Jan Chamberlin, a singer for the 360 member Mormon Tabernacle Choir, sent a resignation letter to the choir president and choir members. Who is Jan Chamberlin, and why is this by any stretch of the imagination news? She is no one of special note, except that she crafted her resignation an insult to the President Elect of the United States, ignorantly and absurdly. That, according to the news media, and that alone, makes her today’s 15 minute star. She wrote in part:
“Since ‘the announcement,’ [ that is, the cataclysmic announcement that the Mormon Tabernacle Choir would perform as part of America’s celebration of Inauguration Day on January 20 ] I have spent several sleepless nights and days in turmoil and agony. I have reflected carefully on both sides of the issue, prayed a lot, talked with family and friends, and searched my soul . I’ve tried to tell myself that by not going to the inauguration, that I would be able to stay in the choir for all the other good reasons. I’ve tried to tell myself that it will be all right and that I can continue in good conscience before God and man.”
But Jan is thoroughly infected by whatever virus it is that has led so many left-leaning Americans to conclude that all previous standards of respect, honesty, decorum, fairness, civility, common sense and civic duty have been suspended because a manipulative, corrupt and incompetent Democratic Party nominee for President defending the awful record of the current Democratic President somehow managed to lose an election. Thus the singer concluded that a sensible course was to make a play for historical footnote status, and metaphorically spit on the country, the public and its chosen leader before he has spent a second in the Oval Office.
Naturally, the news media, bidding to be even more roundly distrusted and reviled than its performance during the last year has made it, responds like Sea World seals.
“I only know I could never throw roses to Hitler. And I certainly could never sing for him,” says Jan. This is signature significance for derangement and ignorance. Donald Trump is Hitler. Any person, be it the most rabid MSNBC bloviator or your dumbest Facebook friend, who equates Donald Trump with Adolf Hitler has placed a large, boldly printed “My brains fell out and I can’t find them anywhere” sign on her head. A declaration that Trump is Jimmy Durante, Hedy Lamar or a rutabaga is just as fair and rational. Why should any man, woman or 8-year-old child who is willing to write such utter stupidity for public consumption (Jan posted her letter on her Facebook page, now down, perhaps because it perished of embarrassment) be deemed worthy of attention, except as a sad example of what unrestrained hysteria and fear-mongering produces?
This is a choir. It sings in churches. Its mission is to use music to inspire all human beings, regardless of their faults or character issues, to find spirituality, salvation and peace. The woman has sung for the choir for years, and it is certain that her audiences have included all manner of awful people whose deeds and character would make Donald Trump seem like St. Francis of Assisi. Yet Jan can’t justify singing at a “demonstration of… support for freedom, civility and the peaceful transition of power,” as Mormon church spokesman Eric Hawkins said in a statement as clear as it is true. Jan says she can’t justify it even after praying, thus making God look as stupid as she is.
Is Jan Chamberlain’s idiocy deemed newsworthy because, against all odds, she has made a more self-righteously ignorant statement than the rebellious Rockettes? That I could understand. That’s at least an impressively ridiculous accomplishment, like eating a hundred hot dogs or marrying a guppy.
The question of why this grandstanding show of disrespect for the office of the President of the United States and the nation watching as is reaffirms its process of choosing its leaders has no ethical answer, just this one: the news media thinks that its great when somebody who hasn’t previously done anything to distinguish themselves as an expert, an authority or a citizen of special wisdom or virtue chooses to call the President Elect names. This was why the two faithless Republican electors received a forum in the media to announce that because they had decided that the new President wasn’t fit to serve, a conclusion the election itself definitively rejected, Their pronouncements about Donald Trump were suddenly essential to the public’s daily news briefing because the news media will use any means at its disposal to undermine everything related to his ensuing Presidency—him, his party, his appointments, his likely policies. That is what the post-election assault on Trump by Democrats and the Obama Administration has been designed to accomplish, and that is what the vast majority of journalists. Although the real news is that this dangerous and irresponsible assault on democracy is being attempted, an unprecedented attempt by a major party and the supporters of its losing candidate to sabotage a new administration, the foolish choices and civically ignorant reasoning of Rockettes and choir members are being publicized instead.
Consider this: would a member of a marching band appearing at the 2008 Inaugural parade who announced that he couldn’t march for a President as obviously unqualified for office as Barack Obama have been given this kind of attention? If such a musician received any attention at all, it would be out of scorn, and perhaps to show the lingering racism of some benighted citizens unprepared for a black President. When before in our history have individual citizens who insult a President Elect of the United States warranted news figure status?
Never is the answer. Of course, never before has the news media joined a political party in an effort to deliberately undermine our political institutions and our unity as a people.