- The Washington Times - Monday, September 13, 2004

State U. success

“Today, almost everyone seems to assume that the critical moment in young people’s lives is finding out which colleges have accepted them. Winning admission to an elite school is imagined to be a golden passport to success. …

“But what if the basis for all this stress and disappointment — the idea that getting into an elite college makes a big difference in life — is wrong? …

“Fully half of U.S. senators are graduates of public universities … among them Chico State, Colorado State, Iowa State, Kansas State, Louisiana State, Michigan State, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Penn State, San Jose State, South Dakota State, Utah State and Washington State. …

“Steven Spielberg was rejected by the prestigious film schools at USC and UCLA: He attended Cal State Long Beach and seems to have done all right for himself.”

Gregg Easterbrook, writing on “Who Needs Harvard?” in the October issue of the Atlantic Monthly

‘Deep … analysis’

“[At a June 23 forum in Los Angeles,] Elizabeth Birch, former executive director of the Human Rights Campaign, referred to the ‘so-called unconstitutional, ridiculous, bile-filled, mean-spirited Defense of Marriage Act.’ She also darkly suggested that gay marriage would be part of a Bush administration push-polling strategy, ‘a very, very dirty but now oft-used campaign technique. …

“‘And whether George Bush is serving his father, to be vindicated or somehow slay that dragon, or God, the Father, there is very little going on other than that one little germ of truth that helped him stop drink. There is very little analysis, good, deep, policy analysis, going on in grappling with what is relative mediation on our planet. He has no capability of moving around the planet the way Clinton did, to let off steam and keep people engaged.’

“I couldn’t agree more: ‘There is very little analysis, good, deep, policy analysis going on’ here. There is a lot of name-calling and venting of spleen, a lot of hatred and even some religious bigotry.”

Joseph M. Knippenberg, writing on “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” for the Ashbrook Center at www.ashbrook.com

‘Virus of hatred’

“Outside the Sheraton on Seventh Avenue [in New York on Sept. 1], a protester brandished her feelings on cardboard: ‘We don’t just hate Bush, we hate all of you.’ She was accompanied by two young men … one of whom had a sign that stated, ‘You have blood on your hands.’ …

“So what virus of hatred has now infected our young and their idols in Hollywood, the music industry and the liberal media? …

“It’s about payback. …

“Mr. Clinton was the ‘poster boy’ of Hollywood, strutting, flirting and exercising his power … and taking his rewards in both lust and revenge. Tinsel Town works like that. …

“So, led by the ‘elite’ on the west coast and the media on 43rd Street … these protesters embrace hate, the hate of revenge.

“They march down Broadway carrying their ugly demeanor and vile signs; they heckle and try to intimidate those who try to embrace reason and embrace the optimism that has made America great.”

Alan Bromley, writing on “Fear and Loathing in Manhattan,” Thursday in the Wall Street Journal

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