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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Dinesh D'Souza Wuz Here

At UTSA actually:

Passions flared Wednesday during a speech by conservative pundit Dinesh D'Souza, who staunchly defended the U.S. war in Iraq on historical, moral and political grounds.

"We are trying to see if the alien seed of democracy can take root in a part of the world that has never known it," he said to a group of about 350 at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

"It's costly, it's risky, but it is a great and noble experiment that if it works will make us all a whole lot safer," he said.

I'm kinda disappointed in how opponents to D'Souza handled this. I mean, D'Souza was a Reagan speechwriter, what else did you expect to come out of his mouth? As an aside, how many speechwriter's did Reagan need? Mind you, I have memory whatsoever of the man as President- I was 8 when he left office- but it seems to me that the baseline of conservative credentials nowadays is Reagan speechwriter. It's kinda like all these people who have 'undeniable proof' that their ancestors were on the Mayflower.

But that's not the real story here, for me at least. The organization that brought D'Souza to campus was Movement for the Future. A typical conservative campus organization, they differ on one account:

In order to establish our willingness to not only ackowledge the other side but to also facilitate a forum for the opposition's message, a small section of Movement will consist of liberal to moderate democrats willing to engage our message and advocate their own. The idea here is not to shut out the other side, but to let the other side present theit message and counter that with the message that we so strongly advocate as conservatives on a wide range of issues. You must have two teams on the field in order to play ball.

True, but isn't it regulation to have an equal number of players on each side? This reminds me of that All In The Family episode where Archie Bunker and his club gets reamed for not having any other members other than white guys. So they bring in Sammy Davis Jr, or maybe it was Sammy Davis playing someone, so that they can say they have an African-American and a Jew.

Of course, any organization that has Thomas Sowell and Michael Savage on their recommended reading list is probably not looking for intellectual credibility.