Friday, June 03, 2016

Quick Hits: Volume CXXIX

- About a month ago, House Speaker Paul Ryan said he's "just not ready" when asked if he will support Donald Trump as the presumptive GOP nominee for President.

I applauded Ryan at the time for being so measured and leaving the proverbial door open. As such, Thursday's development regarding Ryan/Trump should come as no surprise.

Ryan wrote in (an) opinion piece that he and Trump have talked at length.

Ryan's column also touts the “confident America” policy agenda he has been developing since becoming speaker of the House last fall.

“Through these conversations, I feel confident he (Trump) would help us turn the ideas in this agenda into laws to help improve people's lives. That's why I'll be voting for him this fall,” Ryan wrote.

Ryan goes on to say that he and Trump do not agree on everything and that when he sees the need, Ryan will continue to speak his mind.

“But the reality is, on the issues that make up our agenda, we have more common ground than disagreement,” Ryan wrote.

To think that just two months ago the prospects of a disastrous Republican National Convention in July loomed large given the apparent deep divisions within the GOP. And while things still aren't exactly a bed of roses, you could make a case that the RNC is singing Kumbaya in comparison to the consternation within the Democrat race for President.

- June 2 was National Gun Violence Awareness Day. In recognition of this day, people across the country were encouraged to "wear orange" as one method to raise awareness. Naturally the hashtag #WearOrange was quite prevalent across social media.

There was one post in particular which caught my eye:

Yes, that's the same Kimberly Corban whom President Obama borderline condescended to at a January town hall.

I, for one, am grateful Ms. Corban continues to share her very important testimonial despite the fact it likely conjures up some pretty horrific memories.

- Remember when Americans were shamed by some of their fellow citizens for conveying even the slightest objection to the U.S. accepting Syrian refugees? Trump's "Muslim ban" aside, many Americans had legitimate concerns regarding more refugees coming in to our country. After all, the already bearing a tremendous financial burden in addition to threats from jihadists who may look to infiltrate the group of refugees. Naturally those concerns (as well as calls for discretion) were dismissed with the typical accusations of "xenophobia" or "lack of compassion."

I wonder if those individuals on their moral high horses would dare throw such labels at the person who is considered the model of compassion.

The Dalai Lama thinks Europe has let in "too many" refugees.

The Tibetan spiritual leader said that "we feel the misery" of each individual refugee and that humans have a "responsibility to help" — but that there are "too many" who have been accepted in Europe.

"Europe, for example Germany, cannot become an Arab country. Germany is Germany," he laughed in an interview published Tuesday with Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper. "There are so many."

The Dalai Lama said that "from a moral standpoint" he thinks refugees should "only be accommodated temporarily" — with the goal of them returning home to rebuild their countries.

I've often wondered just how "compassionate" it is to attempt to settle Syrian refugees in a culture like ours. It's a good bet that the predominate number of refugees look at western culture as an affront to their beliefs. In essence, I believe that is what the Dalai Lama was saying when he indicated that Germany (a western nation) "cannot become an Arab country."

Alas, the U.S. seems to be far too concerned with political correctness to bother with such details.


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