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Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Pardon Me If I Don't Get the Vapors

Reading this article about the "Concerned Alumni of Princeton" I was struck by one thing. The only example of the group's supposed racist and anti-female agenda consists of this passage:

Democrats declared themselves "incredulous" that Alito was unaware of the group's attitudes toward women and minority students, and that his explanations for why he joined the group and mentioned it on an application did not add up. Kennedy read aloud a number of passages from the group's magazine, Prospect, that attacked women, minorities and gays.

One 1983 article, titled "In Defense of Elitism," began: "People nowadays just don't seem to know their place. Everywhere one turns, blacks and Hispanics are demanding jobs simply because they're black and Hispanic. The physically handicapped are trying to gain equal representation in professional sports. And homosexuals are demanding the government vouchsafe them the right to bear children."

You know how it is; if blacks and Hispanics are demanding jobs that they are not qualified for, just because they're black and Hispanic, then they shouldn't get them. If they are qualified, fine. The bit about the physically handicapped trying to gain equal representation in sports? I suspect that there's a particular instance that they are referring to, but certainly in the last couple years there was a golfer who had some handicap that prevented him from walking the course who demanded that the PGA allow him to play with a cart. And I don't quite get the bit about gays demanding the government vouchsafe them the right to bear children; that's weird, but again may refer to specific incidents from 22 years ago.

Oh, sure, the article quotes Bill Bradley and Bill Frist denouncing the organization, but both also joined the organization prior to leaving it, so they must have found some of its positions appealing, although of course from the article you'd think it was akin to the Brownshirts.
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