- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 10, 2002

'Worst deal in history'

"Like many Washington journalists, I've often said, 'You'd have to pay me to pay attention to Al Gore.' I meant it. Gore rolled out his 2004 presidential campaign at a Memphis retreat, where a handful of second-tier Clinton-era figures tried to sweet-talk dozens of skeptical multimillionaires into sharing their Clinton-era fortunes with the ex-veep.

"It is hard to name a group of people with less to say to the post-September 11 world than Gore's ambassadors to the plutocracy.

"For the tens of thousands of sign-nailers and envelope-stuffers and pot-luck-dinner-throwers who win primaries for a Democratic candidate, [Mr. Gore is] the worst deal in history. These party regulars would be happy to shine in the reflected fame of an incumbent president. They'd be happy, too, with seven or eight senators and governors prostrating themselves before local Democratic organizations, promising the moon. Gore offers them neither: he has no incumbency, and if he makes a serious run, he'll drive off the other gift-bearing supplicants."

Christopher Caldwell, writing on "Paid to Care," in the July 3 issue of the New York Press

Selling homosexuality

"You generally know an ad campaign when you see it, and you don't take it seriously. You may buy Pepsi, but you don't really believe drinking it makes you cool because Britney Spears pitches it.

"But you may not recognize an ad campaign when the product being sold isn't a soft drink, but an idea, or an attitude, or a worldview.

"Which brings us to a fascinating article in the Regent University Law Review. Paul Rondeau shows how homosexual activists have pursued a specific marketing campaign aimed at moving America in their direction a strategy that's worked precisely because it was both clever and covert.

"Rondeau's most compelling evidence comes straight from the people who designed the gay PR campaign: Harvard-trained social scientists Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen, who in the late '80s issued a call for gay activists to adopt 'carefully calculated public relations propaganda.'

"Kirk and Madsen stress the need to keep quiet about the details of homosexual practices, at least until the public is thoroughly desensitized."

Matt Kaufman, writing on "Selling Homosexuality," June 27 in Boundless at www.boundless.org


"Some ideas are dangerous. If you are a reasonable person, you will concede this point even if you disagree with me on which ideas were dangerous. My list includes those notions which constitute the cores of Nazism, Stalinism, communism, postmodernism, Maoism, relativism, scientific socialism, Hale-Boppism, running-with-scissorsism, et al.

"For lots of Americans, the idea that there are no objective standards of truth or morality is incredibly sophisticated and intelligent. The authors who write the clever novels, the film directors who get awards and rave reviews for blurring the lines between good and evil, the professors who claim George W. Bush and Osama bin Laden are morally indistinguishable: These are the 'thoughtful people' in our culture. Meanwhile, the people who talk in terms of right and wrong are ridiculed by the sophisticates.

"The uninformed, the lazy, the affected, the ambitious and the dumb can adopt sharp-edged ideas and use them as blunt cudgels if we are not careful. The authors of postmodernism have not been careful.

"There are legions out there who believe postmodernism means there is no truth, no right, no wrong, no good, no bad. They believe it because they either misunderstood [Stanley] Fish and his disciples or because they understood them all too well."

Jonah Goldberg, writing on "Dangerous Ideas," Monday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

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