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Bush Administration Unhappy With Bennett Friday, September 30, 2005

President Bush and the White House expressed disdain for former Secretary of Education Bill Bennett's comments on his morning radio show yesterday. He made some rather unsettling comments to the affect that aborthing the fetuses of black people would lower crime rates in America. While he attempted to qualify his comments, there's only a limited amount of qualifying one can do.

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At 11:10 AM, Blogger Cynicus said...
You know,there's a big problem to living surrounded with cronys who believe all things the same as you do, and that's that one is in an isolated bubble. You get that same comfortable feeling one gets when alone at home, and go about in old underwear, scratching, farting, and generally acting in a way that is most comfortable to the self, but also most unphotogenic. Not the way one might wish to be presented.

i have noticed that i hear racist jokes and remarks when there are no people of the group being slighted in the vicinity. If there were, the environment would not be 'comfortable' for such remarks. But in, say, the 1950's South for example, the feeling of support and solidarity among whites made such remarks normal. Similarly, today when i am in all-white groups, i hear remarks made about "THOSE PEOPLE" with all the comforting assumption that my pale face can give the speaker, assured that i must necessarily share their beliefs.

The Republicans control the entire government, all three branches, and have for 5+ years. The Republican talking points are taken up by the media almost utterly. The environment they're in is most comfortable indeed.

Is it then so remarkable that so many Republicans could start slighting "THOSE PEOPLE" in public, assuming that their views are necessarily shared, and absolutely forgetting that "THOSE PEOPLE" are listening too?

Bigoted Bennett may be, but he'd rather have been shot than be caught at it. i think he just slipped and forgot that he was talking outside his bubble, not within it.

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At 3:11 PM, Blogger Stithmeister said...
Unfortunately, it happens all to often these days. Whether it's Babs and Buster Bush or a radio show host. While I don't condone political correctness I also think a polite society is not entirely unthinkable either. This was just bad form.

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At 7:07 PM, Blogger Cynicus said...
That's the point. They have been in their little bubble so long that the world outside it is forgotten; thus, they are 'loosening up' and saying things closer to their hearts than their spinmeister's briefings.

Yes it's bad form. It's also their true thoughts.

"Character is what you are in the dark"

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