- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 31, 2006

‘Ditsy’ Chicks

“Time magazine? The cover? Are you kidding me? Is this some kind of joke? A girls group that, yes, was very big a couple of years ago, but who self-destructed faster than a ‘Mission Impossible’ tape recorder with one inexcusable utterance? A trio of talented girls who have been extremely fortunate, incredibly blessed, but who kissed off the great majority of their fans in an audacious display of hubris, poor taste and grievously un-American disdain for the twice-elected leader of the free world?

“Yep, there they are — with clothes on this time — unlike the infamous magazine cover they ‘graced’ completely nude soon after the debacle in England, where they announced to our valiant British friends that they were ashamed our president was from their home state of Texas.

“When their formerly roaring career imploded overnight, Natalie Maines, the engaging lead singer who’d made the self-destructive statement, eventually made a reluctant half apology. But their record sales all but vanished, their audiences dwindled dramatically and it appeared the Dixie Chicks might well wind up on a Col. Sanders menu.”

— Pat Boone, writing on “Ditsy Chicks foul the nest,” Saturday in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com

Capitalist ethics

“A couple hundred years ago, in his ‘Theory of the Moral Sentiments,’ Adam Smith contended that capitalism requires a moral and ethical center if it is to function effectively and to the benefit of all. …

“This investor culture has at its core the very same ethical foundation that Adam Smith wrote about in 1759. This includes the rule of law that was so badly violated by [Enron’s Kenneth L.] Lay and [Jeffrey] Skilling, along with some other rotten apples like Tyco’s Dennis Kozlowski, Worldcom’s Bernard Ebbers, and Adelphia’s John Rigas.

“These crooks disregarded morality and the law, and in so doing, temporarily demoralized the stock market and American capitalism. They’re the kind of people who would be celebrated by totalitarian socialists like Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Castro, Saddam Hussein, or even Iran’s Ahmadinejad — the natural enemies of American market capitalism.”

— Larry Kudlow, writing on “Would Adam Smith Approve?” Friday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

American ideal

“The superhero myth touches on all the important questions humanity faces. The Fantastic Four can teach us about family and friendship. Spider-man can teach us about power and responsibility. Daredevil can teach us about faith and the proper response in the face of tragedy. … And, of course, Superman proudly teaches us about truth, justice, and the American way. …

“Superman is universally recognized as a symbol of America, and this in spite of the fact that he was neither born American or in fact even human. What makes him American … is his belief in and willingness to fight for American ideals. … What matters is that he has a sense of justice, tells the truth and acts honorably.

“Do all Americans emulate Superman in these things? Of course not. The point is that Superman embodies that pinnacle toward which we, as Americans, ought to strive. The fact that Superman is a Kryptonian only illustrates that being an American is not so much about geographical origins, but rather embracing an idea. As long as someone is willing to fight for truth, justice, and the American way, there will always be an America and a Superman.”

— Rich Policz, writing on “What’s So Funny ‘Bout Truth, Justice, and the American Way?” for the Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs at www.ashbrook.org

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