Doomsy’s Do-Gooders and Dregs (2015 – Pt. 2)

November 29, 2015

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A prior related post is here.

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Jamal Rutledge, 17, was arrested by officer Franklin Foulks for a violation of juvenile probation in September 2014. While he was booking Rutledge, Foulks started to suffer a heart attack.

As the story tells us…

Officers passing by heard the noise (of Rutledge yelling and kicking the security fence to alert someone) and responded, administering CPR and using a defibrillator to electronically stimulate the officer’s heart.

In a statement, Fort Lauderdale police say medical staff later said that Rutledge’s actions and the officers’ quick response were largely responsible for Officer Foulks surviving the incident.

Kudos to Rutledge – hopefully justice will be merciful to him and he’ll never be arrested again.

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Paris, France Mayor Ann Hidalgo for thisabout time somebody did this

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

I never thought I’d be giving a citation like this to Teahadist U.S. House Rep Renee Ellmers of North Carolina, but as of January, she definitely stood up to her party in the House when it tried to pass yet another typically ridiculous and restrictive anti-abortion bill here; she took her name off the list of co-sponsors and took away whatever thin veneer of legitimacy for this fraud that may have existed – the bill passed the House anyway and Obama quite rightly has pledged a veto, but Ellmers did the right thing here – maybe for reasons of political calculation, but she did the right thing all the same…and why is this a stupidly typical result?

Dregs of the Year Nominee

I’ve honestly tried to steer clear thus far of all of the “deflate-gate” stuff surrounding this year’s Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks (for anyone visiting from another planet, this involves the question of whether or not the Patriots let the air out of footballs during the playoff game with the Indianapolis Colts to try and gain some kind of competitive advantage), but as noted here, Patriots owner Robert Kraft demanded that the NFL apologize if no wrongdoing was found over the incident.

You know what? Just shut your damn pie hole and stop trying to play the pity card, you rich bastard. Because it’s not like the Patriots haven’t been busted over stuff like this before (see the whole “spying on the New York Jets” thing). And besides, “wrongdoing” was discovered, as we’ll find out later.

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Jennifer Simon, the Oakland, CA mom trying to stand up to the anti-vaxxers here

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Staying with the Golden State, I give you San Rafael mayor Gary Phillips here, who compared the homeless to criminals (hope it’s not too harsh for me to hope that he experience it himself one day to find out just how wrong he is)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

“Senator Honor and Virtue” for referring to those protesting the testimony of Henry Kissinger before a Senate committee as “low life scum” here (“Snitchens” didn’t exactly go out in a blaze of glory, condoning Number 43’s disastrous folly in Mesopotamia, but he wrote something in 2010 from here that was pretty spot-on in response)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

Greyston (bakery) CEO owner Mike Brady of Yonkers, NY for hiring convicted felons, addicts and immigrants, including Dion Drew (who also gets a citation here) who “grew up in the projects and started selling drugs when he was 15, then bounced in and out of jail for nearly 20 years,” as the C&L post tells us here, though Drew is still trying to stay “on the right side of the law” (all the best to him)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

In what has to be the single stupidest programming decision I’ve seen in a long, long time, MSNBC (and please tell me once more how “liberal” they are) pre-empted “All In” with Chris Hayes and Rachel Maddow on Friday January 30th from 8-10 PM EST and decided to air instead something called “Morning Joe In The Evening,” with two hours of Mika B. and Scarborough (along with fellow sycophant Mike Barnicle and others) parroting Republican Party talking points in prime time here.

Imagine Bill Orally and Maniac Megyn getting booted off one night for, say, Thom Hartmann and Alan Colmes (which of course would never happen since their audience would stage a riot).

Whoever was responsible for this at MSNBC should be fired on the spot.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Dr. Jack Wolfson is an Arizona cardiologist who apparently doesn’t believe in vaccinating his kids and, therefore, ended up exposing the 10-year-old son of Anna Jacks to the measles, which is bad enough, but by acting in his boneheaded manner, he also helped to expose Jacks’s 3-year-old daughter as well, who has leukemia and whose resistance has been ruined by chemotherapy (here – h/t Atrios).

And get a load of this quote from Wolfson (here)…

“If a child is so vulnerable like that, they shouldn’t be going out into society,” he said.

I give you the wingnut, Teahadist mindset on display, my fellow prisoners; may Wolfson experience one day something approximating the illness he helped to spread not just to Jacks’s children, but others as well.

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Evan Leedy, 19, of Macomb Township, near Detroit Michigan – he’s a computer student from Wayne State University who launched an Internet crowd-funding site to gather more than $180,000 on behalf of Detroit resident James Robertson, who walks 21 miles to and from his factory job every day (here – nicely done)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Wingnut U.S. House Rep Mo Brooks, who said here that “illegal aliens” could be behind the Disneyland measles outbreak here (uh, no…that would be morons like you who, at best, equivocate on whether or not kids should get vaccinated in this country)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

U.S. House Rep Aaron Schock, who voted here in February to defund public broadcasting but still managed to get a “Downton Abbey” redesign of his Capitol Hill office for free (typical for someone who thinks he’s entitled to such perks, I guess – Schock would end up resigning from Congress over this and other nonsense)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Dem U.S. House Rep Ted Deutsch, who tried unsuccessfully to get his colleagues to stop raising money for about 12 days in February here (an “A” for effort, though)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Utah State Representative Brian Greene for this – can barely bring myself to comment on it (h/t Atrios)…

I’ll tell you what, Rep. Greene; if you have any doubt as to whether or not a state of unconsciousness makes one unable to file a charge of rape, here’s my idea…find someone to beat you senseless (assuming you have sense to begin with) to the point where you’re knocked out, and then awaken to find someone’s organ in one of your body cavities, and then you can determine whether that’s grounds to file a charge or not (an almost “Cosby-esque” line of defense – and it pains me to say that).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Larry Gatlin for this (what an assh*le)…

The “Nah, Sorry, But I Think We Do A Good Enough Job Of That On Our Own Without Any Help” Citation of the Year

Fix Noise, Steve Doocy in particular, worried that films such as “Frozen” would make fools of men, or something like that, here.

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Singer Katy Perry performs during halftime of NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Katy Perry for this (I’m sorry, but what a no-talent ass…wonder if “left shark” will get a reality TV show out of this?)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Former Repug State Senator Tim Johnson of Mississippi for this; maybe a bit of political opportunism, but kudos for doing the right thing

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Patrick Buono, a 61-year-old alleged man from Oregon, who was tried for “upskirting” a photo of a 13-year-old girl but was acquitted (thoroughly reluctantly by the judge) because (as we learn from the story)…

…there are no laws on the books preventing people from taking unauthorized pictures up the skirts of clothed women in public places.

Apparently what is at issue here is the lack of specificity in the statute as well as the fact that the girl was wearing underwear – if not, then it would have been easier to prosecute this cretin.

I’m sure there will be some further legislative action as a result of this, which (if it helps to ensure the privacy of minors who could be affected by such actions in the future) will be very welcome.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Joe Scar earns a dubious mention for saying that anyone in Congress who chose to boycott the speech by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu was guilty of anti-Semitism (here – I really lose patience with anyone who gives Scarborough vastly undeserved props as some kind of a moderate).

I’ll tell you what – if Scarborough doesn’t accuse anyone protesting “Bibi” of ant-Semitism, then I won’t accuse any Republican who opposed a resolution honoring Pope Francis of anti-Catholicism. Do we have a deal?

More later…


Doomsy’s Do-Gooders and Dregs (2015 – Pt. 1)

November 27, 2015

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OK, I’m going to rev this up again and see how far I get with it.

This is the beginning of my year-end wrap-up, and I’d better get started now because I’ve got a bunch of stuff. The point of this is to cover a lot of items that I’d managed to accumulate over the prior year, but I really didn’t want to include them in a post because I didn’t have much to say at the time.

(A bit of background here: I originally started the whole “Do-Gooders and Dregs” thing over at the Blogger site in 2005, and I did it every year since – with each post or set of posts gradually getting longer and longer, up to the point where we are right now. I took a break in 2012 for reasons that would take too long to explain, but I did it in 2013 and 2014 and I want to do the same thing for this year. Also, this is probably the earliest I’ve ever done this, but as I said, I have a lot to get to, as you’ll see. And this may be the last time that I do this – not that this is anyone’s issue but mine, but it gets to be more and more of a challenge every year.)

And by the way, unacknowledged hat tips are probably owed here to Eschaton, Daily Kos, Think Progress, Huffington Post, Crooks and Liars, Balloon Juice, Blue Jersey, Al Jazeera America, MSNBC, and a few other sites here – many thanks.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Florida AG Pam Bondi, who claimed that (in essence) clerks can decide who should get marriage licenses even though U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle (an early Do-Gooder citation) ruled New Years Day that all Florida clerks are bound by the U.S. Constitution not to enforce Florida’s gay marriage ban (as C&L points out here, Bondi loves marriage so much that she’s on her third one – kind of funny that she places herself in some imagined position of moral authority, then)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Oklahoma Republican Senator Don Barrington for introducing a bill mandating a fine anywhere from $50 to $500 for wearing a hoodie here, presumably in some kind of a response to the Trayvon Martin killing (oh yeah, like that will help)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

The “John Doe” juror on the grand jury that, otherwise, failed to return an indictment against Officer Darren Wilson in the Michael Brown shooting for this (a 58-point lawsuit against Prosecutor Bob McCulloch – at least this person did the right thing)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg for this (better late than never, I guess)…

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Dem U.S. House Rep Sean Patrick Maloney, who thus far is the only House politician of either party to call for fellow Rep. Repug Steve Scalise to resign his post as Majority Whip over the revelation that Scalise spoke at a conference for a white supremacist group associated with David Duke (here)

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Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

I once criticized Preston Elliot and Steve Morrison of radio station WMMR in these parts for some political stuff, but they broadcast a show in January where Steve Morrison discussed his bout with prostate cancer with Dr. Mike Cirigliano of UPenn where Morrison (right) was being treated – very helpful and informative, and kudos to Morrison for courageously going public and revealing a lot about his treatment in order to help motivate other people to get checked out…glad he’s cancer free, and best wishes for continued good health

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Former Phillie and Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling for saying that he didn’t get into the Baseball Hall of Fame because he’s a Republican (here – actually, it probably has more to do with the fact that you’re a self-serving douchebag…Schilling would bring infamy to himself again later)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Fix Noise security “expert” Tom McInerney for saying that the slaughter at the Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris that killed 12, including 4 editorial cartoonists, was due to “political correctness” here (uh, no – it was due to a lot of other things…murderous, cowardly terroristic rage more than anything else I would say)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Ezra Klein for writing this in response to the Charlie Hebdo attack (and for re-tweeting one of their most famous cartoons, as noted here)…

Dregs of the Year Nominees

The idiots who showed up at Disney parks without the proper vaccinations and ended up getting measles, which they of course then spread to Lord knows how many others, as noted here

Dregs of the Year Nominees

The alleged 30 U.S. House “Democrats” who voted to gut financial reform here (yeah, just keep pulling this crap and then keep losing elections because your base keeps sitting on its hands on Election Day – later, rinse, repeat)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

And picking right up where he left off last year, CNN’s Don Lemon asked Muslim human rights lawyer Arsaln Iftikar if he supported ISIS here, in a follow-up interview to the horrific Charlie Hebdo murders (How about, in response, if somebody asks Lemon if he supports Mumia Abu-Jamal? That way, Lemon will get an idea of what it’s like to be asked a really stupid question)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

I honestly don’t know who Catholic League President Bill Donahue thinks he still speaks for at this point, but as noted here, he actually blamed Charlie Hebdo for the January massacre that killed 12 people at the hands of jihadist cowards, saying that the magazine “perverts freedom” in its drawings associated with the prophet Muhammad that led to the killings – some of the drawings do go a bit far, but not as far as Donahue himself goes with his own brand of intolerance

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Horrible Republican Wisconsin U.S. Senator Ron Johnson for this (still can’t believe voters elected him over Russ Feingold, but this is where we are – they should correct that in 2016 as soon as possible)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Another year and still more potentially prosecutorial idiocy from Governor Bully – as noted here, he used EZ Pass information to go after late Dem U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg; the problem is that E-ZPass records can be obtained only with a civil court order or criminal subpoena (sooo, what exactly was it that Lautenberg supposed did wrong, aside from standing up to NJ’s gubernatorial blowhard of course?)

And oh yeah, Christie helped give a company owned by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones the contract for running the observation deck of the World Trade Center, according to this report (wonder if that had anything to do with that ultra-weird hug Christie gave Jones when the Cowboys beat Detroit in an NFL playoff game?)

Do-Gooders of the Year Nominees

Everyone who participated in the January 11th marches against terrorism in Paris and elsewhere around the world in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo slaughter (by some accounts, about 3.7 million total – here)

Do-Gooders of the Year Nominee

Lassana Bathily, a 24-year-old Muslim from Mali, who worked in a French store (possibly a market of some kind) in the neighborhood of Porte de Vincennes and managed to save 15 customers from the murdering radical Islamist cowards who killed the people at Charlie Hebdo and would have killed the store customers also had Bathily not thought quickly and hid his customers in the store freezer (here – nicely done)

The “And I Bet She STILL Threw Her Cell Phone At Them Anyway” Citation of the Year

In possibly the most hyperbolic statement of 2015, supermodel (as opposed to regular, drop-dead-gorgeous model I guess) Naomi Campbell said here that she “owed her life to gay men” (speaking about fashion sense I realize, but probably still a bit over the top)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Columnist Ron Lieber of the New York Times for this (a truly epic takedown by kos)

Do-Gooders of the Year Nominees

The customers of the Philly pizza shop who donated $1 for pizza slices for the homeless here

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Former Repug U.S. House Rep Joe Walsh for calling for ISIS-style beheadings here (seriously, this man is mentally ill)…

Do-Gooders of the Year Nominees

Probably not much of a stretch here given the largely French Canadian population in Quebec, but still, credit where it’s due to the Montreal Canadiens hockey team for playing La Marseillaise as a tribute to France in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo tragedy here

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Pastor Ray Chavez of New Hope Ministries in Lakewood, Colorado, who brought the funeral of Vanessa Collier to a halt when he learned that Collier was a lesbian (here)…Chavez also wouldn’t refund the money for the service to the family (somehow I must have missed that religion class where I learned that God says that it’s OK to punish someone for an “alternative lifestyle” after they’re dead – don’t know what happened to attendance at Lakewood services after this, but I’m sure it dropped off…it should have anyway)

More later…


In Defense of a Progressive Hero

November 22, 2015

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There are some issues out there where, for better or worse, I admit that I break with what you might call liberal/progressive orthodoxy. One of them is the death penalty; I don’t believe that I have the right to tell someone who has had a friend or family member killed as the result of a violent crime that the person who was convicted of that crime cannot be put to death for it. The issue I have with it now, though, is how it is carried out – I have a problem with the application of the death penalty (here), but not the death penalty in principle.

Another issue is the guilt of Mumia Abu-Jamal; I’ve heard some learned arguments about the fact that the jury pool that convicted him was disproportionately white, but as far as the facts and evidence, I have not seen anything to date that convinces me that he didn’t kill Officer Daniel Faulkner.

And now, I’m writing about another issue where you can say that I part company with what you would call conventional wisdom.

As noted here

A group of Princeton University student protestors arrived at Nassau Hall Wednesday afternoon with sleeping bags, toothbrushes and backpacks in hand.

They said they were determined to stay and sleep in university President Christopher L. Eisgruber’s office until he agrees to make campus-wide changes for black students.

Among the changes they demanded the administration recognize the “racist legacy,” of Woodrow Wilson and change the name of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs – as well as anything else bearing the former Princeton and U.S. president’s name, the letter stated.

I think this is taking political correctness to an utterly absurd level for reasons that I will do my best to try to explain (and I know that Dr. Cornel West, a man I otherwise respect, is now involved – just an observation and not a commentary on West one way or the other).

I am not a Wilson scholar, and I didn’t even go to Princeton; years ago, I wrote a term paper on Wilson while in college (I think I got a B for it). However, I did recently read a book by someone who I consider to be a scholar on Wilson, and that is A. Scott Berg (here).

(Now, before I begin, I want to note two things: 1) I will be careful about my selections from Berg’s book since I didn’t contact the publisher for permission to publish any excerpts from it, and 2) there are no financial considerations whatsoever involved in me doing this – I just want to put out there what I think is the best information available.)

Also, it is true that Wilson was a “son of the south,” having been born in Staunton, VA in 1856, and he enjoyed what could be called borderline racist activities such as mimicking the telling of Uncle Remus stories he heard as a boy and imitating black speech affectations from the era (I mean, Amos n’ Andy, one of the most popular radio shows from about a century ago, were basically two white guys). And yes, Wilson liked “darky” jokes and minstrel shows and participated in many such utterly “non-PC” activates during his upbringing and time in academia and government service.

But I have news for you – so did a hell of a lot of other people during the last century! And I don’t know if this will shatter any illusions or not, but I’ve said what you would call racial things too. Stupid on my part? Definitely. Sorry? Again, definitely. But I like to think that I’ve learned and know better now (it’s called “evolving,” which most people do on this and plenty of other issues).

Getting back to Wilson, though, I want to note three passages from Berg’s book that I think merit special consideration on the question of Wilson’s racism. Here is the first:

When it comes to race issues, Berg recounts how Wilson basically was betrayed by William McAdoo, who was Wilson’s Treasury Secretary and would also become Wilson’s son-in-law by virtue of his marriage to Wilson’s daughter Eleanor, and Albert S. Burleson, in charge of the U.S. Post Office. Both were primarily responsible for the segregation of their departments.

As Berg recounts (p. 309)

“Wilson…did not equate segregation with subjugation. Rather, he considered it a way for Negroes to elevate themselves, getting a foothold in American institutions so that they could start assimilating. He thought the new forces of black workers in the federal government first had to occupy the same buildings as whites before they could share the same rooms. Gradually, he believed, proximity would breed familiarity, and, in time, harmony. Powerful bigots saw segregation as a way to keep the black man down; but Wilson viewed it “with the idea that the friction, or rather the discontent and uneasiness, which had prevailed in many of the departments would thereby be removed. It is as far as possible from being a movement against the Negroes. I sincerely believe it to be in their interest.” While his cabinet members had put the policy in motion, Wilson stood behind it and owned it. “My own feeling,” he told (American journalist Oswald Villard), “is by putting certain bureaus and sections of the service in charge of Negroes, we are rendering them more safe in the possession of office and less likely to be discriminated against.” Or so (Wilson) had convinced himself.

Was it wrong for Wilson to defend this arrangement? Yes. But I don’t think Wilson did so with racial intent.

(p. 310)

“I believe that by the slow pressure of argument and persuasion the situation may be changed and a great many things done eventually which now seem impossible,” Wilson said. “But they cannot be done, either now or at any future time, if a bitter agitation is inaugurated and carried to its natural ends.” He appealed to Villard and the NAACP to “aid in holding things at a just and cool equipoise until I can discover whether it is possible to work anything out or not.” Wilson believed that there was so much intolerance in the nation just then that it would take “one hundred years to eradicate this prejudice”; if they could all avoid stirring emotions with incendiary talk and rely on evolution, they might be able to avoid revolution.

The second passage in Berg’s book has to do with the utterly barbaric 1918 Estill Springs lynching and (believe it or not) genital mutilation (lynchings were commonplace back then), about which Wilson said the following…

(p. 485)

“There have been many lynchings,” he added, “and every one of them has been a blow at the heart of ordered law and humane justice.” He declared such actions as nothing less than un-American. “We are at this very moment fighting lawless passion (referring to Germany and WWI),” Wilson stated, and lynchers only emulated Germany’s disgraceful example by disregarding the sacred obligations of the law. He said, unequivocally, “Every American who takes part in the action of a mob or gives it any sort of countenance is no true son of this great Democracy, but its betrayer, and does more to discredit her by that single disloyalty to her standards of law and of right than the words of her statesmen or the sacrifices of her heroic boys in the trenches can do to make suffering peoples believe her to be their savior.” He implored every Governor, law officer, and citizen to cooperate, “not passively merely, but actively and watchfully – to make an end to this disgraceful evil.”

The third passage of Berg’s book has to do with the private White House screening of “Birth of a Nation,” filmmaker D.W. Griffith’s hosanna to the Ku Klux Klan (and yes, I admit that that screening actually took place). Wilson had this to say afterwards…

(p. 349)

“It is like writing history with lightning. And my only regret is that it is all so terribly true,” Wilson reportedly said when the lights came up (after the screening was over). In fact, Wilson almost certainly never said it. The encomium does not even appear in the unpublished memoirs of the self-serving Thomas Dixon (whose book “The Clansman” was the basis for the movie – Dixon apparently was able to “play” Wilson somewhat to get publicity for the movie). The only firsthand records of Wilson’s feelings about the film appear in a letter three years later, in which he wrote, “I have always felt that this was a very unfortunate production and I wish most certainly that its production might be avoided, particularly in communities where there are so many colored people.” There is no record of his sentiments beyond that, though he surely would have been troubled by the political implications of publicly supporting a movie mired in controversy. Another member of the audience that night reported that the President seemed lost in thought during the film and exited the East Room upon its completion without saying a word to anybody.”

I think something else should be considered in the matter of trying to expunge Woodrow Wilson, noted by Professor Geoffrey R. Stone (here)…

Wilson also made progressive innovations in the curriculum, raised admissions standards to move Princeton away from its historic image as an institution dedicated only to students from the upper crust, and took strides to invigorate the university’s intellectual life by replacing the traditional norm of the “gentleman’s C” with a course of serious and rigorous study. As Wilson told alumni, his goal was “to transform thoughtless boys . . . into thinking men.”

Wilson also attempted (unsuccessfully because of the resistance of alumni) to curtail the influence of social elites by abolishing the upper-class eating clubs, appointed the first Jew and the first Catholic to the faculty, and helped liberate the university’s board of trustees from the grip of tradition-bound and morally-conservative Presbyterians. Given that record of achievement, it’s easy to understand why Princeton has chosen to recognize Woodrow Wilson as one of its greatest and most influential presidents.

Basically, Princeton wouldn’t even BE Princeton if it weren’t for Woodrow Wilson!

Stone also notes the following…

…if Woodrow Wilson is to be obliterated from Princeton because his views about race were backward and offensive by contemporary standards, then what are we to do with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, and Andrew Jackson, all of whom actually owned slaves? What are we to do with Abraham Lincoln, who declared in (1858?) that “I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races,” and that “I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people”?

What are we to do with Franklin Roosevelt, who ordered the internment of 120,000 persons of Japanese descent? With Dwight Eisenhower, who issued an Executive Order declaring homosexuals a serious security risk? With Bill Clinton, who signed the Defense of Marriage Act? With Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, both of whom opposed the legalization of same-sex marriage?

And what are we to do with Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, who once opined in a case involving compulsory sterilization that “three generations of imbeciles is enough”? With Leland Stanford, after whom Stanford University is named who, as governor of California, lobbied for the restriction of Chinese immigration, explaining to the state legislature in 1862 that “the presence of numbers of that degraded and distinct people would exercise a deleterious effect upon the superior race”?

And what are we do with all of the presidents, politicians, academic leaders, industrial leaders, jurists, and social reformers who at one time or another in American history denied women’s right to equality, opposed women’s suffrage, and insisted that a woman’s proper place was “in the home”? And on and on and on.

I think this entire movement to rid Woodrow Wilson from Princeton University is a publicity crusade by people who don’t have the slightest notion whatsoever of Wilson’s true legacy. I believe the entirety of Wilson’s vast accomplishments cannot and should not be diminished by admitted lapses in racial judgment and temperament to the point where individuals who have benefitted from Wilson’s enduring legacy now claim the right to disparage the individual who, more than anyone else, created the template for Democratic Party leadership that has endured for over a hundred years and stood as a bulwark against the corporatism and nativism that has threatened our democracy almost from its very inception.


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