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.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Required Reading: Chap Petersen's response to Webb's op-ed
State Senator Chap Petersen has an excellent blog post up at Ox Road South that is required reading for Virginia Democrats: