Paul Jacob

Thankfully, the Hollywood response was not univocal. Chris Rock expressed incredulityover those who defended a director just because he had made good films.“Even Johnny Cochran don’t have the nerve to go ‘Did you see OJ playagainst New England?’”

But the typical Hollywood response does show us something. It showsus that a bunch of oh-so-correct eco-feminist proud-to-be-liberalcelebs can make an exception . . . for one of their own.

You Have Got To Be Kidding
I wonder who was moresurprised at the Norwegians’ Nobel Peace Prize announcement, PresidentBarack Obama or every other intelligent person on the planet.

Obama himself expressed shock. But some people weren’t all thatsurprised. They couldn’t be, you see. They were just so gushed up withlove and pride and the “yes, we can” spirit.

That Obama hasn’t actually done anything to deserve thisaward — all he’s done is make a bunch of speeches convincing peoplethat yes-oh-dear-me-yes, he was for peace — is painfully obvious. Hewouldn’t be the first recipient unworthy to press his soles into thefootsteps of the first Peace Prizewinner, Frédéric Passy.

The line of prizewinners do not uniformly line up as men of peace or good will. Kissinger? Arafat?? Woodrow Wilson???

One needn’t plumb the depths of the Scandinavian soul to figure outwhy Barack Obama was chosen. Surely it’s nothing other than that theNorwegians are just so darned relieved to have that cracker Bush out ofoffice, and giddy to have a like-minded Euro-socialist ally as leaderof the free world.

Silly, yes. Idiotic. But so was the Hollywood defense of Polanski.

It’s just proof of man’s tribal nature. The oh-so-cosmopolitansocial democrats may think they have evolved beyond a barbaricin-groupthinky mindset, but they would be wrong. In their very acts ofdefining who’s in the group — which deviant to hold their noses anddefend (Polanski) and which exemplar to fard up to godhood (Obama) —they show themselves unable to demonstrate a truly civilized dedicationto principle.

Rule of law? Not for Polanski.

Award on merit? Not for Obama.

As with the Republicans during the Bush years — when principles went out the window because the Big Spenders and obvious enemies of freedom were said to be “basically good guys,” and “ours” — fellow feeling and social identity overshadow all else.

Luckily, it looks like Polanski’s going to prison. And the NobelPeace Prize? It doesn’t really matter; it doesn’t mean much ofanything. Not any more. 


Paul Jacob

Paul Jacob is President of Citizens in Charge Foundation and Citizens in Charge. His daily Common Sense commentary appears on the Web and via e-mail.