- The Washington Times - Monday, February 24, 2003

'Driving them crazy'
"Rich liberals are planning to fund a talk radio network because they believe as The New York Times put it they have been 'overshadowed in the political propaganda wars by conservative radio and television personalities.' …
"Rush has been driving them crazy for years. In 1994, CNN dedicated an entire program to figuring out how the 'mainstream media' could combat Rush Limbaugh. …
"To be sure, conservative radio talk show hosts have a built-in audience unavailable to liberals: People driving cars to some sort of job. So liberals keep serving up their own dreary radio hosts, and the public keeps turning the dial back to Rush Limbaugh.
"Not surprisingly, when given a choice, people don't want liberal hectoring being piped into their homes and cars. It would be like being Winston Smith in George Orwell's '1984,' forced to listen to Big Brother 24 hours a day. It's difficult to imagine a world in which people voluntarily choose to listen to liberals. There is no evidence that it has ever happened."
Ann Coulter, writing on "Give us 22 minutes, we'll give up the country," Wednesday in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com
Pro-choice, anti-Roe
"'A woman's right to choose is probably in the greatest danger … since Roe vs. Wade was handed down,' Kate Michelman, the head of the newly renamed NARAL Pro-Choice America, told USA Today. 'With a slim one-vote margin on the Supreme Court protecting freedom of choice,' Michelman insists, Roe is in danger of being overturned with a single Supreme Court appointment. …
"But the alarmism about abortion rights is wrong. Rather than hanging by a 5-to-4 thread, the core principle of Roe is supported by six justices. …
"If Roe were overturned, it's true that some states would try to regulate early-term abortions. The precise number is hard to estimate. …
"And, even if a handful of state legislatures did pass restrictions on first-term abortions, the political consequences would energize the pro-choice movement and hurt the Republican Party far more than it now benefits from pandering to the pro-life extremists. …
"Thirty years ago, opposing Roe on constitutional grounds, Alexander Bickel wrote for the editors of this pro-choice magazine, '[I]t may take some time before the realization comes that this will not do.' … For better or for worse, Roe will not be overturned any time soon. But, if it were, the Democrats, the federal judiciary, and the moderate majority of American people could breathe a sigh of relief."
Jeffrey Rosen, writing on "Worst Choice," in the Feb. 24 issue of the New Republic
Nanny revival
"To the baby boom and Gen X generations, Mary Poppins is more than just a memorable personality from the world of literature and cinema she is the patron saint of quality child care. She is the answer to the painful question that millions of hyper-educated women entering the work force, after a bracing review of the feminist contract's fine print, would pose a decade later: 'What do we do with the kids?' …
"The word 'nanny' is a curious Victorian linguistic fossil. … Its peculiar revival is a useful signal flare illuminating our deep-seated ambivalence regarding surrogate child-rearing. …
"While 'child care' and 'day care' were OK for everyone else's kid, boomers proved resistant to discussing their own kids as being stored like inventory. 'Justin and Elizabeth are home with the nanny' acknowledges no possible abrogation of parental authority. Compare to: 'The kids are with an illiterate 18-year-old from a South American country I never heard of whom I've known for five days.' By hiding behind Victoria's robes of probity, the contemporary use of the word 'nanny' facilitates a critical self-deception about who is raising our children."
Judd Magilnick, writing on "A Spoonful of Self-Delusion," in the January/February issue of the American Spectator


Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide