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With ambassador picks, Biden faces donor vs diversity test

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I have never understood this comment to justify picking everyone but white males.

as American looks 60.3% "white" and is 49.2% male.

ambassadors who look like America

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I have never understood this comment to justify picking everyone but white males.

Dems have always been hyper-focused on race going back to their opposition to the abolition movement prior to the civil war, support of Jim Crow, segregation, affirmative action, to the Obama and Biden divisive disparate impact and equity racial policies. The content of ones character comes after skin color for ambassadors. The way that white Progressives can still remain competitive for opportunities in the the party is denounce themselves as innately racist and part of systemic racism. Except of course for Biden himself who supported segregation as VP Harris so adroitly pointed out during the campaign.

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The representative of your country to a foreign country should not be chosen on the basis of colour, ethnicity or they are someone’s mate who bunged you a load of wonga, it should be a professional with the training to have some idea what they are doing.

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With ambassador picks, Biden faces donor vs diversity test

By "diversity", the people who push it mean diversity of skin color and sexual orientation, and not diversity of thought. Count on it ---- no diversity desired there.

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Or, for something completely different, they could try picking people with training and /or experience in foreign affairs, international relations, diplomacy, mediation and international law? After all, ambassador must be a tough job to perform well while you are learning how to do it.

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Biden’s “diverse” economic advisors: how to run the economy into the ground in 100 days.

Check the latest jobs report.

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As a candidate, Biden declined to rule out appointing political donors to ambassadorships

A mistake - we should do away with appointing political donors.

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I can see a lot of value in appointing former legislators and even governors as ambassadors. These are people with hands on government experience who can speak knowledgeably with their foreign counterparts. On occasion a retired General or Admiral might also be a good candidate for an ambassadorship, especially if they are held in esteem by the country they will be posted to based on their former position commanding US forces that region. Often high ranking field grade officers will have existing relationships with the leaders of nations in the region they served they can build upon as an ambassador. I am just not comfortable with awarding ambassadorships to people with no government experience and who may not be well versed in running a government organization, the necessity of using words carefully or with the particulars of a foreign culture.

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I have never understood this comment to justify picking everyone but white males.

as American looks 60.3% "white" and is 49.2% male.

Well now I reckon that absolutely justifies having a foreign service that is 100% white chrisitian males. Right?

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Biden’s “diverse” economic advisors: how to run the economy into the ground in 100 days.

Check the latest jobs report.

Creating 166k jobs in a pandemic is running the economy into the ground? That’s a weird way to look at it.

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*266k jobs

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Well now I reckon that absolutely justifies having a foreign service that is 100% white chrisitian males. Right?

Who is suggesting that? Ben Carson would be great ambassador to Canada. Walter Williams for France. Thomas Sowell to the UK., Janice Rogers Brown to Japan, and Larry Elder to Brazil. All would be wonderful choices. Not because of skin color - but because of the content of their character. Democrats do not see people as individuals but as representative of groups - of tribes - and for the promotion of tribalism. That has been the heart and soul of the party since its founding.

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Democrats do not see people as individuals but as representative of groups - of tribes - and for the promotion of tribalism. That has been the heart and soul of the party since its founding.

Is this why democrats push for equality? The Civil Rights Act of 1964, which was passed by democrats, is a great example of this.

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Democrats do not see people as individuals but as representative of groups - of tribes - and for the promotion of tribalism. 

And that is why you exclusively named staunch conservatives and libertarians as your preferred ambassadors, including an actual dead guy. So you're telling us you'd rather have a dead person ambassador over someone who doesn't share your political views :'D

That is actually real "tribalism". (and it's also very silly).

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Is this why democrats push for equality? The Civil Rights Act of 1964, which was passed by democrats, is a great example of this.

Are you serious? The Democrats were the problem- they were the segregationists. Progressives are so brainwashed they have successfully convinced themselves that they were solely responsible for the 1964 civil rights act. They actually believe that Republicans were the party of Jim Crow. Not true. More Republicans in Congress voted for it than Dems. It was led through Congress by a Republican.

Educate yourself :

https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/03/the-movers-behind-the-civil-rights-act-105216

Joe Biden was still pushing segregation in the early 70’s when he was in the House. Face up to reality.

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More Republicans in Congress voted for it than Dems.

Yes, republicans used to be a respectable party with a lot of sensible people in its ranks a long, long time ago. 60 years later, it's the party of Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz.

So what's your point? Apart from lamenting like all of us that the GOP has turned into a intolerant and anti-science freakshow?

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And that is why you exclusively named staunch conservatives and libertarians as your preferred ambassadors, including an actual dead guy. So you're telling us you'd rather have a dead person ambassador over someone who doesn't share your political views :'D

This doesn’t make any sense. What are you trying to say?

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This doesn’t make any sense. What are you trying to say?

I'm saying Walter Williams died last december, but you still included him in your list of ambassadors because finding black conservatives is a very hard thing to do, seeing that the american right-wing is by a vast, vast majority comprised of white folks only. And all that in a post where you want to criticize the democrats supposed tribalism and intolerance, but gave us the best example of what it actually is.

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Are you serious? The Democrats were the problem- they were the segregationists.

Those were “southern” democrats, which were republicans.

Progressives are so brainwashed they have successfully convinced themselves that they were solely responsible for the 1964 civil rights act. They actually believe that Republicans were the party of Jim Crow. Not true. More Republicans in Congress voted for it than Dems. It was led through Congress by a Republican.

Hilarious!

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Hilarious!

Instead of believing whatever you are told by a like minded partisan, do some research. The dark and shameful history of the Democrat party isn’t as funny as you think.

Those were “southern” democrats, which were republicans.

Which ones would that be? Of all of the Republicans and Democrats in Congress in the 1960’s, how many switched parties after the 1964 vote? The fact is there was very little party switching in the 1950’s and 60’s. In fact only two Dixiecrat’s switched parties, all of the rest returned to the Democrats and remained for the rest of their lives. Republicans continued to oppose segregation just as they always had. When the Dems switched from Jim Crow to affirmative action, the voters responded by opposing discrimination. LBJ’s southern strategy to get the voting Democrat for the next 100 years was cynical and destroyed any chance of emerging from the civil rights era united.

Look past the propaganda that shifts the blame away from the parties embrace of Senator’s James Eastland, Al Gore, Sr, and Herman Talmadge. Republicans had made gains in the south going back to Hoover in 1928. Blacks began moving to Democrats as well particularly during the New Deal. The Democrats and the Klan were closely aligned - that was essential for Jim Crow to exist at all. And do you actually believe that Republicans, with strength in the North and West in Congress, all the sudden these representatives became segregationists overnight? It never happened. Which of these politicians decided to switch sides and become Democrats?

It’s ridiculous that people continue to pass off the Big Switch propaganda as history. I guess the only way they can sleep at night is to ignore the horrid history of their party. To make matters worse Democrats are reverting to form and pushing racially divisive policies again today. If American is irredeemable because it was born to white supremacy, can’t the same be said for the party that safeguarded and supported white supremacy for 200 years?

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Educate yourself:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/28/republicans-party-of-civil-rights

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