Here is something to ponder on the Fourth of July. While no one was noticing, on Friday afternoon, a three-judge panel drawn from the Sixth Circuit Federal Appeals Court overturned the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative.
Like the California Civil Rights Initiative some years back, this was a project pushed by Ward Connerly. When put on the ballot in Michigan in 2006, which was a very good year for the Democratic Party in the state, it received 58% of the vote. All that it did was to outlaw racial discrimination in public university admissions in the state of Michigan, and it did so on the grounds that racial discrimination, when practiced by the government, contravenes the requirement that there be equal protection under the law for all Americans.
We live in a remarkable age. Thanks to Barack Obama and the generation of liberals whom he represents, a great unmasking is taking place. “Affirmative action” is a euphemism. It stands for a racial spoils system, and it is on its face inconsistent with the principle of equality embedded in the Declaration of Independence. Now, fortunately, the euphemism is gone, and everything is out in the open. There are privileged Americans. They fit into what are called “protected categories.” Then, there are the rest of us. We are here to be taken advantage of.
As you re-read the opening lines of the Declaration of Independence on Monday, think about the choices we face. It is not enough that we slow down the momentum of the administrative entitlements state. We need to reverse the direction of the country, and to do that we need to put the argument to our fellow Americans and persuade them that it is high time that we return to first principles and put our house in order.
Which of the potential Republican nominees can best do that? Who has the courage to speak the full truth? What has the stamina to follow through? Think about it. The hour is late. Think hard.