- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 4, 2001

Coalition legacy
"Nobody can deny that the Christian Coalition made a lasting imprint on American politics. Founded shortly after [Pat] Robertson's failed presidential bid in 1988, the group soared to great heights in a very short time. It fought a guerrilla war against the National Endowment for the Arts during the first Bush administration, and its dues-paying membership boomed after Clinton's inauguration. The Christian Coalition was a major player in the GOP takeover of Congress in 1994. That was no small feat …
"But now there's no organization left. Like an insect that takes wing, mates and dies in a single day, the coalition accomplished quite a bit in a short period and vanished. … Yet, Robertson's influence may live on, and in this sense, the Christian Coalition may matter even after it's gone. …
"In 1960, only 38 percent of active evangelical Protestants considered themselves Republican; by 1988, that had grown to 53 percent. Five years ago, 70 percent favored Dole; last fall, 84 percent voted for Bush. Much of this movement would have happened without the Moral Majority or the Christian Coalition, but it's hard to believe the shift would have been so complete without organizations devoted to bringing evangelicals into the GOP."
John J. Miller, writing on "Out of the Arena," in the May 28 issue of National Review

What's in a name?
"It isn't controversial to call a doctor who deals with the nervous system a 'neurologist' or a doctor who specializes in hearts a 'cardiologist.' But it is now beyond the pale to use the similarly neutral term 'abortionist' to refer to a doctor who performs abortions. 'Abortion doctor' and especially 'abortion provider' have become the media's acceptable descriptions of abortionists.
"A Nexis search of … the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times and the Washington Post proves the point. In labeling abortionists, reporters go through linguistic contortions that they don't feel they need to perform for labeling other types of doctors.
"During a recent one-month period, the four newspapers had 39 references to 'dermatologist,' with no references to 'skin doctor' or 'skin-care provider.' … But the word 'abortionist' appeared only eight times (and many of those were references to 'anti-abortionists,' the press' favorite term for pro-lifers), while 'abortion doctor' appeared 21 times and 'abortion provider' appeared 36 times. … The term 'abortionist' is precise, but raw, bringing to mind exactly what it is these doctors do for a living."
Timothy Lamer, on "Linguistic contortions," in the May 26 issue of World

Golden State gone
"California, the so-called Golden State of national mythology and license-plate trademark, is a lot dimmer these days the energy crisis … is only partially responsible. For amidst the sun and surf, California is a land of failing public schools, racial politics and incompetent leadership.
"Harsh words, indeed. But California is no longer America's Eden, where even the late Governor Pat Brown could earn the admiration of his constituents while his successor, Ronald Reagan, could attain legendary status. Today these former political giants seem like nothing more than popular folklore, like exaggerated war stories or colorful fishing trips told by an eccentric uncle. Add Richard Nixon … and the average Californian's ignorance is complete: conservatism is dead.
"Here in Los Angeles, liberal predominance is particularly strong. After all, Hollywood is Clinton country, and conservatives are an endangered species. …
"Modern Hollywood no longer shares the cultural sensibilities of Brown or Reagan. …
"So, the California envisioned by Brown and Reagan even the one imagined by Walt Disney is now a memory, overshadowed no doubt by the effects of a cultural neutron bomb: the state's buildings remain intact, while a new set of nihilistic values governs its schools and courts."
Lewis A. Fein, writing on "California Dreamin'? Not Really," Friday in Jewish World Review at www.jewishworldreview.com

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