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'Non-Judgmental' Nonsense (Thomas Sowell)
GOPUSA ^ | March 12, 2007 | Thomas Sowell

Posted on 03/11/2008 7:08:13 PM PDT by jazusamo

What was he thinking of? That was the first question that came to mind when the story of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer's involvement with a prostitution ring was reported in the media.

It was also the first question that came to mind when star quarterback Michael Vick ruined his career and lost his freedom over his involvement in illegal dog fighting. It is a question that arises when other very fortunate people risk everything for some trivial satisfaction.

Many in the media refer to Eliot Spitzer as some moral hero who fell from grace. Spitzer was never a moral hero. He was an unscrupulous prosecutor who threw his power around to ruin people, even when he didn't have any case with which to convict them of anything.

Because he was using his overbearing power against businesses, the anti-business left idolized him, just as they idolized Ralph Nader before him as some sort of secular saint because he attacked General Motors.

What Eliot Spitzer did was not out of character. It was completely in character for someone with the hubris that comes with the ability to misuse his power to make or break innocent people.

After John Whitehead, former head of Goldman Sachs, wrote an op-ed column in the Wall Street Journal, criticizing Attorney General Spitzer's handling of a case involving Maurice Greenberg, Spitzer was quoted by Whitehead as saying: "I will be coming after you. You will pay the price. This is only the beginning and you will pay dearly for what you have done."

When you start thinking of yourself as a little tin god, able to throw your weight around to bully people into silence, it is a sign of a sense of being exempt from the laws and social rules that apply to other people.

For someone with this kind of hubris to risk his whole political career for a fling with a prostitute is no more surprising than for Michael Vick to throw away millions to indulge his taste for dog fighting or for Leona Helmsley to avoid paying taxes -- not because she couldn't easily afford to pay taxes and still have more money left than she could ever spend -- but because she felt above the rules that apply to "the little people."

What is almost as scary as having someone like Eliot Spitzer holding power is having so many pundits talking as if this is just a "personal" flaw in Governor Spitzer that should not disqualify him for public office.

Spitzer himself spoke of his "personal" failing as if it had nothing to do with his being governor of New York.

In this age, when it is considered the height of sophistication to be "non-judgmental," one of the corollaries is that "personal" failings have no relevance to the performance of official duties.

What that amounts to, ultimately, is that character doesn't matter. In reality, character matters enormously, more so than most things that can be seen, measured or documented.

Character is what we have to depend on when we entrust power over ourselves, our children and our society to government officials.

We cannot risk all that for the sake of the fashionable affectation of being more non-judgmental than thou.

Currently, various facts are belatedly beginning to leak out that give us clues to the character of Barack Obama. But to report these facts is being characterized as a "personal" attack.

Barack Obama's personal and financial association with a man under criminal indictment in Illinois is not just a "personal" matter. Nor is his 20 years of going to a church whose pastor has praised Louis Farrakhan and condemned the United States in both sweeping terms and with obscene language.

The Obama camp likens mentioning such things to criticizing him because of what members of his family might have said or done. But it was said, long ago, that you can pick your friends but not your relatives.

Obama chose to be part of that church for 20 years. He was not born into it. His "personal" character matters, just as Eliot Spitzer's "personal" character matters -- and just as Hillary Clinton's character would matter if she had any.

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Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. His Web site is www.tsowell.com.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: nobama; obama; sowell; spitzer; spitzmas; thomassowell; tsbo
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Dr. Sowell nailed this, as usual.
1 posted on 03/11/2008 7:08:14 PM PDT by jazusamo
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2 posted on 03/11/2008 7:09:36 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo

Yes he did. OUTSTANDING! Thanks for posting. WOW!


3 posted on 03/11/2008 7:12:22 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: jazusamo

That’s why I’m a Sowell man!


4 posted on 03/11/2008 7:20:06 PM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: jazusamo

Tom, if you read FReepers, you are one of my heros. You know what being an American is and you are steadfast in your American Character. Praise Be.


5 posted on 03/11/2008 7:20:42 PM PDT by tillacum (The only way to vote is REPUBLICAN, no matter what. We've got to win.)
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To: jazusamo

Why can’t thomas sowell run for president?


6 posted on 03/11/2008 7:22:16 PM PDT by utherdoul
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To: jazusamo
I hope the AG pounds the Mann Act up Spitzer's ass with a sharp stick.


7 posted on 03/11/2008 7:24:22 PM PDT by Viking2002 (Rove, you magnificent bastard!)
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To: Viking2002

If ever anyone deserved it, Spitzer does. :)


8 posted on 03/11/2008 7:27:02 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo
When you start thinking of yourself as a little tin god, able to throw your weight around to bully people into silence, it is a sign of a sense of being exempt from the laws and social rules that apply to other people.

In other words, a Democrat.

9 posted on 03/11/2008 7:29:00 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (It takes a father to raise a child.)
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To: Viking2002
I hope the AG pounds the Mann Act up Spitzer's ass with a sharp stick.

Dude... didn't you see the "D" next to Spitzer's name?

10 posted on 03/11/2008 7:29:57 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (It takes a father to raise a child.)
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To: tillacum
Liberals love to make political hay out of race and identity politics. But there are many men (and women) of other races I'd gladly follow through the Gates of Hell.

Tom Sowell is one of them. I'd take him and a slingshot over ten Clintonistas and a Howitzer.


11 posted on 03/11/2008 7:33:59 PM PDT by Viking2002 (I hope the AG pounds the Mann Act up Spitzer's ass with a sharp stick.)
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To: jazusamo
In reality, character matters enormously, more so than most things that can be seen, measured or documented.

That's what I said in 1992, in contrast to the stated position of one presidential candidate.

12 posted on 03/11/2008 7:34:59 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Jeff Chandler
You're right - one of his ho's probably did that to him already, and got an extra 15% for it.


13 posted on 03/11/2008 7:36:00 PM PDT by Viking2002 (I hope the AG pounds the Mann Act up Spitzer's ass with a sharp stick.)
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To: jazusamo
...just as Hillary Clinton's character would matter if she had any.

Saving the best for last.

14 posted on 03/11/2008 7:36:18 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: jazusamo
What was he thinking of?

Well we know what he was thinking with....

15 posted on 03/11/2008 7:37:40 PM PDT by GOP_Raider ("Hope is the worst of evils, for it prolongs the torments of man" -Nietzsche)
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To: jazusamo

Another excellent article by Thomas Sowell. I only wish he was the Republican candidate for President this year!


16 posted on 03/11/2008 7:39:36 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (If you don't want people to get your goat, don't tell them where it's tied.)
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To: jazusamo
What is almost as scary as having someone like Eliot Spitzer holding power is having so many pundits talking as if this is just a "personal" flaw in Governor Spitzer that should not disqualify him for public office.

Spitzer himself spoke of his "personal" failing as if it had nothing to do with his being governor of New York.

Excellent observation. Spitzer has been trying to separate his actions with the prostitute ring from his thuggish behavior as governor and prosecutor, when the latter quite probably made the former entirely predictable. Or at minimum, heavily influenced it.

17 posted on 03/11/2008 7:39:43 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (Spitz spritzed a ditz, no longer putting on the ritz, oh how the shoe fits.)
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To: DuncanWaring

That he did and he ripped her in his own polite way.


18 posted on 03/11/2008 7:39:57 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo
Hillary Clinton's character would matter if she had any.

POW! Right in the kisser.

19 posted on 03/11/2008 7:40:44 PM PDT by groanup (War is not the answer. Victory is.)
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To: prairiebreeze

He’ll keep trying but he’s going to lose.


20 posted on 03/11/2008 7:41:26 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo

I’ll be writing in either Thomas Sowell or Walter E. Williams for president...


21 posted on 03/11/2008 7:41:42 PM PDT by gorush (Exterminate the Moops!)
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To: jazusamo

Dr. Sowell hits the bullseye! Governor S**tzer must go!


22 posted on 03/11/2008 7:42:55 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY ((((Truth to a Liberal, is like a crucifix to a vampire))))
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To: jazusamo
and just as Hillary Clinton's character would matter if she had any.

Now that's what I call a "Strong Close".

The good Doctor is always a breath of fresh air!

23 posted on 03/11/2008 7:49:17 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: utherdoul

i second the nomination.

sowell is so much better qualified to run the country than any of these clowns.


24 posted on 03/11/2008 7:50:37 PM PDT by KingofZion
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To: jazusamo
Thomas Sowell is truly one fine gentleman!!

Hope he's a FReeper.

25 posted on 03/11/2008 7:54:57 PM PDT by LADY J
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To: jazusamo
Thomas Sowell is truly one fine gentleman!!

Hope he's a FReeper.

26 posted on 03/11/2008 7:55:10 PM PDT by LADY J
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To: jazusamo

why ain’t bill and hillary in jail?


27 posted on 03/11/2008 7:55:20 PM PDT by Waco
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To: Viking2002
Liberals love to make political hay out of race and identity politics. But there are many men (and women) of other races I'd gladly follow through the Gates of Hell. Tom Sowell is one of them. I'd take him and a slingshot over ten Clintonistas and a Howitzer.

Amen.

28 posted on 03/11/2008 7:55:59 PM PDT by Finny (Democrats are Gov't Mommies. Liberal Republicans are Big Gov't Daddies. Conservatives are adults.)
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To: jazusamo

why ain’t bill and hillary in jail?


29 posted on 03/11/2008 7:56:18 PM PDT by Waco
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To: LADY J
Hope he's a FReeper.

So do I! I've never seen any referrence to it but it wouldn't surprise me if he is.

30 posted on 03/11/2008 8:05:30 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: utherdoul

Because he doesn’t want to waste years of his life running around soliciting campaign contributions.


31 posted on 03/11/2008 8:07:51 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: smoothsailing
The good Doctor is always a breath of fresh air!

Yes he is. His referrence to character not only reflects on Hillary but to her supporters, I believe.

32 posted on 03/11/2008 8:08:33 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo
What that amounts to, ultimately, is that character doesn't matter. In reality, character matters enormously, more so than most things that can be seen, measured or documented.

I've never understood people who dismiss a politician's infidelity as being irrelevant. If his own wife can't trust him how can we?

33 posted on 03/11/2008 8:10:15 PM PDT by Dan Evans
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To: jazusamo
His referrence to character not only reflects on Hillary but to her supporters, I believe.

Mrs. Smooth agrees! :-)

34 posted on 03/11/2008 8:17:24 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: jazusamo

WOW! What a close!

Worth saying again:

Obama chose to be part of that church for 20 years. He was not born into it. His “personal” character matters, just as Eliot Spitzer’s “personal” character matters — and just as Hillary Clinton’s character would matter if she had any.


35 posted on 03/11/2008 8:19:05 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Guns themselves are fairly robust; their chief enemies are rust and politicians) (NRA)
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To: jazusamo
He TOTALLY nailed it. And states very truthfully and frankly, why I would not support many of the GOP anointed “conservatives”. Character matters! If you are untrustworthy in your personal life, I will not trust you to be trustworthy when it comes to political life or my country!
36 posted on 03/11/2008 8:21:01 PM PDT by gidget7 (Duncan Hunter-Valley Forge Republican!)
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To: smoothsailing

That nails it down then cuz I know Mrs. Smooth is a good judge of character! :-)


37 posted on 03/11/2008 8:24:41 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo

Spitzer was never a moral hero. He was an unscrupulous prosecutor who threw his power around to ruin people, even when he didn’t have any case with which to convict them of anything.

Because he was using his overbearing power against businesses, the anti-business left idolized him...

What Eliot Spitzer did was not out of character. It was completely in character for someone with the hubris that comes with the ability to misuse his power to make or break innocent people.


38 posted on 03/11/2008 8:25:05 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: jazusamo
Aw, Man!!!

My mother used to say "you are known by the company you keep". Lucky me!:-)

39 posted on 03/11/2008 8:29:23 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: jazusamo
just as Hillary Clinton's character would matter if she had any

Ouch.

40 posted on 03/11/2008 9:01:54 PM PDT by Rocky
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To: george76
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I am glad I don't have to ((((PING))) you! Once again Dr. Sowell hits it out of the ball park.

41 posted on 03/11/2008 9:10:40 PM PDT by Chgogal (When you vote Democrat, you vote Al Qaeda! Ari Emanuel, Rahm's brother was agent to Moore's F9/11.)
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To: Waco

WHY AREN’T BILL AND HILL IN JAIL???


42 posted on 03/11/2008 10:27:08 PM PDT by cowdog77 (Circle the Wagons)
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To: gorush

“I’ll be writing in either Thomas Sowell or Walter E. Williams for president...”

I love `em both, but please, do not do that. Your write-in will probably go unnoticed by the media. But a surge in Constitution or Libertarian party votes cannot be ignored, and can’t be construed as approval for either major party’s politics, either. Please reconsider, and vote for one of those parties’ candidates instead.


43 posted on 03/11/2008 11:11:51 PM PDT by LibertarianInExile (McCain is W with a DD-214 and a flash temper. Another 4 years of this mess--or worse? Hell, no!)
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To: jazusamo

“or for Leona Helmsley to avoid paying taxes — not because she couldn’t easily afford to pay taxes and still have more money left than she could ever spend — but because she felt above the rules that apply to “the little people” “

It stuck in my craw that Mr. Clinton claimed he didn’t have to testify because he was President. Paula Jones, little person, was entitled to her day in court.

It stuck in my craw when Mrs. Clinton fired the Travel Office little people when they didn’t fit her agenda.

It stuck in my craw when little people in Canada contracted hepatitis C from tainted Arkansas prison blood, so that Bill Clinton could make some money.

It sticks in my craw that little people throughout the country have to pay higher energy prices. One reason is because Bill Clinton locked up coal in Utah so his buddies the Riady’s could make a few bucks.


44 posted on 03/11/2008 11:12:16 PM PDT by Tymesup
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To: smoothsailing

I think i have 20 of his books and about 1000 of his articles and have learned something from every paragraph.
I do remember one disagreement and a few years later i realized i was wrong.


45 posted on 03/11/2008 11:19:50 PM PDT by genghis
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To: jazusamo

Thomas Sowell, such an excellent man of wisdom. Always grateful to read his columns, thanks for posting this.


46 posted on 03/11/2008 11:23:36 PM PDT by MonicaG (Help Wanted: Conservative leadership '08)
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To: jazusamo
“...and just as Hillary Clinton's character would matter if she had any.”

Nice little zinger at the end. Thanks Dr. Sowell.

47 posted on 03/12/2008 4:46:46 AM PDT by poobear (Pure democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what's for dinner. God save the Republic!)
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To: IncPen; BartMan1

ping


48 posted on 03/12/2008 4:53:27 AM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: jazusamo
Dr. Sowell ALWAYS "nails it." Every time I read a new column by him, my respect for him rises yet again. I am honored, deeply, that this man has endorsed my run for Congress.

Congressman Billybob

Latest article, "America's Native Criminal Class"

A Freeper in Congress? Now is the time.

49 posted on 03/12/2008 6:02:26 AM PDT by Congressman Billybob ( www.ArmorforCongress.com)
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To: jazusamo
When you start thinking of yourself as a little tin god, able to throw your weight around to bully people into silence, it is a sign of a sense of being exempt from the laws and social rules that apply to other people.

Part of the blame goes to the pundits who idolize the "little tin god" and lead him to believe he is above other people.

50 posted on 03/12/2008 8:27:59 AM PDT by oldbrowser (Ideologues are impractical.)
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