I couldn’t help noticing that William Bennett has just admitted that pretty much all the cultural concerns he’s voiced over the last decade have been wrong.
The New York times asked 12 Americans for their views on
“the most significant change the country has undergone in the year since Sept. 11.” Bennet’s response was that he had been worried that American culture was in decline, but we all proved ourselves by showing some backbone and going after our attackers.
So I guess that means all his worries were for nothing and he can find something more productive to do with his time.
Also, at first I thought that the former education czar must have misread his assignment. That Americans still have the backbone they’ve always had is not really an example of a “significant change.” Then I realized that he could be saying that the most significant change is that he now realizes that Americans have a backbone. Then I decided that even William Bennett isn’t that egotistical, so he must mean that the significant change is that we went to war against our attackers. This is true, we weren’t at war with them before, and we are now. But that’s probably not the sort of deep analysis the Times was looking for. Finally, I just decided to give up and click