Dec. 7, 2004

"The Bookie of Virtue" by Joshua Green

"The Bookie of Virtue" by Joshua Green: "The Bookie of Virtue William J. Bennett has made millions lecturing people on morality--and blown it on gambling. By Joshua Green 'We should know that too much of anything, even a good thing, may prove to be our undoing...[We] need ... to set definite boundaries on our appetites.' --The Book of Virtues, by William J. Bennett No person can be more rightly credited with making morality and personal responsibility an integral part of the political debate than William J. Bennett. For more than 20 years, as a writer, speaker, government official, and political operative, Bennett has been a commanding general in the culture wars. As Ronald Reagan's chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, he was the scourge of academic permissiveness. Later, as Reagan's secretary of education, he excoriated schools and students for failing to set and meet high standards. As drug czar under George H.W. Bush, he applied a get-tough approach to drug use, arguing that individuals have a moral responsibility to own up to their addiction. Upon leaving public office, Bennett wrote The Book of Virtues, a compendium of parables snatched up by millions of parents and teachers across the political spectrum. Bennett's crusading ideals have been adopted by politicians of both parties, and implemented in such programs as character education classes in public schools--a testament to his impact." ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Seems to have a little gambling problem You seriously have to wonder if the real frive behind these loudmouthed moralists is denial of "self" or a well thought up means to divert attention away from themselves. Mycos

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