Who We Are
One keeps hearing the expression from our president and others of like mind that some policy espoused by their political enemies, say, restricting the flow of immigrants, is not who we are. Do we all get to have a say in who we are, or do only certain people get to have that say? It certainly sounds like the latter rather than the former is true. Some people on the left decided who we are, and that is the end of it. Anyone who disagrees is a racist or something equally vile.
But there are several problems here, aside from the silencing of some voices just mentioned. First, these are the same people who insist on the virtue of diversity, but if we are diverse, then it would be impossible to say who we are. "Who we are" wouldn't refer to anything in particular. There is also the problem that letting in anyone would have meant, back in the 1930s, letting in Nazis. Is that who we are? One wouldn’t think so. But if true, then basically no matter how tolerant and welcoming we are, we will become nothing but a dictatorship governed by whichever thugs are the most enterprising at overthrowing our government. Another problem is whether the newcomers or unemployed citizens get first crack at jobs, and one suspects that unemployed citizens will get the shaft in this instance. Still another problem rides piggy-back on the ones just mentioned, that we haven’t really discussed in any great depth who we are. We haven't had a national conversation about certain issues, but rather certain policies have been implemented without our say-so. Apparently, who we are is dictatorial and stupid, which isn’t exactly admirable.
Thugs, the Police, and Family Members
Every time some black thug gets shot by the police, we hear the same thing from the media. The thug was unarmed, and it is supposed to be terrible that the police have shot an unarmed person. It never seems to occur to them that being unarmed isn’t something you figure out till later. Mellow might be a better word to use than unarmed. If we are told that a mellow and unobtrusive person had been shot by the police, then I would sympathize. That's of course assuming that the description is correct.
And this brings me to the evidence of what the victim was like. We hear from just two sources: the police, who generally tell us that the victim has a record, and family members, who inevitably insist that he was sweet, likeable, a gentle giant, etc. Never do we hear from anyone else. But obviously many other people can give descriptions of the victim, including teachers, principals, schoolmates, neighbors, etc. Why wouldn’t an investigative reporter seek such people out in order to get their opinions?
Vases on Airplanes
Why would those advertising luxury jets show images of flower vases on them? See here to see what I am talking about. Am I really supposed to believe that these jets for the wealthy will never run into turbulence?
The End of the Magic in the English Premier League
I’ve gotten terribly busy lately, but from what I’ve gathered, the magic that was evident last season is completely gone from English soccer. Leicester’s current record, for example, is about what was expected of them last season, instead of which they rocketed to the top and stayed there. This season is quite different. It is true that Manchester United is way back at sixth, Chelsea is at eighth, while Tottenham is somehow clinging to second, but these will no doubt change as the season progresses. But will Leicester even finish in the top half? It doesn’t look like it.