- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 18, 2002

Ubiquitous ignorance

"Political scientists are nearly unanimous on the subject of voter ignorance. The average American citizen not only lacks basic knowledge, but also holds beliefs that are contradictory and inconsistent.

"According to a January 2000 Gallup poll, 66 percent of Americans could correctly name Regis Philbin when asked who hosts 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,' but only 6 percent could correctly name Dennis Hastert when asked to name the speaker of the House of Representatives in Washington.

"Apparent ignorance of basic civics can be especially dangerous. Americans often 'project' power onto institutions with little understanding of the Constitution or the law. Almost six of 10 Americans (59 percent) think the president, not Congress, has the power to declare war.

"Most voters in the election booth can't identify a single position of the incumbent, but if they've seen the candidate's name before, that can be enough to secure their vote."

Matthew Robinson, writing on "Party On, Dudes!" in the March/April issue of the American Spectator

Then and now

"Don't you hate people who say 'I told you so'?

"The year was 1982; the book was 'The Homosexual Network: Private Lives and Public Policy.' The author was Enrique Rueda, a Catholic priest then in the diocese of Rochester, N.Y. The book not only analyzed the ideology of homosexuality, but it documented the spread of that ideology through religious organizations, including the Catholic Church, and traced the funding of it.

"If you had read that book, you would not have been surprised by the revelations that have been coming out of Boston.

"The name of the fair city of Boston appears frequently in Rev. Rueda's pages, giving it the dubious distinction of being the birthplace of NAMBLA, the North American Man/Boy Love Association.

"In the early days of 'gay liberation,' 1972, a National Coalition of Gay Organizations adopted a 'Gay Rights Platform.' This list of demands included one to repeal all laws governing the age of sexual consent a matter of some obvious concern to pederasts."

Connie Marshner, writing on "We Told You So: The Homosexual Movement 20 Years Later," in the Free Congress Foundation's Notable News Now

Lessons unlearned

"I wonder if the diary of Anne Frank has had as much of an impact on today's youth as it did on my generation.

"Anne's words spoke directly to our souls, not filtered through today's Holocaust curricula, which present Hitlerism as an example of 'intolerance' as if the ferocious, dehumanizing, exterminationist anti-Semitism of the Nazis was just a stronger form of 'discrimination' or 'prejudice,' akin to opposing affirmative action or some other piece of the civil rights agenda.

"The lesson of the Holocaust is not about intolerance, but about evil, the implacable evil that can possess and corrupt the souls of vast numbers of people. And when I see the world turning against Israel today, I am saddened to realize that the lesson has not yet been learned.

"No, it's not the same as last time. The devil doesn't assume the same shape twice. There are no Nazis, but there is a terrorist Palestinian leadership supported by great numbers of Palestinians and Muslims who wish only death to Jews and the Jewish state. And, like then, the Jews are once again alone, enduring the condemnation of Europe and unbelievably of the Vatican as well."

Carol Iannone, writing on "Not Again," in the April 16 issue of New York Press

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