This was a significant and revealing vote in the Senate last week in many ways.
Senate Democrats united to vote down an amendment from Senate Republicans designed to bar “Federal funding for any institution of higher education that discriminates against Asian Americans in recruitment, applicant review, or admissions.” The addition was proposed for the grandstanding Senate legislation called the “COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act” that would require “expedited review of hate crimes” by the Department of Justice with “online reporting of hate crimes or incidents” and “expand public education campaigns aimed at raising awareness of hate crimes and reaching victims.”
This unnecessary legislation, sponsored by Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono, passed the Senate 94-1, because nobody is against “hate crimes.” Yet oddly, the Democratic Party, at least in the Senate, appears to be in favor of discrimination against Asian Americans. Why is that? The Yea-Nay vote was 49 – 48, with no Republican voting against the amendment, and not a single Democrat voting for it.
“We have major universities in this country that are discriminating in admissions against Asian-Americans,” Louisiana Republican Senator John Kennedy (R-La) said. “Discrimination is discrimination…This is wrong, it is contemptible, it is odious.” Yes, yes it is. But the current ideology of the political Left now holds that discrimination against whites is good discrimination (they have it coming, after all, the racist bastards!) and discrimination against Asian-Americans is necessary discrimination. The argument is vile, and indefensible in law or ethics, which is why, so far at least, the mainstream news media is burying the story and the vote. The passage of the pandemic hate crimes act is being trumpeted everywhere, perhaps because the news media is complicit in the wildly inflated public belief in the extent of the problem it addresses, but the Democratic rejection of S.Amdt. 1456 is barely mentioned at all. Regarding this, I will repeat the same rhetorical question I asked once already here: “Why is that?”
Why indeed. “This amendment is straightforward, it targets the ongoing discrimination that is being directed against Asian-Americans by colleges and universities across the country,” Sen. Cruz said, noting that fact that Harvard and Yale were “denying admission to qualified Asian-American applicants in favor of underrepresented minority groups.”
The Trump Department of Justice had sued these universities because they are violating the law. President Joe Biden’s DOJ withdrew its support for the lawsuits, because President’s base wants a policy where black applicants are admitted to prestige colleges based on the color of their skin, and Democrats are committed to defy the Constitution and law to give them what they want. As a little extra incentive, Biden and the Democrats are threatening the Supreme Court with ideological packing if they don’t refuse to strike down this “good discrimination.”
It is remarkable how many Asian-Americans support their own marginalization.
Mazie Hirono, the perpetually embarrassing Asian -American U.S. Senator from Hawaii whose bill Cruz and others were attempting to amend, weighed in with such infantile and illogical attacks on the amendment as,
- “This amendment also threatens colleges and universities with the loss of all federal funding for pursuing policies” that had been upheld by the court system, Hirono said.It is a “cynical attack” on universities that seek to “increase diversity.” Yup, that’s Mazie. Somebody explain to her that you can’t break laws for what you think are worthwhile objectives. (This little talk should have taken plac before this dolt ran for political office) and there is nothing “cynical” about pointing out that a party that claims to be opposed to discrimination supports it as long as it is used to benefit its favored groups.
- Mazie also said, “This amendment also threatens colleges and universities with the loss of all federal funding for pursuing policies” that had been upheld by the court system. Does this idiot need a list of all the illegal, cruel, and unconstitutional policies that were upheld by the court system until they weren’t? I bet she does. But I sympathize with her problem, because there is no legitimate justification for not barring universities and colleges from discriminating on the basis of race, so she has to resort to lame outbursts. There is no persuasive argument to be made in defense of those 48 Democrats.
I challenge any reader here to present one.