What Is Actually Happening, September 15, 2016
For a long time I've been saying that it was only a matter of time before white people began to band together openly precisely as white people. Only someone who is ignorant either of recent American cultural and political life, or of human nature, or both, should be surprised at this. The writer who calls himself Vox Day (cf. "vox populi, vox dei", I assume), who is apparently a prominent figure of the Alt-Right, makes it explicit. See #14 in this list:
The Alt Right believes we must secure the existence of white people and a future for white children.
Mr. Day is not some anonymous Internet ranter. He has had a successful career as a science fiction writer, among other things.
Every week or so seems to bring some new and weird twist to the progressive gender mania. I grow weary of reading about it, much less writing about it. One of the stranger things to me is the eagerness with which the sports establishment has leapt on the bandwagon. You undoubtedly have heard of the controversy surrounding pro football player Colin Kaepernick, who refused to stand for the national anthem before a game (as is customary here, for you non-American readers). A protest against racism and stuff. Well, fine, I don't particularly care one way or the other about his gesture, and I have to admit that American patriotism often borders on idolatry, and sometimes crosses that border.
But what I do find interesting is that, according to David French of National Review, ESPN, the big sports network, defended Kaepernick--as it probably should--but fired former major league pitcher Curt Schilling from his job as a baseball analyst because he posted something on Facebook objecting to the push to allow men into women's restrooms (and vice versa, but we all know that "transgender" men are the main issue).
The NCAA (National Collegiate Athletics Association), governing body of college sports, has decided that North Carolina is not a fit place for championship games because it has passed legislation designed to thwart the federal mandate enforcing the "transgender" demand . You can read the NCAA's letter of self-congratulation here if you want to.
The NBA (National Basketball Association), governing body of professional basketball, has done something similar; I think it was their All-Star game that has been moved from North Carolina.
The United States Civil Rights Commission--an actual arm of the government--is signaling its intention to enforce the new gender regime on Catholic schools. More and more I see the phrase "religious liberty" in scare quotes in news stories.
The ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), left-wing legal advocacy group, just lost another lawsuit demanding that Catholic hospitals perform abortions. You can be sure they won't stop trying, and Democrats in government will assist them. No wonder some otherwise rational people are supporting Donald Trump.
As I said to someone a few days ago in response to his advocating that doctors and hospitals be forced to provide euthanasia regardless of their conscientious objections, progressives are really getting into coercion these days.
Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.
Posted by: Janet | 09/16/2016 at 10:20 AM
Yep. I originally wrote half of this a week or so ago but didn't have time to finish it till yesterday. Appropriate.
Posted by: Mac | 09/16/2016 at 12:31 PM
Posted by: Louise | 09/16/2016 at 02:16 PM
The activities of Leiter and the ACLU would be of no consequence if
1. The judiciary were not episodically in league with them and
2. The legislature ever had the stones to discipline the judiciary.
They're into coercion because they have the mentality of lawyers and school administrators, for whom everyone else is their subject and expected to defer to them. They need to be disabused of this notion, and if it's messy, it's messy.
The Civil Rights Commission is not a regulatory agency. It runs inquiries. They cannot enforce anything. As long ago as 1984, Martin Peretz offered it was a pointless agency and should be abolished. Congress hardly ever gets around to such things unless there's candy in it for someone's clientele.
Posted by: Art Deco | 09/17/2016 at 05:29 PM
As for the NCAA, you have two explanations:
1. They're hollow men who cave in to media generated s***storms; or
2. They're hollow men and just absorb what is conventional among their circle of acquaintances. As of now, it's fashionable among fancy people to have a cloying deference for homosexual men and other deviants. That defines in-groups and out-groups.
Posted by: Art Deco | 09/17/2016 at 05:31 PM
Well, yes, and the NCAA probably full of people who have been involved with higher ed administration, so they would be natives, so to speak. But I find it just a little surprising that sports journalists would be so eager to get on the bandwagon. I'd have thought it would be more Curt Schilling and less...what's his name...Keith Olbermann. Perhaps there's some sort of compensation at work in some sports journalists--all the other kids think we're stupid jocks so we have to prove we're smart i.e. progressive.
Posted by: Mac | 09/18/2016 at 10:14 AM