In an interview on Bill Maher’s show, Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel had this to say about promises. The comment was in the context of Emanuel and Maher nattering on about Trump, but it’s plainly made as a universal principle.
Emanuel…believes Trump is using a national emergency declaration, not to enhance border security, but to deliver on his signature campaign promise.
“You have a faux constitutional crisis to basically cover a real campaign crisis,” he said, “This is all about the campaign. Some pledge he made.”
Some pledge he made. Because promises are made only to sway voters; they’re not actually meant to be kept.
Kentucky’s State House of Representatives passed, by a large margin (69-20) a bill that would outlaw most abortions, contingent on the Supreme Court overturning Roe v Wade.
If passed by the State’s Senate (expected) and signed by the Governor (also expected), it’ll have legal problems, though. Major ones will be what constitutes “overturning,” how an actual overturn would be discriminated from serious modification of Roe‘s ruling, and since Roe is medical technology oriented, a restatement of the threshold for viability.
Still, though, the arguments for and against the bill are instructive.
State Congressman James Tipton (R), speaking for the bill, put the matter starkly:
A college basketball player at the University of Wisconsin has taken to sitting on the bench during the pregame national anthem playing. Her rationalization is this:
I’m going to speak up about things that are harming my culture and my people.
She certainly should speak against iniquities, but she needs to understand that her culture is American, and her people are her fellow Americans.
Now it’s Twitter that’s engaging in toxic (non)-speech, not the speech in the tweets themselves.
A Canadian blogger is having to sue Twitter over the latter’s blatant censorship of free speech because, apparently, she isn’t toeing the Twitter (or me also “movement”) sexual politics line.
Meghan Murphy, the founder of the blog Feminist Current, was locked out of her account last year when the company asked her to delete a tweet that said, “Men aren’t women,” CNET reported, citing the lawsuit. A second tweet said, “How are transwomen not men?” according to the suit.
This is evil?
…and there’s bigotry. Keep in mind that the Virginia Attorney General, yet another Progressive-Democrat in the Virginia government—and third in line for succession to the governorship behind Northam (D) and Lieutenant Governor (another Progressive-Democrat and accused of rape, which he is poo-pooing) confessed last week to doing blackface decades ago.
The hue and cry over all of this from the virtue-signalers and determined nay-sayers of all sides is loud.
Now Progressive-Democrats want to give cash payments, ostensibly without strings attached, directly to low income folks in addition to the many welfare payments they already receive.
The latest effort is more far-reaching and aims to move supplemental cash directly into the hands of low-income Americans.
Which they’ll lose were they to move up the economic ladder, thereby cynically trapping those Americans in the Progressive-Democrats’ welfare cage.
As I think about it, I begin more and more to support Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s refusal to resign over a blackface incident(s) and/or a radio interview in which he discussed Virginia’s then-proposed (since rejected) law that would have allowed abortions up to and including the pregnant woman dilating (according to the bill’s primary sponsor, Delegate Kathy Tran (D), and who now in the face of the hue and cry, says she “misspoke.”)
…seem, increasingly, a contradiction in terms.
See this image, from The Sun via Fox News, below.
The girl pictured has a laryngeal cleft, a hole between her larynx and her esophagus, which means she can’t eat normally; food or drink can pass into her airway. The tube through her nose passes down her esophagus, bypassing that hole; it’s the only way she can take sustenance.
The girl’s mother tried to post the image on Facebook, not to garner sympathy, but to raise general awareness of the hassles and hazards of laryngeal clefts, and to raise money for her daughter’s necessary surgery.
Sadanand Dhume led off his Wall Street Journal op-ed last week with this:
Seven decades after the country first embraced caste-based quotas in education and government jobs, they have become permanent entitlements that cement social divisions, encourage mediocrity and poison political discourse.
Segregationist identity politics. This is the preferred ideology of the Progressive-Democratic Party, also. No less a light than Senator Kamala Harris (D, CA) led off her campaign for President saying she would center her campaign on her potential to be our first black woman President, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D, NY) insists it’s time for a woman to be President (she’s a young mom, you see). And San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro (D) wants to be our first Hispanic President.
When President Donald Trump made his latest offer and attempt at negotiation last Saturday, it already had been rejected by the Progressive-Democrats—yes, even before Trump spoke. In a Monday editorial, the Wall Street Journal was generous when it suggested the Dreamers (and TPS folks, I add) are pawns in the eyes of Progressive-Democrats. Reality isn’t that good. Dreamers and TPS folks aren’t even human to Progressive-Democrats—they’re just votes and potential votes, just marked ballots.
This is shown by Pelosi’s stated utter refusal even to discuss DACA recipients anymore.
Here, though, the WSJ‘s editors are wrong: