Will Obama Step Down if Trump Wins?
He has declared that Trump shouldn’t be president because he doesn’t believe in global warming. (Odd, I don’t remember that being mentioned as a requirement in the Constitution.) So why should he even step down if Trump wins? It’s easy enough to imagine him insisting that he be allowed to remain.
What’s Behind Obama’s Veto?
Obama vetoed the bill that would allow people to sue Saudi Arabia if members of their family had been killed in the 9/11 attacks. He claims it would damage U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia – wait, he cares about that? I thought for him it was all Iran, all the time. Plus, he thinks we may be vulnerable to similar lawsuits if we allow this. Ok, but the Senate just voted 97-1 to override his veto. His veto isn’t really doing anything to dispel the notion that many on the right have that he is a Muslim. Or of people like me that the left is turning us into Saudi Arabia.
Pronouns and Being Shy
One of the themes of this blog is that the left ignores countless instances of social injustice, while some of the ones it pursues are trivial. For example, we are constantly being told about the lingering effects of slavery in this country, while the same Social Justice Warriors ignore actual slavery that still exists in North Africa. Anyway, one of the “big” causes of our day is using the wrong pronoun for someone who insists that their sexual identity isn’t what it seems to be. However, the number of people with this problem has to be tiny, one would think. They amount to way less than 1% of the population. And they seem concentrated in expensive liberal arts colleges, which suggests that maybe this is nothing other than a way for rich kids to imagine that they are oppressed when they really aren’t.
But while we are supposed to make allowances for these people, no allowances at all are made for people who are shy, even though they almost certainly constitute a higher percentage of the population. In fact, there may be a racial component here. In an interesting essay in Forbes magazine the other day (here), Rich Karlgaard talked about a speech he made in Hong Kong about the Bamboo Ceiling. He found it ironic that a white American like himself should have been asked to talk about it at all, but after presenting the facts, and after the others and the moderator had all spoken, the floor was open to questions. The first question was from a Chinese student who asked about shyness: “What about Asian shyness? None of you talked about that! It’s a bamboo ceiling.” The entire rest of the question-and-answer period dealt with that topic.
I don’t know to what extent Asian-Americans feel this way, but why isn’t shyness just as much a topic of concern as one’s sexual identity?
Refusing to Report on Terrorism
Refusing to report on terrorism won’t change anything, except that the people who are already clueless will be even more clueless with no reporting on it. This is what is happening in Sweden with its policy of not reporting on rapes by Muslim immigrants. The people who are in denial are allowed to stay in denial, while those who are critics of leftist policies know all about it.
WSJ Essay on Migrants in Norway and Sweden
Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal had an essay on the editorial pages by Tom Cotton (a Republican senator from Arkansas) and Mike Pompeo (a Republican congressman from Kansas) on the differences between Norway and Sweden regarding policies on immigrants. Starting in 2015, Norway decided it would not allow uncontrolled immigration because it would strain resources, so it set up fences, deported those who were ineligible, and cut back on benefits. Partly, this “strict but fair” policy came about because every issue gets discussed, and so common sense has ruled. Also, it means that “the legitimate desire of Norwegians to preserve their nation’s culture and character” has not been undermined.
By contrast, in Sweden political correctness rules, so nothing was discussed. A large number of immigrants swarmed into Sweden until the government finally relented and set up border controls, although so many have entered that no one knows where the money will come from to deal with them. Meanwhile, a far right party sprang up and is now the third largest party in Sweden.
I’m of Swedish descent, and it is embarrassing to see how stupidly they have been acting. And let me observe what is only hinted at in the essay, that it is simplistic to call people racist when they oppose the many policies surrounding immigration. One can object to the numbers allowed in, to the lack of vetting, to the failure to push for assimilation, to the disgusting habit of settling them among poor citizens who have no say in the matter, etc. To assume that anyone who objects must be racist is jumping to conclusions.
Another Slant on the Leftist-Muslim Alliance
It occurred to me today that this alliance – and note that it is basically a one-way alliance with leftists doing everything for Muslims, and Muslims doing nothing for leftists – is due to leftists’ saying, “I support Muslims even if they’re on the right, because they’re from the Third World and we are guilty for having oppressed them.” And my stance is that I oppose them even if they’re from the Third World and we have oppressed them, because they’re on the right. And of course, because whatever their stance is, they’ve killed too many leftists for me to consider them as allies.
This video shows a young woman who is flying for the first time as a licensed pilot. She brings along a woman she describes as her manager. Notice that she begins pulling back the yoke for takeoff at 3:13, yet her passenger is so busy looking at photographs she has taken that it takes her at least ten seconds to realize that they are in the air. What an idiot!