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National Review, February 8, 1999, page 9

It is indeed the case that Sen. Trent Lott and Rep. Bob Barr have made a practice of addressing a group focused on white self-interest and white power.  One day, if this kind of thing spreads, we may have a Congressional Black Caucus.

National Review, January 25, 1999, page 10

Sen. Trent Lott and Rep. Bob Barr (R., Ga.) have come under fire for addressing a philo-southern and allegedly white-supremacist group.  If the charges are true, the men undoubtedly did not know the complete agenda of their audience (most speaking engagements are point-and-shoot).  Public figures ought, however, to be cautious, and this raises a delicate point, especially for conservatives.  Lincoln said in his second inaugural address that both sides in the Civil War called on the same God;  he even quoted, "Judge not, lest ye be judged."  But he would not have accepted the argument that the pro-slavery side was right, or (in precociously post-modern fashion) that both sides were equally right.  The Confederacy may – indeed, should – be honored for its honor, and its bravery.  For its principles, no.

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