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Thu Dec 7, 2017, 08:05 AM

The Uneven Playing Field - Dems and GOP in scandals

Sure, donít stoop to their level. But letís acknowledge that the game Republicans are forcing everyone to play insists morality is for losers.

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Al Franken, many argue, should now resign. He should resign immediately because there are credible accusers (another emerged Wednesday), and because the behavior alleged is sufficiently abhorrent that there is simply no basis to defend him. In this parade of unilateral disarmament, Trump stays, Conyers goes, Moore stays, Franken goes.

Is this the principled solution? By every metric I can think of, itís correct. But itís also wrong. Itís wrong because we no longer inhabit a closed ethical system, in which morality and norm preservation are their own rewards. We live in a broken and corroded system in which unilateral disarmament is going to destroy the very things we want to preserve.

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Unilateral disarmament is tantamount to arming the other side. That may be a trade worth making in some cases. But itís worth at least acknowledging that this is the current calculus. Itís no longer that when they go low, we get to go high. They are permanently living underground. How long can we afford to keep living in the clouds?



http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2017/12/the_republicans_have_built_an_uneven_playing_field_of_morality.html

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