October, 2019 archive
And I don’t care.
In the unlikely case that you’re curious as to why I pay no attention to candidate debates, it’s that they have devolved into substance-less side shows.
At Psychology Today Blogs, UW Professor David P. Barash argues that there are historical precedents of these times. Here’s a few that he cites:
And yet, there have been many examples of political leaders whose mental stability has been questionable at best, and others who have been undoubtedly impaired, such as the Roman emperor Caligula, who became infamous for sexual excess and for having people killed for his personal amusement, among other pathologies; Charles VI of medieval France, who became convinced that he was made of glass and was terrified that at any moment he might break . . . .
Follow the link for more presidential precedents.
Clifford Lazarus offers a guide to understanding the Trumpling.
Reacting to the recent police shootings of innocent black persons simply for being, Leonard Pitts, Jr., asks a question:
But the tragedy raises a question bigger than the Fort Worth Police Department, bigger than policing itself:. Why, when we see black people, do we so often see what isn’t there? It makes headlines when police do it because the outcomes are so often catastrophic. However, this almost literal inability to see black people is not limited to law enforcement.
Follow the link for the rest of his thoughts.
In related news, Tony Norman wonders what’s going on in Texas, anyway.
At Above the Law, Tyler Broker explains that self-avowed Supreme Court “originalists” aren’t. A snippet:
Yet, when the most consequential cases involving some of our most fundamental liberties from the last couple of years are examined, entirely missing from the Court’s and often from the most prominent originalists’ analysis is an intellectual support based on original public meaning.
Instead, what has dominated the Court’s most consequential opinions are modern-based (politically conservative) value judgments that can stand in direct conflict with the lawful original intent of Congress.
Follow the link for the exhibits in his case.