June 2003
New Republic;6/23/2003, Vol. 228 Issue 24, p4
Peter Beinart's TRB misses the point in his analysis of the criticism of William Bennett ("Rules of the Game," May 19). Beinart takes liberal authors, such as Joshua Micah Marshall and Michael Kinsley, to task for criticizing Bennett for what Beinart calls private behavior, exactly the sort of thing those authors are supposed to be against. But liberals are not criticizing Bennett for his private behavior--his gambling. When it is revealed that he is a major practitioner of what Bennett himself would consider "immoral" behavior, such a revelation is newsworthy not so much for the facts that Bennett is a gambler as for the analysis that comes from those facts, suggesting Bennett is a hypocrite. TNR's editorial claims Democratic presidential candidates are foolish not to join Al Sharpton in a victim-disarmament crusade ("Shooting Blanks," May 19). Supposedly, polls show massive popular support for all sorts of gun-control measures. Richard Posner ("An Army of the Willing," May 19) dismisses the Sandel-Rangel observation that a voluntary army works on the backs of the lower classes with his remark that it is far-fetched and that the consequence of the demographics of the armed forces is that our nation takes pride in the "scions of the lower middle class" who help "bind the different income classes together.'' This is surely far-fetched. And it ignores the fact that a voluntary army is a license for the government to carry out war for any reason.


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