Friday, June 29, 2018

op ed review 7/1

Three victories this week:  The Supreme Court on upheld President Trump’s ban on travel from several mostly Muslim countries, rejecting a challenge that it discriminated against Muslims or exceeded his authority. The 5-4 decision Tuesday is a big victory for Trump on an issue that is central to his presidency, and the court’s first substantive ruling on a Trump administration policy.
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of pro-life crisis pregnancy centers that counsel pregnant women to make choices other than abortion, invalidating a California law requiring them to prominently post information on how to obtain a state-funded abortion.
The Supreme Court ruled that government workers can’t be forced to contribute to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining, dealing a serious financial blow to Democratic-leaning organized labor.

The big news this week:  Justice Kennedy announces retirement; the Left is in a meltdown.

Federal officers in riot gear moved into the leftie protest siege of ICE headquarters in Southwest Portland Thursday
Poll: 59% fear violence from Trump haters, 31% predict civil war

‘Unaccompanied Migrant CHILDREN’ Arrive at NY Airport -Appear to be GROWN MEN With 5-O’CLOCK SHADOWS and Shaving Kits
Hundreds of gang members and more than 5,000 convicted criminals were arrested trying to sneak back into the U.S. in just eight months.  Border agents have caught more criminals than the FBI.

POLL STUNNER: Majority With Trump: Want Wall Built, Migrant Families Deported or Detained
84 percent of Americans support turning undocumented immigrants over to authorities
The Cost of Providing Health Care to Illegal Aliens:  The total is enough to pay for a border wall.
Illegal alien kids unhappy having to recite the Pledge of Allegiance

Trump approval rises because of increased Hispanic support.

Judge throws out San Francisco and Oakland climate suits against big oil.

America’s CEOs are not wasting anytime in taking advantage of his tax reform plan. Over $300 billion was repatriated to the U.S. in the first quarter, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) -- the most on record.
Army training will now focus on actual battlefield skills, not social issues
Report: NOAA Set to Abandon Climate Change Mission

RINO alert:  Mitt Romney vows to speak out against Trump if elected to the Senate.

New poll ranks Obama as the worst president since World War II

Film Director David Lynch: Trump ‘Could Go Down as One of the Greatest Presidents in History’

Polls of Senate Races Boost GOP Prospects for Retaining Control

John McCain viewed more favorably by Arizona Democrats than by Republicans

?? Rep. Barbara Lee accuses Trump administration of 'criminalizing' illegal immigrants.

LA Times:  Asian Americans need to wise up and end our blind loyalty to the Democratic Party

Charles Krauthammer succumbed last week to cancer.  This is part I of a column he wrote 25 years ago that is still relevant.   Part of an American Enterprise Institute lecture series.

Defining Deviancy Up
Charles Krauthammer

In 1940, a survey was taken of teachers asking them to list the five most important problems in school. They were: (1) talking out of turn; (2) chewing gum; (3) making noise; (4) running in halls; and (5) cutting in line.

Fifty years later, the survey was repeated. The 1990 list was substantially revised: (1) drug abuse; (2) alcohol abuse; (3) pregnancy; (4) suicide; (5) rape.

One could cite a mountain of statistics. One could supply one’s own anecdotal evidence. But this list will suffice to make the obvious point that there has been an explosion of deviancy in American society over the last fifty years. Things have gotten out of hand.

How have we dealt with that? Daniel Patrick Moynihan offers an arresting view in a recent essay in The American Scholar entitled “Defining Deviancy Down.” His point is that deviancy–crime, broken homes, mental illness–has reached such vast and incomprehensible proportions that we have had to adopt a singular form of denial: We deal with the epidemic by simply defining away most of the disease. We lower the threshold for what we are prepared to call normal in order to keep the volume of deviancy–redefined deviancy–within manageable proportions.

Since 1960, for example, the incidence of single parenthood has more than tripled. It now afflicts–and anyone acquainted with the figures for poverty and the various social pathologies associated with single-parenthood knows that “afflicts” is the right word–more than one-quarter of all American children. As the problem has grown, however, it has been systematically redefined by the culture–by social workers, intellectuals, and most famously by the mass media–as simply another lifestyle choice. Dan Quayle may have been right, but Murphy Brown got the better ratings.

Moynihan’s second example is crime. We have become totally inured to levels of criminality that would have been considered intolerable thirty years ago. The St. Valentine’s Day massacre, which caused a national uproar and merited two entries in the World Book Encyclopedia, involved four thugs killing seven other thugs. An average weekend in today’s Los Angeles, notes James Q. Wilson. More than half of all violent crimes are not even reported. We have come to view homicide as ineradicable a part of the social landscape as car accidents.

And finally there is mental illness. Unlike family breakdown and criminality, there has probably been no increase in mental illness over the last thirty years. Rates of schizophrenia do not change, but the rate of hospitalization for schizophrenia and other psychoses has changed. The mental hospitals have been emptied. In 1955, New York state asylums had 93,000 patients. Last year they had 11,000. Where have the remaining 82,000 and their descendants gone? Onto the streets, mostly. In one generation, a flood of pathetically ill people has washed onto the streets of the American city. We now step over these wretched and abandoned folk sleeping in doorways and freezing on grates. They, too, have become accepted as part of the natural landscape. We have managed to do that by redefining them as people who simply lack affordable housing. They are not crazy or sick, just very poor (as if anyone crazy and sick and totally abandoned would not end up very poor).

Moynihan’s powerful point is that with the “moral deregulation” of the 1960s, we have had an explosion of deviancy in family life, criminal behavior, and publicly displayed psychosis. And we have dealt with it in the only way possible: by redefining deviancy down so as to explain away and make “normal” what a more civilized, ordered, and healthy society would long ago have labeled–and once long ago did label–deviant.

Moynihan is right. But it is only half the story. There is a complimentary social phenomenon that goes with defining deviancy down. As part of the vast social project of moral leveling, it is not enough for the deviant to be normalized. The normal must be found to be deviant. Therefore, while for the criminals and the crazies deviancy has been defined down (the bar defining normality has been lowered), for the ordinary bourgeois deviancy has been defined up (the bar defining normality has been raised). Large areas of ordinary behavior hitherto considered benign have had their threshold radically redefined up, so that once innocent behavior now stands condemned as deviant. Normal middle class life then stands exposed as the true home of violence, abuse, misogyny, a whole of catalog deviant acting and thinking.

As part of this project of moral leveling, whole new areas of deviancy–such as date rape and politically incorrect speech–have been discovered. And old areas–such as child abuse–have been amplified by endless reiteration in the public presses and validated by learned reports of their astonishing frequency. The net effect is to show that deviancy is not the province of criminals and crazies but thrives in the heart of the great middle class. The real deviants of society stand unmasked. Who are they? Not Bonnie and Clyde but Ozzie and Harriet.

Read the rest here:

Another MUST READ:  “He Fights”

Paying the price for breakdown of the country's bourgeois (middle class) culture.

“If you’re wondering how important the next justice will be, look at the Supreme Court term that just ended. During this 2017-18 session, The Washington Times points out, ‘there have been a dozen 5-4 decisions where Justice Gorsuch sided with the conservative majority. By contrast, during the court’s last term with a full nine-justice court, the 2014-2015 term, there were only four 5-4 decisions from the conservative majority that included Scalia.’ Those are razor-thin margins on issues of major significance to most Americans. Just this week, the justices decided three cases on free speech by a single vote. As liberals increasingly turn to the courts to accomplish what they can’t legislatively, it’s more important than ever to have men and women on the bench who understand and respect the Constitution.”
      -Tony Perkins

“All last week Democrats were crying with outrage over inhumane treatment of migrant children. Today they’re crying with outrage at the idea they might not be able to kill unborn children. And here I thought Democrats cared about the children!”
                   -Liz Wheeler

Socialist wins primary over 4th ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives, the Left cheers.  The Left says she is a “Socialist With a 21st-Century Vision”.  Oxymoron?

Portland Occupiers Shut Down ICE Office, Replace American Flag with 'Refugees Welcome' Flag

This will endear her to her liberal constituents: Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Seattle, was arrested during an immigration protest at the nation’s capital.

Tom Steyer: To Win Midterms, Democrats Must Promise to Impeach Trump

Homeland Security Official Warned With Decapitated Animal On His Porch.  The official said roughly two dozen threats have been made in the last few days.

“The Democrat base won’t tolerate a retreat from extremism. They must push forward, get more extreme, pump up the volume, with each MSNBC chatterclown striving to top the previous doofus’s Hitler hyperbole. These Democrat idiots are going to talk themselves into a Second Civil War and then act surprised when it works out poorly again.”

7 Recent Lies From Media On Emotion-Driven Immigration Debate

Marijuana addiction is real, and rising

MUST WATCH: NBC “Reporter” Admits To Working With Democrat Party To “Inflict” Damage On President Trump

“It has long..been my opinion, and I have never shrunk from its expression … that the germ of dissolution of our federal government is in the constitution of the federal Judiciary; working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow, and advancing its noiseless step like a thief, over the field of jurisdiction, until all shall be usurped.”
               -Thomas Jefferson

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