Commenters are being far too pessimistic here of late, and so are the rational people I know. Complaining is fine; so is worrying. But action is mandatory. Defeatism, despair, submission—these are not only self-destructive, but un-American. The nation got in its current mess (as it has gotten into others) by inattention and complacency; it is time, once again, to consider first principles, and act. As is usually the case, the bad guys are not nearly as bright as they think they are, as well as being cocky, careless, and corrupt. The public is naive, ignorant, driven by emotion and reckless, but it has come through for the nation throughout our history, and can, and will, again. There were a lot of positive developments in the past five days. Getting the word out is difficult, because our journalists are journalists no longer but tools of aspiring censors and dictators, but there are ways. The United States has always been lucky, sometimes amazingly so, and often when the odds against it have been daunting.
Don’t bet against it.
Meanwhile, make sure we get rid of the marked deck, the crooked dealers and the loaded dice.
1. This day in 1945: U.S. terrorism. On February 13, 1945, the Allies firebombed the German city of Dresden, killing roughly 25,000 people and destroying one of the cultural gems of Europe despite its having no military or strategic value at all. Germany were certain to surrender, it was only a matter of time. Yet more than 3,400 tons of explosives were dropped on the city by 800 American and British aircraft, with the resulting firestorm setting the city on fire for days, creating a horrific landscape of charred corpses, many of them children. Many believe that Dresden was bombed in retaliation for Hitler’s bombing of Coventry, the lovely British city that also had little military value. It doesn’t matter: the unquestionable truth is that Dresden’s destruction was pure terrorism, an act of pure cruelty designed to destroy German morale and create widespread fear. Although the dropping of the atom bomb on Hiroshima is usually the focus on anti-war critics and those who accuse the U.S. of war crimes, the alternative to that bombing was and still is widely believed to have been an Allied invasion of Japan that would have involved huge military losses.There was no justification for the Dresden bombing. It was, as an infamous Civil War battle was once described, “Not war, but murder.”
2. “First they came for Hercules, and I said nothing…” Kevin Sorbo, the actor who played Hercules in the TV series “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” for many years, announced yesterday that Facebook had deleted his account along with its half-million followers. He says he has received no explanation from Facebook (just as Ethics Alarms has never received an explanation from Facebook for blocking links to my blog for two years just as it was beginning to see significant growth in traffic and followers). Sorbo, you will be surprised to learn I’m sure, is an outspoken conservative and Christian.
If I posted this on Facebook—I don’t bother any more—I know the response: the rationalizers would condescendingly explain that Facebook, as a private company, has the right to block anyone they choose from using its platform. Yes, asshole, I know that. I also know, and unless you are a complete idiot as well as a fan of progressive domination, that because social media has become a primary means of communication and political advocacy in this country, censoring one side of any issue is an attack on both democracy and freedom of speech, and thus unethical and dangerous. I don’t care if it’s legal (and if you and people like you hadn’t voted for the censors, it might not have been for much longer). It’s unethical. You can’t process that because you believe that the ends justify the means.
3. Despicable and totalitarian screed of the week: Washington Post hack Dana Milbank. The headline says it all: “If Republican senators acquit Trump, they will own the violence that follows” needless to say, Milbank isn’t a lawyer, and apparently hasn’t even watched many TV lawyer shows. An argument like that would mean an instant mistrial in any court in the nation. If is an inflammatory, irresponsible, idiotic argument that appeals to bigger idiots. It represents an endorsement of the unconstitutional concept of pre-crime. the fact that the Washington Post employs a writer capable of making such an argument without “hiding his head under a bag,” as Justice Scalia liked to say tells you all you need to know about how untrustworthy the Post has become, and why it is now the tool of those who oppose individual liberty.
If there is violence, it will be because Milbank and journalists like him have enabled the foes of democracy. Donald Trump will have nothing to do with it.
4. Relating to the previous EA post...Professor Turley argues here that the Democrats were “tanking” the impeachment trial—losing intentionally. If someone can explain why the usually astute professor thinks “tanking” in politics makes sense (in professional sports it can result in better draft picks), please do. he makes a strong case that the case for impeachment is incredibly weak (“In the last impeachment, I criticized the House leadership for impeaching Trump on the thinnest record in the shortest time in history. It then outdid itself by impeaching him a second time with no record and no hearing.”)but fails to explain how the Democrats can possibly benefit from fiasco. He concludes,
“That is why, with the start of the trial, there is growing suspicion of a tanked trial. The House will present a case long on emotions and short on evidence. Trump will then be acquitted and Democrats will look to picking up new talent in the 2022 draft.”
Huh? Turley is often described as a “progressive” professor by the conservative news media when he criticizes Democrats. I’d call him a fair and objective professor who is capable of rising above his own preferences and bias. This is one of the few pieces by Turley that suggests a Democrat Party bias. He’s desperately trying to rationalize utter incompetence and stupidity fueled by irrational hate. “They just can’t be this stupid,” he’s arguing. “They must be losing on purpose.”
With due respect for Professor Turley, that’s almost as ridiculous as Rep. Greene’s “The wildfires were caused by Jewish lasers from outer space” conspiracy theory. Occam’s Razor applies. The Democrats are running an incompetent impeachment because they are incompetent.