- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 24, 2016

The buzz grows shrill about Hillary Clinton‘s quest for the White House and the endless implications of a female president. Just in time, a book has arrived with new insight. “Tied Up in Knots: How Getting What We Wanted Made Women Miserable” by Andrea Tantaros, cites an undeniable phenomenon that has emerged since Betty Friedan wrote “The Feminine Mystique” in 1963: Bra-burning feminism crash-landed into American culture, with much collateral damage.

“Relations between men and women in America have never been more dysfunctional,” writes Ms. Tantaros, the co-host of “Outnumbered” on the Fox News Channel who takes on the “commandments of feminism” with vigor. Those edicts demanded women act, work and party like men. When all the squawking was through, however, women have little to show for it, she says.

“Everyone always hears about the benefits of feminism, but nobody talks honestly about the downsides,” Ms. Tantaros tells Inside the Beltway. “If women are more empowered than ever, why are they more unhappy than ever? The book looks at the lies women were sold by the feminist movement: that we don’t need men — but that we should emulate them in our professional and personal lives — and the havoc this groupthink has wreaked upon the genders ultimately destroying respect, discretion, monogamy, decency and intimacy.”

The book is published by Broadside Books, the conservative imprint of HarperCollins. Find it here

ON THE LONG MARCH



Yes, politics is still local, as evidenced by the itineraries of presidential candidates on Monday, just 24 hours before yet another primary.

Among Republicans, Donald Trump appears at a trio of his signature jumbo rallies in Warwick, Rhode Island, plus Pittsburgh and Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Sen. Ted Cruz has been wooing voters at multiple stops in Indiana; his wife Heidi also will appear at three Nebraska cities. Gov. John Kasich journeys to Philadelphia and the Pittsburgh suburb of McKees Rocks, along with a jaunt to Rockville, Maryland.

And the Democrats: Hillary Clinton is also in Philadelphia on Monday, along with Youngwood in the southwest corner of the Keystone State. And yes, Sen. Bernard Sanders will also be in Philly, then it’s off to Pittsburgh and Huntington, West Virginia.

ACROSS THE GREAT DIVIDE

Outside candidates are making their mark on both political parties. “The surprising level of support for Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders suggests voters are getting more extreme in their thinking than their respective party leaders,” reports a Rasmussen poll of 1,000 likely voters released Sunday.

The findings: Nearly half — 46 percent — of Republicans think GOP voters are moving to the right of their party leaders, while 40 percent of Democrats say their party’s voters are becoming more liberal than their leadership.

A STRATEGIC VICTORY FOR THE OSS

Few have forgotten the Office of Strategic Services — the OSS — the innovative, daring forerunner of both the CIA and the U.S. Special Operations Command. Many also hope that legislation to award the OSS with the Congressional Gold Medal will pass on Capitol Hill.

Things are looking up. The chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Rep. Devin Nunes, California Republican, and ranking member Rep. Adam B. Schiff, California Democrat, have declared their support for bill in an open letter to colleagues — praising OSS stalwarts for their worldwide intelligence gathering, guerrilla actions, rescue missions and psychological warfare operations.

“There are very few surviving OSS veterans. It’s crucial that this bill, which has already been passed by the U.S. Senate, be passed by the House of Representatives and signed into law this year,” says Charles Pinck, president of the OSS Society, a charitable organization that honors the historic accomplishments of those past heroes.

HIGH MARKS FOR THE PARKS

A nice round of applause, please, for the National Park Service, which reports that a record number of visitors to America’s 411 official parks last gave a $32 billion boost to the nation’s economy and supported 295,000 jobs, this according to National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.

And how many people headed for our fabulous parks in 2015? Try 307 million visitors — all eager to drop a little cash for lodging, food and even souvenirs.

“Each tax dollar invested in the National Park Service effectively returns $10 to the U.S. economy because of visitor spending that works through local, state and the U.S. economy,” Mr. Jarvis notes.

IN TOUCH WITH THE INNER TRUMP

Press and pundits eagerly have suggested that Republican front-runner Donald Trump would ramp down his vigorous campaign rhetoric in the name of appearing presidential. But Mr. Trump remains in full voice, still referring to rival Sen. Ted Cruz as “lyin’ Ted,” and pointing out that he “hails from the hills of Canada,” among other things.

“Isn’t it nice that I’m not one of these teleprompter guys?” the candidate asked an enthusiastic rally audience in Connecticut on Saturday, adding, “It’s very easy to be presidential.”

110 OVER SOMETHING

“I actually have low blood pressure, can you believe it — ‘110 over something,’ the doctor said. He told me I have blood pressure of a great athlete who’s 20 years old. I asked the doctor what would have happened if I had high blood pressure. He said, “You would have exploded about 30 years ago.’”

Donald Trump, to the aforementioned Connecticut audience.

POLL DU JOUR

60 percent of Americans say that if they were a lawmaker, they would “vote no” on legislation that would accept 10,000 Syrian refugees in the U.S.

53 percent of Americans say the U.S. should take in “fewer refugees” than it does now.

50 percent say the U.S. is “morally” but not legally required to take in refugees.

43 percent say Syrian refugees should be “temporarily banned” from entering the U.S.

40 percent say refugees represent a “significant threat to the United States.”

Source: A Marist/PBS poll of 572 U.S. adults conducted April 14.

• Squawks and squeaks to jharper@washingtontimes.com

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