- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 9, 2004

Going home

“[A] few sources are now detecting a small but genuine swing back toward traditional homemaking among young families. Time magazine bannered ‘The Case for Staying Home’ across its March 22 issue. …

“The anti-natalist tide of modernity is being quietly yet strongly battled by tens of thousands of believing families … some of whom are prayerfully having that third or fourth child they ‘really can’t afford.’

“Then there are the wonderful cultural victories being won. Not only the beautiful ‘Lord of the Rings’ film trilogy and Mel Gibson’s heart-changing masterpiece ‘The Passion of the Christ,’ but modest films like ‘Sweet Home Alabama,’ a runaway hit. … Here a fashionista who has left her roots and high-school beau for the gay glitz of Manhattan gives home a second chance. And at the end, the audience glimpses an angelic, golden-haired child who would never have been born had the sundered couple not found each other again. …

“Love, as ever, is the one true revolutionary act. Only with real homes at its heart will our nation become a homeland once more.”

Marian Kester Coombs, writing on “Homeward Bound,” in the June 21 issue of the American Conservative

Not a madman

“Jose Angel Gutierrez, political science professor and former head of the Mexican-American Studies Center at the University of Texas, Arlington, is a busy man.

“Gutierrez was recently in Mexico City at the invitation of the Mexican government to participate in the binational Reconquista jamboree.

“The very next day … he was in Kansas City speaking at something called the ‘Latino Civil Rights Summit.’ …

“There he boasted that: ‘We are the future of America. Unlike any prior generation, we now have the critical mass. We’re going to Latinize this country.’ …

“Jose Angel Gutierrez is not a madman. Gutierrez is a man who has dedicated his life to a cause.

“And he now senses triumph is at hand.”

Allan Wall, writing on “Mexican Racist Prof Calls for Reconquista,” Monday at www.vdare.com

Erasing himself

“[M]illions of young girls watched him on television as he clutched the microphone to his chest and bent over with the weight of his love for us, throwing out his brown fingers, pulling the air toward him and moaning, ‘I want you back!’ Thousands of girls screamed and swooned the way others — white girls — did for the Beatles or the Monkees. But Michael Jackson and his brothers, as the Jackson Five, were the dreamboats of black America. …

“For my younger daughters, 12 and 8, who never knew him as brown like them, as a singer and dancer who could captivate an audience of adults and children alike, he has always been a figure of shivery fear. Whenever we see the first ghostly shadows of his face on television news shows, someone turns the channel very quickly, sometimes even looking away until Michael Jackson is gone. …

“That’s the unspoken reason my [oldest] daughter hates him now. She says, ‘He hated himself so much he made himself into a white guy.’ And in doing so, he erased someone who bore a resemblance to her.”

Susan Straight, writing on “When Michael Jackson was cool,” Monday in Salon at www.salon.com



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