- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 24, 2004

Liberal lessons

“I read the New York Times … and apparently a fellow named ‘Iran-Contra’ died recently. But that’s all I’ll say about the people who have consistently been on the wrong side of history. … The three key ingredients to Ronald Reagan’s sunny personality were: (1) his unalterable faith in God; (2) for nearly 30 years, he didn’t fly; and (3) he read Human Events religiously but never read the New York Times.

“Even in his death, liberals are still trying to turn our champion into a moderate Republican. …

“To hear liberals tell it, you’d think Reagan talked about God the way Democrats do, in the stilted, uncomfortable manner of people pretending to believe something they manifestly do not. … Or, for that matter, the way Democrats talk about free-market capitalism.

“The lesson to draw from what liberals said about Reagan then and what they are forced to say about him now is that the electable Republican is always the one liberals are calling an extremist, Armageddon-believing religious zealot.”

Ann Coulter, writing on “Let’s rewrite one for The Gipper,” June 16 in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com

Beauty of diversity

“Gabriela Oviedo, this year’s Miss Bolivia, got herself into some unexpected hot water [during the recent Miss Universe pageant], when she responded to a seemingly innocuous question: ‘What is one of the biggest misconceptions about your country?’

“Apparently, Miss Bolivia had not previously been equipped with a politically correct response. She just blurted this out:

“‘Um … unfortunately, people that don’t know Bolivia very much think that we are all just Indian people from the west side of the country … poor people and very short people and Indian people. … I’m from the other side of the country, the east side … and we are tall and we are white people and we know English so all that misconception that Bolivia is only an “Andean” country, it’s wrong. Bolivia has a lot to offer and that’s my job as an ambassador of my country to let people know how much diversity we have.’

“Well, that was enough to ignite a firestorm. … She was called a ‘racist’ and her resignation as Miss Bolivia was even called for. …

“You know the deal. Diversity is a great thing. It should be celebrated. But if you really talk about it, you’re branded a racist.”

Allan Wall, writing on “Is Miss Bolivia Racist?” June 15 at www.vdare.com

NBA culture

“When Detroit beat the Lakers … to win the championship … they culminated a reformation of the culture of the NBA. …

“The Pistons deviated from the NBA formula in that they had no true superstar, and they relied on team play, hard work, and intense defense. This was not admired; indeed, it was considered unseemly, like a second-generation immigrant at an Ivy League college striving for success rather than coasting by with gentlemanly grace. …

“The 2004 Pistons squad closely resembles those of the early 1990s. Lacking stars, it succeeded based on defense and cohesion. …

“After clinching the championship, Pistons coach Larry Brown told reporters that his team’s win would be ‘good for the league.’ That is, professional basketball could sell itself on the basis of ancient values like teamwork and effort, rather than individualism, and perhaps these lessons could be transmitted through the game to the young.”

Jonathan Chait, writing on “Most Valuable,” June 16 in the New Republic Online

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