Kathryn Lopez

POWER TO THE PEOPLE! I've stolen the title from radio-talk show host Laura Ingraham's upcoming book (Regnery), so she might want royalties. A group of media conservatives helps kill a bad bill against all odds. With the power of the White House pushing an amnesty-for-illegal-immigrants bill, a dramatic debate ensues, with name-calling, broken friendships and eventually some redemption. The White House loses big, but it's a victory for law-abiding Americans who let themselves be heard via phone and e-mail, against the backdrop of heart-wrenching stories and the need for law and order.

BEAUTIES AND THE DISHONORABLE BEAST.

A girl named Nazanin waits in Iran's notorious Evin Prison, sentenced to death in an Islamic court for the crime of self-defense. (She stabbed a man who was trying to rape her and her younger niece.) A Canadian model and aspiring pop singer, also named Nazanin, learns of the girl's outrageous case and lobbies human-rights groups to insist that her life be spared. After a long, hard battle, the Nazanins win. It's a wake-up call to Eastern and Western countries alike. Can these women prevail against centuries-old practices?

BLESSED ARE THE AIRWAVES.

The biggest feminist of them all turns out to be a Catholic nun. And, no, she's not fighting the patriarchy to become a priest. Born Rita Rizzo, Mother Angelica is a modern media success story. The founder of the Eternal World Television Network, she's a Poor Clare nun and media mogul (with worldwide TV, radio, and Internet outlets), who started her venture with nothing but a little money and a fervent prayer. Hers is a story of a broken home, a life of physical pain, heartache and against-the-odds victories.

CHENEY.

He was White House chief of staff. He was secretary of defense. They thought his career was over. And then he became one of the most hated and feared politicians in the land, one heartbeat away from the presidency. But that was only the beginning. After months of the politicos' eyeing the field, Dick Cheney surprised them all by storming in late in the race and taking the Republican nomination for president in 2008.

You get the idea. There are a lot of stories out there. No need for us to be seeing the same movie. Or worse than that: an Al Gore production.


Kathryn Lopez

Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of National Review Online, writes a weekly column of conservative political and social commentary for Newspaper Enterprise Association.