Good Morning, George, Tom, Teddy, Abe!
I’m in a bad mood. Maybe it will pass.
1 No Presidents Day post this year. I usually do a special Presidents Day post. I never thought I would ever feel this way, but I’m thoroughly sick of writing about the Presidents after the last year. I blame “the resistance” for this along with the news media, both of whom have created a related but separate ethics issue by relentlessly attacking, disrespecting, mocking and undermining President Trump. [Of course, for those who are interested, this epic post, from 2015, was about four years’ worth of Presidents Day material, and this one, also from that year, is my personal favorite of all the entries here about my favorite 45 Americans. Does President Trump have a Julia Sand out there somewhere? We can only hope…]
Yesterday Ann Althouse, strafing the news media’s obsession with the ridiculous publicity-mad porn star whom Trump either did or did not have an affair with and to whom his to slimy lawyer Michael Cohen paid hush money, was attacked on her own blog by commenters who accused her of defending the indefensible—you know, the President of the United States, who was never allowed a single second when the entire country unified behind the winner of a hard-fought election, and as one wished him good fortune and success. Not a second.
Ann usually doesn’t get involved in her blog’s comment threads., but she responded this time:
You Trump haters made it so boring to hate Trump. I don’t even like Trump, but you people annoy me.
Above all, I believe Trump won the election, and he deserves support as he attempts to carry out the responsibilities America entrusted to him. We need to help him, not try to screw him up at every turn. I think it’s outrageous what has been done to him, and I regard it as an attack on democracy.
I have always found that once the President is elected, we should accept the result and support him when we can and look to the next election if we can’t. I think the “resistance” is a rejection of democracy…
That is about as perfect an expression of my feelings as anyone could compose, including me. It has been this blog’s position from November 9, 2017 on, and I have never wavered from it. I knew this was basically Althouse’s stance as well, since so many of her posts reflect it, but it is gratifying to have another serious blogger I respect express it so clearly.
2. And a child shall lead us…Wait, WHAT??? This morning the news shows were emphasizing protests and demands by students, especially in Florida, and especially the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, as they angrily and with that special certitude in deficiency of ignorance that only the young and Maxine Waters can master, “change,” “reform,” and “action.” Shame on the anti-gun Left for urging us to regard these demonstrations as legitimate factors in policy making. This is pure emotion, children themselves saying, “Think of the children!” as if we don’t. Presumably if the grade-schoolers in the Sandy Hook shooting had the rhetorical skills, Democrats would have told us that they also had moral authority to dictate complex policy regarding matters there is no possible way they could comprehend. Most adults don’t comprehend them, as a visit to Facebook will immediately demonstrate. On Fox News, we were treated to a young demagogue in training loudly shouting the irresponsible anti-gun talking point that students have a right to go to school without fearing violence. There is no such right; there has never been such a right and there never can be such a right. We also don’t have a right to be hit by lightning or killed by a drunk driver. The only way to even approach the kind of guaranteed safety these traumatized children are demanding is to have the streets lined with armed soldiers and education taking place in giant steel boxes that open at 7 am and remain locked until 4 pm. Fox also had a Democratic Senate candidate from New Jersey who talked about balancing security with rights in a manner that would make any totalitarian proud.
The student protests are news, but they are not legitimate factors to be factored into responsible policy-making. To suggest otherwise is to accept the batty idea that children should dictate national policy. Quite simply, surviving a mass shooting does not confer wisdom, knowledge, perspective or moral authority.
I apologize to Glenn Logan for not giving his Comment of the Day-worthy post today its proper honors, but it fits too well here. Glenn wrote..
“The national media is now appropriating adolescent children to argue their case for them. That’s quite possibly as disgusting as anything I’ve seen, and these are young people who are about as aware of America in an absolute sense as a communist Chinese farmer living in a hut is aware of geopolitics. All these kids have ever been exposed to is one side of the argument, and the trash of the Internet.
Think about it — we’re actually seeing adults, especially in the media, applauding a young student using the words “fucking piece of shit” directed at the President of the United States. Applauding, and encouraging such rhetoric from callow young men and women is ethically intolerable and completely irresponsible.
Any sane parent would congratulate this young woman for taking a stand and then ground her for a month for having the poor judgment to tweet profanity at the President, and for lacking the ethics alarms to understand that even though her desire to protect her fellow students is laudable, her methods were intolerably rude, juvenile, unnecessarily profane and unworthy of anyone.
Tolerating this behavior is what is killing this country.”
3. See? Here I go, having to write about Trump again...NBA stars Kevin Durant and Lebron James issued a podcast on ESPN is which, among other things, James said “(President Trump) doesn’t give a fuck about people.” Durant opined that he was a racist. Evidence? Analysis? Credentials? Nah. These are roundball superstars talking, and attention must be paid. Fox News host Laura Ingraham responded to their comments , saying they should both “shut up and dribble.” Immediately, since he apparently has no other response, Durant said that Ingraham was racist. During the Bush administration, Ingraham wrote a book called “Shut up and Sing” about celebrities and performers abusing their metaphorical super-microphones to beat juvenile and ill-considered political views into the unformed minds of their impressionable fans. She was right, of course, as so many example since have shown. “Shut up and dribble” was obviously—well, to anyone informed, that is, which neither Durant nor James are—a direct reference to that title, which applied to, among others, Cher and the Dixie Chicks. Was the book racist? “Singerist”? Durant is the bigot here, not Ingraham. As for NBA, NFL and other athletes using their status as role models to broadcast half-baked opinions and vulgar insults to the President, they have a right to do it, and better informed, more serious commentators like Ingaham and me have a right to explain, as she did quite well, why they are being irresponsible and abusing their status. Uninformed opinions are irresponsible no matter who utters them. They are more unethical when they are published—I’m looking at YOU, Facebook friends!—and more irresponsible still when the opinionator’s views has out-sized influence because of the speaker’s prominence in field conferring no expertise in the complex topic at hand. James and Durant are barely educated: both spent their high school and college years concentrating on basketball.
Ingraham is right. Shut up and dribble…and stop calling everyone you disagree with a racist.
4. And here’s the OTHER thing I’m sick of writing about…How many of you saw any mention of this in the mainstream news media? From the London Times, five days ago:
UN staff have carried out thousands of rapes around the world, a former senior official has claimed. Andrew MacLeod, who was chief of operations at the UN’s Emergency Co-ordination Centre, said that “predatory” abusers used development jobs to get to vulnerable women and children. He estimated that 60,000 rapes had been carried out by UN staff in the past decade, with 3,300 paedophiles working in the organisation and its agencies. “There are tens of thousands of aid workers around the world with paedophile tendencies, but if you wear a Unicef T-shirt nobody will ask what you’re up to,” he told The Sun.
Funny: sounds like news to me. American sources barely touched the story. Call me a conspiracy theorist, but I strongly suspect that our partisan biased news media doesn’t want to report anything that might suggest that President Trump’s hostility to the U.N. and the competence of world government might be wiser than generally thought. “Think of the children!” is not consistently applied, apparently.
I’m still in a bad mood…