Thursday, August 16, 2018

History for August 16

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Menachem Begin (Israel) 1913, Charles Bukowski 1920, Shimon Peres 1923 - Israeli politician

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Kathie Lee Gifford 1953 - Television host ("Today"), James Cameron 1954 - Director ("Titanic"), Madonna Louise Ciccone 1958 - Singer
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1777 - During the American Revolutionary War, the Battle of Bennington took place. New England's minutemen routed the British regulars.
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1812 - Detroit fell to Indian and British troops in the War of 1812.
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1954 - Sports Illustrated was published for the first time. It was claimed that 250,000 subscriptions had been sold before the first issue came off of the presses.
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1984 - The U.S. Jaycees voted to admit women to full membership in the organization.
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1995 - Voters in Bermuda rejected independence from Great Britain.
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1999 - In Russia, Vladimir V. Putin was confirmed as prime minister by the lower house of parliament.


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Donald Trump signs new defense policy bill that rebuilds military, boosts troop pay - Washington Times

Donald Trump signs new defense policy bill that rebuilds military, boosts troop pay - Washington Times:

Image result for flickr commons images U.S. Navy ShipsPresident Trump signed a $716 billion defense bill Monday that authorizes hundreds of new planes, ships and tanks — and delivers a substantial victory to the administration by watering down penalties on a Chinese telecom company.
The law adds thousands of troops to the size of the military, raises pay, modernizes the U.S. nuclear arsenal and lays the groundwork for Mr. Trump’s proposed “space force,” in what the president called “the most significant investment in our military, and in our war fighters, in modern history.”

The way we were-----Dancing Machine - The Jackson Five

Boob-tube-----CBS Evening News 8-8-1974

UMich in trouble with appeals court for not letting students cross-examine rape accusers - The College Fix

UMich in trouble with appeals court for not letting students cross-examine rape accusers - The College Fix
"You want our permission to ‘set up a kangaroo court’?
One of President Trump’s appellate court nominees is yet again positioning himself to be front and center defending the due process rights of college students.
See the source image...One of the issues was the university’s decision to allow cross-examination in every kind of misconduct proceeding except Title IX cases.
...Months after that, Thapar grilled a university lawyer for suggesting colleges could prejudge males accused of sexual assault to protect female students.
The University of Michigan’s lawyer didn’t get any easier treatment from Thapar (below) at the Aug. 1 hearing.
The judge even suggested that lawyer David DeBruin was arguing for the university’s right to “set up a kangaroo court” in all adjudications, not just Title IX proceedings..."
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When you run out of "free money"-----Branch County Sheriff's Department cuts weekend patrols after deputy retirements | WWMT

Branch County Sheriff's Department cuts weekend patrols after deputy retirements | WWMT
COLDWATER, Mich. — Without enough deputies to go around, the Branch County Sheriff Office was forced to cut to patrols to five days a week.
See the source imageDown to just five deputies to cover more than 1,000 square miles, deputies will only patrol from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Weekdays are the busiest because deputies have court responsibilities and jail transports to make on top of criminal investigations and calls for service, according to Sheriff John Pollack.
"I can't do my job with five deputies," Pollack said.
...If there is an emergency when no deputies are on duty and state troopers are tied up, Pollack said, "dispatch has been told that they call the undersheriff, the undersheriff calls all our people in."
Branch County deputies respond to about 9,000 calls a year.
...On the heels of the 20-year millage Branch County voters approved in early August to fund a new jail, Pollack says he will again ask county commissioners for additional dollars to re-staff the department..."
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Burka Brawl: Britain Finally Standing Up to Islamism?The American Spectator

Image result for flickr commons images LondonBurka Brawl: Britain Finally Standing Up to Islamism?The American Spectator:

In truth, the reason Britain’s Boris burka saga has continued on so long (apart from the alliterative possibilities that mean tabloid editors don’t want it to die) is that everyone — right, left, center, up, down, and all over the political spectrum — realizes this is a litmus test for Britain.

Progressivism and Public Education - TheCollegeConservative.com

Progressivism and Public Education - TheCollegeConservative.com:
"Public education is the primary platform progressives are using to push their political agenda.
And republicans are helping pay for it.
See the source imageThat republicans have implicitly agreed to fund this ridiculous liability is contemptible and indicative of a broader political problem.
Republicans have thought of no viable alternative to Dewey’s K-12 socialist regime.
To address this issue conservatives must answer the following question : what kind of world should we expect schools to help create?
One simple answer is this: one that works.
...Instead universities are rapidly being converted into 4-year luxury resorts for marginally interested students. 
Additionally, college courses are gradually becoming easier as professors make concessions to more and more unprepared students.
As of 2013, more and more A’s were being given away than in any other point in US history..."
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JOURNALISM: Media Ignores Fact That Cops And NBC Reporter Were Attacked At Charlottesville.

Instapundit  Blog Archive  JOURNALISM: Media Ignores Fact That Cops And NBC Reporter Were Attacked At Charlottesville. Just…
"JOURNALISM: Media Ignores Fact That Cops And NBC Reporter Were Attacked At Charlottesville.
Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and the silence makes perfect sense."

Lunch video-----Bill Warner PhD: Pew Survey-- Muslim Beliefs

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Devin Nunes: Clinton campaign colluded with 'nearly every' top official at the DOJ and FBI

Devin Nunes: Clinton campaign colluded with 'nearly every' top official at the DOJ and FBI:
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The dossier, published last year by BuzzFeed, contains unverified claims about the Russians having information on President Trump that could be used as leverage. Republican investigators are concerned the FBI deceived a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court when it used information from the dossier without disclosing its Democratic benefactors to gain the authority to spy on onetime Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

Who could be behind this....?.-----‘I would murder him, for the people’

‘I would murder him, for the people’


“Hanging with Trump” T-shirt
The rhetoric against President Trump occasionally has drawn the interest of law enforcement officials.
  • Madonna, for example, said she was just trying to “express herself” when she made threats against the president during Women’s March in Washington in January 2017. “Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House,” she told fellow Trump-haters...
  • The Daily Caller reports that several members of antifa, the far-left movement known for violent protests against the president and conservatives, may be under scrutiny.
  • One potential criminal express a desired to “do” Trump “like Gadhafi.”
  • Another wanted to “murder the president.”
  • “I would murder him, for the people,” said another.
The Daily Caller posted a video of the interviews with people whose opinions of the president were expressed with their middle finger." 
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Sessions' DOJ compels school district to communicate to parents in 'language they can understand'

Sessions' DOJ compels school district to communicate to parents in 'language they can understand'
See the source image"The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Rhode Island announced on Monday that they had reached a settlement with the school district of Providence, Rhode Island, to provide English language services to the district’s 8,000 students who are not fluent in English, and to communicate with the parents about school offerings in “a language they understand,” thus providing interpretation services. 
...The Justice Department declared in its statement, that the Providence school district is now required to properly identify and place students who are not proficient in English upon their enrollment in the district’s 41 schools, and “communicate with parents about program offerings and other essential information in a language they understand..."
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#1 This day 1974-----Paper Lace - The Night Chicago Died (Live)

Tornado Probabilities

Tornado Probabilities:
"This is the probability of a tornado within 25 miles of a given point on August 14.
Note that there is a higher chance of a tornado in mid-August in Lower Michigan than in Oklahoma.
The most likely area to see a tornado is Central Florida - where they have interacting sea breezes and an occasional hurricane and also NE Colorado....
Michigan averages 16 tornadoes per year. 
This year we have had just one, a rather small EF0 on Aug. 1 at Taylor, near Detroit.
Wisconsin has had eight tornadoes, all of them small EF0 twisters."
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Tornado Probabilities

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Evidence: Trump Tower meeting set up by Hillary operatives

Image result for wikicommons images hillary clintonEvidence: Trump Tower meeting set up by Hillary operatives:

Newly released records and a pattern of efforts by Hillary Clinton operatives employed by Kremlin-linked figures to connect the Trump campaign to Russia indicate the infamous Trump Tower meeting between a Russian lawyer and Trump campaign staff may have been a set up.

The Most Stupid Meme on the Internet. [VIDEO] - Victory Girls Blog

The Most Stupid Meme on the Internet. [VIDEO] - Victory Girls Blog
"Internet memes, especially the political kind, are supposed to be clever little axioms that promote a cause. 
...But then there is the meme that is so blatantly stupid, I’m surprised it doesn’t break the internet.
I saw that meme recently. 
I couldn’t believe the amount of derp it contained.
stupid meme
It looks like this:

...Whoever put this historical travesty online should hang their head in shame, along with all the other morons who actually promote this. 
...In reality, the Communists were just as brutal as the Nazis, and there is really little difference. 
In fact, their body count is even higher. 
Except that our meme-maker probably never learned about this in school.
He probably didn’t know about the Holodomor, the artificial famine that Stalin used against the people of the Ukraine. 
Why did Stalin kill these people? 
Simply because Ukrainians rejected collectivization, so Stalin deported and murdered farmers and took their grain. 
He also ordered the murder of religious and cultural leaders, leaving society in shambles. 
Mass starvation resulted, and about 4 million died in the early 1930’s..."
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History for August 15

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Napoleon Bonaparte 1769, Sir Walter Scott 1771, T.E. Lawrence ("Lawrence of Arabia") 1888
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Julia Child 1912, Ben Affleck 1972, Jennifer Lawrence 1990 - Actress (TV: "The Bill Engvall Show," Movies: the "Hunger Games" series)
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1057 - Macbeth, the King of Scotland, was killed by the son of King Duncan.
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1848 - The dental chair was patented by M. Waldo Hanchett.
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1877 - Thomas Edison wrote to the president of the Telegraph Company in Pittsburgh, PA. The letter stated that the word, "hello" would be a more appropriate greeting than "ahoy" when answering the telephone.
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1911 - The product Crisco was introduced by Procter & Gamble Company.
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1914 - The Panama Canal was officially opened to commercial traffic as an American ship sailed from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. The first vessel to pass through the canal was the American cargo and passenger ship SS Ancon.
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1945 - The Allies proclaimed V-J Day a day after Japan agreed to surrender unconditionally.
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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Democrats view socialism more favorably than capitalism: Gallup - Washington Times

Democrats view socialism more favorably than capitalism: Gallup - Washington Times:
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Democrats view socialism more positively than capitalism, according to a Gallup poll released Monday.
Fifty-seven percent of Democrats in the poll hold a positive view of socialism, compared to 47 percent of Democrats who hold a positive view about capitalism, Gallup found.

The way we were-----The Association - Windy - 1967

Boob-tube-----1967: The Invaders in Color!

Young Minds Are Undermined by Today's Fashionable Philosophies - Foundation for Economic Education

Young Minds Are Undermined by Today's Fashionable Philosophies - Foundation for Economic Education
"If there's a rise in suicides and depression among young people, maybe we should be looking at the philosophy being promoted everywhere that influences kids.
Rates of teenage depression and suicide in America are rising. 
Attempts to explain this increase have centered around ideas that are now pervasive in academia and entertainment media: identity politics, victim-culture, the unearned “self-esteem movement,” and the dreaded post-modernism (as it applies to philosophy and the humanities, not the arts).
I contend that a lot of these ideas ultimately serve to destabilize young people’s sense of their own individuality and wreck their ability to deal with reality in ways that are most likely to leave them depressed and despondent.
The SCARF Model
In part, I began thinking about this because my colleagues at the Foundation for Economic (FEE) and I have recently started to import some ideas from David Rock's "SCARF" model for the media we produce, and I became curious about how this might apply to society at large.
For those unfamiliar with the idea, “SCARF” is built around the concept that people are constantly seeking to avoid pain and get more rewards for their activities and that most of these behaviors center around five specific motivations (which together make up the acronym "SCARF"):
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  • Status
  • Certainty
  • Autonomy
  • Relatedness
  • Fairness
...these are the emotions that motivate employees...
It makes a lot of sense. 
If you know that people are often motivated by improving their relative status among their peers, then you know that by offering people public praise, you’re bolstering their sense of pride in their work and helping them achieve their status-seeking goals and, on the flip-side, you know that if you berate them publicly, you’ll be smashing their sense of status among their peers and that embarrassment may ruin their desire to continue working effectively..."
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Illegal Immigrants Are Far More Likely to Commit Serious Crimes Than the U.S. Public | Intellectual Takeout

Illegal Immigrants Are Far More Likely to Commit Serious Crimes Than the U.S. Public | Intellectual Takeout
"President Trump recently held a conference with family members of U.S. citizens killed by illegal immigrants.
...In response, the Associated Press published a “fact check“ claiming that illegal immigrants are more law-abiding than the general public.
Various media outlets, such as the New York Times, Yahoo!, and a number of NBC affiliates published this article.
The Washington Post ran a similar story, and other media outlets and so-called fact checkers have made similar claims in the past.
The truth, however, is that comprehensive, straightforward facts from primary sources—namely the Obama administration Census Bureau and Department of Justice—prove that illegal immigrants are far more likely to commit serious crimes than the U.S. population. 
Studies that claim otherwise typically suffer from fallacies condemned by academic publications about how to accurately analyze data..."
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Feinstein’s Ties To China Go Way Deeper Than An Alleged Office Spy

Feinstein’s Ties To China Go Way Deeper Than An Alleged Office Spy:

Image result for wikicommons images diane fiensineFeinstein’s dealings with the Chinese must be investigated. But so too ought the links between federal officials and all of our adversaries, be it the Chinese and Russians, the Pakistanis and Iranians, or the Muslim Brotherhood and its state supporters. Feinstein is only one politician. How many other relationships with American politicians have the Chinese and our other adversaries fostered? How many spies might they have recruited?
We need a top-to-bottom reform of our government’s vetting efforts, and enhancement of our counterintelligence capabilities. Attempts by foreign countries to infiltrate our political offices pose a grave national security threat, as Feinstein’s record clearly shows. With people like her on pertinent congressional committees, however, how many foxes have been elected to guard the henhouse? Representatives’ responses to reform measures will help us find out.

Family say they have been forced to close cafe after complaints over the Union Jack flags in food | Daily Mail Online

Family say they have been forced to close cafe after complaints over the Union Jack flags in food | Daily Mail Online
"Family say they have been forced to close their cafe after complaints over the Union Jack flags they stuck in their fry-ups
  • Station 164 in Hornchurch will shut at the end of the month over repeated abuse 
  • Owners Carol Brown and Candy Merrett were called 'racist' over tiny flags 
  • England and Union Jack flags were put in breakfasts prompting anger online 
A family cafe is being forced to close down after the owners were repeatedly abused and called 'racist' - all because they put Union Jack and England flags in their food.
Station 164 is being forced to close after the owners got lashed with a barrage of online abuse about the 'racist' toothpicks they stuck in Full English breakfastsTiny toothpicks with the flags have been inserted in fry up's since Cafe 164 opened in Hornchurch, east London, in 2016.
But Carol Brown and daughter Candy Merrett faced a wave of abuse - mainly from people who had never eaten there, recently.
Since the World Cup this summer the flags began to get a negative response, Candy, 30, said.
The mum-of-one said three to four customers every week have moaning about the one-inch flags stuck in their toast, sandwiches and Full English breakfasts.
On Thursday, Candy said she had received so much abuse on social media over the the novelty flags she will close the London themed cafe at the end of the month..."

Trump’s Honeymoon with Media Almost Over - WSJ

Trump’s Honeymoon with Media Almost Over - WSJ
"For anyone who believes that the editorial pages of American newspapers have been insufficiently critical of President Donald Trump, the Boston Globe has a solution. 
Determined not to keep readers guessing, the Globe is urging editorial boards across the country to publish simultaneous condemnations of Mr. Trump’s rhetorical attacks on the press in their Thursday editions.
On Friday the Associated Press reported:
‘‘We are not the enemy of the people,’’ said Marjorie Pritchard, deputy managing editor for the editorial page of The Boston Globe, referring to a characterization of journalists that Trump has used in the past. The president, who contends he has largely been covered unfairly by the press, also employs the term ‘‘fake news’’ often when describing the media.
Mr. Trump says that he is referring only to “fake news” purveyors—not all members of the press corps—as enemies. The AP report elaborated:
The Globe has reached out to editorial boards nationwide to write and publish editorials on Aug. 16 denouncing what the newspaper called a ‘‘dirty war against the free press.’’...
CNN said over the weekend that more than 100 newspapers have now agreed to participate. Organizing large coalitions of people to simultaneously express similar messages is generally the work of politicians and public relations executives, rather than journalists.
...one case where the Globe’s editorial board may not benefit from its separation from the news staff. 
Reporters who have ventured out to talk to Republicans have likely discovered the common belief among such voters that media professionals are almost entirely lined up in opposition to Mr. Trump and tend to parrot each other’s attacks. 
See the source imageTherefore announcing that dozens or perhaps hundreds of ostensibly independent editorial pages will publish similar Trump critiques at the same time probably isn’t the best way to expand readership among the rightward half of the electorate.
If the Globe’s effort is actually not intended to broaden its audience but instead to energize those who already oppose the President, this again may be a strategy more suited to politics than to journalism.
The AP has more on the point of all this:
Pritchard said she hoped the editorials would make an impression on Americans.
‘‘I hope it would educate readers to realize that an attack on the First Amendment is unacceptable,’’ she said. ‘‘We are a free and independent press, it is one of the most sacred principles enshrined in the Constitution.’’
The First Amendment does not say that the government cannot criticize the press. 
Mr. Trump enjoys free speech just as his media adversaries do. 
Rather, the First Amendment prevents government from infringing on the rights of Americans to speak and publish. 
And on that score, there’s a reasonable case that Mr. Trump’s predecessor presented a greater threat to press freedom, to say nothing of Mr. Trump’s 2016 opponent. 
Mrs. Clinton wanted to restrict the ability of Americans to make a documentary about her
We don’t recall editorial boards joining together to announce they were not with her..."

Lunch video-----B-52 with no tail

‘I would murder him, for the people’

‘I would murder him, for the people’:

Image result for flickr commons images white houseThe Daily Caller reports that several members of antifa, the far-left movement known for violent protests against the president and conservatives, may be under scrutiny.
“Multiple members of the progressive protest group who gathered outside the White House Sunday threatened President Trump with physical violence and murder,” the report said. “The Secret Service tells The Daily Caller they are now ‘aware’ of the threats and are ‘investigating’ the progressive protesters.”

2016 Trump Tower Meeting Looks Increasingly Like a Setup by Russian and Clinton Operatives | RealClearInvestigations

2016 Trump Tower Meeting Looks Increasingly Like a Setup by Russian and Clinton Operatives | RealClearInvestigations
"The June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between high-ranking members of the Republican presidential  campaign staff and a Russian lawyer with Kremlin ties remains the cornerstone of claims that Donald Trump colluded with Russia to steal the election.
A growing body of evidence, however, indicates that the meeting may have been a setup -- part of a broad effort to tarnish the Trump campaign involving Hillary Clinton operatives employed by Kremlin-linked figures and Department of Justice officials. 
See the source imageThis view, that the real collusion may have taken place among those who arranged the meeting rather than the Trump officials who agreed to attend it, is supported by two disparate lines of evidence pulled together for the first time here: newly released records and a pattern of efforts to connect the Trump campaign to Russia.
The first line of evidence includes emails, texts, and memos recently turned over to Congress by the Department of Justice. 
They show how closely senior Justice Department officials and the Federal Bureau of Investigation worked with employees of Fusion GPS, a Washington-based research firm reportedly paid $1 million by Clinton operatives to dig up dirt on the Trump campaign.
They reveal that then-Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, the fourth-highest-ranking official at DOJ, coordinated before, during and after the election with Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson, who did work for the Clinton campaign and Russians; and former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, who was employed by Simpson...."
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10-Year-Old Crippled Boy Stands for Anthem at Tennessee Fair -- NFL Still Kneeling (VIDEO)

10-Year-Old Crippled Boy Stands for Anthem at Tennessee Fair -- NFL Still Kneeling (VIDEO)

A video of a 10-year-old Tennessee boy is going viral this weekend. Avery Price, who uses a wheelchair, is seen struggling to stand for the American National Anthem.

FOX 4 reported:
Avery Price, a 10-year-old who uses a wheelchair, managed to stand up for the singing of the national anthem. The emotional scene took place ahead of the demolition derby at the Putnam County Fair on Sunday.
In the now-viral video, shared on Facebook by Leah Norris, price can be seen hanging on to his dad for support.
Some Facebook users commented that Price’s action needs to be shown to the NFL, which has been the center of controversy over many players taking a knee during the national anthem.



Meanwhile in the NFL — They’re kneeling again.

#1 This day 1967-----The Beatles - All You Need is Love Live Rehearsal

Why Normal Americans Hate the “Elites” | Power Line

Why Normal Americans Hate the “Elites” | Power Line
"These are three news stories that came to my attention over the last 24 hours. 
I think they tell us a lot about the current, degraded state of public life in America.
First, the Boston Globe organizes a media protest against the Trump administration’s “assault on the press.”
....To listen to our heroic journalists, you might think that Trump is sending secret policemen to cart them off to prison.
No such thing, of course. 
Rather, Trump is saying things about left-wing press outlets that are nowhere near as nasty as what they have been saying about him since before his inauguration. 
Democratic Party journalists declared war on the president, and they now pretend that his fighting back is somehow an infringement of their rights. 
...Next, on a similar theme, we hear from Dani Rodrik, a professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School. Rodrik is concerned lest educational institutions “normalize” historically low unemployment, steady wage increases and a pro-America foreign policy:
The Trump administration confronts universities with a serious dilemma. On one hand, universities must be open to diverse viewpoints, including those that conflict with mainstream opinion or may seem threatening to specific groups.On the other hand, there is the danger of normalizing and legitimizing what can only be described as an odious presidency.
It requires a peculiar sense of self-worth to think that your approval is needed to legitimize a president who was elected by the American people. Left-wing academics may think that ordinary Americans don’t notice their arrogance, but they are mistaken.
See the source imageHow, exactly, does Rodrik propose to avoid “normalizing” and “legitimizing” a Republican president? Academic institutions should have nothing to do with anyone who serves in the administration, just as restaurants shouldn’t serve them:
Those who serve with him are necessarily tainted by the experience. Trump’s close associates and political appointees are his enablers….
The stain extends beyond political operatives and covers economic policymakers as well. Trump’s cabinet members and high-level appointees share collective responsibility for propping up a shameful presidency. They deserve opprobrium not merely because they hold cranky views on, say, the trade deficit or economic relations with China, but also, and more importantly, because their continued service makes them fully complicit in Trump’s behavior. Trump’s immediate circle and senior appointees…should not be accorded the degree of respect or deference that their seniority and government positions would normally merit. We do not, after all, have a normal administration that can be served honorably..."
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