A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Friday, September 30, 2005

Doesn't it, though?

Great post over at A Knight's Blog about the Bill Bennett "controversy." I haven't heard much about it, but Paladin gives a good response to the criticism, so visit his post entitled The Truth Hurts — All Of Us.

Here is an excerpt:

Okay, I’ll admit it: William Bennett’s analogy was probably not the smartest remark to make on national syndicated radio.
“If you wanted to reduce crime, you could — if that were your sole purpose — you could abort every black baby in this country and your crime rate would go down.
In the cold, hard world of facts — what I like to call “reality” — it is a true statement. Sure, you could also make the statement that aborting every baby in this country would reduce crime (I assume we’re talking about crime other than the murder of innocent children). But if you’re going to single out a single class of people, rather than the entire human population, then race is clearly a factor. In fact, the U.S. Department of Justice posts statistics showing that blacks are roughly 7 times more likely to commit homicide than whites. It’s tragic, and we, as a society, can and probably should have long, hard discussions about why that is the case (a great deal of it goes directly to poverty and education), but you can’t get around the facts.

So, was Bennett’s remark untrue? Apparently not. Was it wise? Again, probably not.

What gets lost in translation, though, is that Bennett was not advocating aborting every black baby in America. In fact, he called the very idea morally reprehensible, and he was right.
“That would be an impossibly ridiculous and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down.”
That part of the quote, however, is predictably and conveniently left out by those rabid leftists foaming at the mouth for any scandal they can get their hands on. And, in light of the Karl Rove investigation, Frist’s stock woes, and now DeLay’s indictment, the blood has never been so thick in the water. Democratic salivary glands are working overtime; So is their imagination if they are actually going to believe that Bennett was promoting selective abortion based on race.

The funny thing (sad funny, not laughably funny) is that Democratic leaders are going to try their damndest to link Bennet’s statement to the current administration.
There's more great stuff, so read the rest here.