1 Good job, everybody. Lots of comments yesterday despite scant new content. Thanks. I am in the process of organizing a new D.C. law firm, Bergstein, DeCailly and Marshall, PLLC. I’m the ethics partner. It shouldn’t interfere with the activities of ProEthics or Ethics Alarms, except for the occasional conflict of interest that raises its hoary head, and time, like yesterday. I was in meetings down here in Ft. Lauderdale from early morning through dinner, meeting with a large group of some of the most fascinating and diverse professionals I’ve ever been involved with. I arrived back at the hotel too fried to even consider posting anything. I have responded to some comments while I’m waking up today.
The lack of participation by those of a more liberal orientation is disappointing, and rankles me daily. I hate being rankled. I guess I should be able to sympathize with why a omitted progressive or Democrat would want to have a bag over his or her head after the last few days of self-immolation by Senate Democrats, or would be paralyzed by embarrassment at hearing Barack Obama, of all people, complain that the Republicans are divisive. The most divisive occurrence in American politics is when the previous President actively works to undermine the current one. There is a reason that hasn’t happened since Teddy Roosevelt turned on President Taft, and the result was the election of one of the most disastrous Presidents of all time, Woodrow Wilson.
2. 16 places you can retire to if you’re a lousy American. The entire attitude underlying this article, 16 countries where you can retire ‘happier’ than in the US. is selfish and irresponsible. You are an American citizen and this is a participatory democracy. I don’t care if you’re retired; you still have a lifetime obligation to contribute to society, your community, and the nation. Happier nations for the retired, according to the article, are rated according to how the happiness of retirees is trending. Of course that method shows the U.S. in a bad light: retirees are justifiably pissed off watching one party set out to rip the country in two, open borders, and undermine the Bill of Rights, the election of Presidents, and our institutions, and the other being led by an irresponsible narcissist. That doesn’t mean that the patriotic and ethical response is to leave the country that got them this far to the antifa and “the resistance.”
3. The big question: Will Cory Booker be the most ridiculous Democrat who runs for President? My guess: no, but it will be close. We now know that Booker set a new Senate grandstanding low by comparing himself to Spartacus for releasing confidential emails in violation of Senate rules, when he knew that the emails’ release had already been approved by the Republicans. What do you call it when an elected official dishonestly claims to be bravely violating a rule when he really isn’t, simultaneously endorsing “the ends justify the means” as a tactical philosophy and corrupting his followers by doing so, and faking his courage by not really engaging in the deficiency he’s claiming to be? I’m not sure, but it isn’t something admirable. Neither is referencing one of the great scenes in movie history to do it.
Here is a well-deserved, accurate, fair and well-crafted take-down of the silly New Jersey Senator by Jonah Goldberg. A sample:
The whole point of the “I am Spartacus!” scene — which is great – is that Spartacus’s comrades showed existential solidarity with the real Spartacus. Crassus wanted to execute the leader of the slave rebellion, but Spartacus’s comrades were saying, in effect, “Take me!” It’s been suggested that the scene was inspired by the apocryphal story of the Danes donning yellow stars in solidarity with the Jews in Nazi-occupied Denmark.
How exactly, you might ask, is this remotely comparable to releasing publicly accessible emails exonerating Judge Kavanaugh of the insinuation that he supported racial profiling under the pretense that you’re breaking the rules? (No cheating off Marco, people.)
Take your time. I’ll go sculpt a model of Devils Tower out of mashed potatoes in order to figure out where the alien ship will land while you bust out the grease board to connect those dots . . .
Need help? Well, it’s a trick question. Because, on one level — the level Booker thinks he’s working on — it makes no sense whatsoever.
Now three members of the 202o Democratic field have legitimate, revealing, derogatory nicknames: Spartacus, Creepy Uncle Joe, and Fauxahontas.
4. Speaking of Elizabeth Warren...She really did say that the anonymous, self-damning op-ed from a Trump administration mole and Bob Woodward’s slightly less outrageous book justify using the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office. That’s an amendment about Presidential disability, Coup Plan E on the Ethics Alarms list.
Democrats are apparently going to pursue the dangerous and unethical strategy of trying to undo the 2016 election until it either results in a successful coup. a civil war, both, or the just destruction of the Democratic Party. Any American who votes for a Democrat this fall is endorsing that strategy