Libertarian Leanings

Libertarian Leanings is a column by by Peter Burrows, who blogs at silvercityburro.com and can be reached at elburropete@gmail.com.

It does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Grant County Beat.

By Peter Burrows elburropete@gmail.com 4/2/21

The Democratic Party is finding it impossible to reconcile the conflicting interests of its various constituents. Jews and Asians, for example, are two ethnic groups who overwhelmingly vote for Democrats, yet they are being increasingly victimized on the streets by blacks who go unpunished and by school standards being lowered to accommodate a few blacks who can't be educated.

Thus, the imaginary victimhood of blacks creates real victimhood for Jews and Asians, but there are only 7 million Jews and maybe 20 million Asians in America, vs. 40 million blacks.

Simple demographics, however, doesn't explain why the Democrats, from Biden on down, are so eager to accommodate transgenders, the latest group to claim victimhood. They probably amount to only 1-2% of the population, if that. Outraged feminists and soccer moms should be raising Hell about the absurdities of transgenderism, but the highest elected woman in America, Vice President Harris, is apparently OK with transmen competing in women's sports.

I guess that in today's woke world, "equity" trumps everything, and "equity" is in the eye of the progressive beholder.

By Peter Burrows - elburropete@gmail.com 3/30/21

I think it's ironic that so many liberal white people, consumed by some sort of narcissistic guilt, are openly flouting their racism by trying to show they aren't racists. Nothing illustrates this hypocrisy better than the lowering of academic standards now being openly pushed at ALL levels of education, not just college, where quotas and affirmative action have been hurting black kids for years, largely at the expense of Asian kids.

I wrote about this spread of "dumbing down" in my last article, "White Math and Black Math." (Grant County Beat, 3/27/21.) Let me repeat a sentence from a supplemental instruction course that the Oregon Department of Education recommends for Oregon's math teachers:

"White supremacy culture shows up in math classrooms when the focus is on getting the 'right' answer."

 By Peter Burrows 3/27/21 elburropete@gmail.com -- Action finally being taken to accommodate intellectual inferiority of Black Americans --

Nothing says "white supremacist" more than getting the correct answer to a math problem, and some compassionate educators in Oregon are finally doing something to change that disgusting state of affairs. The Oregon Department of Education, in their February newsletter, celebrated Black History Month by calling attention to efforts to address systemic racism in all the STEM disciplines (Science – Technology – Engineering – Mathematics) but especially mathematics:

"Are you or your Professional Learning Team looking for a deeper dive into equity work? Our friends at the Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction are offering a virtual micro-course beginning February 25, 2021, titled 'Pathway to Math Equity Micro-Course 2.0: Valuing and elevating student discourse in the math classroom.' --- In this online course, educators will learn key tools for engagement, develop strategies to improve equitable outcomes for Black, Latinx, and multilingual students ---. For information about "A Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction," visit www.equitablemath.org"

If you visit that site, you will find five steps to take, called "Strides." On page 66 of the first Stride, "Dismantling Racism in Mathematics Instruction," you will find a long overdue recognition of what's been so obvious for so long. Summarized for brevity:

 By Peter Burrows 3/24/21 - elburropete@gmail.com

It's snowing here in Silver City, NM, which happens occasionally, but rarely in the last week of March. In the 16 years I've lived here, this is the coldest March I can recall. What's-her-name tells me my memory isn't what it used to be, so maybe I'm mistaken, but I don't think so.

At the Geezer Lunch Club meeting a couple weeks ago, the quips were on the order of, "Boy, we could sure use a little of that global warming about now," and, "Where's Al Gore when you need him?" Devastatingly witty stuff like that.

Typically, the media portrays an unusual weather event as due to Global Warming (always capitalize a religion) unless it doesn't fit the lib narrative, and then it becomes just "weather." I can hear you lemming-libs about now: "This snow storm is just weather! Just weather, you evil-dirty-bastard-racist climate-denier!!" (You forgot, "Islamophobic-maskless germ spreader.")

By Peter Burrows 2/28/21 elburropete@gmail.com

The Democrats would probably win every future presidential election if they could eliminate the Electoral College. In two of the last four elections, the Republican won without a majority of the popular vote, and it almost happened again in the latest election. Presidents Al Gore and Hillary Clinton would be facts, not historical footnotes.

Some Republicans have argued that eliminating the Electoral College would be "an urban power grab," which is true, but it's also true that most Americans live in urban areas, overwhelmingly so, and why shouldn't their votes count as much as any other citizen's?

 By Peter Burrows 2/23/21 elburropete@gmail.com

A majority of the popular vote in the presidential elections of 2000 and 2016 went to the candidate who lost the election in The Electoral College, and the same was almost true in the 2020 election, where less than a million votes would have reelected Trump, who would have had 5-6 million fewer popular votes than Biden.

Since that would have been the third time in the last 20 years, something that hadn't happened since 1888, 132 years ago, I think we can safely conclude that the popular vote not matching the electoral vote is going to become a more or less permanent feature of presidential elections.

This is a result of both demographic and political trends. In 1960, over twice as many people lived in urban areas vs rural (126M vs. 54M.) By 2020 this has grown to almost five times as many (273M vs, 57M.) Politically, these urban areas have increasingly become strongholds of the Democrat Party. The last Republican mayor of LA, for example was 20 years ago, and of the largest 100 cities today, 64 have Democrat mayors.

By Peter Burrows 2/18/21 elburropete@gmil.com

Next November, Texans will vote on whether the Texas Legislature should develop a plan for reestablishing Texas as an independent country, something I wrote about in "Is America starting to break apart?" (2/8/21.) Texas could be just the beginning if the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, hereafter the NPVIC, ever becomes law. Wikipedia has a long, very thorough explanation of NPVIC from which the following two paragraphs have been lifted:

"The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC) is an agreement among a group of U.S. states and the District of Columbia to award all their electoral votes to whichever presidential candidate wins the overall popular vote in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The compact is designed to ensure that the candidate who receives the most votes nationwide is elected president, and it would come into effect only when it would guarantee that outcome.[2][3] As of February 2021, it has been adopted by fifteen states and the District of Columbia. These states have 196 electoral votes, which is 36% of the Electoral College and 73% of the 270 votes needed to give the compact legal force.

"----The project has been supported by editorials in newspapers, including The New York Times,[11] the Chicago Sun-Times, the Los Angeles Times,[15] The Boston Globe,[16] and the Minneapolis Star Tribune,[17] arguing that the existing system discourages voter turnout and leaves emphasis on only a few states and a few issues, while a popular election would equalize voting power. Others have argued against it, including the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.[18] Pete du Pont, a former Governor of Delaware, in an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal, called the project an "urban power grab" that would shift politics entirely to urban issues in high population states and allow lower caliber candidates to run.[19] A collection of readings pro and con has been assembled by the League of Women Voters.[20] "

By Peter Burrows –2/8/21 - elburropete@gmail.com

Have you heard of "Texit?" It is shorthand for Texas + Exit and refers to the state of Texas seceding from the United States and becoming a separate nation, something that hasn't happened since the Civil War. Texans will vote in a referendum next November on whether to authorize the Texas legislature to determine the feasibility of such a move.

It's going to be interesting following the campaign leading up to the vote, as well as seeing how the vote breaks down between urban and rural areas. In my opinion, Texit is a reaction to an increasingly dysfunctional Federal Government, which, in turn, increasingly reflects the dysfunctional, and corrupt, governments of our major cities, all run by the Democrat Party.

The 2020 election was the eye-opener. Massive election fraud in a few of those major cities very probably swung the election to Biden, and for proof, look no further than to the Democrats themselves. Now that they control everything in Washington, D.C., they are proposing national election laws which will virtually legalize the voter fraud they used so successfully in 2020.

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