Friday, October 07, 2005

Virtually Virtueless

William Bennett is a hypocritical lout who styles himself a virtuous gentleman. He was addicted to nicotine when he became the nation's "Drug Czar." His huge gambling losses were paid for by the earnings of his "Book of Virtues" and other moralizing tomes.

Bennett's latest embarrassment arose when he asserted "[b]ut I do know that it's true that 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. That would be an impossible, ridiculous, and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down." Really, folks. You can't make this stuff up.

Along with many others, Congresswoman Diane Watson has responded to William Bennett's self-revealing comments. One of the points she makes should concern every law-and-order conservative. Not so surprisingly, it never does.
"Mr. Bennett’s hypothesis, as crazy as it is, does not tell the real story about crime in the United States. According to the latest statistics from the U.S. Department of Justice, of the men and women behind bars approximately 44% are black, 35 % white, and 18% Hispanic. Whites, however, make up almost 70% of all persons arrested and 60% of those arrested for violent crime."
Of course, racism in sentencing should be no big deal to a man who admitted that he wants the public schools to fail. Did I forget to mention that this troglodyte was the Secretary of EDUCATION under President Reagan?

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