Years ago I read something in an article (whose title and author I have long forgotten) on sports and philosophy that mentioned that teams confront obstacles and opportunities in their quest to win. The other team generally presents an obstacle, but bad play on their part creates opportunities for their opponents. How a team deals with those opportunities tells something about how good it is. A team that can’t do anything with its opportunities is likely to be a team that loses a lot. This is why I bash those soccer players who are bad at penalty kicks since they represent such a great opportunity for their team.
But now let me turn to politics, where the same thing can be said. The right has been awarded a great opportunity with the scandal at Rotherham, a scandal that seems almost completely due to leftist policies. Moreover, the nature of the scandal with its female victims is pretty much what some of us had predicted would happen as a result of these policies. It is true that it happened in Britain, but there is nothing about it that suggests it couldn’t happen here, except that we have a smaller concentration of Muslims. Otherwise, the same forces are present (the same emphasis on multiculturalism, for example). Accordingly, the right should be raising tough questions of all the people, especially in our colleges and universities, who insist on promoting an unthinking multiculturalism and diversity over and above all other concerns.
Yet, the right is squandering this opportunity by talking about other things. None of the columnists at TownHall have written on it, nor has anyone at Pajamas Media. Glenn Reynolds has frequent updates on the episode, and it seems that more damaging revelations are occurring all the time. Yet, no one else on the right seems to be paying much attention. Keep in mind that some people haven’t even heard of it. And for those who have heard of it, it will fade pretty quickly since it is seldom in our media. (It was in my local paper for one day.) My wife says that people on Reddit were discussing it, but then this scandal about photos of naked stars blew up, and they have forgotten about Rotherham. Also keep in mind that the left will do whatever it can to divert the blame to someone else so as to avoid making any changes or even doing any soul searching and that they will do what they can do distract everyone’s attention from it by talking about other things.
Anyone who is sick of leftist dominance needs to keep up the pressure by talking about this sorry episode as often as possible. Don’t waste this opportunity.