Major Clipton’s been AWOL lately. Good to have him back, since his commentary is especially germane.
To begin on an upbeat note: there is a house on the route I walk Spuds in the evening that has started having elaborate lawn and porch decorations all year round. The elaborate Halloween display began in late September and lasted until November, when a giant inflatable turkey took over as well as some horns of plenty. Right after Thanksgiving the outrageous Christmas decorations went up. January featured a 2022 display, which gave way to the family’s best yet, a Mardi Gras-themed salute complete with purple, green and orange lights, New Orleans street signs, and plastic beads hanging from the trees. That was up through March. During April, the yard was being landscaped, and I wondered what was in store for May.
There is a full-size inflated Jabba the Hutt on the porch.
I am tempted to knock on their door and tell the family what a boon their whimsy is to the neighborhood. It is such a welcome contrast with the many virtue-signalling scolds who subject us to Black Lives Matter endorsements and various rainbow lawns signs shouting such profound messages as “Love is Love” and “Ramalamadingdong.”
1. Ethics Villain: Jen Psaki, and President Biden is accountable. The demonstrations outside the homes of Supreme Court Justices continue, Justice Alito has been moved to a secure, undisclosed location, and Psaki muttered platitudes when asked if Biden condemns the [illegal!] harassment of the Justices. She also was asked if Biden condemned the leak, and she ignored the question.
But Donald Trump undermined democratic institutions.
2. Never mind having competent lawyers, what matters most is “diversity, equity and inclusion.” The ABA is pushing to eliminate the accreditation standard requiring entrance exams for law school admissions. Law schools should love that: there’s no way they can be sued for discrimination if there are no standard measurements of qualifications.
3. The complete erosion of the ethical standard marking leaks as serious breaches of loyalty, confidentiality and professionalism is not just cultural rot, it’s dangerous. Two recent headlines: U.S. intel helped Ukraine sink Russian flagship Moskva, officials say and U.S. Intelligence Is Helping Ukraine Kill Russian Generals, Officials Say could get the U.S. into a war with Russia for real. Naturally, journalists will print such leaks, even if it does risk getting Americans killed. The warped values of the anti-Trump mob elevated the scummy practice of leaking to source of public approval, exactly the opposite of of what our society needed. There aren’t good leakers and bad leakers; there are only unethical leakers.
But at least the Supreme Court’s leaker won’t start World War III.
4. Another totalitarian move by Democrats fails. I wouldn’t vote for Marjorie Taylor Greene if she were running against that inflatable Jabba—or even the real Jabba—but the effort to keep her off the ballot using the 14th Amendment provision designed for members of the Confederacy shows just how ruthless and uninterested in democracy the current Democratic Party is.
Rather than finding a way to beat the loose-cannon Georgia Congresswoman fair, square, and on the merits, Democrats tried to defeat Greene by getting her name removed from the ballot by falsely accusing her of being a Confederate—OK, participating in an “insurrection against the nation” That’s a crime that Greene was never charged with, and none of the January 6th rioters have been so charged either. The challenge to Greene’s qualifications was based entirely on things she said or posted on social media supporting the rioters. Democrats were trying to remove her from the ballot based on political speech, which is First Amendment speech. (Progressives don’t like the First Amendment.)
A Georgia judge rejected the attempt, and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger quickly announced that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene will remain on the GOP primary ballot, saying,
“In this case, Challengers assert that Representative Greene’s political statements and actions disqualify her from office. That is rightfully a question for the voters of Georgia’s 14th Congressional District.”
5. Back to leaks…On SCOTUSblog, Tom Goldstein has the best analysis I’ve seen yet regarding what might have happened.