I listened to President Bush’s latest Mideast speech with the faint hope that he would finally articulate a reversal of his depressing double standard toward Israel. The first half was promising. Then the other shoe dropped.
The fight at hand is not only about weapons of steel and explosives, but about words and historical concepts. Young people raised in an intellectual climate governed by politically correct, multicultural, relativistic post-modern opinion suffer from a deficit of arms - the understanding of how we got where we are.
This is a dispute that George W. Bush has tried to avoid, attempting until now to decouple the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the global war against terrorism. But last Saturday, he did connect Palestinian suicide bombers with the global terrorist menace, just as the Sharon regime desired.
Rioting, such as that seen on the campus of the University of Maryland this week, is repeated at campuses across the country, where adult administrators pay lip service to discipline but continue to tolerate high levels of insolence, savagery, debauchery and criminal behavior by college students who have never learned to accept the word "No."
The Bible said, "what is done in darkness shall come to light." Now that certain ministers' sinful behavior has been cast out in the public, the church has finally been forced to examine the behavior. No longer can we turn our heads, just because we don't want to destroy the image of saintliness that the church embodies in our lives.
A confession is in order: probably 50 percent of the controversies one encounters in the world of Washington are just plain silly: sound and fury, signifying nothing; pursued chiefly or exclusively for the sake of furthering personal or ideological goals.
Much has been made about President Bush's penchant for plain-speaking. The amazement is palpable: Bush praises "Christ" by name and condemns "evil" without doing a song-and-dance about needing to "take into account root causes of terrorist acts."
While Democrats have trouble pinning Enron's campaign contributions to Bush administration policy, it is easier to connect the dots in the Microsoft case. The company's competitors want to continue antitrust litigation, and state legal officers are helping after receiving contributions. It looks like more of a political scandal than Enron.