- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 19, 2000

Ex-teen star

"It would be wise for the Nintendo generation of teen-agers who rule our pop-culture roost the Britneys, Brandys, and Buffys to study how Sally Field has played this game. For very soon, they will be forced to leave their cozy nests and travel a flight path that will not treat them kindly.

"They will be ridiculed. Mocked. They will think they've reached the end, only to find that saga bends into crueler corners still.

"At 53, Sally Field knows that journey. She also knows that if those teen stars are tough enough, strong enough, and smart enough, maybe they, too, will be liked really liked the way we like Sally Field, a two-time Oscar winner, a budding feature director whose first effort has just graced the Toronto Film Festival, and a mother of three who started out, remarkably, as a bikini-clad surf babe and a flying nun.

"Hers is the victory that millions of women have fought for, generation after generation: to be taken seriously."

Jeff Jensen, writing on "Sally Field," in the Sept. 22 issue of Entertainment Weekly

'An honest cop'

"Now that some of the dust has settled, I note that most of the press is in a no-hard-feelings mode toward Kenneth Starr. After trashing, slashing and slandering him as a prosecutorial zealot, a religious fanatic, a partisan run amok and a host of other very bad things, the New Republic and others tell us that he is really a very decent and capable guy who did the best that could be done with an independent prosecutor law that he himself had always opposed.

"So he isn't the Devil incarnate after all. That's good to know. As for Starr, in the aftermath of the impeachment, he has been nothing less than magnanimous… . Will history judge him kindly? Starr seems not to be overly anxious on that score. 'I don't have a crystal ball. History will do what history will do. But I do know what the facts are: The president betrayed his moral trust with the American people. He betrayed it badly. He lied to the American people, and he lied in a court of law. That is a permanent blot on our government and on his stewardship specifically. It was my lot to be the cop on the beat. I was an honest cop.' "

Richard John Neuhaus, writing in "The Public Square," in the October issue of First Things

Politics of envy

"Al Gore, alas, hasn't learned the basic economic lessons that even George McGovern finally learned by going into business for the first time in his life, running a bed-and-breakfast.

"The regulations and the taxes were awfully wearing and expensive, McGovern found. He hadn't known; hadn't even imagined. He also learned that you can't have employees without employers. Democrats in general need to learn that… .

"George McGovern learned some respect for these employers, owners, 'rich' folks. Al Gore takes buckets of their money, but gives them no respect. His convention speech was the most Marxist tirade I have ever heard an American president or presidential nominee give, in one essential respect.

"As Kolakowksi explains in his three-volume analysis of what went wrong in Marxism [he was the highest-ranking theoretician in the Communist world when he wrote it], the reason Marxism appealed to people all around the world, even where there was no proletariat and no capital, is that it provided a Universal Stencil: 'If you suffer, they caused it. They held you back. I will fight for you.'

"George W. Bush has erred in calling this 'class warfare.' It is really the stirring of Universal Resentment, even where in Marx's sense there are no 'classes.' This resentment is the terrible fuel behind the one vice that has destroyed all previous republics not hatred, not violence, not luxury, not even moral decline, but envy… . Envy tears down, Envy would rather punish and even destroy the rich than raise up the poor."

Michael Novak, writing on "Al Gore and the Wicked Project," in the Sept. 25 issue of National Review

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