NEWS AND OPINION:
STILL THE ONE
It’s a majority. 51 percent of voters believe the United States is “the last best hope of mankind.” Twenty-six percent disagree, and 24 percent are not sure. This is according to a Rasmussen Reports poll of 1,000 conducted Wednesday and Thursday.
GREAT WALL OF ARIZONA
Perhaps it is another installment of the Obama administration’s “apology tour,” when officials — including President Obama — blame America for assorted sins before foreign audiences. This time, the dramatic tableau unfolded during the U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue. In the aftermath, Assistant Secretary of State Mike Posner allowed that Arizona’s new immigration law had come up for discussion among the diplomats.
“We brought it up early and often. It was mentioned in the first session, and as a troubling trend in our society and an indication that we have to deal with issues of discrimination or potential discrimination, and that these are issues very much being debated in our own society,” Mr. Posner says.
“This is un-freaking-believable, even for the Obama administration,” counters John Hinderaker of Powerline.com. “China murdered millions of its citizens who opposed the government’s Communist policies and allows most of its people little or no freedom. We, on the other hand, enforce our immigration laws. No, wait — actually we don’t. That’s why Arizona had to take a shot at it. Oh, by the way … China actually does enforce its immigration laws.”
GNASHING OF TEETH
The concept of a “conservative feminist” is a reality, says Sarah Palin, who introduced the idea while addressing the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List. Bra-burners, they ain’t, however. There are “pro-women” conservatives — politically engaged “mamma grizzlies” who are against abortion and ready to fight for families and traditional values. Feminists of another sort, however, are annoyed that Mrs. Palin borrowed from their playbook.
“Sarah Palin talks a good game about ‘grizzly bear moms’ taking the country back,” says Stephanie Schriock, president of Emily’s List, a national organization dedicated to electing pro-choice Democratic women to office.
She continues, “Palin doesn’t seem to trust American women to make their own decisions — though she speaks movingly about her own. I believe all American women are entitled to the freedom and independence I grew up with, and that Emily’s List endorsed candidates continue to fight for.”
“I respect the rights of Sarah Palin and conservative women to make decisions that fit their lives and philosophy. Unfortunately, they do not respect mine or the millions of other women who stand up for women’s individual freedoms and the right to self-determination that equals any man,” says Taylor Marsh, a liberal talk-radio host and political analyst.
There was chatter earlier this month that during his recent state visit, French President Nicolas Sarkozy hand-delivered a letter to President Obama from Roman Polanski, asking for a presidential pardon of charges of child sex abuse made against the film director 30 years ago. There was also talk this might be a feasible, since some of Mr. Polanski’s major Hollywood defenders — like Harvey Weinstein and Martin Scorsese — were generous donors to the Democratic National Committee. Then along comes Woody Allen to set the world straight about the American judicial system.
“He has paid his dues, he has had a hard life. The girl involved doesn’t want anything to happen to him. He’s an artist, he’s a nice person, he did something wrong and he paid for it. Critics are not happy unless he pays the rest of his life. They would be happy if they could execute him in a firing squad,” Mr. Allen told France Info radio, while in Cannes to promote a new film.
“There are a million people out there in the United States, robbing banks, shooting people and selling narcotics. And they’re going after a 77-year-old man who has for years caused no trouble, who’s lived a good life,” he continued. “They should take the money they spent on the Polanski case and go after drug dealers and rapists. Polanski did something and he has been penalized for it. Enough is enough.”
“What’s with conservatives’ fetish for the Founding Fathers?’ asks Salon writer Gabriel Winant, who accuses conservatives of trotting out the Constitution “like it’s the family golden retriever,”among other things.
“It’s because we read history, my sadly ignorant friend. So did the Founders,” answers James Lewis, a writer with American Thinker.
“Read a little history, and you will see President Obamas everywhere you look. Lenin was an Obama, and the Obama campaign deliberately used Lenin imagery for its propaganda. Stalin was an Obama. Mussolini was an Obama. Napoleon was an Obama. Vladimir Putin is an Obama. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is an Obama. Saddam Hussein was an Obama,” Mr. Lewis continues.
“America never had a rock star president until the Obama campaign. George Washington made very sure no one would suspect him of being an Obama. None of our presidents have paraded themselves as Obamas — not until Obama came along and brought the psychology of self-glorifying narcissism to these shores.”
POLL DU JOUR
• 85 percent of U.S. voters say that people on the FBI’s terrorist watch list should be prohibited from buying guns or explosives.
• 74 percent gave a positive review of local law enforcement and national Homeland Security Department during the Times Square bombing incident.
• 53 percent are not concerned about being a victim of terrorism.
• 52 percent say the Obama administration has done a good job keeping the nation safe from terrorism.
• 45 percent disagree: 86 percent of the Republicans and 50 percent of the independents.
Source: A Zogby poll of 2,068 likely voters conducted May 7-10.
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