- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 21, 2003

Noonan's prediction

"Why haven't our courts and lawmakers made greater progress in protecting the unborn when polls suggest public support is there?" Peggy Noonan asks at www.OpinionJournal.com.

"Lots of reasons, but one that I think is not sufficiently appreciated is this: Abortion is now the glue that holds the Democratic Party together. Without abortion to keep them together, the Democrats would fly apart into 50 small parties Dems for free trade, Dems for protectionism; for quotas, for merit. All parties have divisions, the Republicans famously so, but Republicans have general philosophical views that keep them together and supported by groups that share their views. They're all united by, say, hostility to high taxes, but sometimes they have different reasons for opposing tax increases," Mrs. Noonan said.

"The Democratic Party, in contrast, has exhausted its great reasons for being, having achieved so many of them during the past 75 years. The Democrats often seem like the Not Republican Party, no more and no less. It is composed not of allied groups in pursuit of the same general principles, but warring groups vying for money, power, a louder voice, the elevation of their particular cause.

"The one thing they agree on, that holds them together and finances their elections, is abortion.

"No party can long endure, or could possibly flourish, with the unfettered killing of young humans as the thing that holds it together. And so a prediction on this grim anniversary [of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision]: Someday years from now, we will see abortion's final victim, and it will turn out to be the once-great Democratic Party, which was left at the end deformed, bloody and desperately trying to kick away from death, but unable to save itself."

Media whitewash

"Though Saturday's anti-war with Iraq 'peace' march in Washington, D.C., was organized by a far-left group, had a bunch of zany leftist outfits as sponsors, featured some far-out rhetoric from the stage which belied the notion that the organizers simply want a peaceful solution, and ended with a march to the Washington Navy Yard to demand access to U.S. 'weapons of mass destruction,' as if the U.S. and Iraqi possession of them is equivalent, major media outlets, both print and broadcast, ignored such realities which might have reduced empathy for the cause," the Media Research Center reports.

"Instead, the networks painted participants as sympathetically as possible, trying to make them identifiable to viewers as people next door, stressing how they were made up of 'grandparents,' 'honor students,' 'teachers,' 'businessmen,' 'military veterans,' 'soccer moms' and 'Republicans.' Plus, CNN really turned on the syrup by focusing on an elderly [Holocaust] survivor who caught 'a ride with a busload of young people, all to stop another war, to stop more suffering,'" Brent Baker writes at www.mediaresearch.org.

Meanwhile, the New York Times and The Washington Post apparently were too embarrassed to report what was said from the stage.

"A 1,500-word article in Sunday's Washington Post contained a single nine-word quote from an official speaker, while a 1,000-word New York Times article failed to quote a syllable from the D.C. stage," Mr. Baker said.

Peace pretenders

"America's enemies within turned out in force on Saturday in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco under the auspices of the Communist Workers World Party operating under its front organization, ANSWER," David Horowitz writes at www.FrontPageMagazine.com.

"Once again the demonstrators pretended to be peace activists, who found violence abhorrent and a willing media played along with the charade. Neither the New York Times nor the Los Angeles Times, nor any media I saw, identified the organizers as Communists who have a long record of support for world terror and its leaders, including the Ayatollah Khomeini, Kim Jong Il, Slobodan Milosevic and Saddam Hussein," Mr. Horowitz said.

"As reported by the unfiltered cameras of C-SPAN, the pretense, in fact, was pretty thin. One of the featured speakers was a spokesman for the narco-terrorists in Colombia," Mr. Horowitz said.

Strange bedfellows

The New York Stock Exchange and U.S. corporations are doing themselves no favors by supporting and sponsoring the Rev. Jesse Jackson's sixth annual Wall Street Project conference, a leader of a conservative black group told reporter Marc Morano at www.CNSNews.com.

"It never ceases to amaze me how the business community continues to feed the hand that bites them," said David Almasi, director of Project 21, a leadership network for conservative blacks that is critical of Mr. Jackson.

Mr. Jackson received corporate support last week, despite his strong opposition to President Bush's economic-stimulus plan, which Wall Street supports.

"If Wall Street truly supports the Bush stimulus package, this is certainly no way to show it," Mr. Almasi said.

Mr. Jackson rang the opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday morning and was feted at an invitation-only gala fund-raising reception on the floor of the stock exchange Thursday. Mr. Jackson was in New York for his 2003 Wall Street Project, which ran from Tuesday through Friday. The event was billed as "Equity for All: Establishing the Economic Agenda for Growth."

Mr. Almasi was incredulous, saying, "The business community doesn't seem to know who its friends are."

Corporate giants such as Citigroup, Coca-Cola, AOL Time Warner, Freddie Mac, AT&T, Ford, General Motors, IBM, Kodak, Boeing and the DaimlerChrysler Corporate Fund all sponsored the 2003 Wall Street Project.

Frist's pledge

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist spoke to a Congress of Racial Equality dinner honoring Martin Luther King last night, calling for equality in education and health care and pledging that the Bush administration will seek to eradicate racial injustice through "faith-based initiatives" that will "reach out, give back and lift up."

The Tennessee Republican repeated the theme he sounded in his first news conference as majority leader when he pledged to begin a dialogue on racial reconciliation and said that neither political party had effectively addressed the needs of minorities. His remarks were a continuation of the Bush administration's drive to attract blacks to the Republican Party.

Mr. Frist, a physician who has served as a medical missionary in Africa, underlined his message by telling the story of a man in Sudan he treated for a potentially deadly tumor.

"Like a boil that can never be cured so long as it is covered up, but must be opened with all its ugliness to the natural medicines of air and light, injustice must also be exposed with all the tension its exposure creates to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion," he told the crowd gathered at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers in midtown Manhattan for the 19th annual Martin Luther King Ambassadorial Reception and Awards dinner.

Older voters

Republicans muscled their way to victory in the 2002 election with the help of millions of older voters once a bastion of Democratic support, Newhouse News Service reports.

If Republicans can hold the edge with this crucial and fast-expanding segment of the electorate, it will be difficult to deny President Bush a second term in 2004, and the Republicans may remain the majority party for a long, long time. On that, political analysts in both parties agree. They differ over the size of the "if," reporter Miles Benson writes.

In the November elections, according to Republican pollster Bill McInturff, 48 percent of voters over age 65 said they were voting Republican, compared with 36 percent voting Democratic. Of the remainder, most refused to say how they voted.

Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg questioned voters age 60 and older, and found Republicans winning 51 percent to the Democrats' 46 percent.

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