1. Important stuff first: All-Star Game ethics. The final slot for the two All-Star teams is being determined today, and everyone should want to remedy the egregious injustice of Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Jesus Aguilar being left off the National League squad so far. You can vote for him here, and as many times as you want: the polling will be closed at 4 pm EST.
Aguilar is the victim of parochial fan voting and the rule that requires at least one player from every one of the 30 teams. Still, his omission would be a travesty. As of today, he leads the National League in home runs, slugging, and OPS (on-base pct. plus slugging) and is a leading candidate for MVP, especially if the surprising Brewers win the NL Central, where they currently lead with the best record in the league. His 2018 performance so far dwarfs that of, for example, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, voted onto the NL starting line-up by clueless fans.
2. These are your opinion-makers, America! On “The View,” Loudmouth Ignoramus Joy Behar was discussing the Merrick Garland episode with slumming legal expert and Martha’s Vineyard pariah Alan Dershowitz, who will next be appearing on “Family Feud,” I suppose.
“[The Republicans] stole the first member of the Supreme Court,” opined Dershowitz. “Absolute theft. Unconstitutional. I’m a little critical of President Obama, for whom I voted. He should have nominated Merrick Garland and should have sworn him in. The Constitution says advise and consent. It doesn’t say delay and postpone.”
Behar then asked, because she is an idiot, “Well then how come Mitch McConnell is not in jail? That’s what I want to know.”
“You want to put everybody in jail,” Dershowitz responded.
“I want to put him in jail,” Behar said.
Said Dershowitz, “I’m against putting people in jail unless they’ve actually committed crimes. I know that’s a radical position.”
“The View” is on ABC five days a week, and has been for more than a decade. I wonder how much it has lowered America’s collective civic literacy and IQ? I think I’m afraid of the answer.
3. The NFL Anthem Protest Ethics Train Wreck update. The NFL players union has filed a grievance over the league’s anti-National Anthem protest policy. (Even in the sympathetic news reports,, exactly what is being protested is left vague, as in Politico’s “racial and other injustice in America, particularly police brutality.” In related developments, former NFL cornerback Brandon Browner has been charged with four felonies, including attempted murder, and in a particularly revolting turn of events, former Portland Trail Blazers star Kermit Washington was sentenced this week to six years in federal prison for spending almost a million dollars in charity donations on vacations, shopping sprees and plastic surgery for his girlfriend.
You see, professional athletes are not paragons, especially good citizens, or valid role models, especially NFL and NBA athletes, among whom are too many drug abusers, felons and dead-beat dads to count. They have no good justification to hijack sporting events to be special platforms for their half-baked social policy nostrums, and they should not be indulged. Let them protest the same way other badly-educated, politically naive and biased citizens do: on their own time.
4. And a Confederate Statuary Ethics Train Wreck update! Jerry Richardson’s tenure as founder and owner of the NFL Carolina Panthers came to an end with his selling the team to David Tepper. Richardson was forced out after allegations of abusing workplace conduct including sexual harassment and racial slurs, and the NFL fined him $2.75 million after an investigation. Tepper, however, announced that this hideous statue of Richardson in front of the stadium would remain:
The decision is being assailed by #MeToo-ites and the same breed of historical airbrushers and revisionists who cheered the removal of Tom Yawkee’s name from Yawkee Way. Nonetheless, the Panthers are right, for the same reason that the Boston Red Sox were wrong. Richardson’s unethical treatment of employees and others is irrelevant to his contributions to the community, which owes him now and forever for leading its first NFL team. Yes, many, many MANY important men in national and local history were bigots and pigs—they were important nonetheless, and their positive achievements are no less positive because of their failings elsewhere.
But BOY that’s a ridiculous statue…
5. When bad ideas go mainstream. “Voting is for Citizens” is the headline of a Boston Herald editorial. Ya think?
Why would it even be necessary to publish such an opinion piece? Who in their right mind thinks voting isn’t just for citizens, I mean, outside of California? Well, Boston’s infamously leftist City Council, that’s who, though the “in their right minds” part is up for debate. Council President Andrea Campbell says that “All members of a community should have the right to participate and be included in the governance of that community.” Like a lot of intentionally sweeping generalities, this one sounds grand, and makes no sense. Many people belong to multiple communities, depending on how you define “member.” Should they vote twice? Boston has lots of students who are citizens in other states. Should they all get a vote in Bean Town? The initiative to allow non-citizens—including people with green cards, legal permanent residents, visa holders, Temporary Protected Status recipients, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients and refugees granted asylum to vote is co-sponsored by councilors Josh Zakim, Ayanna Pressley, Lydia Edwards, Annissa Essaibi-George, Ed Flynn, Kim Janey and Michelle Wu, every one of whom should be forced to wear a bag over their heads.
Campbell says she wants to signal to immigrants that Boston is welcoming to them.
Ugh. The dearth of common sense, competence and responsibility on display here is staggering. Immigrants are already welcome: welcome to do what is necessary to become citizens, which means committing to this nation, its values and its mission. The right to vote is the highest privilege of citizenship. Boston wants to devalue it, meaning all actual citizens will be losers.