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I guess conservatives have better consciences. Or more likely they still respond to shame. Pity that liberals embrace neither.
In a more enlightened age Voltaire said, "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."
Rich Lowry is no Voltaire. He's no Bill Buckley either. He kicked John Derbyshire to the curb without so much as a fare-thee-well.
Meanwhile Bill Maher, who says absolutely vile things about conservative women pretty much every week, remains a headliner at HBO. It's not sexism to call Sarah Palin or Michele Bachmann despicable names, after all they deserve it, because they oppose abortion.
And need I remind you of David Letterman, who waxed poetic over his desire for members of the the New York Yankees to engage in the gang rape of Sarah Palin's daughters? He's funny. And she can see Russia from her house. Besides, CBS hasn't got anyone else who can fill his time slot.
I've long since let my National Review subscription lapse. And I watch neither Maher nor Letterman. So Derb's firing is of no consequence to me one way or the other. But Lowry's cowardice is a win for the forces of evil. The libtalkers will be emboldened — they scored a conservative scalp — and there's no telling what Ed Schultz or Keith Olbermann or Rachel Maddow will say next, secure in the knowledge that their sinecures are untouchable, because liberals don't turn on their fellow travelers. You can drown a woman, cheat on your wife, mock Jews, even dress up in blackface and still be one of their heroes so long as you preach the Gospel of Abortion.
The faux outrage is tiresome. Chris Rock has said essentially the same things as Derb, only he gets a pass because he's black? Of course. People line up to see Chris Rock say a word Derb would never use. It's entertainment.
At least one person at NRO is unbowed; Mark Steyn retains his testicular fortitude.
For what it's worth, I regret the loss of John Derbyshire to National Review. Short version: Didn't like the piece, but don't think NR should have hustled him into the drive-thru guillotine on the basis of 24 hours of hysteria from the Internet's sans-culottes.
You'll want to read the longer version while you can. Presumably Lowry will fire Steyn within a fortnight. White people can't talk about race; not unless it's from a position of obeisance to systemic guilt. My ancestors who never lived in America are nonetheless responsible for slavery. Yours too. Jesse Jackson says so.
And thus a "white hispanic" who shoots an unarmed black teenager is prima facie evidience of institutional racism. The New Black Panthers marching on "Kill a Cracker For Trayvon Day" is apparently "social justice."
Because black people can't be racist. Ever. Even when they're beating the living shit out of a tourist as their homies stand around and laugh. And then a black journalist can tell his teenage son that sooner or later a white person is going to hate him for no reason whatsoever.
That's proof of what, exactly? Nothing as far as I can tell. Extrapolating from those anecdotes is just as ignorant as all the rushes to judgment made in the wake of Trayvon Martin's shooting. The difference is that preening liberals can feel good about themselves for condemning the former while engaging in the latter. It's a win-win!
The people who delight in pointing the accusatory finger — racist! sexist! homophobe! — are generally engaged in an exhibition of moral narcissism, trying to fill the "hole in their soul" with self-righteousness by gestures intended to prove their own superior virtue. Not only are they not racist (or not sexist, etc.), but they are anti-racist (or anti-whatever) and are courageously donning their shining armor and mounting their horses to lead a crusade against the Evil Menace.
Heroism on the cheap, as it were.
I am acquainted with more than a few liberals who fit that description to a T, blinded by their own self-righteousness and all too quick to proclaim J'Accuse…! at anyone who deviates from progressive ideological groupthink.
White racism is the Original Sin of progressivism. They told me that Barack Obama was going to lead us down the path to a colorblind society. I suspect they were misinformed.
"Sentence first, verdict afterwards."
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