Unfortunately, no word but the A-word will do, once again.
It’s disturbing and ominous that one half of the U.S. political culture has embraced vigorous assholery as part of its ideology, but yesterday’s exchange of positions regarding the right to enjoy one’s life shows that no other conclusion is plausible.
Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh attempted to dine in the Washington DC Morton’s Steak House earlier this week, and assholes calling themselves protesters (they were gathered by the “ShutDown DC” activist group) showed up outside the restaurant after receiving a tip from other assholes that Kavanaugh was there.
“While the badasses @OurRightsDC and his own neighbors are gathered outside #Kavanaugh’s home, the justice seems to have snuck out for a swanky DC dinner,” the group posted on Twitter. “We got a tip from someone who spotted him around 7:40. DM us if you want to join him…we’re sure he can pull up a seat!” Student loan forgiveness activist Melissa Byrne (now there is another political position devoid of ethics alarms) tweeted out the restaurant’s phone number, writing, “Folks should call Mortons [sic] at +1 (202) 955-5997 and tell them it’s gross they welcomed Brett Kavanaugh as a diner tonight. Men who take away women’s rights should be shunned.”
Justice Kavanaugh left the establishment through a back exit after having his fill of being harassed and as well as causing his fellow diners to be disturbed. ShutDown DC tweeted: “We hear Kavanaugh snuck out the back with his security detail. @mortons should be ashamed for welcoming a man who so clearly hates women.”
Of course. ‘Our victims should be ashamed.’ The Mark of Asshole!
“Honorable Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh and all of our other patrons at the restaurant were unduly harassed by unruly protestors while eating dinner at our Morton’s restaurant. Politics, regardless of your side or views, should not trample the freedom at play of the right to congregate and eat dinner. There is a time and place for everything. Disturbing the dinner of all of our customers was an act of selfishness and void of decency.”
Exactly. This is also a neat and handy ethics test: if one of your friends or relatives doesn’t agree with this basic statement, he or she may be assholes. Or well on their way to becoming one.
But numerous personages and commentators on the Left leaped at the chance to side with the protesters, whose response to Morton’s was to tweet, “No rights for us, no peace for you. Get f–ked @mortons.”
As the chorus would have sung if Disney’s delightful Fifties TV series “Zorro” had been called “Assholes”…
Out of the night, when the full moon is bright
Comes a mob that’s filled with Assholes!
Its justice charade is of fallacies made…
In turn it makes them assholes.
Assholes! They make the sign of the A!
Assholes! If only they’d go away!
I’m sorry, I just had to get that out of my system.
Speaking for the White House, and thus President Biden and his party, paid liar Karine Jean-Pierre responded to a question about the incident (from guess who) by babbling, “People have the right, this is what Democracy is. Of course people have a right to privacy but people also have the right to protest peacefully, peacefully, it’s the intimidation and the violence that we condemn.”
Ethics Fool. The right to protest doesn’t make all protests right, and exacting revenge on a SCOTUS justice for doing his job, which is to interpret the law, while disrupting a business and its patrons is dead wrong and indefensible in any ethical system. This “protest” is really intimidation. The threat is clear: if you don’t do what the mob wants, you and your family will never have a moment’s peace.
Then journalists and pundits proudly outed themselves as well. Let’s use the reliably awful Joe Patrice of Above the Law (from whence epic racist asshole Elie Mystal emerged from the Leftist ooze) as the example. The man’s a lawyer, and yet he writes garbage like this…
Interestingly, the “right to congregate and eat dinner” is nowhere to be found in the text of the Constitution and a quick Google search of major periodicals of the 18th century found no mention of this specific scenario. Looks like we’ve got another activist steakhouse on our hands!…“Void of decency” — while a great band name — doesn’t describe the protest as much as the farce of a craven government official running out the back door when the public speaks up about his assault on basic rights. And “act of selfishness” better fits a restaurant scolding women stripped of their freedom to quiet down while we try to make some money selling mid-tier steak.
“His” assault on “basic rights”! The historical perspective in the Dobbs opinion that Patrice and other intellectually dishonest critics have obsessed over was designed to rebut that very description: the right to kill unborn humans was never recognized in civilized society and didn’t exist until a rogue SCOTUS opinion made it up out of the unrelated right to privacy, itself a right unmentioned in the Constitution. Kavanaugh didn’t assail the imaginary rights: decades of legal scholars did, and he interpreted the law to the best of his considerable ability along with his colleagues in accordance with their Constitutional duties. Implying personal animus in a justice’s legal analysis is both ignorant and infantile, but it nicely reveals the real motive in the attacks on Kavanaugh and the other justices who made up the majority. Again, it’s vengeance and intimidation. Protesting SCOTUS decisions are unethical because Supreme Court decisions must not be made according to polls or the often biased and uninformed desires of the public. Harassing and intimidating judges is not “democracy,” but an attempt at mob rule.
No, Joe: the “right to congregate and eat dinner” isn’t in the Constitution, but it is encompassed by the “unalienable right” to “the pursuit of happiness,”which is in the Declaration of Independence, and thus incorporated into every inch of the activating document. A government edict prohibiting eating dinner in restaurants absent extreme and unusual (and temporary) circumstances would be found unconstitutional within minutes. Morton’s statement that “Politics, regardless of your side or views, should not trample the freedom at play of the right to congregate and eat dinner. There is a time and place for everything. Disturbing the dinner of all of our customers was an act of selfishness and void of decency” is spot on in every respect, and Patrice’s snide mockery reveals his own lack of decency and fairness.
Meanwhile, ShutDownDC has posted a tweet offering to pay as much as $200 per tip disclosing the location of Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Amy Coney Barrett, and John Roberts.