Morning Ethics Warm-Up, 6/29/22…But First, A Song!

That’s my second favorite musical moment in “1776” (after “The Egg”), when South Carolina delegate Edward Rutledge, the youngest member of the Continental Congress, mocks the hypocrisy of the anti-slavery Massachusetts delegation, seemingly dooming independence over the slavery question. Of course, Rutledge didn’t sing his objections, and his opposition to leaving Great Britain was primarily over the fact that he didn’t think the Colonies could win the inevitable war. On this date, he issued a letter in 1776 explaining his reasoning. But he came around, and signed the Declaration of Independence a few days later. Thank goodness for that.

This is also the date (in 1972) when the Warren Court holdovers on the Burger Court launched Furman v. Georgia, ruling by a 5-4 margin that capital punishment was unconstitutional and in violation of the Eighth Amendment banning “cruel and unusual punishment.” This was the same kind of bootstrapping logic and judicial over-reach that led the same SCOTUS to Roe v. Wade the next year. Obviously the Founders didn’t believe that capital punishment was cruel or unusual, and it was considerably crueler in the 18th Century than in 1971. The liberal justices just didn’t like capital punishment and couldn’t leave the decisions about its use to the public and their elected representatives, so they acted unilaterally, democratically, and dishonestly. This bad decision was reversed just four years later, at a time when public support for the death penalty was soaring.

I can connect “Molasses to Rum to Slaves” to the Roe controversy, because there is a strong connection, but never mind.

1. How does this crap get stopped? Yesterday, while writing a draft of an official court document on Microsoft Word, I used the editor function to catch about 40 typos. The program also flagged what Word called a “Diversity” error. I used the verb “master,” as in “master the material.”

Obviously, I was referencing slavery, according to the robot woke word censors. Word told me I should use “learn,” or “become skilled at.”

I used “master,” and began to search for a document program that isn’t trying to brain-wash the world.

2. Bizarro World logic. At least 51 illegal immigrants—even Fox News is calling them “undocumented migrants” now, which is deceit—were found dead in a tractor-trailer in San Antonio, Texas,and more than a dozen were hospitalized. Who is responsible? Well, they are, for trying to break our laws and enter the country illegally, and the smugglers who took their money to aid and abet the crime. Next in line is the Biden administration and open-border advocates, who send the message to such desperate foreigners that the U.S. really welcomes them, once they can get into the country. Biden’s incompetent paid liar, Karine Jean-Pierre, responded to that criticism by saying, “The fact of the matter is the border is closed.” Right. Who believes that? If that’s true, why is a massive caravan of would-be border-jumpers creeping toward the Mexican border? It’s closed! It’s amazing that the 12 million or more illegal immigrants in the U.S. ever got in.

Here’s the libertarian response, from Tim Carney, the editor of the Washington Examiner:

He’s not an “open border person,” but he’s arguing that not having open borders is at fault for the deaths.  Ace of Spades responded with typical emphasis, writing in part,

Tim Carney, you are “an open borders guy.” This is what angers me: I don’t mind that people have different political beliefs. What I mind is that people lie about their political beliefs…As I keep saying: It is on this issue, and their squeamishness of enforcing the border and deporting illegal aliens (they are cosmopolitan urban liberals, and they think it’s racist to do this), that NeverTrump broke from the Republican Party on, and not on Trump’s “mean tweets” or “unacceptable personal characteristics”…. the real cause of the schism was on immigration. They are pro-Open-Borders but absolutely refuse to admit that, choosing instead Tim Carney’s method of, “Say, just asking questions here, but wouldn’t Open Borders solve all of America’s problems, Fellow Conservatives?” They don’t want to admit they are on the far left on the border issue because they would lose their influence and their grift and their entire capacity to Con the Rubes…

Bingo.

3. Stockholm Syndrome, CNN division. CNN host S.E. Cupp, another one of the network’s house “conservatives” (think Ana Navarro, but smarter) declared that the Republican Party was “shrinking” and was doomed by the Supreme Court’s abortion and gun rights rulings. “It’s hard to imagine the Republican Party surviving this,” Cupp said. On the air. You see, this has to be the right analysis, because everyone she works with and talks to is an extreme progressive Democrat. In her bubble, the GOP has no supporters at all.

Talk about “It isn’t what it is”! Meanwhile, Republicans have gained a million registered voters from the Democratic Party according to voter registration analysis done by the Associated Press. Increasing numbers of Hispanic and Asian-American voters are moving rightward. One poll shows the GOP with an eight-point lead in the generic ballot for Congress ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, with the Democratic President unpopular, dishonest, foundering and often ridiculous. A just released Rasmussen poll shows that fully half of all likely voters approve of overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, even with the reporting on the decision by CNN and the other propaganda merchants being relentlessly misleading and negative.

A TV pundit who utters such a counter-factual opinion has shown herself to be incompetent and untrustworthy, and so is a news network that allows such a hack to continue being employed.

4. The real question is, why has GW done such a lousy job educating its students that they even suggest this? Despite banning the nickname “Colonials”, George Washington University at least has some integrity left. A group of students demanded that Justice Clarence Thomas be fired as a GW adjunct and his Constitutional Law course be cancelled in response to his concurring opinion to the Dobbs decision. The university declined, writing,

9 thoughts on “Morning Ethics Warm-Up, 6/29/22…But First, A Song!

  1. I had the very good luck to have once seen a live production of 1776 (community theater is perfectly fine, stop judging.) Molasses to Rum got a standing ovation, it’s so powerful and, in my humble opinion, the best moment in the show with Mama Look Sharp coming in second.

    • Agree to both—I just love the idea of Adams, Franklin and Ton sitting outside the Hall musing about the birth of the nation. But Mama Look Sharp is a dramatic high-point.

      Community theater can be great. I directed a lot of professional productions, but arguably my six favorites and bests were amateur productions (“Iolanthe,” “Pirates of Penzance,” “Amadeus,” “Three Penny Opera,” “Follies” and “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

  2. Half-hearted golf clap for GWU. But the letter would have been much stronger if it had concluded as follows:

    In conclusion, let me note that Clarence Thomas is a sitting Justice on the nation’s highest court, and has been so since before most of you were born. You may disagree with his jurisprudence and some, even all, of his decisions – but there’s no question that he’s a preeminent Constitutional scholar. That role, after all, been his primary job for the past 31 years. Instead of whining, it might not be a bad idea to sign up for his course, if for no other reason than to understand how he reaches the decisions he does. He is not shy in explaining his rationale.

    • Perfect. Plus, I’d take out the “Justice Thomas’ views do not represent the views of either The (sic?) George Washington University or of its law school” line as well. That’s just blatant pandering. Does the University or its law school maintain views? How? Why? They might as well have thrown in the obligatory “And Trump’s a jerk” line so they could be seen as true believers to mollify the mob at the gates.

  3. #2 I once, perhaps 12 years ago, sent a blistering email to Peter Doocey over his use of “illegal immigrants,” when he was clearly discussing “illegal aliens,” according to the law. I don’t recall receiving a reply but, I think for a little while Fox put “alien” back in their on-air style manual.
    #4 AIM’s suggested addendum to TGWU letter gets my vote, of I get one, for Comment of the Day, with a definite Honorable Mention to OB for his follow-on remarks.
    MB

  4. But First, A Song:
    When my wife and I were much, much younger, and visiting family in NYC (as I recall, preparing our small family for a transfer to an Air Base in West Germany) we managed to get a pair to see 1776 (and Chicago, too) during their first runs. My timing could be off, but it was a couple of enjoyable evenings.
    MB

  5. I just don’t know where I am at on the immigration issue these days. I’m some amalgamation of “Secure the borders, remove the immigration caps, and document everyone.” To balance that, extend the timeline and pathway to citizenship. Then heavy enforcement of violent crimes perpetuated by the now legal residents to cancel their bid to become citizens and rapid deportation. Strict enforcement of taxpayer ID requirements for employers and strict enforcement against anyone who remains unauthorized to be present.

    Given our due process laws and privacy laws, I don’t think what I’m describing as “strict enforcement” will actually amount to “gestapo enforcement” so…. yeah. I dunno. The whole thing is a trainwreck.

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