Good Point

From Dan Foster:

I was…struck by Gibbs saying that Rand Paul’s thoughts on the Civil Rights Act “shouldn’t have a place in our political discourse” — no wonder we’re a “nation of cowards” afraid to talk about race.

Indeed. It’s because of demagogues like Robert Gibbs. And Eric Holder.

[Update a while later]

An interesting conversation on this topic by Will Cain and Dan Foster.

[Early afternoon update]

More thoughts from David Bernstein and Randy Barnett.

…for Bartlett to attack libertarianism with the premise that American law was libertarian with regard to how blacks were treated in the Jim Crow South, when in fact they suffered from overt government discrimination, blatantly discriminatory Jim Crow laws, private violence acquiesced to by the government (and sometimes with the participation of the government), and a denial of voting rights based on race, is just risible.

This is of a piece with the insanity that slavery itself was a “market failure.”

From Verde To Merde

A report on the Spanish green energy debacle:

As predicted was inevitable, today the Spanish newspaper La Gaceta runs with a full-page article fessing up to the truth about Spain’s “green jobs” boondoggle, which happens to be the one naively cited by President Obama no less than eight times as his model for the United States. It is now out there as a bust, a costly disaster that has come undone in Spain to the point that even the Socialists admit it, with the media now in full pursuit.

Breaking the Spanish government’s admission here at Pajamas Media probably didn’t hurt their interest in finally reporting on the leaked admission. Obama’s obvious hope of rushing into place his “fundamental transformation” of America into something more like Europe’s social democracies — where even the most basic freedoms have been moved from individuals and families to the state — before the house of cards collapsed has suffered what we can only hope proves to be its fatal blow. At least on this front.

La Gaceta boldly exposes the failure of the Spanish renewable policy and how Obama has been following it. The headline screams: “Spain admits that the green economy as sold to Obama is a disaster.”

It has lots of company with other administration policies in that regard.

America In Retreat

Charles Krauthammer:

The real news is that already notorious photo: the president of Brazil, our largest ally in Latin America, and the prime minister of Turkey, for more than half a century the Muslim anchor of NATO, raising hands together with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the most virulently anti-American leader in the world.

That picture — a defiant, triumphant take-that-Uncle-Sam — is a crushing verdict on the Obama foreign policy. It demonstrates how rising powers, traditional American allies, having watched this administration in action, have decided that there’s no cost in lining up with America’s enemies and no profit in lining up with a U.S. president given to apologies and appeasement.

Proving once again that incentives work.

Thought For The Day

On the pretzel logic of the politically correct moral midgets currently running the country:

We forget that it is the sworn duty of every Political Correct Person to not only get everything wrong, but to get everything exactly backwards.

So they’ve hit on this fine matching set of absurdities: On the one hand they insist that no terrorist is a (real) Muslim. On the other, they insist that the violent puritanism of a minority Sunni sect absolutely represents the deeply held beliefs of all Muslims.

That would seem to match the Attorney General to a tee.

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