If I was a bigwig at the National Review, I'd empathize with Rich. It has to be a tough job to corral all the craziness going on over there and navigate around each bright and shiny object that wingers periodically fixate upon. For some, the crazy may be a belief that starbursts emanate from Sarah Palin when she is speaking. For others, it is the outrage of the day over some grievance either real or imagined. For others, it may be white supremacy. Who knows, it is all in a good day's work over there.
With that said, as a bigwig at the NR, I'd see to it that the Human Resources department prepare a users' manual on how to spot and fire a racist on staff. The manual may contain a checklist to help the editor out with questions like this:
Does the writer associate with Hate groups? If yes, move to step X unless particular hate group is an anti-immigration outfit. These are evaluated on a case by case basis. Some anti-immigration outfits are just misunderstood. If the hate group is anti-gay, this is usually ok. Go ahead and hire this writer.
Does the writer link to content at hate group websites? If yes, beware.
Has the writer ever written a racial diatribe that is so bad that it offends other NRO writers? If yes move to step X. You may want to consider mitigating factors. When was it? Has he apologized? Etc.
Does the writer hang with Nazis or other white supremacist organizations? Hint: the Klan is definitely a no-no. If yes move immediately to step X.
Has the writer ever admitted to being a racist? If yes move to step X
Step X. Fire the Son of a Bitch immediately. Issue brief blog post indicating that you are shocked by such conduct and do not condone it. It is imperative that ties are severed immediately. We get enough accusations of racism as it is. It is better to be thought by the general public as just a bunch of assholes rather than as racists.It is just a thought. If you are the bigwig, you don't want to set your employees up to fail. It is inevitable that some racists may sneak in unnoticed. When this happens, you need to give your employees the tools they need to succeed. A written procedure with these steps (and more) could come in handy.
Islam was born in violence; it will die that way. Any wish to the contrary is sheer Pollyannaism. The same way the post World War II German youth were taught by their German teachers and political leaders to despise the fascism of their fathers, with strict laws extant still today restricting even speech that casts doubt on the Holocaust, so too must the Muslim youth be taught from the cradle to reject the religion of their forebears.
There is a reason the founding fathers did not give women or black slaves the right to vote. You might not agree or like the idea but this country's founders, otherwise held in the highest esteem for their understanding of human nature and its affect on political society, certainly took it seriously. Why is that? Were they so flawed in their political reckonings that they manhandled the most important aspect of a free society - the vote? If the vote counts for so much in a free and liberal democracy as we 'know' it today, why did they limit the vote so dramatically.