From: A Young Illinois Reader [Send Him Mail]
James Kirkpatrick's post about the resistance of Lawrenceville, VA residents to the kiddie Reconquista is heartening, but it paradoxically underscores one of the principal reasons why conservatives in public life are so feckless: they keep conceding important points of principle to their opponents.
For one thing, conservative officials do not seem to appreciate the insidious quality of the Left's endless exhortations about "the children." Consider the bases stolen by people like Ms. Hardiman when they lecture about public obligations to (other people's) children.
“No one should block someone’s housing opportunity based on race or national origin,” said Helen O’Beirne Hardiman, [Email her] the fair housing director for HOME. “It’s unfair, and it’s completely illegal for government officials to step in to a private deal and say we don’t want Central American children coming to this community.” [Scuttled illegal immigrant housing site in Va. accuses HHS, neighbors of discrimination, by Stephen Dinan and S.A. Miller, Washington Times, September 28, 2014]The Left assumes:
Fortunately, the example of Lawrenceville shows that Americans still know when they're being sold a bill of goods. How much more effective would this grassroots opposition be if conservative leaders were to articulate the first principles behind it instead of quietly abetting the bullies?
James Fulford writes; I know what the reader means. However, the point of the attack by activist group Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) of Virginia and the defense by Lawrenceville officials are predicated on the same reality—under the Fair Housing Act of 1968 , resistance on first principles may be considered illegal by government inquisitors. See Agency Will Stop Treating Political Speech as Fair-Housing Violation, By Walter Olson, Cato.org, May 25, 2010.