Silicon Valley workers’ political attacks show hypocrisy

Maxwell Rohlfs is a friend of 3rd Law. Below is part of his Op-Ed for The Hill.

 

Silicon Valley prides itself on being open-minded and diverse. But this year’s election showed us that when it comes to politics, the Valley expects rigid conformity.

In 2016, the tech world largely united behind Hillary Clinton. Silicon Valley employees gave 60 times more cash to Clinton than to Trump. 100 tech leaders signed a letter calling Donald Trump a “disaster” for innovation. Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz donated a stunning $35 million to groups supporting Clinton’s campaign.

The few in Silicon Valley who had the audacity to support the other major party candidate for president were treated like blasphemers. When billionaire investor Peter Thiel gave $1.25 million to support Donald Trump’s campaign, the backlash was swift.

Catherine Bracy, former Director of Community Organizing for Code for America, was one of many tech figures who demanded Facebook oust Thiel from its board of directors. Bracy even tweeted, “Would like to see no women or people of color — heck, maybe white men too — accept jobs at Facebook until Thiel is gone.”

Continue reading at The Hill.

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Bernie and Palin Agree: Trump’s Carrier Deal is Cronyism

It’s not impossible to teach an old dog new tricks, but it’s exceedingly difficult. The same applies to our government.  One would think the election of Donald Trump, the first non-politician to win the presidency, would be a signal for a change when it comes to special interests. Nonetheless, the long-and-glorious tradition of favoring special interests, or cronyism, continued last week. President-elect Trump successfully negotiated $7 million in tax incentives for the air conditioning company, Carrier, to stay in Indiana. Continue reading “Bernie and Palin Agree: Trump’s Carrier Deal is Cronyism”

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Romney for Secretary of State

This past weekend, Kellyanne Conway and Newt Gingrich made headlines for criticizing Mitt Romney. Both advised President-elect Trump against choosing the former Massachusetts Governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee as his Secretary of State. Romney is currently being considered for the position, despite previously calling Trump a phony and a fraud. According to Conway,  his loyalty is in question because he “went out of his way to hurt Trump.”

Regardless of their past, Romney would make a great Secretary of State, and Trump would do well in choosing him. Continue reading “Romney for Secretary of State”

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John’s Post-Election Journal (Part 1): A Neglected People

Note: This is the first installment of post-election reflections by John McDonough. His next several posts will include takeaways on what Donald Trump’s election means for the United States going forward.

 

After several weeks to digest, Donald Trump’s election still has America in a state of shock. A man who has shown no trace of self-control, and with an apparent lack of general knowledge of what the Executive does or stands for has led his so-called “deplorables” to the Oval Office. 

It seems this election must be a gross mistake. If Hillary Clinton had just taken a different approach in her campaign, or if her PACs had just shifted their messaging, then this never would have happened. On the other hand, if you supported Trump, then his election may seem like hitting the lottery. He had no discernible shot at the presidency, but somehow just pulled it out of thin air. Continue reading “John’s Post-Election Journal (Part 1): A Neglected People”

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The Republican Party, Trump and Free Trade

After Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney in 2012, the Republican Party vowed to make some big changes.  One of the issues the establishment Republicans promised to rally behind was free trade.  Most conservatives embraced the party’s newfound focus, and this past election, Republican voters had the opportunity to elect a nominee who would defend their right to free and open commerce. Continue reading “The Republican Party, Trump and Free Trade”

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A Confession and Exhortation

“TRUMP TRIUMPHS.”

What a cruise missile of a headline to wake up to on a fittingly cold, gray, and rainy day in London. Like many, I was more than surprised by his victory. I was floored, astonished, speechless. Surely, the most disliked presidential candidate in modern American history couldn’t have pulled it off. And yet, there Trump was on Thursday, meeting with President Obama at the White House to discuss the transition of power.

Though I knew I’d be surprised, even embarrassed for my country, if Trump prevailed, I must admit I did not anticipate three emotions in particular: sadness, fear, and shame. Continue reading “A Confession and Exhortation”

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Vox Writer Omits Key Facts to Downplay Clinton’s Email Scandal

Vox writer, Matthew Yglesias, wrote a piece which is currently the site’s most popular with over six-thousand shares on Facebook alone—not to mention the number of times it has crossed my inbox. In it, he claims Clinton’s email scandal is nothing more than a fabrication of the media. In the process, Yglesias brushes over the entire pay-for-play aspect and other facts surrounding the investigation.

His most consequential omissions, however, have to do with Comey’s decision in July not to recommend an indictment. Below are some things he didn’t mention. Continue reading “Vox Writer Omits Key Facts to Downplay Clinton’s Email Scandal”

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James Comey’s Scarlet-Letter Moment

Guilt is a powerful emotion. It destroyed Nathaniel Hawthorne’s character, Arthur Dimmesdale, in The Scarlet Letter. In the same way, guilt left FBI director James Comey, a man known for his moral rectitude, grappling for redemption last week. His letter to Congress, which divulged the reopening of Hillary Clinton’s email investigation, was his attempt to make up for his failure to recommend her indictment this summer.

Speculative? Sure. But it makes sense. Comey, the head of the FBI, did something bizarre. His letter this close to an election stepped out of the bounds of tradition and procedure. Even critics of Clinton, like Rep. Jim Jordan and Fox News’ Judge Jeanine Pirro, have noted Comey’s letter was out of bounds. Continue reading “James Comey’s Scarlet-Letter Moment”

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Clinton/Trump Round Two: Thoughts After the Second Debate

On Sunday night, the winner of the debate was Donald Trump.

Don’t get me wrong. I think he did horribly.  But in politics, it doesn’t matter what you and I think. What truly matters is what “they” think. The “they” I’m referring to are the undecided voters who were watching. Those are the people who ultimately make a difference come election day. With less than a month left, this debate was good for Trump.  Continue reading “Clinton/Trump Round Two: Thoughts After the Second Debate”

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Lame-Duck Session Woes

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