1. The President gets a cheap shot...Commenting on Joe Biden’s generally hysterical speech about “voter suppression,” “Bonchie” writes on the conservative blog Red State,
“Of note here is that Biden is channeling Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels by using the phrase “big lie” to disparage Republicans who have concerns about the 2020 election. Yet, despite the phrase’s murderous, anti-Semitic past, the president seems to have no problem saying it repeatedly. In doing so, he echoed CNN’s Jake Tapper and others who have also been fond of the phrase.”
There is nothing wrong with using the phrase or the description. The device was championed by both Goebbels and Hitler, and is an accurate description of a propaganda tactic, an unethical but powerful one, used by both the Right and the Left. Whether the description is used fairly in any particular case is a separate issue. “Big Lies” is a very accurate description of the assault by the “resistance”/Democratic Party/mainstream media against Donald Trump—can you think of a better one?—which is why Ethics Alarms used it here and elsewhere.
What would be fair to note is that Biden has often been an eager employer of Goebbels’ favorite trick himself…as noted in this post.
2. Does anyone understand why Democrats are trying to downplay the current Cuban protests against the Communist government? This makes no sense to me. Thousands of anti-regime protesters took to the streets across the island over the weekend, waving American flags and chanting “Freedom!” and anti-government slogans. Cuba has been a repressive Communist regime since Fidel Castro pulled his bait and switch with the U.S. in 1959, but the most extreme elements in the Democratic Party, the proto-Marxists, have always thrown Cuba metaphorical kisses, like Michael Moore. Barack Obama reversed decades of U.S. policy by opening relations with Cuba without requiring any human rights concessions in return. One would think an outbreak of democracy on the island would be viewed as a good thing, but Biden’s paid liar, Jen Psaki, absurdly explained that the reason for the protests was “concern about rising COVID cases, deaths, and medicine shortages” rather than political oppression.
While Republicans have immediately announced their support for the Cuban people, Reps. Bobby Rush (D., Ill.), Steve Cohen (D., Tenn.), Barbara Lee (D., Calif.), Gwen Moore (D., Wis.) and the more 70 members of Congress, including “The Squad,” of course, signed a letter asking Biden to lift Trump sanctions Cuba in March. They have not had any comment on the demonstrations so far.
Then there is newly-tenured Howard professor of anti-white studies, or something like that, Nikole Hannah-Jones. On a Vox podcast in 2019 before anyone had heard of the “1619 Project’s” fake historian, she told Ezra Klein,
“If you want to see the most equal, multiracial democ… it’s not a democracy – the most equal, multi-racial country in our hemisphere it would be Cuba….Cuba has the least inequality between black and white people of any place really in the hemisphere. I mean the Caribbean – most of the Caribbean it’s hard to count because the white population in a lot of those countries is very, very small, they’re countries run by black folks, but in places that are truly at least biracial countries, Cuba actually has the least inequality, and that’s largely due to socialism, which I’m sure no one wants to hear.”
Remember, this woman was awarded a Pulitzer Prize. Yes, it’s true, Cubans of all races are equally miserable, and almost all of them would flee to the U.S. given half a chance.
3. BREAKING: California sometimes gets it right! California forcibly sterilized over 20,000 citizens over seven decades under a eugenics law enacted in 1909. Some of those sterilized were as young as 11, and even after the law was repealed in 1979, the state continued to sterilize women in prison according to a 2014 state report that followed an exposé by the Center for Investigative Reporting. Now California is prepared to spend $7.5 million to find and pay an estimated 600 surviving victims of coerced sterilization about $25,000 each. It’s far from a faircompensation, of course, but it’s something, and it is the right thing to do. Virginia and North Carolina have set up similar funds.
The eugenics movement of the early 20th century, championed by, among others, revered Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, is an excellent example of how terrible, destructive, misbegotten ideas can take hold in our society and do terrible damage before people wake up.
I’m sure you can think of some current examples…
4. Signature significance! Former DNC chair Donna Brazile said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday: “I’m an election official, OK? And if I began to give people access to the ballot through online applications for absentee ballots, I can be arrested. It’s criminalizing voting in ways we should not criminalize voting.”
That’s right, Brazile, who has been a regular participant in Sunday morning talking head news shows for decades, why I don’t know, can’t understand why violating voting laws should be considered a criminal offense. At least she’s not a lawyer (I checked). She is also, you will recall, the cheat who used her status as a CNN contributor to secretly slip Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton the questions she would be asked in a CNN “town hall” in advance of the broadcast.
5. Funny! But unethical… I don’t know how to feel about this one. Former judge and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore attended an interview with comic and actor Sasha Baron Cohen in Washington, D.C., where he expected to receive an award for supporting Israel. Cohen was disguised as fictional Israeli anti-terrorism expert Erran Morad. When he met Moore, he waved a wand-like device that he said detected pedophiles over Moore, and it beeped. Moore walked out. After the gag was broadcast on Showtime in 2018, Moore sued Cohen, Showtime and its parent ViacomCBS for defamation.
U.S. District Judge John Cronan in Manhattan ruled that Moore’s signed consent agreement barred him from suing, and that the beeping wand couldn’t be taken seriously as an allegation of child sexual abuse .Cronan concluded that the segment was “clearly a joke,” and no reasonable viewer would see it differently.
“It is simply inconceivable that the program’s audience would have found a segment with Judge Moore activating a supposed pedophile-detecting wand to be grounded in any factual basis,” Cronan wrote. Moore is a blight on the law, politics and society, but Cohen’s stunts are unfair and unethical. I doubt there are grounds for defamation damages. I am not sorry to see Moore humiliated. Still, Cohen and his ilk are arrogant jerks, and apparently never heard of the Golden Rule.