The party of civil rights is not the Democrats, correctly reminds Bruce Bartlett, author of "Wrong on Race: The Democratic Party's Buried Past." Liberals will call this "revisionist history"; thinking people will call it correcting the liberal fiction. ... City Journal's Michael Knox Beran says John McCain would do his campaign a huge favor by talking about Ronald Reagan instead of Teddy Roosevelt. After all, Mr. Roosevelt was "a man of the state," not a conservative. As Mr. Beran reminds, TR "made up for his want of inspirational principle by striking out in all sorts of irrelevant directions." McCain would be wise to heed the lesson. ... The Pennsylvania chapter of the Sierra Club includes in its latest Sylvanian magazine the science-bereft American Lung Association contention that Pittsburgh's air pollution is the worst in the nation. And for perverted measure, it also throws in a headline that says "Return of the smoky city." It's just this kind of intellectual vapidity that gives the Sierra Club the bad name it deserves. ... When Arkansas state Rep. Lindsley Smith proposed a day to honor Revolutionary pamphleteer Thomas Paine, she could not even garner even a simple majority. Quips The Economist magazine, "34 legislators did not vote at all -- probably because they had no idea who Paine was." Indeed, a sad sign of American times.