Jim Webb had a thought provoking Op Ed in yesterday's Wall Street Journal:
The NAACP believes the tea party is racist. The tea party believes the NAACP is racist. And Pat Buchanan got into trouble recently by pointing out that if Elena Kagan is confirmed to the Supreme Court, there will not be a single Protestant Justice, although Protestants make up half the U.S. population and dominated the court for generations.Read the entire article here.
Forty years ago, as the United States experienced the civil rights movement, the supposed monolith of White Anglo-Saxon Protestant dominance served as the whipping post for almost every debate about power and status in America. After a full generation of such debate, WASP elites have fallen by the wayside and a plethora of government-enforced diversity policies have marginalized many white workers. The time has come to cease the false arguments and allow every American the benefit of a fair chance at the future.
Update: State Senator Chap Petersen has an excellent blog post up at Ox Road South that is required reading for Virginia Democrats:
Senator Jim Webb (D-Virginia) is both a student of history and an unapologetic free thinker -- two traits that immediately separate him from 90% of the people in elected office today.You can read the complete post here.
As a Senator, he has been a leader on national issues such as the GI Bill for Iraq-Afghanistan vets and the reform of Federal criminal sentencing laws. In both cases, he took positions that were risky, even unpopular, for the sake of doing the right thing.
Yesterday, in the Wall Street Journal , he took on the ultimate verboten topic: Federal affirmative action programs, specifically those which require government contracts be given to "minority" (i.e. non-white) applicants. As a white man, he risked being called a "racist" by even addressing this subject. And surely some will misrepresent his message.