- The Washington Times - Monday, July 24, 2000

Treasonous love

"Washington, D.C… . intends to blot out any residue of affection or loyalty to anything other than the superstate it's constructing. Love whether of family, community, people, or nation equals discrimination, which equals treason. Bill Clinton, tearfully moralizing about the NAACP's demand to tear down the Confederate flag, likened Southerners defending the flag to Serbs rejecting the Ramouilet demands. So let's see the Serbs resisted Madeleine Albright's ultimatum to surrender land held sacred by Serbian heritage. Southerners are resisting the attempts of a well-financed pressure group to defame their culture. Does this make Southerners legitimate targets for NATO bombing runs?

"The answer is yes… . Southerners, who stubbornly persist in their affection for a traditional order based on faith, home, and family, are regarded as throwbacks who gum up the system… .

"In George Orwell's '1984,' the ruling class outlawed sex because it allowed citizens an alternate source of loyalty… .

"Real love is inherently discriminatory, which means it's a choice based on subjective, non-rational values. If we are to eradicate discrimination, then love must be outlawed… . But despair not, love will survive; it's just being monopolized at the top. Remember, Big Brother still loves you."

Michael Tuggle, writing on "The Real Issue Behind the Confederate Flag Battle," in the spring issue of Southern Events

Queen Judy

"Blatant effeminacy last seems to have been widely acceptably in (white, urban, middle-class) gay culture in the late 1960s, a time memorialized in Mart Crowley's 1968 play 'The Boys in the Band,' which depicted the quip-lashed anguish and emotionally destructive conditions of life in the closet with unprecedented candor. Judy Garland's status as a mascot for that generation of gay men is signaled early on in the dialogue of Crowley's play … and the play's title is lifted from the dialogue of Garland's 1954 film 'A Star Is Born.' …

"Coming out in the past 10 to 15 years has been considerably eased by the mainstream culture's speedy incorporation of gay life ('Will and Grace,' Andrew Sullivan, Vermont). As a result, gay men in this generation are mostly indifferent to the faux tragedy and flamboyant exoticism of camp, and to old-time gay icons like Judy Garland. We have fetishized a flamboyant normalcy, exemplified by the frat-boy chic of Bruce Weber's slyly homoerotic ad campaigns for Abercrombie & Fitch. Young gay men today just want to be regular guys with better-than-average bodies… .

"Susan Sontag has observed, 'Camp taste is a kind of love, love for human nature… .' Moreover, 'what it does is to find the success in certain passionate failures.' In this respect the Judy queens were on to something important. Finding the success in passionate emotional failure was their forte."

Michael Joseph Gross, writing on "The Queen Is Dead," in the August issue of the Atlantic Monthly

Political maxims

"Will this year's Republican nominee follow Ronald Reagan's lead and speak out with pro-life conviction? Or will he mimic Bob Dole, who made it clear at convention's end that he hadn't read the platform and, by implication, couldn't care less what it stood for?

" 'For the most part, the Republican leadership is not concerned' about abortion and related issues of bioethics, cloning and fetal-tissue research, said Colleen Parro, director of the Republican National Coalition for Life. That doesn't bode well for the prospects of [George W.] Bush articulating a compelling pro-life vision in his campaign… .

"Parro has a maxim about politicians: Whatever a man won't say publicly, he won't do privately. In other words, if he won't support the unborn publicly, don't expect help with the issue behind the scenes."

Rich Jefferson in "Platform Politics" in the July issue of Citizen

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