Holiday Weekend Quick Takes

After feasting and giving thanks for our blessings, here is this weekend’s edition of quick takes, with a special focus on bias in the public square. Do you think there isn’t bias in our colleges and universities? Or in the media? 

Think there isn’t bias in academia…?

New York congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a self-avowed socialist, says she won her seat in the US House of Representatives because of all the doors she knocked on. The 29-year-old’s first pair of shoes she wore on the campaign trail are now making fashion history as part of the Cornell Costume Collection, in the exhibit titled “WOMEN EMPOWERED: Fashions from the Frontline.”

Cornell University is displaying items of clothing that have empowered women. Items include collars from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a gown from suffrage activist Olivia “Livy” Langdon, a skirt owned by Janet Reno and the inaugural suit of Texas governor Ann Richards, among others.

Notice anything not included? Notice any conservative women included, or clothing of conservative women elected to federal office or appointed by conservatives? How about the first female Supreme Court justice who blazed the trail for Ruth Bader Ginsburg-Sandra Day O’Connor, who was nominated by President Reagan?

 

Think there isn’t bias in the media…

During the recount, or we should say ‘recounts’ (plural) in Florida during the last election, multiple media outlets carried claims by President Trump and others of potential fraud in Broward County. Several outlets, including NPR (you know, that ‘news’ organization that gets most of its money from your tax dollars) used words such as ‘unfounded claims’ or, in one case, “lie” in their headlines. Yet oddly enough, in the body of the article NPR reported that a lawsuit alleging fraud had already been filed and the Supervisor of Elections had several outstanding complaints including one where the court had found that she had violated Federal election law by destroying ballots in a Democratic primary election two years earlier. And, of course, that is to say nothing of the fact that the Election Supervisor announced that they had ‘found’ just over 2000 ‘misplaced’ ballots after the recount deadline had already passed.

 

Trump on the Judiciary

We all have instances where we think some judge has made a ruling that is just crazy. And there are probably some judges that aren’t the best and the brightest, as is the case in any profession. Most of us realize that’s part of our system and that an independent judiciary is part of the checks and balances that we value, and our Founding Fathers wisely set up.

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court defended the judiciary after President Trump had again gone after a judge in political terms after a ruling went against him.  “We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges,” according to Roberts, who originally responded to the Associated Press, via a statement issued from the Supreme Court’s press office. “What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them. That independent judiciary is something we should all be thankful for.”

President Trump would have none of it and went to Twitter to attack Roberts.

Mr. President, it’s not about you. It’s about the Constitution and about maintaining checks and balances, about the independence of the judiciary. It’s about abiding by the rule of law. If you felt the same, you wouldn’t be so focused on yourself and attacking anyone and everyone who disagreed, even the Chief Justice.

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