What I’ve Been Reading, Listening to, and Watching this Week: Too-Stupid-to-Survive Edition
What Mark Steyn says: On Monday the Attorney-General of the United States addressed the National Sheriffs Association thus: “I want to thank every sheriff in America. … The office of sheriff is a critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement. We must never erode this historic office.” After which the world went nuts, starting with a CNN pearl-clutcher of a headline: Sessions invokes ‘Anglo-American heritage’ of sheriff’s office. The fact that expensively educated but ignorant reporters thought the phrase newsworthy made it even newsworthier – after which its newsworthiness became accusatory. Newsweek: Jeff Sessions Faces Fresh Racism Charge After Praising ‘Anglo-American Heritage of Law Enforcement’.
My Take: Of course, Anglo-American in this context is referring to the English beginnings of our legal system, not to white people and where they came from. But this hasn’t stopped the liberals from blowing up on Sessions. Steyn goes on to point out that liberal Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe (who criticized Sessions) and Barak Obama have both used the term “Anglo-American legal tradition”–Obama multiple times. But as Steyn cautions, “sometimes a society becomes too stupid to survive.”