- The Washington Times - Monday, May 29, 2006

Radical point

“I’m a cranky, stick-in-the-mud conservative who keeps making the same tired old point. I can change, though. I can be a hip-and-happening culturally radical kind of guy. Try this: ‘The queering of the social calls into question the normativity and naturalness of both heterosexuality and heterorelationality.’ … Not radical enough? Then try this: ‘Gay and lesbian families are here; all our families are queer; let’s get used to it!’ …

“The traditional family is losing its monopoly, as new forms of living, like parents without a formal marriage, single parents, and same-sex partnerships, appear and spread. It would be a reactionary mistake to attempt to recuperate the old notion of family, which is just not a picture of reality anymore.

“Still confused? Then I’ll make my point succinctly: Gay marriage undermines marriage. You see, it turns out that this decidedly conservative observation is entirely consistent with the views of some of the most influential sociologists in Europe (and their followers here in America). I’ve been quoting and paraphrasing these prominent sociologists to show that I’m far from the only one who connects same-sex marriage with the decline of traditional marriage.”

— Stanley Kurtz, writing “Zombie Killers,” May 25 in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

Sin Inc.

“Frank Wolf, a 13-term Republican congressman from Virginia, is angry at President Bush, at Republicans in general, and at his fellow mainline Presbyterians. None of them, he charges, is doing enough to combat the proliferation of state-sanctioned gambling in America. As Wolf delivers his speech at the annual conference of the National Coalition Against Legalized Gambling, the 200 or so concerned citizens in the audience murmur their assent.

“Outside the Sheraton Hotel in Arlington … rain is pouring in nearly biblical quantities. Inside, Wolf is accusing gambling of ‘tearing families apart.’ It’s exploiting the poor, he says. Preying on the elderly. Corrupting the young. Unduly influencing elected officials. As he speaks, he punches at the air with his right fist. He’s exasperated by President Bush’s refusal to place a moratorium on the expansion of Indian gambling. … He can’t believe that the casinos destroyed by Hurricane Katrina may qualify for millions of dollars in tax breaks as part of the Bush administration’s plan to spur redevelopment on the Gulf Coast.”

— Greg Beato, writing on “Sin Cities on a Hill,” in the May issue of Reason

‘Brainstorm’

“Another thing about liberals I can’t begin to figure out is their abiding devotion to failed economic theories. The fact that communism hasn’t worked anywhere in the world doesn’t cool their ardor in the slightest. The fact that Marx’s brainstorm invariably metastasizes into a despotic tyranny — be it in the Soviet Union, China, Cuba, Cambodia or Venezuela — doesn’t make the slightest impression on them. …

“In our own country, the most obvious failure of socialism is Social Security, the single largest pyramid scheme ever conceived by the mind of man. When Ponzi did it, he went to jail for fraud; when Roosevelt pulled it off, he was hailed as a savior. As someone or other once observed, if you’re going to steal, steal big.

“So why is it that leftists continue to promote these half-cocked alternatives to capitalism, the only economic program that’s ever motivated people to aspire, to compete, to achieve and to innovate?”

— Burt Prelutsky, writing on “Psychoanalyzing the loony left,” May 24 in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnet daily.com

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