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Opponents of affirmative action have also and often taken the meaning of Dr. King's words out of context--he dreamed that a race-neutral society would one day evolve, but never claimed that simply eliminating the more odious legal barriers would be enough; indeed, King explicitly supported remedial measures. Yet while I don't deny that principled opposition to affirmative action is a legitimate position, it falls short when no other alternative is offered (a criticism the GOP has been quick of late to tag the Democrats with).
I for one agree that "separate but equal" is inherently unfair, unconstitutional and un-American. Eliminating affirmative action is *not* going to eliminate racial disadvantage, so if I'm to be convinced it's the best course, I'll need to see the alternative.
I know it's all fun to bash Hillary, Dodd, and as far as I'm concerned you're welcome to it. I don't for a moment consider Hillary Clinton to speak for me or for the entire Democratic Party, and you can mark my words, I don't believe she ever will, as a nominated national candidate.
Bush, on the other hand, as the President and leader of the GOP, does arguably bear that responsibility, so having answered your challenge, I issue one to you: Do Bush's recent actions, including:
* the inaccurate use of the highly charged word "quota" four times to describe Michigan's affirmative action program, which is not at all a quota system
* The revival of a tradition to commemorate Confedeate war dead that was discontinued by his own father
* The swift renomination of Judge Pickering, who has a record of judicial opinions arguably hostile to civil rights (and please, note that I'm not calling him a racist by any means)
support, or contradict, the notion that there's an unreconstructed segment of the Republican base that Bush feels he needs to appeal to?
Update: That comment thread is really jumping!
Update 2: As I pointed out, Bush did not in fact revive the wreath-laying tradition, and I've withdrawn that contention over at the discussion thread.