Jan 14, 201609:29 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Obama’s State of the Union speech introduced his successors: Ryan and Haley
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America is no better than …
So the speech was strong but it was also wrong, especially in its moral equivalence. The current incumbent needed to tell America all is well if he wants to become only the second president in 68 years to bequeath the job to someone of his own party. He might, therefore, remind Hillary, Bernie, and That Other Guy (I borrowed that) to quit running against the status quo.
Obama is correct that ISIS and al Qaeda pose no existential threat to the U.S. True that 9/11 never threatened the end of America, in contrast to Pearl Harbor. But the very random nature of radical Islamic terrorism (we can say it here at the Stately Manor) undermines personal security and national comity on the cheap.
So Donald Trump is at fault for demonizing Muslims, not Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, or Paris, or the refugees in Germany on New Year’s Eve.
You will recall that San Bernardino was all about workplace violence before it became a gun control issue. (Surprise of the night: Only once did Obama mention guns, and only as a dot point in a quick laundry list.)
In the wake of over 500 complaints of sexual assault in three German cities, Brett Stephens in the Wall Street Journal takes dead aim at the moral equivalency of the politically correct.
“In the spirit of Christian charity,” German’s Angela Merkel “has imported Muslim misogyny,” he writes.
Among the hard lessons of our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, surely one of them is that it’s foolish to expect that backward and often barbaric societies can be transformed into functioning liberal democracies. So why do liberals seem so surprised that so many people from these societies behave in barbaric ways after they’ve shoved their way into the West?
The World Economic Forum ranks the status of women in 142 countries; Muslim-majority countries populate the bottom of the list.
“There is a pronounced tendency among Middle Eastern men to view women either as chattel or as whores,” Stephens continues. “This is not a pleasant reality to acknowledge, but it’s an even more dangerous thing to ignore. So, why is it ignored?”
Multiculturalism is a liberal fetish … a simultaneous belief in individual autonomy and cultural equality, irrespective of whether different cultures believe in individual rights or not. Typically, liberals have elided this incoherence by pretending, as President Obama often does, that Western cultures are no better than non-Western cultures.
Fifteen years in …
Trump’s deconstruction of proto-feminist Hillary Clinton as enabler of her husband’s serial predations may be taking hold. The Quinnipiac poll has Sanders up 49% to 44% in Iowa; Monmouth has Feel the Bern up 53% to 39% in New Hampshire.
Here is what a New York Times columnist had to say about Hillary Clinton:
The Clintons may or may not be led away in handcuffs someday. But whatever happens with the criminal investigations, it’s time for the Democratic Party to wise up. … You can’t lead a nation if you are ashamed of the leadership of your party. The Clintons are a terminally unethical and vulgar couple, and they’ve betrayed everyone who has ever believed in them.
As neither Clinton has the grace to retire from the scene, the Democrats have no choice but to turn their backs on them. It won’t be easy, but the Democrats need to try. If they succeed they’ll deserve the compliment Bill Clinton offered Gennifer Flowers after she lied under oath: “Good for you.”
That was Bob Herbert on Feb. 26, 2001.
The State of the Union showcased Obama’s and Biden’s successors: Paul Ryan and Nikki Haley.
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