I’m been an admitted fan of Ben Stein for some time. However, he has topped himself once again!p>His article, “Spiders With Tenure” is absolutely on target. Ben addresses an issue that I’ve been struggling with for a long while. That is, why do those in our society who are among the most privileged hate America, our political system, our constitution, and the free enterprise system? Ben answers this question in spades. Thank him and you for publishing his wisdom. br> — Ed Meell br> Newtown, PA /p> p> Ben Stein’s column today was typically brilliant and insightful, but there is a parallel question he may be able to answer: how did Hollywood become so hateful and anti-American? Even with its communist underground, anti-Americanism wasn’t the dominant mood in Hollywood before Vietnam. The same forces also can’t be at play as in academia — people who make it in show business have definitely learned to thrive in an uncertain, dog-eat-dog world, and one thing they have in abundance is confidence (the opposite of fear). I’ve always thought Hollywood liberalism was a mixture of guilt (i.e. becoming rich and famous mostly by being good-looking) and a certain type of stupidity (actors are trained to feel and emote, not think analytically, so they are highly expressive but haven’t developed practical, problem-solving skills — a dangerous combination). But presumably this has always been true, so what’s changed? If anyone is better-positioned to answer this question than Ben Stein, I don’t know who it is. br> — Larry Kaufmann
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?