The left wants you to believe they are the side of tolerance, love, diversity, defenders of American values, and the ones fighting for true equality.
Unless you are Asian, then you are on your own, and you will have to take one for the team.
In a case pending since 2015, the Asian-American community recently found out what they had suspected all along: they were being discriminated against at major universities across the country. Despite having the best grades and test scores, universities were using personality tests and inflated scoring requirements to disqualify Asian applicants. Even hyper-progressive congressman Ted Lieu was outraged, as the documents showed that in highly subjective personality tests, they considered Asian applicants to have a “lack of courage” and to be less valuable socially. As a result, over the past few years, Asian-Americans coined a term known as the “Asian Tax” which means any Asian has to dramatically over-perform in testing to get into prestigious universities or be incredibly overqualified to get hired in specific jobs. These universities will adjust down a score that is too high, and use other factors like subjective personality tests in order to hamstring Asian students in the extremely competitive entrance standards. Also, this discrimination not only covered Chinese, Japanese, and Korean applicants but Indian as well.
Why then do the bulwarks of liberalism such as “higher education” institutions do precisely what progressivism says it stands against? Why do they outright discriminate against someone on the basis of race?
First, the fear of the Diversity Industry. The Diversity Industry is a collective term that I apply to all of the influence and lobbying organizations in the country that operate on the basis of race, religion, or identity. These are the groups that attack through protests, litigation, and press to delegitimize a targeted institution. Interestingly, out of the hundreds of these groups in the country, very few are Asian advocacy groups, and of those, none are high profile. The Diversity Industry is why you’ve started to see corporations put such a significant focus on diversity in the past 10-20 years. No company wants the bad press from a coalition of outside groups calling them racist and suing them every two days. So, it’s easier to comply with the groups and create entire diversity divisions within your company to keep these groups off your back. Incidentally, as Asians are discriminated against in education, so too are they in Silicon Valley. Many companies have begun utilizing a term called the URM, or underrepresented minority. And guess who isn’t underrepresented? That right, Asians. In tiny print at the bottom of these “diversity reports” is the following:
“Underrepresented minorities: groups whose representation in tech has been historically low — Black, Hispanic, Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Other Pacific Islander.”
In other words, the left has actually managed to codify discrimination into the core of their companies and institutions. Go to any tech company’s diversity website. These things are more detailed than the websites of their actual products, and they have entire divisions dedicated to diversity, including VPs and an entire leadership hierarchy. As a result, the side that does nothing but tell the country how racist it is has made discrimination a central part of their whole game. Think of this: the University of Michigan has 93 diversity positions, for a payroll of 8.4 million. If you’ve been asking yourself why tuitions are so ludicrously high, hey, someone has to pay for all this discrimination.
Secondly, the left believes in what I call “radical equality.” Radical equality means that everyone must be equal in all things, even if it means sacrificing those at the top of the success pyramid. Apparently, this means eliminating meritocracy, since they can’t stomach the notion that different people are good at different things. By virtually any metric, Asian and Indian Americans overperform in wealth and success rates, making them a primary target to be sacrificed on the left’s altar of equality. In much the same way that the left uses massive trade deals and climate agreements to equalize and redistribute wealth around the world, they also weaponize companies and universities to do the same within the country. Take the Paris Climate Agreement for example, which would have had the United States subsidizing the rest of globe’s climate initiatives. The root of their belief is that we are just right around the corner from an open borders progressive utopia where everyone loves each other. The only problem is, they have to do precisely what they decry to become the utopia they envision. It’s sort of like the ANTIFA radicals that have to apply fascist tactics to show how much they hate fascism. It’s also why their vision of socialism can never work: someone eventually has to enforce the redistribution of wealth, thus leading to gulags and murders as it did in Communist China and Russia.
Third, the left doesn’t defend Asians as much because they break the whole “systemic oppression” narrative. Given that the most successful ethnicities in the country per capita are non-white, it makes that narrative a really tough sell. The left has tried everything possible to break the country down racial lines because they understand the power of tribalism and group identity as it relates to voting. If you can make a particular group feel that they are oppressed and that you are the answer to the oppressor, then you will likely secure that vote. National pride or religious affiliation are nearly able to trump identity politics, which is why the left has sought to degrade both of those things over decades. This is why it’s surprising to see Asians treated so poorly until you understand the radical equality component. They believe that it’s worth sacrificing Asian-Americans to elevate others, which is one reason you don’t see anywhere near the degree of fight from left wing institutions over Asians as you do for other groups.
In left-wing America, if you refuse to bake a cake for a gay couple, that is a sin that they will literally destroy your life over, yet somehow near-universal discrimination against Asians across multiple companies and universities is just fine. When you make everything about race, this is what you get: Full blown tribalism, where every race has to compete with one another. This is why leftism must be rejected on a grand scale, so we can move forward doing what we should have been doing this entire time: judging one another on the content of character.
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Admit it, you’ve called some place a shithole or something similar at some point.
I know I have. I’ve called hotels, cities, restaurants, rest stop bathrooms, cars, and houses shitholes. Virtually anything that can be considered a place or thing has received the dreaded title of shithole at some point. I’ve even called my own house a shithole. I also, much like the President, have a massive penchant for exaggeration. I call virtually anything that I consider mediocre “total shit” or “fucking garbage” even though they clearly aren’t. I’ve eaten meals, seen movies, or played video games that wouldn’t even be in the bottom 20 worst of all time, and yet I still use the “total shit” moniker. One of the only qualities I have in common with the President is massive exaggeration. To me, things are either the greatest of all time, or they are a total shithole.
This week we arrived at Shithole Gate.
Apparently, the President used the term shithole to describe a few countries that came up as part of the DACA negotiations. Now, this part is actually unclear, as he says he didn’t call Haiti a shithole, a couple of senators said they heard it, and a couple said they didn’t. Either way, most people are pretty sure he said something like that, even though us thinking he said it doesn’t make it true. We already heard both Chris Cuomo of CNN and Maggie Haberman of the Times say that it “feels” true, which is not a fact based argument. However, for the purposes of this article, I will assume that he said it. Now that I acknowledge he probably said it, I’m going to say he is totally correct in the assertion that there are absolutely shithole countries on this planet. Should he have said it? Of course not. I’ve said lots of things in private that probably don’t look good, and I’m sure you have too. Setting that aside though, let’s take a look at the substance of what he said. He said (allegedly) that we take too many people from shithole countries, and not enough from places like Norway, who’s leader he had just finished talking with the day before.
Now, let’s be objective here. Norway has the highest standard of living and Human Development Index on the planet. That means that literally every other place on the planet is technically worse than Norway. One could make an argument that several parts of the United States are more of a shithole than Norway. So in effect, if you have a country that is ranked 150 vs rank 1 in the Human Development Index, one is clearly a bigger shithole than the other. Personally, given my penchant for exaggeration, I’d probably call any country below 25 or so a shithole. I understand however, that HDI ranking isn’t the be all end all of determining a country’s worth. With that said, let’s take a look at the main charge of shithole gate, the racism. In watching CNN that night, besides hearing the word shithole on cable TV at least 50 times, the main thing I heard was how racist it was. I mean how could it not be, places like Haiti and Nigeria are largely black, and Norway is clearly white. Here’s the problem with that argument: Virtually any immigrant from those places will agree with that their home country is a shithole. I’ve heard many people from India or Somalia absolutely admit that their countries are shitholes, and that’s why they wanted to come here in the first place. Let’s take a look at the travel guide from the State department of what constitutes a level 4 travel advisory:
“Do not travel to due to crime, terrorism, and piracy. Violent crime, such as kidnapping, rape and murder, is common. Illegal roadblocks are also widespread. Terrorists continue to plot kidnappings, bombings, and other attacks. They may attack with little or no warning, targeting airports and seaports, government buildings, hotels, restaurants, shopping areas, and other areas where large crowds gather.”
That my friends is a shithole. And that doesn’t even cover the economic situation, or government corruption, or any number of things that constitute a shithole. Now, back to the racism argument. The real question is: Are shitholes just comprised of black and brown people? Well, first of all, the significant majority of the planet is either black or brown, so therefore math alone suggests that there will likely be more shitholes that have black or brown people in them. So are there any white shitholes? I’d argue there’s one really big one for sure:
I haven’t met a lot of Russian immigrants, but I can tell you overwhelmingly that the ones I have met think their old country is a shithole. I’ve heard enough evidence to convince me that I would never want to live there. In addition, Russia outranks dozens of “black and brown” countries on the State department’s own travel advisory list, where there are dozens of countries ranked at a 1 (which is no threat) and Russia has a big fat 3, which is the second highest. In addition, guess what? Denmark and a few other “white” countries are on the advisory list at a two. Now personally I think a 2 doesn’t qualify for shithole status, but it’s certainly closer to being a shithole than a 1.
The President is arguing for merit based immigration, and that means that a qualified person could gain admittance, regardless of country of origin. So the question becomes, would a merit based system allow for the entry of qualified people from Haiti or various African countries? If the answer is yes, then that is not a racist system. In addition, the merit based proposal just due to population metrics would still be a large number of non-white people, and likely a majority at that. Returning back to the original question of racism, is saying that Haiti or Yemen are shitholes racist? No one is saying all the people there are shit, but the country as a whole is clearly a shithole by any objective standard. Now, I’ve heard a number of journalists in places like the Washington Post argue that they are shitholes, but only because it’s our fault. Places like Haiti have a complicated history, so maybe you could make that argument, however the end result however, is still a shithole. When only 35% of your country has plumbing, that is a top notch shithole indicator. Literally. Personally, I think we should stop all immigration. Complete moratorium until our vets, homeless, schools and unemployment are all taken care of properly.
I used shithole 32 times in this article, almost as many as CNN.
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The Great Houston Triggering
Last week an interesting event took place. No, I’m not talking about North Korea’s nuclear weapons, nor the potential ending of DACA. The event I refer to is the massive triggering of cognitive dissonance from progressive Trump haters last week. For those unaware, cognitive dissonance happens when one holds a particular view and is then shown contravening evidence or information about the view they hold. Or, “the state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes”. So what happens when someone is in a state of cognitive dissonance? They get uncomfortable, silent, blather incoherently, curse or they resort to personal attacks. For someone to enter cognitive dissonance, there needs to be a trigger. An event that conflicts with their views.
In Houston, Donald Trump and everyday Americans provided that trigger.
You see, the narrative since the election (which was also a cognitive dissonance trigger) is that America is a racist nation that intentionally elected a white supremacy enabler (who is also a Russian puppet) that routinely issues “racist dog whistles” to his racist base of cult like followers. The whole racist narrative, along with the Russian narrative, are responses to a triggering event (the election) that had to be explained away with something other than “I was wrong”. The tragedy in Charlottesville coupled with an admittedly imperfect response only served to further this narrative. With the Russian narrative up in smoke, there was a need for a new narrative for progressives to stick to Trump. This narrative came in the same form it usually does from the left: Racism and identity politics.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Henry, Houston showed what America was really about. We saw black people helping Hispanics and white people. We saw white people helping black and Asian people. Muslims and Christians helping everyone. You see, when the chips are down, people show you who they really are. What Americans showed in Houston is that they are overwhelmingly good people. Watching the guy with the confederate flag on his airboat ferrying black people, or the black guy on his jet ski rescuing a white senior shows what we are really about. At the end of the day, when it really matters, Americans are united. These radical fringes the media loves to play and give airtime to do not represent this country. Do the math, the hardcore racists are less than one tenth of one percent of this country. The ANTIFA goons are around the same. So what we have are two radical fringes that do not represent the 99.9% of this country.
Let me add to that: The hardcore racists and fringe elements are less than one tenth of one percent of the population of this country. How do I arrive at that number? Take a look at the various hate group registries, twitter followings, event attendance, etc. The number I arrived at is approximately 50,000 people in a country of 320 million, and that might even be a high estimate. In addition, that includes not only the hardcore racists but non-violent groups like identitarians. The KKK sports a whopping 3000 or so, nationwide. These numbers are infinitesimal compared to the overwhelming majority. Now, I’m not saying these groups aren’t a problem because of course, they are. My argument is that they don’t in any way represent the vast majority of America, and not even a remotely significant percentage. So, in effect, we have a media driven mass delusion that there are Nazis on every corner and that the President loves and enables them.
The President then showed up in Houston and the left alternated between making fun of Melania’s footwear and condemning Trump for not crying hard enough or going waist deep in water to save a child from drowning. Two days later, he shows up again, and here’s where the cognitive dissonance trigger happens: He is shown in pictures and numerous videos kissing black babies and taking selfies with Hispanic, white, Asian, and black families. I watch a lot of prominent left wingers on Twitter, and the cognitive dissonance supernova was off the charts. The reactions from the left ranged from silence to personal attacks, but most of all, they accused him of doing it for the camera. Deray McKesson, a Black Lives Matter organizer and someone who routinely calls for Trump to be removed from office said “Can we just get him out of here already?” in response to a tweeted video of Trump kissing a black child. That resigned, frustrated response is pure cognitive dissonance. He saw an image that conflicted with the belief he’s had for months of Trump as a hyper racist enabler, and all he could offer was frustrated resignation.
Let me also address this “doing it for the camera” argument. First, I’d argue that’s pretty much the job of a President during a disaster, to get on camera and project positivity and reassure everyone, even if he knows things are bad. Projecting a positive image is critical in times like these. Secondly, how many Neo Nazis do you think would be seen on camera kissing a black baby? My guess is exactly zero. That sort of compassionate act is really hard to fake, or not look uncomfortable doing. Third, if the argument is that he’s conning people, I’d just ask conning them into what? Seeing unity? Seeing a country united behind victims of a catastrophe? Is he conning us into thinking that Texas will be taken care of and all of its citizens cared for? Is he conning us into helping and accepting people regardless of race? I’d argue this is all the type of conning the country needs right now. Perception is reality, and right now both Houston and the President are showing the right kind of leadership.
So how do I know I’m not the delusional triggered one? That’s easy, there was no trigger of cognitive dissonance for me. Things are proceeding exactly as I expected them to, and have for the last year or so. I was not surprised by the election result, so I had no need to invent any kind of alternate reality or excuses. I didn’t think he was racist to begin with so those pictures didn’t trigger me. I’ve debunked the racist accusation multiple times in my YouTube channel, which you should subscribe to. Everything is proceeded exactly as predicted, except for maybe the ineptitude of the Republican Congress, which will be handled in the midterms of 2018. If you want to know more about social psychology and cognitive dissonance, read Scott Adams sometime for a lot more about how it works. Once you understand, it becomes so easy to recognize in others, and Houston was one of the clearest examples I’ve seen.
There is still a racist and Russian delusion bubble around half of the country, but after Houston, maybe there is a little hole in the bubble.
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