Should Voting Be Mandatory?

I was watching a video where the host was asked whether he thought voting should be mandatory.

He was split on the issue, and argued a bit from both perspectives. On one hand he thought that since we have mandatory jury duty, it makes sense that we could have mandatory voting. He also argued it might be better for the country, since in polling, America (and you could likely argue the same in many Western countries) the country leans Left, which means the Liberal party would be far more likely to win.

On the other hand, he didn’t much like the idea that people would be forced to vote.

I’m pretty firmly in the camp against mandatory voting. In fact, I think mandatory jury duty is awful as well, and it isn’t a good excuse to force people to do more.

Anyhow, I made a video about it that goes a little bit more in depth. It also includes the original hosts points.

So what do you think? Should voting be mandatory? Why or why not?

Happy weekend all!

Do Women Hate Women?

In a recent interview, Madonna said that women hate women:

When asked why she thought so many women – according to CNN 53% of white women voted for Trump – Madonna replied:

Women hate women. That’s what I think it is. Women’s nature is not to support other women. It’s really sad. Men protect each other, and women protect their men and children. Women turn inward and men are more external. A lot of it has do with jealousy and some sort of tribal inability to accept that one of their kind could lead a nation. Other people just didn’t bother to vote because they didn’t like either candidate, or they didn’t think Trump had a chance in the world. They took their hands off the wheel and then the car crashed.

Alright, so I’m going to give you my thoughts on this quote and hit me with yours in the comment section.

First off, I think it’s ridiculous to expect people to vote based on genitalia. When I vote, I don’t care whether the politician is male or female. I don’t vote for other males because I want to support my male brothers…whatever that means.

I vote based on policy and who I think will best represent my interests.

I think her entire point is garbage. What is a tribal inability? Why do you think men protect each other and women only care about their men and children? Why does Madonna think so little of women in general?

It reminds me of this epic meltdown by Anna Kasparian of The Young Turks during the election.

These people refuse to consider that women might have voted Trump for other reasons. Instead of blaming the Democratic Party who nominated someone people dislike just as much or more so than Trump, they just want to blame women, white people, Christian’s or whatever demographic they can think of.

Whether you agree with Hillary or not; whether you believe that Hillary would have made a better President or not; this election wasn’t about women hating women. It was about women not liking one woman in particular and about Americans as a group not liking what she was selling.

So do you agree with Madonna? Do women hate women?

As always, thanks for reading.

 

Re: What a Privilege

I was reading a post earlier titled What a Privilege. It’s very well-written and I encourage you to check out the blog. He tends to write about interesting topics, and in this particular post he’s talking about the election.

So let’s jump into it.

The first part I disagreed with was this:

As an older white male PoC are justifiably giving me side-eye. I’m trying to appear as disconcerted and troubled as possible (which has been easy to do, because I am), stalling for time to find a few t-shirts emblazoned with something that makes crystal clear that I didn’t support any of this.

This paragraph just drips with white guilt. There’s just so much wrong with this sentiment.

  1. Why is it justifiable to give you side looks because you have white skin?
  2. Why are you trying to look disconcerted? You sound like your life is in danger or something. Take a deep breath. You live in a democracy and even if you did vote for Trump, that doesn’t give people the right to judge you based on your skin color.
  3. Why do you need T-shirts? Such virtue signalling is embarrassing.

Just as an aside, what the hell does ‘Person of Color’ mean?

Such a crap term. I’m ‘white’ so does that make me a person of no color? I’m not actually white. I’m more a brownish pink so I definitely have color. It’s just a term meant to proliferate this crazy ass identity politics that seems so prevalent now. One more way to put people into a box based on skin color.

In the meantime, I’m stuck playing the suddenly popular game “Which of You Crackers Voted for Trump?”

That’s some racist shit. Could you imagine if you changed the word ‘cracker’ in that sentence to a different derogatory term?

Lots of different people voted for Trump. I would hazard a guess that the far majority of people who did vote for Trump, didn’t do so based on the color of their skin. If this ‘game’ you speak of is so popular, maybe try telling the people playing it to stop, because it’s racist as hell.

Nowadays with Facebook, it’s easy to find the proud deplorables amongst family and acquaintances. In the olden days, Know-Nothings would sneak around in the shadows but now they proudly display their ignorance to everyone.

So if a family member you previously respected voted for Trump, you just throw them into a deplorable box? You don’t even ask them why or try to understand their reasoning?

Wow. That’s harsh.

He then goes on to blame White Evangelical voters for Trumps win:

Easily held in thrall by the single issue of abortion allows the expedited, short-circuited, easy-thinking these voters prefer. The issue easily fits into their narratives, allowing the dramatic staged event of decent folks with “values” versus unfeeling, atheistic baby killers.

Come on! Everyone knows babies taste delicious.

Seriously though, you’re going to make me stick up for evangelicals here. Damn it!

Not all evangelicals are single issue voters. Sure, I think Trump’s views on abortion helped him win that voting demographic, but I don’t think that was the only issue. In fact, Trump divided evangelical groups, especially after his video tapes were released:

Trump’s candidacy led to divisions within different evangelical camps. Liberty University Jerry Falwell Jr.’s endorsement of Trump caused division on his own campus. A prominent evangelical theologian Wayne Grudem endorsed Trump, pulled back his endorsement after the video tapes came out, then re-endorsed him.

There was certainly talk going on within those camps, and abortion wasn’t the only topic. Trump wasn’t an easy pill to swallow, but Hillary was viewed as such a bad candidate (and the Democratic party should have known that and almost certainly did before nominating her) that many felt forced to vote for Trump. If the Dem’s had put a viable candidate up there, they almost certainly would have convinced moderate right-leaning evangelicals to vote for them, because they were deeply divided on voting for Trump to begin with.

I debated people who claimed in all seriousness that Hillary Clinton was possessed by a demon. Where do you go from there?

I would suggest atheism. Just sayin’.

These political Christians that are clearly commanded not to hate and slander then lustily spent the past 2 years trashing the Clintons (again), using everything from juvenile ad hominem insults to outright fabrications.

Well, I don’t think it unusual for religious folk to be hypocritical. The bible says all sorts of things that Christians don’t normally do. I mean, Jesus made it quite clear that being rich was not the way to get into heaven and he commanded people to give their wealth away.

Don’t see many Christians doing that, although there are a few who do. Hell, have a look at most large churches. They scream wealth.

They eagerly hopped into the same nasty basket as the KKK, internet trolls, selfish “libertarians”, misanthropic atheists, and outright anarchists, all with a with prideful irreverence for our highest office.

Just because you vote the same way as a racist piece of garbage, doesn’t mean you hold their values. You likely voted for different reasons. Each of you sees the world through different eyes. What’s important to one person might not be as important to another. Some people are more informed than others etc.

People need to stop trying to put others into neatly tied boxes. We are all individuals. We are not prepackaged identity cults.

These hollow, politicized, husks of Christians likely won’t know shame no matter the outcome of this presidency they labored to bring to power. They will start by praying for Trump to have wisdom and end by praying for forgiveness. And they will justify any outcome, good or bad, as being part of the divine plan, for a God whose teachings they so readily sold for thirty pieces of worthless silver and restitution can never be made.

You might very well be right. I’m not big into prayer, since I think it’s basically a waste of time.

However, the Right is rising all over the West. Trump is just one sign of this so we better start paying attention. There are reasons for this and you can’t just stick the blame onto the lapels of white people or white evangelicals. The rise of the Right is even happening in countries that aren’t all that religious.

If I had to guess, two major motivators to this rise in the Right is people’s dissatisfaction over immigration policies. People are prevented from discussing it by charges of racism if you dare to speak your mind.

The other side to that coin is people are tired of PC culture and the identity politics that come with it. They’re also tired of establishment politics. They want change and Trump was that change.

It’s shitty it had to go down that way, but the faster we start talking to one another instead of trying to shame the other side into silence, the more likely the chances we can stem the tide of the authoritarian Right that is poised to sweep across the West.

Alt-Right Neo-Nazi’s Shout ‘Hail Trump’

Just watched a very disturbing video about an Alt-Right conference that clearly showed Neo-Nazi’s:

In the video, Spencer calls the media “leftists” and “cucks,” invoking popular “alt-right” insults for people they disagree with. He calls the media the “Lügenpresse,” which is what the original Nazi Party called the media in Germany – the “lying press.”

“We don’t exploit other groups,” he says, the “we” referring explicitly to white people. “We don’t gain anything from their presence.”

“The press has clearly decided to double-down and wage war against the legitimacy of Trump and the continued existence of white America,” he continues. “But they are really opening up the door for us…. America was, until this past generation, a white country, designed for ourselves and our posterity. It is our creation, it is our inheritance, and it belongs to us.”

I’ll post the video at the end of this post, but he also wonders out loud if the leftists and cucks are ‘even human’ at all. If you’ve ever watched a documentary on Hitler or seen one of his speeches, you’ll quickly realize that what you’re watching is no less than a Neo-Nazi gathering.

In the video Spencer talks about how ‘we’ (meaning white people) are builders, conquerors and don’t need other people. In the past he has also called for a ‘peaceful ethnic cleansing’ of the United States.

Has there ever been a ‘peaceful ethnic cleansing’ anywhere?

Hell no there hasn’t. And that’s because racism doesn’t lead to peace. It leads to unimaginable cruelty as we saw with the Nazi concentration camps, as well as the other genocides that have taken place throughout history.

Assholes like the ones found in this video need to be opposed, and called out for their racism.

Why bother calling them Alt-Right? Before this took place I tried to find out what that term even meant, and finding a definition was extremely difficult. Different people said different things.

For some, Alt-Right meant conservatives that didn’t agree with the mainstream political conservatives. For others it was white nationalists, and for others it was a group of people spreading memes.

Stop calling them Alt-Right. Stop calling them White Nationalists.

They’re fucking Nazi’s.

 

Twitter Trump vs. Hamilton: WTF Just Happened?

Okay, so there was a news story on the weekend that was quite interesting. Basically, the American Vice President-Elect went to see the play, Hamilton, and once the show had concluded, the cast delivered a message to him.

You can watch the full speech at the end of this post. Here’s what the cast had to say:

“There’s nothing to boo here, we’re all here sharing a story of love,” Dixon said. “We have a message for you, sir.”

“Vice President-elect Pence, welcome. Thank you for joining us at Hamilton – An American Musical. We, sir, are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights, sir. But we hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values, and work on behalf of ALL of us,” Dixon said.

That’s the gist of what they said.

Afterwards, Trump had this to say on Twitter.

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Here’s what I think of the whole thing.

First off, I think the cast of Hamilton was within their rights to do what they did. I’m assuming that the people they work for were on board with this speech or else they’d be risking their jobs. I also don’t think what they said was particularly controversial.

However, I do think Dixon and the cast of Hamilton were on full virtue signal mode. He states right at the beginning that people should take out their phones and record his speech, because it’s something that needs to be spread far and wide.

They could have delivered the same message without the public audience, but they chose to virtue signal (and likely gain more publicity for their show) instead of doing so.

I also think it a bit hypocritical in the face of this:

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Do they mean the American values enshrined in law that say you can’t discriminate based on race and age?

Asked about the casting call, the city Human Rights Commission reiterated that discrimination based on age, race, gender, disability and “other protected categories in employment advertisements” is prohibited.

Discrimination based on race….check.

Discrimination based on age….check.

Let’s move on to what Pence said about his experience:

Pence sought to address Dixon’s concerns. “They are going to see President-elect Trump be a president for all of the people and we embrace that principle,” Pence said.

And he followed it up with:

Pence noted that there were some boos and cheers when he arrived at the theater. He recalled telling his kids of the response: “That’s what freedom sounds like.”

Seems like a measured response. I particularly like him saying the boos were freedom of speech in action.

Trump on the other hand, I don’t agree with at all. While I can sort of understand if Pence were to be upset about being publicly shamed, I have no idea what the f*ck Trump is talking about.

A safe space? Really?

I thought this guy was supposed to champion ‘freedom of speech’, but here he is going full SJW and calling for safe spaces in theaters.

There are no safe spaces. They don’t deliver play dough and coloring books to you in a theater. You’re both (soon to be) the most powerful people on the planet. Everything you do will be scrutinized, criticized and talked about. You better get used to it. Is he going to take to Twitter every time someone says something he doesn’t like?

Grow the hell up, man. You’re the President-Elect. Don’t you have better things to be doing than trying to protect your V.P’s feels?

You know, like learning to run a country?

If I were to go to a theater and had this speech delivered to me afterwards, I’m fairly positive I wouldn’t be happy about it. I can understand why someone would think it was rude, and maybe it was. However, that’s what free speech is all about. Free speech doesn’t need to be protected when it’s easy. It needs to be protected when it’s hard; when someone says something upsetting or something you don’t agree with.

The whole story is just rather annoying, which is why I didn’t write about it earlier. You have some virtue signalling, hypocritical people on one side and a cry-baby who takes to Twitter to demand apologies and safe-spaces on the other.

Both sides look ridiculous, but that pretty much sums up this whole circus of an election doesn’t it?

Breath in, breath out…deep breath.

Let me know what you think in the comment section!

 

Racist Olympics: Trump vs. Hillary

Over and over I keep hearing about how racist Trump is. People keep trumpeting (no pun intended) that the world would be so much better off with Hillary behind the wheel, because at least she’s not racist.

Most of us are very familiar with Trumps recent remarks about deporting Muslims, illegal immigrants and building a wall along the Mexican border.

However, no one really talks about Hillary’s own remarks. She’s made several throughout her political career.

Don’t believe me?

Here’s a few of them.

The first one we have is her referring to urban youth as “super predators” with “no conscience, no empathy”?

Have a watch.

As an aside, I found this interview interesting.

In this next clip she and Bill De Blasio make a joke about C.P time (colored people time) which some people found offensive.

In a recent CNN interview, she says she’s used to men who sometimes get off the reservation.

It might just be me, but I think she knew she had messed up as soon as she said it. She kind of stumbles over her words for a bit and looks a little panicked.

She’s also been accused of calling her husband’s campaign manager a ‘fucking Jew bastard’:

Hillary Clinton is fighting a rearguard action to avoid further damage to her standing with the crucial Jewish vote in her campaign for a Senate seat after a claim that she once used an ethnic insult against one of Bill Clinton’s aides.

A book out today claims that 26 years ago she called Paul Fray, her husband’s campaign manager at the time, a “fucking Jew bastard”.

Mrs Clinton denied the allegation and pressed the president into supporting her, but the author, Jerry Oppenheimer, said: “Three witnesses have now publicly acknowledged that she said it.”

People are giving it to Trump for saying he would build a wall along the Mexican border and deport illegal immigrants, but years earlier, Hillary supported pretty much the exact same thing.

Personally, I think they’re both despicable for a number of reasons. I still find it hard to believe that a country of 300+ million people couldn’t come up with a few candidates better than these two jokers, but there you have it.

Anyhow, what do you think? Do you believe Hillary is racist? Is Trump racist or are both just misunderstood?

Safety Pin Tribalism and Virtue Signalling Nonsense

I was reading a post this morning (honestly, it was almost noon because I’m a lazy ass) about the new safety pin phenomenon. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, here’s what the creator of the safety pin movement said:

The founder of the campaign, who tweets as @Cheeah, told the BBC ‘This is meant to be more than just a symbolic gesture or a way for like-minded people to pat each other on the back.If people wear the pin and support the campaign they are saying they are prepared to be part of the solution. It could be by confronting racist behaviour, or if that is not possible at least documenting it. More generally it is about reaching out to people and letting them know they are safe and welcome.’ she says.

Anyhow, it was created after the Brexit vote and recently it has been taken up by anti-Trump supporters. Reading the above quote makes it sound harmless, but that’s how most SJW (Social Justice Warrior) nonsense flies under the radar – it seems harmless and appeals to people’s feels.

You might be asking yourself, ‘But GC….what could be so wrong with wearing a safety pin?’

Let me explain.

It can make some people feel less safe

From the article I quoted above:

While I think it’s great – amazing, even – that people are protesting en masse against Brexit racism, and are saying it’s not okay, this isn’t how solidarity works. When I’m sitting on a train and I see your safety pin, I don’t think: “Hurrah, now I feel safe. My default expectation from you as a human being in society is to not be racist or call me a Paki on my morning commute. Wearing a safety pin just reminds me that I’m not safe, and telling me that you’re on ‘my side’ just reinforces the idea of sides.I don’t want sides. I want to go to work, do my job, go to the pub and not have to wear my race on my sleeve while doing it.’

I had a bunch of other issues with this whole campaign, but I have to admit that before reading that quote, I had never thought of it in that way before.

It promotes in-group and out-group dynamics

Basically, it promotes tribalism. You can identify ‘your’ tribe by seeing if they’re wearing a safety pin, and label anyone who refuses to wear the silly pin as a racist or some other ‘ism’.

This is not a healthy way of promoting diversity and acceptance. It’s basically categorizing people into smaller and smaller groups. Not wearing a safety pin doesn’t mean you’re racist or that you hate minority groups.

In fact, most people aren’t racist and the best way of ascertaining whether they are or are not racist is through their actions, and not the wearing of a safety pin.

Anyone can wear a safety pin

Anyone can wear a safety pin. You could be a card carrying member of the KKK and put a safety pin on in the morning.

In other words, the pin proves nothing and could actually be used to lull people into a false sense of security.

Back to the original blog post that sparked this one

In the original blog post I read, she had this to say:

At first, I thought that this was a great way to show solidarity and to let people know that they’re not alone.

However, if you put a safety pin on in the the morning to wear throughout the day and that is ALL you’re doing to “support” underrepresented or minoritized group then no thank you. Your fake support isn’t wanted or needed.

Exactly. The pin doesn’t DO anything. It’s just a cheap way for people to feel good about being in the right tribe without having to lift a finger. It’s called virtue signalling.

Look at my pin! I’m a good person…right?…right?

I’m on your team. Look at me. Look at me.

And shouldn’t you be supporting people, no matter their skin color? I mean, if I see a white woman being raped in a dark alley, shouldn’t I do something about it? What if I see a white man being beaten in the streets?

How about supporting people no matter their skin color.

If you voted for Trump but wear a safety pin and can’t see the irony in that, take it off.

Besides its obvious silliness, why should they take it off? Just because someone voted for Trump doesn’t mean they’re racists. There are a host of reasons why someone might have voted for Trump, including voting against entitled Leftists who think they can tell people what to wear based on which political candidate they voted for.

If you can’t check your own privilege or feel uncomfortable when that word is brought up, then you definitely shouldn’t be wearing one.

Finger. Wag. Wag. You bad, bad people. Listen to me and do what I say. Let me throw (or parrot) this buzzword at you without any sort of argument to back it up. If you disagree, you’re a problem. You must be a racist or something.

Being an ally is more than an identity, it’s an action. And by action, I do not mean wearing a pin. If you really think that that is enough, then that’s a part of the problem. At the end of the day, you wearing a pin means nothing.

Finally we can agree on something. So consider taking the virtue signalling, tribal pin off and just strive to be a good person who believes in equality between people no matter their skin color, sex, sexual orientation or religious affiliation.