A word or two about fairness and common sense. Maybe more than two.
There’s been a stink this week about an Asheville city councilman using his parking pass to unjam a traffic jam in a county parking deck caused, he said, by a malfunctioning exit gate.
WLOS-TV asked drivers what they thought about the councilman waving through others without paying. One said, “Wow, that doesn’t seem fair.”
We have some strange ideas about what’s fair. (View image before continuing.)
Suppose she parked in the lot on Friday and paid the $8 day rate then parked in the lot on Saturday and paid the $5 flat rate. Was her Friday self treated unfairly because she paid more than her Saturday self? Or did her Saturday self cheat her Friday self by paying less? If her Friday self parked for an hour and paid $1 and her Saturday self parked for an hour and paid $5, who was treated unfairly? And when the county opens decks and allows anyone to park for free?
Don’t even go there.
Would Joe Biden be a more interesting VP if he shot someone in the face?
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I got into a bit of an internet tussle after referring to Dr. Barber’s sermon in Asheville and mentioning that altar call aspect of his speech. Someone corrected me, saying that it was not in fact either a sermon or an altar call.
But I am not convinced of that, and despite the obvious good things that the Moral Monday movement has accomplished in terms of publicity and enthusiasm, I feel like it plays into an aspect of politics that is a long term loser for the Democratic side.
It’s not that I don’t like his kind of theater. I appreciate Reverend Barber, and also admire the folks who support him. He’s doing a good thing. To a point.
My issue is that this kind of appeal to emotion, phrasing political arguments in terms of subjective behavioral observations leaves too much room for the other side to dismiss the argument, because it is always easy to discredit the other side’s opinion.
Unless it can be also made into an intellectual argument, steering away from emotional appeals, it is just another form of church, where we all congregate and congratulate ourselves for being better than they are. That’s never going to work, and in fact is probably one of the largest things wrong with the world right now.
Rather than insinuating that our side is morally superior to the other side, as objectively real as that may be, the way to make real progress is to demonstrate that the policies of the other side simply do not work and consistently create results that are objectively, demonstrably and measurably bad for far more people than those who might benefit. Facts. Just plain facts. A torrent of facts.
I want to see people chaining themselves to the Governor’s desk, not because he’s morally repugnant, but because his policies are mathematically repugnant.
Lots of people out there are voting against their own interests on a consistent basis because they can’t bring themselves to identify emotionally with liberalism. They can’t get past social issues, issues that are always about emotional appeals to moral superiority. It plays right into the gridlock.
Our group catharsis and the momentary high we get from it are not worth the resulting alienation of other groups who look at the display and instantly begin fighting against it. We need to take that away from the other side because it is one of the only things left that works for them.
Mountain Moral Monday filled Pack Square Park yesterday, although at about 3,500 the numbers did not rival last year’s crowd size, the Citizen-Times reports:
The Rev. William Barber, at a press conference ahead of the rally, said judging the success of a movement by numbers is a mistake. He said people, at times, tried to judge the civil rights movement in the 1960s by the number of people marching and attending rallies.
“We love numbers,” he said, “but we don’t live or die by numbers.”
But yesterday’s coalition was made up of over 50 organizations, the AC-T reports. Barber said,
“It does not matter what the critics call us. You can call us a bunch of liberals; you can call us communists. But it’s not what you call us, it’s what we answer to. And we know who we are!
“We are black. We are white. We are Latino. We are Native American. We are Democrats. We are Republicans. We are independents. We are people of faith. We are people not of faith, who believe in a moral universe. We are native. We are immigrants. We are business leaders. We are workers. We are doctors. We are the uninsured. We are gay; we are straight. We are students; we are retirees.
“We stand here, a quilt of many colors. We are united in our efforts to fight for the soul of our state. We know who we are.
“We are the mountains. We are the coastlands. We are North Carolina. We are America. This is what democracy looks like!”
[Thanks to Gordon Smith for the image.]
Rise Above The Snake Line!
MOUNTAIN MORAL MONDAY RETURNS TO WNC!
Join folks from across the region and state for another energizing and inspiring Mountain Moral Monday – “Moral March to the Polls Rally” on August 4, from 5-6:30 pm at Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville.
The Mountain People’s Assembly, a coalition of WNC organizations, and regional WNC NAACP Branches, will host the return of Mountain Moral Monday, a non-partisan program that will highlight the destructive policies enacted by the N.C. statehouse over the past year while strongly focusing on the voter empowerment campaign, “Moral March to the Polls.”
The event will feature Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President of the NC NAACP and other guest speakers, as well as musical entertainment. In addition, there will be opportunities for participants to get involved in voter registration, education and Get-Out-The-Vote (GOTV) efforts during the current mid-term election cycle. ‘Moral Freedom Summer’ Organizers and volunteers will be available to help register voters.
To sign on as a supporter or for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you there
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The Zero Hour’s RJ Eskow interviews Stephanie Kelton, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her blog, New Economic Perspectives, is here.
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How many emails did you get this week from the DCCC?