Morning Ethics Warm-Up, 5/3/2019: The “All They Had To Do Is Not Be Crazy, And They Couldn’t Even Do That” Edition [Introduction]

Good Morning!

See, I can say still say that because each new day brings promise, even when the previous day was profoundly depressing and ended for me when the Red Sox lost in the 9th on an error and a walk-off home run.

The theme today was unavoidable., and believe me, I try to avoid a imbalance that enables those who want to dismiss Ethics Alarms as a conservative blog, rather than as a neutral, objective blog that has been forced over the past three years to focus heavily on the unethical conduct of “the resistance,” the biased news media, and the Democratic Party. Today, however, the imbalance isn’t mine, but the news.

Today the April economic report shows that wages are up, and unemployment is down. CNN is, I’m sure with clenched teeth, reporting on its poll showing that approval of how President Trump is handling the economy is at 56%. (“Now Congressional Democrats will have to figure out how to destroy the economy” tweets one wag). Another CNN poll finds optimism about the economy the highest it has been in at least 18 years. I know, believe me: polls. Still, one of the most pervasive Big Lies wielded by the “resistance” and the news media is that things are just terrible in the United States. I read some version of this alternate universe in New York Times interviews, features, and book reviews almost every day. You heard it from Joe Biden in his fantasy based video announcing his candidacy. Scott Adams, Dilbert’s creator who is a self-styled “Trump whisperer,” nicely summed up how this Big Lie is going:

“In 2016, if everything the Democrats believed had been true, we would have a depression, nuclear war, prison camps, and an insane Russian puppet as our president. In 2019, if Dems are right about everything they believe, Trump might have almost impeded a witch hunt but didn’t.”

But wait! There’s more. The New York Times reported yesterday that multiple “informants” were used in the FBI’s “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation into the Trump campaign in 2016.

In yet another CNN poll, “69% think Congress ought to investigate the origins of the Justice Department’s inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election, including 76% of Democrats, 69% of independents and 62% of Republicans.” If the poll is to believed, a majority of Americans believe that the Obama Justice Department’s actions in 2016, including the Steele dossier, and the FISA court approval of the wiretap need to be examined. This was the issue that prompted several well-respected members of the Ethics Alarms progressive wing to leave in a snit, saying that I had “swallowed the Kool-Aid.” Then there’s this from the reliable Democratic Party booster The Hill:

The boomerang from the Democratic Party’s failed attempt to connect Donald Trump to Russia’s 2016 election meddling is picking up speed, and its flight path crosses right through Moscow’s pesky neighbor, Ukraine. That is where there is growing evidence a foreign power was asked, and in some cases tried, to help Hillary Clinton. In its most detailed account yet, the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington says a Democratic National Committee (DNC) insider during the 2016 election solicited dirt on Donald Trump’s campaign chairman and even tried to enlist the country’s president to help.

I’m shocked–-shocked!

You see, though everything is definitely not terrible, and though President Trump has had a remarkable number of successes and positive policy initiatives, the reasons neither I nor anyone should want someone with his extensive character flaws and ethical deficits leading the nation remain. I agree that it is risky for the country, corrosive to its values, and that no responsible utilitarian balance could justify electing of re-electing a leader like him. If the Democrats were smart, responsible and as much better human beings as they seem to think they are, all they needed to do was respect the office of the Presidency, cooperate with needed measures when necessary, and criticize the President’s obvious mishandling of his position: the intemperate tweets and statements, the incompetent appointments, the operational chaos.

In other words, all the Left and its party of choice had to do to make sure Trump was a one-term President was not to act as loathsome and untrustworthy as he does.  Instead, they tried—are still trying—to engineer a coup. They embraced groups and individuals hostile to whole swathes of the Bill of Rights, the rule of law, due process, equal protection and democracy itself.  They actively sought to divide the nation along many fault lines, such as race, gender, and ethnicity. Rather than moderating this extreme behavior as time went on, they have exacerbated it.

Now the News of the Woke becomes more head-exploding every day. The people responsible for the items coming up think that sane Americans want to give power to people like this. It won’t work. No matter how horrible Trump is, if the nation is prospering and Democrats appear petty, unfair and obsessed, AND continue to feature advocates for socialism, open borders, race-based justice, anti-Semitism, gun confiscation, refusal to accept the results of elections and speech censorship, choosing the benign and inexplicably successful loony you know over the scary loony you don’t want to know is an easy choice.

The morning’s warm-up items follow in Part II.

26 thoughts on “Morning Ethics Warm-Up, 5/3/2019: The “All They Had To Do Is Not Be Crazy, And They Couldn’t Even Do That” Edition [Introduction]

    • When did these walkouts become something you could get away with doing in protest of some private action by another student? I can sort of follow the logic of walking out of class to protest some action by the school, but just walking out to protest something that has nothing to do with the school smacks of opportunism and just wanting an excuse to skip class.

      Of course, these students have been taught that if the school *were* to object (highly unlikely), they could simply scream “Racism!” and the school administration would back down immediately.

    • Well, the walkers-out are demanding that the school exact “justice” against a few fools for non-criminal conduct during non-school time on non-school property. Easy call: the walkers-out are more unethical.

    • Just saw this, ME. Yechh. 1) The blackface kids are assholes, but engaged in protected speech. 2) The school can’t punish them for the conduct or the posting, which did not involve the school.. 3) The administrators are grandstanding. 4) The protesting students should be suspended en mass. They don’t get to dictate school discipline.

      I’ll post on this today.

  1. No matter how horrible Trump is, if the nation is prospering and Democrats appear petty, unfair and obsessed, AND continue to feature advocates for socialism, open borders, race-based justice, anti-Semitism, gun confiscation, refusal to accept the results of elections and speech censorship, choosing the benign and inexplicably successful loony you know over the scary loony you don’t want to know is an easy choice.

    This sums up the current state of American politics very well, but only applies to about half the country.

    The other half is the loony you don’t want to know. And that is tragic, and ultimately, will lead to some unimaginable consequence.

    Worse, there is absolutely nothing to be done about it at all.

    • The question not asked is would Trump be as “unpresidential” if he had not been under attack from the left and some on the right since before he took office?

      His campaign was tied to Russian interference and the proof is that he denies he was involved. When Trump speaks of the Russian Hoax he means the claim he and his campaign are being portrayed as willing participants. That is used by the opposition that he is covering for Russia.

      I have no idea if Trump would be more “presidential” had the opposition accepted the election results and behaved as loyal opposition. I do know that if you corner an ordinarily docile dog into a corner and poke him with sticks that dog’s adorableness or docility will quickly evaporate turning him into a snarling beast.

      • I suspect that Trump would act the same way he has. He cut his teeth in the cutthroat Manhattan real estate market where is is kill or be killed. He punches back when attacked and he punches back twice as hard. He is a street fighter and refuses to back down from a fight. The Washington Establishment (the RNC, the DNC, Democrats, Never-Trumpers, the Media) are shocked that this gutter snipe dethroned Jeb Bush in the primaries (killing off the Republican Establishment) and took Clinton out (thereby wiping out the Clinton dynasty).

        Similarly, Trump mocked Obama as feckless and incompetent, undoing Obama’s legacy in much the same way Obama created it – by issuing or canceling Executive Orders. That made the Globalists, the Glitteratti, and the Intelligencia nuts. They wondered, “Saint Barack issued DACA as an executive order because he is a perfect human being; how can this dolt undo it by executive order? DACA recipients have rights; hell, they are better than us. We were born here. They, on the other hand, wanted to come here for a better life and economic prosperity. Trump must be a racist because he hates brown people and brown people religions. He is a threat to our way of life. We must get rid of him.” So, they set on a course to remove him by coup de tat, but at each turn Trump has outfoxed them. Now, the argument is that Trump controls AG Barr (a life-long bureaucrat), who is running cover and interference for his “master”. They especially freaked out when Barr said that he thought there was spying going on in the 2016 election. They said, “SEE?! Barr agrees. Get Trump out by Friday!” Barr, in turn said, “uh, yeah, there was spying and collusion but not the way you think. We are examining the Obama Justice Department, the Obama IRS, the Clinton Campaign and its ties to the stupid Steele Dossier and the FISA courts, and people in the intelligence community. We will see where that leads.” Cue the hollows of outrage and unleash the Dogs of War!

        jvb

  2. Most importantly, my White Sox actually came from behind to win a game! Amazing, considering how how bad they really are. Tonight we’ll see the White Sox new strike out master, Lopez, versus its former one, Sale. At the moment, I like the (White) Sox chances.

    The Left is too unhinged to contemplate. Eventually, they might just spontaneously combust. Ineffably stupid.

  3. Jack writes:
    “Now the News of the Woke becomes more head-exploding every day. The people responsible for the items coming up think that sane Americans want to give power to people like this. It won’t work. No matter how horrible Trump is, if the nation is prospering and Democrats appear petty, unfair and obsessed, AND continue to feature advocates for socialism, open borders, race-based justice, anti-Semitism, gun confiscation, refusal to accept the results of elections and speech censorship, choosing the benign and inexplicably successful loony you know over the scary loony you don’t want to know is an easy choice.”

    I don’t like to have to disagree with Jack, but…

    TRUMP is going to be a one-term president. Mark my words.
    Emotions of the electorate will trump TRUMP, and anything re-electable about him.

    • What caused the emotional unrest? Was it Russiagate?

      What if the electorate find out that the Obama administration orchestrated the entire frameup? ( not saying it did but merely what if ) There is ample evidence suggesting there was an attempt to ensnare members of the Trump campaign.

      What if Trump uses his intelligence apparatus to show how Biden colluded with Russian energy oligarchs to put Hunter Biden on the payroll or perhaps we can replay that clip from Pittsburgh in which he says China is no threat. He is not acknowledging the threat so he must be in their pocket. So Biden is China’s puppet as well as a Ukranian oligarchs handmaiden.

      Let us assume you are correct and many D’s come out and vote allowing their candidate to win in 2020. Will that embolden them to behave in an undemocratic fashion? Will the R’s decide to play similar games or simply roll over.

      The question should be if we let emotion guide our electoral choices whay are we willing to do if we lose.?

    • You were equally certain that we would be led by President Clinton at this point, if I recall correctly.Not only do I not see a current Democratic candidate who can beat Trump, I don’t see one who won’t lose in a landslide.

    • You might be overlooking the large number of conservatives who didn’t vote for Trump, but after watching the Democratic party beclown itself non-stop for several years, will choose Trump this time around, and with some enthusiasm.

      The people who did vote for Trump in 2016 did so to send a very clear message to the Washington establishment and “media elites”. Since the intended recipients of that message have so far refused to accept it, I expect a second, louder message to be sent in 2020. Whether it will overcome the manic energy of the Trump-haters (and the built-in advantage of having a majority of media outlets rooting for the Democrat candidate) is an open question, but unless the D’s find someone better than the current two-dozen comically unserious candidates, I wouldn’t put money against Trump at this point.

      • Trump is no more of an asshole than he was and appeared to be in 2016. However, the “no experience” problem is gone: he’s been POTUS now. If the economy stays strong, there is no reason why Trump shouldn’t be a much stronger candidate than the first time. Meanwhile, the Democrats have, as you said, beclowned themselves, and apparently won’t stop.The party is much more extreme, and has no candidate available who has even the strength and appeal of Hillary.

        I would vote for Hillary against every one of the current Democratic contenders. And I detest her.

      • You might be overlooking the large number of conservatives who didn’t vote for Trump, but after watching the Democratic party beclown itself non-stop for several years, will choose Trump this time around, and with some enthusiasm.

        Seconded! I’m even one of these. I’d lost all faith in republican governance per se looking at the presidential choices for 2016 and didn’t vote at all. While I can’t say that faith was ever restored, the last few years have convinced me that non-participation in that failed system will result in hastening our probably-already-inevitable, Venezuelan-flavored demise.

        A fight against a party which wants to make you a pariah even of financial institutions is almost exactly a fight for survival, and the flawed party of people who have no philosophical groundwork but just want to be left alone starts to look better and better without ever actually having to improve itself. Mind you, I don’t see a Trump victory as a victory, but as time bided for a cultural renaissance that’s almost certainly not going to happen but is nevertheless our only hope (maybe a crushing national-level failure in the EU could provide some motive force for one). At the very least it can be time bided for me to decide whether to defect to Poland or Austria and, consequently, which language barrier to begin overcoming.

        All that said, a lot of children deprogrammed in the camps have come of age in all that ensuing time. Perhaps they’ll overwhelm our walls and eat us.

      • I am probably one of those Republicans — I didn’t cast a vote for President last time, but the way things are going, I expect to vote for Trump in 2020. Not that I like the way he comports himself or his actions — but on the other hand, sometimes you’re measured by the enemies you make. In that respect, Trump comes off very well.

        The other thing that strikes me is how often Trump will make a statement or claim — usually not very articulately — that is pooh poohed and ridiculed. Times passes and it turns out that he was essentially correct. When that happens repeatedly, it does make you reconsider.

  4. Is Trump really that horrible? What other person could have withstood this level of scrutiny and attack? Think about this. After firing Comey, Comey’s good friend is tasked with investigating the President. This person employs people who hate Trump. People who pawned Russian propaganda, paid for by Democrats, to get FISA warrants on US citizens are employed. He issued thousands of search warrants and investigated everyone imaginable. He raided a law office and then leaked the files to the press. His people lied and perjured themselves. He prosecuted the President’s associates with flimsy charges to make them talk. How many of these investigators had to step down over their behavior? They spent $25 million on this and they found NOTHING. Who else could withstand such scrutiny and deal with the stress and constant insults? He is President, but isn’t allowed to head the executive branch, the military leadership ignores his orders, the Justice Department countermands his orders, if just 1 of the nearly 900 federal judges doesn’t like one of his policies, it gets frozen nationwide. What President has still succeeded in many of his goals despite such roadblocks?

    Who could have done a better job in all of this mess than Trump? You have the list of Republicans who ran? Could Jeb Bush have dealt with this, or would he have resigned? What about Marco Rubio? What would Ben Carson have done? Would Ted Cruz be any more decorous? Would any of them have fought this hard on immigration, or would they have just opened the borders to let everyone in and we would be facing caravan after caravan? What would have happened to the country during all of this with any one of them as President? Would we see 3% growth in GDP?

    You can not like Trump, but don’t call him horrible unless you have someone in mind who could have done a better job in this mess. And no, I did not vote for Trump and I don’t like the way he acts sometimes. However, I do have to give credit where credit is due. I admire what he has done and how he has weathered a storm that would have killed many a younger man from stress.

  5. This is basically what I’ve been saying since day one. The Trump era is a huge missed opportunity for the Democrats. Had they had the integrity to respect the democratic process and lose with grace or the sense to heed Napoleon’s advice about not interrupting your enemy’s mistakes, they could have let Trump’s boorish antics bury the Republicans for a generation, especially if the economy were to fall off. Nevermind 2020. Of course, integrity and sense are too much to expect from this sorry lot. It shouldn’t be hard to be the adult in the room when the other person is Trump but they just can’t pull it off.

  6. Had they had the integrity to respect the democratic process and lose with grace or the sense to heed Napoleon’s advice about not interrupting your enemy’s mistakes

    Trump seems to be heeding this advice- most of the time.

      • The saddest part is that he’s not even remotely subtle or clever about it, but it keeps working. His manipulations of the press and Democrats are so predictable and obvious, but they fall for it every fucking time. Trump is blessed with some incredibly stupid enemies. All they have to do is ignore his dumb tweets and go about their business, but they can’t help themselves. He leaves a bag of flaming dog crap on their doorstep almost every day, and they stomp in it as reliably as an atomic clock.

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