Unethical Quote Of The Week: Democratic Presidential Candidate, Washington Governor Jay Inslee

Ladies and Gentlemen, the next Secretary of State…No, really! I’m serious! I wouldn’t kid about something like that!”

“My first act will be to ask Megan Rapinoe to be my secretary of state. I haven’t asked her yet so this could be a surprise to her.I actually believe this because what I think what she has said that has inspired us so much is such an antithesis of the president’s foreign policies.”

Washington Governor Jay Inslee, a declared candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President in 2020, before the progressive Netroots Nation conference

And you thought President Trump’s appointments have been bad!

So it’s come to this, has it? Megen Rapinoe is a soccer player, and nothing but a soccer player. She played soccer to the subordination of everything else in high school and college. She has no academic credentials, proven expertise, experience or even interest in government, diplomacy and foreign affairs, and a supposedly serious candidate for President states that he would appoint her as his Secretary of State.

How can we explain this? Could he have been joking? It’s not funny by any analysis. It is horrifying, in fact. Still, candidates for office don’t typically say “my first act” if elected will be to do something if they have no intention to do such a thing and everyone realizes it. That’s insane; it’s both a lie and a transparent lie.  It is an insult as well: the statement says that the candidate thinks the public is so box-of-rocks stupid that they will believe utter nonsense.In addition to everything else that’s wrong with it, Inslee’s stated “first act” would be futile. Even Democrats aren’t so far gone that they would vote to confirm a Secretary of State nominee with the worst credentials of any Cabinet nominee in U.S. history—yes, even worse than Ben Carson, and I didn’t think that was possible.

Or does Inslee really believe that appointing an obnoxious, abrasive and ignorant female athlete who has no experience for public service, much less a crucial Cabinet position that is perhaps the most important of them all, is a reasonable objective? Is that possible? I suppose in the current Democratic Party and progressive movement any crazy belief is possible. We appear to be witnessing a mass political, ideological, emotional and mental breakdown.

Giving  Washington’s governor the benefit of every doubt, I suspect that this is an epic example of shameless pandering to a deranged audience. Rapinoe’s real appeal is that she has expressed hate for President Trump, and to the “resistance”-addled, mere hate for the President of the United States is credential enough. Inslee’s statement, however, suggests that he thinks her fatuous victory speech  earlier in the week revealed her as an international relations master. She said in part,

“This is my charge to everyone, we have to be better. We have to love more, hate less. We got to listen more and talk less.We got to know that this is everybody’s responsibility, every single person here, every single person who is not here, every single person who doesn’t want to be here, every single person who agrees and doesn’t agree. It’s our responsibility to make this world a better place,”

Ugh. This was, of course, Stage 5 hypocrisy from the same woman who announced in advance of the women’s soccer team win that she would reject an invitation to the White House. Is that hating less or listening more, Megan? I’m confused. How does refusing to respect one’s own National Anthem in an international venue while representing one’s own nation make the world a better place? Why didn’t you just sing “Imagine”? That John Lennon would have made  a great Secretary of State, don’t you think?

Actually, it’s fun to consider all the people who Inslee must think are also qualified to be Secretary of State if he believes the very best candidate is Megan Rapinow based on her expression of hate for Donald Trump and her seemingly contradictory ability to blather platitudes from Rod McKuen poems and Sixties love-ins.  It’s less fun to wonder how the citizens of Washington could have elected a governor so ethically vacuous that he could hold such an idiotic belief or pretend to.

17 thoughts on “Unethical Quote Of The Week: Democratic Presidential Candidate, Washington Governor Jay Inslee

  1. “My first act will be to ask Megan Rapinoe to be my secretary of state.”

    Whaaaa?

    If this wasn’t a The Onion or a Babylon Bee submission, it’s a “Hold My Pudgy Little Manicured Finger To The Wind To Determine Its Direction” Bull $#!T Pandering Olympics entry.

    Yoikes!!!

  2. Elizabeth Warren’s warning to ICE and other officials that her administration will hold them accountable for what they do now is a close second, I think. It’s just one more step toward criminalizing politics and criminalizing holding any view outside the left.

  3. We appear to be witnessing a mass political, ideological, emotional and mental breakdown.

    [ . . . ]

    Giving Washington’s governor the benefit of every doubt, I suspect that this is an epic example of shameless pandering to a deranged audience.

    And what are the precise roots, the causal chain, of this mass political, ideological, emotional and mental breakdown?

    And who and what, exactly, is this ‘deranged audience’?

    From an interesting essay Democracy’s Road to Tyranny:

    Then there is the third way in which a democracy changes into a totalitarian tyranny. The first political analyst who foresaw this hitherto-never-experienced kind of evolution was Alexis de Tocqueville. He drew an exact and frightening picture of our Provider State (wrongly called Welfare State) in the second volume of his Democracy in America, published in 1835; he spoke at length about a form of tyranny which he could only describe, but not name, because it had no historic precedent. Admittedly, it took several generations until Tocqueville’s vision became a reality.

    He envisaged a democratic government in which nearly all human affairs would be regulated by a mild, “compassionate” but determined government under which the citizens would practice their pursuit of happiness as “timid animals,” losing all initiative and freedom. The Roman Emperors, he said, could direct their wrath against individuals, but control of all forms of life was out of the question under their rule. We have to add that in Tocqueville’s time the technology for such a surveillance and regulation was insufficiently developed. The computer had not been invented and thus his warnings found little echo in the past century.

    Tocqueville, a genuine liberal and legitimist, had gone to America not only because he was concerned with trends in the United States, but also on account of the electoral victory of Andrew Jackson, the first Democrat in the White House and the man who introduced the highly democratic Spoils System, a genuine invitation to corruption. The Founding Fathers, as Charles Beard has pointed out, hated democracy more than Original Sin. But now a French ideology, only too familiar to Tocqueville, had started to conquer America.

    Democracy’s Road to Tyranny

    [Disclaimer: No insult to any particular person, group or political party was intended with the reference to ‘timid animals’.]

  4. It’s getting harder and harder to find a bright side to any of this, outside of just pointing and laughing at the insanity that continues to unfold in this three-ring circus that is Current Year politics…..

  5. Inslee is a racist because he chose a white woman over Kapernick who has a deeper pedigree to bashing the U.S.

    • ”Inslee is a racist because…”

      Good one; to which Professor Turgeson would say Good Answer!.

      I used to write freelance current events satire for a Conservative site, waxing philosophical comments like THIS would be the everluvin’ Mother Lode!

  6. Ah Mr. Inslee, making sure WA gets booted out of the US alongside CA when the rest of you come to your senses. 🙂

    To be fair, the local electorate is dumb as a box of rocks, so he’s probably representing my local fellows as they would wish.

  7. Megan Rapinoe is a fine soccer player, but she’s inflicted with the same strain of my-gay-or-the-highway syndrome that afflicted Andrew Sullivan.

    Also known as, “It’s okay, even desirable, to hate anybody who doesn’t embrace gays for any reason.”

    • I think he thinks she’d make a great Secretary of State BECAUSE she’s a lesbian. Just as Colin Kaepernik (dutifully raised by a white, adoptive family) needs to be deferred to because his father was black or Hispanic or something. If you’re a victim of the white patriarchy, you’re automatically qualified to go around the world apologizing for the United States because you have been victimized by the United States, as has the rest of the world. This was why Barack Obama (dutifully raised by a white family after being abandoned by his African father) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He was a living, breathing rebuke of the Imperialist United States. A lesbian modern day Joan of Arc scampering around the world consoling U.S. allies and enemies alike would be perfect. Inslee’s not an idiot. He knows exactly what he’s doing. He’s promising to give his voters what they want: a return to the Obama/Kerry foreign policy.

      • If you’re a victim of the white patriarchy, you’re automatically qualified to go around the world apologizing for the United States because you have been victimized by the United States, as has the rest of the world.

        At this point, don’t you think the non-victims of the “white patriarchy” might be a shorter list than the victims? I mean, the Left already includes white women in the “victims” list, and they’re more numerous than white men, or nearly so. Factor in gays and other sexual non-conformists in there, and the victims list looks quite long to me.

        Hard to imagine how maybe 40 percent or so of the country could have oppressed so many for so long.

        But leaving that aside, it might be worth it just to see what Saudi Arabia, Russia, and the other gay-hating countries do.

        [Foreign despot]: What are your qualifications for office, Madam Secretary Rapinoe?

        [Rapinoe]: I’m a genderqueer nonconformist here to shake up the worldwide patriarchy. Plus, I hate Donald Trump, who we plan to execute at dawn tomorrow. We’re also firing his entire defense department and canceling all enlistments and commissions. We are all about love now.

        [Foreign despot]: My kind of womxn!

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