You want violence instead of civil discourse? In 1856, you got it when on this date, South Carolina Congressman Preston Brooks beat Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner in the Senate over the expansion of slavery and Sumner’s speech excoriating slavery-supporting Senators by name. Brooks entered the Senate chamber and used his cane to beat Sumner, who was sitting at his desk. Sumner’s legs were pinned under the desk, which was bolted to the floor, so he could not escape. If Brooks had not been pulled away, Sumner might have been killed. But the attacker became an instant hero in the South, as supporters sent him commemorative canes. Sumner could not return to the Senate for three years because of his injuries.
Nice. And it appears to me that there are a lot of cultural exhortations to violence occurring right now. Democrats are actively fear-mongering about an imaginary “threat to democracy” posed by Republicans, even as Democrats push for restrictions on free speech and continue with their partisan show trials over the Capitol riot. Violence in response to any police shooting involving a black citizen is now routine, and abortion activists are threatening violence in response to the looming Roe reversal. Meanwhile, the media is assisting in the despicable effort to pin the Buffalo shooting on Tucker Carlson and Fox News
Always happy to help out, the Mad Men (and women) have recently decided that killing the people who you don’t like or disagree with is acceptable and hilarious. In this Amazon Prime TV ad, we’re supposed to applaud a man being killed because he tries to flirt with a woman at a party:
In this one, Apple shows a young woman, the commercial’s protagonist, vaporizing the people who threaten her privacy:
The message is that it’s justifiable to employ violence to get rid of bad people. This is called “playing with fire.”
1. No big deal! The reflex response of the Biden Administration, reflected in the performance of its paid liars, to various problems is now “Hey, its’ not a big deal!” Gas prices are too high? Jen Pasaki said to drive less or buy an electric car. The crashing stock market got an especially obnoxious shrug-off from new White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, who said that Wall Street’s longest losing streak in 99 years was “not something we keep an eye on every day.”
Funny, I thought everything going on in the nation was something the Executive Branch is obligated to “keep an eye on every day.”
2. Good. Kudos to Republican voters in North Carolina’s 11th congressional district for dumping Madison Cawthorn in last week’s primary. Seldom, if ever, has a first term Congress member so quickly proven his unworthiness for public office. Among his habits was repeatedly trying to get on an airplane with a gun in his carry-on luggage. He was caught diving with an expired license. His rhetoric was inflammatory and irresponsible.
If only voters in other districts around the country were so quick to rectify their mistakes….
3. Hillary disinformation? What Hillary disinformation? CNN, Yahoo, CBS, Bloomberg, and other news media reported on the revelation—it keeps getting called “shocking.” I wasn’t shocked. Were you shocked?—that, as Yahoo! put it, “Hillary Clinton personally approved leaking to the media information alleging a connection between Donald Trump and a Russian bank in 2016, which the campaign itself had not fully confirmed, according to testimony Friday by Clinton’s campaign manager.”
Can you guess what news sources didn’t report the story? Oh, just the “paper of record” New York Times, and the “Democracy dies in darkness” Washington Post.
3. At least he’s not beating anyone with a cane. Yet. DNC Chair Jaime Harrison, ranting irresponsibly on MSNBC yesterday:
This party, the Republican party, has turned into a party that is built on fraud, on fear, and fascism.
Not quite as catchy as “Rum, Romanism and Rebellion,” but nice try!
They are trying to suppress the right of freedom of speech. They’re banning books right now. In Florida they’re trying to keep you from saying certain words. They’re repressing people in terms of their votes at the ballot box. They’re going after women’s rights to control their bodies, and privacy rights. This is a full frontal assault on Democracy coming from the Republican party. It’s something you would see in a place like Russia!
It seems unkind to mention it, but the current leader of the Democratic Party was elected on a promise to dial back toxic rhetoric and to bridge the partisan divide.
4. Kellyanne cashes in. Former Trump “counsellor” Kellyanne Conway is the latest trust-betrayer, as her tell-all book “Here’s the Deal” is hitting the web. Again, betraying the trust of an employer, especially a President, while that employer is still active in the public sphere (and even after) is ethically indefensible. I don’t know why I expected Conway to be any better than all the other “best people” that Trump hired and appointed, but I did.
5. The Great Stupid’s Stupid Backlash. Now Republicans are running parts of Virginia, so they are going to waste time, money and energy trying to reverse admittedly woke-driven foolishness. The Shenandoah County School Board in 2020 voted to change Stonewall Jackson High School to “Mountain View” and Ashby-Lee Elementary School to “Honey Run.” Now it is considering bringing the names of the Confederate generals back, polling constituents with the possibility of a reversal if the public wants more “Dixie” in their public schools.
This is what we ask for when momentary fad sensibilities dictate changes in the names of public buildings.
6. Here’s how news sources get themselves black-balled from Ethics Alarms: The newish conservative news site, the D.C. Enquirer, featured this headline: “New Poll Shows World Leaders Respected Trump More Than Biden.” It’s a flat out lie. The actual poll result:
“A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 53% of Likely U.S. Voters believe most world leaders see President Biden as weaker than former President Donald Trump. Thirty-three percent (33%) feel Biden is stronger than Trump in the eyes of most world leaders.”
What polled voters believe is not proof of anything other than what they believe. What do U.S. voters know about how foreign leaders feel about Trump and Biden?