Herman Cain — A Perspective

-By Gregory Stewart

(Ed note: Mr. Stewart and I had a great conversation in Denver not long ago and the question about why black Americans are not coming to the GOP in larger numbers became a topic of discussion. I asked Gregory to put down some of his thoughts on the matter.)

In a recent conversation I had with a friend about Herman Cain, he stated that race, as an issue, would not be a factor. This rationalization is, of course, flawed. The fact that the media will not use race as a way to divert and parse out differences is simply naive. Case in point, in the recent accusations of sexual harassment of women by Cain, Charles Krauthammer, a Fox News analyst and conservative columnist, asked Herman Cain if race was behind the controversy (video).

CAIN: I believe the answer is yes, but we do not have any evidence to support it. But because I am unconventional candidate running an unconventional campaign and achieving some unexpected unconventional results in terms of my, the poll, we believe that, yes, there are some people who are Democrats, liberals, who do not want to see me win the nomination. And there could be some people on the right who don’t want to see me because I’m not the, quote/unquote, “establishment candidate.” No evidence.

Essentially, race is and will be a factor, whether it is rooted in conservative or liberal rhetoric. To think that race will not be some part of American politics for the near future is to ignore the political polarization that drives corporate and popular interests in this country. Moreover, within the context of this polarization is how the narrative is exceedingly defined, for the most part, by the conservative model–and which factor conservatives wish to attach its brand of populism.
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It Has Been Interesting

-By Gregory Stewart

Well, it has been an interesting few weeks of news. In the past few weeks, the president wrote an executive order that essentially says (see link here), “This policy establishes “National Essential Functions,” prescribes continuity requirements for all executive departments and agencies, and provides guidance for State, local, territorial, and tribal governments, and private sector organizations in order to ensure a comprehensive and integrated national continuity program that will enhance the credibility of our national security posture and enable a more rapid and effective response to and recovery from a national emergency” In other words, without the legalese the President has the authority to declare martial law in order to coordinate “national resources” both public and private stave off critical falls of the economy and to centralize authority…

It has been an interesting few weeks, a team of foreign nations planned to blow up the fuel line of JFK International Airport (see link here), and if that is not enough, we have an immigration bill (see link here) that looks like the best compromise, because both extremes of the political aisle hate it,. But, upon further review it has some major flaws that need to be addressed before its passage. For instance, the twenty-four background check should be expanded to ninety-six hours (four business work days) to verify a person’s identity and criminal history. This will enable official the opportunity to full assess an alien criminal history and status….
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The Devil of the West—Islam and Science (A Review)*

-By Gregory Stewart

In a recent article, in the July’s issue of Discover Magazine, by Todd Pitock, titled Science and Islam: Special Report–The Ultimate Conflict Between Science And Religion, begins with the usual insinuation of “Islamic” suspicion of embracing science. He infers that Islamists fundamentalist place blame squarely on the West for its role in hindering Arab countries development—like Egypt for instance. He speaks of Zaghloul El-Naggar, who views the West as evil incarnate—and sees the spiritual nature of his contemporaries—as waning and corrupt. In the sense that, the moral consciousness of the West’s scientists are “…’bringing the man far below the level of animals…’” In other words, like fundamentalist Christians, some of the Islamists feel and see science as subverting the word of God since it was has been by Him.

Admittedly, although Islam to some degree is willing to “acknowledge” the scientific method in the context that “its” scripture reveals, it is bounded; however, to the belief their prophets have provided the empirical knowledge. Pitock gives the examples of Islamic scientists using each other as sources to validate their work (p. 39). Thus, as he puts it, “creating the illusion” that proper research has been done.
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Review of Discover Magazine’s: “The God Experiments by John Horgan”

-By Greg K. Stewart

This story has been in and out of the news last few years. Can one measure the existence of “God,” or “Spirituality” via the scientific method? That has been a question that has haunted science for years.

In the beginning of the article by John Horgan, he advocates science desire to answer the ineffable question, he says

“The science of religion has historical precedents, with Sigmund Freud and William James addressing the topic early in the last century. Now modern researchers are applying brain scans, genetic probes, and other the physiological causes of religious experience, characterize its effects, perhaps even begin it explain its abiding influence.”

Understandably, religion and science has considerable influence on the social paradigm over the past centuries. Horgan use of the word “perhaps” misleads his audience, the scientific method must always be followed not perhaps be deployed. He later redeems himself by providing case studies for each camp of the debate.
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