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Lopez Obrador Will be The New President of Mexico by The Elephant's Child

AMLO, Lopéz Obrador, the far left candidate, has apparently won the presidency of Mexico in today’s election. According to Telesur, the 2018 election season has been one of the country’s deadliest. Since the campaign season started in September, 133 politicians have been killed.

There are 80 million registered voters and millions of ballots have been sent across the country along with international observers for the election, which could see an upset for the ruling political class with leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador out in front.

This is the third time Lopez Obrador has run for the presidency. After losing in previous votes, he has alleged vote rigging and electoral manipulation. At a news conference in Mexico City Friday, electoral officials talked up the strength of the vote in Mexico and urged the country’s registered voters to get out and participate.

The opposition candidates have conceded. The website says that 12 percent of the votes will be counted by midnight, so it’s pretty overwhelming. The Wall Street Journal says AMLO “ran as an outsider, pledging to end corruption, upend the establishment in politics and economics—which he called “mafias of power”—and use subsidies to lift the poor, especially in rural areas. He said he would make Mexicans better off by assigning the state a larger role in the economy.”

Mr. López Obrador’s challenge will be keeping those supporters happy without derailing Mexico’s economic progress under the North American Free Trade Agreement. Except for some of Mexico’s crony capitalists, entrepreneurial Mexico largely opposed his candidacy.

The most extreme fear is that AMLO will attempt to consolidate power a la Hugo Chávez in Venezuela. But Mexico has made considerable economic and political progress in 30 years of reform presidencies. The Mexican government doesn’t hold the oil power that Chávez had, and a Mexican president is constrained by his country’s obligations under Nafta—unless President Trump tears it up. Financial markets will also vote on AMLO’s government each day through foreign-exchange markets and the value of the peso.

If you scroll down on the link to telesur,  you will find a video with English translation explaining the violence in the election.é

 

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What Are the Messages We Send to Our Kids? by The Elephant's Child

For years, the federal government had made an effort to make sure that black children have equal educational opportunities to students of other races. Well meant, but federal regulations are usually not really the best way to accomplish something. We have desegregated the schools, but federal regulation has re-segregated them in terms of racial diversity. Currently, college campuses have been hotbeds of racism, meaning that everything is designated as a racial matter rather than a matter of learning. Diversity has been the guiding principle not only in academe, but in business and industry, organizations and clubs. (See Boy Scouts)

The previous post cited a complaint filed by Asian-Americans about admissions discrimination indicating that Asian Americans score on average 140 points higher than white students and 270 points higher than African-American students claiming 3rd party academic research. That got me thinking about the predominate messages we send, as a society, to our young people and their parents.

In 2011, it was the Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, by Amy Chua, which ignited a global parenting debate with the story of one mother who determined to raise her children the Chinese way: arming children with skills, strong work habits, and inner confidence. It hit all the hot buttons, about ambition, intellectualism, high culture, the Ivy League, and strong women.

Canadian professor and Clinical Psychologist Jordan Peterson has risen to international #1best-selling book popularity and ubiquitous you-tube presence with a simple message that life is hard, and you have to face it with determination and courage.

The current message for Hispanic families is that they are discriminated against, and the United States used to belong to Mexicans anyway. The Election today in Mexico indicates that Andrés Obrador, the far left candidate who is running on the platform that America’s borders should be open to the entire population of central and South America, was leading in the early exit polls.

The message to black kids is that they need special rules and programs to succeed in school, and it’s doubtful that will help. Young African-American mothers are told that they will get a bigger welfare check if there is not a man around the house. And the black role models in society for kids are athletes and show business, not the Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court, not the Thomas Sowell of the Hoover Institute, nor the many black corporate CEOs, nor professors and authors like John McWhorter, Professor of Linguistics at Columbia, who wrote a major essay on just this subject for The American Interest.

I took up this subject in a 2016 post about Minnesota’s Cooper High School where the football coach changed the culture by making the football players “dress for success” one day a week.

ADDENDUM: Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr, Ben Carson, who was a world-renowned surgeon, said that he grew up in a neighborhood most American were told never to drive through. He saw bullets, drugs and death in the streets where he played tag and ball with his friends. Both of his older cousins were killed on those streets. He thought that was his destiny, but his mother saved his life with nothing but a library card.

When Dr. Ben Carson was appointed as the Secretary of HUD, the Left was outraged. What did he know about housing and urban development?



Diversity & Discrimination In The Ivy League by The Elephant's Child

In early May of 2015  a complaint was filed against Harvard College alleging that the school sets too high a bar for Asian-American applicants by setting a higher bar for admissions than that faced by other groups.

A complaint Friday alleged that Harvard College discriminates against Asian-American applicants by setting a higher bar for admissions than that faced by other groups.

The complaint, filed by a coalition of 64 organizations, says the university has set quotas to keep the numbers of Asian-American students significantly lower than the quality of their applications merits. It cites third-party academic research on the SAT exam showing that Asian-Americans have to score on average about 140 points higher than white students, 270 points higher than Hispanic students and 450 points higher than African-American students to equal their chances of gaining admission to Harvard. The exam is scored on a 2400-point scale.

The complaint was filed with the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights. Harvard responded that the school’s admissions policies are “fully compliant with the law” Robert Iuliano, Harvard’s general counsel said the admissions process takes into account many factors besides academics including extracurricular activities and leadership.

“Within its holistic admissions process, and as part of its effort to build a diverse class, Harvard College has demonstrated a strong record of recruiting and admitting Asian American students,” Mr. Iuliano said in a statement. He said the percentage of Asian-American students admitted to the undergraduate school rose to 21% from less than 18% in the past decade.

Forward to April 2018. An organization leading the lawsuit is Students for Fair Admissions, comprised of Asian-American students who applied to get into Harvard and were rejected. The group believes the school is guilty of racial discrimination, specifically against students of Asian descent. .

A degree from Harvard College certainly opens a lot of doors for the applicant. Is it a better education? That’s an interesting question. “Harvard has refused to release information about its application process, calling it a vital trade secret” says the Daily Signal.

The devotion to multiculturalism—the ever-present left-wing philosophy framing the issue of race in terms of oppressor vs. oppressed groups—utterly dominates America’s “elite” institutions. …

The stultified culture of diversity becomes malignant when it’s used to discriminate against some groups for doing too well, such as with Asian applicants to an elite school. But even without these egregious examples, it damages the idea that Americans are to be judged as individuals, not groups.

The Ivy League used similar methods to discriminate against Jews in the past. When that became seen  as racist and unfair, the quotas for ‘leadership’ and ‘well-rounded’ were dropped.

The idea that the only diversity that matters is racial diversity dominates academia, and business today. And it is Bunk. I believe that it is a product of the Democratic Party’s need to hold onto the black vote. Democrats have a long history of racial discrimination. It was Southern Democrats who imported slaves to work their cotton fields, while the North was industrializing. They fought and lost the Civil War, fought and lost the effort to prevent blacks from becoming full citizens, and fought for the right to discriminate against them. The Democrats’ horror at a casual comment by Kanye West saying that he liked the way Candace Owens spoke, was typical.

Diversity is a prevailing ideology of grievance. The idea that a college class needs to be “diverse” in the percentages of racial heritage to give students the experience of associating with people of other races seems absurd. “Tribal” is currently considered something of a dirty word, yet I believe that people remain tribal in that they form groups based on their interests, their heritage, their hobbies, and their passions. I have friends from home, from high school, from college, from my neighborhood, none of whom know each other. When I go to a nearby mall with a food court, I will see groups playing with the giant chess set, groups who are all knitting, and special sections set aside for Seahawks gear and fan stuff. That is tribal, and tribal is just ordinary human nature.

Today, society seems to be breaking down on the issue of politics, or more specifically Donald Trump. We have the increasingly irrelevant Mueller search for some trace of Russian collusion, and Maxine Waters is out there demanding that all Democrats attack Conservatives anywhere they are to be found, and conversely Democrats panicking that Maxine may be messing up their Blue Wave. Silicon Valley has proclaimed itself to be an exclusive bastion of the Left, and just to prove how diverse they are, not only fired someone who suggested that women make different choices than math and physics, but to make sure that they properly designate some things as “hate speech” they have enlisted the Southern Poverty Law Center as their approved “hate speech” censor, which proves my point.

So there you go. Another ordinary day in the Home of the Free and Land of the Brave.




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