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Sherrod and Holy Writ

First she was fired, and now she’s back in demand. Never mind all that talk about context, nuance, and epiphany; concentrate on what this tells us about our government.

Her presumed sin was deviation, and she was purged from the ranks of the faithful. She didn’t even get to testify before the Inquisition: accused and convicted. Justice was done, quickly and efficiently.

But wait! Friends of the Inquisition came forward and declared her one of the faithful. Still no testimony (as she rightly says, nobody asked her anything). Justice again done, fast as before.

In an administration staffed with true believers, her alleged crime was a thought (and speech) crime.

Bad news, not least of all because it documents the unanimity demanded of “public officials.” Remember how Obamaphiles were comparing him to Lincoln, who famously elevated folks who disagreed with him? The Sherrod affair puts the lie to that myth, doesn’t it? Not to mention contempt for “innocent until proven guilty,” even when the charge is blasphemy.

If you purge all dissenters, your policy will stink, because the real issues will never be freely and openly debated. As has been demonstrated, n’est-ce pas?

Michael LedeenMichael Ledeen is an American historian, philosopher, foreign-policy analyst, and writer. He is a former consultant to the National Security Council, the Department of State, and the Department of Defense. ...


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