Friday, January 19, 2001

‘Liberal monomania’

“The usual suspects of the p.c. era of the 1980s are cranking themselves up into high dudgeon again over [President-elect George W.] Bush’s Cabinet nominees. One had hoped that, with the rise of libertarianism in the 1990s, we had blessedly evolved away from the sterile polarization of left and right.

“Are the war horse feminazis beating the shrubbery to rake up another pasteboard Anita Hill to ambush Bush’s nominee for attorney general, John Ashcroft? If so, stay tuned for a replay of the poisonous psychodrama where race is used as a cynical cover for the real liberal monomania, abortion as if the entire universe revolves around a single issue affecting the private conduct and personal convenience of heterosexual Western women.

“As a pro-choice member of Planned Parenthood, I detest the way the abortion-rights crusade has crippled the women’s movement and distorted American politics because of the fanaticism of feminist leaders who are unembarrassed agents of the Democratic Party.”

Camille Paglia, writing on “A bland antidote for Bill ‘n’ Al fatigue: George W.” Wednesday in Salon at

Faith heading South

“The ‘country-and-westernization’ of the United States is affecting the church, a theologian says.

“Population growth in the South and West are making the American church more conservative, Martin Marty of the University of Chicago says. Recent U.S. census data show a redistribution of population and congressional seats from the North and East.

” ‘Snowbirds who flee to Sunbelts don’t always take their denominational loyalties with them,’ Marty said. Many Christians who move to other parts of the country gravitate to new faith communities that are different from what they have been used to, he said.

“This means that the mainstream and liberal Christians from the East and North could change their religious outlook as they move to states where the religion is more conservative and evangelical, Marty said. For example, population trends account for some of the recent ‘conservatizing of the United Methodists,’ he said.”

from “The ‘country-and-westernization’ of the church,” Tuesday in Crosswalk at

The Reagan way

“Ronald Reagan came to office in 1981 with no Washington experience and thus no firsthand knowledge of how to negotiate the myriad agencies and rival power centers of the federal government, a thicket he himself often derided as ‘the puzzle palaces on the Potomac.’ …

“No one needed to remind Reagan that he had to focus on the economy like a laser… .

“On Feb. 5, the night before his 70th birthday, Reagan warned Americans in an Oval Office address that they faced an ‘economic calamity’ worse than anything since the 1930s. To turn things around, the president offered a budget with an income tax cut of 27 percent; he also wanted to trim $41.4 billion in federal spending over five years.

” ‘It’s time to create jobs, build and rebuild industry, and give the American people room to do what they do best,’ Reagan told Congress on Feb. 18.

“Liberals immediately objected. Sen. Alan Cranston, [California Democrat], scoffed at the notion that wealthy taxpayers would use their windfalls to invest in new businesses: ‘They just buy more fur coats and Cadillacs.’ Rep. Gus Savage, [Illinois Democrat], added that Reagan was ‘a reverse Robin Hood, robbing the poor and giving to the rich.’ …

“[In June, Reagan’s economic package] passed 217-211 [in the House], remonstrating that Reagan had a narrow working majority in Congress for passage of the Reagan revolution. ‘I’ve never seen anything like this in my life, to be perfectly truthful,’ [House Speaker Thomas P. ‘Tip’] O’Neill observed ruefully.”

Carl M. Cannon, writing on “Grace Under Literal Fire,” in the Jan. 13 issue of National Journal

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