Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level
and then beat you with experience.” -- Mark Twain

"Stay Strapped or Get Clapped." -- probably not Mr. Rogers

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Friday, August 18, 2017

Do Women Owe Their Rights to Racism?
And, of Course, Our White-Supremacist-in-Chief

That's an arguable point. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was amended on the floor of the House at the last minute to include outlawing discrimination based on sex. It's been a long-standing premises that the amendment was a legislative poison pill that was added to increase the chances of killing the bill.

On the other hand, there's also an argument that the congressman who introduced it, who was a southerner, was a strong supporter of rights for women. So he might have seen it as a "win-win" situation: If the bill died as a result, his contributors constituents would be happy and if it didn't, one of his legislative goals would be achieved.

Now, back to Trump:
Another advisory group is walking away from President* Donald Trump after his equivocation on neo-Nazis and white supremacists, with the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities resigning en masse Friday morning.

“We cannot sit idly by, the way that your West Wing advisors have, without speaking out against your words and actions,” members write in a joint letter to Trump obtained by POLITICO, which ends by calling on the president to resign if he does not see a problem with what’s happened this week.
The PCAH is an official agency. That makes this the first White House department to resign.
Mitt Romney released a long statement on his FB page. This is the first paragraph:
I will dispense for now from discussion of the moral character of the president's Charlottesville statements. Whether he intended to or not, what he communicated caused racists to rejoice, minorities to weep, and the vast heart of America to mourn. His apologists strain to explain that he didn't mean what we heard. But what we heard is now the reality, and unless it is addressed by the president as such, with unprecedented candor and strength, there may commence an unraveling of our national fabric.
Romney was crystal-clear that there is absolutely no moral equivalence between Nazis and those who oppose Nazis. And unless you want to be saddened by the number of Nazi-sympathizers who are screaming at him in fury, then don't read the comments.

You might want to check your local congresscritters' social media sites: Their web site, Twitter feed, FB page and see what they are saying about the Nazis of Charlottesville. Mine has been radio-silent. If yours has been, call them out as the cowards that they are.

I put no stock in this. Though I do agree that Trump does not, nor has he ever known the difference between right and wrong. He knows the difference between what he can get away with and what he cannot, but that's as far as it goes.

And yes, it's wrong to call for Trump to be assassinated. Jesus, is that even a debatable proposition?


dinthebeast said...

I get emails from all three of my reps plus my state senator on the subject pretty much daily. While I'm not much of a Di Fi fan, Kamala Harris and Barbara Lee have both been right out there the whole time.
And I don't think he will resign, either, unless something of an entirely different level of immediacy and seriousness gets stuck to him, and maybe not even then. While his narcissistic worship of loyalty has been well documented, his other area of worship, gleaned from his mentor Roy Cohn, is clout, and he won't surrender any of it willingly.
So I just read that Bannon resigned. Anyone know what that's about?

-Doug in Oakland

Ed Baptist said...

I have some inlaws who are probably happy with Brat. Cantor wasn't a llikeable person, but he could most likely pass the solo "come inside when it starts raining" test unlike Brat.

Ten Bears said...

Not necessarily off topic, but you aviators ought take a gander at Gin 'n Tacos, take in a tidbit of history I'd bet not one in a thousand people walking the streets of Chicago tonight know. I sure as hell didn't know and (I don't even live in Chicago*) I'm a nut for these kind of things.

Kinda' changed my perspective (I got that right, under the circumstances). All American Boy: red, white trash and black, I'm all for tearing down the Confederate statues, they're all late comers to the party anyways, but it is getting kinda' chicken-shit. Maybe we oughta just throw down all the statues of white people.