No, the Ethics Dunce President of the headline isn’t Joe Biden, despite the photo above of him bizarrely lowering his mask to shout at someone during the 9-11 ceremony. Does Joe even know how masks are supposed to work? If he doesn’t understand that, what business does he have dictating how citizens need to protect themselves and others from the Wuhan virus
? Anyway, it’s not Joe, and it’s not Clinton or Obama either. No, it’s not even Donald Trump, though accepting cash to provide live commentary along with his son on a pay-per-view stunt fight between 58-year-old Evander Holyfield (retired for a decade) and a 44-year-old mixed martial artist, Vitor Belfort on the 20th anniversary of the attacks is about as undignified an activity by a former POTUS as I can imagine. It’s—drum-roll!— George W. Bush!
But I’ll get to him in a minute, first let’s identify the unethical principal.
That would be the principal of Eastlake High School in Sammamish, Washington—Oh! Washington! It all makes sense now!— Chris Bede, who cancelled a Patriot’s Day theme at the school’s football game the day before the 20th anniversary. Students wanted to do something to commemorate the tragedy, and were prepared to wear red, white and blue.
Oh NO! The colors of the AMERICAN FLAG!
After conferring with staff, however, Bede put the kibosh on the tribute. “Our leadership teachers made this decision and explained it to students,” Bede wrote. “I know tomorrow is 9/11 and understand the sacrifice and values our flag represents, but I think they just did not want to unintentionally cause offense to some who see it differently.”
You know, like all those students in the Al Qida and “1619” clubs.
The principal is a weenie and an idiot, and cannot be trusted to oversee koi pond feeding, much less education.
NOW let’s consider former President George W. Bush, who for some strange reason decided to give a rare public speech to commemorate the event that dominated his terms in office, at least until the economy crashed. Bush spoke at a ceremony for Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
His speech was partly an effort to re-frame his own role in not just one but two foreign policy fiascos, but worse, it involved an embrace of the ridiculous Big Lie that equivalence exists between the terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001 and the Capitol riot of January 6, 2021. He said in part,
“And we have seen growing evidence that the dangers to our country can come not only across borders, but from violence that gathers within. There is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home. But in their disdain for pluralism, in their disregard for human life, in their determination to defile national symbols, they are children of the same foul spirit. And it is our continuing duty to confront them.“
It is clear what Bush was referring to, and he didn’t have the courage of his convictions to be specific, giving him plausible deniability. There is little doubt, is there? This false comparison has been part of the Trump Deranged narrative for months. And, when you think about it, the two events are eerily similar. Consider: the 2001 attacks killed roughly 3,000 people, brought down two skyscrapers and several other buildings, destroyed part of the Pentagon, crashed four passenger jetliners, and sparked two wars. Its cost in taxpayer funds was many billions; in losses to business and the economy, billions more. The January 6 riot caused the shooting death of one rioter at the hands of police and the “acute amphetamine intoxication” death of another rioter. While the 9/11 attackers were mass murderers, the Capitol rioters have been charged with “Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in a Capitol Building.” Parts of the Capitol were ransacked, but the Capitol stands, and Congress finished its election certification work the same night.
It is clear to me that this is just one more manifestation of the Bush strain of the Trump Derangement virus, which began raging across the Bush and Cheney families while infecting the Bush camp acolytes like the neocons, Michael Gerson and Richard Painter. This all occured during the Republican candidates debates, when Trump was mean to Jeb while insulting George. No doubt, this was another one of Trump’s reckless self-inflicted wounds, like his gratuitous insults to John McCain. Nonetheless, bias makes you stupid, and George Bush was never all that swift to begin with. In his case, family loyalty and personal pique caused him to spread absurd anti-Trump, anti-conservative, anti-Republican defamation.