NBC reports that President Obama will sign an executive order today that will create a special new federal office aimed at improving education for African Americans. As the news story says, up to now President Obama has often resisted this sort of blacks-only program (though he has supported other kinds of racial preferences and race-based policies, as Corner readers know. “In an interview on BET last September he answered a question about why he didn’t create more policies specifically targeted at African Americans: ‘That’s not how America works,’ the president replied, ‘America works when all of us are pulling together and everybody is focused on making sure that every single person has opportunity.’” But apparently election-year pressures to pander to his base have gotten too strong. And just wait until next term.
American government is supposed to look and sound like George Washington. What it actually looks and sounds like is Henry Hill from Goodfellas: bad suit, hand out, intoning the eternal mantra: “F*** you, pay me.” American government mostly works by interposition, standing between us, the free people at ... Read More
The Russians are engaged in “information warfare” against the United States. That was the big soundbite at Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s press conference Friday afternoon, announcing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s election-meddling indictment against 13 Russians and three Russian ... Read More
It has become more urgent to ask: Why is there a special counsel in the Russia investigation? At this point, that question should be put to the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel — in the federal government, it’s the lawyers’ lawyer. To get down to brass tacks: May the president of the United ... Read More
To understand the American gun-control debate, you have to understand the fundamentally different starting positions of the two sides. Among conservatives, there is the broad belief that the right to own a weapon for self-defense is every bit as inherent and unalienable as the right to speak freely or practice ... Read More
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) first infantilizes its audience, then banalizes it, and, finally, controls it through marketing. This commercial strategy, geared toward adolescents of all ages, resembles the Democratic party’s political manipulation of black Americans, targeting that audience through its ... Read More