- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 30, 2006

Hating the South

“[In a profile of Virginia Sen. George Allen in the New Republic, writer Ryan] Lizza blindly sneers at all things Southern and rural. Allen’s penchant for snuff tobacco is depicted most unflatteringly. … The Confederate flag is bandied about as a quick-and-easy sign of Allen’s backwardness without any historical context. It’s not a cut-and-dry racist banner. For example, Lynyrd Skynyrd is known to unfurl an enormous one during their concerts at the beginning of ‘Sweet Home Alabama.’ The General Lee displayed it on the roof in ‘The Dukes of Hazzard.’ It’s a symbol of the South. …

“[Mr. Lizza’s] general tone indicates a prejudice toward the South. …

“And whatever Lizza and the New Republic find automatically offensive about the Confederate flag, Allen need not answer to liberal speech enforcers for it. This is an old story and an old culture clash.”

David Holman, writing on “Lizza’s Ideological Blinders,” Friday in the American Spectator Online at www.spectator.org

Envying America

“Many Frenchmen I met argued that Americans are money grubbing. … The country is full of an endless commercial bustle. As a result Americans work too hard, and have no proper understanding of leisure. … They are unsophisticated and unlearned. They know little about their own history, and nothing about the history of others. They have never suffered, so they lack depth. That may explain why they have no great literature and are not in love with museums, as Europeans are.

“I remember one man who couldn’t possibly understand how all these people of different backgrounds and colors could live together as something like citizens; he wondered how it was possible. He concluded — because he never understood its cause, the idea … as Lincoln called it … that it was not possible in the end, that it was only a question of time before the place fell apart. Not enough ties of blood, not enough common history, he said.

“In the end I came to learn that what held together all the critical opinions about America was the spirit of resentment and envy. We were big and powerful and thought we were special.”

Peter W. Shramm, writing on “Born American, but in the Wrong Place,” in the April issue of On Principle

Liberal ‘Dreamz’

” ‘American Dreamz’ … lampoons President Bush and ‘American Idol.’ Those are arguably fair game. But it goes on to lampoon American servicemen in Iraq and show the humorous side of terrorism. In doing so, the film exposes Hollywood’s strange political pathologies.

“Dennis Quaid plays a president with a Texas accent. … He is inarticulate, clueless, and very, very stupid. …

“After the president’s re-election, he resolves to actually read so that he can understand the issues he is facing. He tries to read the New York Times and the Canadian press, but the chief of staff puts a stop to that.

“Here we see two hobbyhorses that liberals keep riding, in the face of all evidence: President Bush is stupid, and The New York Times is an unbiased source of objective information.”

Gene Edward Veith, writing on “American Dreamz,” in the May 6 issue of World magazine

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