Saturday Ethics Warm-Up, 7/18/2020: The Unmasking Edition

1. Rep. John Lewis died, and respect should be paid. BUT...Lewis played extreme and divisive partisan politics for years, exploiting and abusing his reputation as a “civil rights icon.” His boycott of the Trump inauguration did incalculable damage to race relations in this country and undermined a new President before he had a chance to show what he could do. It was unforgivable, and like Barack Obama, Lewis is substantially accountable for the racial enmity we are witnessing today. And he should have retired long ago.

2. I guess I have to say something about Mary Trump. The parade of people, including employees and officials, choosing to cash in and trash the President of the United States while he’s in office and trying to govern has been disgusting for years now. It is more disgusting, of course, when the slimy tell-all authors are  those who had positions of trust, but the efforts of others, like Trump’s niece Mary Trump, to peddle dirt to the large Trump-hate market is nauseating as well.

Since the act of making such claims against a family member for profit is itself signature significance for a crummy, venal, untrustworthy and vindictive human being, there is no reason to regard her book as anything more than more anti-Trump porn. I have a pretty close family, and I can say with certainty that neither my many cousins, nor my sole surviving aunt, nor my nephew and niece, have sufficient first hand knowledge of my life to make any reliable claims about me at all, good or bad.

3. Quick observations on Andrew Sullivan’s departure from New York Magazine…Sullivan published his last column for the extremely left-wing anti-Trump magazine, announcing he was leaving because the culture there was intolerant of his insufficiently woke principles. At one point he writes,

[M]aybe it’s worth pointing out that “conservative” in my case means that I have passionately opposed Donald J. Trump and pioneered marriage equality, that I support legalized drugs, criminal-justice reform, more redistribution of wealth, aggressive action against climate change, police reform, a realist foreign policy, and laws to protect transgender people from discrimination. I was one of the first journalists in established media to come out. I was a major and early supporter of Barack Obama. I intend to vote for Biden in November.

In short, Sullivan is no conservative except in a totalitarian world where no variation from Far Left agendas  are permitted. Voting for Biden is voting against the freedom of expression that Sullivan claims to support. Redistribution of wealth is socialism; advocating aggressive action against climate change is progressive virtue signalling. I’ve read Sullivan for years, and have regrettably concluded that while he is an intelligent and perceptive man, he is insecure and narcissistic, and has allowed his obsession with his sexual orientation to drive his political loyalties and positions on other issues.

In another passage, he writes,

It seems to me that if this conservatism is so foul that many of my peers are embarrassed to be working at the same magazine, then I have no idea what version of conservatism could ever be tolerated. And that’s fine. We have freedom of association in this country, and if the mainstream media want to cut ties with even moderate anti-Trump conservatives, because they won’t bend the knee to critical theory’s version of reality, that’s their prerogative. It may even win them more readers, at least temporarily. But this is less of a systemic problem than in the past, because the web has massively eroded the power of gatekeepers to suppress and control speech.

A couple of observations on this:

  • Sullivan’s brand is that of the reasonable conservative who progressives can respect, but he’s a fraud. He’s a reasonable progressive who is capable of diverging from the script–sometimes— when the script is too ridiculous. That’s good, but it doesn’t make him “conservative,” or even a “moderate anti-Trump conservative.”
  • What New York Magazine won’t tolerate is anything but lock-step conformity. The same is true of the Times, NBC, CNN, and other news organizations. It is incredible that Sullivan thinks that the existence of the web sufficiently mitigates the power of the media to manipulate public opinion.

4. And speaking of that...Sheryl Atkisson, one of the few reporters who has broken ranks, provides this story revealing that new Russia probe memos expose the fake news peddled by the Times in its collusion investigation coverage.

5. This just can’t be true; nobody is this demented. I keep reading that Biden is going to name Senator Warren as his VP candidate. I don’t care how many IQ points Joe has lost: he can’t be that incompetent. In the midst of the Democratic Party’s far left base insisting that the solution to “systemic racism” is to put blacks in charge of everything, Biden is going to add another white American to his ticket? Not only a white woman, but a white woman who advanced her career by pretending to be a “person of color”?

Impossible.

4 thoughts on “Saturday Ethics Warm-Up, 7/18/2020: The Unmasking Edition

  1. Re Mary Trump.
    I thought the same thing – that none of my relatives could have sufficient insight into my life to fully understand me let alone write a book about me. They have no idea of that which transpired between family members which create the adult cousin or neice later in life.

    Mary Trump’s willingness to denigrate her uncle for fun and profit speak more about the values her parents instilled in her than any behavioral value she associates with the Donald.

  2. 3. Great comments on Sullivan. Thank you. I couldn’t stop laughing upon hearing he’s considered a conservative. I loved the way he ran around in his comments waving the “I hate Trump!” and “Hey, I’m voting for Biden!” banners. What a weenie. But hilarious none the less.

  3. In short, Sullivan is no conservative except in a totalitarian world where no variation from Far Left agendas are permitted. Voting for Biden is voting against the freedom of expression that Sullivan claims to support.

    It is sad that it has come to that.

    I wonder if Alan M. Dershowitz has come to this conclusion. He has reliably backed Democrats in presidential elections in the past.

    4. And speaking of that…Sheryl Atkisson, one of the few reporters who has broken ranks, provides this story revealing that new Russia probe memos expose the fake news peddled by the Times in its collusion investigation coverage.

    Did anyone in the DNC suggest that they should back off these Russian collusion conspiracy theories?

    5. This just can’t be true; nobody is this demented. I keep reading that Biden is going to name Senator Warren as his VP candidate. I don’t care how many IQ points Joe has lost: he can’t be that incompetent. In the midst of the Democratic Party’s far left base insisting that the solution to “systemic racism” is to put blacks in charge of everything, Biden is going to add another white American to his ticket? Not only a white woman, but a white woman who advanced her career by pretending to be a “person of color”?

    SJW stuff is really going to convince the defectors to come back home.

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