- The Washington Times - Monday, June 26, 2006

Fertile fashion

“Summer has arrived and the styles this season are hot. Before you hit the beach, make sure you’re sporting all the right accessories: oversized sunglasses, a hobo bag, platform shoes … oh, and don’t forget a baby. …

“‘Hollywood’s Baby Boom,’ as People refers to it, includes red carpet beauties, musicians, and former Playboy models, and touches even the most far-reaching parts of the globe.

“Who said an expensive trinket can’t save a marriage? Just ask Britney Spears and Kevin Federline, who are waiting on baby No. 2. …

“So is the baby craze just another Hollywood trend, or have these famous faces traded in their liberal looks for a more conservative fashion? Have they picked up on the conservative devotion to homemaking and domesticity? …

“In her recent book, ‘The Politically Incorrect Guide to Women, Sex, and Feminism,’ Carrie Lukas suggests that ‘women’s greatest source of fulfillment’ is not always their job. In fact, according to an Independent Women’s Forum survey she cites, nearly a third of women said they would prefer to stay home with their children if money was not a factor.

“Maybe America’s royalty have picked up on a larger cultural trend, where women who can afford to are choosing to put their careers on hold to enjoy the experience of motherhood.”

— Sabrina Leigh Schaeffer, writing on “Mommy Couture,” Friday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

‘Men of character’

“Character is human nature in its best form. It is moral order embodied in the individual. Men of character are not only the conscience of society, but in every well-governed State, they are its best motive power; for it is moral qualities in the main which rule the world.

“In America, free land and the Western frontier multiplied the bounties offered by economic growth and confirmed a widespread belief that the New World was immune from the capricious distinctions of birth which so disfigured the Old World. Horatio Alger … had no shortage of stories of boys who rose from rags to riches in America’s booming economy to illustrate his argument. In a period of unprecedented mobility and expanding opportunities, it seemed only natural to argue that people with ‘character’ swam and those without it sank.”

— Adrian Wooldridge, writing on “The Secret of Your Success,” in the June/July issue of Policy Review

Public servants?

“Anybody old enough to remember Jimmy Stewart in ‘Mr. Smith Goes to Washington’? If so, like me, you’ll recall the honest small-town citizen who is appointed to fill a vacant U.S. Senate seat, and who takes it very seriously. He knows he’s been selected to represent his neighbors and their interests in Washington, and he goes there to do just that. …

“To be a genuine public servant.

“Isn’t that what all our elected representatives do today? Are you serious? …

“Voluntary prayer in school? Americans want it. A Flag Protection Amendment? Americans want it. Marriage protection legislation? Lower taxes, a balanced budget? Americans overwhelmingly prefer these things.

“And what do their ‘public servants’ do? They thumb their noses at the dumb voters, who probably won’t care enough to even check on who votes how in Congress. They generally vote along strict party lines, currying favor with other politicians and special-interest groups, rather than the people who elected them.”

— Pat Boone, writing on “Public servants? Oh, really?” Saturday in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com

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