Sorry to do this, but there were too many items that I couldn’t post on in the time I had this morning, and if I don’t get them up now, they might get lost…
4. Poll update. I’m amazed that the Bouie op-ed suggesting that we dump Marbury vs Madison and just let Congress pass any unconstitutional law it wants is leading the “worst op-ed” race 3-1 over the “we owe it to all those countries we helped to get out of the Stone Age and to avoid having their citizens being made into slaves or soap by Hitler toflood the U.S. by the world’s poor, criminal and uneducated” screed. I think Bouie’s fantasy is trivial in the end because it’s impossible, though characteristic of the new Left response to defeat, which is “If you’re losing the game, change the rules.”
The illegal immigration rationalizations are far worse, I think, because they make sense to the ignorant, the addled, and the Californians.
Governor Gavin Newsom released an outline of the state’s 2020 budget that includes $98 million in new annual spending to make 90,000 previously uninsured illegal immigrants eligible for the state’s Medicaid program Who will pay for it? Why, citizens who are fined—I mean TAXED…sorry. Chief Justice Roberts!—through an “individual mandate” for not buying health insurance as the law requires. This is pure madness. California is promising benefits to law-breakers, incentives to breach our borders. What kind of pernicious brain virus would make a sentient human being think this is a good idea, or responsible governance?
[I just deleted an ugly, irresponsible, violent statement expressing how bad I think this is, how perverted the policy makers are who support it, and the fate I posited that the state deserves for moving in this direction. I am abashed that I think such thoughts. Close call.]
5. The Equality Act, and a vendetta. I support the objectives of the Equality Act, which amends the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include invidious discrimination against anyone base on sexual orientation or identity. I wish I could support the Act itself, but it appears to be so broadly drafted that it would, for example, force women’s sports to allow males identifying as women, males on the way to being women, and women who reached puberty as males to compete against the old-fashioned variety of female athletes, thus making women’s sports a farce.
I also worry that the LGBTQ Mafia is as interested in punishing holdouts against the emerging cultural norms and bending others to their will as they are in equal treatment under the law.
For example, it is time to leave Jack Phillips alone. He is the adamant owner of Masterpiece Bakery, who has already been sued twice based on his position that he should not have to make a custom same-sex wedding cake when his religion does not recognize gay marriages alone. A third lawsuit has been filed against him in Denver District Court on behalf of Autumn Scardina , who had filed a previous lawsuit against Phillips following her request for a gender transition cake. She placed that order the day of the SCOTUS ruling for Philips, who had challenged an Oregon commission’s ruling that he had violated the law.
There are plenty of bakeries that would make such a cake. Scardina, and the LGBTQ community, aren’t interested in cakes; they are bent on intimidation. I have written here earlier that Phillips is being a needlessly stubborn jerk, that baking a commissioned cake for a gay wedding isn’t participating in a wedding or endorsing it, and that he would have been kind, and ethical, to just make the damn cake.
I have also written that a kind, Golden Rule-following gay couple would decide, in the face of the baker’s sincere resistance, “Oh, fine. This isn’t worth destroying a business over. Let’s go someplace else.”
At this point, however, Baker is being ostracized. The community is behaving so unethically in its pursuit of a valid principle that they are debasing their cause.
6. I hate to pick on Kamala Harris, but let’s pick on Kamala Harris, since she deserves it. Ann Althouse flagged this response by Harris to the question of whether she would use, Trump-style, tarriffs as a negotiating tool when she <cough> becomes President:
“I would consider as President reading a briefing book. I would consider surrounding myself with experts. I would consider listening to the voices of the people who are going to be most at risk…”
This blog is about leadership as much as ethics, and that is pretty close to a disqualifying statement for an aspiring President. It’s something I could imagine President Warren G. Harding saying, for he was completely in thrall to his handlers, advisers, and “experts,” a nice guy and serviceable Senator who was clueless in the White House. The statement is devoid of leadership instincts, or even an understanding of what leadership entails, but Harris manages to shoehorn in the obligatory nod to the “woke”—never mind serving the national interest, it’s the “vulnerable” who wag the dog.
Her answer is an admission of incompetence, the motto of a follower. Ann has been fascinated by how wishy-washy Harris is; it’s as if Harris thinks being a woman “of color” gives her a right to the nomination without showing any Presidential traits at all.
(Prediction: Elizabeth Warren will eat her alive in the debates.)
7. Dinosaur ethics This is not a parody: Richard T. Pallardy writes at ArcDigital…and by the way,
SUE, a 40 foot long Tyrannosaurus Rex whose fossil remains presided over the the magnificent Stanley Field Hall at Chicago’s Field Museum from 2000 to 2018, has attained social justice enlightenment. Never mind that she died millennia ago in what is now South Dakota, then an area of balmy flood plains abutting an inland sea. Taking a page out of the Creation Museum’s playbook, the Field’s administrators have decided to distort scientific understanding in pursuit of a political goal. In recent years, through her social media persona, SUE has asserted her gender identity. It all started on Twitter in March 2017. Reacting to a comment, SUE tweeted that her sex was unknown and that, like human gender non-binary people, she uses “they/them” pronouns.
While it is true that her sex is indeterminate, this move conflates the exclusively human concept of gender and the incontrovertible reality of binary sex. SUE was either male or female. We just don’t know which. This purposeful misunderstanding has now made its way into her new exhibit, opened on the museum’s upper level in December 2018. In a world where even some scientists claim – erroneously – that there is no such thing as biological sex, this sets a dangerous precedent.
In addition to misinforming visitors, the museum’s patronizing move in deeming SUE non-binary disrespects and misunderstands the very non-binary individuals it purports to help. The legitimacy of their identity need not rest on inaccurate interpretations of science, and it’s degrading to imagine that it should. The very concept of gender identity as distinct from sex was created to assert that human male, female, and other identity expressions were facts which were mental and social, not genital.
With apologies to SUE and her reptilian cousins, they simply don’t have enough going on in their minds to express gender non-binary identity. Not to mention, we do not know anything about the mind of an animal whose brain rotted away maybe a million years before the Chicxulub asteroid event wiped out the rest of the T. Rex species anyway.
Everything is seemingly spinning out of control!