- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Paranoia, new and old

“The old politics of paranoid fantasy … was popularized by Michael Moore in ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ and concentrated on the themes of the ‘stolen’ election of 2000, the Bush family’s interests in the Carlyle group and its ties to the Saudi royal family, and the dark hints about the president’s corrupt motives for waging the war in Iraq. …

“But another one now seems to be dominant. This is the fantasy of a nightmarish world of theocratic rule from Washington by fanatical Christian fundamentalists. …

“[T]he evidence adduced by these true believers for their pet theory seems to depend rather heavily on the fact that 22 percent of those who responded to exit polls … said that the single issue which had mattered most to them in deciding how to cast their vote had been ‘moral values.’ …

“Once you accept the equation sexuality = identity, then any attempt by anybody anywhere to cling to such shreds and patches as remain today of the moralized view of sexuality that was universal up until 40 years ago becomes a threat to your very existence.”

James Bowman, writing on “Immoral Values,” Friday in the American Spectator Online at www.americanspectator.org

Missing in action

“From 1973-1986, abortions were taking place at a rate of one abortion for every two or three live births. If those babies had all been born, about half of which were males, every two soldiers in the field might have an extra one by their side. A taxpayer might find that the amount each taxpayer needs to pay into Social Security would be split three or four ways instead of two or three. …

“Why can’t Americans see clearly what they are doing to themselves and their nation? Why can we not recognize the suicidal consequences of killing so many of each new generation? In Charlotte, N.C., the death in Iraq of a single soldier from Charlotte made front-page news, three days in a row. …

“That same day, American doctors killed about 4,000. Can we not sense the moral madness of making a sensation of the one death and ignoring 4,000 others? In no way do we minimize the soldier’s death, nor the loss that he was to his family, to his friends and to society. … But if his disappearance is worth three days’ front-page stories in the Charlotte Observer … why does the loss of 4,000 count for nothing?”

Harold O.J. Brown, writing on “Far-Reaching Remedies,” in the October issue of Religion and Society Report

‘Recurrent theme’

“For the hip-hop generation that grew up at the height of the crack epidemic … rage at deadbeat dads has become a kind of primal scream. …

“Father loss is a recurrent theme in contemporary black music, chronicled by some of the baddest brothers: ‘What’s buried under there?/Was a kid torn apart once his pop disappeared?/I went to school, got good grades, could behave when I wanted/But I had demons deep inside,’ raps Jay-Z, who was raised in Brooklyn’s notorious Marcy Projects. … ‘Now all the teachers couldn’t reach me/And my mom couldn’t beat me/Hard enough to match the pain of my pops not seeing me.’”

Kay S. Hymowitz, writing on “Dads in the ‘Hood,” in the autumn issue of City Journal

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