A link about immigration and FGM. I consider that description self-warning.
But this Daily Kos post of Godwin’s Law trash is still worth discussing.
The “attack on the judiciary” the post mentions? Is Trump tweeting his disagreement with a decision. Clearly, a crime against humanity and common decency. It’s clearly infinitely worse than attacking a decision, while the supreme court is sitting right behind you, during the State of the Union address.
Trump attacks two types of norms, and I think it’s important and useful to distinguish between them. The first are norms of governance: how does the Senate pass bills? If we hear that Trump no longer gets the consent of the senators from a state before nominating members of the judiciary, that implies that he’s breaking governance norms. His lack of class is a violation of elite norms, the sort of elites who, as Steve Bannon put it, would feel more at home in London or Berlin than in Kansas or Oklahoma.
This is hard to dispute: were I to tell my friends I was moving to London, they would uniformly be thrilled for me, and a bit sad that I was going away. If I said I was moving to Idaho, they’d check to make sure that this was really actually what I wanted and that I’d considered all the details. Elites feel more kinship with elites in other countries than they do with lower-class members of their own countries. This is not new: Marx was saying the same thing.
Trump was elected on a promise of violating those norms, taking power from those elite-norm followers and giving it back “to you, the people”. To accuse him of violating upper/upper-middle class norms is to accuse him of following through on his campaign promises: as strong a condemnation it might sound to you, it’s not particularly persuasive.
Before you cheer on the ruling, I ask that you at least understand the case against it. That’s a short article, though, so here’s a longer one. Sure, the violence at the protests at UC Berkley, where someone said “you look like a Nazi” and followed up with brutal immediate physical assault, that’s something you probably condemn. But how strongly?
Here’s a link from the Washington Times, discussing Google’s profits under Obama and fears under Trump. It’s fact-heavy, not particularly slanted, and a good example of the claim that Trump will defeat the elites who have betrayed the people.
I’ve seen a lot of calls for liberals, leftists, and other Hillary voters to broaden their minds after the election of our giant-handed leader. This is my attempt to do so. Half the posts, alternating, will be links to conservative slanted articles or essays, focusing on the modern. Half of them will be takedowns of liberal/lefty articles or essays, focusing on the flaws, inaccuracies, and slant. This blog is designed to deliver a nice dose of balance into your RSS feed every day. I hope you enjoy it.