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Diversity Perversity

Sunday, February 7, 2016  |  posted by John Schroeder

Most of us, when we think of the word “perverse,” think of sexuality.  But it is really much broader than that.  Merriam-Webster gives the simple definition:

wrong or different in a way that others feel is strange or offensive

I say that fits this story from the University of Oregon about some construction in the student union:

Since 1986, the University of Oregon has housed a quote by Martin Luther King Jr. in the lobby of the Erb Memorial Union. “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. I have a dream…” […]

Laurie Woodward, the Director of the Student Union said that when she approached the union with the question of if they wanted to keep the current MLK quote or supplement a new one, one of the students asked, “Does the MLK quote represent us today?”

Sophomore architecture student Mia Ashley — who wasn’t on the board — understands this reasoning.

“Diversity is so much more than race. Obviously race still plays a big role. But there are people who identify differently in gender and all sorts of things like that,” Ashley said.

So, because King used a single descriptor instead of some sort of laundry list one of the greatest bits of oration in the English language is deemed inadequate?  The idea that underlies the quote is not enough…Or is this really a rejection of the underlying idea because, of course, who wants to be judged on their character?  That’s one of the problems about messing with language – it is pretty hard to do that without messing with ideas as well. Continue Reading

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Left and Right Religious Narratives

Friday, February 5, 2016  |  posted by John Schroeder

Double standards in the press are not surprising.  Most of us are well aware of how they cover religious conservatives.  We’re always battling to find just the right person.  That narrative is based in fact.  We do debate endlessly about exactly what we want in our candidates.  And, of course, as the left-leaning press presents it we have these debates with a certain air of oppressive superiority.

Well now the left has their very own religious narrative.  Bernie Sanders is rising and he is…wait for it...Jewish.  So now, as in 2008, we have the battling “oppressed” minorities.  In 2008 it was women and African-Americans.  In 2016 it’s women and the Jews.  How in the world former first ladies and senators and Secretaries of State can be cast as oppressed is beyond me, but I am not of the left.  Bernie is a very particular kind of Jew as Hillary is a very particular kind of woman, but they can’t let that get in the way of a good narrative.

There is all sorts of commentary one could make about this juxtaposition of religious coverage as it relates to the election cycle.  I do find it fascinating that Christians debate and work hard to gain office while the left treats it like some sort of award, but that is not really the point I want to make in this piece.  The point I want to make is that the difference in coverage is so stark and so obvious that we should be able to overcome it.  If the election is swayed by these narratives, and not in our favor, then it is our own cotton-picking fault. Continue Reading

Ohio Governor John Kasich On The Home Stretch In New Hampshire

Friday, February 5, 2016  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Ohio Governor John Kasich joined me Thursday to talk about his closing kick in New Hampshire:

Audio:

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Transcript:

HH: So pleased to welcome back my governor, Ohio Governor John Kasich. Governor, welcome, I bet you’re in New Hampshire.

JK: I am in New Hampshire. I am, Hugh.

HH: And I just had Montel Williams on the show, and he just endorsed you. That’s a big pick up for you.

JK: Well, that’s great. Montel, but he doesn’t live in New Hampshire, so we’ll have to get him later, huh?

HH: (laughing)

JK: He’s a great guy. He’s always been a good guy.

HH: He said very nice things about you as well. Something I want to pick up on, the President went to a mosque yesterday. Earlier today, Donald Trump told me he didn’t think that was a good idea. Marco Rubio criticized it yesterday. I thought it was a good idea. I thought it was a good speech. What did you think?

JK: Wait, who went to a mosque?

HH: President Obama went to a mosque yesterday.

JK: No, yeah, I’m just not aware of it. I’m, I don’t know what happened, but you know, look, to speak, I mean, I don’t know why, why would anybody criticize him if what they’re saying is that we all want to be together, we want to take down radicalism. I mean, I don’t know what he did there. Continue Reading

Donald Trump On His Closing Argument To New Hampshire Voters

Thursday, February 4, 2016  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Donald Trump joined me On Thursday’s program:

Audio:

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Transcript:

HH: Pleased to again begin the program with the very best interview in America, Donald Trump. Mr. Trump, welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show.

DT: Hello, Hugh. You know, I just read the best article about you in USA Today. Wow, what power.

HH: I know, that was a nice piece. I appreciate that.

DT: Very impressive. I was very impressed, so congratulations.

HH: Thank you. Yesterday, though, you compared the American media to New York real estate developers. If you prick us, do we not bleed? Really, we’re that bad?

DT: Well, some of them are. I mean, some of them are. It’s not bad. You know, some are not very honest. And I understand it, but you know, I don’t think I’d be that way, I don’t think. Who knows what happens, but I will say this. 25% are really good, and 10-15% are terrific people are very, very talented people. But there’s tremendous dishonesty in the media, especially in the political media. It’s incredible. Continue Reading

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