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Thursday, September 26th, 2013 - by Roger Kimball

Here’s a question: “What is it about the term “racism” that silences conversation and sends an anticipatory shudder of delight down the spines of politically correct vigilantes of virtue?”  Ihave some thoughts about that at RealClearPolitics today.  Here’s a teaser:

Like the word “heretic” in an earlier age, “racism” is more weapon than word. Its primary effect is not to describe but to intimidate, ostracize, and silence. What semantic significance it may command is overshadowed by its use as an epithet. Once successfully applied to a person or practice, a sort of secular damnation, or at least excommunication, ensues. Seldom is there any appeal, let alone absolution. Those who blaspheme against the Holy Spirit, said St. Mark, cannot be forgiven. Racism is the eternal, the unforgivable, sin of our age. Those successfully accused of racism are beyond the pale, cast out into the place offletus et stridor dentium, “of wailing and gnashing of teeth.” Exactly why this should be takes us into deep waters.

Read the whole thing here.

 

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How to Bankrupt a Country in Three Easy Steps

Monday, July 26th, 2010 - by Roger Kimball

Thanks a lot, Mr. President. And thanks to you, too, Secretary Geithner. You inherited the richest, most productive country in history. And you have set it firmly on course for economic stagnation.

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The New York Times Plays ‘Blame the Rich’ … Again

Saturday, July 17th, 2010 - by Roger Kimball

O, those naughty rich folk, daring to cut back on spending during hard times!

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Immigration and America’s Left: Common Sense Need Not Apply

Saturday, July 10th, 2010 - by Roger Kimball

Further thoughts about immigration, "racism," and political correctness.

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Eric Holder and Federalist 45

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 - by Roger Kimball

Where do you suppose James Madison would come down on the debate over Arizona’s decision to secure its borders and enforce the law? To ask the question is to answer it, but Washington isn’t listening.

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The Meaning of the McChrystal Saga

Thursday, June 24th, 2010 - by Roger Kimball

McChrystal ought not to have said what he did in the hearing of that reporter from Rolling Stone. But the substance of what he said must give us pause.

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The Euro and EUtopia

Monday, June 21st, 2010 - by Roger Kimball

The euro was part of the European elites' grand EUtopian master-plan. In other words, a prescription for immiseration and political ruin.

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Congressman Assaults Student: Does Anyone Care?

Monday, June 14th, 2010 - by Roger Kimball

A student asks Rep. Bob Etheridge if he fully supports the Obama agenda and the reaction is a combination of anger, contempt, and physical abuse.

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Why Should Israel Face ‘International Fury’ for Acting in Self-Defense?

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010 - by Roger Kimball

What’s wrong with this picture? Israeli edition. (Also file under: "What would you have done?")

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The Secret Ingredient in the Obama Formula for Success

Monday, May 31st, 2010 - by Roger Kimball

The Obama surprise: incompetent and arrogant and not overfond of the executive's job.

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Encounter Broadsides: Helping to Rescue the American Dream

Saturday, May 29th, 2010 - by Roger Kimball

Buy one of these forthright educational pamphlets. Convert a liberal. Save the nation.

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Calderon vs. McClintock: McClintock Wins (Updated)

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010 - by Roger Kimball

The California congressman gave a well informed and supremely relevant speech that shamed both the Mexican president and the Democrats who cheered his hypocrisy on immigration. (Update: "Who was Congress applauding?")

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Join the ‘We’re Not Europe’ Party

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 - by Roger Kimball

Also known as the party of adulthood.

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Mr. Micawber Travels to Greece

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010 - by Roger Kimball

The maw is always open. The appetite limitless. When it comes to government subsidy, the answer is Never Enough.

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Bite Your Mao Tse-Tung: Anita Dunn Helping UK’s Tories?

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 - by Roger Kimball

The Obama administration has shafted the UK; why is one his Mao-quoting former advisors working with Tory leader David Cameron?

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Rush Limbaugh, Patriot

Friday, April 23rd, 2010 - by Roger Kimball

To hear the left tell it, Rush Limbaugh is one of those bitter neanderthals addicted to “guns and religion” that candidate Obama warned of in 2008. Yet he's in the Wall Street Journal sounding like a cross between James Madison and George Orwell. How can that be?

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Humor vs. Contempt: Obama and the Question of Character

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 - by Roger Kimball

What should we make of Obama’s merriment regarding America's overtaxed citizens? What does it tell us about his sense of humor? More importantly, what does it tell us about his character?

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Whistlin’ ‘Dixie’ with Frank Rich

Monday, April 19th, 2010 - by Roger Kimball

The New York Times columnist's latest is something extra special, even by Rich’s standards. (Also read Ed Driscoll: Frank Rich covers all the bases.)

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Hillary Finally Spots the 800-pound Radioactive Gorilla

Monday, April 12th, 2010 - by Roger Kimball

If, as a recent headline suggests, Hillary Clinton is only just now noticing that al-Qaeda is seeking the bomb, no wonder the American people don't expect much from this week's Nuclear Security Summit in DC.

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Obama, Kipling, and the Bomb

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010 - by Roger Kimball

President Obama announced that the United States won't respond with nuclear weapons even if it suffers a crippling biological, chemical, or cyberattack. Are you feeling safer now?

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What Just Happened?

Monday, March 29th, 2010 - by Roger Kimball

In the kaleidoscope world of Obama, it’s hard to keep track.

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Margaret Thatcher vs. Nancy Pelosi

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010 - by Roger Kimball

The “debate” over health care “reform” was a sickening spectacle: Can Nancy Pelosi find the right bribes to win over a few more wavering congressmen?

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The Slaughter Solution and Other Acts of Desperation

Friday, March 12th, 2010 - by Roger Kimball

Team Obama is looking for ways to pass the Democrats’ health care bill without, you know, precisely passing it.

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BREAKING: American Al-Qaeda Terrorist Arrested in Pakistan (Updated)

Sunday, March 7th, 2010 - by Roger Kimball

But where, I wonder, will Eric Holder propose trying this disgusting person?
Update: Hold the champagne?

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Who Says the Obama Administration Isn’t Transparent?

Saturday, March 6th, 2010 - by Roger Kimball

As transparent as a bottle of Genco Olive Oil.

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