A lot of people find images like this, and the motto, offensive, presumably because of the association with Ronald Reagan, who brilliantly appropriated optimistic patriotism as a conservative value in response to Jimmy Carter’s “malaise” vision of the nation. Being negatively triggered by one’s own flag and expressions of pride and enthusiasm regarding the nation it represents is not a healthy state of mind, and therefore it is unethical conduct to actively promote such an attitude…which we now see being done every day.
1. It may be unethical, but Harvard at least has gall…In April, Harvard University set out to exceed its previous record for virtue signaling, committing $100 million to “redress its ties to slavery” after a report concluded that slavery played an “integral” role in shaping the University. This is the Cambridge version of reparations, and the flagrant act of misusing donated non-profit funds wasn’t even controversial. The whole board signed on without dissent, which shows how Borg-like the Harvard leadership is. “Diversity” of thought when wokeness is at issue is not welcome. In this month’s alumni magazine, amusingly, Harvard begs for contributions to keep the magazine operating at a high level (it is an excellent alumni magazine), as if tossing away 100 million dollars on non-educational matters didn’t make the appeal ridiculous. As one contrarian alum noted in a letter to the editor, if Harvard can give away all that money to assuage its conscience about supporting and benefiting long ago from a legal and predominant practice that had gone on for centuries, “it doesn’t need mine.”
In other damning news from Old Ivy, the Harvard web site calls Students For Fair Admissions v. Harvard, currently pending before the Supreme Court, as a “politically motivated lawsuit.” That’s the case in which Asian-American students allege that Harvard discriminates against them (like it discriminates against whites) in its admissions policies. The web site states, “Harvard College does not discriminate against applicants from any group in its admission processes.” This is pure “it isn’t what it is” gaslighting. One can argue that affirmative action, which is the real issue in the case, should continue and that it passes ethical standards via utilitarian balancing, but it cannot be denied that the practice isn’t discrimination. The statement is a lie.2. Speaking of discrimination and virtue-signaling, Showcase Cinemas, a British movie chain, announced that it will provide free movie tickets for redheads during the current heat wave, which has been declared a national emergency. The theory is that redheads are more bothered by heat than others, which is a dubious proposition at best. The stunt is pure discrimination, and unethical. I’m pretty sure obese people also suffer more in the heat: why not free tickets for them too?
3. The problem in Uvalde wasn’t guns…the problem was that all the systems that were supposed to protect the public failed due to incompetence, stupidity, apathy and cowardice. This is the unavoidable conclusion from the facts laid out in the preliminary report on the May 24 mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. The 82-page report was released by a special investigative committee of the Texas state legislature. My favorite detail: the mad killer had acquired the nickname “School Shooter” among fellow gamers and among people he knew in a local chat group because of his open obsession with school shootings and his constant enthusiasm about violence. Naturally, this wasn’t reported to law enforcement, but considering the performance of law enforcement during the shooting itself, it wouldn’t have done any good anyway.
Of all the mass shootings, Uvalde is the weakest justification for limiting gun rights. If the police are going to cower in terror (and lie about it afterwards) when a maniac is shooting children , that is a strong argument for allowing law-abiding citizens to have access to firearms to do the job the police will not.
4. Today’s featured unethical candidate for high office: Republican Ryan Dark White, 54, running for the U.S. Senate in Maryland as “Dr. Jon McGreevey.” The fact that he’s using an alias in the race is sufficient evidence for me to distrust him; his ridiculous website is another good reason. But he was also arrested last week and charged with falsely claiming to have information about child sex trafficking, according to a release from the Harford County Sheriff’s Office. White, or Dr. Jon, told police that a man at an adult bookstore where he works was forcing a young girl to perform sex acts on male customers. [Pointer: valkygrrl]
5. I can’t let this pass...”Social Q’s” has been soft-peddling the leftist propaganda lately, so I’m going to give Philip Gallanes’s daily life etiquette advice column another chance. In the current edition of the Times feature, an inquirer writes that she let friends who are “like family” stay at her lake house for a long weekend while she was away, and they trashed the place, leaving “six loads of dirty laundry, furniture moved all over the place and a pile of water toys in her shed” while neglecting to leave a thank-you note for the accommodations. When she complained, “not only did they fail to apologize,” they criticized her reaction and quibbled about the amount of laundry they had left. She asked Gallanes whether she should forgive them. Gallanes answered that she should give them time to come around and apologize before she writes them off for good.
My advice would be different. This is a betrayal of trust and signature significance: only assholes behave like that to friends and people who have done them a favor. The decision to be made is whether the mistreated woman wants to continue a friendship with users and creeps. If she does, the Julie Principle is in effect.