- The Washington Times - Friday, September 29, 2000

'True equality'

"We've devolved into a nation of wusses… .

"Heroism is out. Victim status is in.

"It is a sign of the times that this election year, the most powerful man in America is not President Clinton but Regis Philbin, for Regis and Oprah [Winfrey] hold in their hand the ability to influence proportionally more votes with a single facial expression than any two humans to date… .

"People, especially women, seem to love Hillary [Rodham Clinton] for the same reasons they admired evil Richard Hatch on 'Survivor' these days, ruthlessness and cunning are acceptable substitutes for skill.

"The more Hillary manipulates, controls, works behind the scenes, the more popular she becomes… .

"As a child, I can remember hearing the pioneer feminists talking of a day when there'd be true equality.

"The day has come.

"And we're all a bunch of catty, scheming wusses."

Andrea Peyser, writing on "America is land of the wusses," in Tuesday's New York Post

'Not plausible'

"The 'Clinton legacy': how apt that the very phrase and notion is a pretense, a lie. Nothing captures the essence of this administration like the phrase 'fraud and violence,' the very qualities from which humankind has always most needed redemption. Are we to understand that Mr. Clinton cares about what people may think of him next year, or after he dies? There is little evidence that he cares for much beyond satisfying his appetites, exercising power, sneering at accountability … and the very idea of truth. 'I guess it all depends on what you believe the meaning of the word "is" is.' No, it is not plausible that this cynical, pitiless, and self-pitying thug cares about whether he is remembered with respect, enthusiasm, incomprehension, or derision… .

"Whatever he touches is fouled by violence and deceit, and he cannot keep his hands to himself. He is an 'imperial I,' the groping mouthpiece of a military-commercial team that must consume the world to be, briefly, content."

Eugene Narrett, writing on "Clinton, the Legacy, Part I," in the September issue of Culture Wars

Athletic Jews

"In the early 1950s, according to a recent biography, a Brooklyn boy on the edge of fame was more interested in sports than academics. He impressed his classmates with his 300-yard dash… . It was none other than Allen Konigsberg. He has since changed his name to Woody Allen and achieved fame with his nebbish persona… .

"Woody Allen the guy known to joke abut his distinguished service as captain of the 'latent paranoid softball team' was actually a track star? … Jews distinguish themselves in every field of athletic endeavor, from boxing to wrestling and baseball. But the myth of the unathletic Jew persists ….

"Today's Jewish sports stars don't suffer overt antisemitism like their counterparts of yesteryear …. But many embrace their Jewish identity as conspicuously as Sandy Koufax, who refused to pitch on Yom Kippur… .

"Tamir Goodman, known by some as the 'Jewish Jordan,' turned down a University of Maryland basketball scholarship because the school reportedly balked over his refusal to play on Shabbat… .

"[Pro wrestling champion] Bill Goldberg … grew up in Tulsa, Okla., the son of a concert violinist and a Harvard-educated obstetrician. He attended the University of Georgia and played professional football for the Atlanta Falcons and the Los Angeles Rams between 1992 and 1994 before a knee injury ended his [NFL] career."

Evan Gahr, writing on "From Greenberg to Goldberg," in the September/October issue of Jewish Monthly

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