Once again, as I can’t resist doing periodically, I’m publishing a dinged comment as a Comment of the Day to illustrate the kind of thinking and debating technique that goes on among the addled, biased, and ethics-free.
This one is from someone with the ironic email handle “rightwing moron” (he is, it seems, a “woke” moron) objecting to the position expressed here that schools must not take political positions and inflict them on their students, parents and football game spectators, because doing so is an abuse of position, function and power, and because those who operate schools are (theoretically) trained as educators, not public policy experts and political scientists, and have no right to engage in indoctrination. I don’t consider that assessment to be seriously debatable, but I am eager to read intelligent, well-argued, articulate and civil attempts.
This is the first of two comments by whoever this jerk is; both violated Ethics Alarms comment standards. The second was more of the same fallacies and typical emotion-based, ignorant reasoning, so it was sent to Spam Hell. Whoever this was didn’t comprehend the essay in question at all. As is usually the case in such screeds (I get a lot of them), the writer presumes that as long as he, she or it agrees with a political view, it is proper and ethical to unilaterally hijack any activity or function to advance it.
I’ll be back briefly at the end to poke some holes, not because any readers of average intelligence won’t see what’s wrong with this mess on their own, but because I enjoy the excercise, like the way I enjoy walking on bubble wrap. I didn’t clean the rant up the way I edit respectable COTDs, because the lack of care the comment exhibits is of a piece with its quality generally.
Here is the Comment of the Day on the post, “Ten Questions About The Lakewood High School Football Game Incident”:
oh, my god. you’re meaning to tell me… that a school district with more diversity and african american students then you’ve probably ever seen in your life… is peacefully protesting to show those students that they care about their lives?? wow, I’m so shocked. now I know you’re not going to publish this (because censorship’s okay when it benefits your personal opinions, right??), but for the record– you’re a moron. if you read that statement (in which NOWHERE is it stated that they are anti-police in general, only anti-police murders of unarmed human beings) and truly think that pro-black lives means anti-white ones, you, dumb sir, are the epitome of brainlessness and ignorance. the pinnacle of stupidity. the model of gullibility (I could keep going, but people with racist nationalist upper-class-only mindsets like yours tend to have incredibly fragile egos. just ask mr. cheeto man in the oval office). you think that just because you care about yourself more than anyone else, that no one else’s life can compare to the importance of yours. and for the record, this is filled with complete misinformation, as is the original source of the post (and I have these facts confirmed, in case you were wondering, though you don’t seem to care much about facts, do you? for a party that calls the opposite wing “too sensitive,” you lot sure get pressed over the tiniest things): for one, “many people” is a false claim. the only people who complained about the song were the visitors from the entirely white, highly alt-right, mostly rural, extremely religious catholic private school. if you can hear that and not smell the partisanship, then you’re dumber than I thought. one of these people happened to be a racist radio talk show host, who then spread completely unrelated lies and rumors about the school district itself and its young students, which is NOT okay by ANY circumstances. second: law. enforcement. never. complained. neither local nor cleveland police nor first responders complained about the song. you know why? maybe because they’re smart enough to know it’s not a personal attack on them– it’s an observation of the system itself. maybe because they know it’s not worth getting pissed over like a temperamental toddler whose mommy didn’t buy him the best color of the toy he wanted. you wanted us to stop whining and act? we acted. you wanted us to stop acting and be peaceful? we did. we are. and this is how you react to a peaceful protest, a school standing up for its students?? you really are a hypocritical moron.
and I know you won’t post this comment (again, partisan censorship). you probably won’t even read it. but that’s okay, because by knowing you didn’t read it and won’t post it, you’re acknowledging YOURSELF to be a coward. a coward, a racist, and a liar. get your facts straight. stop twisting them to appeal to your readers’ racist, extreme nationalist opinions and feelings, because– as your icon ben shapiro (you know, the one that got pissed over a tiktok song that had nothing to do with politics whatsoever??) says– “facts don’t care about your feelings.” and that goes both ways.
Wow. (I’m back.)
- It’s not censorship to refuse to post a comment that ignores almost all of the commenting rules clearly delineated on this site.
- There were almost no sources to check the account passed on by the radio host (who does not appear to be a racist, except under the false definition that race-hucksters wield to silence critics). This is because the news media refuses to do its job, leaving the task of alerting the public to stories like the Lakewood High indoctrination exercise to the so-called “conservative media,” so it can be discredited as a partisan narrative. If the commenter had contrary facts and sources to report, he should have reported them. “That’s not true” isn’t an argument. It’s a dodge.
- Irrelevancies: 1) how many spectators objected to the school’s exercise in propaganda 2) how many made their objections known 3) what the racial component of the student body or the community is. The school’s conduct would be unethical if nobody objected.
- Moreover, the objection to schools engaging in such political grandstanding ought to be non-partisan. My objection would be the same no matter what views the school decided to use a football game to promote, from world peace to respecting the Second Amendment to being kind to kittens. Progressives defend such abuses of education is because the Left now views indoctrination in the schools as a prime strategy to gain power.
- One reason I posted this garbage is that it’s a great example of the intellectually and ethically bankrupt dodge I keep seeing and reading that extolling and endorsing an organization that says that police are racist and tools of a racist society is a general observation and not aimed at any police individually. This is, of course, the same double-talk used for decades to excuse racism itself.
- I regard ad hominem attacks on the President based on his choice of complexion signature significance for a unethical fool.
- I have no clue what the hell the Ben Shapiro reference is. I guess I need to keep closer tabs on my “icons.”