- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 14, 2000

Effective slander

"Even by the standards of American electoral campaigns, the effort by African American leaders to scare the living daylights out of African American voters (and credulous liberals) was extreme.

"In the African American air war, Republicans were accused of covert racism and sympathy for hate crimes. Their standard-bearer, George W. Bush, was singled out … and in one horrific TV ad, worthy of a Goebbels, NAACP propagandists re-created a lynching and presented the victim's daughter accusing Bush of killing her father 'a second time.'

"How effective were these slanders? In 1998, George Bush won 30 percent of the African American vote in Texas in his run for governor. Two years later in the wake of these slanders, that figure was reduced to 5 percent.

"In their ground war, the African American tank corps used traditional forms of political chicanery, offering $3 a head to black pastors, for example, for every potential Democrat they registered… .

"This reprehensible campaign of racial distortion has now reached its climax in the effort to subvert the election result. Among the first to launch the assault on Florida's polls was general-in-chief Jesse Jackson, who arrived trailing images of the segregated American past.

"In behalf of the Gore campaign, Jackson claimed that African Americans in Palm Peach County had been denied their franchise much the same as their parents had been 40 years before. A ballot had been designed to confuse voters, specifically to fool Gore supporters into voting for Pat Buchanan… .

"It was quickly established that the 'confusing' ballot in question was actually designed by a Democrat official."

David Horowitz, in a Friday "War Room" fax message

Familiar feeling

"This is beginning to feel familiar. The anchors are talking about a 'constitutional crisis without precedent.' Lawyers are on the news, and in the news. Greg Craig is back. Dubious legal theories are being advanced. [Rep.] Robert Wexler [Florida Democrat] is yelling and Jesse Jackson is marching… .

"The words 'illegitimacy' and 'rule of law' are being tossed around. There has even been some talk about a right-wing 'conspiracy,' albeit this time local rather than vast.

"Yes, it's beginning to feel just like impeachment… . Democrats are talking about the need to respect 'the will of the people,' as expressed in the opinion polls during impeachment and in the apparent plurality of the national vote now. Republicans are invoking the Constitution… .

"Democrats managed to racialize impeachment. Clinton was 'the first black president' and the target of an attempted 'lynching' by House managers. ('All they were missing was white sheets' Eleanor Clift.) Now Jesse Jackson says that Selma has moved to Florida. Voters are being 'disenfranchised.' "

Ramesh Ponnuru, writing on "Impeachment: The Sequel," posted Friday on National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

Domestic martyrs

"Dr. Laura, the well-known radio talk-show host who ends her daily program by saying, 'Now, go take on the day,' may have to change her directive to 'Go take on the gay' gay activists.

"Dr. Laura [is] the target of an all-out attack by gay activists … . They can't tolerate Dr. Laura's opinion because it doesn't line up with theirs. So they mount an all-out campaign against her new fall TV show and redefine speaking out about a religious view as bigotry.

"You should be concerned. This is about more than Dr. Laura. it's about having a religious belief defined as something discriminatory. It's about political correctness taken to new heights of censoring not only speech, but also the way people believe.

"And it's about dictating what the mental health community can and cannot do with someone who requests reparative therapy based on his or her religious beliefs … .

"I once thought persecution for stating religious beliefs was reserved for overseas martyrs. After Dr. Laura's treatment in the media, I'm not so sure."

Linda S. Mintle, writing on "Dr. Linda on Dr. Laura" in the October issue of Charisma

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