News of the Week for February 19th, 2017
Canada, indicatively suffering under a Prime Minister who makes Barack Obama seem intellectual by comparison—quite a feat indeed—the Canadian Parliament is discussing the important questions… like the use of the word “fart”:
A man in the U.K. has been sentenced for manslaughter for… literally doing nothing.
“Simon Taylor for the prosecution told the hearing: ‘Mr Bowditch accepts that although he cannot say exactly how Becky Morgan came to fall into the sea, once she fell in he failed to take any steps to try to assist her.
“‘It is the failure to take any steps to prevent Miss Morgan’s death after she fell into the sea which forms the basis of his culpability for manslaughter.’
“Sentencing Bowditch, Judge Jeremy Carey said: ‘You did not try in any way to help a drowning girl – not by throwing her a life buoy, not by going to her aid as some would have done, not by calling for help, not by contacting the rescue or emergency services.”
As despicable and loathsome as it may be to sit back and watch someone die, he did not actually cause the death, he was not actually responsible for anything that led to her death, nor did he prevent anyone else from helping.
But should mere presence of a death combined with lack of action cause criminal culpability? Should mere knowledge of a person dying create a legal penalty for failing to intervene? The only difference between this man and billions of other people on Earth was knowledge that it was happening. That knowledge, then becomes criminal.
Now that the Democrats are out of power in the Federal government (Leftist mameluks in the bureaucracy notwithstanding), the one-party People’s Republic of California has decided to embrace the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions and take up the States’ Rights cause of John C. Calhoun for Nullification.
Despite cheering when Federal courts struck down laws regarding illegal aliens in California and Arizona, and despite having no problem with the Federal government micro-managing ponds on private property, California Democrats now want Federal jurisdiction to stand aside to state supremacy:
‘The state lieutenant governor, Gavin Newsom, who is running for governor, said California could use its stringent environmental protection law to block Mr. Trump from building a wall along the Mexican border.”
As nice as it is that the California Democrats have rediscovered the 10th Amendment, it is rather obvious that such recognition will exist only as far as it is convenient for them.
The Left has often used “useful idiots” to defend itself from just and accurate attacks against them, most notably in re the Soviet Union and Lenin’s alleged use of the term. But now these same “useful idiots” are being used, abet unintentionally, by Donald Trump to destroy the Left both politically and mentally.
Less than a month into his Presidency, Donald Trump has generally done, more or less, the type of things he said he’s do, particularly with the nomination of Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. However, there are plenty of unforced errors and legitimate concerns and criticism of how the White House is handling things, from the shuffling of seats on the National Security Council, his roll out of executive orders, or the allegations of using Congressional staffers in secret without the knowledge of Congress.
However, just as the Democrats nominating Hillary Clinton caused them to lose to Donald Trump, the historonic hyperbole hysteria of the Democrats and the broader Left is allowing Trump to consolidate support from those who even still don’t like him, for the simple reason that the Trump Administration isn’t acting like an insane asylum. Unwittingly, these psychotic zealots have become useful idiots… for Donald Trump.
No, Trump has not banned all Muslims… or even banned entry to the U.S. on the basis of religion. That this would preclude entry of persecuted Christians, Zoroastrians, and Yazidi is a legitimate point of disagreement. But the extreme, illogical, and factually incorrect insanity of the Left alienates sane people who do not believe in #NoBanNoWall or otherwise invite the entire world to immigrate to the United States.
When your public arguments and the faces of your anti-Trump position are a bunch of conspiracy theorists and other assorted extreme-Left zealots, your not going to form a very effective #TheResistance… especially when your historonic hyperbolic hysteria is hyppocritical harangue at its worst.