When projections showed that Joe Biden would be the President-elect when the Electoral College votes next month, he spoke about his vision for the country. In his remarks, Biden took the high road, the correct road for a leader, and said that he wanted to reach out and also represent people who may not have voted for him. He said he wanted to put away the partisanship and to move the country forward, and that we needed to put away the bitterness and name calling.
He is right. We can’t work to help the country we love if we view those that disagree with us as evil. We can’t hate half the country and at the same time think we, along can make it better. It’s pretty simple, yet seemingly very hard to do these days.
We should look for good ideas, wherever they may come from. One of the most recent comes from a referendum passed in Massachusetts this week dubbed the ‘right to repair’ law. It’s a victory for free markets and consumers.
The law, simply put, requires that new vehicles be made with common, standard electronic data systems that can be accessed by anyone with the proper equipment. Previously, car manufacturers had installed proprietary systems to access data on cars that would require an owner needing service to go to a dealership for certain types of repairs. Now, people will be able to go to independent garages or possibly even do the repairs themselves since they will now have access to data that previously manufacturers made sure only their own dealerships could access.
That’s free market economics and when consumers have choices, they win.
When the pandemic hit and began to devastate the economy, Congress passed a bill to supplement unemployment benefits for people who lost jobs, give aid to business so they could keep meeting payrolls and aid to the airline and travel industries that were most hard hit. Supplemental unemployment benefits ended July 30 and aid for the travel industries expired on Sept. 30. Since that time, Democrats and Republicans have had plenty of time to campaign but haven’t been able to come up with a new relief bill for the largest health crisis in 100 years and the largest economic crisis since the Great Depression. Why?
Final election results are not yet in. The presidential race is still to be decided, as are several congressional and legislative contests. However, we know enough about the results to draw some conclusions
Much has been in the news about the ‘politics’ of the Supreme Court and its most recent nominee. But the real issue is that anyone views the Supreme Court as political at all. And, the fact is, liberals talk about the politics of the Court because they view it as political and therefore assume everyone thinks in the same terms that they do. That is not the case. More importantly, that should not be the case.
You thought the battle over segregation was fought and won decades ago? Apparently not.
The King County, WA (Seattle) has been holding employee ‘listening sessions’ to discuss racial equality. However, it seems that their view of ‘equal’ also means ‘separate but equal’ training. The library system hired consultants to run the sessions, which were held in racially segregated sessions.
The consultants discovered widespread “institutional racism” in the library system but it’s unsure exactly what that means because, according to some participants, if employees reported “not experiencing or witnessing racism while working at KCLS” they were told they were likely suffering from the false consciousness of “internalized racism.” In other words, they had experienced it but they just weren’t smart enough to know it.
For ardent environmentalists, they have two long-standing problems that they don’t seem to realize: one is that they need to avoid making predictions. When it comes to climate, let’s just say it isn’t an exact science and those who have made global warming/climate change a religion seem to want to ramp up doomsday scenarios to increase the sense of urgency. We can look most infamously at Al Gore’s prediction that the world’s ice caps would disappear by 2016. Or the prediction from some in 2005 that climate change would cause more damaging hurricanes and unstable weather, right before the US had the longest period in history with no major hurricanes to hit the coast of the country (Oct. 2005-2015).
The second problem that ardent environmentalists have is that they are so quick to jump on a bandwagon to ‘take action and do something’ that sometimes there isn’t a lot of thought put into what that action is. A few of us may be old enough to remember when the big concern was about the loss of trees and declining forests. So the answer was to quit using paper bags and to switch to plastic. Of course, now that’s all changed. Plastic is bad, doesn’t break down in landfills and so the solution has created an even greater problem (at least paper bags were biodegradable). The same may be turning out to be true for renewable energy.
UK’s black Women and Equalities Minister Kemi Badenoch delivered a strong and clear condemnation of the Black Lives Matter movement and critical race theory on the floor of the House of Commons — saying such ideologies have no place in British schools and that she would oppose them in every way.
Her statement was unequivocal and clear on why she opposes the radicalism of the organization while supporting equality