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JUNE 9-10,  2023

PRIOR TO SUPREME COURT DECISION, AMERICANS SAY NYET TO AFFIRMATIVE ACTION.  This could be a landmark decision, but we make no predictions.  From HotAir: 

As we await the Supreme Court decision that could bring an end to affirmative action, Pew Research has published the results of a poll showing that fully half of US adults disapprove of it.

Half of U.S. adults say they disapprove of selective colleges and universities taking prospective students’ racial and ethnic backgrounds into account when making admissions decisions. Fewer (33%) approve of colleges considering race and ethnicity to increase diversity at the schools, while 16% are not sure.

With the court nearing the end of its term and decisions in two related cases involving the private Harvard College and the public University of North Carolina expected to be issued in the next several weeks, a new Pew Research Center survey finds that Americans are nearly three times as likely to say they strongly disapprove of colleges doing this (29%) as they are to say they strongly approve (11%).

The split among partisans is not surprising. Nearly 75% of Republicans oppose it and 54% of Democrats approve of it. Still, that leaves 29% of Democrats who disapprove. The racial divides are also probably what you would predict.

Nearly half of Black Americans (47%) say they approve of colleges and universities considering prospective students’ racial and ethnic backgrounds when making admissions decisions, compared with 29% who disapprove (24% are not sure).

Among Hispanic Americans, identical shares approve and disapprove of these practices (39% each). Both White and Asian Americans are more likely to disapprove of colleges doing this (57% of White adults and 52% of Asian adults) than to approve (29% and 37%, respectively).

The most interesting result here is that the partisan political divide on this issue is bigger than the racial divide. Only 47% of Black Americans overall support this but white Democrats are at 59 percent:

Roughly six-in-ten White Democrats (59%) approve of race and ethnicity being considered in college admissions decisions, while about a quarter (26%) oppose this. An identical share of Black Democrats express opposition to these practices, while half express support. Black Democrats are more likely than White Democrats to say they’re unsure (23% vs. 15%).

Hispanic and Asian Democrats both support affirmative action at 48%, about the same as Black Democrats. So it’s really white Democrats who are for this. There were only two groups who showed even stronger support. Black Americans with a college degree (64%) and liberal Democrats (66%).

COMMENTS:  Read the rest.  Fascinating.  A greater percentage of liberal whites support affirmative action than do black Americans.  Maybe our real problem in this country is the liberal white guy trying to virtue-signal himself to Heaven. 

Even if the Supreme Court rules against affirmative action, don't be surprised if colleges find a way to get around the ruling.  When you're a noble liberal in the midst of saving the world, any technique must be tried.

June 10, 2023      Permalink

 

AW NUTS!  GOODBYE TO A FRIEND:  Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a great friend of the United States, has resigned from Parliament, after facing a series of charges.  I know nothing of the charges, but we in America should appreciate a man who, however eccentric, was firmly in the freedom corner.  From AP:

LONDON (AP) — Former U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson shocked Britain on Friday by quitting as a lawmaker after being told he will be sanctioned for misleading Parliament. He departed with a ferocious tirade at his political opponents — and at his successor, Rishi Sunak — that could blast open tensions within the governing Conservative Party.

Johnson resigned after receiving the results of an investigation by lawmakers into misleading statements he made to Parliament about “partygate,” a series of rule-breaking government parties during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a lengthy resignation statement, Johnson accused opponents of trying to drive him out — and hinted that his rollercoaster political career might not be over yet.

“It is very sad to be leaving Parliament — at least for now,” he said.
Johnson, 58, said he had “received a letter from the Privileges Committee making it clear — much to my amazement — that they are determined to use the proceedings against me to drive me out of Parliament.”

He called the committee investigating him — which has members from both government and opposition parties — a “kangaroo court.”

“Their purpose from the beginning has been to find me guilty, regardless of the facts,” Johnson said.

The resignation will trigger a special election to replace Johnson as a lawmaker for a suburban London seat in the House of Commons.

Johnson, whose career has seen a series of scandals and comebacks, led the Conservatives to a landslide victory in 2019 but was forced out by his own party less than three years later.

He had been awaiting the outcome of an investigation by a House of Commons standards committee over misleading statements he made to Parliament about a slew of gatherings in government buildings in 2020 and 2021 that breached pandemic lockdown rules.

COMMENT:  I do wish some of the people on our side around the world would be a bit better behaved.  It's not a good thing to provide the political enemy with ammunition.  On the other hand, one delights in some of the great conservative personalities in Britain that we've enjoyed over the decades, including Winston Churchill and Boris Johnson. 

They used to say that Democrats have more fun.  I really doubt it today.   

June 10,  2023     Permalink

 

 

 

JUNE 7-8,  2023

LIKE A THIRD-WORLD COUNTRY:  By now you all know the basic facts.  Former President Trump announced that he has been indicted by
the Biden Justice Department on several counts dealing with his handling of classified documents and also, apparently, a charge of obstruction of justice.   So the Biden Justice Department is going after Joe Biden's Republican opponent and the probable Republican presidential nominee in 2024. Welcome to the third world. All we need now is to change President Biden's title to commandante.

I don't know what the facts of the case are.  None of us really do.  The actual text of the indictment has not been released.  It was Mr. Trump's own announcement that told us he'd been indicted.

I think Mike Pence had it right a few days ago when he said that indicting former President Trump would send a very bad message to the world.   He was right.   We have never had the Justice Department go after political opponents of the president.  We have always felt, as a nation, that judgments about the president are reserved for the American people.

Some would argue that Mr. Trump may have broken the law.  True, but prosecutors have discretion, and some public penalty, like a fine, could possibly have been negotiated.  Now we have the prospect of a trial right before the presidential election.  Not a good thing for this country's reputation or our standing as the leader of the free world.

Again, I don't know the details.  I do know that a former president is being treated differently from any other president.   This indictment is the third major legal action against him to be taken as he seeks to regain his former office.  Undoubtedly a coincidence.  We look small.

June 8, 2023       Permalink

 

THERE IS SOME GOOD NEWS:  Gallup has just announced results of a detailed poll showing that America is moving right.  From Gallup:

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- More Americans this year (38%) say they are very conservative or conservative on social issues than said so in 2022 (33%) and 2021 (30%). At the same time, the percentage saying their social views are very liberal or liberal has dipped to 29% from 34% in each of the past two years, while the portion identifying as moderate (31%) remains near a third.

The last time this many Americans said they were socially conservative was 2012, during a period when consistently more U.S. adults identified as conservative rather than liberal on social issues.

The results are based on Gallup’s annual Values and Beliefs survey, conducted May 1-24. The survey comes at a time when many states are considering policies regarding transgender matters, abortion, crime, drug use and the teaching of gender and sexuality in schools.

The increase in conservative identification on social issues over the past two years is seen among nearly all political and demographic subgroups. Republicans show one of the largest increases, from 60% in 2021 to 74% today. Independents show a modest uptick of five percentage points, from 24% to 29%, while there has been no change among Democrats (10% in both 2021 and 2023).

Since 2021, there have been double-digit increases in conservative social ideology among middle-aged adults -- those between the ages of 30 and 64. At the same time, older Americans’ ideology on social issues has been stable, while there has been a modest increase in conservative social ideology among young adults.

When Americans are asked to describe their views on economic issues, 44% identify as very conservative or conservative, 33% moderate and 21% very liberal or liberal. The percentage saying they are conservative averaged 40% between 2020 and 2022. The current figure is the highest since 46% in 2012.

Americans have consistently been more likely to say they are conservative on economic issues rather than liberal, by no fewer than 16 percentage points (in 2021).

COMMENT:  We always note that polls are snapshots in time.  But I'd rather have a smiling snapshot than a frowning one.   There do seem to be clear rightward trends among the electorate.  I don't hear any pollster shouting that liberalism is busting out all over, except maybe at Harvard.

The opportunities for Republicans to run the table next year, capturing both houses of Congress and the White House, are obvious.  And it is no pipe dream.  But candidate quality, especially in the presidential race, will probably be the single most important factor in determining which party shall rule.  And then there is the matter of overcoming media bias.  This must be a daily project for the Republican National Committee. 

The nominating conventions are a bit more than a year away. 

June 8, 2023       Permalink

 

IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE TONY BENNETT INFORMED US THAT HE'D LEFT HIS HEART IN SAN FRANCISCO.  Today, San Francisco is hardly the place to leave one's heart.  But you might simply leave.

The exodus out of San Francisco, now a center of crime, homelessness and degeneracy, continues.  Businesses are simply giving up, disgusted by a hard-left city government that refuses to solve the city's problems because the solutions would be labeled "racist."  From PJ Media: 

Not too long ago, San Francisco was still a remarkably beautiful city, although even then it could change on a dime. One could be in the midst of a leisurely stroll down a gorgeous street filled with chic cafes, turn a corner, and find oneself without warning in the middle of a large crowd of menacing homeless drug addicts. Now, after decades of far-Left misrule that has picked up speed in the wake of the COVID hysteria, the city’s dirty, degrading, and dangerous areas are growing rapidly and taking the whole place over, and the city’s remaining sane people are fleeing. The end is near for the Golden Gate City: the day is approaching when its ruins will bear silent witness to the ways in which Leftism destroys human societies. In anticipation of that day, a luxury hotel chain is leaving town.

Park Hotels & Resorts Inc., which owns and operates the 1,921-room Hilton San Francisco Union Square and the 1,024-room Parc 55 San Francisco, has announced that it is pulling out of Pelosiville, and can you blame them? The inaptly named Thomas J. Baltimore, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Park Hotels & Resorts, announced Monday that it was going to stop payments on a $725 million commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) loan that is secured by the Hilton Union Square and the Parc 55. That means that unless someone steps in to take them over, those two hotels will close up, and their shells will become new monuments to the cost of electing Leftists to run cities.

Baltimore (wasn’t Joe San Francisco available?) announced, “This past week we made the very difficult, but necessary decision to stop debt service payments on our San Francisco CMBS loan.” His explanation for this was devastating: “After much thought and consideration, we believe it is in the best interest for Park’s stockholders to materially reduce our current exposure to the San Francisco market.” Why, Baltimore? Did someone get misgendered? Not exactly: “Now more than ever, we believe San Francisco’s path to recovery remains clouded and elongated by major challenges – both old and new: record high office vacancy; concerns over street conditions; lower return to office than peer cities; and a weaker than expected citywide convention calendar through 2027 that will negatively impact business and leisure demand and will likely significantly reduce compression in the city for the foreseeable future.” Thomas J. Baltimore, Jr. is risking the wrath of the woke by making all this clear, but who can deny that he is actually understating his case?

All the points he made go back to the same root cause. Why is San Francisco suffering from “record high office vacancy” and a “lower return to office than peer cities”? Because people don’t want to work in a place where they could have their car broken into and their possessions stolen, only to have police dismiss the incident as a “basic city experience.” Why are there “concerns over street conditions”? Because in San Francisco today, people die of drug overdoses on the street virtually every day. At any given moment, people walking down the street could be menaced by violent drug addicts, and once again, the cops will do nothing. Why is there a “weaker than expected citywide convention calendar through 2027”? Because no one wants to attend a convention in a city where there are actually maps to help people avoid stepping in all the human excrement that is all over the city sidewalks.

COMMENT:    Read the rest.   I'd point out that similar comments are being made about New York and Chicago.  Other cities will follow.  The nation's capital, Washington, is high on the list. 

Not only are these cities in rapid decline, there appears to be no realistic route for them to follow to get back to decency.  It is a frightening prospect. 

Some say that a democracy's normal life is 250 years.  The United States will reach that point in three years. 

June 8,  2023     Permalink

 

 

 

 

 

 

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