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Say Goodbye to Meritocracy

The basis of American exceptionalism—competence—is being outlawed.

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Thanks to identity politics, meritocracy is under attack. The basis of American exceptionalism—competence—is being outlawed.

Meritocracy and diversity are opposites. As I explain in my book, The War on Whites: How Hating White People Became the New National Sport, diversity means that we should give special privileges to certain protected classes of people, including “people of color” and definitely not whites. Advocates for diversity want hiring and promotion to be based on race and gender. “Skin color trumps merit,” said author Scott Greer, “as long as that skin isn’t white.”

The replacement of merit will necessarily involve the lowering of standards. “The rejection of objective standards of accomplishment is nihilistic,” said Heather Mac Donald, author of When Race Trumps Merit. “The diversity movement deems color-blind measures of competence to be unjust instruments of racial exclusion.” In the name of social justice, the Left would like to see our standards lowered across the board in order to “level the playing field.”

Should we seek social justice by lowering standards to the lowest denominator via affirmative action, or should we require the lowest denominator to meet the higher standard? Lowering standards has given us an educational system that is producing substandard results. Statistics that show the US lagging behind in educational accomplishments are proof that lowering standards is killing us.

In The Diversity Delusion, Heather Mac Donald warned about the consequences of this trend. Countries like China and Russia, she said, are meritocracies. When you are a scientist in China, they don’t give a damn about your race or gender. If the US falls prey to identity politics, we will never be able to compete on the world stage. Within 20 years, we could easily turn into a third world country.

Evidence of the trend is everywhere. Colleges and universities are using a quota system for admission based on race. United Airlines has announced that 50 percent of its new pilots will be chosen from among minorities and women. The expectation of safe air travel will become a thing of the past as the requirement for competent pilots is discarded as another symptom of white supremacy. At 30,000 feet, who wants an affirmative action pilot sitting in the cockpit?

“Medical schools are discarding traditional standards of merit,” says Heather Mac Donald, “in order to alter the demographic characteristics of their profession.” This means that the surgeon performing your brain surgery could be the product of affirmative action. Going in for surgery will become an act of suicide, as surgeons will no longer be held to “white” standards of excellence. When I am lying on the operating table, I don’t want to look up and see the winner of this year’s social justice award.

Eligibility for an Academy Award will no longer be based on merit. Beginning in 2024, nominees for the Best Picture Oscar must contain minority themes and have a quota of minorities and women in both cast and crew. Past Oscar winners such as On the Waterfront, Patton, and Lawrence of Arabia would no longer qualify under the new rules.

Joe Biden has surrendered to the extreme left wing of the Democratic Party, which advocates the replacement of meritocracy with race-based criteria for advancement. Biden’s dislike of meritocracy is evidenced by his support for equity and critical race theory. The objective of equity is equality of outcome. Everyone should have the same income, job success, house, neighborhood, etc. To accomplish this, equity says we must institute affirmative action for marginalized groups.

Affirmative action has a divisive effect on society. “Initially conceived as a means of enforcing principles of nondiscrimination in regard to black citizens,” said Richard Pipes in Property and Freedom, “affirmative action was soon extended to other groups and ultimately turned into a vehicle for reverse discrimination against whites and males.” Nor does it do justice to the intended beneficiaries. Affirmative action recipients at colleges and universities experience a high dropout rate. Mismatch theory describes minority students who are accepted at schools beyond their aptitude, creating a sense of failure, depression, and alienation.

Because minorities and women have allegedly been oppressed, critical race theory argues that giving them preference is justified. Hiring quotas based on race and gender violate basic notions of fairness. You cannot say in the same breath that giving preference to white males is racist and sexist, but giving preference to minorities and women is not. It has to work both ways.

Under critical race theory, excellence developed by white people in any and all forms of human endeavor is regarded as a manifestation of systemic racism and white supremacy. The entire structure of American government, including separation of powers and checks and balances, will have to be jettisoned because it was developed by racist white people.

We can’t afford to do away with competence. The only way to assure the pursuit of excellence is to affirm our belief in meritocracy. “What America has always stood for,” said Rep. Brian Mast, “is very simply the best man, the best woman for the job.”

Ed Brodow (www.edbrodowpolitics.com) is a conservative political commentator and author of THE WAR ON WHITES: How Hating White People Became the New National Sport.

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Ed Brodow (www.edbrodowpolitics.com) is a conservative political commentator and author of ten books. His new book is THE WAR ON WHITES: How Hating White People Became the New National Sport, available at Amazon.com.



 
 
 

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Will Democrats Do What They Must?

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On a warm August evening in 1974, President Richard M. Nixon said from the Oval Office that he was resigning, becoming the first president to do so. He confessed that he no longer had “a strong enough political base in the Congress” to finish his term.

Sen. Barry Goldwater, Ariz., the 1964 GOP presidential nominee, was a respected conservative leader in a Senate whose Republican ranks were less conservative than now. In a May 1973 interview with Time magazine, Goldwater had given an early warning, “If it can be proved that he (Nixon) lied, resignation would have to be considered. It would be quick. Everything would be over, ended. It wouldn’t drag out like impeachment.”

At a regular Senate Republican Conference lunch on august 6 of 1974, Goldwater had fumed: “There are only so many lies you can take, and now there has been one too many. Nixon should get his ass out of the White House today!” When he went to see President Nixon, Goldwater confided, “There’s not more than 15 senators for you.” After that showdown, the curtain on President Nixon’s presidency came down three days later.

In this challenging time in our history when President Biden’s competency is under serious question, will Democrat leaders have the courage to do the same? With this report, more Democrats and Independents will be less inclined to vote for Biden. That may very well impact the future of many Democrat politicians whose own election could be impacted if their voting base stays home. After his Wednesday night address, the evidence that Biden is in trouble is plainly obvious.

President Biden’s poll numbers are now at an all time low. The shocking Department of Justice Special Counsel Robert Hur report suggests that Biden should not be indicted because Biden is “a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory” that a jury would be unlikely to convict. The Special Counsel also noted that Biden “willfully retained and disclosed classified materials after his vice presidency when he was a private citizen;” he noted that such actions “present serious risks to national security.” It is clearly a risk for Biden to remain in office.

When President Biden addressed the country after the report was disclosed, he asserted that his memory was fine, and the report confirms that he was not indicted and did nothing wrong. His comments to the press questions were combative and defensive. He took no personal responsibility, blaming his staff for the faulty storage of classified documents. His message was strident and clear-Trump is guilty, and I did nothing wrong.

If he is not competent to stand trial for his actions, how can he be confident enough to remain president? It’s time for a private confrontation by Democrat leadership. If Biden does not listen, it is time to exercise the 25th amendment option to remove him from office.

It is not easy to use that 25th Amendment option. It is even more difficult with only 9 months before a critical national election. Waiting until the Democrat Convention in August leaves little time to right the ship and promote a replacement candidate.

Democrats, do your job to clean out your own house. President Biden is not competent to meet the challenges of our time. Do it now or pay the price in November. As Republicans, we hope you let Biden remain your candidate, but that is selfish. President Biden is our current leader and his decisions impact all of us and a world in turmoil. This isn’t about politics. We can’t afford even eleven more months of a mentally incompetent President.

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Claudine Gay, Ex-Harvard President, Will Strike it Rich in 2024

Gay will be a hot ticket at conferences leading up to the 2024 election.

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If she were a straight white male, Claudine Gay’s career in academia would have been completely finished weeks ago. Along with the presidents of MIT and (then) University of Pennsylvania, as a result of Gay’s anti-Semitism and her disastrous testimony before Congress in December, much of the country was in an uproar.

Pretzel Logic

Days later, when it was discovered that Gay had plagiarized or inappropriately paraphrased and lifted passages from other authors, from a variety of academic works, that would have sealed her fate. In this utterly illogical age of unreason, just the opposite of what ought to happen actually did happen. The Harvard bigwigs backed her!

Gay punched all of the intersectionality buttons: Black, gay, female, and what else you want to throw into the mix. So was she not terminated from her widely visible, high-profile position. Luckily for Harvard, she quit as president! She retains her cushy post as professor, however, at $900,000 per year. And more amazing good fortune likely is in store for her. She may well reap an income bonanza unlike most other college presidents in the U.S. or around the world.

You have to understand that Gay is actually a hero to many factions on the Left. Let’s see … she stood up to the man! She let Congress have it with both barrels. She defended her academic turf. She stuck with what she believes in. She didn’t kowtow to the U.S. pro-Israeli faction. She spoke her truth! My goodness, what a leader, what a noble soul, what a speaker we might have at our convention!

Media Darlings

A variety of questionable figures on the Left have become darlings to groups who lap up their every word. If you think this won’t happen with Ms. Gay, think again.

Unbelievably, the parents of Trayvon Martin became media darlings. Martin was a violent teenager who punched a bus driver in the face, stole money and other items at school, and was suspended from school at the time of his death. He met his fate while pounding George Zimmerman’s head into a sidewalk.

Democratic groups have celebrated the Martins ever since then. Their public appearances were considered to be special. In another minute, with a cracked skull, Zimmerman might have bled out and died, making Martin a murderer.

Honored at the DNC Convention

The parents of Michael Brown also made the rounds and were accorded celebrity status. The super-sized 18-year-old from Ferguson, MO had stolen cigars and choked a small Asian convenience store clerk just 10 minutes before he had tried to wrestle a gun away from an officer sitting in his police car.

Had Brown, whose fingerprints were all over the officer’s car, successfully taken the officer’s gun, Brown, too, might have been a murderer. At the Democrat National Convention attendees couldn’t get enough of Brown’s noble mother. Sadly, the city of Ferguson, MO, paid Brown’s family an extorted $1.5 million, largely due to fears of more mob violence.

If parents who’ve raised career criminals are celebrated, what are Claudine Gay’s prospects?

Prospects Aplenty

Presumably, she has no violent incidents in her past. Prior to her resignation as Harvard president she may have already, privately signed on with one of the top speaker’s bureaus from either in Boston, New York, or Washington, D.C. Bureaus value having partisan speakers in their lineup when they can book such individuals at large conferences and conventions. Gay will be a hot ticket leading up to the 2024 election.

She will be featured as the head liner at many conferences.

How much can she glean from such appearances? The floor is 20 to 40 thousand per outing, but 50 to 75 thousand is within reach, of which the bureau takes 25%. At that level of earnings for a speech, she could easily exceed another $900,000 by the end of the year. Will you earn $1,800,000 in the next ten years?

Knowing No Bounds

As one audience after another offers her special treatment, her already outsized, over-privileged ego will know no bounds, and all of her past sins will be long forgotten. The groups to whom she speaks will consider themselves to have done their part in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Gay’s intersectionality seals the deal, so by any measure, it’s a win-win-win (bureau, speaker, and audience) for Leftists.

To those on the Right, such developments are sickening, but we’ve come to accept that this is the world as it is currently. With all the devastation and destruction promulgated by the Biden administration, we have much bigger fish to fry.

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