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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Pandering Democrats Jump On Bennett

Dennis Prager hits those who claim that Bill Bennett's recent radio comment as racist. As Prager recaps in "The Bennett libel divides the decent left from the indecent left", the context and the quote in question:

In response to a caller who said that America "lost revenue from the people who have been aborted in the last 30 years," Bennett made the point that one cannot argue against abortion by pointing out anything theoretically positive that could come from either allowing or outlawing abortion. For example, he went on to say, "You could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down." And he immediately added, for the sake of those who might distort his meaning, that aborting all black babies would be "impossible, ridiculous, and morally reprehensible."

I made a similar point when Freakonomics first came out in my analysis of the NYT review of the book. While it is true that a large percentage of children aborted may have become criminals, I opined that many would have been contributors to a better world. Bennett opined in a similar fashion that it is likely that those aborted would have contributed positively into the economy. The book in question theorizes that, rather than due to tougher policing policies by mayors of major cities, credit for the drop in crime is due to the abortions of lower class fetuses. No question that very class of Americans is the majority of criminals serving sentences in jail. And no question that a majority of them are black, mostly men.

I had asked: "[W]hether Roe v. Wade’s “benefit” to society of ridding the world of some criminals was offset by the world losing a potential Thomas Sowell (unwanted by his mother and raised by his grandmother in Harlem)."

So a logical inference from Freakonomics would be that to abort all black children would reduce the crime even more. Bennett admits that while this is logical, it is disgusting as a real policy. In fact it is ridiculous. It is equally as ridiculous to think that it was espoused by Bennett as a real policy consideration. Especially given Bennett's very words!

Anyone who takes Bill Bennett's infamous comment as racist is either ignorant or lying. Because I do not think leading Democrats or purported "black leaders" who are running to the media denouncing Bennett are ignorant, then they are lying about exactly what was said, what its meaning is and concluding Bennett is racist.

And why are they lying on this subject? Da da! To score points in the media and win the voters who cannot digest a simple rhetorical device. We continue to see this party failing to develop beneficial policies. They are always looking for the emotional reaction to events to make political points with their constituents. So they locate any comment by a leading conservative and twist it for political points.

With Bush's and the Republican party's recent failures, people like me would be ripe to pick for a clear thinking (libertarian-minded) Democrat. Sadly, given the opportunity the leaders of the Democrat party seek to pander.


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