- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 1, 2004

‘One of the guys’

“Ours is a revolutionary age, enamored with the notion that completing humankind’s long journey to perfect freedom requires only that we shed old constraints. From the overthrow of convention — above all in matters related to gender and sexuality, extending of late even to foreign policy — comes liberation and beyond liberation waits utopia.

“So Lynndie England apparently believed and so she has lived her life. By age 21, she had married, divorced, gotten herself pregnant by a comrade-in-arms (and co-defendant). When it comes to showing she was just ‘one of the guys,’ England pulled out all the stops: her fellow soldiers have testified … to her promiscuity and barracks-room vulgarity.

“All the world has seen the documentation of her penchant for sadistic brutality. As Katti Gray writes in Newsday, England testifies eloquently to ‘how far women have come in their quest to prove we can do almost anything a man can do.’ Indeed.

“Before the jaws of military justice close and Private England vanishes from sight, let us pause briefly to mark her fate: roadkill on the freedom trail and testament to our delusions.”

Andrew J. Bacevich, writing on “Feminist in Fatigues,” in the Sept. 13 issue of the American Conservative

Not a shocker

“Lately I’ve noticed that when pundits on the left refer to the culture war, they put it in quotes or they say ‘the so-called culture war.’ This is because, as the aggressor in the culture war, the left, trying to wipe out Western civilization, can best achieve its goal by saying, ‘Culture war? What culture war?’ Here is one tiny example of the reality of the culture war.

“A nationally syndicated radio medical-advice show host recently reported on the findings of a study on the effectiveness of group therapy in treating depression. The most interesting finding of the study, he said, was that group therapy was found to be effective for women, but not for men.

“I don’t know about you, but I did not find that to be a shocker. …

“Well, an effort has been under way for a generation to make men more like women. … On the surface, it would appear to have been a successful effort, judging by the cultural values we see positively portrayed in the movies, on TV, in textbooks and among the educated elite, who have learned to display the politically correct attitudes and beliefs. The fact that men are still not susceptible to group therapy, however, would suggest that the change is, indeed, only superficial.”

Margaret Snyder, writing on “Yes, Virginia, There Is A Culture War,” Sunday in American Daily at www.americandaily.com

Scaring the stars

“The actress Rosie Perez was pouring out her heart Saturday night to a crowd of artists, performers, activists, and partygoers gathered at the Chelsea nightclub Crobar. ‘My heart is broken,’ Perez [said]. ‘My heart is broken by this administration. I’m … scared, and I’m mad ….’

“Perez never explained precisely what she was scared of. She even confused the audience a bit when she said, ‘I really don’t care who wins the election.’ But she said she was deeply concerned with ‘the issues,’ and that concern left her very, very frightened.

“She wasn’t alone. ‘This guy Bush makes Barry Goldwater look like Pollyanna,’ said comedian Chevy Chase. ‘He’s frightening. He’s scaring … me.’”

Byron York, writing on “City of Fear,” Monday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

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