I’m usually a big Victor Davis Hanson fan, but this column is way off, not so much as it relates to Cliven Bundy, but as it relates to Donald Sterling. On that point, he has swung mightily at the pitch in the dirt that is thrown time and again and represents the greatest danger.
Sterling—of whom I know nothing other than he probably grew up in the 40s when attitudes were different—appears (the voices on the recording have not been confirmed,but in keeping with the rush to judgment, let’ assume it is him)—made remarks to his ex-girlfirend (who was certainly baiting him with a hidden recorder) IN HIS OWN HOME. These remarks were allegedly made in the course of a heated argument.
Can you imagine if your worst moment was caught on tape—a private conversation where you said things that you would NEVER say in a public forum? Who among us has not had such a moment?
I’m not defending Sterling or his views. I’m defending his right to hold them and voice them in private (versus the crazed Tweeting). I’d love to have private tape recording of conversations from the outraged Magic Johnson, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, the truly craven Al Sharpton and ANY other stone thrower. This game of manufactured “gotcha” will continue as long as we suffer a culture defined by political correctness and universal offense. As unsavory of a character as Sterling may (or may not) be, it will not stop with him, just as it will not stop with the Mozilla CEO. You may be next.
VDH misses the mark here almost completely.