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Lanhee Chen: A Plea for Nuance in Polarized Times

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The views held by the protestors in the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia—the voices of white supremacy, neo-Nazi organizations and the KKK—have no place in our society.

But make no mistake: There are other—credible—voices on the political right in America today that have been marginalized on college campuses and other venues across our country. I’m thinking of voices and organizations that advocate for the life of the unborn child or for religious liberty, which have been shouted down or categorized as hate groups.

There is no moral equivalence between the views of white supremacists and the views held by those protesting against them. And the mainstream media should also be willing to differentiate between those white nationalists and, for example, today’s champions for religious liberty.

Many progressives may not like them, but they do not deserve to be mixed together with the vile hatred we saw in Charlottesville.

Nuance isn’t popular in today’s politics, but let’s not lose sight of the differences where they matter.

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Michael Medved: The Real Reason the South Left the Union

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Tragic recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia raise new questions about an old debate. Why did Southern states leave the Union in the first place, resulting in a war that killed more than 700,000 Americans?

Mississippi, the 2nd of 11 states that ultimately seceded from the federal government, gave a clear explanation in its 1861 declaration of secession: “Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery—the greatest material interest in the world,” the delegates affirmed.

They saw slavery as essential to their survival, claiming that, “none but the black race can bear exposure to the tropical sun … and a blow at slavery is a blow at commerce and civilization.” While individuals who fought for the Confederacy may have been decent and even noble, no one should pretend the Confederate cause was honorable.

As the great Mississippian and Nobel Prize-winner William Faulkner famously declared, “The past is never dead. It’s not even passed.”

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Hugh Hewitt: Charlottesville Violence and the Legal Consequences

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All law students taking a First Amendment course, or even a constitutional law survey course, learn the rule of Brandenburg v. Ohio, a case that grew out of a 1964 KKK rally near Cincinnati.

Brandenburg provides “that the constitutional guarantees of free speech and free press do not permit a State to forbid or proscribe advocacy of using force or of law violation except where such advocacy is directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action and is likely to incite or produce such action.”

I celebrate Brandenburg when I teach it each year. The speech at the core of that case was every bit as odious as that used by the bigots in Charlottesville this weekend. But those bigots in 1964 lacked the present ability to incite violence. Those in Charlottesville had that ability to incite violence, and they used it.

Now three are dead, including two state troopers. Others are severely injured. The investigation should be careful and professional but also resolute. Lots of people should be charged if they contributed to the mayhem that led to these deaths.

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Michael Medved: The Overhyped “Dangerous Divisions”

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Following the horrible events in Charlottesville, Virginia, the public seems deeply alarmed at the deep and dangerous divisions in the country.

But what are the substantive issues that actually divide the country? When it comes to hate festivals staged by neo-Nazis and the KKK, there is virtually no disagreement: nearly every American, left or right, and certainly including President Trump, strongly condemns the racial extremism of such fringe groups.

But all sides also agree they have a right to rally if they avoid encouraging or practicing violence. Meanwhile, overwhelming majorities of Americans support more economic growth, tax reform that lowers rates, better border security, health care reform that maximizes choice and slows the rise in premiums, a stronger military and a cautious foreign policy.

While the media love to dramatize bitter feuds over the president’s personality, on more substantive questions of policy, Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and leftists, are hardly as polarized are the most hysterical voices on all sides love to suggest.

 

 

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Charlottesville Puts the Spotlight on Neo-Nazi Hate

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Townhall Review–August 19, 2017.

Hugh Hewitt invites Politico’s Jake Sherman to review President Trump’s comments following the Charlottesville, Virginia demonstration. While on the Mike Gallagher show, Ben Shapiro of the Daily Wire scolded president Trump’s remarks. Gallagher also interviews Rich Lowry, of the National Review, on his article criticizing the placement of some Civil War memorials. Hugh Hewitt interviews Wisconsin Congressman who sits on both Armed Services and Homeland Security Congressional Committees on the deeply troubling story in Iran. Michael Medved interviews James Damore about the events leading to his termination from Google. Hugh Hewitt asks Senator Chris Coon about a piece he wrote for “The Atlantic” on “Progressive Values Can’t be Just Secular Values.” Dennis Prager keys in on the tragedy of Charlottesville and how if free speech had been honored there, it may have never made the news.

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Hugh Hewitt: A Hard Lesson: Presidents Don’t Get Mulligans

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On Monday, the president gave a formal response to the alt-right, neo-Nazi violence in Charlottesville in which he denounced the KKK, racism and neo-Nazi groups in no uncertain terms. He ought to be commended for his clear statement on Monday.

But—there’s no doubt about it—he ought to have made that statement on Saturday and he ought not to have given that press conference on Tuesday.

It’s a hard lesson but a lesson that’s worth stating: presidents don’t get mulligans.

When the Challenger exploded, President Reagan had Peggy Noonan to help him step up and meet his moment.

But, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, President George W. Bush chose not to go to New Orleans—and missed.

And, of course, President Obama called ISIS the jayvee team.

Unfortunately, as a president you never get back your mistakes. All you can do is make good the best you can.

Ronald Reagan had Peggy Noonan and Peter Robinson to help him—immediately—to rise to the occasion and not miss the moment.

George W. Bush had Michael Gerson and Marc Thiessen.

What President Trump needs is a similar set of talents that help him take the crisis moments and use his place of leadership to draw our fractured nation together.

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