- The Washington Times - Monday, November 8, 2004

No choice

“I don’t know what are the politics of [Trey] Parker or Matt Stone … but I suspect that they are in most respects (for Hollywood) conventionally leftist. Certainly, there was nothing in ‘South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut’ … to suggest that they were capable of seeing so clearly, as they have done in ‘Team America,’ two things that others on the left are … willfully blind to. …

“The first of their unexpected insights is that America’s leadership of the war on terrorism is not optional. … We are at war, and we have no choice but to fight that war. …

“‘Team America’s‘ second major insight … is the extent to which the anti-Bush forces make their appeal on the basis of an essentially frivolous and self-righteous notion of what is fashionable and ‘cool’ derived from and embodied in the comical inanity of Hollywood politics. If Alec Baldwin, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, Matt Damon or any of the score or so other left-wing luminaries of Tinseltown lampooned in this movie … had any sense of shame at all they would never show their faces in public again after the shellacking they take. Of course they don’t, so they will.”

James Bowman, writing on “Team America: World Police,” Oct. 27 at www.jamesbowman.net

Failed clerk

“Postage stamps … figure conspicuously in the strange career of William Faulkner. If a whaling ship, as Herman Melville famously claimed, was Melville’s Yale College and his Harvard, Faulkner’s Ivy League was the tiny post office at the University of Mississippi, in his hometown of Oxford, population 2,250 in 1921, the year Faulkner was named university postmaster.

“There, in a job he cynically treated as a sinecure for a man of leisure, Faulkner sat for days at a time reading issues, borrowed from faculty mailboxes and haphazardly returned, of The Atlantic Monthly, The Dial, and The New Republic. …

“A high-school dropout whose foppish and idle ways about town earned him the nickname ‘Count No ‘Count,’ Faulkner held the post office job for nearly three years … before being fired, in the fall of 1924, when he was nearly 26.”

Christopher Benfey, writing on “The Ding-Dong of Doom,” in today’s issue of the New Republic

P. Diddy dud

“It was a disaster. Despite what they’ll say, the whole movement was a failure. In fact, it really wasn’t a movement. By definition, a movement produces action, but this so-called ‘movement’ produced no more action than any other group involved in this election cycle. …

“Of course, I’m talking about this year’s Rock the Vote, Choose or Lose, Vote or Die and the generation of 20 Million Loud who were going to change the world. …

“I’m sure the people behind this pseudo-movement are scratching their heads wondering what happened Tuesday. They had P. Diddy, the Boss and MTV. They poured millions into organizations that ran ads, concerts, television programs and rallies. But what happened? …

“A political worldview divorced from the depth on which the political system stands is at best boring. At worst, it would usher in a generation of useful idiots that plunge our government into a further revision of the nanny state. In the end, this MTV call to action without depth of reason resulted in inaction.”

Kyle Williams, writing on “Youth voter drive a mass failure,” Saturday in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com

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