Surprise! Americans (Even Californians) Oppose Discrimination

My essay on the defeat of Proposition 16 in California has just appeared on Minding The Campus.

The Democrats’ Double Standard On Faith

I have a new essay on City Journal, “A Double Standard on Faith: Democrats and Catholicism.”

If after reading it you wish I’d written more (??), don’t worry. I have. In fact, this essay was a good deal longer before very talented editors wisely compressed it. But there is one paragraph on the cutting room floor that I wish had survived — this one, which would have gone just before the last paragraph:

Abolitionist is a revealing term here, since in his Notre Dame speech Cuomo went to great lengths to justify the failure of Catholic bishops before the Civil War to join the movement to abolish slavery, an obvious precedent of his own failure to join those who wanted to abolish abortion. Twenty years later Cuomo wrote a book, Why Lincoln Matters: Today More Than Ever, but as I argued at the time, “Cuomo Praises Lincoln But Sounds Like Douglas.” The whole tone and thrust and substance of Cuomo’s speech, I argued, “can be read—in fact, should be read—as a restatement of the stance Lincoln’s great opponent, Stephen A. Douglas, took on the issue of slavery.” Slavery, Douglas believed, “must be treated impartially as a question of public policy, although he privately thought it was wrong and hoped it would be eliminated some day.”

For better or worse, I”ve been writing on this issue for a good while. Some of you may recall the following. If you don’t, or for some reason you never read them, here is more than you want to know about the contradictions of being a Catholic Democrat:

A Few Progressive Contradictions

Keeping track of progressive contradictions (for fracking? against fracking? etc.) would be a full-time, blog-filling job. I have neither the time nor the inclination to take on that task, but here are a few recent ones that come to mind: Mazie Hirono and others accused Amy Coney Barrett of slandering LGBTQ people by using the term […]

Two Unpublished Letters To The Editor On Prop. 16

First, to the San Diego Union Tribune: To The Editor Your article, “Californians back racial justice but are not rushing to reinstate affirmative action” (Sept. 26), suggests voters must be suffering from “confusion” since, according to two recent polls, they support racial justice but oppose affirmative action. But there is no confusion. These apparently conflicting […]

Amy Coney Barrett, Reading Literally v. Construing Liberally, and Bush v. Gore Redux?

I have a new essay that just went up at City Journal: “Bush v. Gore Redux? The Coming Supreme Court Conflict Over Election Law.”  Long-time readers with good memories may recall that I’ve written many times here about the liberal-conservative split over reading literally v. construing liberally. One or two thoughts from those posts found […]

Bleemer Blooper

With a title like “Bleemer Blooper,” how can you resist reading my new essay on Minding The Campus?

New Poll: Californians, Like Most Americans, Oppose Race Preferences

The Public Policy Institute of California has just released a poll on Proposition 16, which would re-introduce affirmative action in the state by repealing the provision in the California constitution (put there by Proposition 209 in 1996) prohibiting state agencies, including colleges and universities, from preferential treatment based on race or ethnicity. The results may […]

Does Black Studies Matter … to the Exclusion of Everything Else?

How To Reduce Felonies Against Police: Virginia Democrats Outdo Themselves, Again

Bad Sports

Anti-Racism’s Threat to Academic Freedom

Merit, Contested

Woke Shall Overcome!

“Diversity” At Dillard University?

A Tale Of Two Riots

Bonkers In Bangor

Misreading Polling Data On Race