1. Fight racial hate with cognitive dissonance. It is apparent that the Left’s battle plan depends on making sure that minorities hate and fear white people, and it’s up to whites and all the shades lumped in with them—I’m kind of olive colored, or as an old girl friend used to say, “green”—to foil it. It’s simple cognitive dissonance: the more positive experiences minorities have with whites, the more the cognitive dissonance scale works in favor of racial respect and comity.
Yesterday, in a rush, I arrived in the line to pick up my drug refills simultaneously with an African-American man who was probably about my age, and looked pretty grim. I asked him if he wanted to play paper-stone-scissors to see who got to go first. He appeared genuinely startled that I spoke to him, then smiled and told me to go ahead. “You sure? ” I asked. “I really like playing paper-stone-scissors !” He waved me ahead of him, and I noted that I was rushing to pick up a carry-out order from my favorite Chinese restaurant.
“That’s a good reason to be in a hurry,” he said. I asked him if he liked Chinese food, and he nodded, so I asked if he had eaten at The Peking Gourmet Inn nearby. (It really is the best Chinese eatery in the D.C. area, and except for a little hole in the wall we stumbled into in London, the best I’ve ever encountered.) He hadn’t, so we got in a long conversation about the menu, how to get there, why he really owed it to himself and his family to check it out. I also learned that he and I both favored the same local Thai restaurant. Great guy.
After I got my pills and started to leave, he crossed over to me with his hand outstretched. “Thanks for the tip,” he said, with a big smile. “It was nice talking with you.” “Same here.” I said, as we shook hands.
One down, about a hundred million to go. Of course, if he had been much younger, I never would have been able to talk to him because his eyes would have been glued to smartphone screen….
2. In search of a trustworthy Democratic opponent for President Trump. Apropos of the previous post about the modern Left living in stubborn defiance of reality, the current field of aspiring challengers for the President in 2020 should depress Democrats severely, if they have the courage and integrity to pay attention. Elizabeth Warren is such a flagrant demagogue and hypocrite, it seems impossible that many intelligent and discriminating voters could be fooled by her. Yesterday, she made a run at Hillary Clinton’s all-time record for hilarious lack of self-awareness by a political candidate (set when Bill’s enabler stated solemnly that all victims of sexual assault should be believed) when Warren announced he disgust that anybody would use misrepresentation to gain an advantage in college applications. Wow. Meanwhile, one of her competitors, the anti-male bigot Senator Kirsten Gillibrand–you will recall that she championed fake sexual assault victim “Mattress Girl” and shamed Al Franken into leaving the Senate—was trying to explain how and why, when a female staffer reported being harassed by one of the New York Senator’s male aides, Gillibrand did nothing, and the alleged victim resigned. Her accusations could not be corroborated , she was told. Wait, what? Gillbrand hectored Franken into quitting based on uncorroborated claims. “Mattress Girl,” whom Columbia allowed to stalk and harrass her alleged abuser until an investigation proved that he had done no wrong, was still supported by Gillibrand on the basis that Men Bad, Women Victims. And there was the little matter of her adamant vilification of a certain judge, as the Washington Post’s Mark Theissen sharply pointed out:
Gillibrand was willing to destroy Brett Kavanaugh’s career, and derail his Supreme Court nomination, over uncorroborated allegations, but when a female employee alleged that she was sexually harassed by one of Gillibrand’s closest aides, the senator hid behind a supposed lack of corroboration.
No wonder Joe Biden is getting ready to throw his hat in the ring, but Joe has problems of his own. He has aged shockingly over the past three years. Well, it’s not that shocking, I guess, the man is 76. However, he seems to have none of the energy that was once his hallmark. 76 is too old to run for President, and it’s unethical for anyone to take on such a physically demanding job at that age. Back to Democratic denial: A progressive friend of a Facebook friend wrote, in response to a comment about Biden’s age, that age had absolutely nothing to do with the ability to do a job, and that this was no different from race or gender bias. She then asked, “Does anyone believe that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is too old?” Gee, tough question. She falls asleep on the job: does that count? Of course she’s too old, and so is Biden, who is a full decade younger than she is, and of course, was about half as smart to begin with.
3. Credit where credit is due…to Dick’s. Edward Stack, CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods, one of the largest firearms retailers in the United States, was especially horrified when 17 people were killed in the Parkland shooting after he learned that the suspect, Nikolas Cruz, once bought a gun from Dick’s. Although that firearm was not used in the attack (pure moral luck), Stack resolved to fight against gun violence by directing his company to retreat from selling guns, once a major source of business.
The decision has made Stack and Dick’s pariahs among gun enthusiasts, and sales, profits and Dick’s stock value have suffered. Nevertheless, Dick’s announced this week that it would strip firearms and other hunting products from 125 of its stores and replace the merchandise with batting cages, ski apparel and other sports gear.
That’s integrity, something few American corporations have. They blow with the breezes of social media mobs, polls, boycotts and stockholder jitters; the apologize for non-misconduct, good conduct, and misunderstood conduct. The Second Amendment stands for a vital American right, but nothing says that a company has to sell guns. Stack, rightly or wrongly, believes that Dick’s not participating in giving Americans access to guns might save a life or more eventually. I doubt it, but the point is that the CEO is taking action against self-interest for a principle he believes in.