Mondays front page in the WHT highlights the extreme polarization of thought and emotion surrounding the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope. A parade of protesters against the construction and a recitation of the scientific issues in support of it. Weve heard most of this commentary over the last several years but there seems to be less and less room for compromise lately, perhaps none at all.
Mickie Kerrs July 19 Constitution Corner screed treats us to a melange of right-wing talking points in the guise of an informative lecture. The basic idea that a right can only be something that does not infringe on others is obviously flawed. Every right tends to limit someone elses freedom to exploit the holder of the right. Warnings that our free society is somehow endangered by wishes for improving it are at best misplaced.
If you were relieved, as I wanted to be, by President Donald Trumps next-day repudiation of the Send her back! chant directed at a Somali-born congresswoman during his North Carolina rally, perk down.
American politics took a turn for the worse in 2015 when Donald Trumps announcement that he was running for president included a shot at Mexico for sending rapists to the U.S. The downward trajectory accelerated Wednesday at a campaign event in Greenville, North Carolina, when the presidents denunciation of Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Somalia-born Minnesota Democrat, led the crowd to chant, Send her back! That was a raw, ugly and yes, racist sentiment echoing Trumps Sunday tweet calling for Omar and three other minority woman House members all U.S. citizens to go back home.
Pause for a brief moment to note some good news for which the Trump administration can, it seems, take some credit.