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Friday, September 30, 2005

In Defense of Bill Bennett

Is Bill Bennett a racist? The Left would like you to think so.

On his radio show Bill Bennett’s Morning in America, Bennett and a caller were discussing the possibility that legalized abortion endangered Social Security because it has effectively reduced the tax base. Bennett responded by saying that “economic arguments should never be employed in discussions of moral issues.”

As an illustration of this point, Bennett alluded to a study published by Yale Law Professor John Donohue and Chicago Economics professor Steven Levitt, showing evidence that legalized abortion has contributed significantly to a reduction in crime. Bennett stated that one “could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down", but added that it would be a “ ridiculous and morally reprehensible thing to do."

The Left have picked up on the first part of Bennett's comment and have used it in a partisan attempt to denigrate his character. DNC chairman Howard Dean called Bennett's comments "hateful" and "inflammatory", and Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy went as far as to call Bennett a "racist". Some of even called for the Federal Communications Commission suspend Bennett's show.

Bennett responded to the criticism of his remarks by stating that they were “mischaracterized”. He went on to explain that he was simply “pointing out that abortion should not be opposed for economic reasons, any more than racism…should be supported or opposed for economic reasons.

I think it is delusory and divisive for the Left to cast him as a racist. Kennedy and Dean are merely exploiting this event for their own political gain. They are also exposing themselves as hypocrites! Earlier this year, Democratic Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia published his autobiography entitled Child Of The Appalachian Coalfields. Within the book, Byrd – the former Grand Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan – described the Klan as a "fraternal group" composed of "upstanding' people". I have heard nothing from Kennedy or Dean regarding that statement.

This is an example of politics at it’s worse. I would agree that Bennett’s words were poorly chosen, and for that he should apologize. But to call him a racist serves no purpose. It can only be seen as a disgraceful attempt by a few on the Left to further divide an already divided country for political gain.


At 11:19 PM, Anonymous Beast7 said...

Nice job, Joe. Looks like we've been parallel blogging lately. I did Bill Bennett and the Philadelphia Cardinals as well.


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