Jonah Goldberg comments in his syndicated column a few liberals had a strange revelatory moment in what may well have been Freudian slips while commenting on William Bennett’s remarks that have generated so much heat.
My first objection is more of a delicious irony. Notice how so many righteously offended liberals keep referring to fetuses as people. In the New York Times, Bob Herbert proclaims that Bennett considers “exterminating blacks would be a most effective crime-fighting tool.” Schultz and McAuliffe say Bennett wants to exterminate “babies.”
Funny, I thought the bedrock faith of pro-abortion liberals is that fetuses aren’t babies. Isn’t it interesting how this lynchpin of liberal morality evaporates the moment an opportunity to call Bennett a racist presents itself? Talk about utilitarianism.
NARAL and Planned Parenthood need to get in touch with these fellows since they seem to have forgotten their talking points.
Goldberg concludes by pointing out that the truth about Bennett’s remarks is plain if one takes the time to read them in context.
The former philosophy professor picked a hypothetical that he thought would make the horror of such utilitarianism obvious to everybody. Murder a whole generation just to lower the crime rate? Disgusting!
Bennett’s real mistake was in thinking people would be mature enough to get it.