- The Washington Times - Friday, June 29, 2001

Inclusive values
"The rhetoric of 'family values' went into remission during the 2000 presidential election. In striking contrast to the moralistic tenor of prior Republican campaigns, this time the GOP co-opted the Democratic language of 'inclusiveness.' …
"Even Ralph Reed, of Christian Coalition fame, felt obliged to engage in big-family-tent talk. 'I'm proud of my faith identification and of my conservative principles, but I also am somebody who is inclusive,' Reed declared in January, announcing his bid to be chairman of Georgia's Republican Party and touting his ability to 'reach out to moderate and pro-choice Republicans.' …
"During the Clinton years, the ideology of a self-described 'centrist' neo-family values movement triumphed over the religious far right, on the one hand, and progressive family politics on the other. … Family-values rhetoric was shunted to the margins of electoral discourse because it no longer served to differentiate the two major political parties."
—Judith Stacey, writing on "Family Values Forever," in the July 9 issue of the Nation

Killer feminism
"Now that Anna Quindlen's book 'A Short Guide to a Happy Life' has hit the best-seller lists, she may want to consider writing a quick follow-up. She could call it 'A Happy Guide to a Short Life,' considering her blithe and outrageous column in Newsweek on Andrea Yates, the Houston woman accused of murdering her five children last week.
"Here's Quindlen: 'Every mother I've asked about the Yates case has the same reaction. She's appalled; she's aghast. And then she gets this look. And the look says that at some forbidden level, she understands. The look says that there are two very different kinds of horror here. There is the unimaginable idea of the killings. And then there is the entirely imaginable idea of going quietly bonkers in the house with five kids under the age of 7.'
"Yikes. Every mother she's talked with thinks this? (Note to self: Don't buy a house in Quindlen's neighborhood.) …
"When liberal feminists cry out that people who kill children should win 'a little bit of understanding' from the rest of us, we hear the soundtrack to the culture of death."
—John J. Miller, writing on "Mommy Dearest," Wednesday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

Crush on Castro
"Page 185 of Alice Walker's 'Anything We Love Can Be Saved: A Writer's Activism' contains a photograph of the author, Angela Davis, and others, with Fidel Castro at the Palacio de la Revolucion in 1995 under the heading 'Hugging Fidel.'
"It is a representative moment. For most of her life, Alice Walker, author of 'The Color Purple' … has maintained a romance with the Cuban Revolution's figureheads, most notably Fidel Castro and Che Guevara.
"Walker cites Castro and Guevara in the acknowledgments … 'for their daring as revolutionaries, but also for their writing and their speeches. Empowerment of the poor — through education, health care, and adequate housing — is always foremost in their thought.'…
"When Walker … writes to Bill Clinton, 'I love Cuba and its people, including Fidel,' one cannot help but look skeptically upon love for an enslaved people that co-exists with love for the man who enslaves them. …
"Walker is at her ugliest when affecting appreciation of Cuban repression and pseudo-indignantly upbraiding America. 'I am far from blind to Cuba's imperfections,' she confidently asserts, but her usage ('imperfections,' as if Cuba were a diamond with a few trivial flaws) and proceeding comments betray this pose: Three sentences later she refers to 'the rich white male dictatorship we in North America suffer under.'"
—Myles Kantor, writing on "Companera Walker," Tuesday in Front Page at www.frontpagemag.com

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