Author Topic: The Me-Too Movement - Is Merit and Skill on the Job Important?  (Read 278 times)

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Forgive me, but I don't know what Rob Porter's nastiness as a husband or significant other has to do with his skill on the job. It seems that "sensitivity" has overriden other considerations for evaluating our elected and appointed officials. I can see its importance for a chief elected leader; they are supposed to set an example for others. But the people can make that decision.

"Rob Porter, a top White House aide with regular access to President Donald Trump abruptly resigned on Wednesday amid abuse allegations from two ex-wives, who each detailed to CNN what they said were years of consistent abuse from Porter, including incidents of physical violence."

So, it may not have to do with his skill, however there are two considerations to be made:

1) If someone in the administration is accused of a crime, ie. assault, then it needs to be looked into first.  That's the convention that administrations have generally followed.

2) There are political implications to such acts.  The administration needs to have a good relationship with the people that elected it and allegations of inappropriate behaviour, leaving aside the serious question of abuse, bring that into risk.

But we seem to have reached a period now where merit matters little and political and behavioral characteristics overrides (I don't want to say "trumps") all else. If we found out that Jonas Salk was a misogynist would that diminish the value of the polio vaccine? Would we have deprived him of the use of a lab at the University of Pittsburgh to do his work?

This is the 'slippery slope' argument.  Wherein we start with Rob Porter "a top {LOL} white house aide" who assaulted women is eventually whittled down to be analogous to "Jonas Salk having misogynist attitudes".

So to your question the answer is "No, Jonas Salk being a misogynist wouldn't diminish the value of the polio vaccine".


Ty Cobb was a notoriously nasty individual. Would we have deprived him of a spot on the Detroit Tigers?

Actually, yes.  That's a different question.  Sportsmen are entertainers, and have morality clauses in their contracts.  It doesn't matter if you are a great QB, your idea to host dog fights in your house {Michael Vick} will make you unmarketable in the sport.  Even smoking pot will banish you to the CFL.

Sad, but you chose to be in the big leagues.

Alexander Hamilton was notoriously unfaithful to his wife. Need I say more?

Unfaithfulness is even not respected.  A recent left-wing wunderkind had to resign the MAYORAL race because he was unfaithful to his GIRLFRIEND. 

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