BENNETT BASHING BOONDOGGLE
October 5, 2005
'It is not WHO is right or wrong but WHAT is right or wrong that counts.' --Geoff Metcalf
I do not like Bill Bennett. However, he is often correct in his observations and insightful in his analysis, notwithstanding my view he is a pretentious hypocrite. Bennett is not a charlatan…just a very human and flawed man.
Once upon a time my wife and I were standing in line to have our pictures taken with President Bush (#41) and Bennett assumptively cut in line to have his photo taken before us. No apology, no 'excuse me', just the assumptive that he was 'special'. The only reason I didn't verbally eviscerate his smarmy corpulence was my wife's restraining (and threatening hand). I’m not afraid of Bill Bennett. I AM afraid of my wife. I don't like the guy.
However, the excrement storm over the non-issue of his comments about abortion and crime rates is typical media double standard bullfeathers.
Bill Bennett is a rock solid axiomatic pro-life / anti-abortion type and always has been.
The contentious quote that has the left's panties in a wad is: "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."
Bennett is correct. He is not a racist and he is not recommending abortion. He was using a Socratic hypothetical…and even then…qualified it with the broad caveat that it would be "impossible, ridiculous, AND morally reprehensible".
A simple statistical analysis reveals FACTS defenders of the indefensible always gripe about:
According to 'The Color of Crime',
The question of race and crime stats is not a racial profiling situation…it is a criminal profiling situation.
Jon Entine wrote a fascinating and controversial book several years ago called ‘Taboo’.
When I interviewed Entine I zeroed in (wait for the pun) on a particular statistic about West African runners. I said, You have a statistic in your book that states, "Since people of west African origin make up about 8 percent of the world population, the statistical chance of this happening purely by luck is .000000000000000000000000000000000001."
That is 35 honking zeros!
Jon replied, “It is so beyond the possibility that these things could occur by pure chance or by population genetics. The utter domination of sprinting by people of west African ancestry and the same people's utter haplessness at distance races suggest that there is something at work here. All the science points this way. There is not ambiguous science on this.”
Likewise, the statistical data on race and crime is documented. Black leaders and liberal vote panderers may not like the numbers, but denying them is counterintuitive. It would be far better to try to fix the problem (like Rev. Jesse Peterson does with BOND www.bondinfo.org) than to wave the victimization and racism flags (like the discredited Rev Jesse Jackson).
Bill Bennett may be a lout and a boor…but he said nothing wrong…and the White House in criticizing him demonstrates once again how politically gutless they are.
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