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Links for 04/05/16


In this morning's Washington Post, Michael Gerson on the importance of manners. The entire article makes an important point but I would especially call attention to his noting that morals and manners are very different, and that the latter is profoundly conditioned by culture. Then he writes: "But being relative does not make them trivial." The word "relativism" has been thrown around too lightly in RC circles.

March Madness


Tonight will be see the conclusion of March Madness in the men’s collegiate basketball tournament. I do not normally write about sports but you must have a strange heart indeed to gain no enjoyment from what is the best competitive playoff on the planet.

Time for the Pro-Life Movement to Be Very Smart


Donald Trump stumbled badly in his interview with Chris Matthews this week, suggesting that women who procure abortions should be punished for doing so. Trump met his match in Matthews, the one interviewer who is sufficiently willing to interrupt his interviewee when he smells blood, refusing to let them off the hook, forcing them to answer the question. This worked especially well with Trump who seems to think there is shame in saying “I am not sure” or “I need to think about that some more.”

Taking Liberties with History


Both political parties tend to distort the truth in order to serve their ideological ends. To cite only one example, find me the Democrat who is willing to address the awkward fact that Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, was an avowed racist who thought birth control was necessary to control the population growth of the “inferior races.” There are photos of her speaking at a Klan rally. 

Links for 03/30/16


At Politico, David Bernstein has a really smart piece comparing Ross Perot in 1992 and Trump today, and how the Clinton Team is well advised not to underestimate the appeal of a non-politician, the fact that voters don't care about details, and the significance of race as a motivating factor in voting. If, as appears likely, November will be a Trump vs. Clinton showdown, she will have to win it. 


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