- The Washington Times - Friday, December 15, 2000

Elite surrogates

"['Sex and the City' producer] Darren Star, once the student prince of prime-time trash, has nabbed the throne… .

"Star … is a slick subverter of family values and fuddy-duddy restraints… . His characters are say-anything, do-anything … hedonists who run in packs and compare notes over endless cocktails. His flair for cloaking subversion as naughty comedy … explains why his series are guilty pleasures for audiences and manna elite, who love to tout transgression … as long as they don't have to leave the office and exert themselves.

"The media elite approve of shock entertainment on principle, as a stun gun to give prudes and high-minded scolds a spaz attack. Take that, Bill Bennett! Writhe in bony agony, Dr. Laura! Always on the lookout for surrogates, editors have made the 'Sex and the City' stars their Spice Girls, emboldening Star to unleash his Spice Guys in 'The Street' — those stallions."

— James Wolcott, writing on "Twinkle, Twinkle, Darren Star," in the January issue of Vanity Fair

Down on the farm

"The typical upper-middle-class urban academic supposition about farm wives — that they were mere drudges, virtual slaves to the knuckle-dragging boors who were their husbands — is being displaced by a new scholarship of rural America that considers the farm as a cooperative family enterprise… .

"The 19th- and early-20th-century farm was a family concern in every aspect. Little girls might labor in the fields, pulling rye from the wheat or hunting eggs or picking peas or even cutting wheat with a scythe under the supervision of mother and father.

"Yet, contrary to the wild claims of the (usually childless) child savers of the anti-child labor movement, girls also enjoyed 'hunting, swimming, drawing and studying' …

"Young women mastered the fine arts of gardening, housekeeping, and crop production; married women performed these tasks as well as the most crucial of all: bearing and raising the next generation to take over the farm… . As those children gradually assumed responsibility for the farm, an older farm wife would become a community pillar, caring for the sick, the injured and the grieving in the surrounding community."

— from "Farm Wives Had Lives" in the November 2000 issue of the Family in America

End of an era

"The Clinton Era — the decade of fraud, deceit and corruption — is coming to a conclusion. Think of it. Enjoy it. Revel in the moment. Cheer about it… .

"The ultimate American hostage crisis is nearly over… .

"I fully expect Vice President Al Gore and his minions to wage an all-out political war for the next four years. They will never forget this. Gore thinks the presidency is his entitlement. He thinks he was born to serve in the White House.

"The Democrats, I predict, will not let go of this election until 2004 — if then. It will be replayed constantly — every time a national issue arises. They will use it as a partisan battering ram to impose their will upon Washington. They will insist they are the real winners — that the presidency was stolen from them, that the man in the White House has no legitimacy.

"And that brings me to President-elect George W. Bush. He was not my choice for the presidency. I did not vote for him… . I wish him the best. All Americans should pray that he finds himself and grows into a leader who will make the country proud… .

"Based on his personality and his past performance as Texas governor, I believe he is going to bend over backwards to be conciliatory, to govern by consensus, to reach out and make friends with people who will never be his friends and ideas that are bad for America… .

— Joseph Farah, writing on "Putting it all in perspective," Wednesday in World Net Daily at www.worldnetdaily.com

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