Calvert Institute Press Hits Archive

G.Liebmann, “The fix is in with Baltimore’s pending consent decree,” Baltimore Sun, November 7, 2016

G. Liebmann, In Defense of the ‘Deplorables’, Baltimore Sun, September 16, 2016


Confessions of a ‘Deplorable’

by George W. Liebmann

“To just be grossly generalistic [sic] you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the ‘basket’ of deplorables’. . . The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic–you name it.” Hillary Rodham Clinton

Donald Trump has been accused of namecalling, but his efforts have not stigmatized at one shot 20% of the American population, including the present writer, who is no Trump supporter. For what Mrs. Clinton means by racist, sexist, homophobic and xenophobic has been fleshed out in her public statements.

She has told us (before deletion of it from her web site) that to avoid being ‘sexist’ we must presume the truth of any accusation of sexual assault. She has applauded federal guidelines seeking to deprive those accused of the right of cross examination

She has endorsed the goals and rhetoric of the ‘black lives matter’ movement. Those who think that complaints about police abuses are inevitable when police are given the ‘mission impossible of the drug war and when no effort is made to create incentives for youth employment and a Civilian Conservation Corps are cast into outer darkness. The drug war, with its 750,000 annual arrests, is to be continued for four years while Ms. Clinton ‘studies’ medical marijuana. It is the police, not her type of politician that is to be blamed for the plight of minority youth, and anyone who says otherwise is a presumed racist.

Those who contend that recent trade agreements (other than the Asia-Pacific agreement, which she first negotiated and then renounced) are less than a great success story are ‘xenophobes’. The economists, including the late Gottfried Haberler of Princeton, who have pointed out that high-wage countries are disadvantaged by free trade unless they improve workforce skills, are skunks at the garden party. Anyone holding such views about improvement of education might be critical of Mrs. Clinton’s friends in the teachers’ unions, who with her support maintain a regime in which 90% of college graduates are excluded from the teaching force and in which the charter schools she once supported and now opposes are being subjected to slow strangulation. Those remembering the reaction against uncontrolled immigration that gave us the Know Nothing Party in the 1850s and a revived Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s in her view are alarmists; the nation’s absorbtive capacity is unlimited, even when governmental benefits withheld from prior generations are offered to new illegal immigrants with Mrs. Clinton’s support.

As for Islamophobia, it is hard to see how anyone could be more Islamophobic than Ms. Clinton. She, lest we forget, favored our marches into two Moslem countries, the crusades taking us to Baghdad and Tripoli being conducted without U.N.approval and the last without congressional authority. Two new forms of warfare have been deployed on her watch against the Moslem world with only the skimpiest attempt at their international regulation–cyberwarfare initiated against Iran and drone warfare, initiated against targets in Pakistan and Yemen. No significant effort was made by her to restrain the Netanyahu government, which includes some Islamophobes properly so-called.

And of course anyone not applauding the Supreme Court gay marriage decision or the recent transgender bathroom guidelines is homophobic, especially lawyers like the present writer who condemn those who ‘care not who makes the laws, nor how, so long as the laws are to their liking.’

Though I shall vote for Governors Johnson and Weld, the shoes Mrs. Clinton has fashioned for Trump supporters fit me like a glove. In this season of major-party name-calling, I am grateful for only one thing. I have not yet been described as a “failed night club singer.”



George W. Liebmann is the volunteer executive director of the Calvert Institute for Policy Research (

D.Boaz, Zoning, Grandmas, and Affordasble Housing, Cato at Liberty, August 8, 2016

G. Liebmann, “Reassembling Land”, Regulation Magazone, Spring 2016

G. Liebmann, A Statue that Must Remain, Ba;timore Sun, February 20, 2016

G. Liebmann, “Beyond Citizens United,” Baltimore Sun, December 14, 2015

G.Liebmann, “Fifty Years of Reapportionment,” 48 Md. Bar Journal No.6 at 36 (November-December 2015

G. Liebmann, Letter to the Editor, “Teacher Certification,” Baltimore Sun, April 14, 2015

G. Liebmann, “The Feds, the States, and the Controlled Substances Act,” Wall Street Journal, January 12, 2015


G. Liebmann, “Time for ‘Bottom Up’ Education Reform,” Baltimore Sun, November 4, 2014