Monday, November 09, 2020

...and news from America...

 ...reveals a not-unexpected result in the elections: Biden/Harris by a narrow win.

If we assume that Mr Biden will be a short-term president, it seems relevant to look at Mrs Harris. She  emerges as an ambitious, highly materialistic woman largely without principles or ideology. The ardent feminists don't like her much, as she has pushed her own career rather than promoting the lesbian/transgender/rights-for-"sex-workers" etc agenda. 

It's always unimpressive when a woman who takes office starts not by affirming her commitment to public service or to the common good but by making  a speech  on the lines of "Ooh, how proud Grandma would  be of me!".  Maybe Grandma would, but that is hardly the point. Government is about service. Take a leaf from Mrs Thatcher's book - her words on becoming Britain's first woman Prime Minister were carefully chosen, to include a traditional often-quoted prayer and to show respect for the great public office she was to hold.  

That said, Mrs Harris' track record seems to suggest that encouraging American women to abort their babies is not high on her agenda.  She might even be persuaded that supporting or encouraging abortion is an unwise and imprudent thing to do, even if she is uninterested in the fact that it is also wicked and cruel. Pro-life campaigners should  work on that basis.   The cause is a sacred one. It would be a great pity if the pro-life movement in America diverted its efforts from saving babies' lives to support for Mr Trump's campaigning efforts for a re-run of the election.

All things considered, Trump  was quite a good president, with the Israel-Arab peace and - until the wretched Coronavirus intervened - an impressive achievement in the economy. He is vain, ungentlemanly and vulgar, with a sordid private life and an inability to control his temper....but his policies were not always wrong. Salvaging what was useful from his term of office could be included in the agenda for the future. 

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