1. Bill Barr’s resignation. The Attorney General is leaving, and so would I, in his place. Unlike his predecessor, who endured unprofessional and destructive sniping from the President, Barr decided enough was enough. He issued a respectful letter of resignation, and said “bye-bye.” This was in contrast with other digruntled Trump officials like Mad Dog Mattis, who lived up to his name with a resignation letter guaranteed to give the Trump-hating media more fodder. I assume the final straw was Barr raking fire for correctly not using the Hunter Biden investigation as a GOP campaign weapon. With even half-competent and responsible news media coverage, the Justice Department’s silence about what they are supposed to be silent about would never have been an issue.
The President’s lack of loyalty, respect and gratitude toward his staff and associates is one more ugly character trait that motivates his critics.
2. Another unethical bait-and-switch. I have written about this issue too many times to devote a whole post to it again.. Yesterday Republican Michigan Rep. Paul Mitchell told CNN that he will change his party affiliation to Independent because of President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede the 2020 presidential election and
Mitchell said he has put in a request to the Clerk of the House to change his party affiliation to “independent,” in an interview with CNN, and in a letter it is “unacceptable for political candidates to treat our election system as though we are a third-world nation and incite distrust of something so basic as the sanctity of our vote.” CNN, being incompetent, did not ask the necessary question, which is “Since you are lecturing the President and your party on ethics, why do you think it is ethical to run for re-election as a Republican, get the votes of Republicans in your district, and then change your party affiliation a month later?”
The ethical way to do it is to resign, and then run again under the new banner. A few party-switchers in the past have had the integrity to follow this procedure, notably former Senator Phil Gramm of Texas.
I would support a law requiring any elected official who switches party mid-term to have to resign. As the Ethics Alarm credo goes, “Where ethics fails, the law steps in.”
3. Ann Althouse gets in my lane! The retired law professor/blogger has a pure ethics post up today, inspired by, of all things, this tweet by Chelsea Clinton:
(Side issue: Why does anyone play any attention to what Chelsea does? She has no independent significance, expertise or authority whatsoever. Alyssa Milano may be an idiot, but at least she had a starring role in two successful TV series. Why does the USA still deem it important and a credential to have famous parents even when an individual is useless and unremarkable?)
Ann’s ethics alarms started ringing: I’m not sure mine would have. She writes in part,
First of all, are you lying? This better not be a cover for not sending a present. How long ago was the wedding? Did you attend the wedding? How expensive was the present? Why are you accusing the new occupant of just keeping the present when you know there are thieves who steal items from doorsteps? Surely, the identity of the people you’re accusing — or just asking about — could be easily uncovered. What’s the etiquette about insinuating that random private citizens are thieves? How many people are in the category “my closest childhood friends” for you? Does the “childhood” part mean you’re not really friends with them anymore? Did you even consider going to the wedding? Are you tweeting this now because you heard from the childhood friend and wanted to do something to vouch for your interest in her wedding?
4. You want to know why so many people don’t respect transsexual activists or their demands? This is why so many people don’t respect transsexual activists or their demands... Zinnia Jones, also known as Lauren McNamara, who has transgender issues website, tweeted,
If children can’t consent to puberty blockers which pause any permanent changes even with the relevant professional evaluation, how can they consent to the permanent and irreversible changes that come with their own puberty with no professional evaluation whatsoever? This is literally a position that permanent changes are fine as long as you’re not trans. An inability to offer informed consent or understand the long-term consequences is actually an argument for putting every single cis and trans person on puberty blockers until they acquire that ability…. Also, if you don’t understand that use of puberty blockers is *always* followed by undergoing puberty whether natal (discontinuation) or induced cross-sex (continuation) you have no place saying anything about this topic to anyone…
This is the transexual equivalent of “Open borders!,””Defund the police!” and…
(Please let me know when a version of this clip arrives without Greek subtitles…)
5. Oh, good job, Harvard! Clearly the education your students are getting is top notch…Professor Adrian Vermeule. …Harvard law professor Adrian Vermeule is a constant source of amusement and enlighten ment on Twitter, where he delights in pointing out the absurdities of U.S. politics, largely from a conservative perspective. Now the People’s Parity Project, a group of law students and new attorneys who aim to “unfuck the law” by ending “how the legal profession—and the law itself—enables harassment, discrimination, and other injustices,” is demanding that Vermeule bt publicly shamed by the law school and humiliated by stripping him of key teaching assignments, including teaching first year law students. From their letter to the Harvard administration:
We ask that Harvard Law School take the following steps:
1. Release a statement condemning Prof. Vermeule’s spread of inaccurate conspiracy theories about the election, violent rhetoric, and intolerant statements.
2. Conduct an investigation into whether Prof. Vermeule is spreading misinformation or discriminatory content in his classes or discriminating against students on the basis of characteristics protected by HLS’s Policy Against Discrimination, and take appropriate action until the investigation is completed.
3. Create at least two sections of Administrative Law per semester, so that no student is forced to take a class with Prof. Vermeule.
4. Commit that going forward, Prof. Vermeule will not teach 1Ls.
“We are at a very dangerous place. The push to homogenize the intellectual life at our top universities is being driven by intolerant students and student groups who are so self-absorbed they think nothing of destroying careers to satisfy their own political and personal agenda.”
It also goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway, that would bet my head that every single one of the students involved in this attack voted for Joe Biden. What does this tell us?