Here’s a staggering observation from Jay Nordlinger:
One of the creepiest, most disturbing things about the “war on Rush” — particularly as orchestrated from the White House? Limbaugh is a private citizen. A reader wrote, “The same people who gasped because the FBI surveilled John Lennon are more than happy to have government employees — including Emanuel and Gibbs — conduct a campaign to demonize and diminish a radio personality for political purposes.”
Rush is a big boy, and he can handle it. But still . . . There is something creepy about bringing the weight of the government down on a radio host, even if that host is prominent, influential, and brave.
Obsequiousness aside, it’s kind of astounding that Nordlinger will acquiesce to foolish wars, warrantless surveillance, and illegal torture without so much as a peep, but when Rahm Emmanuel uses harsh language, he’s suddenly up in arms over the overweening power of the federal government.
Daniel Larison’s take on Michael Steele’s ridiculous hip hop posturing is pretty hilarious. Now Michelle Bachmann – fresh from a crash course in Ebonics circa 1997 – is trying to get in on the action:
As Steele concluded his remarks, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann — the event’s moderator — told Steele he was “da man.”
“Michael Steele! You be da man! You be da man,” she said.
I look forward to Bachmann and Steel conversating on the future of the conservative movement.
The AFL-CIO’s blog provides a useful corrective to anyone who thought political scare tactics were the sole province of the Republican Party:
Buy American Opponents: Un-American
What do Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have in common?
They both oppose provisions in the economic recovery package that would ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent on products that are made in America-to the maximum extent possible. The Buy America provision survived the recent Senate debate, despite attempts to kill it by someone who consistently wraps himself in the American flag: Sen. John McCain.
TPM Election Central notes today that South Carolina Republican Party Chairman and recently declared candidate for RNC chairman, Katon Dawson, was formerly a member of a the 80-year-old whites-only Forest Lake country club.
In August, Dawson did indeed send a letter to the country club calling for it to open its doors to minorities. But Dawson, who had been a member for 12 years, only sent the letter after reports of the club’s racist membership rules appeared in the The State newspaper.
Somehow I doubt hosting a few more symposiums on urban vouchers is going to solve this sort of persistent image problem. We could go the direct route and kick all the racists out of the fucking party, but that’s crazy talk!
Ashlee Simpson names her son “Bronx Mowgli Wentz.” Newsweek hosts a symposium on her choice.
The trouble with Confederate sympathizers is that they tarnish the substantive case for states’ rights. Today on National Review, John Miller interviews H. W. Crocker III, author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Civil War, who jauntily informs us that the antebellum South was “the most libertarian part of the country.” I have several problems with his . . . peculiar historical narrative, but I’ll restrict myself to three observations:
- Crocker refuses to admit slavery was tyrranical. This speaks volumes about the credibility of his argument.
- The Civil War was not about states’ rights or tariffs or regional autonomy. The South seceded because its political class felt that slavery as an institution was threatened by Lincoln’s inauguration. We know that slavery was the primary cause of the Civil War because when Andrew Jackson directly challenged South Carolina’s attempt to overrule a national tariff – the so-called nullification crisis – the South meekly acceded to the federal government’s prerogatives. Slavery was the only issue that incited secession.
- Contra Crocker, the War of Independence was not fought over the colonies’ right to preserve slavery. We declared independence because we weren’t represented in Parliament (among other things). Furthemore, ending slavery was not a British war aim – they freed slaves as a way to defeat the Continental Army. Finally, the Declaration of Independence makes no mention of slavery in its list of grievances against the Crown.
My family has deep roots in Virginia, and I remember feeling a great deal of sympathy for the Confederacy while reading The Killer Angels as a kid. But nostalgia shouldn’t blind us to historical fact. Slavery was a great moral evil. The South seceded to preserve slavery. This doesn’t make every inhabitant of the Confederacy a Nazi. But it does condemn their decision to secede.
Despite an unhealthy obsession with Brett Favre, I usually enjoy reading Peter King’s MMQB column for Sports Illustrated. This week, he included a segment on football players’ responses to the presidential election. Pretty moving stuff, and I’d recommend giving it a read even if you’re not into sports. But now, the fans have spoken (from King’s mailbag):
“This is the last time I ever read your column, Peter. I got so sick of reading Michael Silver’s liberal opinions that I stopped reading him. You have finally pushed me too far. Electing a black man president is a good thing. Electing Barack Obama president, a closet socialist with questionable ties to terrorists, felons, and racists, well, it’s just a sad day for our country. I am permanently through with your column and watching any TV show you are on. Goodbye, Comrade.”