Ethics Villain: Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Cal.)

I seriously considered not posting this, because Waters’ ethical villlainy should be obvious to everyone, and Ethics Alarms generally doesn’t post on the obvious.

It has certainly been obvious to Ethics Alarms from the beginning: in 2009, in one of the very first posts here, I noted that CREW (Citizens for Responsible Ethics and Responsibility in Washington), the Democratic Party-bolstering fake “non-partisan” ethics watchdog, had labeled Waters one of the “Most Corrupt” members of Congress. This served their masquerade at the time, because it is so obvious that Waters is corrupt that she was “low hanging fruit”: by listing her on their unethical Congress members docket, CREW could claim that they really were bipartisan. (If CREW didn’t list Waters, it would make the group look like the sham it is.) Democrats know Waters is unethical; they simply lack the guts and integrity to say so and do something about her.

As I wrote in another post about Waters, “Never mind though: Waters is black, so by the infinitely adjustable weaponizing definition of racism used by progressives, black activists and Democrats for the previous eight years, to criticize her at all is to be a racist.” There is no member of Congress—maybe no one in government—so brazenly reliant on this principle as Waters. She also girds herself in gender, so pointing out the obvious about her—that she’s a demagogue, a racist, an embarrassment to her her party, a disgrace to Congress and not very bright in the bargain—gets a critic tagged as a bigot AND a misogynist. The fear of this is so great that even Bill O’Reilly, himself an ethics villain who seldom crumpled in the face of race-baiting, groveled an apology for mocking Waters’ helmet-hair in 2017, saying, “As I have said many times, I respect Congresswoman Maxine Waters for being sincere in her beliefs. I said that again today on ‘Fox and Friends,’ calling her ‘old school.’ Unfortunately, I also made a jest about her hair, which was dumb. I apologize.”

Defenders of slavery were sincere in their beliefs. Flat-earthers are sincere in their beliefs. Charles Manson was sincere in his beliefs. Stalin was sincere in his beliefs. The old guy with empty look in his eyes who stood with his old Weimaraner day and night near our street where I grew up, thinking he was still an air raid warden in World War II was sincere in his beliefs, and he was harmless, unlike Maxine Waters.

It’s kind of fun, in fact, to read the Waters dossier at Ethics Alarms, and I was selective. I almost literally could have posted about her ethics vacuum every time she opened her mouth. I had forgotten for example, that she posted this on Twitter:

But history teaches that eventually those who think they are immune from accountability go too far, and if the latest from Maxine isn’t an example of that, it should be.

Waters crashed a demonstration over the weekend in Brooklyn Center, the Minneapolis suburb where Daunte Wright was killed and where riots have been going on dedicated to bypassing due process to punishthe hapless police officer who apparently killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright with her incompetent. The protests also had resonance regarding the trial of Derek Chauvin, which may conclude this week. [Aside: Business Insider, in its story about Water’s miserable conduct, calls Chauvin “the Minneapolis officer who killed George Floyd by kneeling on his neck.” This is typical of the news media since Floyd died and throughout the trial. Whether Floyd in fact “killed George Floyd” is what the jury is supposed to determine after a fair trial. Articles like this one is why the judge’s decisions not to sequester the jury denied Chauvin a fair trial, and if our justice system has any integrity at all, this kind of article will guarantee him a new one.]

Waters told the crowd that she was  “looking for a guilty verdict” for Chauvin. An elected official cannot and must not make a public statement like that while a trial is underway. It violates ethics rules and rules of reason. It represents an effort to interfere with the justice system, and in my view, should earn automatic sanctions. Of course, Maxine doesn’t understand the law; she doesn’t understand much except hate, partisan extremism, and the how to abuse power after 30 years in Congress. And she was just warming up.

“We’ve got to stay in the streets, and we’ve got to demand justice,” Waters said, essentially declaring that trials should be swayed by mobs. “I am hopeful that we will get a verdict that says, ‘guilty, guilty, guilty,’ and if we don’t, we cannot go away. We’ve got to get more confrontational. We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business.” She also urged protesters to break the law, saying that they should ignore the curfew. Proving that “they mean business,” a gunman fired at a Minnesota National Guard and Minneapolis Police Department neighborhood security team, the Minnesota National Guard said.

Again, this should be obvious, but Waters voted to impeach President Trump for urging protesters to do far less than that. Those who believe Chauvin should be convicted ought to be furious with Waters, and the thug cop’s lawyer should be ecstatic. Waters just gave his client a “Get Out of Jail Free” card, at least if “fair trial” means anything when a white cop is involved in a black perp’s death. If Chauvin is acquitted and deadly riots erupt, it should be remembered that Waters called for violence. If he’s convicted and the verdict is overturned, Waters will be partially responsible for that as well.

The question is now whether the Democratic Party and their propaganda merchants in the mainstream media and editorial pages have any integrity at all. So far, the condemnations of Waters’ indefensible rhetoric have been left to Republicans like Sen. Ted Cruz, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, and the Republican House minority leader, Kevin McCarthy.

You know: racists.

If Democrats remain silent over Waters’ conduct, they will be guilty of enabling and endorsing it.

16 thoughts on “Ethics Villain: Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Cal.)

  1. Democrats won’t say boo. It’s VERY useful to them to have this militia out there to cow elected officials, police, and courts into doing what they want. Chris Cuomo went a step farther and talked about killing white kids and black militias forming. I really think the law-abiding population of this nation will reach the end of its patience soon, and there will be something akin to a second Civil War.

    • I do hope you are wrong about a second Civil War. My hope is fleeting, though.

      I am not sure why Jack has to write anything after “Maxine Waters in an unethical human being.” Full stop. It is self-explanatory.

      jvb

  2. At this point, can anyone imagine a way that Derek Chauvin can get a fair trial?
    (1) A jury that will be doxxed if they don’t reach the correct verdict and they probably know it.
    (2) An unsequestered jury that has to drive through mobs to and from court every day.
    (3) A prosecution who defied the judge and entered ‘surprise’ evidence.
    (4) A judge who wouldn’t declare a mistrial when the conditions he himself set for a mistrial were met and then exceeded.
    (5) The mainstream media universally declaring him guilty.
    (6) A Congressional representative from a different state travels to encourage INCREASED rioting unless he is convicted.

    What do you do when you reach that realization?

  3. I agree that Waters is a loathsome individual. She is the most dangerous kind of politician: She is dumb, arrogant, entitled, and willing to use the powers at her disposal to destroy others for her own benefit. She should be run out of town on a rail.

    I have two incoherent thoughts raging through my Dr. Pepper-deprived mind but they seem to somewhat connected, perhaps kind of a “seamless garment of horribles”?

    No. 1: Re: Chauvin and the Trial to End all Trials.

    I have read EA’s analysis as well as Andrew Branca’s very detailed trial commentary. Branca has done an excellent job discussing/analyzing the case from a defense lawyer’s perspective and as a legal scholar. He thinks there is ample room for the jury to acquit but (and this is my synthesis of his coverage) that this is not the average case and the jury might just convict to save their necks. Yet, I was brewing Czech beer with friends yesterday, all of whom are very successful, very well-educated, and tend toward the conservative side (one is a defense counsel). To a person, they were horrified by the video (as we all were) and think Chauvin is guilty. One even suggested that Chauvin cost Trump the election. I disagree with that. Chauvin and the Summer of Floyd didn’t help, but in reality, it was a combination of the Media, the DNC, the RNC, the Establishment, and CoronaVirus, along with Trumps’ bombastic and combative behavior, that cost him the election. But, I was surprised that very well-educated people were calling for a guilty verdict.

    No. 2: Now. what was the Second Thought?

    Was it Rahm Emanuel’s “Never let a good crisis go to waste?” Hmmm . . . . Kind of. Follow me on this one ’cause it’s gonna get a bit odd.

    On January 6, a group of about 350-400 people “stormed” the castle – I mean the “Capitol” – attempting to disrupt Congress to prevent it from certifying the election. The Media have gone absolutely nuts, decrying every individual present as a blood-thirsty racist insurrectionist, including the postal clerk who works in the Capitol building basement bundling up packages to take to the post office a few blocks away. Democrats and their supporters have howled in outrage that Trump is personally liable for the 5 deaths that occurred, even though 3 died from health-related issues, one died from being trampled, and one was killed by a Capitol police officer for attempting to breach the floor. We don’t know the identity of the officer, who she/he worked for; we do know that the woman was unarmed, that there SWAT-equipped armed officers in the stairwell moving AWAY from the door she stupidly tried to breach at the time she was shot center mass by the officer. We also know that the officer will not be charged for shooting an unarmed woman.

    But, how did DC respond? They erected fencing and walls around the Capitol, topped with razor wire. They have also demanded Watergate and 9/11 level investigations. The message is clear: “You unwashed masses messed up. Don’t interfere with us. Do what you are told.” I am not addressing the ethics of the demonstrators or whatever they are supposed to be called. I am wondering if the government response is resonating in the greater country, though. Perhaps the January 6 melee should be a message to the Government, explicitly telling them that they have got it all backwards, that they work for us, and they damn well should be afraid of frustrated and over-stressed citizenry. Biden, clearly, is not making decisions and Harris is not bright enough to think for herself, but she is savvy enough to know which side butters her bread. Harris is supposed to be investigating the root causes of illegal immigration, mind you not how to deal with the border crisis of the Biden Administration’s own making (even CNN is taking them to task, mostly because they have no other choice as CNN can’t blame it on Trump). It seems pretty simple to me:

    1. Central American countries have been a disaster for the last 100 years, the governments are corrupt and ineffective, the police and military forces are corrupt and ineffective, the economies are in shambles, and there are no prospects for anyone. It hasn’t helped that our history in Latin America has been dreadful, backing one Anti-Soviet regime after another regardless of the costs.

    2. “If you tell them to come, they will come.” Biden said during his campaign he would grant amnesty to all undocumented aliens (don’t cyberyell at me – it’s his party’s word, not mine), and effectively invited the entire Central American populations to come on in, along with terminating the “Stay in Mexico” policy the Trump Administration had put in place. Biden and his idiots are openly supporting trafficking in minors, brutality toward women, and gang violence at the border. But, Harris is eating pizza in Chicago. Oh, that’s nice – I would have told to go to Gino’s East and get the deep dish. See? I’m not a philistine.

    3. Republican and Democratic parties are equally responsible for the disaster. Immigration law reform is overdue but neither has the political will power to do what needs to be done, even though border states are completely overwhelmed by the mass immigration problem.

    4. The border disaster is being portrayed by Big Media as another example of white privilege suppressing and oppressing brown and black people. The Democrat party is proposing legislation to give those arrested for illegally crossing the border free housing and $15 grand, where the latest CoronaVirus allotments to taxpayers average around $1600 per person. Struggling families are not being protected for government ineptitude and incompetence, and a video of a 9 year old boy made national news because blood-thirty savages otherwise known as “coyotes” left him in the desert all by himself.

    So, back to the insurrection. The economy is struggling, the government is printing money simply because modern Monetary Policy says that a government can print as much as it wants whenever it wants regardless of the future consequences, the national deficit is beyond levels the early Framers would have or could have imagined, race relations are at a 50 year low, thanks directly to idiots like Waters, Biden, Harris, the DNC, that bozo representing the US at the useless UN, critical race theory charlatans, and Diversity and Inclusion fascists. Biden can’t take firearms away without an outright confiscation policy that would be unconstitutional but he will impose draconian taxes and fees on the sale and resale of firearms and ammunition based on some vague notion of saving school children from would-be campus shooters. Disagreement with government policy has been declared insurrection and treason. Useless government bureaucrats routinely contradict themselves on CoronaVirus and vaccines, and those wondering why we have to go through the mask charade if we are vaccinated are criticized by Fauci and his ilk for spreading dangerous fake news and antivaxxer ideologies. Schools are shut down and those that are open are not performing their core function of teaching kids how to think and become intelligent citizens, and that applies to private and public schools alike, and parents feel powerless to stop what is going on, either out of fear or because they are just too overwhelmed at the moment to engage with school boards.

    All of that leads me to think that Steve’s thoughts on a second Civil War is not some crazy idea. People think their government either is directly working against their interests or is out to get them. They may not be wrong. What is that old poem about a raisin in the sun?

    jvb

    • Harlem by Langston Hughes

      What happens to a dream deferred?
      Does it dry up
      like a raisin in the sun?
      Or fester like a sore—
      And then run?
      Does it stink like rotten meat?
      Or crust and sugar over—
      like a syrupy sweet?

      Maybe it just sags
      like a heavy load.

      Or does it explode?

  4. I am a little late on this, but Judge Cahill acknowledged that Representative Waters may have given him an appeal issue with her comments.

    -Jut

  5. Don Lemon said this evening that anyone with half a brain could see that Rep. Waters wasn’t inciting violence with her statements. That means anyone with a full brain can see that – using the standards that were applied to President Trump – she was.

    Poor Don…it explains an awful lot.

  6. A comment on this post.

    https://www.quora.com/What-did-United-States-Representative-Maxine-Waters-mean-when-she-asked-for-people-to-get-more-confrontational-if-there-is-not-a-full-conviction-in-the-George-Floyd-trial/answer/Greg-Hebert-13?comment_id=202953959&comment_type=2

    Did you actually read the link you sent me? First of all, who is Jack Marshall? A Google search does not turn him up. Second, his article is a long list of other people calling Rep. Waters unethical. There is no discussion or evidence presented of any unethical behavior. Third, the problem that Jack and others have with Maxine is that she doesn’t put up with people’s crap. She cuts right through and tells it like it is. I like it.

    – Greg Hebert

    • Once again I have to ask, why do you waste time engaging with self-evident idiots? I don’t know which link you sent this one, but my last post regarding Maxine not only specified what was unethical about her threat[ “An elected official cannot and must not make a public statement like that while a trial is underway. It violates ethics rules and rules of reason. It represents an effort to interfere with the justice system, and in my view, should earn automatic sanctions. Of course, Maxine doesn’t understand the law; she doesn’t understand much except hate, partisan extremism, and the how to abuse power after 30 years in Congress. And she was just warming up.”] but included links to other articles with other specifics.

      This guy apparently doesn’t know what ethics is. He also doesn’t know how to use Google, not that Google listing prove much. I am all over Google. ProEthics has a website. My picture comes up under images. There are a lot of Jack Marshalls, but “Jack Marshall-ethicist” appears on the very first page of the search results.

      This is the kind of opinionated dolt who doesn’t get a comment through moderation. Not worth your time, and definitely not worth mine.

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