- The Washington Times - Monday, December 25, 2000

'Like a house of cards'

" 'Say it ain't so, Joe' it was one of the most common headlines of the 2000 campaign… . The 'Joe,' of course, was Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, Al Gore's running mate, and increasingly his likeness. In myriad ways, Lieberman disappointed his old admirers, and attracted new ones. And it was, indeed, 'so.'

"For about 10 years, Lieberman had been many Republicans' favorite Democrat: the very model of a 'New Democrat,' freed of the nonsense of his party's Left. But then he had his rendezvous with Al Gore and national Democratic status, and collapsed like a house of cards… .

"Even in a profession packed with egos, Joe Lieberman stands out… . And a man once seen as almost above politics a thinker, a statesman, a man of 'conscience' is now understood to be an ordinary pol, or worse… .

"Wall Street Journal editor Robert L. Bartley remarked that Lieberman 'will have to spend a long time recovering his piety.' Maybe, maybe not. People's memories tend to be short, and politicians, in particular, have a way of gliding on. But Lieberman may indeed have to put a little effort into polishing his halo."

Jay Nordlinger, writing on "Orthodox Democrat," in the Dec. 31 issue of National Review

Faulty festival

"Kwanzaa is the lava lamp of holidays. Why? Because it's rooted in the '60s, it's mesmerizing if you don't have anything better to do, and it's set in motion by generating its own heat …

"On campuses like UCLA, the agony of the '60s was played out on TV, with real live guns and bullets and propaganda, riots, broken glass and broken lives.

"That was where Ron Karenga, the inventor of Kwanzaa, began his black nationalist organization called US, and engaged in a bitter struggle with the Black Panthers for control of the campus Black Studies program … .

"Kwanzaa is based on his philosophy of 'kawaida,' which says that true social change for African Americans can only come through a realization of their African heritage and 'a moral vision of human possibility.' …

"As for the Kwanzaa festivities, the whole thing's a sham. Karenga cobbled together a mish-mash of different traditions and languages and blended them with Marxist ideas to reflect a united African culture that doesn't exist anywhere. Ujima, or 'collective work,' one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa, is the term used by the socialist leader of Tanzania, Julius Nyrere, for his disastrous policy of placing tens of thousands of Tanzanians on collective farms."

from "Kwanzaa: Bah, humbug!" from the November/ December issue of the Door

'Serious setbacks'

"Crying 'bigotry' and 'intolerance,' homosexual advocates easily intimidated corporations into yanking advertisements from Laura Schlessinger's TV show this fall. But on Election Day, the gay movement's push for normalization suffered some serious setbacks ….

"Perhaps the most interesting setback for the gay rights movement occurred in Vermont, where the Democratic Party lost control of the state House of Representatives for the first time since 1986. This was a rebuke to the Democrats for instituting statewide 'civil union' marriages for gay couples in July… .

"Homosexuals entered Vermont's political arena in highly visible ways this election, yet none prevailed. Republican Sen. Jim Jeffords whipped his gay Democrat challenger 66 percent to 26 percent. Rep. Bernie Sanders, the only socialist in Congress (or at least the only official one) handily defeated a transsexual Republican named Karin Kerin. She/he received just 19 percent of the vote."

Evan Gahr, writing on "The People Speak," in the January/ February issue of the American Enterprise

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