Today is a big ethics date: on September 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln announced that his Emancipation Proclamation was on the way. Finally issued on January 1 of the next year, its primary initial significance was that the document defined the Civil War as a fight to abolish slavery, not merely to restore the Union. In fact, the Presidential order to come couldn’t free anyone, since it only applied in practice to Northern states where slavery was already banned. On this date, Lincoln told blacks in the Confederacy that they would be free within 100 days. Well, theoretically, anyway. The proclamation, when its official version arrived, also called for the recruitment and establishment of black military units among the Union forces. An estimated 180,000 African-Americans went on to serve in the army, while about 18,000 served in the navy.
The redefinition of the war’s mission announced on this date was a political masterstroke. Suddenly, backing the Confederacy meant favoring slavery, so anti-slavery Great Britain and France could not ally themselves with the South.
1. Not a play review, just more propaganda for open borders...New York theater is back, and so is the “Good Illegal Immigrant” trope. A new play called “Sanctuary City” is being cheered on by critics, although, or perhaps because, its theme is that it’s just so mean and cruel for the United States to enforce its laws against “undocumented immigrants” (that’s illegal immigrants to the honest). The review is headlined, “Slamming a door on a Dream.” The use of the dream metaphor is deliberate deceit; that one may dream of achieving one’s goals by breaking laws doesn’t make the act of breaking those laws any more justifiable. As with “they just want a better life!”, this is an appeal to emotion over facts. Bank robbers want to be rich_–they just want a better life too. So do cheating husbands who kill their wives for the insurance money. That the news media continues to enable this dishonest and unethical theme shows us just how untrustworthy they are. Here’s nauseating last line in the review by Jesse Green, a regular panderer to the woke: “Newark may be a sanctuary city, but there is no sanctuary to protect you from the necessary betrayals of those you love — including your adopted country.” No. It is a betrayal of U.S. citizens to allow lawbreakers to force their way into our country, and it isn’t a foreign citizens’ adopted country until we choose to adopt them.
2. Nah, the critical race theory movement being pushed in the schools isn’t racist! Look:
Yes, this is the largest teachers union in Pennsylvania eagerly promoting a workshop that attacks parents based on their race. Verdict: racism is unethical. So-called anti-racism based on racism is unethical. The sky is blue, and the sea is wet. [Source: Not the Bee]
3. More race-baiting in Boston. As I wrote here, the fact that Boston rejected its black mayoral candidates is being attributed to racism by some commentators, without referencing any special attributes or virtues of the defeated candidates besides their skin color. Apparently the city’s major newspaper, the Globe, is committed to the claim. In another piece today, the Globe asks, “How did Acting Mayor Kim Janey, armed with the benefits of that office, fail to advance to the Nov. 2 general election?” She’s black, you see, so if Boston wasn’t so racist, of course she would have made it through the primary. “Data from the MassINC Polling Group show that white-majority precincts had a higher turnout than more diverse precincts,” the Globe says. ” And of the 50 precincts with the highest turnouts, Janey did not win a single one, according to that group.” Racism! Of course, if that split occurred because black voters voted for a black candidate just because she was black—you know, like the black vote for Barack Obama in 2008, when he had fewer qualifications for President than Sarah Palin—that’s not racial bias, it’s just striking a blow for equality.
Janey is female and black, and had no leadership experience whatsoever when by charter she became acting mayor in late March this year after Biden picked Mayor Marty Walsh as Secretary of Labor. She got that job because she was voted City Council chair by the other members. Janey had been elected to the city council twice by Boston’s mostly black District 7; before that she was a “community organizer.” By all accounts, in five months as acting mayor she did nothing to distinguish herself while looking uncertain and out of her depth, so Bostonians voted for more promising candidates.
You know. Racism.
4. Hard evidence that the 2020 Presidential election may have been “stolen” as Donald Trump says, just not in the way he thinks...Finally, the mainstream media is admitting that the damning Hunter Biden laptop story that was deliberately, falsely, discredited and buried by the mainstream media and Big Tech in the run-up to the 2020 election was, in fact, true. Naturally, Glenn Greenwald, who was driven out of The Intercept, which he co-founded, when he tried to publicize the fact, is saying “I told you so” as loudly as possible, and he is also pissed, writing,
“…[T]he intelligence community, in partnership with Big Tech and the corporate media, disseminated massive lies and disinformation, using censorship and other manipulative techniques, to shape the outcome of what was a close election….After observing what they did, I hope and believe you will have a similar reaction to the one I had after spending the day compiling and reporting it all. No matter how much you despise this sector of the corporate media, it is nowhere near close enough to the level of contempt and scorn they deserve.”
We will never know, of course, whether this effort changed the results of the election. Trump lost, and if this was the reason, the bad guys got away with it. But at very least, we should not let them pretend that the election was fair, and that voters were supplied with the information they needed to make an informed choice.
Here is Greenwald’s new video on the topic: