Two pieces, one a Hillyer column and one an official editorial of the Washington Examiner, with links embedded in the headlines.

California Proposition 16 implements racism in name of fighting it (Oct. 5): California’s opponents of racial discrimination are being outfunded $12 million to $1 million, but in most polls have held an edge over the racial-grievance industry.

The advantage won’t last, though, unless the good guys there receive help in financing their campaign against state ballot Proposition 16.

This year’s ballot initiative known as Prop 16 aims to repeal the 1996 ballot’s Proposition 209, which reasonably and rightly enshrined in the state constitution these words: “The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.” That 1996 provision banning invidious discrimination in any form is Martin Luther King’s dream distilled to its immensely moral essence: In public life and public policy, skin color should play no substantive role.

Against that color-blind ideal, today’s “progressives” want government to dole out special favors, in terms of state contracts and university admissions (among other things)….

Editorial against court packing (Oct. 1): “I would not get into court-packing,” Joe Biden said last October in a Democratic debate. “We add three justices. Next time around, we lose control, they add three justices. We begin to lose any credibility the court has at all.”

Biden was right then. Unfortunately, that was last year. Now that Democrats are red hot with rage over the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, times have changed. In Tuesday night’s debate, Biden was unwilling to rule out packing the courts.

When moderator Chris Wallace asked Biden a simple question, “Are you willing to tell the American tonight whether or not you will support either ending the filibuster or packing the court?,” Biden gave a gobbledygook non-answer.

“Whatever position I take on that, that’ll become the issue,” Biden said. “The issue is the American people should speak. You should go out and vote. You’re voting now. Vote and let your Senators know strongly how you feel.”


Refusing to answer the question, in the face of pestering from Trump, is what eventually led Biden to snap, “Shut up, man!”

While that might be what most people remember from that exchange, it is disturbing that Biden would cave in to the demands of the radical Left by even entertaining the destructive idea of court-packing. …


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