I’m up at 3:30 am writing an ethics post because a nightmare woke me up. I don’t want to talk about it…
1. Breaking! American citizens are not as stupid as progressives think they are! At least in this instance…the first wave in the Democratic Party’s unethical push to eliminate safeguards agaiants fraudulent voting was the campaign during the Obama administration to label voter ID requirements as “racist’ and “voter suppression.” The argument that it made sense not to require voters to present the same level of identification necessary to rent a car, cash a check or get on an airplane when the integrity of our elections is involved was intellectually dishonest, but the with the degree to which the news media carried the message for their favorite party, I assumed this particular brainwashing exercise was a success. But in the wake of the failure of that party’s attempted take-down of election security last week, the Monmouth University Poll revealed that 80% of the public, approve of voter ID. I know, polls. But that’s a pretty convincing margin:
Even Democrats favor ID, though not by a large enough margin to generate any respect. The big surprise was that Monmouth shows whites splitting 77/21 in favor of ID and nonwhites favoring the measure even more strongly, at 84/13.
The American Left, wherein the One-Worlders dwell, always like to cite the United States’ failure to emulate European governments—which the U.S. decided at its origin not to follow by design—as an argument for various measures like banning capital punishment, nanny states, , and gun ownership restrictions, but have been adamantly mute on the fact that 46 of 47 European countries require government-issued photo ID to vote. The one exception has been Great Britain (although not Northern Ireland), and last month Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government said it would make photo IDs mandatory in response to a Royal Commission report.
2. From the “Joy Behar is an idiot” files. The lack of respect ABC has for the TV viewing public has always been proven by it cynically allowing a Dunning-Kruger case like comedian Joy Behar to be a political pundit on “The View.” She has no primitive ethics alarms, she has no taste alarms, and she doesn’t know when to shut up. The latest example: Las Vegas Raiders defensive lineman Carl Nassib became the first active NFL player to come out as gay, and after the group of over-opinionated, under-educated ladies weighed in with their approval, Behar blurted out, “You know…after they said penetration in the end zone, they lose me.” That would be a crude joke to make at a bar, and it’s gutter level cheap, with no wit in sight. Behar has been on that panel for too long to say without provoking a depressive episode, and nothing tipped her off that it was an inappropriate quip for daytime TV? She is even a bigger idiot than I thought she was, which I would have said was impossible just last week.
3. The rest of the story: Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court overwhelmingly ruled in favor of Brandi Levy, the 14-year-old student who was banished from her school’s cheerleading team after posting on SnapChat a photo of her flipping the bird to the world and making the trenchant existential commentary, “fuck school fuck softball fuck cheer fuck everything.” Ethics Alarms discussed the case in 2019, as always agreeing with the proposition that what students say on social media, except in extreme situations, cannot be punished by schools. That’s essentially what an 8-1 SCOTUS majority ruled, except for a maverick dissent by Clarence Thomas. That Clarence!
I’m going to try getting back to sleep now…