ZipDialog Roundup for Friday, August 11

Articles chosen with care. Your comments welcomed.
Linked articles in bold purple

Best story of the Day: Tim Tebow stops warming up to shake hands with an autistic child, then walks to the plate and hits a home run (Fox News)

“And then Tim hit the homer. I started crying, too. How does that happen? I think God brought Seth and Tim together.” –Fox News

Susan Rice op-ed on North Korea: “History shows that we can, if we must, tolerate nuclear weapons in North Korea” (New York Times)

Most amusing response: Cheryl K. Chumley

[Rice’s] opinion piece in the New York Times is titled, “It’s Not Too Late on North Korea.” A better title, though, is this: “Why America’s So Happy Barack Obama’s Gone.”

Delusion is her middle name. Rice was the lady, after all, who kept trying to sell America, post-Sept. 11, 2012, fatal attack on America’s compound in Benghazi, that the radical Muslim uprising that left U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stephens and three other brave U.S. officials dead was due to a 14-minute YouTube video on the truths of Islam. Delusion then, delusion now. –Chumley in the Washington Times (link here)

Trump jabs at Mitch McConnell’s inability to get legislation through the Senate (New York Times)

 Trump says it his own way:

Comment: Washington insiders are appalled.  I am not.

They ask: How can two leaders from the same party fight? After all, they note, Harry Reid did whatever President Obama asked and, if he needed to blow up the Senate to do it, he did.

My view: Trump’s prodding of McConnell is perfectly reasonable for two reasons.

First, the American system, as designed by Madison and the Founders, hinges on the separation of the Congress and President. The presumption was–and is–that they have institutional stakes in preserving their own separate powers. If either could monopolize power, the path to tyranny would be open, or so the Founders thought. With that logic in mind, we should expect–indeed, we should desire–some clashes between the Executive and Legislative. The trouble, really, has been its steady erosion of this separation by an increasingly powerful presidency, as well as the growth of a poorly-controlled fourth branch of government, federal bureaucracies.

Second, Trump is right in highlighting the Senate’s inaction and hypocrisy. They voted for big items like “repeal and replace” only when they knew Pres. Obama would veto the bill. When they finally had a president who would sign the bill, they seized up. Trump did not ram a particular healthcare bill down their throats. Congress was largely free to write the bill by themselves. And they failed.

If they think voters aren’t furious about this mess, they are sadly mistaken. I share that disgust.

Writing Conference Canceled Because Of Too Many White People (Daily Caller and Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

The organizers of the Loft Literary Center’s conference, aimed at teaching people how to write young adult novels, scrapped their plans when they learned that all the speakers but one were white, reports the [Minneapolis] Star Tribune.

“We have set a goal for ourselves to be inclusive and to work toward equity, and we didn’t think the conference would live up to that mission,” Britt Udesen, executive director of the Loft, said Wednesday. “We made a mistake.” –Daily Caller

Comment: Makes perfect sense. Why in the world would you want to teach people to write novels after the horrifying discovery that the teachers were white?

No, it is far better to cancel this abomination and toss the students out onto an ice flow.

But that is not sufficient. Are the organizers to waltz away scot-free? Nay, I say.

They should be sent to labor in the rice fields and learn wisdom and humility from the peasantry. Only then will our Cultural Revolution be complete.

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