Joe Scarborough, David Frum and John Podhoretz (here) are speaking out against the proposed Republican school boycott next week. I’ve disagreed, vehemently, with Podhoretz and the neocons at Commentary in the past, but I will say this: they come to their beliefs honestly. They think hard about the positions they take, deal in some version of the facts–although I find their conclusions dangerous and wrong–and therefore live on the same planet I do. It is extremely important they speak out now, lest this country head toward a spasm of violence that will make pink-biting seem a walk in the park.
I would say to JPod, however, it’s not just black kids who have to do their homework. There’s a whole swath of white America where ignorance is now celebrated…and some serious fact-based education is badly needed.