1. More evidence that a lot of Americans have trouble with this “democracy” thing. Former Democratic Representative John Dingell ofMichigan died this week at 92. He became the longest-serving member of Congress in history before he finally agreed not seek re-election in his 80s, but that’s not the real head-exploder in his obituary. It was this…
“Dingell first arrived to Congress in 1955, taking over the seat held by his father John Dingell, Sr., who had died earlier that year, and the younger Dingell continued to serve in the House for more than 59 years. He announced in 2014 that he would not seek re-election and instead his wife, Debbie Dingell, ran for his seat and is now serving her third term.”
A little googling will reveal that Daddy Dingell served in Congress from 1933 until Junior took over. That means that voters in the district have sent only members of the Dingell family to Washington for 86 years. Debbie Dingell, the alliterative named widow of the departed, had no apparent experience in legislation before she was elected to hold the Perpetual Dingell Seat.
This is laziness, civic inattention, vestigial aristocracy and passive democracy at work, or rather, in a semi-coma. There is no excuse for electing leaders based on family connections and name recognition, except that Americans have been doing it for a couple of centuries. I know you can’t fix stupid, but the parties are exploiting stupid, and that goes to the heart of democracy’s greatest weakness: government by the people means a lot of really lazy, ignorant, biased and irresponsible people are going to involved in government.
2. Of course. The New York Times today defends the ongoing efforts by Congressional Democrats to make it impossible for the elected President to govern by burying the administration in specious and intrusive investigations. “Harassment? Nope. Oversight.” is the disingenuous headline of the paper’s Saturday editorial. Oversight is an important Congressional function, but investigations based on the logic “Gee, this guy seems sleazy to me and we don’t trust billionaires, so let’s keep digging into his personal and business affairs until we find some dirt” or “So far our impeachment bills have gone nowhere, but if we keep investigating, I bet we can find some real offenses” are not oversight. Oversight must be handled in good faith, and there is no good faith among Democrats, who made their intentions clear the second Trump humiliated Hillary Clinton. Their stated objective is to get him removed from office by any means possible, and if that fails, at least to reduce his public support to the point where he cannot govern. Harassment in the workplace is defined by creating a hostile work environment that makes it impossible for the target to do his or her job. Could this describe what kind of work environment the “resistance” and the news media (the Times, in defending Congressional Democrats, is also defending itself) have created for President Trump any more precisely?
3. And this is why he’s a former NFL coach. Former NFL coach Chip Kelly recently told TMZ when asked if Head Kneeler ColinKaepernick should be in the NFL, “Yes … I think he’s ready to go.” He’s ready to go! The man hasn’t played pro football in two years, and wasn’t all that good when he was playing. The claim also ignores the fact that Kaepernick isn’t just another unemployed quarterback; he is a player whose presence has been so politicized that any team foolish enough to hire him will have turned its operation into a traveling media and political circus.
4. Speaking of clowns: here’s the latest from Virginia. a) Essentially every Virginia Democrat is calling for twice-accused Justin Fairfax to step down as Lieutenant Governor. Of course they are! This is the standard Democrats have constructed for their political advantage: believe all women, a man is guilty until proven innocent, and no-tolerance or perspective where accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct are involved. Fairfax hurts the party and undermined the strategy every second he stays in office—isn’t that obvious? As a loyal Democrat, he is ethically obligated to resign. Do I think he’s guilty? I have no idea if he’s guilty. But in Democrat World, where Al Franken had to leave the Senate because of sexist spoofing while he was still a comedian, he’s guilty enough, and this is the unfair world HE chose. b) Meanwhile, Gov. Northam, who has exposed himself as a principle-free weasel in this matter (some of us figured that out before his 2017 election), announced his strategy for survival: PANDER. Pander for all he’s worth. From the Washington Post:
Gov. Ralph Northam (D) said Saturday that he believes there is a higher reason for the “horrific” reckoning in the past week over a racist photograph in his medical school yearbook, and that the humbling experience leaves him better positioned to remain in office, explore the issue of “white privilege” and push an agenda of racial reconciliation.
In his first interview since the photograph came to light on Feb. 1, Northam, 59, said that despite widespread calls for his resignation he is determined to spend the remaining three years of his term pursuing “equity.”…Looking ahead, Northam said he has asked his cabinet secretaries to come up with specific proposals to begin addressing issues of inequality, such as expanding access to health care, housing and transportation, and to begin reporting suggestions on Monday….“There are ongoing inequities to access to things like education, health care, mortgages, capital, entrepreneurship. And so this has been a real, I think , an awakening for Virginia. It has really raised the level of awareness for racial issues in Virginia. And so we’re ready to learn from our mistakes.”
Northam has been in seclusion all week, using tunnels to shuttle between the mansion and the nearby building where he has an office. He has met with African American legislators and faith and community leaders, and has begun reading up on race – “The Case for Reparations” by Ta-Nahesi Coates, a few chapters of “Roots” by Alex Haley. He said he has reflected on his own origins and tried to confront his lack of understanding.
Once again, the theme of this week: how gullible is the public, especially Democrats, and how stupid do politicians think we are?
5. Gender discrimination, per se. How do you defend this? University of Southern California Ph.D. student Kursat Christoff Pekgoz filed a law suit, supported by more than 185 professors, scholars, and activists, alleging anti-male bias by Cornell. The complaint, which was sent to the Department of Justice and the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, includes a “List of Exclusionary Programs” at Cornell. The complaint is predicated on the fact that there are no male-only programs at Cornell, compared to a significant number of university-sponsored female-only programs.
That Cornell could permit this and not know that it creates a clear message of gender bias shows the astounding arrogance and self-righteousness of feminist ideologues, who now dominate the Ivy League and much of academia. Double standards are unethical, and obviously so, a breach of the core values of fairness and equity. Cornell’s conduct shows dead ethics alarms—or perhaps intentionally muted—on an institution-wide basis.