A progressive responds to this stream of idiocy
1.Standards for admissions to universities, fire departments, etc. should be lowered for people of color.
Assumptions, assumptions assumptions. No, standards should not be lowered. However, if a disproportionate number of a minority group are failing the tests, then that needs to be investigated, not passed off or blamed on stereotypes. In some cases, like university admissions, remedial coursework can be used to bring underprivileged students up to the accademic levels of their peers.
2.Bilingual education for children of immigrants, rather than immersion in English, is good for them and for America.
Wooot! Assumption alarm! It depends on the circumstances. For older students, this is more of a good idea, creating competencies in maths, history, etc in their native language and teaching English as a Foreign Language. Younger students benefit from immersion
3.Murderers should never be put to death.
For some reason, the right as a hard on for Government the DEATH BRINGER TO THE CRIMINALS while distrusting the government in almost all other aspects of their lives. You think the government is incompetent in many areas, why not in murder prosecutions? Nonprofits like the Innocence Project have solidly proved that many death row inmates are innocent, many others were ill defended and convicted through dubious means. So no, no innocent person should be put to death, especially not in the willy-nilly way that it happens in some jurisdictions like Texas and Oklahoma.
4.During the Cold War, America should have adopted a nuclear arms freeze.
At what point during the Cold War? Stalin? Hell no. Krushchev? Hell no. Bresnev and the geritocracy? Hell no. Gorbechev? Sure. Not that much could have been done ease the crash the Soviet Union experienced, glasnost and perestroika became forces outside of anyones control. Working and compromising with moderates is never a bad thing to do.
5.Colleges should not allow ROTC programs.
That’s up to the individual college.
6.It was wrong to wage war against Saddam Hussein in the Gulf War.
Which one? The first one? No.
The second one? Yes. For many reasons. Strategically, there was no reason to, and it focused attention away from the major military operation of destroying the Taliban in Afganistan. Morally, there were worse regimes in the world at the time.
7.Poor parents should not be allowed to have vouchers to send their children to private schools.
Riiiiight. Because it’s all about the poor, and not a subsidy for the rich and middle class to send their children to private schools.
8.It is good that trial lawyers and teachers unions are the two biggest contributors to the Democratic Party.
And it’s good that oil companies and large financial corporations are the biggest contributers to the Republican Party?
Oh right, freedom of speech only applies if you agree with me.
9.Marriage should be redefined from male-female to any two people.
There’s marriage, then there’s the privileges of marriage. Those are not the same thing. Yes, if you pay taxes, those benefits should be available to all people, or they should be available to none. No one can redefine marriage in the eyes of God, however Governments should not be discriminating among their citizens in terms of benefits like that. Ditch the benefits or make them available to any two persons in a equivalent relationship to marriage.
10.A married couple should not have more of a right to adopt a child than two men or two women.
Because the Magical Matrimony Fairy assures all good girls and boys born or adopted into heterosexual unions that they won’t be beaten, sexually abused or have other horrible things done to them because Daddy’s slot A fit’s into Mommy’s slot B. No, they should not have any more right to adopt than a same sex pair. Do you think that eager adoptive parents are found on every block in this world?
11.The Boy Scouts should not be allowed to use parks or any other public places and should be prohibited from using churches and synagogues for their meetings.
What the hell? The Boy Scouts is a private organization. Why do they have more preferential rights to access public parks than any other private organization? As long as the Boy Scouts (in the United States) remains a homophobic and private organization they can do whatever the hell they please, including meeting in churches and synagogues. Why should they get special rights simply because of history? Is there a long and torturous story of Scouts being denied services because of their shirts? Have Scarf Laws forbid them from going door to door selling apples/chocolate/flag waving services?
12.The present high tax rates are good.
High taxes? Oh right, the taxes that are at the lowest rates since… before 1931.
13.Speech codes on college campuses are good and American values are bad.
Define, define, define. Yes some speech codes are over the top. However, sexual harassment is not an ‘American Value’.
14.The Israelis and Palestinians are morally equivalent.
BAAAA! Four legs good, two legs bad! The Israelis are no longer a threatened minority in the country, with a unified Middle East standing against them. They have the guns, the bombs and the massive US military support. They’re capable of showing restraint and they’re showing relatively little of it. So no, their not morally equivilent, they’re both behaving badly and all the US and the Middle East is doing is encouraging murder on both sides. Israel has to continue to exist, there is no practical or moral way to take that land back. However, the Palestinians do have rights too, many of which are trampled both by Israel and by the other countries in the Middle East who refuse to find a pragmatic solution to the problem.
15.The United Nations is a moral force for good in the world, and therefore America should be subservient to it and such international institutions as a world court.
Subservient? No. Participatory? Yes.
16.It is good that colleges have dropped hundreds of men’s sports teams in order to meet gender-based quotas.
Yes, it is. Scholarships should go to men and women equally, and Title IX requires that.
17.No abortions can be labeled immoral.
How nice it must be to wrap women’s reproductive health up in white, stand it on a pedestal and look down on the world. Yes, some could be labeled immoral. How is it appropriate for the Government to define that either?
18.Restaurants should be prohibited by law from allowing customers to choose between a smoking and a non-smoking section.
Would you like the cancer section or the non cancer section? Because non-smoking areas are smoking areas without extensive HVAC remodeling and segregating the two halves of the resto.
19.High schools should make condoms available to students and teach them how to use them.
Should we live in reality or in Fantasy Conservative Unicorn Land where babies are punishment for sex. Yes, they should. Abstinence only educated kids are just as likely to have sex as kids who get comprehensive sex ed, and their far less likely to protect themselves.
20.Racial profiling for terrorists is wrong — a white American grandmother should as likely be searched as a Saudi young male.
Yes it is. It’s a bad strategy. If explicit racial profiling is going on, it misses out on potential suspects. Grannies are just as able to carry a knife as a young Saudi man. Furthermore, if the terrorists know that the focus is on young Saudi men, what’s to stop them from recruiting a granny to carry the bomb on the plane? Watch ‘The Battle For Algiers’ sometime. There’s a scene where a young Algerian woman takes of her hijab, cuts and styles her hair, walks into a french bistro and plants a bomb. The French authorities are focusing on men, capturing and torturing them, but women walk right past the guards with bombs in their purses
One of the worst domestic terrorist attacks in the United States was done by a grief stricken father who dynamited his local school. Assuming that someone is harmless because of their outside appearance may be right 99% of the time, but that 1% a hell of a lot of room for tragedy
21.Racism and poverty — not a lack of fathers and a crisis of values — are the primary causes of violent crime in the inner city.
Persistent, multi generational racism and poverty is a cause of the lack of fathers, the crises of values and violent crime in the inner cities.
22.It is wrong and unconstitutional for students to be told, “God bless you” at their graduation.
If it’s a voice of authority like a principle, yest it is. ‘Buddah be with you’ or ‘Allah bless you’ would stir up such a conservative shit storm we wouldn’t see the end of it for months. Church and state should not be united, the government should not be promoting ANY religion.
23.No culture is morally superior to any other.
OOOO! Let’s play moral equivalences! Define, define, define. What’s ‘Morally Superior’? More stable? Kinder? More familiar?
Here’s an example. Arab culture, especially in the Gulf States and Egypt, has gone through the equivalent of the Industrial Revolution and the 20th Century in less than 50 years. In England, Europe and the United States those periods were marked by massive social upheavals, the worst wars in the history of the planet, sexual immorality and irresponsibility, genocide and massive inequalities. While there are obvious exceptions (The Armenian Genocide, the Kurdish exterminations by Saddam Hussein and the ongoing tragedy that is North Africa) the Middle East has retained a sense of cultural identity and family that is truly amazing to a Westerner. Especially in the oil-rich Gulf States, the countries have moved from a third world status to something approaching Estonia, Latvia, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands; cohesive, democratic states with an impressive presence in the global financial and trade markets.
Moral superiority always depends on where you’re standing.