Monday, June 13, 2016

Americans Permanently Divided Amid National Crises

Okay, I'm just now getting back online.

I attended a retirement brunch for a couple of my colleagues this morning, and I had to swing by the office to pick up a couple of final exams for students who took theirs at the disabled students center. I've recorded those now and posted my final course grades online.

I'm good to go for summer vacation, heh.

Of course, the Orlando attack is dominating the news, as it should be. See Memeorandum.

I'll be updating throughout the day, but one of the better reports I saw yesterday was from Karen Tumulty, at WaPo, "The new norm: When tragedy hits, Americans stand divided" (via Memeorandum):
Not since 9/11 has a moment like this brought the nation together, and that evaporated quickly. Since then, calamity seems only to drive the left and the right further apart, while faith in the nation’s institutions deteriorates further.

Across the ideological and partisan divide, it no longer seems possible to even explore — much less agree upon — causes and solutions. So the response has been muddled, even while the next tragedy looms.
Keep reading.

Chase Strangio, who's a Staff Attorney with the ACLU's LGBT & AIDS Project, really captured all that is wrong with the left's response to the attack. Naturally, for hardline LGBT activists, the problem is right-wing "homophobia" and the conservative "climate of hate."

This stuff is actually hard for me to read, it's so sickening and divorced from what's really going on:

More, from Robert Stacy McCain, "Blame-Shifters: Democrats Use #Orlando to Scapegoat Christians, GOP, NRA."