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2013: let the minority rule

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Gains made by minority groups will probably be for what historians best remember 2013. That and how groups manipulated data to encourage the masses to think the few were many when in fact some were statistically irrelevant.

Advances by gays and lesbians in Maryland, and several other states, in same sex marriage is a prime example. Even when voters overruled liberal lawmakers, the Supreme Court stepped in to overrule the people. (So much for government by the people.)

The Supremes also overruled a federal law defining a marriage as a sanction between a man and a woman. Afterwards, flip-floppers Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) each praised the ruling even though they and the entire state delegation voted in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996.

How does public opinion, thus policy, change so fast? Much of it has to do with how groups inflate their size through propaganda giving the public the illusion they are more important than actual numbers suggest.

For example, surveys Gallup conducted in 2002 and 2011, found that members of the American public massively overestimated how many people are gay or lesbian, according to The Atlantic. In 2002, a quarter of those surveyed guessed upwards of a quarter of Americans were gay or lesbian. By 2011, that misperception had only grown, with more than a third of those surveyed now guessing that more than 25 percent of Americans are gay or lesbian.

Data from the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law 2011 found less than 2 percent of Americans are gay or lesbian.

Compare the gains above, earlier in the year, to the backlash against A&E Network when it suspended Phi Robertson for saying homosexuality is a sin, according to the Bible.

After gay advocacy groups forced the network to make a rash rush to judgment, many of those 97 percent of straight Americans sounded off and put their wallets away. Within days the real majority ruled.

The same is true for immigration statistics. Some claim 11 or 12 million undocumented persons are in the United States, other claim 40 t0 50 million. If one is unemployed or competing against a firm hiring illegal immigrants, that person wants U.S. law upheld rigedly.

It is not just about border control. Consider Prince George’s County, MD, where Latino representatives are demanding leadership positions in schools and on the school board.

Almost 23 percent of the nearly 124,000 students in the county schools are Latino. Among the 204 schools in the county system, there is just one Latino principal. As of 2010, just 2 percent of the system’s 9,000 teachers were Latino.

Because of the numbers, Latinos want more power in leadership. What about the quality of education? Is there a pattern of Latinos being discriminated against when they apply? Should illegal aliens be considered for these government jobs? What are they trying to teach the kids?



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