Once again I am trying to get a post up while furiously preparing for a program, this time a super-sized version of “Ethics Rock Extreme” for a federal agency, in collaboration with the marvelous Mike Messer, my rock/country/pop singer and guitar virtuoso partner of almost 20 years….I’ll begetting to ethics observations on last night’s debate when I return, if I return.
1. “Think of the children!” porn. I’m sure you’ve seen this…
…and have read or heard some of the shirt-rending and hair-tearing prompted by the viral photograph of a drowned “migrant” and his infant son. The injection of pure, unreasoning emotion and sentimentality into the illegal immigration debate is cynical but predictable, and this is just an escalation of the media campaign to frame all illegal immigration in romantic and sentimental terms.
The photo should change nothing. The death of an infant irresponsibly and recklessly taken on a dangerous journey (as well as an illegal one) is the fault of the parent who brought him, not the Presient of the united States, not ICE, not immigration officials. Democrats like Chuck Schumer who exploit such a photo are unconscionable. “Seeking a better life” is not now now has ever been a justification for breaking the law. The photo of an adult and an infant who die in the course of a dangerous attempt to break U.S. laws should prompt pity for the child and anger at the adult, no more, no less.
Those taking up the “Think of the children!” cry need to be asked if their solution is to provide ferry rides across the Rio Grande for children who are forced to accompany their parents in attempts at illegal immigration. Or U.S. lifeguards stationed on the shore, perhaps.
2. SCOTUS rejects the Commerce argument for a citizenship question on the Census. This time it was Chief Justice Roberts breaking with that supposedly iron conservative majority. Roberts wrote “that the decision to reinstate a citizenship question cannot be adequately explained in terms of [the Department of Justice’s] request for improved citizenship data to better enforce the VRA….Several points, considered together, reveal a significant mismatch between the decision [Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross] made and the rationale he provided.”
I don’t like the result, but I must admits the Commerce rational for adding the question never seemed honest or made much sense.
3. She had a point, but what an idiot. On May 17, Georgia Clark a Fort Worth teacher, sent a series of tweets to President Trump, telling the President that her school district was “loaded” with illegal immigrant students from Mexico, that her high school had been “taken over by them,” and that drug dealers among them had not been punished. She pointed to a “Hispanic assistant principal who protects certain students from criminal prosecution.” as the major culprit in the situation.
“Anything you can do to remove the illegals from Fort Worth would be greatly appreciated,” she said.
The board of the Fort Worth Independent School District voted unanimously to terminate the contract of the teacher. Fourteen people at the board meeting spoke against Ms. Clark’s continued employment, with none in support. Clark intends to request a hearing to contest the decision, her lawyer, Brandon Brim, said in a statement.
- The school had to fire her once her negative opinion of many of her students became public.
- The New York Times refers to her use of the term “illegals” as adopting “a pejorative term for undocumented immigrants.” To the contrary, the term “undocumented immigrants” is a misleading and dishonest term for “illegals.”
- Clark thought that her tweets to the President were private. She’s an idiot. I’d fire her for that alone.