Crossing the Barr | Tom Camfield

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Posted 7/1/21

When I manage to limp and claw myself up from the hot-weather doldrums, the vicissitudes of advanced age, the demands of the gardening season or what-have-you, I can be sure of one thing when I put …

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When I manage to limp and claw myself up from the hot-weather doldrums, the vicissitudes of advanced age, the demands of the gardening season or what-have-you, I can be sure of one thing when I put together a Leader blog. There's at least one troll out there who will label me as a "Trump-hater" whenever he can find no argumentative words of substance at hand.

So little surprise that I found the words "You must hate Trump; you must hate Trump" spewed from the mouth of former president Donald J. Trump.

Former Attorney General William Barr bluntly dismissed some of former President Donald Trump's election fraud allegations as "bulls***" in new interviews published June 27 in the Atlantic.

Barr, appointed by Trump to the utter dismay of Democrats early in February 2019, did little to allay their fears until leaving office with the administration change two years later. However, he told the Atlantic recently regarding Trump's alleged election fraud: “My attitude was: It was put-up or shut-up time . . . If there was evidence of fraud, I had no motive to suppress it. But my suspicion all the way along was that there was nothing there. It was all bulls***.”

The comment was part of multiple interviews Barr did this spring with ABC News' Jonathan Karl, who wrote the Atlantic article describing Barr’s break with Trump in the aftermath of the 2020 election. As Donald continued yelling "fraud" over the reality that he had apparently lost by 10,000,000 popular votes in two elections (but won once via the vagaries of the Electoral College).

However, Barr publicly undermined Trump’s false allegations of voter fraud. In a December 2020 interview with the Associated Press, Barr said “to date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”

“How the f*** could you do this to me? Why did you say it?” Trump demanded of Barr in a White House meeting, according to the Atlantic.

“Because it’s true,” Barr responded.

“You must hate Trump. You must hate Trump,” Trump continued.

MEANWHILE, I never miss reading the editorial column of Leonard Pitts Jr. (Miami Herald) which appears regularly in The Seattle Times. Most recently (June 28) he wrote: “There is no mystery why conservatives find education dangerous. A 2015 Pew Research Center study qualified that the better educated one is, the more likely one is to hold liberal beliefs.

“But I’d argue, contrary to what conservatives seem to feel, that’s not because of bullying professors shouting left-wing dogma,” said Pitts; “Rather, it’s because once you learn how to think, you’re less susceptible to thin reasoning and easy answers.

“And, increasingly, that’s all conservatism’s got.”

Why do I bring this up now? Because I’ve always found fault with the shameless assault on public education by Donald Trump and his schooling superintendent Betsy DeVos — and I was interrupted in mid-blog the other day by Florida’s conservative Governor Ron DeSantis.

DeSantis signed a bill requiring the state’s public colleges and universities to survey students and faculty on their ideological beliefs, claiming to prevent schools from “indoctrinating” students. It came two weeks after he pushed to ban the teaching of Critical Race Theory.

Pitts accuses, and I concur: “Like other states where similar restrictions are becoming law, Florida seeks not to further intellectual diversity but to prevent it.”

Critical Race Theory (CRT) is a school of thought meant to emphasize the effects of race on one's social standing. It arose as a challenge to the conservative idea that in the two decades since the Civil Rights Movement and associated legislation, racial inequality had been solved and affirmative action was no longer necessary. Critical race theory was a response by legal scholars to the idea that the United States had become a color-blind society where racial inequality/discrimination was no longer in effect.

While "race" as a notion is a social construction not rooted in biology, some tangible effects on Black people and other people of color have been made in terms of economic resources, educational and professional opportunities, and experiences with the legal system.

But as a society we remain far from “color blind.”

Elsewhere the other day Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas introduced a bill that would block federal funding for teaching Critical Race Theory in the workplace. Racism still is with us.

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Justin Hale

"DeSantis signed a bill requiring the state’s public colleges and universities to survey students and faculty on their ideological beliefs, claiming to prevent schools from “indoctrinating” students. "Once again Tom you pass along nonsense, nothing new there.

This from PolitiFact:

DeSantis recently signed legislation requiring public colleges and universities to survey "intellectual freedom and viewpoint diversity" to gauge in part how comfortable students, faculty and staff feel sharing their beliefs in classrooms.

The survey hasn’t been created yet, so we don’t know what it will ask students, faculty and staff at these institutions. But a spokesperson for the Florida Department of Education told us it will be voluntary and won’t ask about individuals’ political beliefs, though surveys in other states that lawmakers have cited as inspiration for the bill do.

But, as written, the law doesn’t require public college and university students, faculty and staff to register their political views with the state.

We rate the post False.

https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2021/jun/25/viral-image/new-florida-law-requires-public-universities-surve/.....

Anyone interested in knowing the truth instead of Toms version of truth can read the bill here, https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2021/233/BillText/er/PDF

Friday, July 2
Justin Hale

"In their work Critical Race Theory: An Introduction, first published in 2001, the legal scholars Richard Delgado (one of the founders of CRT) and Jean Stefancic discuss several general propositions that they claim would be accepted by many critical race theorists" (https://www.britannica.com/topic/critical-race-theory)

Here are just a couple.....

"(1) Race is socially constructed, not biologically natural. (2) Racism in the United States is normal, not aberrational: it is the common, ordinary experience of most people of colour"

You can believe that BS and you can teach it to your children Tom, but don't take my tax dollars to do it. That is what Ted Cruz is saying.

Friday, July 2
Tom Camfield

We’ll stick with with the Free Press, thank you, and refer interested readers to the July 2 National Memo’s reprint of a June 25 Alternet story by Alex Henderson headlined: “Miami Paper Blasts DeSantis Over Ideological Policing Of Colleges.”

"On June 22, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law a Republican-sponsored bill that calls for standards of "intellectual diversity" to be enforced on college campuses in the Sunshine State. But the Miami Herald''s editorial board, in a scathing editorial published on June 24, emphasizes that the law isn't about promoting free thought at colleges and universities but rather, is an effort to bully and intimidate political viewpoints that DeSantis and his Republican allies in the Florida Legislature disagree with.

"The state government wants to know what political ideologies and beliefs university professors hold, and it's giving the green light for students to secretly record lessons to later use what instructors say against them," the editorial explains. "All of that is being done in the name of free speech. Such twisted logic and targeting academia have been hallmarks of anti-democratic regimes. Now, they have also become the MO of Florida Republicans who passed a bill that requires public universities and colleges to survey students, faculty and staff, to ensure 'intellectual freedom and viewpoint diversity' on campuses.” etc., etc.

Or Google and read the actual Herald editorial at "Joseph McCarthy would’ve loved Florida’s new ‘intellectual diversity’ law.”. . . The intellectual-diversity survey will be selected by the Board of Governors, which oversees the state university system, and the State Board of Education. It is supposed to be “objective, nonpartisan and statistically valid.” We cannot wait to learn the Board of Education’s definition of “objective” and “nonpartisan” given the Board’s highly partisan decision to heed DeSantis’ call to ban “critical race theory” from K-12 schools because it makes white people feel bad — and even though the theory was not part of school curriculum.

. . . ”, etc., etc.

Friday, July 2
Justin Hale

Obviously, you haven't bothered to read the bill, Tom.

Friday, July 2
Marge Samuelson

Unnecessary Law:

“Public universities in the United States are already bound by the First Amendment and cannot discriminate against viewpoints. Schools cannot ban speakers for espousing white nationalist views, Calvert said. In 2017, the University of Florida tried to stop conservative activist Richard Spencer from giving a speech at the school months after he led neo-Nazis and fellow white nationalists through Charlottesville, at the beginning of a Unite the Right rally that turned deadly. The university president relented after a lawsuit challenged his blocking of the speech.”

[Washington Post, June 24, 2021 by Caroline Anders]

Parents send their children to college to be educated not indoctrinated, supposed reason for the law.

Tell me how is listening to other idea’s indoctrination? Isn’t that what education is all about. It’s up to the individual to decide what they will accept and what they won’t.

De Santis recently signed a law that Critical Race Theory cannot be taught in Florida’s public universities either.

“Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) says he is concerned about the free flow of ideas on campus and whether higher education stifles free speech from conservatives. Under a law he signed Tuesday, which will take effect July 1, public universities must assess “viewpoint diversity” on campus each year through a survey developed by the State Board of Education, a requirement that a free-speech expert predicted as a model for other conservative-led states.

Glad I don’t live in Florida. What a regressive government.

Saturday, July 3
Tom Camfield

Here are several brief definitions I find on the Internet: "Critical race theory (CRT) is a school of thought meant to emphasize the effects of race on one's social standing. It arose as a challenge to the idea that in the two decades since the Civil Rights Movement and associated legislation, racial inequality had been solved and affirmative action was no longer necessary."

Or: "Critical race theory is a collection of ideas about systemic bias and privilege. Conservative elected officials in about a dozen states have moved to bar critical race theory in public schools or state agencies. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, is pushing forward on a reworked civics education curriculum for K-12."

Or: "In fact, critical race theorists generally acknowledge that race itself is socially constructed, and that even though there are no 'inherent' attributes based on race, white people are statistically more likely to do better in society than similarly-situated people of color. Critical race theory interrogates why that is the case."

If we must have our face rubbed in the reality that we remain a racist society, so be it. I see nothing to fear one way or another in subjecting CRT to the test of educational debate. Yet, “Critical race theory” has become a catch-all phrase among legislators attempting to ban a wide array of teaching practices concerning race. State legislators in Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia have introduced legislation banning what they believe to be critical race theory from schools.

Monday, July 5
Justin Hale

Tom, if you want to believe that we are a "racist society" that's your choice. I'm sure you don't consider yourself a racist, I don't consider myself a racist, I don't have any friends who are racist, I'm guessing that most of the posters in these opinion pieces don't consider themselves racists. So who's the racist?

Tuesday, July 6
Marge Samuelson

Who's the racist? Ever been away from your bubble? Even in Jefferson County I could name a lot of folks who are racists, bigots, anti-vacers, conspiracy theorists . . .

Wednesday, July 7
Justin Hale

M.S., I don't doubt you could.

Wednesday, July 7
Tom Camfield

It should be noted that neither Marge nor I is interested in classifying here in print specific individuals—even generally. Particularly those outside the political-debate arena and/or litigious sorts whom the Internet describes as persons who “often enjoy legal battles, controversy, the courtroom, the spotlight, use the courts to punish enemies, seek profit . . .” We are fortunate to have this readers’ editorial forum in a busy, busy newspaper.

Thursday, July 8
Justin Hale

That coming from the guy who has spent the past four years calling Donald Trump all manner of evil.

Thursday, July 8
Marge Samuelson

When you see someone as dishonest as Trump, it's your duty to call him out.

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.

John Adams

Thursday, July 8
Justin Hale

"When you see someone as dishonest as Trump, it's your duty to call him out"...... Your first duty should be to do some critical thinking and check to see if your conclusion is based on facts, not what the corrupt MSM feeds you. Or you can follow Joe Bidens advice "we choose truth over facts", Joe Biden.

Whatever the sheeple think they know about Donald Trump they got from the MSM. New Rasmussen poll out "58% Of Voters Agree: Media Are ‘Enemy of the People’"

Friday, July 9
Marge samuelson

"Most people don’t really want the truth. They just want assurances that what they already believe is the truth.”

Justine doesn't let verifiable facts interfere with what he already believes, forget telling him the facts. Dig in there Justine, you might convince a few trump supporters.

Friday, July 9
Justin Hale

"we choose truth over facts", Presidential candidate Joe Biden.

"Most people don’t really want the truth. They just want assurances that what they already believe is the truth.” Biden supporter Marge.

Saturday, July 10
Marge Samuelson

Huh!

Saturday, July 10
Justin Hale

Huh what?

Those are your words and the guy you voted for to run the country, if you don't understand them I can't explain them for you.

Sunday, July 11