I held back a bit on Glenn Logan’s Comment of the Day, because it depressed me, and also because I assume some will argue that it is less about ethics than politics. But the condition Glenn is diagnosing is the direct outgrowth of what Ethics Alarms tagged long ago as the 2016 Post Election Ethics Train Wreck, and it’s all about ethics, or rather the lack of them.
Here is Glenn Logan’s Comment of the Day on the post, “Ethics Quote Of The Day: Roger Kimball”:
Roger Simon said:
And just about now, a great chasm is opening up. The choice, they see, is not so much between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. It is between the America they love—that Donald Trump celebrates—and the out-of-control forces of anti-American hatred that, though he does not understand them, Joe Biden manages to blink and nod and gibber around.
I find this far too simplistic to be truly useful, even though it is powerfully argued. This piece reminds me of a quote by Hannibal Lechter in Silence Of The Lambs:
First principles, Clarice. Read Marcus Aurelius. Of each particular thing ask: what is it in itself? What is its nature?
So what is the nature of the “particular thing” the Left seeks? Donald Trump’s defeat is the simple answer, facile and, in some ways, honest. But that’s just a manifestation of what the Left wants, and the conclusion it hopes we’ll all reach.
The Left has always been of the opinion that every election that does not produce the result they demand is illegitimate. Even if Trump carries every state but the deepest blue, they will still have that opinion, which indicates that they really don’t care who the GOP puts forth in nomination — unless a Democrat wins, the election will be considered illegitimate and the president a fraud.
Fundamentally, the Left doesn’t even accept the liberals in the country, because most liberals are not calling for massive structural change. That’s why you see so many nominally “on the Left” get “canceled” on social media — because they aren’t “woke” enough. Biden himself would be a victim if he were still in a primary with Sanders or, especially, with Corey Booker or Camella Harris. As it is, he’s just a useful idiot whom the Left hopes to use to capture power, then remove and replace with a more useful idiot. Biden is going to be spending all his time proving he doesn’t deserve replacement.
The nature of this “particular thing” is not about Trump — Trump is its public face, its boogeyman. The “particular thing” into which Simon purports to inquire is far larger than one man. Instead, it is doubtless the entire U.S. system of government and elections. The Left would like to cancel large swaths of government, such is ICE, the FBI, the CIA, and even the military and replace it with organs of social change, indoctrination, and retribution against those who oppose it.
They want to remake the presidential election into a populist referendum. They want to “reform” the Supreme Court to ensure a consistent favorable ideological balance, and they no doubt intend to do the same for every other circuit court of appeals in the country. If they don’t like the partisan makeup of the electorate, they want to change it by redistricting to ensure they can make a “legitimate” claim to power, and even the most Rorschach-style Gerrymander will be upheld by their newly “reformed” court.
They will sacrifice the Senate filibuster for this purpose, because they believe that once they have the power to move legislation without roadblocks, they can change the laws to make competitive elections impossible — for instance, by rewriting congressional district population limits to gain more representation per capita from big cities in the name of “fairness,” admitting Washington DC and Puerto Rico as full states with two senators each, and granting immediate citizenship and voting rights to DACA aliens and making illegal immigration a thing of the past.
They will undo Citizens United and ban corporate contributions while allowing unions and other left-favoring groups to contribute unlimited sums. They will attempt to disarm Americans by passing stringent gun control, and if anyone thinks they won’t act to confiscate firearms, you are sadly mistaken. Ultimately, they will attempt to create a Constitutional Convention and adopt a new, radical constitution that will undo most of what our Founders did.
Make no mistake, this “particular thing” is no less than a Marxist revolution, and I suspect if Biden is elected he will be the last legitimately elected president. It’s time for us to take the rhetorical gloves off and call it what it is — an attempted Marxist takeover of America by using one of the two political parties as a vehicle.
These past few months have awakened me to reality. I hope those of you yet to find your enlightenment do so soon.