I have been wrestling with myself all day, fighting off the little voice in my head over whether to post this nauseating essay on Facebook. I think it needs to be read, and I haven’t seen what I believe are equivalent explanations of the importance of the dastardly conduct it describes. But I’m sure the post would provoke impassioned and offensive defenses by The Deranged, and that I might well lose it and tell some of theme exactly what they have become. I scrupulously avoided stirring the snakes’ nest after the acquittal, even restraining myself from posting the single word “Good!” without comment. Yesterday I made the mistake of starting to read my Facebook feed for the first time in weeks, and a lawyer I know had written ruefully that there were only “57 votes for democracy” in the Senate. As Jack Point says in “Yeomen of the Guard,” I can’t let that pass, and noted that the statement was Orwellian, and I was being kind. Voting for the contrived conviction of a man no longer President, over which the Senate has no jurisdiction, based on an impeachment based on no evidence, no hearings, no investigation, no witnesses and no defense, after a trial in which a party, in order to prevent future voters from having the opportunity to elect an opposition leader who dares to oppose its assault on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, employed false and falsified claims while refusing to allow witnesses and continued to use a corrupted news media to misinform the public while doings so, when a conviction will complete the process of defeating the Founder’s design for an impeachment process based on the public interest rather than a power grab by any party having a majority in Congress, is a vote FOR democracy! This is how much the past year has corrupted the minds, ethics, civics, integrity, honesty and language of progressives and Democrats.
1. Maybe someone was un-woke enough to read the Constitution? In Oregon, which has now lapped California in the “which state has become more insane?” competition, the 27-member COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee that is charged with devising “a vaccine sequencing plan focused on health equity to ensure the needs of systemically affected populations, including communities of color, tribal communities and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, are met,” seemed poised to announce a vaccine access priority based on race. That would be unconstitutional, and any well-educated 15 year old should be able to explain why; nonetheless, Walter Olson, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute who is NOT 15, went ahead and did explain why prioritizing race in vaccination decisions would breach the Equal Protection Clause, writing that such a plan “runs into the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which says citizens of all races are entitled to the equal protection of the laws.The Supreme Court has long interpreted this to mean that the government may ordinarily not dole out valuable benefits, or impose harms, based on a citizen’s race.”
The commission’s decision was due more than a week ago, and crickets. No news is good news; such an anti-American bit of bias would naturally entail accusing anyone opposing it as being a white supremacist.
2. “Don’t blame me, I voted for Kodos” The planned Democratic PRO act is an assault on employment liberty that would devastate, among others, actors and theater artists. The voice in my head that is cheering for its passage to stick it good and hard to all my professional theater friends who happily and ignorantly put Joe Biden in office is undoubtedly evil, but the little guy sure is seductive. But I’m sure Sean Penn approves of it after careful analysis.
The PRO Act was just re-introduced with sponsors including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer. Among many other things, the bill would severely restrict the legal definition of independent contractors, substantially ending the gig economy as we know it. The Foundation for Economic Education explains, PRO would use the reclassification of independent contractors to force gig economy companies to hire workers as full employees and thus provide them the accompanying salaries and benefits. All but a tiny percentage of professional theaters can afford to operate like that. FEE writes,
The PRO Act would outlaw millions of existing jobs with the stroke of the president’s pen. After all, it would make illegal any independent contractor arrangement where the worker provides services within “the usual course of the business of the employer,” meaning jobs like Uber drivers, Doordash drivers, Instacart grocery deliverers, and more could not exist as we know them. There are roughly 10.6 million independent contractors in the US, accounting for 6.9 percent of all employment. Some of these workers might not be affected by the law and some others may get hired on as full-time as a result. But there’s little doubt that millions more would find themselves unemployed…Uber is just one company and one example. But freelance workers such as journalists, photographers, florists, musicians and more all lost work in California under legislation similar to the PRO Act.
3. You think that’s stupid? Then you don’t know stupid like I know stupid, From the Ethics Alarms life competence files, I give you rapper Len Martin. Here’s Len:
Remember Tessica, the woman who might sue Gorilla Glue because it didn’t warn her not to put in on her hair? Well, Len, another genius, was certain the story was a hoax. So the little voice in HIS head—I wonder if is the same one in my head—convinced him to launch the “Gorilla Glue Challenge on social media, and Len ended up…
…in an ER with a plastic cup glued to his face. Hell, he might as well sue too.
4. That little voice in my head is cheering for this, too. Steve Bannon, the former Trump chief of staff, has been saying that the ex-President’s grand plan for a comeback might be to run for Congress in 2022, win, become Speaker of the House with a new GOP majority, and then lead the vengeance-minded Republicans in an impeachment of Biden, Harris, and others.