Cultural Revolutions

'War Between the States'

Judge John Roberts can rest assured that his Supreme Court confirmation will go very smoothly, judging from the weak 11th-hour attacks the left is mounting against him in the media.  A “shocking” discovery about his record appeared in an August 26 report in the Washington Post that took issue with a phrase Roberts used while drafting an article about the presidency on President Ronald Reagan’s behalf for the journal National Forum.  As the Post reported: “A fastidious editor of other people’s copy as well as his own, Roberts began with the words, ‘Until about the time of the Civil War.’  Then, the Indiana native scratched out the words ‘Civil War’ and replaced them with ‘War Between the States.’”

The Post managed to squeeze blood out of this turnip, citing the comments of an emeritus history professor from Vanderbilt University, Sam McSeveney: “Many people who are sympathetic to the Confederate position are more comfortable with the idea of a ‘War Between the States.’  People opposed to the civil rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s would undoubtedly be more comfortable with the words he chose.”  For the sake of “balance,” the Post also included the remarks of John Coski, library director of the Museum of the Confederacy: “You can’t always draw...

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