“All that we’re asking is that if Donald Trump lies, that it’s pointed out. It’s unfair to ask that Hillary Clinton both play traffic cop with Trump, make sure that his lies are corrected, and also to present her vision for what she wants to do for the American people…I think Donald Trump’s special. We haven’t seen anything like this. We normally go into a debate with two candidates who have a depth of experience, who have rolled out clear, concrete plans, and who don’t lie, frankly, as frequently as Donald Trump does.So we’re saying this is a special circumstance, a special debate, and Hillary should be given some time to actually talk about what she wants to do to make a difference in people’s lives. She shouldn’t have to spend the whole debate correcting the record.”
—-Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robbie Mook, explaining to George Stephanopoulis on ABC’s “This Week”why the Clinton campaign insists that debate moderators should run interference for her and intervene to contradict and rebut Trump’s assertions, unlike every other Presidential debate and every legitimate and fair debate of any kind, where that responsibility rests with the debaters.
Well, that’s almost it for me. I am officially a hair’s breadth from deciding that as repulsive as the thought of Donald Trump achieving the Presidency is, the prospect of the United States abandoning democracy, process and fair elections to defeat him is infinitely more repulsive.
What Mook is proposing is no less than the rigging of the election process, with one candidate given “special” privileges, while another is subjected to “special” handicaps and the “special” opposition of the news media. I had previously resolved, and on Ethics Alarms so stated, that in a binary choice between the most unqualified, unstable, vile, ignorant and boorish candidate ever nominated by a major party to be President and the corrupt, inept and dishonest Hillary Clinton, responsible Americans are duty-bound to cross their fingers, hold their noses, toss a horseshoe over their shoulders and vote for the certifiably awful Mrs. Clinton, in her own right the most corrupt and untrustworthy figure ever to come this close to the Presidency. (We can debate about Aaron Burr some other time.)
I no longer can say with certainty that I believe that now.
The Presidency is important, but our democracy and the sacred principles that underlie it are more important still.
Because of Trump’s noxious awfulness and Clinton’s well-earned unpopularity and weakness as a candidate, the majority of the journalistic establishment is now playing Democratic party organ to ensure his election. That is unconscionable and a threat to the integrity of the election. Now, emboldened by what they see as a willingness by the press to betray its duty to facilitate a free and informed electorate to elect the leader it chooses and not the leader the news media has decided they have to choose, Hillary’s minions, with her approval and direction, are demanding that the debates be tilted by partisan moderators, because “Donald Trump’s special,” meaning that Hillary Clinton is “special.” She shouldn’t have to win the election on merit and by a fair competition, just like she made sure that the nomination process that made her the candidate was manipulated at every turn by a Democratic National Committee that had long before decided in a metaphorical smoke-filled room that she would be the party’s nominee.
There is no fairness, justice nor ethical arguments for what Mook (that is, Clinton) calls fair, only the rotten ethics and unethical rationalizations of the ethics corrupter that she is:
The ends justify the means, Rationalizations 2 A., Sicilian Ethics, or “They had it coming”, 4. Marion Barry’s Misdirection, or “If it isn’t illegal, it’s ethical, ”11. The King’s Pass or The Star Syndrome, 11 (a). “I deserve this!,” 13. The Saint’s Excuse: “It’s for a good cause,” 14. Self-validating Virtue, 17. Ethical Vigilantism, 21. Ethics Accounting (“I’ve earned this”), 28. The Revolutionary’s Excuse: “These are not ordinary times.”30. The Prospective Repeal: “It’s a bad law/stupid rule, ”31. The Troublesome Luxury: “Ethics is a luxury we can’t afford right now,” 40. The Desperation Dodge or “I’ll do anything!,” and 58: The Ironic Rationalization, or “It’s The Right Thing To Do.”
I am an ethicist. I will not support or enable that false, corrosive and unethical position.
No, the ends (electing Hillary) do not justify the means of rigging the election process…
No, the American public do not have it coming, and no, the election is about us, not Donald Trump…
No, the fact that there is no law against supposedly neutral moderators sabotaging one candidate in favor of another does NOT mean it isn’t completely intolerable and unethical no matter who it is who is sabotaged…
No, Hillary does not deserve special privileges because she’s a woman, a miserable campaigner and as corrupt as an anaconda is long, jsut because the incompetent and cynical Democratic Party chose to made her, perhaps the one national figure in their party who could not defeat Trump easily, its pathetic candidate.
No, she does not deserve, nor has she earned special treatment,
No, rigging the campaign process cannot be justified by the “good cause” of Hillary Clinton’s election, if indeed the election of such an undeserving woman could ever be objectively called “good”…
No, the fact that Hillary insists that the process be rigged against Trump does not make it “right,”
No, the ascendancy of Trump, or anyone, does not justify suspending fairness and democratic principles,
No, the traditional role of moderators is neither a bad rule nor a stupid one just because it means that Hillary has to stand up to her opposition without assistance.,It’s a bad law/stupid rule, ”31. The Troublesome Luxury:
No, ethics is never a luxury;
No, the fact that Democrats are panicked does not justify their cheating, and
No, making sure that Trump has to battle both his opponent and the news media is in no way the “Right Thing To Do.”
Let me be as clear as I possibly can. I care deeply about the office of the Presidency and understand better than most the damage that a leader of bad character can and will inflict on the culture and the nation. I detest and revile Donald Trump, his methods, his character,and the base instincts he appeals to in his supporters. Yet as much as I care about not ending up living out my remaining years in a nation of assholes, and all that will mean to the U.S. and the world, I care about the integrity of the democratic process and the fairness of elections more.
It is not worth destroying democracy to defeat Trump. This would be true even if his opponent was not almost as dangerous and repulsive as he is.
If the choice is between Donald Trump being elected fairly and Hillary Clinton being elected by a rigged process, I will vote for Donald Trump.
I will not be a part of the corrupted version of democracy Hillary Clinton apparently thinks she needs to prevail, and if that is what I see emerging Monday night, Trump, and not Hillary Clinton, will have my vote in November.