- The Washington Times - Friday, November 17, 2000

No crisis

"The more the presidential recount goes on, the more signs arise that the apocalypse may be upon us.

"Take Rosie O'Donnell. She and other irrelevant celebrity types signed a full-page ad in Friday's New York Times, with the headline, 'The Election Crisis.' The ad, full of incorrect and patently false information, demands new elections in Palm Beach County, Fla. Its signatories, the self-anointed 'Emergency Committee of Concerned Citizens 2000,' is no ordinary group of citizens.

"No, it's chock full of such electoral scholars as O'Donnell, Robert De Niro, Bianca Jagger, Paul Newman, Gloria Steinem, Toni Morrison, producer Harvey Weinstein and Joanne Woodward.

"Gee, the only one missing is Monica Lewinsky.

"Sorry guys, this is no 'Election Crisis.' … We're all still living in freedom. And life is going on as normal. Except to a few apoplectic pundits who really need to get a life. No, this is no 'crisis,' despite Ms. O'Donnell and friends' attempts to scare America into thinking … we're some kind of banana republic."

Debbie Schlussel, writing on "Rosie O'Donnell, Electoral Scholar?" Wednesday in Jewish World Review at www.jewishworldreview.com

Down with kids

" Why did you have children? I have yet to meet a parent who can answer the question with anything other than a blank stare," writes one woman on the Web site of No Kidding, a social club for child-free adults 'child-free' being a term artfully designed to avoid the negative associations of 'childless.'

"By contrast, writes the same woman, 'I have met dozens of child-free people who have spent a lot of time reaching their decision not to reproduce.'

"In a culture where it's openly assumed that everyone becomes a parent eventually, many child-free adults say they've experienced significant pressure to change their minds… . Since its founding in 1984, No Kidding has grown to include 50 chapters in the U.S. and Canada, all dedicated to introducing people to others 'who can be spontaneous in their activities, who can chat on the phone without interruptions and who won't alienate them by talking about kids all the time.' …

"[A Rutgers study] released this year … points to a decrease, rather than an increase, of child-centeredness in America. The percentage of households with children has been steadily declining since the 1960s. Then, about half of American households included children. Today's it's down to 34 percent."

Jenny Staff Johnson, writing on "No Baby on Board," in the fall issue of Re:Generation Quarterly

Fatherless America

"The single most important social change to have taken place in the United States over the past 40 years concerns sex and the social role of women, and it is from this single source that virtually all the 'culture wars' stem.

"Uncomfortable as it may be to acknowledge this fact, the breakdown of the nuclear family … stems from two sources: the movement of women into the paid labor force, and the separation of sex from reproduction, thanks to birth control and abortion.

"The traditional family rested on a sexual division of labor, with men as primary resource providers. The moment that women had jobs, this bargain, and hence traditional marriage, began to break down. The birth-control pill was supposed to liberate women by eliminating fear of pregnancy; it had the unintended consequence of liberating men from social norms of responsibility toward the children they fathered and the women they impregnated.

"Hence the explosion from the 1960s to the 1990s of fatherless families."

Francis Fukuyama, writing on "What Divides America," Wednesday in the Wall Street Journal

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