A profile in evil: Bill "Virtue" Bennett.
Psychologist/Theologian M. Scott Peck wrote a book about the problem of evil entitled "People of the Lie." Peck died recently, and was eulogized for his more popular book "The Road Less Traveled." However, the turn of phrase "People of the Lie" has been rolling around in my head for the past few years thanks to George W. Bush and his crew.
One of Dubya's buddies is former Reagan Administration Secretary of Education Bill Bennett. He now has a radio program on the Christian Right radio network Salem Radio called "Morning in America." Today, he made a reprehensible remark that has truly taken the veil off of the open racial hatred in the Bush cabal. Just like Babs Bush (Dubya's Mom, Bush 41's wife) and her comment about how a cot on the outfield of the Astrodome would be a step up in life for some of the, um, "little brown ones" who survived Hurricane Katrina, this remark (MP3, 1.4MB) on Bennett's show today shows how little regard he has for non-Whites.
He said, and I quote:
"I do know that it's true that if you wanted to reduce crime, you could -- if that were your sole purpose, you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down. That would be an impossible, ridiculous, and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down."
-- Bill Bennett, September 28th, 2005 (emphasis mine)
Download the MP3. He really said this. And kick a little donation towards MediaMatters because they're good enough to host the clip.
If you are as irate as I am about this comment, you can discuss it on DailyKOS. And the complaint form for Salem Broadcasting is here. Yes, people really are this troglodytic in real life. I wish someone had aborted Mr. Bennett, but that's just me. He doesn't deserve to breathe the same air as those of us who believe that human beings are human beings regardless of the melanin content in their skin.