- The Washington Times - Monday, February 16, 2004

Utter disgrace

George Washington must be rolling over in his grave. And here to speak on his behalf about the “culture of far-left America” and decline in morality, evidenced of late by the Super Bowl halftime show and legalized same-sex “marriage,” is an outraged Democratic senator.

Sounding more the preacher than lawmaker, Georgia Sen. Zell Miller has marched onto the Senate floor and railed against everything from removing the Ten Commandments from public view and eliminating “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, to making “a mockery” of the marriage between man and woman and “telecasting around the world made-in-the-USA filth masquerading as entertainment.”

Let’s start with the football game, senator.

“The culture of far-left America was displayed in a startling way during the Super Bowl’s now-infamous halftime show,” says Mr. Miller, adding “the scent of this event will long linger in the nostrils of America.”

“Really, no one should have been too surprised with that,” he continues. “Wouldn’t you expect a bumping, humping, trashy routine entitled ‘I’m Going To Get You Naked’ to end that way? Does any responsible adult ever listen to the words of this rap crap? I would quote you some of it, but the sergeant at arms would throw me out of this chamber, as well he should.

“Then there was that prancing, dancing, strutting, rutting guy, evidently suffering from jock itch because he kept yelling and grabbing his crotch. But, then, maybe there is a culture of crotch-grabbing in this country I don’t know about,” he says.

It certainly was distasteful.

“But as bad as all that was, the thing that yanked my chain the hardest was seeing this ignoramus with his pointed head stuck up through a hole he had cut in the flag of the United States of America, screaming about having ‘a bottle of scotch and watching lots of crotch.’

“Think about that. This is the same flag to which we pledge allegiance,” the Democrat reminds us. “This is the same flag that is draped over coffins of dead young uniformed warriors, killed while protecting Kid Crock’s [Kid Rock’s] boney butt. He should be tarred and feathered and ridden out of this country on a rail. You talk about a good reality show? That would be one.”

Mr. Miller wasn’t any kinder to his own hallowed body, saying the “desire and will of this Congress to meaningfully do anything about any of these so-called social issues is nonexistent and embarrassingly disgraceful.”

Hoecakes and honey

Official Washington is on holiday today as the country observes its father’s birthday, although George Washington’s actual big day isn’t until next Sunday, Feb. 22.

Sixteen miles south of the nation’s capital, at the first president’s Mount Vernon estate, visitors this past weekend shared a sampling of Washington’s favorite breakfast, “hoecakes swimming in butter and honey,” prepared Colonial-style over an open fire. Last night, the historic estate hosted the annual George Washington Birthnight Ball.

Events continue today for Washington’s 272nd birthday celebration, with a 10 a.m. ceremonial wreathlaying at Washington’s tomb, followed by patriotic music and military drill performance on the bowling green by the U.S. Army Old Fife and Drum Corps and the Commander in Chief’s Guard.

The pomp and ceremony is made possible by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, which recently acquired an extremely rare letter handwritten by Martha Washington to her husband. Dated March 30, 1767, when Washington was in Williamsburg for a session of the Virginia House of Burgesses, the correspondence is one of only two known surviving written letters from Martha to George, and the only one that bears her signature.

The Mount Vernon ladies tell us Martha actually burned what she thought was all written correspondence shared between husband and wife after the death of Washington in 1799. The other surviving letter is unsigned.

“My Dearest,” this one reads. “It was with very great pleasure I see in your letter that you got safely down [to Williamsburg.] we are all very well at this time but it still is rainney and wett I am sorry you will not be at home soon as I expected you I had reather my sister woud not come up so soon, as May woud be much plasenter time than april we wrote to you last post as I have nothing new to tell you I must conclude my self

“your most Affectionate

“Martha Washington”

Mount Vernon also protects one of only three surviving letters written by George to Martha during the Revolutionary War. Interestingly enough, it was found lodged in the back of a desk owned by Martha and passed on through generations of her family.

John McCaslin, a nationally syndicated columnist, can be reached at 202/636-3284 or jmccaslin@washingtontimes.com.

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