- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 25, 2001

Darth Vader GOP
“As an ugly, right-wing hatemonger, I like to think I’m on the cutting edge of spewing venom at my poor, defenseless leftie opponents. So I was pleasantly cheered by a long post-election [essay] by one of the grand panjandrums of American letters, Lewis H. Lapham, in a recent edition of Harper’s.
“‘Quick to impugn the character and motives of their opponents, they seldom missed the chance for malicious slander,’ he writes of America’s conservatives during the tetchy courtroom jousts between Bush and Gore. Actual evidence of this maliciousness was apparently difficult to find, but eventually Lapham manages to cite an example: ‘the poisonous language’ of ‘a columnist by the name of Mark Steyn.’ By contrast, the genial and relaxed Democrats ‘didn’t mistake their opponents for the friends of Darth Vader or senior consultants to the Antichrist.’
“He’s quite correct. In the post-election standoff, no Republicans were compared to Darth Vader or the Antichrist. Instead, they were compared to Soviet commissars, money launderers, brownshirts, fascists, slave owners and Nazis — and not the benign kind of furtive, guilty Nazis with the desk jobs, but the Nazier-than-thou, knuckle-dragging concentration-camp guards themselves.
“These perceptive observations were made by the marquee names of the American left — Alan Dershowitz, the NAACP, Gore campaign honcho Donna Brazile, corpulent filmmaker Michael Moore, and Clinton aide Paul Begala, who in a magnificent tour de force compared the entire Republican electorate of Middle America to a racist, gay-bashing, terrorist, white supremacist lynch mob.”
—Mark Steyn, writing on “The biggest bigots,” Thursday in the National Post

Anti-trade thugs
“The Group of Eight summit in Genoa exploded in violence over the weekend, leaving one ‘anti-globalization’ protester dead and hundreds of others injured, including many law-enforcement officials charged with the unenviable task of maintaining order in the midst of an anarchic frenzy.
“Personal and political sympathy for thugs dressed up like protesters only encourages the kind of violence we witnessed in Genoa.
“Bill Clinton thought it a good idea to legitimize the protesters when they first emerged in force at the World Trade Organization gathering in Seattle in 1999. They repaid him by trashing Seattle and any hope of new negotiations on freer trade. Seattle will be remembered as one of Mr. Clinton’s most damaging mistakes.
“President Bush is leading in a different way.
“‘Trade is the best avenue for growth in all countries,’ President Bush said on Friday. To the protesters he added: ‘Instead of embracing policies that help the poor, you embrace policies that lock poor people into poverty — and that is unacceptable to the United States.’ It should be unacceptable as well to anyone else genuinely concerned about the world’s poor.”
—from “Genoa’s Folly,” Monday in the Wall Street Journal

Which way?
“Gay students at Swarthmore College have demanded that the school fulfill their special housing needs by allowing them to live with members of the opposite sex — and the school’s administration has agreed.
“A gay student leader cited the potential for ‘attraction and homophobia’ in stating that homosexuals might be uncomfortable with same-sex roommates. (Now, how many straight guys will lie about their ‘preference,’ just to shack up with the girls?)
“Turn, for a second, to the debate over gays in the military. When it comes to that sphere — barracks, submarines and all — gay advocates, huffily, offendedly, maintain that ‘attraction’ is no issue. Once the gay activists have figured out their position, they should get back to us.”
—from “The Week,” in the Aug. 6 issue of National Review

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