Ian Bremmer Ruins His Credibility
Ian Bremmer, a political scientist with a respectable left-leaning take on foreign policy, has shot himself in the political foot. Towards the end of May, he quoted President Trump saying that Kim Jong-un would be a better President than “Sleepy Joe Biden” on Twitter. Only it wasn’t a quote; Bremmer had made it up and the tweet went viral regardless. When Trump called him on his lie, Bremmer claimed that the tweet was “both obviously ludicrous and yet kinda plausible” only further digging himself into a hole. The tweet has since been deleted and Bremmer has apologized saying its intention as a joke should’ve been made more clear. As someone with respectable intellect, Bremmer should know better than to lie for Twitter clout.
German Jews Told Not to Wear Kippah
Rather than stand strong in the face of anti-Semitism, the German government warned Jews not to wear kippahs for the threat of anti-Semitic violence. A rise in attacks targeting Jews prompted the comment by the German government’s commissioner on anti-Semitism Felix Klein, a remark that was slammed by the Israeli president as a “capitulation to anti-Semitism.” Recommending Jews give up a symbol of their identity and something that gives reverence to God is the worst possible recommendation. We need bravery and boldness to fight evil, not appeasement.
With a call for Trump’s impeachment, will Republican Justin Amash be remembered as a media-pandering hack just looking for notoriety or a principled conservative standing athwart history yelling stop? Or will he be forgotten? In this media climate, it’s almost undoubtedly the latter; remember Covington or when that Missouri Senator wished that Trump would get assassinated? Me neither. For the time being, though, it’s heartening to see that the Republican party hasn’t completely succumbed to Trumpism. I don’t think the orange-man should be impeached but I do commend Amash for taking his stand and bucking party lines.
Shapiro Deserves Credit, not Criticism, for BBC Interview
Earlier this month, Daily Wire founder Ben Shapiro took heat from both sides after an interview with BBC television host Andrew Neil. Shapiro did make a mistake in labeling Neil, one of Britain’s most notorious Tories, a “member of the political left” but Shapiro himself admitted so in a tweet. With that being said, though, the interview was a hit job—designed not to discuss the issues or Shapiro’s new book The Right Side of History but to dredge up decade-old statements Shapiro has already addressed and then label him as racist. That’s not “asking the tough questions;” that’s garbage. In the face of such an ill-motivated interviewer, Shapiro was right to walk out.
Ted Cruz Stands Up for Families in Push to Expand 529s
Last week, Democrats cut provisions from Senator Ted Cruz’s Student Empowerment Act that would have further ensured the accessibility of 529 plans for homeschooling families. These savings plans are unique because investments in them can grow tax-free as long as they are used for educational expenses. It builds on Cruz’s Student Opportunity Amendment in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which expanded the use of 529 college savings plans to include K-12 and secondary school educational expenses for public, private, religious, and homeschool students. Every family deserves to save for their children’s educations but Democrats don’t seem to think so.
Alabama Leads the Way for the Pro-Life Movement
On May 15, Governor of Alabama Kay Ivey signed bill HB314 the Human Life Protection Act into law, which makes “abortion and attempted abortion felony offenses except in cases where abortion is necessary in order to prevent a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother.” The bill has received public backlash and with that came many false claims and lies about this bill. Conservative commentator Tomi Lahren posted on Twitter that this bill “simply forces women into more dangerous methods, other states or countries.” Life Action, a pro-life advocacy group, posted a piece debunking these falsities: “Debunking 9 myths surrounding Alabama’s abortion law.” One is that the pro-life movement only cares about an unborn baby until it is born despite Alabama itself crushing that myth by setting a record number for adopting foster children in the 2018 fiscal year. That’s two wins for Alabama, I believe.
SAT to Introduce “Adversity” Score
Two weeks ago, the College Board announced they would include a score based on each student’s “adversity” with his or her SAT scores. This number from 1 to 100 indicates median family income, crime reports, housing circumstances, college attendance rates, and parental education. The move encountered bipartisan criticism. It impersonalizes the admissions process, sets students who may not succeed up for failure, and disenfranchises students from “privileged stereotypes” by putting other students ahead of them regardless of academic performance. With many groups suing universities for racial profiling in recent months, it is clear that this conversation about the standards for which universities admit students is far from over. As a teacher, I want my students to gain admission to a university based on what they can accomplish, not what they look like.
Mueller-ing Over Impeachment.
On Wednesday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller gave his first public statement since he completed his 448-page report. The statement was good insofar that Mueller put some partisan talking points on both sides to bed, but it kept the Democrat’s central contention, that President Trump’s temperament makes him unfit for office and he should be impeached, very much alive. The crux of Mueller’s statement Wednesday was that Justice Department rules prevented the special counsel from bringing charges against the President. By the end of his statement, though, Mueller had gone beyond this presumption of neutrality aside to place not only his thumb but his entire body-weight on the scales of justice. He may have intended to tie up loose ends when he took the podium on Wednesday morning but only opened a can of worms.
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