WASHINGTON, D.C. -- It's been a tough week for the radical zealots of America's political left. Liberal ideologues were stunned by a presidential call for a constitutional amendment to protect the institution of marriage. Long lines waiting to see Mel Gibson's "Passion of The Christ" shocked those who despise the Judeo-Christian values on which America was founded. Anti-Bush partisans took a hit when Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan called on Congress to cut spending and make the president's tax cuts permanent.
And -- as if to add insult to injury -- Ralph Nader threw his hat in the ring as an independent presidential candidate. The only question now is whether the counter-cultural revolutionaries running the national Democrat Party and much of the so-called mainstream media are paying attention to anything but the end of "Sex in the City."
For much of the last 12 months, political militants and social extremists have had a free-for-all. They have a presidential target for spewing their hatred. They had U.S. troops in the field and a war to protest. The Patriot Act offered them an opportunity to dust off old conspiracy theories about the CIA and the FBI. In Massachusetts, New Mexico and San Francisco, judges and legislators bent to the will of homosexual activists on redefining the meaning of marriage -- and more than 3,000 same-sex marriages have taken place in direct defiance of California law.
Howard Dean found a way to harness all that anger and anti-Americanism in a presidential campaign that, until recently, offered Woodstock-era hippies a chance to relive their salad days in conspiracy-laden Internet chat rooms. And when Dean self-destructed, John Kerry was there to pick up the pieces and give Vietnam-era, anti-America protesters a chance to participate in something more substantial than burning their bras and draft cards -- his campaign to become commander in chief.
All that came to a screeching halt this week. First, President Bush endorsed a constitutional amendment to protect the institution of marriage, saying that "activist courts" have left the people with this only recourse. Leftists were bitter at the news. The New York Times claimed the measure would "inject mean-spiritedness and exclusion" into the Constitution and accused the president, not the courts and mayors who are doing an end-run around the law, of trying to "create a sense of crisis."
Oliver North is a nationally syndicated columnist, the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel, the author of the new novel Heroes Proved and the co-founder of Freedom Alliance, an organization that provides college scholarships to the children of U.S. military personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Join Oliver North in Israel by going to www.olivernorthisrael.com.