Roger Clegg On Charleston, The Flag, And The Left

Roger Clegg, president and general counsel of the Center for Equal Opportunity, sends the following astute comments about the left’s and the Charleston flag controversy (a controversy, by the way, that left initiated for its own benefit):

Laughing, but Seriously [Roger Clegg]

There is, again, an amusing disconnect on the Left between diagnosis and prescription for what ails American race relations. Last year, the outrage prompted by the entrenched racism and appalling brutality of our police led to a passionate demand for … fewer traffic tickets and less vigorous enforcement of our drug laws. Now, the murderous racism that permeates all White Amerikkka must be remedied by … fewer Confederate flags.

What’s going on here, of course, is that the amount of racism that remains in America is being exaggerated by the Left in order to advance its political agenda. Let no tragedy go to waste and all that. The trouble is, though, that it can’t ask for an end to slavery or Jim Crow or for laws that make racial discrimination in any public transaction illegal, because that’s all been done. It can’t even ask for the popular culture to be changed to vilify racists or for racism to become socially unacceptable, because that’s all been done, too. It can’t ask for an African American president, or Attorney General, or mayor of Baltimore either. There are still and will always be racists (of all colors), but the amount of actual racism that can be addressed by any serious government program is small — and that’s actually a good thing.

There is a long game here, though. If the public and, especially, our politicians are sufficiently intimidated, then it helps the Left to push, and even to expand, its agenda so long as a race card can be stapled to it. Limiting early voting or requiring voter ID is racist, opposing racial preferences is racist, punishing unruly students is racist, discriminating against felons in hiring or enfranchising is racist, and — someday, in the Left’s dreams — opposing reparations and making anything (except racism and smoking) illegal will be attacked as racist.

Conservatives can’t actually believe that free markets, intact families, following the law, and high moral, social, and educational standards are the best ways to pursue happiness and prosperity for all, can they?

But there I go again, lacking the charity that the Charleston congregation has inspiringly shown us. Fewer traffic tickets and Confederate flags are probably a good idea, after all. And the shrill accusations on the Left are perhaps best answered by measured if amused reassurance from the Right, congratulating us all on the beloved community that America is becoming.

A Left Critique of the Left’s “Inequality” Strategy

John Judis is one of more thoughtful writers on the left. To see what I mean, take a look at his “Dear Democrats: Populism Will Not Save You” in the current issue of National Journal.

His description and analysis of the Big Money behind the Democrats is fascinating, as is his skepticism of the left’s new mantra of the “ascendant revolution” of “voters of color,” single women, “seculars,” millennials, and “new immigrants.”

“Diversity” And POCLA Dots

“Early instances” of Polka Dots,Wikipedia explains, “were generally equally sized and spaced relatively closely in relation to their diameters. Many modern prints include more randomly spaced, sized and coloured dots.” POCLAs are a bit (but only a bit) different. As used by the University of California at Davis — see here and here for examples […]

Hillary Clinton/George Soros/Virginia Democrats Sue Virginia Over Voter ID

As “part of a national campaign by Democrats,” the Washington Post reports, Virginia Democrats have filed a lawsuit claiming that requiring voters to present photo id and refusing to allow felons to vote is part of “a GOP strategy to suppress the votes of minorities, young voters and the poor.” The suit is funded by billionaire […]

There Clinton Goes Again, Confirming My Criticism…

You will have noted that my title does not identify which Clinton. That’s because it doesn’t matter, although in this case it is Bill. As Chris Cillizza puts it in the Washington Post, “These 9 words prove that Bill Clinton still doesn’t get it on the Clinton Foundation.” The nine words, spoken Wednesday in an […]

Wash. Post: Biden Regularly Attends (Non-Existent) Presidential Briefings

Two long articles appeared in the Washington Post on June 7 describing the close relationship between President Obama and Vice President Biden. One of them emphasized that “the recent death of Biden’s son, Beau, has magnified a striking personal bond between Obama and Joe Biden.” The other, by political reporter Juliet Eilperin, stressed the political bond, […]

When APUSH Comes To Shove

On June 2 a distinguished group of 55 scholars released an open letter criticizing College Board’s newly revised Advanced Placement in U.S. History framework APUSH). I discuss the letter and add some critical comments here.

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