Re: Enemy Central’s Patty Cake:
Senator Murray’s praise of Bin Ladin, though stupid, is not isolated. Blaming America for radical Islamic attacks on our citizens and admiration for the “great works” of Bin Ladin and Al Qaeda is a theme that runs deep and wide in the Democratic Party professional political class. Most are too smart to say out loud what Murray said, but a great majority of politically active Democrats do believe America is the problem, not our sworn enemies.
— Bob Hinkley
Re: Lawrence Henry’s 1968:
The Henry piece is excellent revisionist history. I believe it was the late Phillip Abbott Luce who told the story of SDS this way: the original 2,500 members (people like Clark Kissinger who I used to talk politics with at the laundromat in Hyde Park) were essentially “pure” as far as Stalinist or Maoist connections were concerned — very nice, innocent democratic socialist utopians for the most part.
But the CPUSA, following a prolonged barrage of pro-SDS publicity from a liberal establishment press alarmed at the rise of YAF and the Young Republicans (YAF with membership exceeding 50,000 or so at times), ordered its youth wing, the W.E.B Dubois Clubs (about 7,000 Stalinist diaper babies) to join SDS. The Progressive Labor Party (with about 13,000 Maoist youth) then did the same thing and suddenly SDS was another thing altogether — a somewhat disciplined (lots of internal fighting) leftist army which was the fighting force we all saw in Chicago and later in the McGovern campaign. And is now the professoriat on many campuses.
If this has appeared in a book-length history of SDS (Kirkpatrick Sale’s? It has been too long since I read that, and my copy is not at hand), I must have missed it.
— Jameson Campaigne
What’s all this nonsense about Southern racists voting for “Tricky Dick” in 1968. George Wallace (an unreconstructed segregationist, maybe the last of his breed to say so publicly) ran and took the angry white racist vote that year. Humphrey and TD got about 45% each. In 1972 the Democrats ran McGovern on a downright socialist platform (remember the negative income tax proposal). The Republicans didn’t have to kowtow to the racists to get their vote. They had nowhere else to go. As for all the goody two shoes liberals that year, well TD took the vast majority of states including NY and CA. Racist strategy, my foot.
— Ed Callahan
La Habra, CA
Re: The Washington Prowler’s Strong-Armed:
Sounds like Hastert and DeLay are angry at the prospect of having to work with Frist. The implication is that Lott worked well with the House. But did he? When the House Managers presented Lott with the evidence the Senate needed to try Clinton after the House impeached him, his reaction was, “You’re not going to dump this garbage on us.” When the Senate split appeared to be 50-50 and the Republicans had a de facto majority, with Cheney the tie breaker, Lott insisted on engineering a “sharing of power” with Tom Daschle. It’s difficult to believe Daschle would have been so magnanimous. Those elements of the GWB agenda that did well in the House did not seem to fare so well in the Senate, where Lott was responsible for seeing them through. Indeed, Lott, in addition to not being terribly smart, seemed to be a weak leader. I should think Hastert and DeLay would welcome his replacement by Frist, an attractive man with great humanitarian instincts.
— John G. Hubbell
There are two years, and that’s only if all goes well, to show the country what Republicans can do once they have control of House, Senate, and White House all at once. Perhaps a once-in-our-lifetimes opportunity nearly lost until Lott stepped down. If W. had to “interferingly” prod in order help to accomplish that, so be it: he was merely being smart and uncomplacent. He has helped keep Republicans from shooting themselves in the foot again. He has a real war to prosecute, and needs a cooperative Congress. He as much as anybody is aware of what can happen in particular to foreign policy achievements left to the mercies of a subsequent irresponsible Democrat president. He doubtless wants to get as much done in an irreversible way as possible. But, because of the turf issues raised by his apparent involvement in Lott’s stepping down, The American Prowler article “Strong-Armed” suggests, if not in so many words, that infighting and gridlock among Republicans in the various branches of government are a possibility. I don’t think that would be W’s fault and, if you let that happen, you will have thrown away what this great opportunity. Don’t be turf-wise and history-foolish. Republicans actual and potential are watching you.
— Benjamin Udell
For crying out loud. Isn’t this the same House that did nothing but complain about Trent Lott slowing down their bills when he was Majority Leader previously? The same Senate that Lott “shared power” with the Democrats in 2000 and again halted all bills coming from the House? The same Senate that became the pawn of the radical left when Jim Jeffords (Moron-VT) “switched” and basically declared anything Messrs. Hastert and DeLay passed as DOA?
So now they are complaining about the executive branch meddling in their workings? This is funny coming from a legislative branch that has, for decades, watered down or taken away powers from the executive branch. Speaker Hastert is just worried about his pork spending and DeLay should be ecstatic that they’ll finally have a Senate that might actually move forward on House initiatives….
— Greg Barnard
JOIE DE VIVRE GOES MISSING
Re: R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.’s Darkest France:
As a French and Jewish person, I must say I am deeply amused by your article.
Not only does it show your complete ignorance of the French culture and history, but it also demonstrates what a sad person you are, incapable of understanding that some nation have grown reluctant to war and violence.
Needless to say, you should go back to a journalism school, provided you ever went to one.
As far as the Cafe Flore is concerned, I hope the waiter spat in your expresso.
— Marianne Poulot
I’ve just read your article “Darkest France” on www.spectator.org. Thank you very much for this highly interesting lesson, I feel I know much more about French people now. But since you accuse France of anti-Semitism, I suggest you look up the Algeria war episode in the 1960s and you’ll find the French people the most despicable people ever: they attack and persecute the weak, Jewish or Arabic. And they’re really stupid too, they don’t get any perks from this (perks being oil and other natural resources for instance).
But you know, every country has its own crimes and atrocities to cope with. I remember stories from the American conquest (not in school books of course) describing how the great American army committed one of the biggest genocides in the history of humanity: there were fights of course, but also virus-contaminated blankets sold to native Americans (first biological war in history?), killing (after raping of course, the guys need to have fun too), killing women to prevent any risk of reproduction, and so on.
I don’t want to waste your day describing all atrocities that the U.S. committed until today. The only thing I wanted to bring to your attention, is that history is not a fun thing to remember, it doesn’t teach lessons, we know that for sure, and one has to be humble when mentioning it, otherwise, it may sound like the most despicable Nazi propaganda.
Too bad they didn’t come up with a Goebbels Prize for objective journalists just like you. Keep up the good work!
— Xavier Valdayron
BARREL OF FUN
“Protestations on Campus” by John R. Dunlap made me laugh out loud! The description of the Faculty Senate Council as being like a “junior high civics club, but with less clout” stopped me for about five minutes while I tried to compose myself to read the rest of the very funny article.
Please inform the author that he made my day. As a first-time visitor to your website, I now feel like I have missed so much.
— Tim Mark
What’s your point, John? I’ve read your commentary at least four times, and I still don’t know what you are complaining about. Did Ben Stein’s reminiscence about his protest days way back when offend something in you? You seem to take umbrage at someone (unnamed) beating a racist drum, but the only people beating racist drums about Trent Lott are Democrats and their lackeys in the media. Certainly you cannot be tarring Ben Stein with that brush!
However, if the point you were trying to make is that you are displeased with the Democrats complaining about imagined racism in Republicans in order to further their agenda, why not just say so? That’s something with which I — and I am sure Ben — would agree.
— Bob Johnson
AS TIME‘S WHISTLEBLOWERS GO BY
Re: Editorial Note Quick Whistle:
Did you notice that Lucianne‘s Short Cuts Pic today — with the “Whistleblower” pic — is calling this Time magazine award “the Linda Tripp issue”? LoL!
— H. Leigh
Ft. Myers, FL