1. If you want to seed a civil war, this is how you do it…Why is this incredible story just an item on the daily ethics potpourri? For one thing, I don’t see why much commentary is necessary, or should be. I don’t typically write about robberies or murders, or other outright unethical acts that all but the worst sociopaths can recognize in a trice as unethical. I feel the same way about this, from the Wall Street Journal:
A mob surrounded ICE’s office in Southwest Portland June 19. They barricaded the exits and blocked the driveway. They sent “guards” to patrol the doors, trapping workers inside. At night they laid on the street, stopping traffic at a critical junction near a hospital. Police stayed away. “At this time I am denying your request for additional resources,” the Portland Police Bureau’s deputy chief, Robert Day, wrote to federal officers pleading for help. Hours later, the remaining ICE workers were finally evacuated by a small federal police team. The facility shut down for more than a week. Signs called ICE employees “Nazis” and “white supremacists.” Others accused them of running a “concentration camp,” and demanded open borders and prosecution of ICE agents. Along a wall, vandals wrote the names of ICE staff, encouraging others to publish their private information online.
Federal workers were defenseless. An ICE officer, who asked that his name not be published, told me one of his colleagues was trailed in a car and confronted when he went to pick up his daughter from summer camp. Later people showed up at his house. Another had his name and photo plastered on flyers outside his home accusing him of being part of the “Gestapo.”
Where were the police? Ordered away by Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler, who doubles as police commissioner. “I do not want the @PortlandPolice to be engaged or sucked into a conflict, particularly from a federal agency that I believe is on the wrong track,” he tweeted. “If [ICE is] looking for a bailout from this mayor, they are looking in the wrong place.”
The phrase, “particularly from a federal agency that I believe is on the wrong track” mandates impeachment on its face. It is not the mayor’s proper role to decide who deserves the protection of the city against lawbreakers. “There is no place for personal, political bias when it comes to providing public safety services to our communities,” Portland Police Association president Daryl Turner said in a statement on Facebook. “In that respect, our Mayor, who is also our Police Commissioner, has failed miserably.”
- How many readers of Ethics Alarms saw broadcast news accounts of this incident and the Portland mayor’s conduct? It is the tendency to set out to bury and hide the worst examples of progressive and resistance excess that is the smokiest of smoking guns showing the degree to which journalists are actively attempting to indoctrinate and mislead rather than inform.
- Do the citizens of Portland really condone this?
2. Arrogant and not-too-bright directors gotta arrogantly direct not-too-brightly. In LA, Director Stan Zimmerman’s is re-imagining the classic “The Diary of Anne Frank” with Anne and her family portrayed as illegal aliens in hiding and the role of the Nazis taken by ICE. He apparently got the idea from a the true story of a Jewish woman in Los Angeles who created a “safe house” for a Hispanic mother and her two daughters after her husband was deported by ICE.
From a theatrical perspective, this “concept” is no more wrong than thousands of other versions of plays and musicals that are made worse by a director’s attempt to drown out the playwright’s voice with his or her own. If you think a good drama can be written about illegals hiding from ICE, then write one. Distorting another author’s work about something completely different is like drawing over the Mona Lisa or “Cristina’s World” with crayons.
Again, if I have to write much to persuade you how disrespectful, irresponsible and stupid such a version of “The Diary of Anne Frank” is, you really aren’t alert enough to be here at all. To begin with, this whole project is wildly unethical. Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich wrote the original play, which was good enough to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Playwright Wendy Kesselman wrote a new adaptation of the diary of the doomed Austrian teenager in 1997, and somehow was allowed to give it the same title as the Broadway play. She, in turn, being “woke” but apparently having no respect for the original author of the diary, allowed Zimmerman’s stunt.
ICE is not taking citizens and sending them off to be exterminated. ICE’s job is to find non-citizens who have broken our laws, and to send them back to where they came from. No illegal immigrants are being murdered, though many illegal immigrants have murdered others. The story of Anne and her courage, and the realities of the Holocaust deserve, more respect than being treated as convenient puppets for open-border agitprop.
3. Oh what a tangled web the New York Times weaves…A caption to an online photo in a May 29 New York Times article about Roseanne’s catastrophic tweet originally read “The network’s decision to cancel “Roseanne” over a racist comment will cost it. But when people decide to let racism slide, it costs us all.”