- The Washington Times - Monday, June 14, 2004

TV revolution

“Television now offers an alternative universe of flourishing psychological, physical, and moral imperfection: the confrontational, confessional talk shows; the reality shows; the wounded-detective shows; the shows about sex as an addiction; the shows about violence as a universal condition; etc. …

“[T]elevision now abounds with actors who don’t spend six hours a day in the gym, with actors who can more plausibly inhabit ordinary people and bring to life scripts that have substance and conceptual verve. CBS’s critically acclaimed and commercially successful ‘Joan of Arcadia’ is one such show, and average-looking Joe Mantegna … is one such actor. There aren’t many successful film actors who have made the transition from movies to television so smoothly. So artful, in fact, is Mantegna’s performance that his very style amplifies the show’s themes. In this regard, ‘Joan of Arcadia,’ along with ‘The Sopranos,’ is something like a revolution in television acting.”

—Lee Siegel, writing on “Godsend,” June 9 in the New Republic Online at www.tnr.com

Old America

“Demographer William Frey has said that the last census is like ‘a snapshot’ showing the ‘old America and the new America at the same time.’ The old America is white, middle-class and graying. The growing minority population represents ‘a new kind of globalized America.’ …

“The two Americas together, he says, are creating a ‘racial generation gap.’ By 2050 old America will no longer be the majority but will become instead a diminishing minority in the country it once dominated — if this trend continues.

“Which is to say: if current immigration policy continues.

“The rapidity of this demographic shift is astonishing and its social and cultural implications profound.

“The Left welcomes massive immigration as a means of diluting a nation towards which it has felt animosity for so long. The equally dogmatic libertarian right also celebrates it because the emerging ‘universal nation’ will gloriously transcend the parochial nation-state of our history.”

Glynn Custred, writing on “Jared Taylor’s Racial Heresies and the ‘New White Nationalism,’” June 8 at www.vdare.com

‘He never quit’

“From the descriptions in the media, you would think the reason [Ronald] Reagan was beloved by Americans was that he was an affable fellow who could tell a good joke. …

“In the 1964 speech that launched his political career, ‘A Time for Choosing,’ Reagan never smiled. He told no jokes — though he did say some amusing things inasmuch as he was talking about ‘our liberal friends.’ …

“Reagan forthrightly said liberals refused to acknowledge that the choice was not between ‘peace and war, only between fight and surrender.’ … All who disagree with the ‘peace’ crowd, he said, ‘are indicted as warmongers.’ To this, Reagan said: ‘Let’s set the record straight. There is no argument over the choice between peace and war, but there is only one guaranteed way you can have peace — and you can have it in the next second — surrender.’ …

“Reagan was a bulldog, completely, implacably right-wing on every issue. He was the right-wing Energizer Bunny. He never quit and he kept beating liberals. …

“But now they’re telling us Reagan was a ‘pragmatist.’ Well, not according to him.”

Ann Coulter, writing on “So now they think he was charming,” Wednesday in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com

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