Quote(s) of the Week (July 06, 1997)

On Liberalism...

"Liberalism teaches those who have fallen behind in the economic scramble to blame others for their failure. This attitude stimulates the juices of resentment and deprives its holders of the power to change their condition. On the racial front, liberalism insists on government-ordered preferences, thus delivering the message to minorities that they cannot compete unless the system is rigged. This reinforces the sense of group inferiority which is the essence of racism. Liberalism proposes universal double standards of intellectual, moral, and professional competence, teaching minorities that they can get away with less, and others that minorities can succeed only by the charity of their ‘superiors.’ Liberalism is a crippling philosophy for those who claim it claims to help, and a not-so-subtle expression of racial arrogance on the part of those who implement it."

--David Horowitz, writing in "Why I’m Not A Liberal" in the spring 1997 issue of Center News. Washington Times for June 30, 1997. Page A2.

On Free Radicals...

"The real battle today is not between liberals and conservatives, but between radicals masquerading as liberals and the only people left who still uphold the central ideals of classical liberalism – those men and women who are routinely disparaged by the left as conservatives because they dare to challenge the reigning intellectual and moral pieties."

--Roger Kimball, writing in "Like the Plague, the Sixties Will Always Be With Us," in the July issue of American Spectator. Washington Times for July 4, 1997. Page A2.

And the Greatest of These Is Love...

"In a declining culture, Christians run the risk of causing ourselves unnecessary suffering at the hands of a vilified enemy. Realistically speaking, the pendulum on opinion seems continually to swing toward anti-Christian totalitarian and arbitrary rules of law. The more political we become in opposing the swing, the more alienated we seem from the majority of our neighbors. What a shame it will be if the most isolated of all in a self-secluded culture become those who have a surplus of love to share with their neighbors."

--Charles T. Evans, writing in "Antiseptic America," in the latest issue of re:generation quarterly. Washington Times for July 4, 1997. Page A2.

On That New History...

"George Washington merits a box as one of ’15 People Who Made A Difference.’ But whereas the three African-Americans, one Hispanic, one Asian, and four women who made the list are praised as heroic, Washington alone is described as a cold man of ‘ordinary talents’ who was a symbol more than a real hero…. Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman, ‘Mother Jones,’ Cesar Chavez, and other leaders of women’s and minorities’ movements get not only unqualified praise but more space than Washington."

--Walter McDougall, Pulitzer-Prize-winning historian at the University of Pennsylvania, concerning the new textbook explicitly patterned on the Goals 2000 National History Standards, "United States History: In the Course of Human Events," soon to be released by West Publishing Co. of St. Paul, Minnesota. In a commentary by Robert Holland, editor with the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Washington Times for July 4, 1997. Page A12.

On the Hypocritic Oath...

"In America abortion has become a matter of so little significance that a minor may have one without her parents’ knowledge or consent, while a note from home is needed to pry an aspirin from the school nurse."

--Don Feder, nationally syndicated columnist. Washington Times for July 4, 1997. Page A13.

On Reliance Upon God...

"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their creator, with certain unalienable rights…. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."

--The first and last statements of the Declaration of Independence.

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