Tag: Progressive

Et Tu, Major League Baseball?

 

Good Friday traditionally is honored by Christians as part of their Easter weekend religious practices to honor the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is where our focus should rest, especially for devout people of faith, Catholic and Protestant.

Sadly, Major League Baseball (MLB) chose to use the afternoon to pay homage to perhaps our newest and fastest-growing religion – woke progressive politics. To wit: under pressure from so-called “Civil Rights” groups and activists, they chose to relocate the 2021 All-Star game and draft scheduled for Atlanta, Georgia to another city, to be named later. My money is our national capital of wokeness, San Francisco.

Truth Wars, an Update on This Week’s Skirmishes

 

“…deeply felt sense of personal truth and facts that are at odds with it.”

That quote above isn’t mine. It comes from the New York Times, and a story entitled, “Inside a Battle Over Race, Class and Power at Smith College.”

I suspect you’ve heard the story by now, at least parts of it. It is about a young black student at Smith College who was eating a meal alone in a closed dorm when she was visited by an unarmed campus security officer and took offense. Turns out the dorm was closed and she wasn’t supposed to be there, but that didn’t stop accusations of racism to fly, or prevent Smith’s woke president from apologizing to her profusely for her victimhood and take all kinds of actions to make up for it. You should read the whole story. Smith College is considered one of America’s most elite women’s colleges with tuition, fees, and board adding up to more than $78,000 per year.

Join Jim and Greg as they close out the week grateful that three terrible stories are finally coming to light. First, they discuss the Cuomo administration admitting it delayed giving New York lawmakers the real numbers of COVID-related nursing home deaths because of how Trump and his administration might respond. They also unpack the latest horrifying details of Lincoln Project officials clearly knowing about John Weaver’s predatory ways and recklessly attacking anyone who criticizes them. And they react to lefties admitting that California’s love affair with progressive policies has been a massive failure.

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Denmark has discovered at least how to circumvent it (like the kids laws to ensure their futures): Make opposing climate change or failing goals so illegal that no government can exist unless it is committed to previously-set standards and goals. Try to avoid them and yer out! (No need to consult voters of course). https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200706-the-law-that-could-make-climate-change-illegal […]

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The Worm Ouroboros: Leftist Eating Habits

 

The title for this post is stolen from a novel of the same name by E.R. Eddison wherein the Lords of Goblinland, Impland, Witchland and Pixyland war with one another in unceasing plots and, like many Norse and Icelandic inspired mythologies, tend to rinse, lather and then repeat endlessly. It’s a great read if you can stomach the sometimes awkward writing style and thick language.

In any case, my post isn’t actually about that novel. The image of the worm eating its own tail is an old one, and one that in most cases references the endless and cyclical nature of time. There is nothing new under the sun, so to speak. The image in my mind recently has been of a creature devouring itself and complaining and moaning about how much each bite hurts.

A friend of mine (my Best friend too), with whom I have run a business for the last five years, and for whom I now serve on that business’s board of directors called me a few weeks ago to say hello. That, and a few other things. Among the first words he said to me were:

In the Time of Trump, the Democrats’ Crucible: RFK or Bill Ayers?

 

In our two-party dominated system, politics shift; sometimes subtly, sometimes seismically. What either side believes today, the other side may espouse tomorrow. The Republican Party once supported tariffs and isolationism; the Democrats once supported free trade and internationalism. Driven by changing attitudes amongst the electorate that were expressed through the God-given, constitutionally recognized rights to freely speak, assemble, and petition government for the redress of grievances, over time the parties either discarded or adopted these and other issues in their respective pursuits of a governing coalition.

What never shifted was both parties’ shared America’s political paradigm, namely that ours is an exceptional nation where constructive change was best – and solely – advanced through peaceable means.

This hard-earned lesson, ingrained during the fiery crucible of civil war, nonetheless has been tested at times in the 20th Century: turn-of-the-century Anarchism; the 1930s fascist and communist movements, which claimed to be politically transcendent to a failed old order that wrought the Great Depression; and the 1960s left- and right-wing radicalism. All these fevered, fringe movements refused — indeed, in many instances espoused — violence, including assassinations, bombings, rioting, burning, and looting. These right and left radical movements also shared a contempt for America’s free republic, which was decried as antiquated and/or oppressive and imperialist.

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Capitalism is progressive, socialism is not… The champions of socialism call themselves progressives, but they recommend a system which is characterized by rigid observance of routine and by a resistance to every kind of improvement. They call themselves liberals, but they are intent upon abolishing liberty. They call themselves democrats, but they yearn for dictatorship. […]

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Here’s an article that illustrates one of the huge difference between conservatives/libertarians and liberals/progressives: It’s been the prettiest love story in recent Canadian political history — the romancing of the Assembly of First Nations by the Liberal government. But there are early signs that the relationship between the star-crossed lovers could be fraying. Preview Open

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Got this email today from my alma mater: Relic: How Our Constitution Undermines Effective Government William Howell, Sydney Stein Professor in American Politics, University of Chicago Our government is failing us. From health care to immigration, from the tax code to climate change, why are our political institutions so dysfunctional? The UT Center for Politics […]

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The oath required in Article II, Section 1, makes me think the framers would say no: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Ben Carson […]

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There’s been a lot of talk about Baltimore, specifically the root causes and how or whether one should try to understand the anger and frustration. This is a very complicated issue, but since I believe that attempts at understanding are never wasted, here’s how I see the frustration. I’m leaving a lot out for now […]

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Netroots Panel Launches Effort to ‘Take Down’ Conservative ‘Stink Tanks’

 

featured_NN_logo_13288A panel at the recent Netroots Nation conference called on progressive activists to “take down” a network of conservative non-profit organizations.

At an official session titled “Stink Tanks in Your State,” speakers denounced the State Policy Network, a coalition of “independent, non-profit, market-oriented, state-focused think tanks.” The presentation was part of the ninth annual Netroots Nation conference, the country’s “largest progressive gathering,” which was held in Detroit, July 17-20.

> Complete raw audio of the panel discussion is provided below.