John Lewis’s N-Word Lie Repeated

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In The Independents Monday, Michael Skolnik, political director of Russell Simmons (you read that right), attempted to defend Obama’s abuse of executive orders by blaming racist obstructionism in Congress. When Skolnik cited as proof the claim by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) that Tea Partiers hurled racial slurs at him and Rep. Andre Carson  (D-IN)—a claim Andrew Breitbart famously disproved—Kennedy et al called him out on the “unfounded” and “dangerous” accusation.

After trying to blame Bush for setting the precedent for Obama’s abuse of executive power, Skolnik reverted to the race card. The self-described “civil rights leader” argued that Obama is being forced to resort to executive orders because, unlike Reagan and other presidents before him, “he is black.”

Skolnik: There are people in Congress who do not want to work with him because he is black.

When asked for proof, Skolnik turned to the long-discredited Reps. Lewis and Carson racial slur accusation.

Kennedy immediately called foul, referencing Breitbart’s $100,000 challenge for video evidence of the alleged slurs:

Kennedy: We don’t believe John Lewis. We think he is lying on that…. Did you see Hating Breitbart? Did you see 75 people who had video going at that exact moment who didn’t hear anything. Stop saying that, stop saying that. That is unfounded, it’s dangerous, and how dare you?

After fellow host Kmele Foster underscored that the discredited race-baiting fabrication was the best Skolnik could do for evidence, Skolnik returned to his original talking point:

Skolnik: You do anything to protect the American people. If Congress is not going to work with you, you’ve got executive orders.

(h/t, Gateway Pundit)

Charles Payne Takes On Union Leader ~ `I TOOK my Opportunity`

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….Later, Payne explains more fully: “I started my business in a one-bedroom apartment in Harlem with $10,000 I raised amongst myself and my family and friends. … So the point that I owe someone outside of my parents, my community, my God — that I owe you more of my credit for what I do when I get up every morning at four in the morning — is ridiculous. That’s crazy. You’re telling people they don’t have the power to empower themselves. That’s your message.”

In Simmons’ rebuttal, he refers to Payne’s independent approach as a penchant for isolation and even calls it “a sickness.” Is it sick to want to add value to society through a business and to generate an income for yourself in that process? To then pay taxes on that income to fund the functions of government as the top income-earners already disproportionately do? Elizabeth Warren’s tidy talking point neglects so much that is true of the “getting rich” process. In our country, it’s pretty safe to say, nobody “gets rich” without helping others along the way — even if inadvertently.

Conservatives don’t think “every man is an island,” as Simmons implied. But we do think every man is responsible for himself. We work inside out, operating on the basic principle of subsidiarity — that problems should be solved at the most local level possible starting with the self. For each of us, a time comes when self-reliance fails, when we turn to others for help. But, for a conservative, the federal government is the help of last resort, not the first — not least because government-run social programs often exacerbate the very problems they’re intended to fix. As Payne hinted, it’s an empowering, hopeful message — and one that is proven to make those who embrace it happy. What — doesn’t Russell Simmons want others to be happy?