- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 26, 2001

Red Amerika
"The Communist Party U.S.A. held its national convention in Milwaukee, and the city's mayor, John O. Norquist, sent a letter of welcome to the delegates. Wrote Norquist: 'The working people of Milwaukee are widely known for our socialist traditions. We share many things in common with the long history of the Communist Party and all those engaged in the fight for a decent life for working families.'
"Norquist, to his credit, later backed off this Karl Marx-meets-Al Gore rhetoric, claiming that an aide penned the letter and that he himself was on vacation and never read it. Still, it's sufficiently disturbing that he agreed to send the letter in the first place. Further disturbing is that the CPUSA held its conference on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and that its carryings-on received warm, isn't-this-cute coverage in the local papers.
"As in the recent cases of 'Communist Chic,' in which statues of Lenin have turned up outside a Vegas restaurant and in a Seattle neighborhood, the events in Milwaukee suggest that too many people still think of Communism as idealistic at best, misguided at worst — instead of the murderous totalitarianism that it was and, alas, continues to be."
—from "The Week" in the Aug. 9 issue of National Review

'Cool' parents
"The grown-ups want to be cool; they want to be hip; they want to be with it; they want to be friends with their children.
"As Kay Hymowitz writes in 'Ready or Not,' her 1999 book on how not to raise children, ' hoped that by escaping Puritan hang-ups their kids would have "healthy" sexual attitudes. They hoped that their daughters would no longer experience the fear and shame that had once shadowed the girl who had "done it," and that they would be confident enough to admit it.
"This generation hoped that they would demystify sex, free it from the control of the church ladies. In this world, sex would be better, and so would kids.' There's nothing worse than being called 'square' by your children or neighbors. They might think you're not being their friend.
"But the problem is that young people have enough pals. They need parents — or some well-meaning older person — to impart the lessons of experience and then set some limits, and rules."
—Noemie Emery, writing on "Where Were the Adults?" in the July 23 issue of the Weekly Standard

D.C. chemistry
"Most cities have a variety of neighborhoods, old people, young people and every age in between. But D.C. has a uniquely strange demography, skewed toward young interns in their 20s and elder patrons in their 50s and 60s. The dynamic between them is so old and so cherished that, like any of the city's famous monuments, it eventually just blends into the background. Except, that is, when something goes wrong. Famously, Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. Ominously, Gary Condit and Chandra Levy.
"Many internships, like Chandra Levy's, are designed to last only a few months: long enough to fall in love or make an impression, but not long enough to settle into their surroundings, to build a network of close friends who look out for one another.
"Sex is often the result. Yes, I know it sounds strange to think of D.C., Wonk Central, as a place throbbing with libidinal promise. That's supposed to be Miami or Los Angeles or New York. Washington politicians are obliged by ritual to be pillars of family values, upholding moral duty.
"Nary a one admits to being a libertine. But take a walk through the marble corridors of the Hill, and you find something a little different. The place can crackle with sexual energy. Young men in tight belts, hair gel and loafers scurry about in repressed animation. Young women hover in and out of doorways, with the siren charms of the young, pretty and proper. Among all this youth, equally repressed lawmakers try to focus on the business at hand."
—Andrew Sullivan, writing on "Sex and This City," in Sunday's New York Times Magazine

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