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THE CHARACTER TEST

Feb 15, 1999, Vol. 4, No. 21 • By ERIC FELTEN
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A more appropriate test of character, according to the New Democrat, is "civic involvement." Again, it's only fair: The Big He thinks himself virtuous on the strength of his civic involvement. Who cares about the odd grope of a job applicant or rewards to a sexually accommodating employee? The president, after all, is demonstrably committed to civil rights. Policy initiatives trump personal conduct. So, with a desire that the president be treated no differently than any other American (actual or aspiring), the New Democrat proposes that immigrants be judged by their work in the community, not condemned for pesky personal peccadilloes. That's good news for the polygamist community -- the applicant with a harem need only promise that all his wives will suit up for AmeriCorps.




A frequent contributor to THE WEEKLY STANDARD, Eric Felten is a freelance writer living in Washington, D.C.