot at Gun Control

Dr. Carson Takes a Shot at Gun Control
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
October 9, 2015

Playing the Holocaust card is always risky – even more so when coupled with an issue as overly divisive as guns and gun control – precisely what Republican presidential hopeful Dr. Benjamin Carson did with recent comments.

Proving the liberal media’s double standard, Carson’s comments following the slaughter on the campus of Umpqua Community College near Roseburg, OR on October 1 was lambasted, while those of Barack Obama were applauded. Obama, on the day of the Oregon tragedy, before the deceased were even identified, called, as per his usual, for increased gun control legislation and vowed to visit the campus. When one criticism was actually offered, that Obama was politicizing the catastrophe, he definitively said that he was and would continue to do so.

Main stream liberal media supported Obama, yet castigated Carson who said if he had been on the Oregon campus he would have rushed the shooter, noting that the shooter would not be able to kill everybody and that many lives could have been saved. The fact that the Umpqua campus along with so many others are considered “Gun Free Zones,” makes all people attending, working, and visiting these colleges sitting ducks, opined Carson, an opinion supported by many. Apparently the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution is superseded by university rules – and public schools at that, for the most part.

But perhaps what others have considered more incendiary remarks from Carson concern the Holocaust of European Jewry that saw six million Jews systematically murdered by the dictatorial Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler during World War II.

Carson’s comments were not the result of the shooting on the Umpqua campus, but long before, in print in his latest book, A More Perfect Union. In his tome Carson writes that “through a combination of removing guns and disseminating propaganda, the Nazis were able to carry out their evil intentions with relatively little resistance.”

In a recent interview with CNN, Carson was asked to clarify his thoughts on equating gun control laws with the slaughter of six million Jews.

“I think the likelihood of Hitler being able to accomplish his goals would have been greatly diminished if the people had been armed. I’m telling you, there is a reason these dictatorial people take guns first,” said Carson.

Carson’s invocation of the Holocaust was not meant to be salacious, but to make a point about gun control – a correct point, that gun control is about government control of the people.

Carson’s view on the history is somewhat simplistic – it was not as black and white a picture as he attempts to paint. The Weimar Republic that preceded Hitler had instituted gun registration laws, upon which Hitler, when taking office, capitalized on that legislation to strip Jews and other so-called enemies of the state of their firearms. Additionally, the age in which people lived in the pre-World War II era – the reparations following World War I which influenced Hitler’s thought process, as well as the abject poverty due to the economic depression that followed, gave birth to a climate making Hitler’s rise to power possible, and to some, necessary.

But just as important was the ability to capture the hearts and minds of the German population – 60 million strong. “All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach,” wrote Hitler. (Of course had 21st Century technology and 24-hour news cycles existed in the 1930s, Hitler would have unlikely approached the genocide for which he was responsible.)

Hitler appealed to the low hanging fruit, understanding that to rile up the mostly anti-Semitic, or at the very least ambivalent masses, would garner him support to sign the Gun Control Act in 1938 prohibiting Jews from working in the firearms industry as well as surrendering what firearms they initially owned. Thanks to the gun registration laws of the Weimar days, the police/Gestapo had records of Jewish gun owners. Jews had heretofore already been banned from receiving gun permits.

There is support that Carson’s suggestion regarding gun control making it easier for Hitler to follow through on his heinous machinations has merit.

Yet, Carson was criticized by Jonathan Greenblatt, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League. Greenblatt called Carson’s suggestion “that Hitler’s gun control policy contributed to the Holocaust is historically inaccurate…. The small number of personal firearms available to Germany’s Jews in 1938 could in no way have stopped the totalitarian power of the Nazi German state.”

I think that last statement by Greenblatt actually supports Carson’s assertion about gun control affecting the ability of the small Jewish population of Germany to defend itself and at least diminish the effects of the Nazi regime.

Consider the evidence of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. Here, a couple of small bands of Jews staved off the Nazis from liquidating the Warsaw Ghetto, not for the three days the Nazis expected the task to take, but for a month. From April 19, the eve of Passover, until May 16, 1943, these rag-tag undermanned and certainly under armed Jews fought the Nazis until they simply could not fight any longer as building after building was razed. And while the Warsaw Ghetto was reduced to ash and rubble and its inhabitants ultimately deported to death camps or murdered on the spot, firearms kept the Jews alive for as long as they did. Gun control would have seen the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto sooner rather than later.

In the United States the Second Amendment to the Constitution is to protect the people from the government, not the converse. “When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” So wrote Thomas Jefferson.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

Monday, September 21, 2015

When a Clock is a Ticking Time Bomb

When a Clock is a Ticking Time Bomb
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
September 21, 2015

President Ronald Reagan famously said “trust, but verify” mostly regarding the United States relations with the Soviet Union during the waning days of the Cold War. Excellent advice and it still applies today in virtually all areas of diplomacy, government, and life itself.

Enter Ahmed Mohamed, 14, a ninth grader attending MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas. Mohamed brought to school, on Monday, September 14, a supposed homemade clock – a clock that was not the result of a homework assignment for a science, math, or any other class. This self-imposed show and tell proved more show and very little tell as teachers and Principal Dan Cummings responded to the strangely designed clock with alarm bells of their own.

Could the homemade clock have been something more sinister? Shown side by side, it looks identical to a suitcase bomb – similar to those used to fell airplanes and buildings. Mohamed showed the clock to his engineering teacher who recommended the student not show it to anyone else. Ignoring the advice of his teacher, Mohamed showed the contraption to his English teacher who expressed alarm and contacted Cummings.

The safety of an entire school community at stake, Cummings took the absolute correct action by calling the police. With the spate of school-related violence continuing to rise, and school shootings fervently on the minds of many, better to overreact and be mistaken than underreact and die.

The police questioned Mohamed, who offered little explanation or information, thus his subsequent handcuffing and arrest. Police and school officials offering Mohamed the chance to explain – that was the trust – which when little to no response came, the verify became vital as suspicions grew. Mohamed didn’t even invoke the name of his engineering teacher in his defense.

That Mohamed is a Muslim has turned this story into a cause celeb, the reins of which have been grabbed by Barack Obama. Obama has once again sided with political correctness over safety and security by downplaying the potential for death, destruction, and devastation by quipping “Nice clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House?”

As it turns out, Mohamed’s “invention” is nothing more than an old 1980s Radio Shack item reassembled to look like an incendiary devise for reasons unknown. Perhaps to garner sympathy for the Muslim community by demonstrating Islamophobia in the Irving schools? Perhaps as a precursor to something more diabolical?

The boy’s father Mohamed El-Hassan Mohamed claimed his son was tortured by police and school officials. A native of Sudan and a naturalized American, Mohamed frequently returns to his native land to run for president. Additionally, he enlisted the aid of the terror-connected organization CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) to support his son and claim Islamophobia.

Had the student been a white Christian, police and school authorities would be applauded for preventing a potential terrorist attack on children. Instead, charges dropped, punishment at school rescinded, while an elementary school student who bit his breakfast toaster pastry into a crudely shaped “gun,” had his suspension upheld. This is March 2013 story of then seven-year-old Josh Welch, a second grader attending Park Elementary School in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, suspended for two days.

Obama is hypocritical by violating his own mantra of “if you see something, say something.” Or perhaps this only applies to white Christians.

I wrote about the vitality of vigilance in my 9-11 column: This applies 24/7, 365 days a year – everywhere – from elementary schools to bus depots and train stations and from stadiums to airports. Better safe than stupid. The alternative to vigilance is deleterious to our health, our lives, and this nation as a whole.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Another 9-11: Vigilance or Venality

Another 9-11: Vigilance or Venality?
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
September 9, 2015

Another September 11 is upon us and while the memories fade farther into the sunset, the United States finds itself in a more perilous predicament than on that fateful sunny Tuesday morning in 2001. On that date radical Muslim terrorists flew planes into both towers of the World Trade Center in Manhattan, the Pentagon in Arlington, VA, and into a field in Shanksville, PA headed for Washington, DC murdering nearly 3,000 innocent people.

Since that date there have been thousands of terrorist attacks committed by Muslim extremists, punctuated by those in London, Madrid, Bali, and Benghazi, yet more and more people in the government of the United States can’t bring themselves to utter the words Islamic extremists, radical Muslims, or any other form of accurate verbiage describing the myriad acts perpetrated by a people hell bent on the destruction of Israel, the United States, and Western Civilization.

Since that date al-Qaeda continues to flex its muscles, as have Boko Haram, Hamas, Hezbollah, and if those terror organizations aren’t enough of a threat, ISIS or ISIL is demonstrative of new and improved ways to torture, murder, and destroy. This is the same ISIS Barack Obama ignorantly and lightly dismissed as a “JV team.” Well, Mr. Obama, that so-called JV team is committing mayhem and chaos on a major league scale with headless Christian, Jewish, and even Muslim bodies strewn across the countryside of far too many locales.

And while terror is on the rise, the United States is under the thumb of a narcissistic so-called leader who has drawn down the size of military – a military that should be the largest on the planet to remind the world of Ronald Reagan’s call for “peace through strength.” Instead, there is the feckless call for “leading from behind,” a deleterious theory only putting the United States in greater jeopardy.

The United States lacks vigilance both abroad and on the domestic front. The bridge connecting the two is the lack of a strong policy regarding immigration – both legal and illegal. Sleeper cells are awakening in the United States, many of which are populated not just by illegal aliens slipping across the southern border, but countless thousands overstaying visas – visas legally obtained due to a pathetic system too afraid to tell people from enemy nations they are not permitted entry into this country.

For more on the insane situation that is the ongoing spate of illegal aliens, please read the following:

(Once a flat or fair tax system is enacted to replace the mess that is the IRS, the money saved by eliminating those jobs can be used to hire more people to make more sound judgment regarding who should be allowed entry into the United States and be able to follow up on all visas prior to expiration.) A strict immigration policy must not only be enacted, but adhered to with harsh penalties. The United States may be a land of immigrants, and have an open door, but the United States must no longer be the doormat of the world.

A nation of political correctness in government, the public square, and the public schools is destroying itself from within faster than we can save it. More and more people are thinking it is acceptable to have fewer freedoms and more censorship in media and everyday language – especially in the halls of academia.

Places like at Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey, where Deepa Kumar, a professor of media studies, born in India, has said “the United States is more brutal than ISIS.” Kumar was the leading proponent against having former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as the commencement speaker at Rutgers, who kow-towed to Kumar and her ilk. Apparently liberal tolerance stops with conservatives permitted to speak at a public university.

This will only weaken the United States. The answer to speech with which one disagrees, is not less speech, but more speech. The preservation of the First Amendment to the Constitution is imperative for the preservation of the American way of life. We are not China, Cuba, Iran, or Russia.

It is the left in the United States seeking to shrink the First Amendment, shrink the military, eliminate the Second Amendment, and pray the police, which they march in protest against, will protect us while they call for more police firings or even deaths. I should backtrack, I said the left would “pray the police…” – how silly, the left doesn’t pray – it is their lack of prayer that allowed for condoms in the schools, abortion on demand, but mention G-d anywhere, and there is holy hell to pay.

The recent Planned Parenthood expose detailing their selling of baby body parts is as barbaric as the terrorist activities overseas. For more on that issue, please see:

The United States is aiding in its own downfall. Terrorists and illegals are using our own laws against us and the United States is a laughing stock with the so-called feminist movement crying over insignificant issues while a genuine war on women is being perpetrated overseas on a mass scale. While a handful of women want to parade around topless and call it an injustice that they can’t, a real war on women exists in Muslim countries where rape victims are stoned to death under the charge of adultery.

And the supposed “champion” of women’s issues, one Hillary Clinton is raking in millions for the Clinton Foundation from countries whose treatment of women is abysmal at best, but hypocrite Hillary talks out of both sides of her mouth – telling potential voters she is for women, yet delivering speeches and profiting from Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

This is the same Hillary Clinton who has endorsed and supports the Obama deal with Iran that will allow them unfettered access to the materials to build nuclear weaponry, with virtually no true inspection systems in place, and with cash in the pockets of the Iranian despotic regime to the tune of $150 billion. This is the worst foreign policy deal in the world since Munich in 1938. Obama has done his best impression of Neville Chamberlain. For more on the disastrous Iran deal, please see:

There is no unity opposing a deal so weak one must wonder if those supporting it have forgotten the severity of September 11, 2001. While Iran was not the perpetrator behind the devastation that shocked the world 14 years ago, it vows to execute damage infinitely worse once it becomes a nuclear power, the keys to which are being handed to them by the Obama administration. Without nuclear power Iran is already the chief state sponsor of terror funding terrorist activities in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen.

So venal are the supporters of this deal, they put party over country, and legacy over security. For all of its faults and foibles, the United States is still the greatest country in the world. People are forever attempting to make this country their home, not escape it. It is incumbent upon the decent citizens of the United States to strengthen our resolve to ensure the future of this nation is one where people are free to speak their minds without fear of retribution, where the rule of law is respected, where an American education actually benefits its recipients in the competitive real world of law, medicine, technology, communications, engineering, architecture, literature, and education itself.

We are at a crossroads in the United States. It is time to take back our country before it becomes another Sodom and Gomorrah. Let not the sacrifice of those who died making the United States what it once was be lost, and let not those 2,977 souls who perished on September 11, 2001 have died in vain.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living on Westfield, IN. On September 11, 2001 he was working for a newspaper in Northern Virginia and was 10 minutes from the Pentagon on that fateful day.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Which Black Lives Matter?

Which Black Lives Matter?
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
August 25, 2015

Why are Michael Brown and Freddie Gray household names, yet when the name Jamyla Bolden is mentioned, the response is, who?

Sadly, the answer is because to the Black Lives Matter folks, apparently not all black lives matter. Apparently because there is no political or financial capital to be earned, the drive-by shooting of this nine-year-old girl from Ferguson, MO is widely ignored by the main stream media which has recently kow-towed to the BLM movement.

Where are such provocateurs as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson? Why aren’t they leading the parade fomenting the angst and demanding answers as to why this little girl was murdered while doing her homework sitting on her mother’s bed?

These prevaricators of racial divide were nowhere to be found following the August 18 slaying of fourth grader Jamyla Bolden. This crime was not perpetrated by police, nor did not involve questionable suspects where it would be important to shift blame to the police. Instead this was yet another black on black slaughter; another taking of yet another innocent life – a life barely started. No witnesses have come forward to identify a yet to be identified murderer.

The murder of Jamyla Bolden comes about 13 months after the death of Brown that left Ferguson still reeling from the aftermath and uprising of a crescendo of violence that provided for the impetus of the Black Lives Movement. This is a movement that has operated under the false pretense that blacks are constantly the victims of white police officers simply for possessing black skin. Yet, the BLM has remained virtually silent regarding the epidemic of black on black crime, often murder.

If black lives matter, and they do, then all black lives should matter from birth. Black lives should matter when liberals and Democrats under the Lyndon Johnson so-called Great Society made it acceptable for a welfare check to replace a father in the home and to date more than 70 percent of all black children are born to single mothers. ( (Page 40; Table 15)

Black lives should matter when more and more liberals and Democrats oppose charter schools and school choice as black graduation rates continue to plummet and fall further behind the graduation rates of white, Hispanic, and Asian students. (

Black lives should matter when more and more liberals and Democrats support providing a path to citizenship for the between 12 and 20 million illegal aliens. Illegals are typically working illegally in the United States underselling their labor for cash under the table and creating an underclass with which poorly educated blacks are unable to compete.

For those who question whether there is hope in the black community, read the Dr. Benjamin Carson story.

And while touching briefly on the political realm, former Maryland Governor Martin O’ Malley (D) embarrassed himself when he apologized for saying “white lives matter and all lives matter” to a chorus of boos at the Netroots Nation conference in July. O’ Malley said he meant no disrespect for including white and all lives following black lives matter. Doing so was unnecessary and made him look feckless and sheepish.

That we as a nation have lowered ourselves to the place where a presidential candidate would apologize for saying all lives matter is disgraceful, discordant, and disrespectful of life itself. But between violence seen on television, movies, music, video games, as well as abortion on demand, including the dissemination of baby body parts to the highest bidder, it is no wonder life has lost value in more than just the black community.

Yes, black lives matter, white lives matter, all lives matter, and Jamyla Bolden’s life mattered.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Schumer Must Whip Up the Minyan on Iran Deal

Schumer Must Whip Up the Minyan on Iran Deal
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
August 20, 2015

Senator Charles “Chuck” Schumer (D-NY) wants to be Minority Leader in the next Congress. (Actually he really wants to be Majority Leader, but is at least smart enough to know that won’t happen.) Point being, Schumer, for all his desire to lead, passed on a golden opportunity to do just that – demonstrate his leadership chops on this disgraceful Iran deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

There have been numerous articles and columns written ad nauseum opposing Barack Obama’s capitulation to Iran while doing his best impression of the second coming of former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain (1869-1940). These two feckless so-called leaders gave away their respective stores in an attempt to bring “peace to our time.” It failed miserably under Chamberlain, who did not live long enough to see his successor Winston Churchill (1874-1965) become a British hero, himself rising out of the political ashes like a Phoenix.

Obama, not learning from history, presented two options to both the American people and the world – his tepid, borderline traitorous deal with Iran or the inevitability of war, most probably a nuclear war at that. For once Iran procures the bomb its first strike will be toward Israel, the nation Iran perpetually promises to wipe from the map and globe, followed by attempts to destroy Western Civilization as a whole.

Obama, as GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee (R-AR) has advised, should take Iran seriously. Huckabee came under a degree of criticism for not just calling the Iran deal “idiotic,” but that “Obama ultimately will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven,” a reference to the Holocaust without using that word. Huckabee said neither anything wrong or hyperbolic in the strength of his words, and in fact it was Iran, long a Holocaust denier, said having so many Jews in Israel makes it easier to wipe them off the face of the map, calling for a holocaust. Huckabee also opined that when Iran makes such incendiary proposals it is better to take them at their word. And while Obama chided Huckabee’s remarks as “ridiculous and sad,” Huckabee responded by saying, “what’s ridiculous and sad is that President Obama does not take the Iran threats seriously.”

Apparently neither does Secretary of State John Kerry. Iran’s repeated virulent calls for Israel’s destruction makes Kerry’s recent remarks even more myopic than one could have originally imagined. In an interview with Jeffery Goldberg of The Atlantic, Kerry said “this deal is as pro-Israel… as it gets.”

Kerry further demonstrated how obtuse he truly is when asked if he believes “Iranian leaders sincerely seek the elimination of the Jewish state?”

“I think they have a fundamental ideological confrontation with Israel at this particular moment. Whether or not that translates into active steps, quote, ‘wipe it,’ you know…

“Wipe it off the map,” Goldberg said, finishing Kerry’s moronic thought.

“I don’t know the answer to that,” Kerry continued, adding he saw nothing to indicate the destruction of Israel was a goal of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Kerry also said, “There isn’t a better deal to be gotten.” That statement alone is demonstrative of the utter submission to Iran and its future quest to achieve nuclear weaponry.

“The deal leaves Tehran on the cusp of a bomb while sanctions vanish,” wrote The Wall Street Journal in its July 15 editorial condemning this atrocious deal that will almost certainly lead to the destruction of Israel.

Certainly Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who can run mental circles around both Obama and Kerry with half his brain tied behind his back, understands the riskiness of this deal.

“The world is a much more dangerous place today than it way yesterday,” calling this deal a “stunning historic mistake,” and a “death sentence for Israel,” said Netanyahu in July. He also said it is a gamble that 10 years from now Iran will no longer be a state sponsor of terror seeking to destroy Israel and the United States.

Netanyahu observed and asked, that with all their oil, why do they need a nuclear power plant, as Iran claims it is seeking. Clearly Iran is undergoing a quest to build a nuclear bomb, or numerous bombs, as they continue pursuing nuclear bomb grade uranium. And with the relaxed sanctions and the return of $150 billion to Iran, their quest just became easier.

“Israel is not bound by this deal with Iran because Iran continues to seek our destruction,” said Netanyahu in July.

Because of the stress on Israel and its future, it becomes incumbent of the United States Congress to eviscerate this deal when it reaches their chambers in September. This is where Senator Schumer needs to step up and be the leader he was elected to be. To be the leader that will promote him to the Leader post he so desires, as well as be the statesman by leading his people to the right side of history.

There are 10 Jewish United States senators. From a religious standpoint, this is significant, as 10 people having surpassed the age of bar/bat mitzvah (13), comprise a minyan, the daily service required in the Jewish faith. Jews are required to pray thrice daily, and in a minyan, as certain prayers are required to be recited as a community.

Schumer has already announced his rejection of the Iran deal and plans to vote against it. Sadly, he also announced he would not “whip up” his fellow Democrats to follow suit. This is a huge mistake on Schumer’s part. He must remain true to his position that “to me, the very real risk that Iran will not moderate and will, instead, use the agreement to pursue its nefarious goals is too great…. Therefore I will vote to disapprove the agreement… because I believe Iran will not change… Better to keep U.S. sanctions in place, strengthen them, [and] enforce secondary sanctions on other nations,” wrote Schumer in an August 6 editorial in The Wall Street Journal.

How weak a deal did Obama cobble together? As previously mentioned, millions of dollars returned, which only strengthen Iran’s financial place in the world, when in reality, Iran should be shunned and isolated until brought to its knees. Leading from behind, as is an Obama trait, is akin to America on her knees before the Ayatollah. The United States couldn’t even extract the four hostages still held in Iran. This country is still rewarding bad behavior.

And now, the latest shocking news as reported by the Associated Press on Wednesday, August 19, “that Iran can conduct inspections on its own Parchin nuclear site under a top-secret agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) amounted to a new target for critics of the deal ahead of next month’s vote on the nuclear deal in Congress.”

Such an absurd allowance is worse than the proverbial fox guarding the henhouse.

This is why Schumer must whip up the minyan, and although the Jewish vote is not a monolithic vote (OK, not as much as it used to be) he must get the other nine Jewish senators on board. They must abandon their ultra-liberal roots in favor of common sense to preserve and protect both Israel as well as the United States. Make no mistake, if Iran can, it will strike the United States. It is up to all Americans, from all faiths to call these senators as well as the two from each of our home states.

Need more evidence this deal with Iran is wrong and dangerous? Israel and Saudi Arabia are on the same side opposing this treacherous pact, and the United Nations approves the deal. Iran’s long-standing desires to exenterate Israel must be stopped before the mushroom cloud of World War III forces World War IV to be fought with nothing more than sticks and stones.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Slavery Should Be So Good

Slavery Should Be So Good
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
August 12, 2015

From a historic perspective, as an educator I am quite familiar with the annals of black slavery in the United States. The singer Prince Rogers Nelson, more famously known just as Prince, apparently missed that year’s history course as he compared signing a record contract to the vileness of forced servitude dominating the American south from 1619 through 1865.

“Record contracts are just like – I’m gonna say the word – slavery. I would tell any young artist… don’t sign,” said Prince during a media event at his Paisley Park Studios in Minneapolis, according to NPR.

Born in 1958, and at age 57, Prince knows nothing about real slavery, yet his words, hyperbolic or not, have not been condemned by the so-called leaders of the black community. Were a white entertainer to have uttered such insulting verbiage he or she would be excoriated right out of the business; same for an athlete, educator, or politician. Yet for a black man of such popular acclaim as Prince there is an expected double standard.

Was Prince not one of the highest paid performers since the late 1970s? Worth $300 million, plus or minus, as of 2014, Prince released his first album, For You in 1978, with an additional 30 albums throughout an illustrious career that is still active. His accolades include seven Grammy Awards, one Golden Globe, and one Academy Award.

Does $300 million sound like “slave wages?” I use quotes around the words slave wages as slaves were not paid for their forced labor, and that is also what Denzel Washington called his pay in the excellent film Glory, where black soldiers were paid less than white soldiers.

Was Prince tortured? Was Prince raped? Was Prince deprived of basic human rights? Was Prince deprived of food and water? Was Prince taken against his will from his parents? Was Prince’s freedom of speech denied or restricted? I imagine Prince was denied none of the above.

Is Prince literate? I imagine so. Does or did Prince have access to legal counsel? I imagine so. If Prince was not provided with competent, sound advice, he should sue his attorney. In order to make a living in the music business Prince signed a contract with a record producer – a producer who took a chance that signing Prince would be a wise investment with a positive return. Producers gave Prince a damned good living and he no doubt had more creative control than the myriad artists who preceded him.

If Prince wishes to opine about his dreary life of “slavery,” let him walk a mile in the shoes of those in genuine slavery – in third world countries where children are enslaved making the crap we buy in schlock stores; let him walk a mile in the heels of those young girls and women cast off as sex slaves – whose bodies and minds are destroyed by drugs and degenerates peddling them in bars and on street corners to be used, discarded, and forgotten. No, no, Prince, you have lived the life of royalty and you owe an apology to those souls whose lives are not much worth living because of the genuine slavery into which they have been subjected. Open your wallet and kick in some of your millions to rescue, educate, and hire some of these genuinely unfortunate people who know real slavery.

Prince no doubt has earned more money from royalties, from play on more radio stations, and from more concert dates that those artistes who toiled, often in segregated obscurity. Prince owes an apology for such cavalier use of the word slavery for all his “slavery” has rewarded him.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Planned Parenthood: America's ISIS

Planned Parenthood: America’s ISIS
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
July 31, 2015

It’s ironic that “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” is a 1961 song by The Tokens. While media outrage over the killing of a lion has flooded the airwaves, only token coverage and scant outrage has been offered by the same liberal, hypocritical media over the horrific videos cavalierly discussing the subdividing of babies’ bodies to be sold for the purpose of harvesting.

Another hypocrisy is that the ghouls at Planned Parenthood don’t consider what proven science has demonstrated – that what Planned Parenthood calls a so-called clump of cells is actually a human life. A life Planned Parenthood is deliberately snuffing out in a meticulous manner – not to ease the pain of that life – because, once again, science has proven that that human life feels pain, but to retrieve body parts to sell as though salvaging parts of a Chevy from a junk yard.

Planned Parenthood and its supporters can’t have it both ways. They can’t call that baby a non-life for the purpose of murdering it in the womb, yet at the same time use certain parts of that human life for tissue “donation” the way a butcher would strip a cow for steaks and other beef products.

Make no mistake; these human body parts are not being donated. They are being sold, as the multiple videos have unearthed. A pro-life organization, the Center for Medical Progress, has produced several videos of Planned Parenthood doctors and executives casually discussing the price ranges for various human body parts while munching away on salads and enjoying wine.

This is the abject loss of humanity society has sunk to, where human body parts are converted into cash, while more and more babies are being destroyed by doctors who have clearly forgotten their Hippocratic Oath to first do no harm. The principle role of a doctor is to save human lives, not end them – especially those that have barely started. Innocent lives murdered, mostly for selfish reasons as the request of, oftentimes, irresponsible adults who should know better.

Once such doctor, Deborah Nucatola, senior director of medical services for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, callously explained in grim detail how the procedures occurred in order to salvage particular human baby organs as well as appropriate price ranges for the sale of said organs. There is no denying the validity of these videos. They are not excerpts and can be viewed in their unedited entirety to see the absolute dearth of humanity these butchers put on full unabashed display.

Defenders of Planned Parenthood’s Nazi-like behavior suggested the videos have been taken out of context. There can be no defending the indefensible. Planned Parenthood is a butcher shop for the destruction of humanity. What is almost as disturbing is the lack of outrage regarding the destructive behavior of Planned Parenthood – an organization claiming to be a non-profit, yet has annual income ranging from $230 million to $375 million – figures derived from confirmed and unconfirmed sources, including Planned Parenthood itself. Planned Parenthood also reports in its own annual report the slaughter of over 327,000 babies in 2013 alone, roughly the murder of nearly 900 babies each and every day of the year. Even ISIS can’t report such dastardly figures. Yes, I just compared Planned Parenthood to ISIS – both are organizations committed to savage barbarism.

Since 1970, Planned Parenthood is responsible for more than six million abortions – murders of innocent human beings who did nothing to deserve their death sentence. That is just Planned Parenthood’s contribution to this holocaust of humanity in the womb. Yes, I just compared the murder of six million babies to the Holocaust of European Jewry that also saw the murder of six million innocents.
That there is a lack of outrage on a national scale is akin to the loss of humanity that has grown in the United States since the passage of Roe v. Wade (1973) and since prayer was forbidden in the classrooms.
That there is more outrage over the killing of one lion – and I’m not defending that action if it was done illegally, as is the claim, demonstrates an off kilter set of priorities. PETA has actually called for the execution of Walter Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who killed Cecil the lion. I didn’t know PETA supported the death penalty.

All pro-life supporters are seeking is the defunding of Planned Parenthood. That organization sponges $500 million from the federal government – money coming out of the pockets of the taxpayers. There is a multitude of corporations who support Planned Parenthood financially. Let them continue to step up without pro-life taxpayers having blood on our hands for aiding and abetting both abortions and the dissemination of the body parts of innocent babies.

The United States Senate is set to vote Monday, August 3 on the defunding of Planned Parenthood. Not surprisingly, Barack Obama has threatened to veto such a defunding. This is not a political issue; at least is shouldn’t be, yet there are still too many Democrats willing to side with Planned Parenthood, no doubt because of the campaign dollars that flow their way. No, my friends, this is a moral issue; a moral outrage, that such an organization can continue to receive taxpayer dollars to murder babies and sell their parts. Selling human organs for profit is against the law and Planned Parenthood should be punished for doing so.

Planned Parenthood is not the only organization able to provide healthcare to women, as they claim is their first goal. Planned Parenthood claims no federal tax dollars fund actual abortions, but theirs is an operation that uses that money to fund abortions indirectly and that too needs to be stopped.

Thus far, 10 states have banned state funding of Planned Parenthood, including Texas and New Jersey. It’s time the remaining 40 got on board. Within a week of the revelations of Planned Parenthood’s organ selling operation, three of 41 major corporations have pulled their financial support from the abortion provider. The remaining 38 include American Express, Avon, Bank of America, Ben & Jerry’s, Macy’s, Nike, and Starbucks. ( Let your conscience be your guide when considering patronizing these companies.

While liberals and those without a soul or a conscience continue their handwringing over the death of a lion while remaining silent regarding the continuing destruction of their own species, remember all lives matter. This includes those lives growing inside the womb for whom there is no voice. We must all be that voice – now more than ever.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN. He is thankful that his own mother, of Blessed memory, believed in life.