1. Let’s start with an Ethics Alarms project…I’d like to see as many people as possible to post this story on Facebook: “Facebook Suspends Ron Paul Following Column Criticizing Big Tech Censorship.” I did, just to see if Facebook would suspend me. After all, it banned Ethics Alarms for two years because I dared to question whether it was fair to regard Fred Astaire’s use of dark make-up to portray Bill Robinson in a “Top Hat”number as racist. Ron Paul did nothing except share an article he wrote criticizing Twitter and Facebook for banning President Donald Trump from their platforms. Paul wrote in part,“The justifications given for the silencing of wide swaths of public opinion made no sense and the process was anything but transparent. Nowhere in President Trump’s two ‘offending’ Tweets, for example, was a call for violence expressed explicitly or implicitly. It was a classic example of sentence first, verdict later.”
Yup. That makes sense. It makes more sense than a lot of what Paul says. There is no possible justification for what Facebook did. (So far, I haven’t been “deplatformed.” I just checked.)
What’s going on here?
2. Race-baiting at its worst. Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA)—yes, the same guy the expressed concern that U.S. troops on Guam might cause it to “tip over”—told a nodding Al Sharpton that he has “no doubt” that the Trump supporters who raided the U.S. Capitol would have “lynched” black lawmakers like him had not police prevented it. He really said this. He may even believe it. He is part of the Democratic House majority. Does anyone in that majority have the integity to tell him he’s an irresponsible fool, or is this the accepted narrative: that Americans who don’t trust the election results want to kill African Americans? That’s funny: it’s a lot like the idea behind the riots the Democrats and mainstream media were justifying over the summer,
But it’s not just Johnson, though he’s special.
During an online video conference with her San Francisco constituents, The Hill reported that Nancy Pelosi said,
“When that assault was taking place on the Capitol, 3,865 people in our country died of the coronavirus, many of them people of color because of the injustice of it all. The next day, on Thursday, 4,000 people died of the coronavirus. Why? Because decisions were made at the highest level, months before in the Oval Office, of denial, distortion, delay, calling it a ‘hoax.” I thought it was going to be an epiphany for those who were in opposition of our democracy to see the light. Instead, it was. an epiphany for the world to see that there are people in our country, led by this President, for the moment, who have chosen their whiteness over democracy. That’s what this is about.”
Is the woman stupid, or evil? The “hoax” canard has even been abandoned my the media: the President said the “hoax” was what Pelosi said in that quote, that the pandemic deaths were due to unspecified mistakes by the President, After all this time, the Big Lie that Trump’s election was all due to white supremacy is still alive and well.
3. Because polls about Trump have been so reliable…a POLITICO/Morning Consult poll released today had the gall to expect us to believe its findings that roughly 48% of respondents agreed that Congress should begin impeachment proceedings to remove Trump from office, compared to 44% who disagreed. Also today, Rasmussen announced that Trump’s approval rating rose 2% after the January 6 riot at the Capitol.
4. . How humiliating. Now Europe is lecturing the United States about the importance of free speech.
5. I know we knew this, but Patriots coach Bill Bellichick is an asshole. The Patriots head coach and established ethic corrupter announced that he was rejecting the Presidential Medal of Freedom, as just another gratuitous insult to the President. “Recently, I was offered the opportunity to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which I was flattered by out of respect for what the honor represents and admiration for prior recipients,” Belichick said.”Subsequently, the tragic events of last week occurred and the decision has been made not to move forward with the award. Above all, I am an American citizen with great reverence for our nation’s values, freedom and democracy.”
No you aren’t, you grandstanding ass. If you were, you would know that the award comes from the Office of the Presidency, which represents the United States of America. Snubbing the honor disrespects both, and is more than just another virtue-signalling cheap shot to suck up to Massachusetts Trump-haters.
The bright side is that Bellichick was a terrible choice for the honor, and was selected by Trump because the two men share dead ethics alarms.