Daily Bread for 9.8.21: Afghan Refugees More Sensible than Many Native-Born Americans

Good morning.

Wednesday in Whitewater will be sunny with a high of 75. Sunrise is 6:28 AM and sunset 7:15 PM, for 12h 47m 32s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing crescent with 2.6% of its visible disk illuminated.

 On this day in 1966, the landmark American science fiction television series Star Trek premieres with its first-aired episode, “The Man Trap.

Patrick Marley reports Nearly all Afghan refugees at Fort McCoy are accepting COVID-19 vaccinations, congressional delegation says after tour:

Nearly all the Afghans at Fort McCoy are accepting COVID-19 vaccines and the first refugees will likely leave the military base this weekend, according to Democrats in Wisconsin’s congressional delegation who toured the facility Tuesday.

Rep. Mark Pocan of Dane County said just one person at Fort McCoy had refused the coronavirus vaccine.

“I wish we had anything like that in our country right now,” Pocan said, alluding to the large numbers of Americans who have declined to get vaccinated.

The facility in western Wisconsin had about 7,000 refugees as of last week but was being expanded to hold up to 13,000.

The Democrats spoke outside Fort McCoy after a visit there. They did not say what version of the COVID-19 vaccine the Afghans are receiving. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires one shot, while other vaccines require two shots that are given weeks apart from each other.

The native-born, conservative populists often insist how sensible they are, and yet, and yet… refugees from Afghanistan have a better appreciation of the benefits of American vaccines.

Here one sees the populists’ problem: they may be native-born, but too many of them lack the acculturation (both moral or general) that many of their fellow Americans (and migrants from the other side of the world) possess.

The populists’ ‘common sense’ looks more like a rationalization for their own lack of serious reading and reflection.

Only a generation ago, it would have been conservatives who would have told those like today’s populists to try for a higher standard than conspiracy theories and excuses. Yesterday’s conservatives would have been right: those who want to be respected need to act respectably. 

If it should be too hard for these conservative populists to reach proper acculturation by their own lights, they need only look for inspiration to the higher standards of Afghan refugees now arriving in America.

Giant panda at Madrid’s Aquarium Zoo gives birth to twins:

A pair of squawking, thrashing, bald and violently pink twins arrived in the world in Madrid on Sunday, much to the relief of their mother and all those working to ensure the giant panda population continues to claw its way back from the brink.

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