- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Laugh gap

“I know I’m not supposed to say this as a conservative and as a Christian, but Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, David Letterman, Carlos Mencia, Dave Chappelle and Bill Maher are funny hombres. Even though I radically and fundamentally disagree with most of their content, funny is as funny does. …

“Look, as far as comedy goes, Mr. and Mrs. Conservative, you must bow and kiss the Left’s ring. They slay us. You can count on one hand how many conservatives are making a semi-distinct blip on the comedic scene. …

“Why can’t conservatives get their comedic act together? The liberals, on a 24/7 basis, are tossing us softballs that we should be driving out of the park in a humorous, prime time, way. … We don’t even have to be that imaginative and try to develop quips, as they provide an endless supply of ammunition. We couldn’t make up the stuff they do even if we wanted to — no one on the planet is that creative. …

“One of the reasons why some young people [don’t like] conservatives is because no one is making them look at the Left and then laugh.”

— Doug Giles, writing on “It’s Time for Conservatives to Take Comedy Seriously,” Sunday at TownHall.com

About the numbers

“While it is true that no one knows exactly how many are here illegally from Mexico and Latin America, both sides in the debate often accept as reasonable estimates of 11 to 12 million illegals — with an additional 500,000 to 1 million arriving per year. Given porous borders, such guesses about the number of illegal aliens in the United States are outdated almost as soon as they are published.

“The result of such staggering numbers is that aliens now don’t just cluster in the American Southwest but frequently appear at Home Depot parking lots in the Midwest, emergency rooms in New England, and construction sites in the Carolinas, making illegal immigration an American, rather than a mere Californian or Arizonan, concern.

“Indeed, we forget how numbers are at the crux of the entire debate over illegal immigration. In the 1970s, perhaps a few million illegals resided in the United States, and their unassimilated presence went largely unnoticed. … But when more than 10 million fled Mexico in little over a decade — the great majority poor, without English, job skills, a high school education, and legality — entire apartheid communities in the American Southwest began springing up.”

— Victor Davis Hanson, writing on “Mexifornia, Five Years Later,” in the winter issue of City Journal

Victory and defeat

“Phyllis Schlafly led a heroic victory over ratification of the federal Equal Rights Amendment. No one really expected it to turn out that way when Phyllis first got started. The ERA was seen by the cultural elite as a no-brainer. But Phyllis waged a relentless, tireless, courageous political fight against it that culminated in the ERA’s defeat.

“Yet, in the succeeding 23 years, many of the worst nightmares ERA opponents predicted if it were ratified have become realities. That’s because conservatives’ adversaries are always on offense and don’t limit their combat to one field of engagement. Who could have imagined, for instance, 23 years after the defeat of the ERA that we would have same-sex marriage in its wake? What they couldn’t accomplish in the world of politics, they accomplished in the world of culture — a world in which they face little or no opposition.”

— Joseph Farah, writing on “Why conservatism is dead,” Monday in WorldNetDaily.com

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