- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 20, 2006

Like father

“Since the days of Stalin (and Lenin and Marx before) the left has thrived on scorching hatred for its opponents and an attitude of no quarter on the political battlefield. In the free fire zones of the wars they fight, no one can oppose a leftist position on reasonable grounds or for reasonable concerns. The purity of the Leftist cause can only be doubted by ‘fascists,’ ‘racists,’ ‘homophobes,’ ‘enemies of humanity’ and ‘liars.’ …

“Among the Web sites driven by these passions is FreeExchangeOnCampus.org, which is financed by the teacher unions, and Media Matters and Campus Progress, which are funded by George Soros and the billionaires behind his operations to unseat President Bush. And one of the attack dogs of the campaign is the son of Sidney Blumenthal, the White House operative who Clinton assigned to destroy the character and credibility of Monica Lewinsky and other of his female victims. …

“This Blumenthal son, Max, has his own Web site at MaxBlumenthal.blogspot.com. … Max has eagerly embraced the father’s career path, specializing in hit pieces that target political enemies of the Left.”

— David Horowitz, writing on “An Inherited Genetic Disorder,” Wednesday in Front Page at www.frontpagemag.com

‘Mass psychosis’

“Does a rational Left still exist in the American political firmament? …

“Anyone who takes even the most occasional peek at leftist blogs knows that [epithet-filled ranting] is par for the course. It’s not enough to be frustrated or angry or to disagree with those of us on the Right, and certainly not enough to try to use reasoned arguments to persuade or enlighten. Instead, all that seems to matter is the intensity of the rant and the inventiveness of the calumny that can be heaped on conservatives. …

“They truly believe, perhaps as a form of mass psychosis, that those of us on the Right aren’t just mistaken, that we don’t honestly disagree with them, but that we’re evil, vicious, proto-totalitarians. …

“If you disagree with today’s Left, you’re not just wrong; you’re Evil with a capital ‘E.’ … Because of that, the normal rules of civil discourse apparently don’t apply. … Also abandoned are the normal rules of argument: citing evidence; persuading by reference to authorities or sources acknowledged in common as being valid; explaining even a semi-believable motive for the opponent’s supposed perfidy.”

— Quin Hillyer, writing on “A Matter of Coarse,” Wednesday in the American Spectator Online at www.spectator.org

Gone wild

“However the Duke lacrosse rape case turns out, one lesson that absolutely will not be learned is this: You can severely reduce your chances of having a false accusation of rape leveled against you if you don’t hire strange women to come to your house and take their clothes off for money.

“Also, you can severely reduce your chances of being raped if you do not go to strange men’s houses and take your clothes off for money. (Does anyone else detect a common thread here?) …

“It shouldn’t be necessary to point out that girls shouldn’t be bar-hopping alone or taking their clothes off in front of strangers, and that young men shouldn’t be hiring strippers. …

“This is an age in which the expression ‘girls gone wild’ is becoming a redundancy. So even as the bodies pile up, I don’t think the message about integrity is getting through.”

— Ann Coulter, writing on “Lie down with strippers, wake up with pleas,” Wednesday in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com

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