- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 10, 2002

Hollywood courage
"As we move inexorably closer to The Son of the Mother of All Wars, one question has weighed heavily on the minds of all Americans. 'I wonder what Barbra Streisand thinks about all this?'
"At last that question has been answered.
"I haven't done a scientific search, but by my informal count over the past week there have been roughly 411 stories in the major news media about Barbra Streisand's courageous stand denouncing President Bush's Iraq policy.
"On the other hand, the nation's top movie star, Tom Cruise, and top movie director, Steven Spielberg publicly state their full support for President Bush's Iraq policy and it's strictly a one-day story.
"Cruise and Spielberg have exhibited real profiles in courage. Think about it; there are 98,000 actors in the Screen Actors Guild; 97,996 of them have imbedded in their DNA a core set of inalienable truths they hold to be self evident, beginning with the absolute belief that Alger Hiss was innocent.
"The remaining four actors are Arnold Schwarzenegger, Pat Sajak, Patricia Heaton, and me."
Dave Konig, writing on "Barbra Streisand, Tom Cruise, Alger Hiss, and Me," in the Oct. 8 in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

'Treason Tour'
"The chain reaction that Democratic Reps. Jim McDermott and David Bonior created through their Treason Tour of Iraq has badly harmed their party's prospects for the White House in two years.
"House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt wound up taking the fall for his colleagues last week. When he signed on to the President's Iraq resolution he damaged his chances of getting the nomination in 2004. Moderate Democrats lost hope that they could rally the House to back a compromise bill of the sort Joe Biden and Richard Lugar had drawn up in the Senate.
"McDermott and Bonior's escapade also made it implausible that Dems would be able to change the subject to the economy before the November elections. This inability has liberal Democrats gnawing their lapels in frustration. Their attitude toward Bush can be summed up as: Will you just sit still for a second so I can flog you. Now, it's not as certain as people think that Iraq wins for Republicans. Nor is it clear that the economy hurts Republicans.
"But Democrats think that's the dynamic. For them, the issues of 401(k)s and corporate corruption and the Dow are like so many articles of beachwear that they've brought on a trip where it rains all the time."
Christopher Caldwell, writing on "Treason Tour," in the Oct. 9 issue of New York Press


Race trap

"Not long ago, C-SPAN carried a Harvard debate on affirmative action between conservative reformer Ward Connerly and liberal law professor Christopher Edley. During the Q and A, a black undergraduate rose from a snickering clump of black students to challenge Mr. Connerly, who had argued that the time for racial preferences was past.
"Once standing, this young man smiled unctuously, as if victory were so assured that he must already offer consolation. But his own pose seemed to distract him, and soon he was sinking into incoherence.
"Now consider what this Harvard student is called upon by his racial identity to argue in the year 2002. All that is creative and imaginative in him must be rallied to argue the essential weakness of his own people. Only their weakness justifies the racial preferences they receive decades after any trace of anti-black racism in college admissions. If his own forebears seized freedom in a long and arduous struggle for civil rights, he must argue that his own generation is unable to compete on paper-and-pencil standardized tests."
Shelby Steele, writing on "The Age of White Guilt," in the November issue of Harper's magazine


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