I’m glad to see humorist Ben Stein has returned to writing satire. His “Twelve Truths Refuting Media Lies about Bush,” or “Get Off His Back,” was hysterical. I think it might be poor taste to start writing humor while the catastrophe is still playing out, but Mr. Stein has really hit the mark with his barbs about “It’s not George Bush’s fault that there were sick people and old people and people without cars” and pointing out his callous disregard for them is treason by the media, a media that dares to show him picking and grinning at a fundraiser while New Orleans’ reckless sick and old and carless were washed away.
Oh, Mr. Stein say it so much more cleverly than I can. His piece is so wry that I think partisans might take him seriously. Better squirt some Visine at them, clean their eyes, to get the truths out. Mr. Stein writes it with the wickedness of an insider who’s seen Nixonian mendacity up close, and can mock with unique accuracy the meanness and pettiness with which such over-the-top lies (or “truths”) are dispatched.
I hope to see more of this refreshingly “clear-sighted” Mr. Stein as he deconstructs the hollow truths of the Bush administration.p>Get the red out, Ben!
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?