- The Washington Times - Monday, April 17, 2000

Stating the obvious

"Dr. Laura Schlessinger, the nation's favorite agony aunt, is in trouble with the homosexual lobbies… . She has publicly deplored homosexuality, referring to it as 'deviant' and a 'biological error.' Militant homosexuals have had her on their watch list for some time… .

"One recent day I sat through the whole three hours of her radio show. Yes, the lady has a sharp tongue, but I heard nothing very outrageous in her advice… . The majority of callers are not coping well with the liberties handed to them by the sexual revolution. Much of Dr. Laura's work consists of the firm statement of the obvious. Are there really 17-year-old girls who do not know that getting pregnant by a man who has no intention of marrying them is the dumbest thing they can do, short of amputating a couple of healthy limbs? Yes, there are.

"Are there really adult men who do not know that their responsibilities to loving wives and helpless babes are far more important than transient sexual longings? Oh, yeah, lots of those. Dr. Laura is performing a useful service; but what a crying shame that it needs to be performed at all!"

John Derbyshire, writing on "Dr. Laura Non Grata" in the April 17 National Review

Mommy's not home

"Something has happened to diminish the sense of a shared responsibility of the mothers within our communities, and I fear that we might not recover from this loss. In my search for a culprit, I keep bumping up against the same thing: Technology… .

"At first, it prevents us from seeing each other. Later, it prevents us from seeing ourselves. Technology changes the way we look at absolutely everything. We didn't have a lock on our back door until my little brother ran through it while trying to get away from my big sister. The new door came complete with a dead bolt… .

"Pretty soon, we stopped leaving the keys in the car, too. Pretty soon, there were no more kids, kids, kids running in and out, and no more afternoon coffee with the neighbors. Pretty soon, somebody put a fence up. Fences used to be to keep things in. Now they're to keep things out. Times have changed… . The network of mothers that oversaw the growing up of millions of boomers was not in place for the majority of X'ers and it's tough to find it anywhere for the millennials. Our children are among strangers."

Kevin V. Johansen, writing on "The Internet and Motherhood, Gen X and the Millennials," April 13 on www.millennials.com

Postmodern scalawags

"April, as you probably do not know, is Confederate History Month. In less politically correct days, Southern governors had no more problem proclaiming it than they did in proclaiming National Pickle Week. Nowadays most governors are too yellow… .

"The battle flag the red one with the cross of St. Andrew was carried by one of the noblest armies ever to take the field. Its members were the last of the chivalrous knights. Sir Winston Churchill said that the Confederate Army's fight against overwhelming odds is one of the most glorious moments in Anglo-Saxon history. H.L. Mencken, the sage of Baltimore, said that the only thing wrong with Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address was that it was the South, not the North, that was fighting for a government of the people, by the people and for the people… .

"Postmodern folks who would sacrifice any principle for the sake of making a buck or avoiding a controversy do not impress those of us who would preserve the good name of the Confederate soldier who sacrificed his life for the sake of liberty and independence.

"The proper name for such pitiful folks, if they are Southerners, is scalawags."

columnist Charley Reese, writing in the April 11 Orlando Sentinel

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