The left is desperate to believe that Capital in the Twenty-First Century will turn America to socialism.
Dem Van Hollen, though, accuses GOP of "false and pernicious stereotype that many of these struggling individuals prefer to rely on these safety nets."
Republican Member of Congress Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) stands accused of embracing the inevitability of Obamacare. Should Republicans accept Obamacare and do their best to ease the ills of President Obama’s health care law, or simply reject it in its totality? Find out on the latest edition of Trifecta, with Stephen Green, Scott Ott, and Bill Whittle.
“Ethan’s Hearing" implores Congress to get involved.
No one expects the Secularist Inquisition!
Hagel, Dempsey lead ceremony for document promoting equity regardless of "genetic information" in "an unprecedented era of change."
Putin came to feel that “he got a special ticket issued by the West” that left him free to play with the former Soviet bloc.
Can poliicians "let it rip" responsibly?
FDA Rule Seeks Broad Regulation Over E-Cigarettes Because They Might Make People Want Real Cigarettes
They don't have research proving harm from the vapor substitutes, but say regulation "essential to protect the health of the public."
Alarms are going off: Millennials are too addicted to their mobile devices, such as iPads. It’s a “Five Alarm Fire,” says Bill Whittle, since children under the age of four are experiencing difficulty lifting and playing with blocks, because their hands are too used to an iPad.
Hear Bill explain why this is an urgent, 911 call for change.
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The high-tech eyewear has privacy and crime concerns, but second-generation iterations aim to transform the grassroots.
‘A Direct Affront’ to Kerry: With ‘Little Fear’ of Washington, Fatah-Hamas Pact Crushes Peace Process
State Department insists Israel shares the blame as Netanyahu's cabinet vows to not negotiate with terrorists.
A perfectly legal, perfectly gruesome practice.
Says his home state needs to set a national example by making key cuts.
In this three part series, Trifecta combs through old British Pathé newsreels to bring you forgotten historical footage. In part one, Trifecta unearths a reel of birth control advocate Margaret Sanger arguing for a moratorium on human births. Sound like a hoax? Find out.
Earlier: Ed Driscoll on “Margaret Sanger and the Department of Disastrous Timing.”
Despite calls for the shovel-ready jobs and GDP boost to get moving, State Department defends kicking the can.
There are no compelling arguments to violate the sacred tenet of equal justice under the law.
Yes, you read it here: the Supreme Court of the United States, in a 6-2 decision (Elena Kagan took no part in the case), upheld Michigan’s ban on racial discrimination in college admissions, overturning a lower court’s intervention to reverse a 2006 referendum in which Michigan voters decisively rejected the invidious process.
You’ll be reading a lot about this in the coming weeks, of course, but I suspect that most of the stories you’ll read will use the phrase “affirmative action” in stead of “racial dsicrimination.” That is understandable, not least because the SCOTUS decision employs the phrase in the headnote to its decision: “SCHUETTE, ATTORNEY GENERAL OF MICHIGAN v. COALITION TO DEFEND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, INTEGRATION AND IMMIGRATION RIGHTS AND FIGHT FOR EQUALITY BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY (BAMN) ET AL.”
“By any means necessary,” forsooth. Where have you heard that before? If I forbear to employ the mendacious phrase “affirmative action” if is because it is a sterling piece of left-wing Newspeak. “Racial discrimination” doesn’t sound nice to our civilized ears. So we rename it “affirmative action” and it makes us feel better about tearing off the blindfold on the figure of Justice on courts of law and doing the same thing in the admissions offices of our colleges and universities.
G.K. Chesterton once described the “false idea of progress” as “ changing the test instead of trying to pass the test.” That’s what so-called “affirmative action, i.e., discrimination on the basis of race, or sex, or whatever this weeks favored “victim” category may be.
Right on cue, Justice Sotomayor wheeled out the “centuries of racial discrimination” meme. Guess what, we know there was chattel slavery in this country (as there was in nearly every other society known to man) and we know, too, that it ended rather late here. But end it did, almost 150 years ago. If you want to know why slavery persisted in parts of the United States, read Gene Dattel’s brilliant Cotton and Race in the Making of America: The Human Costs of Economic Power. Are you looking for someone to blame for all that misery? You might try Eli Whitney and his clever invention for carding cotton. Or maybe you should blame the English, who had a greedy appetite for our cotton.
But I digress. There will, as I say, be a lot of ink spilled about this decision. The New York Times has already weighed in with a piece of sanctimonious handwringing (“ . . . a fractured decision that revealed deep divisions among the justices over what role the government should play in protecting racial and ethnic minorities.”) Expect more of the same tomorrow.
But let’s step back for a moment and consider that strange phrase “affirmative action.” Where did it come from? Yes, “affirmative action” was first undertaken in the name of equality. But, as always seems to happen, it soon fell prey to the Orwellian logic from which the principle that “All animals are equal” gives birth to the transformative codicil: “but some animals are more equal than others.”
Affirmative action is Orwellian in a linguistic sense, too, since what announces itself as an initiative to promote equality winds up enforcing discrimination precisely on the grounds that it was meant to overcome. Thus we are treated to the delicious, if alarming, contradiction of college applications that declare their commitment to evaluate candidates “without regard to race, gender, religion, ethnicity, or national origin” on page 1 and then helpfully inform you on page 2 that it is to your advantage to mention if you belong to any of the following designated victim groups.
The whole history of affirmative action is instinct with that irony. The original effort to redress legitimate grievances—grievances embodied, for instance, in the discriminatory practices of Jim Crow—have mutated into new forms of discrimination. In 1940, Franklin Roosevelt established the Fair Employment Practices Committee because blacks were openly barred from war factory jobs.
But what began as a Presidential Executive Order in 1961 directing government contractors to take “affirmative action” to assure that people be hired “without regard” for
sex, race, creed, color, etc., has resulted in the creation of vast bureaucracies dedicated to discovering, hiring, and advancing people chiefly on the basis of those qualities. White is black, freedom is slavery, “without regard” comes to mean “with regard for nothing else.”
Had he lived to see the evolution of affirmative action, Alexis de Tocqueville would have put such developments down as examples of how in democratic societies the passion for equality tends to trump the passion for liberty. The fact that the effort to enforce equality often results in egregious inequalities he would have understood to be part of the “tutelary despotism” that “extends its arms over society as a whole; it covers its surface with a network of small, complicated, painstaking, uniform rules through which the most original minds and the most vigorous souls cannot clear a way to surpass the crowd.” The passion for equality demands “affirmative action,” even though the process of affirmative action depends upon treating people unequally.
The French philosopher Jean-François Revel put it well when he observed, in 1970, that “Democratic civilization is the first in history to blame itself because another power is trying to destroy it.” We should be grateful that the Supreme Court of the Untied States today stood up for genuine equality before the law dealt a significant blow to the rancid culture of racial redress.
Cost-benefit analysis of CFPB rules, argues one Dem, would just feed GOP's "ideologically-driven regulatory agenda.”
A broken space telescope continues to expand our view of the universe.
Five ways the divorce reveals Washington’s corruption.
A mission to save face after new al-Qaeda No. 2's in-your-face PR effort -- featuring a former Gitmo detainee?
To six seats—and beyond!
It is the production increase on private lands that has the U.S. on track to become the world’s largest oil producer.