I am hopping slickwilly’s answer to the ethics quiz about “Above the Law” editor and social justice warrior taking offense at a Georgetown Law Center prof’s exam question over several other languishing but equally deserving Comment of the Day. The main reason is that it’s witty and mordantly funny, and it made me laugh out loud.
Yes, it qualifies as a rant, and I know there’s a line of long-standing in the Comment policies that says “political rants are not welcome.” However, as readers here know, every rule has exceptions, and several apply to slickwilly’s work. To begin with, any literary form, if executed well, is worthy of respect. Second, Ethics Alarms bestows special privileges on regular commenters here, who add so much to the content and quality of the blog. Finally, I have to concede that sometimes only a rant will do.
The astounding hypocrisy, dishonesty and Orwellian tactics of the “resistance” appear to be immune from rational, traditional analysis. When, for example, Mr Trump’s enraged and hateful foes accuse him of being a fascist while they encourage their supporters to physically intimidate anyone who supports the President, or say that Trump endangers democracy as they attempt to undermine public trust in the President and the nation’s institutions, dispassionate arguments fail to have much impact—it is, as I have said at various times, like arguing with lunatics or toddlers. Rants can provide special clarity by crystallizing the frustration and anger created by trying to engage ethically with a shamelessly unethical adversary. I don’t want rants to become the currency of the realm here, but this one is timely and skillful.
Here is slickwilly’s Comment of the Day on the post, “Ethics Quiz: The Insensitive Exam Question”:
“Was the professor’s exam question unethical, as in irresponsible and uncaring?”
Color me surprised that a progressive hack found something to be offended by.
What, President Trump not taken to Twitter lately? Was this a slow news day in Mystal’s neck of the woods? Weren’t there pygmies in Africa with acne to write about? No pictures of swimming polar bears denoting some perceived deficiency with their habitat, undoubtedly caused by evil man?
‘Snowflake’ is an apt term for what academia and progressives are indoctrinating students into becoming.
If you cannot stand up to the adversity of life, cannot even hear a point of view not dictated by your progressive masters;
If you cannot stand to be reminded that the thing you are outraged about TODAY was the thing you endorsed YESTERDAY;
If the mere presence of a designated ‘deplorable’ on campus sends you fleeing to a room with coloring books and puppies;
If the term ‘safe’ implies a space and not a condition of a runner in Baseball;
If you believe in violence against those who disagree with progressive cant, yet self defense by those attacked is not a natural and correct response;
If you believe that everyone should pay ‘their fair share’ yet complain when YOU have to pony up;
If you believe that Roe-v-Wade is written in stone, yet Heller-v-District of Columbia should be reversed upon a whim;
If you presume to speak upon the behalf of minorities, even when they ask you not to, because of an misguided ‘woke’ guilt that amounts to ‘white man’s burden;’
If you believe that society should be destroyed so that those ‘on the right side of history’ can rebuilt a utopia where they make all the decisions for the ignorant deplorables (ie ‘Americans’);
If you think you would be one of those making the decisions after societal collapse;
If you think all money belongs to the Government, and whatever you think people should be allowed to keep of their hard earned livelihood ought to be the tax code;
If you believe that a tax incentive should instead be spent on ANY program instead (note: tax incentive=revenue that does not exist and will never exist);
If you think that people in fly over country driving pickup trucks are having ANY impact on global climate, much less global warming;
If you believe that America is the only country on earth that enforces their borders, and therefore should not;
If you think ‘climate change’ is anything other than a normal, natural process for a planet;
If you are ‘triggered’ by mere words, and sometimes take them out of context to become so;
If you are perpetually upset about whatever your progressive masters say you should care about, or get angry over trivial matters someone somewhere may have said or done more than twice a week;
If any sort of adversity is some sort of conspiracy against you due to your special designated personal genetics or social status;
If it is somehow unfair when tactics you approve of, or use on others, are used against you;
If you believe that those who disagree with you are some form of -ist or -aphobe simply because they disagree with you, not because of the content of their assertions;
If you think you are literally fighting Nazis;
If you are a part of ‘antifa’ while acting like a fascist;
Then the term ‘snowflake’ might apply to you.
A snowflake is unique, yet melts at the smallest temperature change. Likewise, someone who cannot understand the Golden Rule, let alone apply it in their behavior, and cannot persevere under the slightest of headwinds, could fairly be called a snowflake. Like the old saying goes, if the shoe fits, wear it.
Life is tough, and anyone telling you different is trying to sell you something.
Fortunately, there is a cure for this condition. It involves personal responsibility and possible sacrifice, integrity, a personal, ethical code of conduct, and the ability to delay gratification in the attainment of a larger goal. Believing in something and learning to defend your opinion (as well as changing it when evidence suggests you need to) contribute to the cure. Contribute to society instead of continually criticizing those who contribute.
In short, this is not a 23 year old college drop out ‘adulting’ in his mother’s basement, but having the courage to stand on your own feet, and become an adult in the manner of societies the world over for thousands of years.
Gee, that cure sounds a lot like traditional and conservative principles. Must be a mistake.