Sunday, November 11, 2018

EAST ASIA DEFIES DIVERSITY DELUSION

                       "Seek truth from facts."  -- Chinese Maxim

    In the United States and most of the liberal West, the ill-defined concept of racial, sexual, and ethnic "diversity" has assumed the status of a sacrosanct religious dogma.  No one can sensibly define its parameters, but few in "respectable" society stop to question its desirability or importance. 

    Governments, corporations, the armed forces, and universities all endorse and follow the precept that optimal diversity is critical to success in all areas of endeavor.  The ubiquitous mantra that "diversity is our greatest strength" is recited and repeated -- although never proven --like some kind of indisputable religious dogma.  Proof of efficacy is deemed irrelevant, and those who demand such proof are deemed retrogressive or racist. 

     Nearly all of the foregoing institutions maintain entrenched diversity officers and diversity divisions whose mission -- at enormous financial and human cost-- is to maintain and manipulate the diversity imperative towards the goal of fewer white males and more blacks, Hispanics, and women.  For some odd reason, however, expanded representation of East Asians is deemed to undermine  diversity, as illustrated by a lawsuit in which Harvard University is currently defending its blatant discrimination against East Asian applicants on that very basis.

     The ubiquitous diversity imperative has even achieved the status of a binding legal doctrine in the United States.  In the 2005 case of Grutter v. Bollinger, the Supreme Court elevated the promotion of a university's diversity to the status of a "compelling government interest," sufficient to override the anti-discrimination principles of the Constitution's Equal Protection Clause.  In a conflict between a non-minority student's claim to equal treatment of his application and the university's promotion of undefined "diversity" objectives, diversity now trumps fairness thanks to the Grutter decision.

     Thus, in the United States and much of the Liberal West, the diversity imperative is accepted, revered, and scrupulously followed in critical areas of national policy ranging from education to employment to immigration and refugee policy.

     Not so, however, in the ascendant nations of East Asia, where a trio of intelligent democracies -- Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan -- have emphatically declined to follow the West down this delusional rabbit hole.  They are not alone, moreover.  One look at videos and photos of China's People's Liberation Army -- particularly its visually startling Pink Militia of uniformly tall and lissome Han females -- will graphically confirm that China too is disinclined to embrace the diversity imperative.

                                                   
                 China's Pink Militia is untroubled by its diversity deficiencies

        Japan, the Republic of Korea (ROK), and Taiwan are each among the most homogeneous, and least diverse, nations on the face of the earth.  They are also among the most intelligent, well-educated, technologically adept, safe, and civil societies in the world.  The question naturally arises, therefore, whether these facts are a matter of causation or mere correlation.

       Japan is an industrious, technologically adept, and prosperous monocultural democracy of 128 million people.  It rose from the ashes of World War II (with much U.S. help) to become the economic envy of the world by 1979, when responsible scholars were writing books with titles like Ezra Vogel's Japan as Number One.  Its economic success has since flattened, receded, and partially recovered, but it remains one of the world's five leading economic powerhouses (it presently ranks No. 3 in nominal GDP in the IMF's official rankings) .

       About 97.5% of Japan's population is of the Yamato, or native Japanese, race.  A predominant portion of the remaining 2.5%, moreover, are fellow East Asians, largely Korean, Chinese, or Filipino immigrants. Another significant portion of the non-native 2.5% are actually ethnic Japanese Nikkei who migrated back to Japan from Brazil or Peru.  In brief, Japan is utterly lacking in the ethnic diversity that is so highly prized and relentlessly demanded in the U.S. 

     This striking racial and ethnic homogeneity is caused and sustained by a combination of factors:  Japan's physical insularity, its highly restrictive immigration policies, its extremely difficult language (mastery of which is a prerequisite to permanent immigration), and its adamant refusal to join the West in welcoming purported refugees from the Mid-East and elsewhere. In 2017, for example, Japan admitted a total of twenty refugees out of 19,628 refugee applicants.  Another likely factor is that the Japanese people actually prize their Yamato identity and culture -- unlike guilt-ridden westerners -- and are unwilling to dilute them with an influx of non-Asian immigrants who are unlikely to assimilate or blend.

     Although Japan is presently considering a modest expansion in the numbers of temporary foreign workers it may admit in future, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has stressed such expansion will not entail permanent residence of aliens accompanied by families, but merely temporary worker relief for industries suffering from a current shortage of native Japanese workers.  Moreover, any expansion of temporary or permanent immigration to Japan will, as with the minimal current foreign residency, likely be dominated by racially similar East Asians from Taiwan, China, Korea, Thailand, and the Philippines.


     The Taiwanese lady behind the desk represents typical Japanese immigration -- racially indistinguishable from Japanese natives, at least to the Western eye. -- Japan Times photo

        The ROK, often called South Korea, has a total population of some 51 million.  Like Japan, it is an economic and political Phoenix that rose from the ruins of war and occupation (in its case, Japanese occupation from 1905 to 1945) to achieve its current status as an economic and technological Asian Tiger of the first order.  Despite its small area and comparatively modest population, it currently ranks 12th among all nations in nominal GDP (2018 IMF data).  As shown below, it joins Japan and Taiwan at the very apex of world rankings in various indicia of intelligence, education, STEM scores, safety, and other measures of technological advancement.

     On top of all this, the ROK also has its own distinctive "Gangnam Style" -- as YouTube viewers worldwide are well aware.

                     
   K-Pop Girl Groups have succeeded PSY's Gangnam Style in the ROK music explosion     

     Ethnic or racial Koreans are estimated to constitute upwards of 97.5% of the total population.  Moreover, a good portion of those classified as foreign residents of the ROK are actually ethnic Koreans repatriated from China.  Suffice to say, the ROK's ethnic homogeneity is remarkable, near total, and closely similar to Japan's.  One online encyclopedia (Encyclopedia.com) flatly states that the ROK "has no sizeable ethnic minority."

     The final member of the East Asian Trio, Taiwan, is a de facto sovereign state that, sadly, is treated by much of the world (including the U.S.) as a non-state and diplomatic pariah due to the demands of its domineering progenitor, the People's Republic of China (PRC).  Despite this severe handicap, Taiwan has survived and prospered as one of the world's most vibrant and well-educated democracies and economies.

     Taiwan's total population of about 23.6 million is composed of over 95% Han Chinese (the dominant racial and ethnic group of China); when limited to actual Taiwanese citizens, its population is about 97.5% Han.  Most of Taiwan's non-Han population is composed of native or aboriginal Taiwanese.  As with Japan and the ROK, resident immigrants from the U.S., Europe, Africa, and the Middle East are negligible.  Whatever Taiwan's "greatest strength" may be, it is certainly not diversity.

     Of course, the fact that these three Asian nations all have highly homogeneous, non-diverse populations is not in itself a matter of great moment or credit. A nation's relative diversity or homogeneity is often more a matter of geography and history than of design.

     Whatever one may think of the current diversity meme, the enormous diversity in the U.S. population has been with us from the founding.  We have had to accept and adjust to racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity whether we liked it or not, from the time when the successive waves of Northern European white settlers, black African slaves, Italian and Slavic immigrants, and Chinese railroad workers surrounded the appalled Native Americans with the multi-ethnic population that persists today.  In short, ethnic diversity is simply an inescapable reality in the United States. Only the degree, nature, and promotion of this diversity has evolved to reach the pervasive and dogmatic stature it manifests today.

     The question, however, is whether the American standard of diversity should or could be beneficially applied to profoundly distinct nations like the Asian Trio.  Put another way, is artificially enhanced diversity inherently beneficial on the national scale?  Or does national homogeneity have its own benefits? 

     The achievements and qualities of Japan, the ROK, and Taiwan when compared to the rest of the world's strongly indicate a negative answer to the former question and a yes to the latter.  Specifically, the demonstrated superiority of these emphatically "non-diverse" countries in qualities such as education, scientific and technological ability, IQ, safety, crime prevention, and economic development strongly suggest that, in some national cases, homogeneity may have genuine benefits.   

     In published rankings of nations by average IQ (compiled by the Statistic Brain Research Institute in 2016 at gazettereview.com), the ROK (#2), Japan (#3), and Taiwan (#4) are surpassed only by Hong Kong.  Since Hong Kong (itself a non-diverse 93% Chinese/Han) is not in fact a nation but a part of China, the Asian Trio could be considered the Top 3 nations in the world in IQ.  The U.S. ranked 28th.

     Although one might question the validity of any single rating of national IQ's, the preeminince of the Asian Trio is reinforced by other such rankings which consistently place them at or near the top.  For example, the ROK and Japan were surpassed only by the cities of Hong Kong and Singapore in another published IQ ranking, which placed Taiwan as No. 6 (all of the top six were East Asian nations or cities).

     Another revealing indicator is found in the STEM (science, technology, math, and engineering) rankings of national school systems by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) as reported by Business Insider in 2015. Similar to the IQ rankings, Singapore and Hong Kong were on top, followed by ROK and then Japan and Taiwan in a tie.  Non-diverse Finland (at No. 6) was the highest ranking country outside East Asia.  The U.S. was in a tie for No. 28 with Spain.  Again, Japan, ROK, and Taiwan were the top three nations of significant size in STEM rankings.

     Relatedly, the ROK, Finland, and Japan ranked 1-2-3 respectively in rankings of the world's best education systems (primary school through college) by the World Top 20 Project.  

     Similarly, in overall technological innovation, the ROK and Japan were ranked No. 1 and 3 worldwide, respectively, with the U.S. at No. 2.
  
     One important index area that may be closely related to ethnic homogeneity is that of public safety and crime control, which amount to the same thing by different measures.  Here again, the East Asian Trio are at the very top of national rankings.  Depending upon which institutional ranking one consults, either Japan or ROK is the safest country in the world, and Taiwan is not far behind.

     A 2014 study by the OECD ranked Japan as "the safest country in the world," as well as maintaining the world's second lowest homicide rate (after Iceland) and the second lowest assault rate (after Canada).  A 2014 survey compiled by Listovative ranked Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the ROK, in that order,  as the world's safest countries.

     A 2016 ranking by Numbeo, a data aggregator, confirmed and reinforced the status of these countries as the world's safest, with only slight modifications.  Numbeo ranked the ROK No. 1 on its overall safety index, followed by Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

     One could continue with other areas of interest, but the foregoing representative rankings suffice to demonstrate that the Asian Trio of Japan, the ROK, and Taiwan are performing superlatively in key indicators of national achievement and well-being despite their decided lack of diversity as measured by American or western standards.  Their superiority in these national indicators confirms that, whatever may be the case with the United States and its European cohorts, the value of diversity at the national level is entirely relative and in some cases dubious at best.

     

     

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Washington State Court Perpetrates a Capital Canard


                On October 11, Washington State's Supreme Court issued a decision perpetrating two insidious canards that, like those ghastly movie goblins who return to haunt us every Halloween season, simply refuse to die.

                In Washington v. Gregory, that court held Washington State's death penalty unconstitutional  on grounds that (1) it was discriminatorily applied to black murderers; and (2) failed to serve any "legitimate penological goal" because it lacked any deterrent effect. 

                Because the ruling was based on state law rather than the U.S. Constitution, it cannot be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court and is the final word on the death penalty issue in Washington State.  The decision has little practical impact on Washington's death row inmates, moreover, because that left-oriented state does not actually carry out executions, even though state statutes still authorized capital punishment. 

                But the court's widely-reported opinion does have significant and disturbing consequences because it reiterates two false legal and penological doctrines that are mindlessly regurgitated in the media, in politics, and in predominant elements of the legal and policy communities.

                I will not dwell here on the court's complete distortion and sophistry on the deterrence issue.   Authoritative studies recorded elsewhere (e.g., by David Mulhausen of the Heritage Foundation), as well as the most basic logic and common sense, establish that actual and timely enforcement of the death penalty does have a significant deterrent effect.  Lenient or long-delayed penalties have little chilling effect on potential perpetrators, but, as Dr. Samuel Johnson famously said, "Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully."  

                Studies and arguments to the contrary merely establish that capital punishment's general deterrent effect is imperfect, not futile.  There are obviously categories of crazed, hardened, or furiously impassioned persons who are immune to abstract deterrence.  But it has been demonstrated that each actual execution deters anywhere from 3 to 18 murders, which is surely a "legitimate penological objective."  

              Further, the heedless Washington court's deterrence analysis had another dispositive flaw:  It failed to address the indisputable effect of specific deterrence.  A duly executed and dead murderer is specifically and absolutely deterred from terrorizing or killing fellow inmates or prison staff, or from killing innocent citizens after a prison escape – tragic consequences that do in fact occur when murderers are not executed.

                But the Washington court erred even more egregiously in its haphazard "holding" that the death penalty is discriminatorily imposed on black murderers in Washington.  

               The court rested this ruling on an ideologically-driven statistical study based upon a small data set (there were only 9 persons under sentence of death in Washington through 2016), substandard p-values, subjective coding of variables, and various "errors" recognized even by the court (decision at n. 7).  Further, the study established barely marginal statistical significance even if accepted as valid.  Indeed, the court inadvertently acknowledged the weakness of the decision's statistical underpinnings when it stated:  "We make this determination by way of legal analysis, not pure science. . . . [W]e decline to require indisputably true science to prove that our death penalty is impermissibly imposed based on race." (decis pp. 21-22).  Yet the decision rested squarely upon a highly abstruse, but patently flawed, statistical study rather than on direct evidence of discrimination.  In other words, it rested on "impure science" of the most questionable kind.

                Worst of all, the decision didn't even purport to establish that any actual discrimination motivated the sentencing of the murderer Gregory in his own case.  It adopted the absurd proposition that the constitutionality of a criminal defendant's sentence depends upon the statistical patterns deciphered by social scientists in past cases rather than the gruesome particulars of the defendant's individual crime.

                Rather than wrestling with the convoluted "p-values" and subjective regression analysis that produced its improbable conclusion – i.e., that the extremely progressive polity, government, and judiciary of Washington State collectively discriminate against blacks in capital sentencing – the court could have consulted objective and factual national death penalty data that are glaringly inconsistent with its decision.  Those data show that the death penalty is, and has long been, imposed disproportionately on whites, not blacks.

                In short, the court's race-based decision was not merely wrong; it was the opposite of the truth.

                The Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) carefully monitors the administration of capital punishment in all states on an annual basis.  Its most recent report, Capital Punishment, 2016, was published in April 2018 (there is a lag in the annual BJS reports due to the difficulties in collecting and collating the data).  The 2016 Report found:  "Of the 20 prisoners executed [in 2016], 18 were white (2 of Hispanic origin) and 2 were black [emphasis added]."  BJS further reported:  "Among prisoners under sentence of death at year-end in 2016, a total of 55% were white and 42% were black."

                The fact that executions of whites in 2016 exceeded execution of blacks by 9 to 1 was no glaring aberration.  An earlier BJS Report in 2013 tabulated executions by race from 1977 to 2013 (Capital Punishment 2013, Table 11).  For the entire 35-year period covered, there were 770 executions of whites (57%) and 464 of blacks (34%).  In 2013, it was 23 whites versus 13 blacks executed.  In 2012, it was 25 whites, 11 blacks.  And so on through the years.  The last year in which black executions exceeded white was 1991 – 27 years ago – when there were 7 blacks executed versus 6 whites.  During this entire 35-year period, there were only two years (1989 and 1991) in which more blacks were executed that whites.

                Advocates of the discriminatory death penalty canard might, and do, argue that such data fails to account for the fact that blacks constitute only 13% of the U.S. population but account for well more than 13% of executions (i.e., 34% of executions during the era covered by the 2013 BJS Report).  That argument is futile, however, because the relevant population for this comparison is not the general population, but the population of those who alone are eligible for the death penalty – murderers.  Under U.S. constitutional law, only those who commit murder are eligible for the death penalty.

                The FBI's recurring reports on Crime in the United States establish that blacks consistently represent over 50% of murderers in the United States.  During the 28-year era covered by the FBI's 2011 Homicide Trends report (1980 to 2008), 52.5% of U.S. homicides were committed by blacks while 43.5% were committed by whites (NCJ 236018, Table 7).  More current FBI reports confirm this pattern. In 2016, for example, 53.5% of murder offenders in cases where the race was known were black (2016, Crime in the United States, Overview).  For 2017, the figure was 54.2% (6,444 black murder offenders out of 11,883 such offenders where race was known) (2017, Crime in the United States, Table 3).


                These straightforward figures speak with a decisive clarity that exposes the Washington court's tortured manipulation of reality for the sophistry that it is.  Objective BJS and FBI data establish that while black perpetrators commit slightly more than 50% of U.S. murders, they represent only about one-third (and in 2016, only 10%) of those who are ultimately executed for their murders.   The same data establishes that white murderers are therefore about twice as likely as blacks to be executed in the United States.  

              Unless sentencing decision-makers in Washington State are driven by an element of anti-black discrimination that is not manifest in the nationwide administration of capital punishment, the Washington Supreme Court's decision in the Gregory case is demonstrably and dangerously  wrong. 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

KARLIE KLOSS, KAREN CARPENTER, AND THE PC KIMONO LUNACY

     Before resuming our reporting on the rampant leftist sedition at large in the land, SR takes a brief detour into the alien realm of fashion media to expose the latest extreme lunacy of the political correctness that pervades today's American culture.

     The always interesting Breitbart website recently reported on a remarkable example of the so-called "cultural appropriation" concept, which condemns any use or adoption of the fashion, customs, or arts of foreign cultures by so-called White Western Society.  It is not clear whether the reverse (foreign cultures adopting our music, art, etc.) is equally nefarious.

     According to Breitbart, a prominent American fashion model named Karlie Kloss recently posed in Geisha-style Japanese kimonos for an extensive photoshoot in Vogue magazine's so called "diversity" issue.  The spread featured the fashionably kimonoed Kloss posing in a variety of settings intended to present striking cultural images of Japan (as a knowledgeable Japan-hand of longstanding, SR can only say that the presentation is a bit gauche, as one would expect of the superficial millennials at Vogue, but certainly harmless, and complimentary, if anything).

                                                  
                                                                                                  Vogue Magazine
                           Oh, the Horror! A Caucasian Model Poses in Kimono!

     Almost instantly, the lunatic legions of the social media pounced on Ms. Kloss for her crime of "cultural appropriation." Typical of the clueless commentary was the following penetrating query:  "Did Vogue not get the 'culture is not a costume' memo that's been going around for the past few...decades?"  SR is surprised that such a "memo" ever existed or circulated, and expects the reader is as well; but in the twisted realm of the politically correct cognoscenti, anything is possible.

     The brainless commentary also condemned Ms. Kloss and Vogue -- both of whom undoubtedly deserve condemnation for many other stupidities and venalities, but not for this one -- for so-called racial "whitewashing."  This is an ironic and foolish charge indeed, for Japanese women place the highest aesthetic value on the whiteness of their complexions.  Nothing could be "whiter" than an authentic, original Japanese beauty in geisha splendor.  If anything,  a Western model would be less white than an authentic Japanese geisha.  So-called "cultural appropriation" is a purely mythical canard of the left, but this kind of cultural stupidity is a depressing reality, perpetrated by the PC and social justice morons on a daily basis.

     Ms. Kloss's attackers also questioned why Vogue could not have found a Japanese model for the photoshoot.  This criticism might have been valid if we were talking about the use of a non-Japanese actress to portray a Japanese woman in a movie about Japan -- as was actually done with the casting of a famous Chinese actress (Zhang Ziyi) to portray a Japanese Geisha in Memoirs of a Geisha

     But that's not what occurred here.  Rather than usurping the part of a genuine Japanese geisha, Ms. Kloss was employed to highlight the beauty and piquancy of cross-cultural diversity by artfully posing a beautiful Western woman in  the classical Japanese garment.  Rather than cultural appropriation, the intent of the photoshoot was cultural tribute.  But needless to say, this nuance was lost on the mindless minions of the politically correct.

     But the most depressing aspect of this absurd imbroglio was that Ms. Kloss felt compelled to issue the inevitable press-agent-drafted apology -- when she should have bridled with the justifiable fury of an outraged fashion diva.  She abjectly posted the following illogical nonsense on her Twitter account:  "These images appropriate a culture that is not my own and I am truly sorry for participating in a shoot that was not culturally sensitive.  My goal is, and always will be, to empower and inspire women."

     No, Karlie, you silly Airhead.  Neither you nor Vogue could  "appropriate" the ancient and magnificent Japanese culture in the wildest dreams of your illusory significance.  No apology was necessary, Dahlink, as Zsa Zsa might have said.  If anything, Japanese viewers would only have been mildly amused at Vogue's ham-handed, but gameful, attempt to capture an aesthetic that lies far beyond their superficial comprehension.  But they were certainly not offended.  On the contrary, as shown by the reaction of Japanese Twitter users, the Japanese enjoyed the spread and considered it a nice tribute to their culture.

                                                  

     Karen Carpenter charming the Japanese in her gift kimono, Tokyo 1974

     To place this absurd episode in sensible perspective, we need only flash back to the comparatively sane era of the 1970's.

     In 1974, popular music was still beautiful and harmonic, as exemplified by the gorgeous vocals of Karen Carpenter and the internationally beloved recordings of the Carpenters.  Nowhere were the Carpenters more popular than in Japan, and in the summer of 1974, the talented sibling duo (Karen and her brother Richard) arrived for a record-setting concert tour in Tokyo amidst media and popular fanfare reminiscent of the Beatles' arrival in the U.S. a decade earlier.

     As part of the extensive publicity campaign surrounding the Carpenters' arrival, their hosts presented both Richard and Karen with beautiful and extremely valuable kimonos. Both of the sibling superstars posed happily in the outfits for the Japanese press, and the Japanese were delighted with how charming Karen looked in a gorgeous kimono especially suited to a young lady in the spring-like glow of youth.  They were even more delighted when, near the conclusion of the Carpenters' concert in Tokyo's iconic Budokan, Karen sang portions of the hit song, Sing, in flawless Japanese, in a charming "duet" with a chorus of star-struck Japanese children.


     Needless to say, the notions of "cultural appropriation" or of "whitefacing" Japanese culture never remotely occurred to the Japanese, the Carpenters, or to anyone who observed the Carpenters' congenial engagement with the Japanese people.  So successful was the Carpenters' 1974 tour that their popularity in Japan reached spectacular heights that, remarkably, endure to this day.

     So all the neurotic social critics should take a deep breath; stay calm; and take a look back at how the good-natured embrace of another nation's culture, dress, and customs can be mutually enjoyable and rewarding.  Far from causing insult or embarrassment, a Western woman wearing a kimono with the right attitude and elan can form a lasting bond of mutual affection and appreciation.  That was how the Carpenters and Japan approached each other in 1974, to the enduring reward of both sides.


    

Friday, February 3, 2017

REJECTING AN INVITATION TO IMITATE GERMANY'S SUICIDAL OPEN HOUSE TO REFUGEES


     A trusted friend and colleague referred me to the article discussed below, suggesting it was particularly worthy of refutation.  See "President Trump's immigration order tests the nation's principles," Boston Globe (Jan. 30, 2017).  Although I was tempted to dismiss it as but another screed from the left attacking the President's recent executive orders on immigration – discussed here before in a preceding post – the fallacies in the piece were so blatant and wrong-headed that SR could not let it pass silently.  That the arguments were made by a former Admiral made the piece even more unsettling.  The article's author, James Stavridis, is currently Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and was reportedly considered as a possible running mate for Hillary Clinton.

     When an article on the grimly serious issue of keeping alien terrorists out of the country begins with a slobbering reference to a maudlin Barbra Streisand movie, as this one does, one is instantly placed on alert that melodramatic superficiality is likely to follow.  And when the cinematic quote purporting to impress the reader with its piercing insight is "People are their principles," any doubt on that score is quickly removed. What does such quixotic navel-gazing  have to do with the harsh business of securing our borders against alien terrorist infiltration?

     Stavridis continues his lecture by generously condescending to "giv[e] the benefit of the doubt to President Trump" and "hoping" that Mr. Trump's "intentions are to keep us safe."  When a failed vice-presidential prospect for a failed presidential candidate presumes to pass supercilious judgment on the most basic bona fides of the newly elected President, it is quickly apparent that the author is confused about just who is the new Commander-in-Chief – and why.

     Stavridis then proceeds to criticize the President's recent executive orders on immigration and refugees with a level of incomprehension and illogic that would be amusing  were the subject not so serious.

                                                                          
                                                                                     theconservativetreehouse.com
 Some of the "creative thinkers" and budding capitalists the left would import in droves

     Perhaps the most patently ill-informed of many such contentions in the piece is this:  "I do not understand the arbitrary selection of some Muslim-majority nations but not others to face the consequences of this executive order, nor the rationale for a 90-day or 120-day time period."

     Had Stavridis (or his assistant) taken 60 seconds for rudimentary internet research, he would know that the seven countries in question – Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen – had been previously singled out by the Obama administration  as "countries of concern" (re: terrorism) and subjected to various travel restrictions on that basis.  Far from being "arbitrary," the selection of those seven countries was prudent, security-focused, and supported by actions of the previous administration.  Had President Trump selected a larger or smaller number of countries, his political and media enemies would undoubtedly have pounced on him for over- or under-inclusiveness.  If Stavridis really does not "understand" these basic facts, he is either willfully uninformed or simply duplicitous.

     Stavridis' purported inability to "understand" the rationale for the 90-day time period for the suspension is equally disingenuous, or simply fraudulent .  Even this limited suspension period has elicited howls of horror and fraudulent indignation from the illegal alien community, the subversive left, and their media echo chamber.  Had the President established a substantially longer, or indefinite, period – as he is expressly authorized to do by law, see 8 USC sec. 1182(f), authorizing presidential suspension of entry "for such period as he shall deem necessary" – the congressional baying and gnashing of teeth would have been even more extravagant.  In short, the ferocious resistance from enemies of border control has made it politically impossible to impose the more lengthy suspension that events warrant;  yet when the President pragmatically adopts a compromise shorter period, carping critics like Stavridis pounce on him for doing so.  Heads we win, tails you lose.

      Other palpably erroneous or simply insupportable assertions follow.  Oblivious to a distinguished succession of Presidents who have banned alien entry on a wide variety of grounds including nationality, Stavridis self-righteously denounces restrictions on immigration from any "particular nation."  The Presidents who actually have to protect the country and its borders disagree.   As but one example, President Carter terminated immigration from Iran (a Shiite Muslim Islamic state) in 1979, in entirely justifiable reaction to that nation's seizure of American hostages. 

     Far more importantly, Congress has approved and re-approved the following statute, 18 USC sec. 1182(f), which expressly and broadly authorizes the President to exclude aliens of a particular nationality – or any particular class of aliens, including a class based on religion – in language which in itself conclusively supports the legality of President Trump's suspension orders:

          "Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate."   18 USC sec. 1182(f) [emphasis added].

    This provision, moreover, firmly negates Stavridis' contention that the President's actions are insupportable because they somehow violate various broad principles of international law respecting acceptance of refugees.  Even if one accepts the dubious contention that the President's orders run afoul of such standards, the President's constitutional and statutory authority to protect U.S. security and sovereignty reflected in section 1182 would override such objections.

     Stavridis also attacks the suspension orders on the purported grounds that they improperly discriminate on the basis of religion, asserting as follows:  "I am deeply disturbed by the general tone and thrust of the executive orders that, at least on initial read, seem to ban significant classes of people because of their religion, or prioritize one religion over another."  This assertion is so shot through with fallacy that one hardly knows where to begin.  But we will try.

     Stavridis first resorts to the dissembler's classic fall back qualifier, "at least on initial read."  The EO, which is not a lengthy document, was issued on January 27 and Stavridis' article is dated January 30.  He had ample time for a second, third, or fourth "read" if he intended to offer responsible commentary on the order.  He apparently was content to plow ahead with his article without carefully reading the readily available order.  But no matter how many times he read it, Stavridis would not find any language employing religion as a basis for the exclusion; rather, it was based on the nations  "of concern" previously identified by the Obama administration.

     In short, Stavridis falsely and irresponsibly attacked the orders for discriminating on the basis of religion.  They did not and do not.  Stavridis should know, for example, that Indonesia has far and away the world's largest Muslim population (with over 200 million Muslims), yet the suspension order does not apply to Indonesia.  Or to Pakistan, with its many millions of Muslims.  In any event, however, both the above-quoted 18 USC 1182(f) and the Constitution would permit exclusion of a class based on religion if it otherwise met the statutory criteria.  But President Trump declined to resort to that available option.

     But Stavridis' objection to the immigration orders because they "prioritize one religion over another" is probably the most egregious, and unconsciously ironic, of all his bogus contentions.

     Perhaps Stavridis has forgotten, or never cared to learn, that the Obama administration's perversely pro-Islamic immigration and refugee policies have discriminated grossly and demonstrably against Christians.  Christians fleeing religious persecution reportedly make up about 16-23% of the refugees, but only 2.5% of those being allowed to come into the United States.  More particularly, only some 0.46% of over 11,000 Syrian refugees admitted by the Obama regime were Christians, while over 98% were Sunni Muslims. 

     So one is forced to ask:  where was Stavridis' touching concern for religious discrimination in immigration when it was perpetrated against Christians by the Obama administration?  Nowhere in sight, apparently.  It is therefore evident that his professed concern that the orders "prioritize[ed] one religion over another" is bogus.  In fact, however, the U.S. would be quite justified in granting priority to Christian refugees as a remedial measure to rectify the systemic discrimination and disparate impact its immigration and refugee policies have had on oppressed Christian refugees.

      Stavridis plods on to offer the following extraordinary statement, apparently intended to strengthen his case that the new President should let in legions more, not less, Islamic refugees:  "Do we really want to be the nation that watches Germany (with one fourth of our population) take in more than a million refugees, in accordance with international law, while we say no and close our borders to those in need?"

      One can only wonder if the author is really serious in making this outlandish argument, or is he utterly delusional?  Germany's disastrous admission of over a million refugees has virtually destroyed much of the German culture, let alone the safety and security of its cities.  Who can forget the grotesque and shocking spectacle of the New Years Eve riots of rape and pillage in Cologne last year?  Even the hapless Angela Merkel has been forced to admit that, "In part, the refugee flow was even used to smuggle terrorists."  Yet Stavridis argues that the United States should somehow be shamed into emulating Germany's disdastrous refugee policy.   Indeed, he implies that it would be fitting if we took in four million refugees, since, as he pointedly stresses, our population is four times larger than Germany's.  In short, the author's reasoning leads to consequences that prove its fallacy.

     Lastly, Stavridis makes the risible argument that the U.S. will greatly benefit from admitting hordes of additional Mid-East refugees because "the vast majority are risk-taking, determined, creative thinkers who will over time gives us a high return on investment."  This is out-and-out nonsense.  Stavridis cites no evidence for his absurd claim, nor could he, because it is wildly false.  How or where he has discovered all these "creative thinkers" and budding capitalists among the belligerent refugee vagabonds remains a mystery to the rest of us.  There is simply no basis in fact for this delusional but dangerous fantasy.  On the contrary, about 90% of Mid-east refugees entering the U.S. go on food stamps, and nearly 70% receive government cash assistance (i.e., welfare).     As the hapless Europeans have learned to their great cost , the great majority of the migrating Mid-Eastern refugees are fighting-age males with little prospect for productive employment.

     But enough.  Stavridis' assault on the President's admirable first-step in restoring our shredded borders is long on delusional canards and short on hard realities.  The hard reality is that accepting his invitation to follow Germany's and Europe's recklessly porous refugee policy would needlessly replicate the cultural disaster that has reduced too many European cities to menacing danger zones.  Thankfully, President Trump's election has halted America's descent in that direction.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

YATES: LATEST PERFIDIOUS FACE OF THE LAWLESS LEFT

     The dangerous defiance of the lawless left continues to subvert the efforts of the Trump Administration to restore a semblance of sanity to America's immigration policy. 

     A pinch-faced Obama holdover at the Justice Department, one Sally Yates, has exploited and betrayed her temporary trust as Acting Attorney General (pending the Democrat-delayed confirmation of Jeff Sessions as permanent AG) to gain 15 minutes of infamy through an act of pure dereliction of duty and defiance of law.

     President Trump, unlike so many elected officials of both parties, has kept his campaign promises by signing a series of executive orders putting into effect various policies and programs that could be effectuated without legislation.  Among the most prominent of these was to suspend entry of aliens from seven terrorist-harboring nations pending the thorough vetting of their backgrounds that the Obama administration declined to perform.

     The constitutionality and legality of the suspension/vetting order has been thoroughly demonstrated elsewhere by a variety of legal experts.  More to the point here, the order's legal and constitutional validity was vetted and approved by the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), the elite Justice Department office specifically charged with the responsibility of reviewing Executive Branch orders, policies, programs, and proposed legislation for legality and constitutionality.  The author of Splashing Rocks served as Senior Counsel at OLC in one stretch of his legal career, and so is especially knowledgeable of the points that follow.
                                             
          Dismissed DOJ Caretaker Yates:  Subversive Face of the Lawless Left

     Ms. Yates was not content merely to defy the President and abandon her duties in refusing to defend the immigration order.  With the typical melodramatics and self-aggrandizement of the leftist hack that she is, Yates issued an outrageously political letter applauding herself for "stand[ing] for what is right" and "seek[ing] justice" -- in a blatantly partisan declaration that the President was doing the opposite.

     Yates actions and statements were dishonest, lawless, and profoundly irresponsible.  She richly deserved to be among the first Obama holdover cadres to receive an emphatic "You're fired!" from the  President.  But there is a significant additional twist to this episode which sharply underscores the utter lawlessness and hypocrisy of the political lawyers of the Democrat Left.

     Just before the various controversies over the immigration order came to a head, critics on the left were suggesting that it would be irresponsible for President Trump to issue executive orders that were vetted only by White House Counsel without any clearance by the above-described OLC.  For example, Democrat/Liberal Walter Dellinger, who headed the OLC during the Clinton administration, recently asserted that it is "essential that any order issued by the President be reviewed for lawfulness by the career lawyers at the Office of Legal Counsel. That is not a task that can be left to White House staff if we are going to be a nation of laws."

     In the case of the suspension/vetting order, the Trump Administration did exactly what Mr. Dellinger recommended:  the order was vetted and cleared by OLC for legality and constitutionality.  Yet Acting AG Yates -- who is an Obama political holdover whose position is merely that of a "caretaker" -- chose to disregard the OLC clearance and refused to defend the order on inarticulate justice policy grounds and because she was "not convinced" that it was lawful.  But to paraphrase Walter Dellinger, "that is not a task to be left to" a politically appointed and motivated caretaker/hack like Sally Yates "if we are going to be a nation of laws."

     First, if Yates was "not convinced" by the OLC opinion, she should have been.  She is simply unqualified to second guess OLC on a constitutional law issue, let alone where OLC's opinion rested on such well-established legal and historical precedent. 

     As I can personally attest, OLC is an extremely selective office that hires only the most highly qualified attorneys.  Virtually all OLC attorneys graduated near the top of their class from one of the nation's most elite law schools and then proceeded to a clerkship on a U.S. Court of Appeals.  It is a prestigious proving ground for Supreme Court Justices, including William Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia, and Samuel Alito.

     Yates got her law degree from barely mid-rank University of Georgia Law School, had no judicial clerkship, and has no apparent standing as a legal scholar.  She would have been lucky to be granted an interview at OLC, let alone to be hired there.  She was in her role as the Acting AG only as a ministerial "caretaker" until Jeff Sessions would be confirmed as Attorney General.  Yet this politically appointed caretaker had the audacity to make the radical and extraordinary step of dismissing OLC's opinion (not to mention prior DOJ approvals of comparable suspension orders by the Carter and Obama administrations) and trashing the President's order because this second-rate lawyer was "not convinced" it was constitutional.

     The purported policy and "justice" grounds on which Yates declined to defend the order are even more outrageous and insupportable.  Whatever authority an Acting Attorney General might have to question a presidential action on strictly legal grounds, she has no standing to second-guess the policy behind a presidential order -- let alone one involving the President's authority over national security, foreign affairs, and border control.  An executive order is law.  For an acting Attorney General to decline to defend or enforce it is not only a dereliction of duty, but a lawless and irresponsible act bordering on treachery.

     Yet it is not entirely surprising that a Democrat Attorney General, acting or otherwise, would arbitrarily reject a valid OLC legal opinion for partisan political reasons and personal aggrandizement.  This is merely the latest manifestation of the Democratic Left's scornful disregard for the rule of law when it interferes with their political designs.

     Early in the first Obama administration, Congress was considering enactment of a bill (the DC Voting Rights Act, or DCVRA) that would authorize the District of Columbia to have a seat in the House of Representatives.  The Constitution, however, expressly and repeatedly states that only States may be represented in the House (and the Senate).  Consequently, a constitutional amendment is required to give DC a voting Representative in Congress.  Therefore, in attempting to authorize such a DC Representative through simple legislation, the DCVRA was patently unconstitutional.

     OLC had previously issued a formal opinion during the latter Bush Administration that an earlier version of the DCVRA was patently unconstitutional (it was drafted by yours truly).  Confident that the Obama Justice Department would not let the mere Constitution stand in the way, however, radical proponents of DC representation reintroduced the bill promptly after Obama's election.  To its great credit, however, the Obama appointees at OLC upheld the prior opinion that the DCVRA was unconstitutional.  Acting Assistant AG for OLC David Barron, now a Court of Appeals Judge, appears to have been responsible for the ruling.  OLC had little honest choice, however, since the bill's unconstitutionality was so glaringly apparent that a contrary opinion would have seriously undercut OLC's hard-earned reputation of rigorous, nonpartisan integrity in issuing its legal opinions.

    Foreshadowing Ms. Yates' more recent lawlessness, Obama's radical leftist Attorney General, Eric Holder, showed as little deference to OLC's constitutional expertise as he typically did to the Constitution itself.  Holder not only rejected the OLC opinion, he completely circumvented longstanding DOJ practice and precedent in order to assure that there would be no Department questioning of the patently unconstitutional DCVRA. 

     To Holder, securing a House seat for the solidly Democratic and overwhelmingly black District of Columbia was far more important than obeying the unmistakable constitutional requirement that only States could be represented in Congress.  So he dispensed with the usual Department opinion on whether the bill was constitutional, and instead redirected the bill to an attorney of his choice in the Solicitor General's office, and altered the issue to whether the bill was defensible, whether or not it was constitutional in fact. 

     Needless to say, Holder obtained the desired "clearance," and the unconstitutional DCVRA proceeded to Congress with the Obama Administration's fraudulent imprimatur.  To this day, the OLC opinion that Holder rejected has been kept secret and withheld from disclosure in defiance of both congressional and FOIA requests.  Obviously, Holder did not want an opinion that demonstrated the duplicity of his actions to see the light of day.  Fortunately, this unconstitutional atrocity was sidetracked and killed by procedural obstacles unrelated to its constitutionality.  Thanks to Mr. Trump's election, it is unlikely to see the light of day again -- unless it is resurrected like some legislative vampire by another anti-constitutional Democratic administration we can all hope will never arise.

     Nonetheless, the pattern of politicized lawlessness established by the likes of Sally Yates and Eric Holder should be a warning to all who support the efforts of the Trump Administration to restore a standard of responsible law enforcement in the wake of the disastrous legal carnage of the Obama regime.  Both Yates and Holder wrongfully rejected clearly correct OLC opinions in order to further the partisan goals and campaigns of the Democratic Left.  These lawless Democrat radicals -- especially the lawless radical lawyers -- will stop at nothing, least of all the constraints of the Constitution and the rule of law, in their fanatical efforts to subvert the President's efforts to make America great, secure, and safe again.

    



Monday, January 23, 2017

GOVERNMENT BARRIERS SUPPRESSED INAUGURAL CROWDS

     The last few days have witnessed a petty and partisan media campaign to denigrate and belittle the enthusiastic crowds that attended President Trump's inauguration festivities.  Wielding various forms of photographic and statistical "evidence," the media banshees went to great lengths to demonstrate that Obama's first inauguration drew larger crowds than Trump's -- a question of no real interest to the public.

     Then, when President Trump's supporters understandably pushed back with counter-evidence (one obvious point is that Obama's crowds were artificially inflated by the hordes of Democrat federal workers who live in the DC area), the MSM pounced on them for pursuing such a petty issue -- the very issue the media snipers raised in the first place!

     But before this controversy gives way to matters of greater moment, Splashing Rocks will now get to the heart and truth of the matter -- which has heretofore escaped the focus of the MSM.

     The debate has mistakenly focused on the size of the crowds who were actually able to attend the ceremonies and parade.  But in light of the extreme government obstruction of access to these events, the proper measure is how many people came into town attempting to attend the events. 

                                                   
                 The Long and Winding Line to the Trump Inaugural . . .

     The fact is that the already large and enthusiastic crowds attending the Trump inauguration events would have been far larger if many thousands (like me) had not been prevented from gaining access to those events by a perverse array of government barriers.

     SR can testify firsthand to all this, because I was among the frustrated citizens who were stalled in miles of security lines and shunted from barrier to barrier and fence to fence in their vain efforts to gain timely access to the inaugural events. 
                                              
                                                 

                     . . . stretched endlessly on near L'Enfant Plaza

     To its great credit, though, the pro-Trump crowd retained its high spirits and enthusiasm despite all this.  But many thousands, like SR, went home early rather than spend more hours in the "long and winding lines" that the government's exaggerated (or deliberately designed?) security measures necessitated.

     SR came into town on Metro's Orange Line, hoping to decamp at one of the stations relatively convenient to the events -- Federal Triangle, Smithsonian, or Navy Memorial.  But no, all of those stations were closed for security reasons -- what proved to be the universal justification for the wall of obstruction that enmeshed the entire sector of the National Mall and Pennsylvania Avenue.

     Instead, would-be attendees were shunted to the L'Enfant Plaza station, three full blocks south of the Mall and still further from the Capital West Lawn inauguration site. 

     There, they emerged to see an enormous line of people, some  three or four abreast, the end of which was nowhere in sight, or anywhere near it. Requests for assistance in finding where one could get into the line were met with befuddled shrugs.  No one really knew where the line ended, and for good reason:  the line was not straight, but labyrinthian, like some kind of sadistic corn maze that turned first one way, and then another, only to turn again on itself.  And each segment in the seemingly endless turns was long -- very long. 

    After an interminable period with only slight forward movement, SR joined a young couple next to him in leaving the line to follow a tip they'd received of a shorter or faster-moving line closer to the Smithsonian Institute.  But here one merely moved from the Scylla of long lines to the Charybdis of cement barriers and meshed security fences.  The cement barriers running east-west adjacent to the Mall seemed endless.  Further, in order to move north toward the Smithsonian and the Mall, the barriers forced one to detour for several blocks South before turning back north.

     In short, the federal government had erected a dystopian labyrinth of lines, barriers, and fences that made it nearly impossible for all but the early arrivals to reach even the outer aprons of the Mall.  By the time SR was able to reach the far west edge of the Mall -- from which the West Lawn ceremonial platform was not even visible -- the ceremony was over.  All that remained was a replay of the lovely teenage soprano, Jackie Evancho, beautifully singing the National Anthem on the jumbotron.

     SR's attempt to get even remotely near the parade route on Pennsylvania Avenue were equally, if not more, frustrating.  All attempts to cut through to a point anywhere near the parade were met with more cement barriers, fences, or stern guards directing one to the end of another line that, again, was nowhere in sight.

     Along with thousands like him, SR gave up and headed back to the Metro.  The platform at L'Enfant Plaza station was full of early departees who had simply tired of waiting in endless security lines and being shunted from barrier to barrier and "pillar to post."  It had become evident that the federal and DC governments were more interested in providing "safe spaces" for leftist demonstrators than in enabling patriotic citizens to actually attend President Trump's inaugural events.

     All of this was obviously lost on the clueless national media "reporters" who purported to cover the inaugural events.  Not a single TV reporter was anywhere in sight on the south side of the Mall where these interminable lines formed and crawled.  So the national media outlets were simply ignorant of the reality that so many thousands attempting to attend the events were prevented from gaining timely access by the massive government security block-out.

     Consequently, once again the MSM's reporting was wrong and biased against President Trump and his supporters.  Insofar as it failed to recognize how excessive government barriers prevented so many thousands (like SR) from actually reaching the inaugural events in time, the MSM's portrayal of Saturday's crowds was seriously misleading.
    

    

Thursday, January 19, 2017

TOXIC DEMOCRATS -- THE PARTY OF BUTYRIC ACID AND SPITEFUL SUBVERSION

     As the date for Donald Trump's inauguration approaches, the spiteful and subversive activities of the Democratic Left have reached a tipping point of destructive extremism. 

     Further, what were once dismissed as the extreme positions of the Democratic Party's radical fringe have now become its core tenets.  Consequently, it is no longer valid for a person to maintain his or her affiliation with the Democrats while purporting to disavow such core party policies as open borders, anti-white bias, anti-police hostility, gender-neutral bathrooms, and bellicose subversion of the incoming elected President and his administration.

     In short, if you are still a Democrat in January, 2017, you own the policies and behaviors outlined below. 

     The toxic character and attitude of today's Democratic Left (i.e., the Democratic Party core) is exemplified by two of many episodes reflecting the Democrats' malicious resentment of Mr.Trump and his supporters as they prepare for the inauguration festivities.

                                                  
        Jackie Evancho:  Innocent Teenage Target of Democrat Vitriol

     Since the vast majority of celebrity entertainers are vocally affiliated with the Democratic Left, very few prominent singers or other performers have agreed to perform at Mr. Trump's inaugural celebration.  The fact that so many leftist entertainers have spitefully flaunted this celebrity boycott of what has traditionally been a nonpartisan national celebration in itself demonstrates their vindictive attitude.

     But the embittered Democrats are not content with their leftist celebrities' turning their back on the inauguration.  No, they must amplify their spite by directing their mean-spirited malice against a guileless teenage girl who agreed to sing the National Anthem at Mr. Trump's inauguration.

     Jackie Evancho is a remarkably talented classical singer with amazing vocal range.  She has achieved great recording success on the classical and pop charts at only 16 years of age.  Having previously performed at Mr. Obama's inauguration, she was delighted to accept the invitation to do the same at Mr. Trump's.  Instantly, the legion of mean-spirited "progressives" who lurk on the social media like demented vultures pounced on the innocent songstress.  Since Ms. Evancho has no apparent political connections or motives, they resorted to making scurrilous -- and false -- attacks on her standing and prestige as a performer, implying or openly sneering that the inauguration organizers had been forced to resort to a C-list singer. 

     The belittling comments were false, but it is not hard to imagine the young lady's bewilderment at the unprovoked malice directed against her by so many angry adults.  But that is what leftist Democrats do:  Threaten and insult teenage girls who only want to sing for their country.

     It gets worse.  A group of leftist anti-Trump terrorists has been caught on videotape plotting to use noxious butyric acid to ruin an inaugural ball to be held by Trump supporters in the National Press Club.  The vicious plot was taped by the admirable Project Veritas group at a meeting held by the leftists at a notorious Democrat-related DC pizzeria.  The criminal plot has since been reported to the FBI and the DC police, but it is unclear what enforcement action will be taken.  But, again, this is precisely the kind of vicious subversion that is engendered by the Democrats' radical rejection of the legitimacy of Mr. Trump's election and presidency.

                                                  
             Rep. John Lewis:  the angry, embittered face of the Left-Wing Democrats

     While the mainstream media have been falsely and reflexively labeling the insurgent French and German conservative-nationalist parties (Germany's AfD and France's Front National) as the "extreme right," they refuse to acknowledge the reality that the U.S. Democratic Party is now a party of the extreme left.  This can be demonstrated beyond dispute by listing some notable examples of the extremist policy positions that are now at the core of the Democrat agenda -- to the extent that no serious contender for a major party nomination or leadership position could disavow or deny them.  These are now positions that you own if you remain a true Democrat:

     *  The radical anti-white/black-biased doctrines of the fraudulent Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and similar black entitlement groups.  When a major Democrat presidential candidate timidly sought to soften the BLM slogan by saying "All lives matter," he was shouted down and forced to recant. The Democrats also embrace the offensive and bogus canard of so-called "White Privilege" -- in a country where comprehensive government preferences for blacks have been law, policy, and practice for roughly 50 years.

     *  Endorsement, facilitation, and support of illegal immigration, in a country already swamped by a tidal wave of both legal and illegal immigration.  This is typified by the lawless "Sanctuary City" policies of such Democrat-dominated cities as San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and many others. The Democratic Party is fervently dedicated to the eradication and subordination of the historical European-based American majority by legions of immigrants who will vote Democratic precisely because of these policies.

     *  Aggressive enforcement of the most extreme policies and doctrines of the so-called LGBT movement. The Democratic Party not only approves and glorifies same-sex marriage (SSM); it ferociously condemns anyone who disapproves or refuses to participate in its normalization.  Beyond SSM, the Democrats fanatically support the bizarre agenda of the transgender movement, including the obliteration of sexual segregation in bathrooms, showers, and dressing rooms.  The Democrats want legal enforcement of the absurd notion that a person's sex or gender is whatever he or she declares it to be.

     *  The Democrats and their leaders embrace the anti-police rallying cry of the BLM movement -- namely, that the police are at fault whenever they use necessary violence to resist or suppress the criminal aggressions of black and other minority juveniles.  In case after case, Obama and other leading Democrats have endorsed the false narrative of the BLM and other radicals in taking the side of violent perps (like Michael Brown in the Ferguson incident) who attack police and then become heroes of the Left after they are justifiably shot in self-defense.

     *  Perhaps worst of all, Democrats are aggressively seeking to undermine the very legitimacy of Mr. Trump's election and his presidency before it even begins.  Democrat fanatics like Rep. John Lewis have expressly attacked Mr. Trump's presidency as illegitimate, and nearly 60 House Democrats (about one-third of the entire caucus) have joined him in boycotting the inauguration on those grounds.  Meanwhile, fellow Democrat radical Congresswoman Maxine Waters has ludicrously called for the impeachment of Mr. Trump before he assumes office.  This is precisely the kind of wild-eyed, deranged political fanaticism that has engendered the kind of butyric acid-throwing terrorism that presently threatens the presidential inaugural -- which until this year has been an occasion of national unity and at least temporary reconciliation.  In all this, the Democrats are playing a very dangerous game, potentially pushing the harsh divide that already prevails in America to the brink of civil disturbance -- or worse.

     It is hard fact today that the Democrats have failed miserably to win broad support at the ballot box.  Their loss in the presidential election was merely the apex of a movement which has resulted in their minority status in the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House, the governorships, and the state legislatures.  Their deranged resistance to the inauguration of a President whose electoral victory was an emphatic 304-227 reflects the raging, frustrated fury of an embittered party that, by moving relentlessly and recklessly to the left, has richly earned the title of "America's Extreme Left Democratic Party."