Replace Debbie Wasserman Schultz?

There is a passionate debate as to whether Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz should be replaced. This debate focuses on three main points: did Wasserman Schultz has shown favoritism towards Secretary Clinton, has she been biased against Senator Sanders, and can Wasserman Schultz unify the party? However, neither of the preceding points are the most important criteria for evaluating the Chairwoman’s performance as head of the DNC.

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Deadly Discrimination

Discrimination denies freedom. Early Sunday morning there was an extreme incident of that when a gunman, Omar Mateen, killed 49 people at popular gay bar in Orlando. At least one official called it a “domestic terror incident.” It is also a hate crime.

The killer’s father, Mir Seddique, said his son got “very angry” when he saw two men kissing. “This had nothing to do with religion,” according to the father. The father is wrong. This has plenty to do with religion—and politics, especially when prominent religious leaders and politicians condemn homosexuality and say it is acceptable to discriminate against gays.

Whenever somebody feels that other people can be treated differently because they are a different religion, different race, different sex, have a different sexual preference, or have a different sexual identity, the potential for discrimination exists. In the most extreme cases, we get beatings and death. In less extreme cases we get bakers refusing to make wedding cakes for gay couples.

Now some people argue that we violate a person’s religious liberty if individuals are force to provide service to someone partaking in behavior that violates their religious beliefs. When this argument is taken a step farther, business owners have the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason, meaning that service could be denied on the basis of race, religion, sexual preference or sexual identity.

However, once the seed of intolerance is accepted, then it is only a matter of degree between refusing service and killing. Maybe the bakers would never kill anyone, but where would they stop? Would gay sex become illegal? Would courses in morality be required? Would beatings be allowed? Whether it is a baker refusing service or religious fanatics killing people, the intolerance is just as repugnant. The difference is the amount of discrimination. Obviously, killing done by religious extremists—whether it is killing done by ISIS-Muslim extremists looking for infidels or Christian extremists who target abortion providers—is much worse than refusing to bake a cake.

Regardless of whether the intolerance manifests itself by refusing service or killing, it all grows from the same seed. Early Sunday morning we saw another case of how intolerance leads to deadly discrimination and why it must be stopped.

Discrimination denies freedom. The discrimination must cease and freedom must be protected.

Does the Majority Think?

And as people focus more closely on this race, they will surely come to recognize that Trump is not a generic Republican candidate but rather an unscrupulous and vulgar narcissist, a pathological liar, a bigot and a xenophobe. That will overwhelm what any model would predict. Because, in the end, we do think.

During Adlai Stevenson’s 1956 presidential campaign, a woman called out to him, “Governor Stevenson, all thinking people are for you!” And he answered, “That’s not enough. I need a majority.”

We can only hope that Fareed Zakaria is right and Adlai Stevenson is wrong.

Rotten Republicans

The leaders of Republican Party are rotten. There is just no other way to describe an organization that sends out fraudulent fundraising letters designed to look like overdue bills. The Republican National Committee sent out these fundraising letters to at least five states, which means these fraudulent and unethical actions were purposely planned and executed by the RNC. In addition, letters went to elderly people who are considered especially vulnerable to such deceptions.

The envelopes had “NOTICE OF DELINQUENCY” on them in big red letters.

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