Suzanne Fields

You could almost think that Rosie O'Donnell is an angry heterosexual on a selfless mission. That photograph of her kissing her new "wife" inflicted more damage on the same-sex marriage movement than a dozen sermons. In-your-face exhibitionism doesn't sell well in the cheap seats.

The effects of Rosie's wet kiss was just one straw in a freshening wind. Culture critics focus on the divisions - right vs. left, conservative vs. liberal, the faithful vs. secularists, red states vs. blue - but common decency, common sense and common concerns may be expanding in an engaged and moderate middle, all supporting the home team.

The stunning box office success of Mel Gibson's movie, "The Passion of the Christ," all but guarantees that Hollywood, where Gibson was on his way to pariahhood only a fortnight ago, will soon be on a frantic search for scripts with religious themes. The collection plate runneth over.

Oscar night was a revelation. Michael Moore outbursts were missing from this year's Academy Awards gala. The oh-so hip entertainers, who are not always as dumb as they sound, are beginning to understand that sneering at the public could threaten pocketbooks. Sean Penn and Tim Robbins, who have rarely passed up an opportunity to take shots at George W. Bush, were dignified rather than defiant in their speeches.

The hue and cry over Janet Jackson's decorated nipple and her primal gyrations in her dance with Justin Timberlake, the commercials during the Super Bowl telecast, demonstrated how out of touch CBS, the NFL and the entertainers are with their over-the-top raunchiness. Americans are a tolerant lot, and we've put up with a lot of licentiousness, but most of us value self-restraint and self-reliance over self-indulgence and sensationalism. (Cable TV just hasn't yet got the message.) Most of us value family, faith, liberty, financial opportunity, fairness and responsibility. We take seriously the common core of ideas, the "self-evident truths" articulated by the founding fathers.

But some of us don't. The biggest suppliers of arms and ammunition for the left's guerrilla fighters are pamphleteers like Noam Chomsky and Gore Vidal, the politically correct professors on college campuses and the stars of the silver screen whose hypocrisy surely deserves a medal, preferably cast of brass.

Suzanne Fields

Suzanne Fields is currently working on a book that will revisit John Milton's 'Paradise Lost.'

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