- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 15, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Regarding Monday’s Op-Ed column by Sen. Sam Brownback (“America’s best days lie ahead”), here’s one of the foremost conservative members of Congress bleating about how the best is yet to come and the nation’s “character”?

Tell you what — Ask a female staffer to visit any nail or hair salon and borrow a fistful of women’s magazines, including teen mags. Then grab a Carolyn Hax. Take a good look at these, then read a couple of the “advice” columns and decide what kind of character we have. The magazine covers alone are worse than the men’s girlie magazines of the 1970s.

Take a look at the ratings for the most popular TV shows: “How I Met Your Mother” and so-called sitcoms. Just 15 years ago, those shows would have insulted viewers and been called dehumanizing, especially “American Idol.” What’s the recipe for most romantic film? A prime Valentine’s Day flick ad answers: “Violence, horror and sex.”

With naivete like this on the part of conservative members of Congress, or what’s left of them, it’s no wonder we lost the election. We have our first socialist president, who just selected Commission for a Sustainable World Society, as climate-energy chief.

Do conservative members of Congress understand what “sustainable development” means? Does anyone in Congress even remember the Chicago Eight?

Well, better study up, because these guys and dolls are about to whiz through the confirmation process and become the leaders and staffers of the “free” world.

BEVERLY K. EAKMAN

Kensington

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