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“Rioting in Ferguson – A Disheartening Rejection of the Civil Rights Movement” by Clark Judge

Wednesday, November 26, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The weekly column from Clark Judge:

Rioting in Ferguson – A Disheartening Rejection of the Civil Rights Movement

By Clark S. Judge: managing director, White House Writers Group, Inc.; chairman, Pacific Research Institute

The most disheartening fact about the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, is that the rioters reject due process of law. Yet these same rioters are among the Americans who should be most invested in protecting the law’s protections. They are, after all, some of the chief beneficiaries of the nearly two-century struggle to achieve the very rights they now so violently want to wipe away.

 The struggle to make protection of rights universal in America – that is, to extend it to African-Americans — began in the Revolutionary years with the banning of slavery in Vermont in 1777, in Pennsylvania (albeit by stages) in 1780 and in Massachusetts in 1783. It continued with exclusion of slavery from the Northwest Territories in 1787, the subsequent ending of slavery within their borders by all states north of the Mason-Dixon line and the Ohio River, the Civil War, the 13th Amendment, and Reconstruction. It languished after Union troops left the South in 1877 and in the decades that followed as the various legislative struggles between pro-civil rights Republicans and pro-segregation Democrats generally ended with no action. It returned to life with the Democratic Party’s split over civil rights at its 1948 national convention. In the following decade and a half a new civil rights movement gained steam among both a new alliance of Republicans and northern Democrats on one hand and increasingly vocal and brilliantly led African-Americans on the other. It ultimately carried the day in a series of victories – legislative and otherwise — stretching from the middle ‘60s to the middle ‘70s. Continue Reading

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Debating Ferguson With The Daily Beast’s Jonathan Alter

Wednesday, November 26, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The Daily Beast’s Jonathan Alter joined me Tuesday to debate the merits of whether justice was done by the Ferguson prosecutor and Grand Jury.  That transcript is here.

Quite a few talking heads on TC appear not only not to be prosecutors, but to not know any of them.  They aren’t exactly hard to find.

Even masked protesters like Thanksgiving, so I expect the increasing calm to continue and tonight to mark the end of the protests.  Family fights over what happened may mark more than a few T-Day dinners though.

My annual, “How to get Thanksgiving dinner conversation going” hour will be on today’s show, and my contribution will be “You know who should replace Hagel at Defense?  Rummy.  Third time’s a charm.”


Dr. Ben Carson On Ferguson

Tuesday, November 25, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Dr. Ben Carson, a likely candidate for the GOP nomination for president in 2016, joined me at the start of my program today.




HH: I am joined by Dr. Ben Carson, is his website. Of course, Dr. Carson can be followed on Twitter, @RealBenCarson. Dr. Carson, welcome, it’s good to have you back.

BC: Thank you, my pleasure.

HH: Dr. Carson, was justice done to Michael Brown yesterday? Continue Reading

President George W. Bush On “41: A Portrait Of My Father”

Monday, November 24, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

President George W. Bush was my guest for a morning interview which will air on today’s show.  Most of it concerned his father and W’s wonderful new book about him, “41: A Portrait of My Father,” but some of it touched on the change at DOD and the 2016 race that looms.  All of it very interesting.




HH: Pleased to welcome now former President George W. Bush. Mr. President, welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show.

GWB: Hugh, how are you?

HH: I’m great, and 41: A Portrait Of My Father is a terrific book. It’s genuinely riveting. I just wonder how happy your dad was when you told him you were undertaking this project.

GWB: You know, he was okay with it. He’s a pretty modest guy, not a pretty modest guy, he’s a real modest guy, and you know, he accepted it. And I said dad, I’m writing a love letter about you, and I’m going to publish it before you move on, and he said fine. Then I started asking him some questions, and he didn’t answer many of them. Continue Reading

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