1. After I criticized Prof. Glenn Reynolds for his “tit for tat” reaction to the conservatives who disrupted the Central Park production of “Julius Caesar,” I noticed that he had posted a more moderate, ethical and responsible reaction to the same event, writing,
“I’d rather live in a world where this sort of thing wasn’t done at all. But it’s not clear that we’re better off living in a world where it’s done all the time, but only by lefties.”
Muuuch better, professor. Thank-you.
This photo of a “teacher of the Year” being ostentatiously gay in a White House photo with the President was originally posted at the Huffington Post with the headline, “Gay Teacher Photobombs Trump With Fan.” Fake news, but never mind: the photo went viral with the teacher, Nikos Giannopoulos, being hailed for making a disrespectful gesture of defiance, since the LGBT community is committed to the narrative that the President is anti-gay. (He isn’t, but facts and the narratives of “the resistance” are not correlated.)
This account was unfair to both Giannopoulos and the President. I was ready to make him an Ethics Dunce—when you are a guest, you don’t set out to embarrass your host, President or not—until I checked the story. In an NPR interview, the teacher was asked about the President’s reaction to the fan, and replied,
In other words, both the teacher and Trump behaved impeccably, and the President displayed no hostility to a gay pride salute at all. Under no circumstances, however, can anything this President does or says be presented in a positive light. He’ll never be impeached that way.
3.The NFL, the sports world and the left-leaning end of the public endorsed and even praised an incoherent protest by an ethically, legally, historically and politically-confused grandstanding dummy to warp public discourse and further aggravate the police-Black Lives Matter antipathy. The Ethics Alarms verdict on Colin Kaepernick was that he is an Ethics Dunce, and subsequent evidence has proven that verdict correct. Here, for example, was Kaepernick’s typically nuanced analysis of the not guilty verdict in the trial of the cop who shot Philandro Castile:
…accompanied by this screed;
“A system that perpetually condones the killing of people, without consequence, doesn’t need to be revised, it needs to be dismantled.”
No one whose reasoning ability, powers of analogy and ignorance of the law is that hopelessly flawed warrants any serious attention at all.
“Kaepernick could have salvaged his act by being ready with a well-reasoned, well-stated, articulate and persuasive explanation. Based on what he said, which was ignorant, counter-factual and foolish, we must assume that he actually gave thought to his response, and that this pathetic statement was the best he could come up with. That shows him to be incompetent, ill-informed, and not very bright.”
The tendency of the public and the news media to allow difficult public policy issues to be defined by idiots is a real threat to the nation’s health and well–being.
4. From the Fred Files: Texas Governor Greg Abbott has signed into law HB 3859 , which allows child welfare organizations, including adoption and foster care agencies, to turn away qualified Texans seeking to a child if the potential adoptees are “LGBTQ couples, interfaith couples, single parents, married couples in which one prospective parent has previously been divorced, or other parents to whom the agency has a religious objection. The bill also allows taxpayer-funded agencies to refuse to provide services to children if the agency has a religious objection to that service. For example, HB 3859 will forbid the state from canceling a state contract with an agency that subjected children in their care to “conversion therapy.”
Texas on the right and California of the Left appear to be rapidly evolving cultures that are not only incompatible with each other, but also with any national standards of ethics. Since these are our two largest states, this is worrisome. Trustworthy, responsible, persuasive and non-polarizing national leaders are the only remedy for this disastrous trend.
We don’t have any.
5. Bret Stephens, the supposedly token conservative in the New York Times op-ed pages filed this incoherent and incompetent essay, beginning with a lame and head-scratching call for native-born American to be deported:
“So-called real Americans are screwing up America. Maybe they should leave, so that we can replace them with new and better ones: newcomers who are more appreciative of what the United States has to offer, more ambitious for themselves and their children, and more willing to sacrifice for the future.”
Just kidding! he assures us, but this “satire” rather nicely encapsulates the attitudes of his progressive colleagues, and perhaps him. Most of them don’t like or respect American values such as personal responsibility, free expression, equality under the law, the rule of law and free enterprise. Their job of making the U.S. like the European workers’ paradises the pine for would be a breeze if those too old, too white, too traditional citizens were shipped out in favor of enthusiastic supporters of socialism, income redistribution, free health care and guaranteed jobs.
Apparently Stephens thinks that deporting citizens is no less justified than deporting illegal immigrants. (One wag suggested that the writer is now displaying symptoms of the Stockholm Syndrome, adopting the values of his progressive captors. Well, that would at least be some excuse), writing…
“Beyond the inhumanity of toying with people’s lives this way, there’s also the shortsightedness of it. We do not usually find happiness by driving away those who would love us. Businesses do not often prosper by firing their better employees and discouraging job applications. So how does America become great again by berating and evicting its most energetic, enterprising, law-abiding, job-creating, idea-generating, self-multiplying and God-fearing people?”
“It’s not “toying with people’s lives,” you fool, it’s called enforcing the rule of law and not rewarding or encouraging law-breaking. Who says that law enforcement is supposed to let us “find happiness?” Law enforcement is hard and wrenching, with many victims and regrets, always has been and must be. No nation can “become great again,’ or even long survive, that doesn’t enforce the laws it has in place.
Then Stephens, apparently not kidding, says this:
“Because I’m the child of immigrants and grew up abroad, I have always thought of the United States as a country that belongs first to its newcomers — the people who strain hardest to become a part of it because they realize that it’s precious; and who do the most to remake it so that our ideas, and our appeal, may stay fresh.”
What? Does Stephen also believe that the most recent employees in an organization should make policies? America’s newcomer don’t know the culture. the laws, the values or the traditions of the nation, and they need to pay attention, not start telling citizens how the United States should be more like Cambodia or Mexico. It is not their role to “re-make” anything. They are here to become part of our culture, not to defy it. What is precious about a culture than has no integrity? Ethical values and human rights are always “fresh.”
I don’t know that I have ever read a more irresponsible and nonsensical statement in my life, even in defense of illegal immigration, which can only be defended by irresponsible and nonsensical statements.