United States Deception Centre

The United States Studies Centre self describes as:

The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney is a university-based research centre, dedicated to the rigorous analysis of American foreign policy, economics, politics and culture.

It has received millions upon millions of dollars from both the Commonwealth and NSW Governments.  Yet despite its government funding, its housing within a university and its stated dedication to the rigorous analysis of American foreign policy, economics, politics and culture, they seem to offer little rigor or analysis.  They seem to offer mostly cheap tabloid politics.

Exhibit 2 from their latest newsletter:

Civility war

A war of words over civility in politics has erupted in the United States following a restaurant’s decision to refuse service to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

The owner of the Red Hen in Lexington, Virginia, Stephanie Wilkinson, said she believed that Sanders worked in the service of an “inhumane and unethical” administration, that she publicly defended President Trump’s cruelest policies, and that that could not stand. Both Sanders and Trump criticised the restaurant on Twitter. Sanders’ father, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, denounced his daughter’s treatment as “bigotry”.

Some rigor and analysis might have shown the USSC that Ms Huckabee Sanders was not denied service but she and her party (including family) were asked to leave half way through their meal.  And then, having left, the staff of the Red Hen followed the party and harangued them at their next proposed dining venue.

And in a deplorably false equivalent, the USSC said the:

The incident came weeks after the Supreme Court ruled in favour of a bakery owner who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, a verdict many conservatives praised. A few days prior to the Sanders’ encounter, protesters assailed Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen at a Mexican restaurant in downtown Washington, just as the administration was coming under fire for its policy of separating undocumented immigrant families at the US border with Mexico. Trump’s policy adviser, Stephen Miller, was also accosted at a different Mexican restaurant, where a protestor called him “a fascist”, according to the New York Post.

Some further rigor and analysis might have shown the USSC that in the cake matter, the baker did not refuse to sell a cake to the same-sex couple.  He was prepared to sell one of the existing cakes on display.  What the cake maker refused to do was make a custom cake that had themes against his views.  This was an incident of the government trying to force or compel speech (although the Supreme Court squib-ed the decision).

Equivalence would require the baker making the cake only to take it back.  It would also require him (or his staff) to chase the same-sex couple away and to tell every other bakery in the area to not make a cake for the couple.

This presentation by the USSC was a disgraceful attempt to justify the Red Hen behavior and to mislead.  It was dripping with important omissions and political bias.

And where is the University leadership on the quality control that applies to one of its satellites?  They are writing and monitoring their diversity policy.  A policy that ignores and in fact discourages intellectual, political and cognitive diversity.

The USSC is a fee paying member of the Axis of lefty insanity, with the other members within walking distance being the ABC and the University of Sydney.  But citizens should not worry.  We are all paying for this so it must be balanced, rigorous and factual.  The charter and the management say so.

Unlike many Cats, Spartacus is not a universal President Donald Trump fan.  Spartacus will call balls and strikes.  But below is a well justified tweet that President Donald Trump sent on the news of the Red Hen incident.  If only he would send something similar about the USSC.  But that would just give them more oxygen then they deserve.

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16 Responses to United States Deception Centre

  1. Snoopy

    Sparty, you should submit this piece to The Conversation.

    Our aim is to allow for better understanding of current affairs and complex issues. And hopefully allow for a better quality of public discourse and conversations.

    It’s right up their alley.

  2. manalive

    What the cake maker refused to do was make a custom cake that had themes against his views … a deplorably false equivalent …

    Exactly, like going to a kosher deli and asking for a black pudding.

  3. Vicki

    How good was this swipe at the mean-spirited owners of the Red Hen ???

    It was humiliating, damaging, condescending…. in a perfect retaliation for the same treatment of Sarah Huckabee Sanders. And there’s not a damn thing they can do about it.

  4. Exactly, like going to a kosher deli and asking for a black pudding.

    Or a Vegan place of vegetable consumption and requesting a beef burger, with bacon, cheese, egg, mayo, but hold the lettuce.

  5. Percy Popinjay

    Not a single imbecile who turns up there to hoover other peoples’ money even considered that there might be the slightest chance that Fatty Trump would win the US election.

    Latham had the clueless embarrassing drongos pegged.

  6. areff

    Isn’t the PM’s son one of the centre’s deep thinkers?

  7. Meanwhile, back in the USA………………

  8. RobK

    I think Trump D Syndrome was preceeded by BLM as a polarising symptom.

  9. manalive

    Meanwhile, back in the USA………………
    “Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Kirstjen Nielsen experiences at restaurants suggest a ‘soft’ civil war is well underway. It will get worse unless we learn to stop hating each other…”.

    The hate is coming from one side.
    Trump’s witty response the the Red Hen kerfuffle was perfect.

  10. What the cake maker refused to do was make a custom cake that had themes against his views. This was an incident of the government trying to force or compel speech (although the Supreme Court squib-ed the decision).

    Not quite squib-ed the decision. They stated that there were a number of other cases working their way up to the SCOTUS.
    SCOTUS used this particular case to slap the lower courts for their bias and illegal behaviour.
    Just yesterday (or was it the day before?) the florists case was decided upon at the SCOTUS and the ruling was in favour of the florist.

  11. Gary

    “Unlike many Cats, Spartacus is not a universal President Donald Trump fan.”

    I don’t see that myself. I see a reaction to the reality free trolls that’s not necessarily a 100% endorsement of Trump. Maybe monty is just doing it for giggles and doesn’t care if it works. He should do like BorisG with subtil white antining.

  12. jupes

    Latham had the clueless embarrassing drongos pegged.

    Indeed. He excoriated Simon Jackman on Paul Murray the night of the election.

    Superb watching that now appears to have disappeared down the memory hole.

  13. BorisG

    I agree with Trump’s sentiment but still don’t think it is his job to write abkut this. Reminds me of Obama meeting with the black Harvard professor who was arrested for breaking into his own home, and policman who arrested him.

  14. Cynic of Ayr

    Isn’t this the same mob of idiots that never, ever, even contemplated the election of Trump. Somewhere around the time of the election, Mark Latham was interviewing, or in the same interview, as one of these money sucking chumps. Latham stuck it to this bloke, no holds barred. Actually asked what good was he. The bloke was – as is common with the left – like a deer in the headlights. Grinning like a fool, trying to justify his existence. If this bloke had any morals at all, he’d have slunk away and joined a monastery.
    Wonder if its on YouTube? How the hell would you find it?
    Search “Latham gives it to moron Professor of US studies?”
    Just noticed Jupes has the same in mind, with a bit more info than I. Good one, Jupes!
    This is all I got. A long winded self congratulation, and fund begging skit from the very Simon Jackman. You can see the lefty oozing out of him!
    Trigger warning…
    Entertainment value? Neg 245.
    Frustration level? 176 out of 100.

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