A quest for eugenic superiority continues

Tom Camfield
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Posted 8/21/19

Eugenics by any other name smells the same. It actually has a lot in common with today’s just-plain racism. AND HERE WE ARE BACK WITH DONALD, with his racist white nationalism and his mistaken …

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A quest for eugenic superiority continues

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Eugenics by any other name smells the same. It actually has a lot in common with today’s just-plain racism. AND HERE WE ARE BACK WITH DONALD, with his racist white nationalism and his mistaken vain concept that he is some sort of exemplary genius. But look at sons Donald Jr. and Eric as an example of what he has spawned tp rule a world teeming with what he calls “losers.”

Almost a century ago, In the opening address of the Second International Congress of Eugenics in 1923, Henry F. Osborn, president of the host American Museum of Natural History, said: “. . . We are engaged in a serious struggle to maintain our historic republican institutions through barring the entrance of those unfit to share in the duties and responsibilities of our well-founded government . . . In the matter of racial virtues, my opinion is that from biological principles there is little promise in the melting pot theory. Put three races together (Caucasian, Mongoloid and Negroid) and you are likely to unite the vices of all three as virtues . . . For the world’s work give me a pure-blooded . . . ascertain through observation and experimentation what each race is fitted to accomplish . . .The right of the state to safeguard the character and integrity of the race or races on which its future depends is, to my mind . . . incontestable . . .”

Such ideas were not fringe but were widely held and taught in universities. While eugenics is basically the science of improving a human population by controlled breeding to increase the occurrence of desirable heritable characteristics, it’s going on today with scientists fiddling about with amending DNA. In its early 20th-century hey-day many countries adopted eugenic policies, intended to improve the quality of their populations' genetic stock. Such programs included both “positive” measures, such as encouraging individuals deemed particularly "fit" to reproduce, and negative measures, such as marriage prohibitions and forced sterilization of people deemed unfit for reproduction.

Hitler murdered six million Jews with a view toward putting in a place a white Germanic/Nordic aryan race.

In the decades following World War II, with the institution of human rights, many countries gradually began to abandon eugenics policies, although some Western countries, the United States, Canada, and Sweden among them, continued to carry out forced sterilizations. A major criticism of eugenics policies is that, regardless of whether negative or positive policies are used, they are susceptible to abuse because the genetic selection criteria are determined by whichever group has political power at the time.

WHICH BRINGS US BACK TO DONALD and his racism, border wall, deportations, his general white supremacy that is the handmaiden of basic eugenics. Donald is practicing eugenics via his nationalistic racial-exclusion policies.

Here’s a handy, lengthy article on the subject: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2757926/ Wikipedia also gives a detailed outline of the subject.

MEANWHILE, what’s the state of the nation and the world? Investigative newspapers, including the Associated Press in general, such sources as the Bloomberg Media Group, etc. tell the story diligently and effectively—and with an accuracy not found in the vain and inane tweets of Donald Trump, the ravings of a Sean Hannity or the blathering of Fox & Friends.

“With climate change, Iceland’s preparing for a world without ice”—headline, Seattle Times, Aug. 12. Global warming is affecting the Arctic at twice the rate of the rest of the world. As the glaciers melt, so does Iceland’s economy.

Headline (Bloomberg, Aug. 10)—“Trump delay casts doubt on first major U.S. offshore wind farm.” The story begins: “The Trump administration cast the fate of the nation’s first major offshore wind farm into doubt by extending an environmental review for the $2.8 billion Vineyard Wind project off Massachusetts.” Consider Trump’s eagerness to drill for oil offshore and in the Alaska National Wildlife Reserve, and read the story at: https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/federal-delay-casts-doubt-first-191544602.html

And consider a bevy of headlines in The Seattle Times Aug. 13:

—“Administration weakens Endangered Species Act.” New rules will allow the Trump administration to reduce the amount of habitat set aside for wildlife. The changes were undertaken as part of Donald’s mandate to scale back government regulations on corporations, including the oil and gas industry, that wants to drill on protected land.

—“Trump policy favors wealthier immigrants for green cards.”

—“Police say racist posters found at synagogues” (South Seattle).

—And more rape and ruination reported Aug 13, Trump’s despoliation of Appalachia: https://www.yahoo.com/news/secret-billions-from-china-radioactive-waste-and-poisoned-water-trump-plan-appalachia-200330402.html

—Aug. 14—Getting shot by police is a leading cause of death for black men in the U. S.”

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Justin Hale

"Donald is practicing eugenics via his nationalistic racial-exclusion policies"..... More demented BS from the Trump hater. Exactly what racial-exclusion policies is the Trump administration practicing that the Obama administration didn't practice? Muslim ban?, same as Obama, did you call Obama anti-Muslim?

Enforcing our immigration laws?, Obama was known as the "deporter-in-chief", I don't remember you calling him a racist.

Over 30% of the immigrants from Latin America go on some form of government assistance, of course we need to tighten our immigration laws and require people coming into our country be able to support themselves, nothing racist about that.

Wednesday, August 21
Tom Camfield

I'm not about to get mired down in mud-wallowing that attempts to shift Donald's sins onto Obama. Obama improved our society; Donald is screwing us over. Perhaps the blog I have set for Friday will help paint the difference between a man with soul and a man with no social conscience.

Meanwhile, Trump to me is little short of rabid in trying to keep Whites from becoming a minority in this country—by whatever means. And it's Donald's denigration of ethnicities other than his own white European that really stands out like a buttocks boil on our society. It emerged when he tried to force onto the public mind his racial-denigrating contention that Barack Obama had been born in one of those African countries that he subsequently called "s-holes."

The law can have both a strong arm and a gentle hand. It need not crash down separating families and uprooting 20-year non-citizens all merely wanting to pursue an innocent and happy life—while turning a blind eye to those with violent minds buying weapons of mass destruction with which to butcher our friends and families.

Donald insists on running a one-man show, with everything else just being facade with which to con the multitude. And everything is turning evermore bass-backwards to the spirit of our society as he continues to have his egocentric way.

Charlottesville still stands as the prime example of the ugliness of some of the people who have rallied behind Donald Trump.

And I must point out to you Donald that there must be about a million Black golfers who can whip your butt on a golf course—and they don't cheat.

Wednesday, August 21
Fred Camfield

You forgot to mention our uncle Clifford. There were various ways of dealing with people who were deemed as unacceptable.

Wednesday, August 21
Tom Camfield

For enlightenment of the curious: Fred's and my mother and her brother Clifford were two of eight children in a struggling Irish family of low and erratic income in the Olympia area in the early 1900s. It was dysfunctional to the point that our mother was a high school drop-out. Clifford was born in 1905 (coincidentally, the same year as Donald Trump's father Fred). We later family members were never fully informed on what Clifford's youthful problem was, but it must have been somewhere along toward the surge of the eugenics movement described here that he underwent an experimental lobotomy. That left him institutionalized at the facility in Steilacoom, where he died at the age of 92.

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Thursday, August 22