Behold the fruit of "situational Morality"- the code of the left.
"liberal courts and politicians have put us on this downward spiral, and now
society is suffering the consequences"Woah, that's quite
the jump. How did you arrive at the conclusion this is a "liberal"
The key word here is "breaks". When the moral compass is
broken, it isn't something that can be glued back together. The
liberal courts and politicians have put us on this downward spiral, and
now society is suffering the consequences. There seems to be such
outrage over this while bribery and immoral actions seem to be common
Thankfully, This is not the case all the time. However as society slowly slips
down the slope. It seems more and more people believe their money can buy and
or fix everything. Also if you have the money, someone else can be bought. Even
to the point of abandoning integrity and honesty. Then of course they
rationalize what's wrong is right.
"Under socialism you can get up when you want. Choose and marry who you
want. You can own personal property. Your wife and daughters aren't used
for breeding. Your family members aren't sold to others never to be seen
again." So says UtahbluedevilNonsense. This description of
'Socialism" sounds like something out of a Utopian fiction novel. Animals can choose who they want to marry and Cattle can get up in the
morning too. But, then again, we humans aren't animals. Socialism does
not offer anything remotely humane. Capitalism is not a religion. It is about
choice. It allows people to produce wealth. Period. I don't know
about you, but I want to do with my money everything except what the government
constitutionally requires of me, not what a politician or mob decides what it
shall do with my money. Emphasis is on 'my'. Our education system
has surely failed if we can't help some to understand the basic evils of
Socialism. Capitalism is no utopian paradise. It just happens to have produced
more wealth than any country in the history of mankind. I don't need the
government or some despot helping me figure out how to spend it either, even a
Six Americans are as wealthy as half of all of us. Drug makers charge whatever
they want. We want to take guns to church because we feel unsafe. We've
taken children from their parents and put them in cages. Millions of us are one
illness away from bankruptcy. Rich people buy spots for their kids
at colleges most of us could not dream of being able to send our kids to. Our moral compass may be askew, but it's been so for some time.
@ RiDal"...many people's erroneous interpretation of the
3/5ths compromise."No, I understand just fine, thanks. But you
seem not to realize that the fact that the slaves were talked about only in
terms of the political power they could gain for their owners supports my point
and refutes your own.
" In a free market, people make decisions. It is all voluntary. It
doesn't care what color, gender, age, or size. The market works in an
invisible hand to bring 'equality' and stability to society.'What ? When and where did this egalitarian society ever exist? This
utopian version of capitalism never has, and likely never will exist, unless
somehow we are able to breed out greed from human nature.Thid said
"Socialism is when one group of citizens is forced to work for that which
they will not receive so another group will receive that for which they did not
work, (EARN). We used to call that slavery but its really just
socialism,"Socialism in no way proximate slavery. Under
socialism you can get up when you want. Choose and marry who you want. You
can own personal property. Your wife and daughters aren't used for
breeding. Your family members aren't sold to others never to be seen
again. The list goes on and on. I'm shocked that you can't clearly
see the differences. Have you ever been to a country that practices socialism?
My guess is not.
To "Karen R." I can answer that. Yes, the founding fathers went through
something like your thought experiment.You see, back then you could
live in the US and not have any skin in the game.The question now is
how do you define who has skin in the game? Is it land owners, people who pay
income taxes, people who own businesses? Do you no longer have skin in the game
if you depend on the government for basic living expenses?
RiDal - Sandy, UT---Ironically, the anti-slavery North wanted slaves
to count for zero, so as to reduce the influence of Southern States. The
defenders of slavery wanted slaves to count fully in their population, because
they wanted more power in the House of Representatives and knew that slaves
couldn't vote. ---The 3/5ths compromise wouldn't
even be under discussion, had the Constitution been written with the 'all
men are created equal' in mind and attendant morality implied by the
Declaration of Independence that 'men' included whites and non-whites,
and while we are at it 'women' as well.
@Karen R:"Read Article 1, Section 2, Clause 3 of the Constitution and
then tell me if you still think the founders did this thought experiment before
writing that part."Yes, there is some ignorance of history
revealed in many people's erroneous interpretation of the 3/5ths
compromise. The United States was almost not formed at all because of the
contentions over slavery, which was vigorously opposed in the North, yet
demanded by the South. The 3/5ths compromise was a compromise over
Representation in Congress. No one was claiming that a slave was "only
3/5ths of a human". Ironically, the anti-slavery North wanted slaves to
count for zero, so as to reduce the influence of Southern States. The defenders
of slavery wanted slaves to count fully in their population, because they wanted
more power in the House of Representatives and knew that slaves couldn't
vote. So the 3/5ths compromise actually represents the initiation
of the effort to abolish slavery, with the abolitionists wanting an even lower
number! It is important to remember that there is a context to
Socialist Apologists: What happens when government makes decisions? Go ahead,
try to tell the government that you don't want to live by its laws. It is
called compulsion. In a free market, people make decisions. It is all
voluntary. It doesn't care what color, gender, age, or size. The market
works in an invisible hand to bring 'equality' and stability to
society. Everyone is free to choose. In a free market nobody compels you to
have a cel phone, life insurance, a big house, a big screen TV. In a
government controlled market, in the utopia of Socialism, even though anyone
involved is compelled to live the way the government wants you to live and make
the decisions for you, there is no freedom. I like freedom. This criticism of
the rich is a red herring for those wanting to control people's lives.
Relatively, the Robber Barons controlled a lot more wealth than the rich today.
Envy of the rich is no excuse if you are a Christian. I don't recall that
envy of materialism was a part of his Sermon on the Mount. It doesn't
matter if the Rich are greedy and selfish. That is not my problem. That is
their problem. Leave me alone, Socialists.
Moral relativity is breaking the moral compass. Why? Because there
is no longer a true north to follow.
@ RiDal"I heard of that too. It was called 'The United
States Constitution'."The philosophical concept is referred
to as "the veil of ignorance." It attempts to neutralize natural human
biases/prejudices by getting people to think about what kind of ethical system
they'd design if they didn't know what position in society they'd
hold.Read Article 1, Section 2, Clause 3 of the Constitution and
then tell me if you still think the founders did this thought experiment before
writing that part.
"Who knew the Trumps were so progressive way back in the 60s."The definitive symptom of Trump Derangement Syndrome is: When any article, on
any subject, and regarding any decade of history, can be "logically"
connected to a reason Trump is evil. :D
This is what's wrong with religion, ooooh gay marriage is okay so
apparently there are no morals or ethics anymore!? How does ssm hurt you? It
doesn't you just imagine it does. On the other hand this bribery scandal
DID hurt people, some qualified student didn't get into college because a
rich kid cheated. All those who have ever complained about affirmitive action,
blaming PoC for their kid not getting in when it was rich, mostly white, kids
taking those spots but keep your focus on blaming the PoC right?So
much contradiction in many of these comments. 'It's been going on
forever' quickly followed by 'we have no morals now'. So which is
it? You don't get to have it both ways. Also I didn't
realize Lori Laughlin was an avowed atheist. The two Hollywood actesses are not
the only parents charged, people may want to read up on the others charged
before they go off on 'the left' and Hollywood as the bastions of
immorality as if they are the heart of this scandal.Full term
abortion is propaganda, doesn't happen, is illegal, no doctor does it.
Please educate yourselves.
News Flash - new definition for socialism per our friend in Idaho. Socialism
is when Rich people gain privilege by using their wealth to take away spots in
college from people who should have earned that spot but didn't have the
funds to match the rich persons bribe.Who knew the Trumps were so
progressive way back in the 60s. Bought their boy into college... bought their
boy a pass from the draft. I knew the Trumps were socialist... just dawn on me
that socialism is when the rich used their wealth to gain advantage over the
average person.Of course the "typical" but now wrong
definition of Socialism used to be "any of various economic and political
theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of
the means of production and distribution of goods"Like what
happened at USC. (sigh)
I'm not sure why everyone is up in arms or shocked. This has been going on
for years. Big companies get around city ordinaces or building codes, the
school board kid plays over others, kids gain favor for changing High Schools
for athletic reasons, rich often buy their way out of jail time or from being
prosecuted, kids get into military schools because of parents (McCain),
Athletes get into schools (Some don't even go to class or go to jobs thaat
pay them), kids of politicians or coaches get jobs off of Daddies reputation or
promised favor, etc........ Our society has been favoring people
for years through affirmative action and we say nothing. Worst of
all, This is our politicians way of life. They trade money or favors to
interest groups all the time. This is how they leave office wealthy. If we
want to get rid of a scam, let's it straight from the top down and make
these men and women govern for us not lobbyist (may of these lobbyist are
related to the politicains)So please, Romney, Hatch, Warren,
Lee,etc... don't comment on these weatlhy folks trying to get there kids
ahead in life.
Light and Liberty - St George, UT---Utahbluedevil: Socialism is
evil. Socialists are driven toward equality of outcome. This
'equality' thing is the biggest farce upon humanity that has ever
happened to destroy liberty and happiness.---When did liberty
and happiness reigned supreme. It sure was not prior to the Civil War, when
slavery existed. To be sure there were some who were at liberty, and presumable
enjoying happiness.It was not during the late 19th Century, with the
rise of massive manufacturing monopolies, both in the sense of market control,
as well as labor control. We even have pictorial documentation of the massive
slums the industrial age produced, where there was little liberty and much
unhappiness.Or perhaps more apropos to Utah, it was not when Mormons
were driven from their homes, some killed, others 'domestically
deported', or still others who fled to the West.As for
'socialism', a farm 'cooperative' is a socialist entity,
namely a collection of members for the common benefit, whether it is use of
cooperative owned equipment, presentation of the cooperative's products for
sale to the market, or transferring goods and services among the members.
I must have a broken moral compass. I don’t see why this situation is
wrong. I was born to a single mother, never had the educational opportunities
other kids my age did, didn’t have money or time to do sports or music
because as a child I worked and gave my income to my mother to help us survive.
I never had the toys or tools or books to succeed like other middle class
families had. We couldn’t afford much food, nor the medical and dental
care we needed. Life isn’t fair. American middle class
families buy their children all kinds of experiences, health and dental care and
educational opportunities to help their offspring succeed. So why pick on the
uber wealthy? They’re doing the exact same thing as everyone else in
America. Buying their way to success. They just have more money to buy
success. It’s the American way. If you want fairness, then give every
kid in America health and dental care, FOOD, computers, books and other tools
they need to succeed. What’s immoral is that we buy cheap
goods from third world countries, not paying sufficient for people in those
countries to afford even an elementary education. Where’s the outrage
over the immorality of that?
Count Rushmore - Salt Lake City, UT---If adultery, gay marriage, and
abortion are ok, it's simply hypocrisy to worry about bribery. But
inconsistency and contradiction are hardly new to the left.---Such 'reasoning' demonstrates a non sequitur common among
'conservatives'. In the 3 listed items, all involve individuals and
their individual free choices.In the case of 'bribery',
this involves two individuals, at least, paying for some benefit, to the
detriment of others, in the sense that the 'fee' is not offered to
others for the service/benefit.If a university clearly states,
'pay us big bucks, and your child will be matriculated as a student',
then it is clear what the criteria for admission is.That
'rule' has been implicitly in place for years, centuries, millennia...
We have a presidential candidate who has lied about her race and took the
scholarship of a real Native American and she has been given a pass by the
mainstream media and the rest of her party this is as bad as the cheating
scandal yet nothing is done
@Karen R:"I recently heard of this idea for the foundation of an
ethical system (sorry, I can't recall the name of the person responsible
for it): Design it as if you had no idea where you might fall in the hierarchy
of the system, i.e., born into relative affluence or poverty, intelligent or not
so intelligent, slave or slave owner, etc. That's where we'll find the
motivation to make it as fair as possible - when we have some skin in the
game."I heard of that too.It was called "The
United States Constitution".
Morality became blurred when the liberal "post modern" notion of
"relative truth" became entrenched in academia. "Relative
truth" means "relative morality" which means "shiftable,
bendable morality" which means "morality corrupted by
rationalizations". .....Which means "immorality". The
"elites" really believe that they "deserve" special treatment.
After all, they are doing all the right virtue signalling!
Such a Shame, and so sad when people disregard their morals for something that
can pretty much destroy their lives. So many are affected by the actions of
ONE. Especially family! Not worth it! So, so sad!
It is sad that people turn a discussion about ethics and morals into a
discussion about politics. Both political parties have problems with ethics and
morals, in history and currently. Though it is definitely a problem with the
rich elite, it is also a problem with many others at lower economic levels. It
is a feeling of entitlement. One word that is used so often these days is
"deserve". This speaks of entitlement. An athlete says, "I have
been training 6 hours a day, and I 'deserve' to win." The athlete
is thinking only of him/herself, not thinking about the fact that his/her
competitor(s) may have been training 7 or 8 hours a day, or have been blessed
with better genes/height/etc! As the article states, when we don't think
of others, their efforts, their rights, we lose our moral compass. The problem really comes down to selfishness; what we want, regardless of
Greed seems to be running at an all time high. The only time people
regret criminal and immoral behavior is when they get caught.
We have a godless society so no wonder we find such deplorable behavior taken
place. Without God there is no real incentive to have moral integrity. And
certainly this society teaches that it is okay to take advantage of your
neighbor and the system... "just don't get caught."
Utahbluedevil: Socialism is evil. Socialists are driven toward equality of
outcome. This 'equality' thing is the biggest farce upon humanity
that has ever happened to destroy liberty and happiness. I can't wait for
someone to sue the NBA over 'equality' by making sure that we have the
requisite number of Hispanics, Blacks, Whites, Asians, gender, etc. to make
things 'equal'. The NBA is what it is because the number of people
vying for a position there get there based on talent, skill, and hard work!
Plain and simple! Socialism is mob democracy at its worst. It is manipulation
of the mob by leaders wanting not righteousness, but control. Righteousness
uplifts a nation, not Socialism. Socialism takes from one who has earned it and
gives it to another who hasn't. Have you done any favors to the person who
is given something without earning it? No, his/her self worth goes from bad to
worse because he/she knows it wasn't earned. Socialism is a forced attempt
to make society better, but in reality destroys it. Civility and goodness go
out the door because government is trying to control citizens thoughts and
actions. Socialism is evil.
@Christmas Carole What "solid morals" are you talking about?
Our country started with slavery and the genocide of Native Americans. Racism
has been a constant feature as well as the unfair treatment of racial and social
minorities and of the working class and poor. What do you consider
"moral" about that?
These elites were not paying to get their kids into Ivy league Universities.
These elite universities and celebrates and coaches, were running a human
trafficking ring. They don't need to pay big bucks to get their kids into
Ivy league schools...they're already elite, they have an open invitation.
The Penn State's football team scandal? Sandusky.....was, and
many others were abusing underage, under privilege kids. And everyone knew and
did nothing. Well, these Ivy league schools are involved in child
trafficking. The elites were paying for kids. And using the admission into
schools, as a front. What you also have to understand.....is these
indictments on money laundering.....are the easiest way to take down child
predictors. It's much, much harder to trace the trafficking, and much
harder to prove. But money laundering....is a much easier and more fail proof
way, of taking them down. You've got elite schools (pedo
havens), you got Hwood (pedo haven), you've got elite sport's coaches
(pedos).... Remember, pedos run in rings. If a pedo is running an Ivy league
school, you better believe, they're bringing on staff and coaches, that
have the same preferences.
Universities and Holy wood are passions of Liberalsim, this pay to play should
not be shocking?
The American moral compass is working just fine. This is what it is supposed to
do -- concentrate wealth in a tiny elite who will then use it to tilt the game
board even more in their favor. Create huge inequality, and human nature will
take care of the rest.Oh, you want different moral compass? Then
you're going to have import some new parts from places where that different
moral compass works, where things can be easily dismissed as non-American and
globalist. Until America opens its mind to new moral compasses, you need to
embrace the one we have.
The Hollywood liberal elite Huffman, Mcloughlin, California universities USC,
Stanford. East Coast elites Yale, GeorgeTown, Connecticut, DC. It’s clear
those privileged, influencial elites don’t play by the same rules but are
the quickest to condemn anything that falls outside their political correctness.
This includes abortion up to birth, free college tuition, savaging the
constitution to pact Supreme Court. Thank goodness this scheme was discovered
and those participated are exposed.
I've watched the country go from solid morals to loose morals.I've
seen society swing from'closet secrets'of differing abuses to parents
hands tied almost prohibiting their parental rights to raise their
children.I've seen society swing from racism and gender inequality to
unqualified people being given positions because of skin color and gender rather
than how qualified they are.We have become a society of sidestepping personal
accountability.It appears that bad behavior is caused by other sources than our
own...caused by our economic/ethnic/gender background.Leaders are not held to
the same laws as average citizens as one person who put classified info on a
public server with the average person being put in prison for years.We are
surrounded by citizens who constantly point fingers with their minds firmly
cemented that much stated is meant racist,etc.One is concerned to open
one's mouth lest the politically correct police pounce.We need to get back
to INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNTABILITY.We need to swing back to the middle of the road and
to treat others as we want to be treated.We need,as Martin Luther King stated,to
have us ALL judged upon our character NOT skin color,gender,etc
UtahBlueDevil: Perhaps I can help you understand what socialism encompasses.
Socialism is when one group of citizens is forced to work for that which they
will not receive so another group will receive that for which they did not work,
(EARN). We used to call that slavery but its really just socialism, like getting
into a college when they did not earn the privilege at the expense of those who
worked to get into the college? Getting something for nothing is socialism! No
one should be surprised at this, haven't Democrats been promising
"free" college? Don't Democrats promise "free" everything
while other citizens are forced to pay for it all? Yup! That's socialism!
"Re BOThe Uber wealthy who got their kids into elite schools by
giving the schools big gifts didn't cheat. They paid the schools and the
schools gave them services in return." -cjbWow. Just, wow.Of course they cheated!! They bypassed the normal standards and rules
for the college admissions! Bribery is NOT okay; quid pro quo is NOT okay.Capitalism, with its tendency to reward effort, innovation, and
productivity (coupled with some luck), is a generally superior economic system
in my opinion, but it does have a fundamental flaw: its "Gilded Age"
tendency to concentrate wealth (and the accompanying sense of entitlement and
hubris) toward the top of the economic ladder. It seems that we are really not
that far removed from the aristocracy/nobility peerage system of European
There are far worse things that happen when the moral compass breaks down such
as; children being separated from their parents and locked in cages, mass
shootings that happen over and over and nothing ever gets done about it, people
dying from curable diseases because they can't afford healthcare, people
losing their homes because they can't pay medical bills...The
college scandal is bad and shows what happens when society is corrupt--but
it's hardly a new thing.
There is nothing new here. The rich have been using their money to buy
privileges since there was money. The only reason these events are important is
that they serve the interests of people pushing for more government control, and
yes, pushing the "free college" nonsense.So much effort for
so long to push religion and morals aside in public places and now people are
crying for moral, ethical behavior. When greed and power are preached as guiding
virtues instead of righteous behavior, people will follow what they are taught.
"This is just more of the natural outcome of the entitlement mentality of
socialism!"Socialism? Where resources are controlled and
distributed in an attempt at equality? Hardly. Im starting to think you
don't know what socialism is. Its just a word that gets thrown around as
some kind of evil.Socialism would mean everyone would have a chance
to get in regardless of means. This is the polar opposite. This is I am
entitled because I am rich. Not very socialist at all. I'm not going to
blame this on Capitalism - other than at its extreme it is survival of the
fittest (wealthiest). And the more approximates what is going on here.Both groups have problems with entitlement - no doubt. But they are manifest
in very different ways. Buying yourself into privilege is not socialism. Under
What can happen when a moral compass breaks?This piece describes a
failure of integrity, ethics and morals.Big problem.The
failure of integrity, ethics and morals in the WH?No problem... for
This is just more of the natural outcome of the entitlement mentality of
socialism! I demand to receive what I didn't work for, what I didn't
earn because I am entitled to benefit from other people's work! Democrats
are always promising something for nothing!
When material takes precedence over ethical, anything can be bought or sold.
This scandal is merely an expression of the privilege assumed by some wealthy
persons. We are all saddened and perhaps angry, but only the naive are
surprised. Most people profess some moral value system, religious or otherwise,
but actually practicing those values is the metric for judgment.
If you look into government funding for science in collages 40 percent of what
is fact was actually to be proved. Government isn't any better for paying
for the results.
its all about ethics, moral compass, justification, ... but it seems to me that
the rich who have money have their views, and morals skewed by that money. They
get the "best of the best" so therefore think they deserve to be above
everyone else. The thought is well why not? but as others have said the moral
compass hardly even exists with our government. Why punish the 55 parents when
it is so prevalent? I say you have to start somewhere. They wouldn't get
away with it had the college officials didn't smash their moral ethics and
values. To me by making it public and in the case of Lori Laughlin she had all
her shows canceled and pulled. I think by showing them that yes they have money.
Are they better than us NO! That the america I grew up in wouldn't tolerate
this. So sorry I think they deserve what they get.
Why would any rational person be surprised at this? This is the result of the
left's entitlement mentality! I am OWED what I didn't work for, what I
didn't earn! Its just more socialism!
@kitsutsuki - South Jordan, UtahMarch 21, 2019 6:34 a.m.These are
the same left-leaning liberals who castigates any and all who don’t do or
agree with their agenda. I’ll take my simple home and modest income any
day vs becoming who and what they are."Many were Republicans
that work on Wall Street, run Hedge Funds and own companies. So is the main guy
behind it. This isn't political, it's an equal opportunity bribery
@CountRushmore;"If adultery, gay marriage, and abortion are ok,
it's simply hypocrisy to worry about bribery. But inconsistency and
contradiction are hardly new to the left."The left? YOUR
Republican President is guilty of 2/3's of the "sins" you posted.
This whole thing is so sad and disgusting. Moving along in this
deception scenario, I hope that the whole story will finally come out soon on
the conspiracy by some in the DOJ to take out our sitting President.This is along the same moral compass, I feel.
It is interesting that these investigations always seem to destroy good things
I.e. Hallmark channel uplifting programs. Trash is left alone.I am
glad The FBI uncovered a scandal by parents who use bribery and other means to
get their children into a University. But, what good does it do them. Are tests and admissions really fair to all young people?Are
there more significant issues they should be involved in investigation .I.e. Government politicians becoming extremely rich while in office. Selling
national products to our enemies, Taking the life of full term babies and
calling it legal.
In my view these kind of folks embrace few of the values that are core to the
success of this great nation.
@ kbeeReligion and divine authority have often been used just as
this article describes - as the means to convince oneself that her/his behavior
isn't harmful, no. It's noble. It's "love." So I don't see your solution as a surefire antidote to the problems
highlighted by this scandal. Valuing status, status symbols, and appearances
over substance also exist within and sometimes because of religion.I
recently heard of this idea for the foundation of an ethical system (sorry, I
can't recall the name of the person responsible for it): Design it as if
you had no idea where you might fall in the hierarchy of the system, i.e., born
into relative affluence or poverty, intelligent or not so intelligent, slave or
slave owner, etc. That's where we'll find the motivation to make it
as fair as possible - when we have some skin in the game.
I am a very religious person, try to live in harmony with my beliefs. But the
idea that "religion" is the simple answer here is dubious in my
opinion. Why would I say that? Some of the worlds most horrific acts have been
done in the name of religion. It takes only even the cursory review of history
to see how religion has been used as the justification of some of the most
brutal acts against other people. Religion has been abused by some as
justification for very selfish acts.Rather, I look at entitlement, a
sense of privilege as the real issue. Entitlement to privilege, to lands, to
status in society. That one is entitled to privilege. Look at our own
society. We create celebrity of people who themselves have done nothing really
to gain their vaunted position in society. The Kardashians are a prime
example. Millions watch and follow what they do, and accept their behavior.
Why? Because the Kardashians believe they are superior. When someone feels
they are superior to others, they feel they deserve to live privileged lives
better than others. Society has bought off on the idea of celebrity,
and with it, comes special rights.
Bribery has been around for 1000's of years. It is in the internal fabric
of our society, albeit to varying degrees. However, for companies, sport
figures, celebrities, and politicians, it is just more noticeable because the
numbers are bigger. Seems almost ridiculous to pick on 50 people when the
problem is so pervasive.
These are the same left-leaning liberals who castigates any and all who
don’t do or agree with their agenda. I’ll take my simple home and
modest income any day vs becoming who and what they are.
"Ethics and morality are generally anchored in centuries of religious rules
taught within a family unit. Religion ( any religion) provides the compass. When
a society begins separating itself from a higher divine power... How can there
be true freedom if we must follow another persons’ morality especially
when God doesn’t exist?"Nonsense!These
criminals were known believers!Stop mindlessly disparaging
non-believers! On the whole we are AT LEAST as moral and ethical as believers!
We’re living in a time of global income inequality on a scale never before
seen in history. Money is concentrated in the hands of fewer and fewer people
around the world, and every year they have more of it than ever before.
According to the 2018 World Inequality Report, those belonging to the wealthiest
0.1 percent of the global population have, since 1980, increased their combined
wealth by as much as the poorest 50 percent. The combined net worth of all 2,208
of the world’s known billionaires is twice that of the poorest 2.5 billion
people. By 2030, members of the wealthiest one percent of the global population
are projected to hold 64 percent a full two-thirds of the
Fully Present said "Schools should not cater to the wealthy, powerful, and
entitled. They should be forced to treat all applicants the same and admittance
be based on those that legitimately qualify to get in."What does
that then say about the preferential treatment based on the color of one's
skin of the Affirmative Action programs being run at many of these same
institutions and athletic programs that coddle and cater to the athletes that
are given preferential admission when they are not qualified and do not perform
Unethical behavior is a slippery slope. Embezzlers start out small and not
getting caught, but as they don't get caught, they take more and more.But one can climb up that slippery slope and become more ethical.Part of the universities' problem is that in the 1990's they
put a lot of effort into managing how to get the biggest bang for their
recruiting buck so they make calculations on given an applicant's financial
resources and location, how big of a stipend is required to get them to come.
They are trying to get a good ranking in the Chronicle of Higher Education.Their recruiting process is not transparent. It allows them to choose
people based on questionable traits like race. But the lack of transparency
also permits a coach to sneak someone in pick up a bribe.Colleges
are not innocent victims here.
If you are shaken by this "scandal" then the primary thing you have
learned is that you do not understand how power works. The secondary thing
you've learned is that you are not in the know. Money is the power to
command goods and services. People who have an abundance of it use it to get
what they want. That is the rule. You may think it's "unethical" -
but that's because you are applying your rules to them. They have a
different set of rules. Here's an example... A guy who owns a company
wanted his kid to attend a Utah university. His kid missed the application
deadline. One of the people consulting for him teaches at that school. Voila,
scholarship offer, no problem with missing the application deadline, kid's
in and smooth sailing. This is how things work. It's a different set of
Re BOThe Uber wealthy who got their kids into elite schools by
giving the schools big gifts didn't cheat. They paid the schools and the
schools gave them services in return.That's not what happened
in this scandal. The schools didn't get the money.
Asking how the problem of school admissions cheating can be fixed it like asking
how can the problem of shoplifting or bank robbery be fixed.
So, so sad. Interesting article, breaking down how people actually believe in
lying to accomplish a purpose that they believe is truly, morally correct. I am
so disappointed in Lori Loughlin and the more I see her daughter's youtube
clips, the more I am shocked at the level of entitlement that abounds. I guess
these are people who are just used to the world revolving around their every
move. Conversely, I am proud of those who enjoy fame and still make their kids
earn their way, as Rob Lowe has pointed out. Need to see and hear more from
people like him-good examples to look up to.
Setting out to change "America's" moral compass is tilting at
windmills. With consistent effort, I can recalibrate my own moral compass, but
no one else's. I've found the most effective way to keep that
"true north" orientation is to relentlessly befriend everyone I meet. I
introduce myself, and ask their name. If they're open to conversation, we
talk. I want to learn their "story". By doing this, the people around me
become more than a face or a name, or even a human, they become a friend. If
I'm surrounded by friends who know my name and story, I find I'm much
less likely to behave badly, boorishly, or unethically. I consider the
situation, convenience, comfort and needs of those around me, instead of
magnifying my own. I had no idea how profoundly the decision to make
this a consistent habit would change me, but it truly has, and I commend it to
anyone else who's willing to try the experiment. You'll not only
become a nicer person, but you'll uncover a new source of joy in your
"When people cast aside moral principles...they sometimes engage in mental
gymnastics to justify their actions"Kinda like voting for and
continuing to support Trump?
I thank my other commenters for confronting the moral freefall our society has
been in for at least the past several decades. When popular culture declares
sexual immorality AOK, including all its ancillary issues, then we
shouldn't be surprised to see corruption everywhere.If
adultery, gay marriage, and abortion are ok, it's simply hypocrisy to worry
about bribery. But inconsistency and contradiction are hardly new to the left.
Ethics and morality are generally anchored in centuries of religious rules
taught within a family unit. Religion ( any religion) provides the compass.
When a society begins separating itself from a higher divine power... and
turning towards individual rules then moral chaos begins. If Adultry isn’t
wrong...(the ultimate cheating.) ...why would any cheating matter? If aborting a
full term infant is ok.....everything else is small in comparison. How can there
be true freedom if we must follow another persons’ morality especially
when God doesn’t exist?
Yes they cheated and will pay the price. Guess who won't be punished for
buying their children admission to the "best' schools? The uber
wealthy. They gift large donations to the schools. Their children and
grandchildren always get accepted and usually get fast tracked in the corporate
world. We want a perfect world but we have corruption starting at the top.
Get rid of money in politics. Let's start there. Corruption in college
admissions? No surprise there.
Schools should not cater to the wealthy, powerful, and entitled. They should be
forced to treat all applicants the same and admittance be based on those that
legitimately qualify to get in.
Moral compass?* we elect dishonest leaders* many Americans
live off the earnings taken from others * almost half our people were
born out of wedlock* our country has mismanaged over twenty trillion
dollars it doesn't have* many Americans aborting babies as a way of
solving problemsCollege admissions is just part of Americas moral