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‘Genocide’

Dan’s post, below, reminds me of something that I witnessed while in college. The kids — the Left — marched through campus chanting, “Reagan, Bush, you can’t hide, we charge you with gen-o-cide.” What they meant was that the incumbent administration was seeking to slow the rate of growth of social-welfare spending. “Genocide.”

This was, by the way, less than ten years after Cambodia, less than 40 years after the Nazis. “Reagan, Bush, you can’t hide, we charge you with gen-o-cide.” Such was the moral idiocy that pushed me a long way from the Left.

Jesse Jackson now calls Republican health-care policy “genocide,” or “creeping genocide.” I would quote that bit about “Have you no decency?” but it’s too clichéd. Instead, I will ask this: If Republican health-care policy is genocide, what word does he have left for Rwanda, for Sudan? Jesse Jackson is selling moral idiocy.

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