Briefly Noted, July 2016: Get out the vote efforts and political correctness on campus

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The Center for Popular Democracy and its 501(c)(4) so-called “dark money” arm, the Center for Popular Democracy Action, is working with the ACORN-tainted Working Families Organization and 42 partner organizations—including labor unions, community organizing groups, and other left-wing nonprofits—in 30 states on a $7 million get-out-the-vote operation for the upcoming presidential and U.S. Senate elections. CPD reportedly has a $14 million budget and more than 60 employees. “In 2015, it sub-granted more than $7 million to its partner organizations,” reports the Washington Free Beacon. “Those partners boast more than 400,000 members, 800 state-based staffers, and combined budgets of roughly $85 million.”

Former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart joined Obama advisor David Axelrod at a University of Chicago event last month and took aim at presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.” Stewart sneered, “When was America great? What is this time that he speaks of? ’81 to ’82? Like, what are we talking about? And who took your country away from you?” Stewart added, according to Hollywood in Toto, that “As far as I can tell, the conservative side, or the right side, they feel an ownership over America. They are the stewards of America. They are its forbears … Republicans, conservatives love America. They just hate, like, 50 percent of the people living in it.”

A hate crime aimed at black students at Maryland’s Salisbury University has been revealed as just the latest high-profile race-related hoax to hit the groves of academe in the race-obsessed Obama era. The fake hate crime consisted of a childish drawing on a whiteboard of a crying stick figure hanging from a noose. The N-word appears beside an arrow pointing to the body and below it the phrase “#WhitePower” appears. The drawing was discovered inside the school’s Blackwell Library on April 10, around the time of the university’s annual “Stop Hatin’” week, a feel-good observance promoting diversity and acceptance. Except for acknowledging that the two perpetrators are African-American students at the school, the university is engaged in a cover-up. If the perpetrators were white, a cynic might say that the school would find a way to leak out the pertinent details in order to make a political statement.

White people are worthy of hatred and no one should feel bad for abhorring them, incoming freshmen are told at the all-female, ultra-politically correct Scripps College in southern California. “Anger is a legitimate response to oppression, as is sadness, fear, frustration, exhaustion, and a general distaste or hatred of white people,” write the student authors of the Unofficial Scripps College Survival Guide. The 217-page exercise in PC brainwashing is supposed to help new students adjust to Scripps, a member of Claremont Colleges, a consortium of five undergraduate schools and two graduate schools. The guidebook perpetuates the leftist myth of “White Privilege,” defining it as “the set of unearned benefits white people gain as a result of systematic racism and discrimination” that “benefits even those white people who are disadvantaged by other forms of institutionalized oppression like ableism, classism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia.”

According to students at the University of Virginia, one of the worst “microaggressions” anyone can be subjected to is simply hearing the term “American,” TruthRevolt reports. Organizers of the school’s “Managing Microaggressions” sensitivity training sessions say the United States “has decided to take it upon itself to identify as an entire hemisphere [and that is] the most blatant microaggression in the context of this country.” President James Monroe could not be reached for comment.

Congratulations are in order for Capital Research Center alumnus David Hogberg, Ph.D., for winning an award for his recent book, Medicare’s Victims: How the U.S. Government’s Largest Health Care Program Harms Patients and Impairs Physicians. The book won a bronze medal in the category of “Current Events II (Social Issues / Public Affairs/ Ecological / Humanitarian)” from the eLit Book Awards.

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