- The Washington Times - Monday, February 4, 2008

Top evangelical

“The Huckabee campaign has faced a series of cruel binds from the start. Forming a sizable evangelical base was probably the only way for him to become a factor in the campaign. …

“[But] many evangelicals will not respond to such an appeal. Some of them will find it insulting. Some of them will harbor disagreements with the candidate and will not subordinate those disagreements to their shared religion. … Many of the leaders of evangelical conservative organizations have pointedly refused to support the Huckabee campaign. Huckabee enthusiasts, particularly the young ones, tend to think that these leaders have sold out. …

“It is a hopeless strategy only if the goal is to win the Republican nomination. It is a much more promising route to becoming a big shot in national politics. As a result of this campaign, Huckabee is already the most prominent evangelical political figure of his generation.”

Ramesh Ponnuru, writing on “How to Fight a Huck,” in the Feb. 11 National Review

Men-children

“It’s 1965, and you’re a 26-year-old white guy. You have a factory job, or maybe you work for an insurance broker. Either way, you’re married, probably have been for a few years now. … You’ve already got one kid, with another on the way. … You’re saving up for a three-bedroom ranch house in the next town. Yup, you’re an adult.

“Now meet the 21st-century you, also 26. … You live in an apartment with a few single guy friends. In your spare time, you play basketball with your buddies, download the latest indie songs from ITunes, have some fun with the Xbox 360, take a leisurely shower, massage some product into your hair and face — and then it’s off to bars and parties, where you meet, and often bed, girls of widely varied hues and sizes. Wife? Kids? House? Are you kidding? …

“These days, he lingers — happily — in a new hybrid state of semi-hormonal adolescence and responsible self-reliance. … It’s time to state what is now obvious to legions of frustrated young women: The limbo doesn’t bring out the best in young men.”

Kay Hymowitz, writing on “Rise of the Man-Child: What Happens When Boys Refuse to Grow Up,” in the Jan. 27 New York Post.

Plus ca change

“In the Dark Ages, information was a rare and precious commodity. Books were copied by hand, and were expensive, rare, and unavailable to most people, who could not, in any event, read them. … Most book publication was in the hands of religious orders, whose scribes produced many beautiful examples of illuminated manuscripts, enhancing the beauty of the Scriptures and other sacred works with exquisite artistic flair.

“Once Johannes Gutenberg’s infernal invention moved beyond publication of the Bible and fell into the Wrong Hands, the average quality of books was never again so high in the West. … Martin Luther’s 95 Theses, leading to a long, fierce and deadly religious war, were an early sign of the trouble to come. With religious authorities no longer controlling the flow of published information, the slippery slope downward was inevitable, leading to romance novels, pornography, and ‘It Takes A Village’ receiving widespread circulation.

“So it is with the Internet.”

Thomas Lifson, writing on “Cream Rises to the Top, Even on the Internet,” Jan. 27 on www.AmericanThinker.com.