Dear Washington Post,
In your article titled ‘Trump’s administration isn’t very diverse. Photo ops make it glaringly obvious,‘ you failed to do one important thing. Like much of the reporting in left wing journalism you find it easy to find fault in everything Trump does yet offer no solutions. If you have such a strong view on the subject please let your readers know what is the politically correct mix of races, genders and sexual orientation. Because instead of perhaps appointing people based on merit and ability to carry out his orders to the letter it is more important to focus on identity. I am not saying all his picks are necessarily sensible or palatable but that is his choice to make. If he screws up with his team and loses office in 4 years then it will be his own fault.
To turn the argument on its head imagine if Trump appointed Milo Yiannopoulos to his administration. He is not a US citizen but suppose he was. He ticks the homosexual box and black boyfriend box. There has to be virtue signaling there but the left would drop all that because he is a White Supremacist. It shows that even identity politics has limitations and conditions.
Here is a great example of why affirmative action is a bad thing, especially when signaled by the minority. Donna Laframboise wrote in her book, “The delinquent teenager” the shenanigans of how identity politics is put ahead of ability in the construction of the climate bible.
“We all made the mistake of believing the IPCC was a gem of an organization simply because it is connected to protecting the environment…How can a young man without even a Masters degree become an IPCC lead author? Good question. . . Rather than recruiting real experts like Reiter the IPCC enlisted young, inexperienced, non-experts instead.”
A quote from an IPCC lead author: “There are far too many politically correct appointments, so that developing country scientists are appointed who have insufficient competence to do anything useful.”
A quote from a team member from a developing country: “The team members from the developing countires (including myself) were made to feel welcome and accepted as part of the team. In reality we were out of our intellectual depth as meaningful contributors to the process.”
Yes, that is right. Inclusion is more important than qualification. Let’s put people who aren’t in a position to add real value to a process and use those results to allocate billions of dollar and drive policies affecting billions of people.
“Rather than keeping its distance from those whose careers have been associated with activism, the scientific establishment now honors, celebrates and promotes such people.”
So I ask WaPo again what is the correct balance? He has two Asian American women and one African American male but no Hispanics. Even if Obama had 39% women in his cabinet, were they all stellar? Did Americans think Attorney General Loretta Lynch meeting Bill Clinton on an airport tarmac the day before the FBI was to pass its judgement on his wife’s criminality spoke of dreadful ethics or is it OK because she’s an African American woman? Frankly it shouldn’t matter her gender or ethnicity. Bad judgement is just that and the more I read such garbage journalism the more I know how playing the identity card will alienate more and more Americans.