- The Washington Times - Monday, April 10, 2000

American

We've been tracking how some U.S. citizens have been filling in the "race" space on the Census 2000 forms: some "American-American," others simply "American."
John A. Frey, legal analyst with LEXIS Publishing and "American," forwards an eloquent passage from Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's opinion in the case of Adarand vs. Pena:
"To pursue the concept of racial entitlement even for the most admirable and benign of purposes is to reinforce and preserve for future mischief the way of thinking that produced race slavery, race privilege and race hatred. In the eyes of government, we are just one race here. It is American."

Starr of Texas

Former independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr surfaced in Austin over the weekend to receive the prestigious Jurist of the Year award from the Texas Review of Law & Politics at the University of Texas Law School.
Adam Ross, review founder, recognized Mr. Starr, "in particular, for his courageous commitment to upholding the rule of law in 1999."
As in Lewinsky.
He says Mr. Starr, though the victim of "vicious and unfair politically motivated attacks … stood firm for the bedrock principles that undergird the American system of justice."

Declaration signers

Former Reagan speech writer Peggy Noonan, author of the best seller "The Case Against Hillary Clinton," is the latest to sign that "Go Home Hillary" banner we've been writing about.
She joins, among other signers, Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, Staten Island Borough President Guy Molinari, and of course New York Mayor and chief Hillary opponent Rudolph W. Giuliani.
Meanwhile, it was a standing-room-only crowd of 200 who showed up at a Long Island bookstore the other night to hear Miss Noonan read passages from her new book.
"After the reading there was a question-and-answer period that touched on her first meeting the Clintons before they were in the White House," says one attendee, who quotes Miss Noonan as saying:
"That is the great thing about democracy: Before Hillary Clinton gets to decide your future, you get to decide hers."

Female thing

Hillary Rodham Clinton is counting on women to get her elected senator from New York.
Her campaign, we're told, will organize a "Get on the Bus with New York Women for Hillary" rally May 16, in which women will board Greyhounds bound for Albany to be with the first lady when she's nominated by the New York State Democratic Party.
Women who can't make the trip are asked to host "convention house parties," inviting over neighbors to toast Mrs. Clinton's nomination.

Burying history

In a day when public figures from academe to Capitol Hill routinely trash the U.S. past in the name of "tolerance" and political correctness, passages new and old serve to provide a startling contrast, if not reminder that history, however painful or misunderstood, cannot be rewritten.
Take the statement last week of Salim Khalfani, executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Virginia, which opposes the state's designation of April as Confederate History Month.
The Confederate cause, Mr. Khalfani declared, "was criminal, and they were traitors to the United States. They wanted to maintain slavery of our people, so what's their heritage is our holocaust."
But here, by contrast, is what John W. Thomason Jr., says of the farmers and country gentlemen of the Confederate army in his 1941 book, "Lone Star Preacher," published by Scribner's:
"It was never really a homogeneous army. The Tidewater regiments of Virginia, with their broad vowels and their cavalier dash, were not quite the same as the sturdy blue-light soldiers from the valley, whom Stonewall Jackson led down to First Manassas.
"They were plain and simple men from the hill-farms of North Carolina and Tennessee," he wrote.
"From Texas and Mississippi and Arkansas came the tall hunters, who broke the cane and bridled the western waters; bear killers, Indian fighters, reported as savage and dreadful by civilized patriots called to arms out of rock-fenced New England pastures… .
"One thing they had in common a belief in Southern rights. That one of them involved the dark institution of chattel slavery is not pertinent, because few of them owned slaves, or hoped to own them.
"That tariff and free trade entered into it is not pertinent either," he continued.
" 'What are you fighting for?' said an officer of Meade's staff to a hairy Mississippian, captured in Pennsylvania in 1863. 'Fightin' for ouah rights,' the Mississippian told him. 'But friend, what earthly right of yours have I ever interfered with?' the major asked him. 'I don't know,' the soldier answered honestly, after some thought. 'None that I know of, seh. But maybe I've got rights I haven't heard tell about, an' if so, I'm fightin' for them, too.'
"The point is, they all believed in something… . The heritage they left, of valor and devotion, is treasured by a united country."

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