- The Washington Times - Monday, September 22, 2003

Hombre image

“Many years ago Chris Matthews … hit on an interesting formulation: He said the Democrats were the ‘mommy party’ and the Republicans the ‘daddy party.’ That is, the Democrats were ‘nurturers,’ concerned with health policy and day care. The Republicans were ‘protectors,’ taking care of national security and other manly matters. …

“Republicans have seldom shied from an embrace of manliness. The New York Times recently ran a report on the new Bush re-election headquarters. It explained that the offices display two large photos: one of President Bush ‘sweating and looking rugged in a T-shirt and cowboy hat’; another of Ronald Reagan ‘also looking rugged in a cowboy hat.’ …

“Bush as hombre has been the dominant theme of his post-September 11 presidency.”

Jay Nordlinger, writing on “Political Virility,” in the September issue of the American Enterprise

Hindsight reasoning

It’s the standard canard against immigration reform: the last time this country had immigration under control (1924-65), it caused the exclusion of Jewish refugees — who ended up exterminated by the Nazis. Therefore … restrictions on immigration are immoral. …

“[N]o matter what else may be true, 6 million is not the number of people who could have been saved.

“The reason is simple: most of the victims were residents of Poland, the USSR, and other Eastern European states that only became killing grounds after the German invasions of 1940-41. After these invasions, there was no way the victims could have escaped these countries. Before, there was no way to know that the Germans would win and be able to start their horrors.

“We have to judge the Allied policy by what was known at the time — not by what we know in hindsight. The Jewish populations of these countries could hardly have been expected to say in 1935: ‘Germany is about to attack, win the war, and start exterminating us. Therefore we wish to emigrate.’ Nobody knew that, or could have known, at the time.”

Robert Locke, writing on “Immigration and the Holocaust: Debunking the Myth,” Thursday at www.vdare.com

The death of rock

“This July, I watched rock ‘n’ roll take one of its last labored breaths. We were at Dante’s in Portland, Ore., watching Mudhoney wheeze through a Saturday night set. The crowd’s age spread evenly to my left and right, leaving me, at 34, in the middle of the bell curve. …

“[R]ock ‘n’ roll has finally been wiped off the face of the Earth, leaving only lame and invalid nostalgists behind. Very few in the capacity crowd understood that they were standing in cultural rubble. …

“Two years ago, I watched from afar as an entire cadre of music writers and editors [promoted a] rock revival, and it turned my stomach. …

“Singing the praises of rip-off rock bands was the last opportunity for aging critics to feel important, to imagine that they’re gatekeepers of culture. It was the last time your average 40-year-old music critic would ever understand anything about new music. …

“That grasping band, those grasping fans — they made me sick. They were worse than revivalists; they were nostalgists, and I’ll grant no leniency. Modern culture is feeding upon itself, eating its own flesh, eating its own children — I’ll offer no quarter for cultural cannibals.”

Jeff Koyen, writing on “Three Chords and a Lie,” in Wednesday’s issue of New York Press

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