I have to get my reply brief to that %$#@!#&%! Ethics Alarms defamation suit in today, and I just KNOW the online filing system isn’t going to work..
1. College basketball ethics. See? Baseball isn’t the only sport I follow! Zion Williamson, one of college basketball’s biggest stars and a potential NBA star as well, injured his knee after one of his Nike shoes split less than a minute into Duke’s game against North Carolina last week. Not only does Nike have a likely product liability lawsuit on its hands, while Williamson’s bright career is suddenly in limbo, the freak accident raised—AGAIN–issues of the propriety of the way universities like Duke handle big money sports. The New York Times asked:
“Here were all the issues of big-time college sports laid bare: Should amateurism be curbed in college sports, allowing athletes a cut of the money they help produce? Should a prodigious talent like Williamson, who is good enough to play professionally right now, have to risk his future competing for free because of an N.B.A. rule prohibiting him from leaping to the league from high school? Do the sneaker companies, which were at the heart of a federal fraud trial near the start of the season, do more harm than good in college sports?”
Answers: No, No, and Yes. Big time sports are a source of corruption in all colleges that feature them. Nobody should be admitted to college to play basketball or football. If they don’t want to learn, then there should be no place for athletes in college. Allowing universities to be participants in the business of sports to the extent that universities like Duke are is a travesty of education, and guarantees misconduct.
2. The shadow of Harvey Weinstein and Hollywood’s hypocrisy hung over the 2019 Oscars, but few noted it.
Donna Gigliotti produced the Oscars telecast. There has been no accountability for the many, many stars and Hollywood figures of both genders who enabled Weinstein’s crimes for years, then became #MeToo activists as soon as he no longer had the power to enrich them. [Pointer: Victory Girls]
3. Hasn’t this been obvious all along? Bloggress Ann Althouse does a terrific job deconstructing a New York Times article, a “Trump is Epic,” a conversation between columnists Gail Collins and alleged conservative (who wants to repeal the second Amendment) Bret Stephens, that could have been a parody of mainstream media bias and “resistance” false reasoning, but wasn’t. I didn’t have the heart or the stomach to fisk it, the thing is such self-evident crap: Thanks, Ann! She writes in part…
Anticipating a fizzle of a Muller report, Collins searches her feelings to find something that could be big: “Still feeling that the real disaster for Trump is going to come with the investigations into his business practices in New York.” Stephens says that his “guess” too. He expresses concern about Trump’s inauguration committee and campaign-finance violations, but he thinks they won’t amount to much if the Russian collusion story doesn’t stick. So instead of concentrating on “what Trump might have done behind people’s backs,” we should shift our concern to “what he does every day in plain sight.” So Collins poses the question, “Which horrible things the president has done lately seem most appalling to you?” Stephens indicates he’s ready to go — “Well, that list is long” — but then he chooses to “start by praising Trump on a couple of fronts”:
I think he’s shown moral leadership on Venezuela, by getting much of the world to recognize Juan Guaidó as the legitimate president and drawing attention to the humanitarian catastrophe unfolding under the Maduro regime. And I’m also glad he’s partially reversed course and will keep at least some troops in Syria….
…[T]he first appalling thing Stephens comes up with —the declaration of a national emergency over border security. Second is calling the NYT “a true ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE” (the caps are Trump’s). And then “hankering for a deal” with North Korea, the “desire to start another trade war with Europe,” and “lies and exaggerations and demagoguery about the purported evils of illegal immigration.” And… “his overall comportment continues to be a foul stain on the office of the presidency.” Collins joins in with reproductive rights, domestic violence, and guns…
And then Ann writes…drum roll please?
…and it seems obvious that the main problem is what I’ve thought it’s been all along for Trump haters — they wanted the other candidate to win the last election.
Of course! Of course. From the second it became clear that Trump has upset Hillary Clinton’s coronation, he was a target, a Nazi, a threat to the Republic, and had to be removed, destroyed and undermined, for that reason alone.
Look at the “horrible things.”
- “the declaration of a national emergency over border security.” That’s not a “horrible thing,” it’s a difference of opinion over policy. Democrats don’t think endless hordes of illegal immigrants are an emergency, because they think open borders are hunk-dory. Open borders really are horrible. Is Trump’s emergency move unconstitutional? Well we shall see, won’t we? Many non-horrible legal experts think he is within his powers.
- Calling the Times an “enemy of the people”? Personally, I think he’s right. Speaking the hard truth isn’t horrible.
- “Hankering for a deal” with North Korea–huh? Who doesn’t want a deal with North Korea? Obama’s deal with Iran wasn’t horrible, but any deal Trump cuts with North Korea is? Nah, there’s no mainstream media bias!
- “desire to start another trade war with Europe”-–false framing, and again, a policy difference over trade philosophies.
- “lies and exaggerations and demagoguery about the purported evils of illegal immigration.” Wait, WHAT? “Purported evils”?
- “reproductive rights”–like the right to kill babies after failed abortions?
- “domestic violence”–When has Trump endorsed domestic violence? Meanwhile, Democrats had a co-chair they didn’t force to resign who was accused of domestic violence, and has a Lt. Governor in Virginia who’s been accused of rape, twice.
- “Guns” GUNS? Trump has done horrible things because he supports the Second Amendment, unlike Collins and Stephens?
- “his overall comportment.” Well, they got me there: his comportment is horrible. But the electorate voted for him knowing what his comportment would be.
So Ann is right, and I’ve been right since all this started. The false narrative is that Trump is horrible, when in fact the horror to Democrats is that he doesn’t support their cherished positions. When they are tricked, or stumble, into making their case, it is jaw-droppingly clear: his crime was defeating Hillary Clinton, and unravelling the policies of Barack Obama, both fair, legal and legitimate courses by an elected POTUS.
It’s like the racism Big Lie: ask people why they are so sure Trump is a racist, and they always have the same thin, dishonest list. He said Barack Obama wasn’t a natural born citizen, (He said the same think about white Ted Cruz.) He said all Mexicans were killers and rapists (No, he didn’t.) He’s anti-immigrant. (No, he’s anti illegal immigration, like the laws of the United States he is sworn to protect.) He said a judge was unqualified because he was Mexican-American. (No, he said that a Mexican-American judge was likely to be biased against him, which is defensible, if wrong, position.) He tried to ban Muslims from coming here. (No, he tried to block immigration from countries with high levels of Muslim terrorism as a security measure.) Racists support Trump. (Anti-white racists supported Barack Obama. Someone does not transfer their misconduct to you by supporting you.) There are more, but they are all based on confirmation bias and the prior presumption that Trump is racist, because that’s what they want the public to believe he is.
Trump’s “deportment” allows “the resistance,” media and Democrats to get away with this, and that’s his fault. It does not, however, make the Big Lies true. The assault on Trump is entirely based on his electoral victory, and as such, a rejection of our system and democracy for narrow political ends.