Jim Pinkerton Is Hereby Recognized as Common Sense Pundit of the Year

Most so-called "white" (actually pinkish beige) people cannot fully appreciate the column that won Newsday columnist, James P. Pinkerton, his award until they have first claimed and received the stunningly generous gift made by George Mason University economics professor Walter E. Williams, Ph.D. on his official website: "PROCLAMATION OF AMNESTY AND PARDON GRANTED TO ALL PERSONS OF EUROPEAN DESCENT "Whereas, Europeans kept my forebears in bondage some three centuries toiling without pay, "Whereas, Europeans ignored the human rights pledges of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution, "Whereas, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments meant little more than empty words, "Therefore, Americans of European ancestry are guilty of great crimes against my ancestors and their progeny. "But, in the recognition Europeans themselves have been victims of various and sundry human rights violations to wit: the Norman Conquest, the Irish Potato Famine, Decline of the Hapsburg Dynasty, Napoleonic and Czarist adventurism, and gratuitous insults and speculations about the intelligence of Europeans of Polish descent, "I, Walter E. Williams, do declare full and general amnesty and pardon to all persons of European ancestry, for both their own grievances, and those of their forebears, against my people. "Therefore, from this day forward Americans of European ancestry can stand straight and proud knowing they are without guilt and thus obliged not to act like damn fools in their relationships with Americans of African ancestry. "Walter E. Williams, Gracious and Generous Grantor" There, having accepted your full pardon and amnesty from the idiotic and self-destructive disease of "white guilt" from one of America's greatest men who also just happens to coincidentally be so-called "black" (actually brown), you will now be able to fully enjoy a much deeper appreciation for the exquisite "dead-on-ness" of Pinkerton's wonderful and timely award-winning article. Pinkerton's column of the year: "Cosby, Gore as different as black, green by James P. Pinkerton October 16, 2007. "The 17th century philosopher Blaise Pascal once observed that mankind is suspended between two infinities - the infinitely large and the infinitely small. And so it is with two figures in the news: Al Gore wishes to speak for the planet, while Bill Cosby wishes to speak to the human heart. "And it's revealing, given the liberal biases of our culture, that one man gets so much attention and the other man, so little. "Gore, former vice president-turned-pundit-movie star, has chosen, as his topic, the infinitely big. And he has been rewarded hugely: He just won the Nobel Peace Prize, on top of many other awards showered down on him by the elite culture, including an Oscar and an Emmy. So Gore will ascend into the jetstream of world-renown - the same left-tilting empyrean occupied by such globe-trotters as Bono and Bill and Melinda Gates. "In the meantime, closer to the ground, the comedian-turned-reformer Bill Cosby has joined with Alvin F. Poussaint of Harvard Medical School to write a book, 'Come on People: On the Path from Victims to Victors,' which argues that many of the problems within the black community are self-inflicted, the result of a counterproductive culture of violence and victimhood. "Cosby has been making this point for years - and has been getting attacked by the left for years. Michael Eric Dyson, speaking for the liberal street-activism left over from the '60s, wrote an entire book attacking Cosby's 'poisonous' view of black culture. "But Cosby and Poussaint have the cold terrible facts on their side: 'In 1950, five out of every six black children were born into a two-parent home. Today that number is less than two out of six.' Yes, white racism exists, but it was worse a half-century ago. Something bad is happening within black culture, and Cosby and Poussaint are not shy about naming it: the celebration of violence and ignorance emblemized in the 'gangsta' lifestyle. "The unyielding truth is that any group climbs into the middle class only by embracing middle-class values. This is a "conservative" fact of life that was once equally embraced by liberals, before they 'progressed' on to 'liberation' as a new goal. "But after decades of disaster, black thinkers such as Cosby and Poussaint - and before them, John McWhorter, Juan Williams and, yes, Clarence Thomas - are leading a moral renaissance among African-Americans, which surely counts as the most hopeful social trend in our national life today. And yet with the remarkable exception of NBC's Tim Russert, who bravely devoted the entire hour of Sunday's 'Meet the Press' to Cosby and Poussaint, the mainstream media seem little interested in this black renaissance. "Why is that? Perhaps because the liberal-leaning elites realize that they are losing the debate over poverty and uplift - the winners being those who speak for hard work, abstinence and delayed gratification. "No wonder the chattering classes, fleeing from their horror of such a 'bourgeois' existence, have moved on to new, greener pastures. "But there's a problem looming ahead for Gore and his many fans: how to radically reduce 'greenhouse gases.' The environmentalists have their answer: some sort of global authority to restrict factories and cars - which would, not coincidentally, authorize them to rule the world. But maybe China won't cooperate. Maybe the Chinese will watch as we shut down our factories - and they keep theirs open. And then who will win the next war? Not a war of polar bears and the Prius, but a real war of ships and airplanes. "If Gore wants to be constructive, he will figure out to how to reduce pollution - while still preserving American industry. If he could do that, he would truly earn the respect and admiration of all Americans. "But in the meantime, Cosby and Poussaint have taken on a challenge that we can win, because the struggle will take place within our own hearts." Amen, Brother Pinkerton! Dead on. I'm with you. GREAT job!! Thank you. And God bless you for saying, in exactly the right words, what so many of us pink-skinned folks have long felt in our hearts but couldn't find the words to make it understood and shared by all.

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