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* * * * *br> What becomes an icon most? Ten days after the end of World War II, Chinese communists murdered a great, brave American named John Birch. Later, people who Birch never knew named their anti-communist society after him as the first victim of the new Cold War. Today, should we therefore create the Jack Webb Society as an organization to fight the PC wars? No, I believe that would be obscene.
Jack would be the first to tell you that playing a lot of heroes didn’t necessarily make him one. But, in the American heroic tradition, he was in essence a man who, through both circumstance and choice, had led a life that was anything but innocent — but who wanted to preserve innocence for the rest of us. There was less bite to his bark than he let on. Indeed, he was proud of the fact that in the first 60 episodes of Dragnet there were only 15 gunshots, three fights and a half-dozen punches.
Today, as we gird ourselves to both conquer a lethal international threat and at the same time wage a domestic war to restore our sick culture, it’s good to remember the man who took that first bullet. Remember how all his characters chose sacrifice over self-actualization. Remember how he always emphasized that crime, at its root, was the residue of the society’s moral level. Remember that, sometimes, the difference between good and evil is very clear.
The Cock and Bull is gone. Even Lew Wasserman is gone. But the good guys are running things — and pretty women are drinking martinis again.
Jack — you won.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?