- The Washington Times - Monday, February 18, 2002

Courageous crank
"Long gone are the days when universities handed out the 'Mrs.' degree for bright young girls hoping to find a worthy father for raising a family. Today men and women alike go to college to ascend the social ladder, which almost as a matter of course requires that we put off marriage and children, lest they distract us from our higher ambitions. …
"What has happened? Since the baby boom ended in the early 1960s, it's as if Americans decided to call a moratorium on reproduction, while simultaneously opening our borders to millions of Third World immigrants let in merely by virtue of their superior fertility. … But only courageous cranks like [Patrick J.] Buchanan have bothered to ask: Why did we stop reproducing in the first place? And doesn't anyone care that America will soon no longer be remotely the same country it recently was, culturally, historically, even racially? …
"Buchanan's bitter jeremiad [in his new book, 'Death of the West'] is the great story not told of the second half of the 20th century. Through systematic assaults on the Church and family values, the liberal media and education establishments have succeeded beyond the wildest dreams of radical visionaries in destroying traditional American civilization. Animated neither by pride and self-confidence in the democratic way of life (now regarded by our textbooks as 'chauvinism' or 'racism'), nor by the Christian injunction to 'be fruitful and multiply' (which is now seen as sexist and homophobic), Americans have literally stopped reproducing their own civilization."
Sean McMeekin, writing on "America's Cultural Suicide," Thursday in Boundless at www.boundless.org

'Frightening thought'
"Why is everybody picking on Sara Jane Olson? That seemed to be the question uppermost in the mind of Ms. Olson the aggrieved former fugitive once known as Kathleen Soliah of the Symbionese Liberation Army. …
"Olson spent 24 years on the lam before the FBI … arrested her in 1999. Olson was wanted for the 1975 attempted murder of two Los Angeles policemen. Pipe bombs had been planted under their car. …
"The Symbionese Liberation Army was a violent, clandestine organization. In 1974, it assassinated Marcus Foster, the first black school superintendent of Oakland, Calif. …
"On the day she was arrested, Olson was en route to teach a citizenship class to recent immigrants. Now that's a frightening thought."
Charlotte Hays, writing on "The Worst Generation," in the Winter issue of the Women's Quarterly

Thanks, Mike
"Where there was economic stagnation, now there's prosperity. Where there was weakness in confronting rivals, there's strength and cunning. … And my quality of life is a lot better, too. … Who has produced all this? You probably expect me to say President Bush. Wrong. The answer is Michael Jordan. …
"The area around the MCI Center, where Jordan plays for the Washington Wizards … is booming like never before. The basketball team, a pathetic bunch of journeymen, role players, and malcontents in recent years, is transformed into a tough and smart contender with Jordan on the court. …
"After an early losing streak, the Wizards are now winners. Jordan has molded them into a thrilling team in which every player has a role. They're fun to watch. … Thanks, Mike."
Fred Barnes, writing on "Off to See the Wizards," in the Feb. 18 issue of the Weekly Standard


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