Marxism, Progressivism, Leftism, call it what you like, destroys everything it touches Darrick Johnson gives us the latest example
If you want a concrete demonstration of how progressivism hurts working Americans, look no further than DC’s new child care rule rule, requiring workers to have a college degree.
While the proponents claim the rule puts them “ahead of the curve” of child care policy, its an unbelievably destructive approach.
First, it’s terribly punitive to non-college educated workers, who may have years of experience in child care, but now have to obtain an expensive degree by 2020 in order to keep their job. Child care is important work, and its not easy, but it has also been a place where less affluent people, with less formal education, could find work. Washington is running them out of a job.
Second, its going to create incredibly high prices for child care. For single moms who have no other options, shrinking the labor pool for child care (and burdening those workers who stay with expensive student loans) is making an already painful expense much worse. Monthly child care costs in the District average $1,800/month, and this will only further inflate prices.
Ah the folly of central planners. But, they care more about the control over people, than about the pain their ideology causes
There are degrees of stupid. There is stupid, then there is Jimmy Carter level stupid, then there is Nuclear Grade Stupid Bob Owens explores a case of the nuclear grade variety
One of the realities of law enforcement is that higher-level police brass are typically more interested in protecting their own power and advancing their own careers than they care at all about the realities officers face on the street. That detached and self-serving mindset is probably behind a new recommendation by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (and allegedly some other law enforcement organizations) that law enforcement officers should be allowed to fire warning shots.
Wait, wait, did he say warning shots? I would hope the idiots at the International Association of Chiefs of Police realize that bullets do not stop until they hit something, in other words a “warning shot” might very well endanger innocent bystanders, or people in their homes, etc. Of course that is not where their collective stupid stops, oh no………..When Leftists start digging in the Pit of Eternal Stupidity, they keep going and going, and
“There was a lot of discussion,” says the IACP’s Terry Cunningham, describing the process that led the 11 law enforcement organizations to include warning shots in the new consensus use of force policy. Cunningham was struck by the anecdotes of situations in which warning shots saved a life — or might have, had they been allowed.
Let us take a peek at the criteria for using “deadly force”
The new policy still sets strict conditions for warning shots:
1. The use of deadly force is justified;
If deadly force is justified then how will a warning shot help? If the officer, or innocent person is in imminent danger, a warning shot, it seems to me, would increase, and not lessen that imminent threat
2. The warning shot will not pose a substantial risk of injury or death to the officer or others; and
3. The officer reasonably believes that the warning shot will reduce the possibility that deadly force will have to be used.
That is simply adds additional layers for officers to weigh. I fail to see how this does anything positive
But Cunningham says the motivation for the change is to give officers a little more wiggle room when faced with a threat.
“We’re kind of entering into this new environment in use of force where everybody is trying to learn how to better de-escalate,” Cunningham says.
Many police trainers have come to believe that overly rigid use of force rules, however well-meant, may sometimes leave officers with no other option than to kill someone. The new model policy is a response to those concerns.
“Why not give the officers more tools?” Cunningham says. “I think it’s the right thing to do.”
Look, I am not an expert here, but Owens has a lot more training than I, so what does he think?
My training and the training of pretty much every law enforcement officer and other civilians in the United States is that if you encounter a deadly force situation, that you engage the threat with rounds fired at the center of exposed mass of the threat in order to stop the threat’s ability to harm or kill others.
Seems like common sense doesn’t it? The situation is very dire if deadly force is needed so why would anyone suggest the officer be unduly burdened with more rules made up by politically motivated police chiefs?
This new warning shot policy recommendation suggests that officers engaged in a deadly force encounter should take the time to look beyond the threat to see if there is a safe backstop for them to fire a bullet. I do not see this being a viable tactic for patrol officers in a typical encounter that occurs with little or no warning, nor one that will do anything other than greatly increase the risk of innocent bystanders being hit when officers making a split-second decision to fire a warning shot pick a poor choice of backstop that will either fail to stop the projectile, or cause the round to ricochet. In either event, a round was launched when it was not needed to be fired.
Owens adds a lot more, and sees some possible justifications for such a policy
To provide political cover for law enforcement brass, to hang patrol officers out to dry and to protect their own careers in the event of a controversial shooting. “Officer Doe had the option of firing a warning shot in this scenario according to our policy. You can’t blame me for this.”
To provide political cover for law enforcement brass who are receiving pressure from elected officials educated by the entertainment fantasy industry that “shooting to wound” is a viable alternative, apparently completely unaware of the reality that arms and legs still have major arteries, and that a shot to the knee, thigh, elbow, bicep, or should could still result in a fatal bleed-out within seconds or minutes, leaving the officer who fired the shot hung out to try as he explains he was trying to “shoot to wound.”
Much more at Bearing Arms. To me this is simply an overreaction to political pressure to agitators such as Black Lives Matter and other leftist groups, and to a media that reports for sensationalism rather than to impart facts, and useful information. In short, this is a new front in the War on Police.
And when I say evil, I mean this type of evil
On a Twitter, on a Reddit forum, I stumbled over this horrifying story: Donna Hylton, a woman who spent time in prison for participating in the kidnapping, rape, murder, and ransoming of a gay man, spoke at the Women’s March as an advocate for women of color.
What did this woman do? From Psychology Today, this:
Vigliarole believed the three girls were prostitutes who were going to have sex with him. Instead, they picked him up on March 8 in Elmhurst, Queens, at Maria’s home, and drugged him to make him drowsy. Then they drove him to Selma’s apartment in Harlem. The apartment had already been prepared for an extended torture session: The closet door had been cut, a pot put in it for use as a toilet, the windows boarded.
For the next 15 to 20 days (police aren’t sure just when Vigliarole died), the man was starved, burned, beaten, and tortured. (Even 10 years later, Spurling could recall Rita’s chilling response when they questioned her about shoving a three-foot metal bar up Vigliarole’s rear: “He was a homo anyway.” How did she know? “When I stuck the bar up his rectum he wiggled.”)
The three girls took turns watching the man. It was Donna who delivered a ransom note and tape to a friend of Vigliarole’s, who was able to get a partial license plate number of the car she was driving. He notified the police, who traced the plate to a rental car facility. On April 6 the suspects were arrested, and detectives spent 36 hours straight interviewing the seven men and women. “We had to keep going back and forth and catch them in lies,” said Spurling. “It was a never-ending circle of lies.”
Spurling himself interviewed Donna: “I couldn’t believe this girl who was so intelligent and nice-looking could be so unemotional about what she was telling me she and her friends had done. They’d squeezed the victim’s testicles with a pair of pliers, beat him, burned him. Actually, I thought the judge’s sentence was lenient. Once a jailbird, always a jailbird.”
But there was another moment, on our second day together, when she slipped verbally, and said in an almost irritable way, “He [the victim] was going to die anyway, so . . .” and then she caught herself. I just looked at her. All her previous protestations that when arrested she’d had no idea Vigliarole was dead were clearly lies.
But, still she is a victim
Of course, to the Left it does not matter what she did. It only matters that she is a devoted Marxist, and hey, what is a murder when compared to the “struggle” right? After all, she is a victim Prepare for your obligatory moral relativism from the left
The principles behind the Women’s March, things like equal rights and ending violence against women, don’t just matter to women. Women aren’t the only people capable of speaking on the subject, but Hylton brings something very interesting to the table. As Hylton very clearly explains on her website, she’s a women’s rights activist and criminal justice reform advocate. She is a woman. She is black. She was also the victim of abuse as a child and spent a long time in prison after committing a heinous crime.
Hylton’s life experiences are relevant to her causes. A white guy who’s never been to prison might be able to give a great talk about violence against women and inequality, but there’s an understandable draw to hearing about violence and discrimination against women from someone who’s experienced both. There’s an understandable draw to hearing about what happens to black women in the criminal justice system from a black woman who’s been through the criminal justice system. Hylton’s background doesn’t make her positions are any more valid, but even if her conclusions based on her life experiences are dead wrong, her perspective is colored by a very unique and very germane set of life experiences. Her views are worth hearing.
The reasoning in the blog post is dangerous for numerous reasons. Attacking something as huge and diverse as feminism in general or some imagined “Women’s Movement” represented by a single march because of the background of one person involved is the sort of thing that only succeeds with the stupidest among us. To say that such a movement is embracing someone simply by having her speak is misleading.
The point here is that no one who organized, or who is glorifying the “Women’s March” should have welcomed a murderer and kidnapper. The point is that Leftists accuse Trump, and Republicans of being sexist, Homophobic, and so on. They cast these allegations around without a second thought. Yet, they welcome a truly horrible person to join their movement. A person that not only did evil deeds, but actually uses her just punishment to scream about being a victim. In short, the truth is this. No movement can control all of those who attend their events, but they CAN control who they elevate in that movement. They can control who they give prominent positions to.
So, yes, this does say a lot about the Left, and Feminists which are part of the Left. In short, it illustrates that the Left does not value decency, or truth. All that matters to them is a person’s position on issues. To them, Donna Hylton is moral because she holds far left ideals. It does not matter that she took part in awful crimes. Hylton is embraced. Embraced while women who are pro-life, are shunned. Welcomed while any woman who voted for Trump is mocked and demonized. Hylton is praised while women who dare embrace Conservatism, in any way, are raked through the mud.
Stacy McCain ofers this excellent take
All who claim that feminism is about “equality” are either fools are liars. Feminists themselves have made clear that there is no limit to their demands. Give feminists everything they demand today, and tomorrow they will return with a new list of demands. Feminists are totalitarians with a remorseless appetite for power. Feminists are cruel and dishonest, and will tell any lie necessary to achieve their wicked purposes.
The Women’s March on Washington was a vivid expression of how Democrats have harnessed this hate movement for partisan purposes:
Donna Hylton, a woman who spent time in prison for participating in the kidnapping, rape, murder, and ransoming of a gay man, spoke at the Women’s March as an advocate for women of color.
That a criminal psychopath was a leader of this feminist rally — and no one in the liberal media even mentioned her record of hateful violence — tells you a lot about the feminist movement and its ideology. Donna Hylton is not an isolated example, but is altogether typical of the kind of mentally deranged sadists that this movement attracts.
This is what happens when values cease to matter
The University of Washington-Bothell is starting to train librarians to spot, and interrupt the dreaded “Microaggression”. I wonder if the librarians will be issued Brown shirts at the conclusion of their re-education?
The University of Washington-Bothell is offering its librarians social justice training to “interrupt acts of oppression,” such as when a male coworker speaks condescendingly to a female.
According to the UW library website, the Equity, Diversity, and Social Justice Team offers six different workshops for librarians, including “Interrupting Microaggressions,” “Intersectionality,” and “Privilege.”
During the “Interrupting Microaggressions” workshop, librarians are taught how to “interrupt oppressive situations,” and are provided with a scenario worksheet so that they can practice responses.
One scenario given to workshop attendees describes a female coworker asking for help from a male coworker when she realizes the male coworker is talking in a condescending manner.
“You’re having trouble with creating a report in Alma and a male colleague happens to walk by you at that time,” the scenario begins. “You ask him if he knows how to use this particular function in Alma. He says ‘Why, yes.’ Then he proceeds to slowly explain how to create the report in Alma. The way he is speaking immediately begins to feel condescending to you.”
Well, I am aghast. A woman asks a man for help, and he gladly offers help? My God what a barbaric act! I have to say folks, being a man is getting tougher. We have to be more “sensitive”which to the Left means less masculine, less competitive, because competition leads to bad things apparently, and we must also stop being so attracted to women because objectification or something. So now, if a woman asks us for help, we must offer said help, but recognize that helping might be considered a microaggression. And while tip-toeing that minefield of leftist inanity, we must be never take note if the woman is attractive, because that might be another microaggression. Maybe we should just avoid such a scenario by playing dumb and not helping. Of course that would make us a sexist, microaggressing pig, so we are pretty much screwed either way.
Then there is privilege. Librarians must also be on the lookout for that too. What is privilege, allow your Marxist re-educators to explain comrade!
A separate library training, called “Privilege,” which defines the concept as “a set of unearned benefits possessed by people who fit into specific social groups based on particular aspects of identity,” though it assures workshop attendees that privilege is not a reason to feel guilty.
So, after brow beating the “privileged” they say “Don’t feel bad, It is not your fault all White males are privileged oppressors!”
“No one is trying to make you feel bad. In fact it’s the exact opposite!” a workshop handoutexclaims. “The goal is to get you thinking about how who you are influences what you do and don’t experience so you can better support others who face inequalities that you don’t.”
Good Freaking grief! Remember when librarians just helped you find books, checked out your books, and said SHHHH? Ah, the good old days when policing everyone else’s behavior was not part of everyone’s job description?
This post is destined for the Good Freaking Grief Hall of Fame
Dean Hutton is a South African artist whose most notorious project involves walking around in a custom-printed black and white suit and absorbing the responses from strangers.
And what does
he, she, whatever the Hell it is wear to absorb responses? WARNING, eye bleach might be required
Hey, I warned you it was not going to be pretty didn’t I? Anyway, Dean Hutton is clearly Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs
Hutton first wore the Fuck White People suit at Gay Pride:
It was a test for me. If I can do it in a community in which I have almost de facto access to, can I do it in other spaces, where I don’t necessarily have de facto access except for the colour of my skin? You know, like, if I can’t do it at Gay Pride, then I can’t be making a whole fucking suit that says that. And, it’s still mostly an experiment, but it feels like it’s something I can do, and the reactions I am getting from it says that it is something that I should be doing.
Yes, Dean is deeply deluded, a classic example of what I am diagnosing as Identity Obsession Disorder. Dean is so wrapped up in his “identity” that he has lost his grip on reality. It is sad to see, it really is, and it is a growing trend with leftists. This is what happens when people are told that everything they are, and everything they experience is completely dependent on their “identity”. That identity can be gender, or race, or their sexual preferences. The idea is to so focus the individual on their identity that they lose all sense of individualism, sacrificing who they are in favor of becoming a member of a group. And, those that reject groupthink are savaged by the Left as “not genuine”. Women cannot really be women unless they completely embrace Leftism. Blacks who dare to be Conservatives are ostracized as sell outs or Uncle Toms. Again, you are must be a member of your “group”and reject individualism or you must face the consequences. Thinking for oneself, is simply not allowed.
The Left hates Individualism, it is the polar opposite of the Collectivism that defines the Left. When people think as individuals, rather than a member of an “identity” they tend to move away from Leftism. This cannot be tolerated if Leftism is to succeed in its aim for a utopian society where all rights are non-existent without the direct approval of the State. That same State, of course may restrict, or forbid the exercise of any “right” or liberty based on the pursuit of the common good. A common good, of course, defined by the State.
Over the years, I have come to see that everything the Left does is designed to erode, and eventually eradicate Individualism. Groupthink and identity Obsession Syndrome plays into that. There is the indoctrination that takes place in our schools, and through much of the media. There is the incredible peer pressure that urges conformity, and threatens dissent. Why do so many stay silent? Fear of some sort of reprisal from the Collectivists. Do you want your college professor to give you a better grade? Then shut up! Do you want to make it in Hollywood? Then shut up! Do you want to get that promotion, or keep your job in the media? Then shut up! Or, better yet, say what the Collectivists want to hear. After all, you don’t want to betray your race/gender/sexual orientation/religion do you?
Poor bastards like Dean Hutton are not the problem, they are symptoms, and in many cases the victims of the evil intentions of the Collectivists
Beware the “Trigger Warning Zombies”
A teacher at a posh private school in British Columbia was fired last month after making an innocuous comment about abortion to his Grade 12 law class.
Some topics are not to even be broached, lest a Leftist take offense, and well….
The 44-year-old teacher, who has asked that he not be identified to protect what’s left of his career, was teaching “the criminal law unit, a lesson on vice, ethics, morality and the law” to his small class in the Vancouver-area school in late November.
“I was working my way through examples of how some people’s sense of personal ethics was more liberal than the letter of the law,” he said in an email.
“I find abortion to be wrong,” he said, as another illustration of this gap, “but the law is often different from our personal opinions.”
That was it, the teacher said. “It was just a quick exemplar, nothing more. And we moved on.”
No, you, and any normal person moved on sir. But, a young Stalinsit starter kit took grave offense, and well……….
A little later, the class had a five-minute break, and when it resumed, several students didn’t return, among them a popular young woman who had gone to an administrator to complain that what the teacher said had “triggered” her such that she felt “unsafe” and that, in any case, he had no right to an opinion on the subject of abortion because he was a man.
Ah, he “triggered” her. By simply using his personal opinion to make a very valid point about the law and personal feelings. How dare he! ESpecially in a school indoctrinated by QMUNITY, an organization for LGBTQQ2S. What exactly are LGBTQQ2S you ask………
Before classes even started last fall, teachers underwent serious “gender training” given by QMUNITY, an organization for LGBTQQ2S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning and two-spirit) people. Teachers were told in no uncertain terms, for instance, that “no one is 100-per-cent male or female” and that everyone is somewhere on the “gender spectrum.”
Good Freaking Grief! No wonder this teacher felt the wrath of the spoiled brat
Immediately after the student complained to the administrator, the teenager came, with a teacher at her side as support, to confront him in a public area of the school.
She pressed for an apology, but the teacher resisted, because, he said, it would set a dangerous precedent for a teacher to be reamed out in the presence of a colleague.
“When I didn’t show contrition,” he said, “I was summoned upstairs and grilled by two administrators who told me my job was on the line.”
I wonder, how many more years until teachers like this are jailed for their crimes against Leftism
Now panicking — he has a family to support and had just recently returned to teaching after several years in business with a relative — he apologized profusely and promised to apologize the next day to the offended student.
Instead, the school had an administrator take over the class for a day, whereupon, he was told, they would all discuss what went wrong in his absence. He would be invited back to “hear the grievances and offer an apology. It was clear I must do this successfully or I would be terminated.”
He repeatedly asked what he’d done wrong or if there was an allegation of misconduct.
“The answer I got back was that I was recognized as an outstanding teacher, but student ‘safety’ was the school’s primary concern.”
It was exactly the horror show he’d imagined: His boss sat among a crowd of students, ran through a list of what had gone wrong and “what I needed to do to change.” While most students appeared to be on his side, the offended girl was still furious.
He apologized specifically to her, but then made what was apparently a fatal error: He said he liked her, that she was a bright and engaging student, and said he’d told her father just that at a recent parent-teacher night.
She stormed out of the class in tears, and he was again castigated by his superiors, this time for having been “too personal” in his apologia.
This is the danger of placating students, or anyone frankly, with deep emotional issues, which this girl clearly has. Instead of dismissing the girls baseless complaint, the school railroaded the teacher for, well, nothing.
The Left is evil, period. Everything leftism touches is ruined and destroyed. Cuba, scarred by Marxism, or maybe Castroism is a better term, is a great example of how destitute of morality, decency, and sanity Marxism is. The Left talks glowingly of democracy, free elections, and of course justice. “Power to the people” is a common chant regurgitated by Leftists. But, everything the Left does takes power from the people, preferring to place all power in the State. And, more power placed in the State tramples individual liberty, self-reliance, and the human spirit itself. As I said, Marxism, and all its bastard spawn ideologies, Chavezism, Catsroism, Maoism, Stalinism, Leninism, Leftism, etc destroy everything good and noble in the world.
The death of Fidel Castro has laid bare exactly how much contempt the Left has for individual liberty. Leftism, of course is based on Collectivism, and nothing is more disdainful to the Left than Individualism. The Left does not believe in natural rights, it believes in an all-powerful state that dictates what rights, if any, individuals shall possess. Again, consider some of the comments about Castro and his life the Left has issued
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau praised Castro as a remarkable leader
“While a controversial figure, both Mr Castro’s supporters and detractors recognised his tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people who had a deep and lasting affection for ‘el Comandante’,” Mr Trudeau said in the statement.
He “loved” the Cuban people? He loved them so much he let them starve while he became rich
“While his people suffered, Fidel Castro lived in comfort — keeping everything, including his eight children, his many mistresses, even his wife, a secret,” wrote Juan Reinaldo Sanchez, Castro’s longtime bodyguard.
Sanchez’s book, “The Double Life of Fidel Castro: My 17 Years as Personal Bodyguard to El Líder Maximo,” describes his former boss’ hidden life of political ruthlessness, mistresses and greed.
Castro, who died Friday night at 90, made a personal fortune offering safe haven to drug traffickers, bedded a bevy of women over the decades, and once threatened his own brother, Raul, with execution when the brother lapsed into alcoholism in the ’90s, Sanchez’s book reveals.
He loved them?
But while he made good on some of his promises to educate and care for his people — building free schools and hospitals with the help of his Soviet sponsors — Castro’s legacy was also one of repression and hypocrisy.
Deep poverty persisted — teen prostitution, crumbling houses, food rations. Political opponents were executed by the thousands by firing squad, or sentenced to decades of hard labor.
Dear Moral Idiots of the Left, that is NOT love. that is evil.
Jill Stein tweeted this nonsensical babble
The Mustachioed Douchebag himself tweeted this
So, he is comparing Reagan, Nixon, Trump, and Elvis to Castro? Tell me Geraldo, did those men do these types of things?
He also was a ruthless dictator, the Maximum Leader who reneged on his promise of free elections, executed thousands of opponents, imprisoned tens of thousands, installed a Communist regime and made his island a pawn in the Cold War. His alliance with the Soviet Union brought the world to the brink of nuclear war in 1962.
He created a repressive state that rigidly controlled the arts, the press, the airwaves. An efficient secret police force was aided by neighborhood spies and pro-government mobs that attacked those who dared to call for democratic change. Cultural enemies were vulnerable, too; well into the 1970s, Castro was imprisoning gays and long-haired young people in work camps.
Nuance Geraldo? Many other Leftists, and moral idiots, but I repeat myself have climbed aboard the glorification of Castro bandwagon. Je$$e Jack$on of course praised Fidel of course
Jimmy Carter, naturally being both a moral and actual idiot was crestfallen
This man was a monster, yet the “tolerant” Left praises his atrocities as if they were good things. The Left excuses the trampling of human rights. This might be puzzling to some, but frankly, this is simply the real face behind the mask the Left wears. The Left praises Castro not in spite of his evil deeds, but rather because of them!
Oh those Leftists, they love words like solidarity. They love to throw their full support behind movements and causes for “justice” and “equality. They love, in short to dive headlong into hashtags, and causes without knowing any facts whatsoever. The Left does not value truth, facts are generally inconvenient to them so they are dismissed. Even when a cause is discredited or a narrative totally destroyed, they hold on to their talking pints like a stubborn child.
Take, for example, the causes of the moment in America Police shooting Black men. Rather than taking these shootings case by case, and evaluating evidence as it comes to light, Leftists react immediately, and cling to their talking points. Talking points usually crafted by propagandists and opportunists to cash in personally. For example, take the shooting of Erick Scott in Charlotte North Carolina. No one can say for certain what happened, no one can say the shooting was justified or not justified. An investigation must be done. Witnesses must be interviewed, video evidence must be examined, and forensic evidence must be weighed. After the investigation is complete then, and only then will we all know for certain. But, that is not what the Left does. They immediately launch into protest/outrage/social justice mode. They know everything they need to know. A Black man was shot by police in America so it must be police brutality, cold blooded murder, and of course, RAAAACISM!
And if the evidence supports the case that this shooting was justified? The same Leftists will turn their blind eyes to such facts. Again, facts are not welcome, critical thinking? Bah! Waiting for evidence? The don’t need no stinkin’ evidence! Just ask the students at NC State
NC State totally stands in solidarity with things they really do not know about
Would that be in solidarity for those who protested peaceably, or those who looted stores, broke windows, damaged cars, assaulted people, tried to throw a reporter in a burning trash can, etc?
(WTVD) Students at NC State joined the growing protest movement over the police shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott, in Charlotte.
About 300 students staged a die-in at the student union on Friday evening.
It began with a gathering on Wolf Plaza. Demonstrators arrived wearing all black. Then, in unity with the demonstrators in Charlotte, they marched in to the student union and played dead. The die-in serving as a symbolic protest over what they see as the latest case of police brutality.
Scott was told to drop the gun or some variation at least 12 times. His wife kept repeating “Keith don’t do it.”
Again, it is all drama folks. Being outraged, offended, aggrieved, and most of all being a victim is now the highest achievement a Leftist can obtain.
It takes a special kind of stupid, yes, I know stupid is a harsh word, but in this case it applies, to be Sally Kohn, who truly believes that silencing certain opinions is somehow diversity!
At a University of Missouri free speech symposium, CNN commentator Sally Kohn said conservatives fighting for free speech on college campuses are afraid of multiculturalism.
Kohn added that because conservatives can no longer criticize multiculturalism while remaining socially acceptable, they have taken on the campus speech fight because it is a way to “attack diverse principles.”
When Kirsten Powers countered Kohn with reason, and facts, Kohn went full blown propagandist
Powers countered by citing examples of liberal bias on college campuses, such as the uproar that is often encountered by both liberal and conservative students who diverge from the liberal orthodoxy, and specifically mentioned Christina Hoff Sommers, an American Enterprise Institute scholar whosespeech at Oberlin College was disrupted by numerous protesters, some of whom set up a makeshift “safe space.”
Powers also cited the case of a feminist professor at the University of California-Santa Barbara attacking a pro-life demonstrator because she felt threatened by the display, as well as that of a libertarian Muslim student at the University of Michigan whose satirical newspaper article led to demands for his firing because people felt “unsafe.”
Kohn retorted that both her and Powers’ white, upper-middle-class upbringings cloud their vision on the issue, claiming that speech that may not be threatening to them may nonetheless be threatening to someone else.
“Feelings are valid,” she mused. “I’m never going to argue with people’s feelings.”
Unless it is a Conservative’s feelings of course. Powers tried to use reason again, and again, Kohn let her true Statist show
Powers next spoke of the chilling effect that occurs when unpopular viewpoints are silent, arguing that people do not learn when everybody is like them.
Kohn, however, believes this is largely a good thing, especially in the case of conservatives who do not hold progressive social views, saying, “If they feel like they can no longer speak against positive social change, good.”
Well, there we are folks. Kohn is so worried about “feelings” except those that she disagrees with
Once again, Powers insisted that diversity of thought and diversity of ideas are just as important as any other type of diversity, but Kohn refused to concede the point, arguing that some ideas are less deserving of protection than others.
“They think [diversity] is dumbing down humanity, or the greatness and exceptionalism of America,” Kohn said. “I’m happy that’s under assault.”
Ah, yes, drink in that diversity and tolerance folks. the fact is Kohn advocates for forced silence of diverse views. She envisions herself as educated, and smart, yet she is so foolish as to not be able to grasp that she pushes for a climate that crushed liberty and squashes diversity.
Appearing as a guest on Tuesday’s CNN Newsroom with Carol Costello, liberal CNN political commentator Angela Rye hyperbolically asserted that Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan reminds her of slavery and the days when black Americans were assaulted with dogs and water hoses.
Even though the Republican presidential candidate has stated that the 1980s is an era that he believes America was “great,” and has focused on jobs lost by what he believes are unfair trade deals as factors in America not being as “great” as in the past, the CNN commentator linked his slogan to the days of extreme racism against the black population: “I also think when you start your campaign with a slogan like ‘Make America Great Again,’ when some of us hear shackles in our minds or we hear dogs and see fire hoses, that’s not an era we want to go back to.”
Now, Rye’s response, no matter how idiotic, should be no surprise. After all, anyone who has ever listened to her understands she would find something racist in ordering a hot dog at a baseball game. For Angela Rye, and people like her everything involves race, everything. Thus my term Racial Obsession Syndrome. If she hears something she disagrees with, RAAAAACISM! If a police officer shoots an armed Black criminal, RAAAAACISM! If someone says that the absence of fathers in inner city communities is a massive cause of the disproportionate rate of Black crime, RAAAAACISM! America, itself? RAAAAACIST!
This comes as a sad result of two things. First is the growth of racial grievance mongering as a source of income. The monetary success of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson and other race pimps has led many others, from politicians like the member of the Congressional Black caucus, to news commentators like Rye, to columnists like Charles Blow to go full race baiting all the time. It has also led some newcomers like Shaun King and Deray McKesson to emulate these race baiters. Racism sells well and the media, is all too happy to help carry the often false narrative of racist police, racist America, racist Republicans, racist everything.
The other factor in the growth of Racial Obsession Syndrome is identity politics. The Left is responsible for the brainwashing and embittering of Black Americans. Through education, which teaches that America is a hotbed of racism and bigotry, and through the media which again re-enforces this largely false narrative. The fact is many Black kids grow up hearing, from parents, “community” leaders, the media, and of course self-serving politicians that anything and everything in their life is centered on their skin color. Blacks are told they must vote a certain, way, and support certain issues or they are “traitors” “Uncle Toms” or “not really Black”.
Of course there is nothing more racist than pigeon holing people based solely on their skin color, but the Left wants power, and they get it by dividing Americans. They do it by convincing s many people as possible that they are completely defined by their “identity” be it race, gender, their income, sexual orientation, or their religion. Once the Left has labelled everyone, then they continue the indoctrination by telling these groups they are victims, and their only hope to overcome discrimination is to vote for Leftist candidates. The focus is to segregate groups by “identity”, then to “victimize” them, and of course to release any member of any victim group of any responsibility for any choices they make or actions they take. After all, these are victims, and everything that goes wrong for them is because of America, and bigotry, and Conservatives.
All of these factors have made race relations worse, not better, and it will continue to be this way as long as the narrative of victimhood can continue unchallenged. This is why anyone who dares to push back against this narrative is savaged as racist/Homophobic/anti-women/anti-immigrant/Islamophobic, etc. Taking on the Left is dangerous because the Left does not value the truth. They value winning, and yes, by any means necessary. To the Left destroying someone’s career, or reputation by falsely calling them a racist is not morally objectionable in any way. This is why we see so many college students fighting to not allow Conservative speakers on campus, or the formation of clubs that deviate from the Leftist narrative. Free speech, open dialogues, and debate?, No, they are not allowed. You either agree and march in lock step with the Left or you will be intimidated into silence, or see your good name ruined.
Naturally, this is why we will see, should Hillary Clinton win in November renewed assaults on speech that dares challenge the Left’s lies. The Fairness Doctrine, and renewed calls for the FCC, and FEC to clamp down on blogs will be on top of the Left’s agenda. After all, free speech gets in the way of the re-education of America, and that cannot be allowed to happen if we are to build a Collectivist Utopia now can it?