William Bennett, former secretary of education under President Reagan, former drug czar under President Bush I, and publicly reformed gambling junkie, has apparently fallen off the wagon in a big way.
Bennett, host of talk radio show “Morning in America,” this week stated, “If you wanted to reduce crime… you could abort every black baby in this country and your crime rate would go down.” He then went on to confirm that while it would be a reprehensible thing to do, it would reduce the crime rate.
These comments were a big gamble for Bennett, who was basically, if only theoretically, extolling the virtues of genocide! Broadcast personalities have lost their jobs or been dropped by networks for making such incendiary comments (just look at Bill Maher). Probably the next best thing Bennett can do for his career now is be photographed snorting coke with Kate Moss. Still, I don’t imagine his tenure with Fox News is in any jeopardy, whatever he may do.
Democrats have been as quick to condemn Bennett’s remarks as Republicans have been quiet. Coming on the heels of Hurricane Katrina, his comments only add gravitas to the notion that “red” America doesn’t care about black America. With the stakes against Republicans as high as they now are, they’d be wise to get on the ball and condemn Bennett ASAP.