And some thoughts about racial preferences and equality before the law.
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The most serious argument against racial preferences, beyond its betrayal of the honorable principle of equality before the law, is that it stigmatizes all college bound blacks, including those who would have been admitted without any help. It puts an undignified question mark over their heads, no matter how able they might be. People are entitled to think: “Did he get here because he was the beneficiary of a special preference?”
A final comment. Everyone in the academy today professes to believe in diversity. I don’t believe them. The professoriate, 90 percent of whom are liberal Democrats, seeks diversity only in a specialized sense. They have already consolidated a uniform political message among themselves and they want to preserve that. But they also want to reach beyond the middle-class whites whom they have already mostly converted to their cause.
Now they’d like to reach out the whole world of university students with the same undiluted message of American-style liberalism. That’s what they really mean by “diversity” on campus. They want to preach to those who may not have already imbibed their message. It’s imperialism disguised as liberalism.
Does that sound cynical? Maybe it is cynical. But it only matches the cynicism of the liberals, who preached equality before the law — as long as it suited their purposes.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online