- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 4, 2001

Americans all
Happy birthday, America, on the one day each year when Republicans, Democrats — and independents — hang up their dueling swords to reflect on the unparalleled foundation upon which this nation rests.
In honor of this Independence Day, allow us to recall the words of Maine's long-since-departed Republican senator and congressman, James G. Blaine, later included in Dwight D. Eisenhower's "Favorite Poetry, Prose and Prayers": "The United States is the only country with a known birthday. All the rest began, they know not when, and grew into power, they know not how. … There is no 'Republican,' no 'Democrat,' on the Fourth of July — all are Americans."

American declaration
Liberal TV producer Norman Lear is certainly all over the map these days.
During the recent presidential campaign, he was contributing to Republican candidate John McCain's bid for the White House.
When April of this year rolled around, he was huddling with Barbra Streisand, Warren Beatty and House Minority Leader Richard A. Gephardt about purchasing a cable-TV network that would cater to the left.
Yesterday, he was in Washington touting patriotism.
He stood at the Jefferson Memorial to reveal details of a four-year Declaration of Independence road trip, taking one of the original copies of the historic document — purchased by Mr. Lear for $8.14 million — around the country for everybody to read. The first stop: The Ronald Reagan Library and Museum, in Simi Valley, Calif.
Mr. Lear "heard that this document was going on auction, and later found out it was on display at Sotheby's in Los Angeles," the tour's Cherie Simon told us yesterday. "When he walked over and saw it, his eyes welled up."

American feminism
The Catholic Church, the nation's most highly populated religious denomination, is giving an unmistakable thumbs down to Kim Gandy, the newly crowned president of the National Organization for Women.
Catholic League President William Donohue not only regards Ms. Gandy as a "foe" of Catholicism, he tells why in no uncertain terms.
Starting in 1987, she supported NOW's protest of Pope John Paul II's visit to the United States, and in 1992, she attacked New York Archbishop John Cardinal O'Connor for recommending that the Knights of Columbus build a "tomb of the unborn child" in Catholic cemeteries across the nation, which she called "outrageous."
In 1993 and 1994, he says, Ms. Gandy supported efforts that would coerce the Catholic Church into funding abortions. And in 1993, she advocated using the "draconian [racketeering-influenced corrupt organizations] law to gag pro-lifers."
Mr. Donohue also takes issue with NOW's claims to represent 145 million women in the United States when it has 500,000 members, only 1,000 of whom showed up to vote last weekend for a new president.
"Some mandate," he says.
Finally, regarding women, Mr. Donohue notes, "Gandy was livid at the Dulles [Virginia] chapter of NOW for supporting Paula Jones in her sexual harassment suit against President Clinton.
"Her curious brand of feminism," he adds, "also allows her to oppose the ban on prostitution: 'How come I can rent my uterus,' she said in 1987, 'but not my vagina? They're only an inch apart.'"

American grub
Members of Congress are getting to show off their favorite recipes without even stepping behind the stove.
Every month starting this month, Christopher Marks Restaurant on Pennsylvania Avenue, located between the White House and Capitol Hill, will feature a Congress member's favorite recipe on its menu.
The featured recipe, to benefit the Congressional Hunger Center, will be re-created by executive chef Robert Polk, who will invite the member of Congress to sample and approve the meal.
This month, for instance, Rep. Tony P. Hall's grilled porterhouse and Caesar salad is prominently offered. The Ohio Democrat, we should point out, not only co-chairs the hunger center, he has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to address issues of hunger, human rights and peace.
Next month's special: Missouri Republican Rep. Jo Ann Emerson's crab cakes.

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