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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>SUZANNE FIELDS: September 6, 2019</p>\n<p>Saying goodbye is never easy. Every school child quotes &ldquo;Parting is such sweet sorrow&rdquo; from &ldquo;Romeo and Juliet,&rdquo; which has become a sentimental cliche. But the sentiment captures the memories that sustain my final column. I am saying goodbye to all my readers who stayed with me through these changing times and wrote lively letters with both appreciation and argument for my opinions. We&rsquo;ve had a rewarding give-and-take in these days of dogmatic pontification.<br />\n But the times they are a-changin&rsquo;.</p>\n<p> I WAS introduced as a conservative columnist in the Washington Times in 1984, writing from that famous intersection of politics and culture in the nation&rsquo;s capital, where I promised not to get run over in the heavy traffic.<br />\n I had just written an op-ed piece for the Washington Post saying that the sexual revolution had gone too far in eliminating many of the more intimate decencies between a man and a woman. While women were grateful for much of the liberation that flowed from it, the sexual revolution made it possible for many men to live out their sexual fantasies of promiscuity and irresponsibility at the expense of women&rsquo;s feelings.<br />\n That argument was controversial in the 1980s, but only recently, in discussing the changing values that led to the protection of sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein, Lisa Miller observed in New York magazine, &ldquo;the sexual revolution gave the elites and the circles orbiting them intellectual permission to downgrade sexual violence to a matter of taste.&rdquo; It didn&rsquo;t take long for the acceptable definition of eros to degrade women and girls without significant distinctions between preferences, perversions and crimes. &nbsp;<br />\n Every revolution pushes a pendulum; we&rsquo;re unlikely to decide where the center ought to be until that pendulum has swung too far.<br />\n Lots of pendulums in politics and culture today have swung too far. In the summer of our discontent, conversations are dominated by the way the two political parties attack each other with nastiness and prejudice, snark and snide. While we should be plotting ways to improve education, eliminate lingering racism and confront the complexities of immigration, we exacerbate the problems with rancorous debate feeding ideological appetites.<br />\n Wesley Pruden, columnist and former editor-in-chief of The Washington Times, who was responsible for getting me into the business of &ldquo;columny,&rdquo; died in July. We often talked about the decline of journalism and appreciation for &ldquo;the facts, just the facts&rdquo; in news stories. Today, many news stories read like opinion columns, and language doesn&rsquo;t count for much unless it&rsquo;s shrill, vulgar and angry. He worried that the internet would destroy the printed word, but he was doing his best to hold the line. Now he&rsquo;s moved on to that Great Newsroom in the Sky reserved for dedicated editors, reporters and columnists, and that line is weaker.</p>\n<p> LIKE MY former editor, I&rsquo;ve been disheartened by the disregard for facts, civility and common sense in much that passes for serious debate, but I will now leave that good fight to others.<br />\n In my column, I&rsquo;ve been hard on radical feminists who &ldquo;pour new whine into old battles,&rdquo; alarmed by the &ldquo;snowflakes&rdquo; who pollute the groves of academe with politically correct politics and dismayed by the president&rsquo;s omniscient tweets that raise the temperature on almost every issue. The political divide has meshed with a sexual divide as conservative and liberal values are seen through the prism of acrimonious argument. But my favorite issues have focused on family, the importance of a mother and father, reviving memories of my parents.<br />\n My daddy came from Pinsk, the Russian city many Jews fled at the turn of the century, and I grew up in the kind of immigrant Jewish family you don&rsquo;t hear much about anymore. My grandparents and parents were thrilled to be Americans, to learn English and become citizens. They loved reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, singing &ldquo;The Star-Spangled Banner&rdquo; and listening to Kate Smith sing &ldquo;God Bless America.&rdquo; My daddy was a bookmaker and sports promoter whose amateur athletic prowess in sandlot ball was bequeathed to his great-grandson Alex Bregman, the third baseman for the Houston Astros, who fulfilled his American Dream.<br />\n When I write about the tragedy of fatherless families, I reflect on my good fortune in being able to see the complementary values and virtues of a father and a mother, and the loving sacrifices both make in different ways. It&rsquo;s no longer trendy to talk about sex differences in our &ldquo;gender-neutral&rdquo; culture, another pendulum that has swung too far.</p>\n<p> WE LIVE IN difficult times, and as my daddy used to say, &ldquo;Tough times make a monkey eat red pepper.&rdquo; Lots of people eat red pepper today. The forces of evil and terror wind deeply and destroy with enormous power. But my column has always meant to show how the darker forces ultimately have no power to destroy the human spirit.</p>\n<p> Write to Suzanne Fields at <a href=\"mailto:suzannefields2000@gmail.com\">suzannefields2000@gmail.com</a>. Suzanne Fields is currently working on a book that will revisit John Milton&rsquo;s &ldquo;Paradise Lost.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> &nbsp;</p>\n', created = 1576092387, expire = 1576178787, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:1abd8c4b79c1ff2160e854ce1ce6504f' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>SEXUAL MORES: April 12, 2019</p>\n<p>Between the sexual revolution of the 1960s and the #MeToo movement of the present day lies a battlefield strewn with bodies and minds battered by the changing weapons of physical and psychological destruction. The war between the sexes, like all wars, exacts an unexpected price.<br />\n Between stories of John F. Kennedy skinny-dipping in the White House swimming pool with two interns code-named Fiddle and Faddle, titillating capital gossips and former Vice President Joe Biden&rsquo;s nude swimming freaking out women in his security detail lies a sea change of aquatic moral attitudes.</p>\n<p> BETWEEN RAPE &mdash; a crime that not so long ago was punished at the end of a rope or a seat in the electric chair &mdash; and something one cynic describes as &ldquo;about the equivalent of shoplifting&rdquo; lies a multitude of sexual harassment interpretations.<br />\n Swiftly changing sexual mores define the cultural and political &ldquo;gotchas&rdquo; and confuse and confound men and women who often talk to one another as if speaking in different tongues. A romantic encounter that seems safe enough in its opening stage can overnight be perceived as perverse and pornographic as two people discover their differences and dislikes. Confusing cues and ambiguous signals between sexual strangers move forward on a changing spectrum of perception, from deeply sensitive to censoriously inappropriate, from emancipated and liberated to what their grandmothers would decry &ldquo;Oh, you cad.&rdquo;<br />\n How did this happen? That&rsquo;s the subject for a book, not a column, but in a provocative article in the conservative journal First Things, published by the Institute on Religion and Public Life, Katherine Kersten blames &ldquo;false feminism,&rdquo; where there has emerged a serious disconnect between women&rsquo;s feverish attention to sexual impropriety on the part of men at the same time they embrace the nation&rsquo;s sex-drenched popular culture that demeans and hypersexualizes women.<br />\n &ldquo;Movies, television shows, and video games routinely depict women as male playthings, and women willingly buy into it,&rdquo; she writes. &ldquo;Indeed, the best-selling women&rsquo;s magazine, Cosmopolitan, coaches them in how to project sexual desirability and availability to men &mdash; how to make themselves &lsquo;hot.&rsquo;&rdquo; &nbsp;<br />\n Kersten, a senior policy fellow at the Center of the American Experiment in Minneapolis, cites chapter and verse of female doublethink and hypocrisy. Hillary Clinton, a feminist heroine, saw no hypocrisy in mocking President Trump in a video with raunchy rappers Snoop Dogg and D.J. Khaled. Clinton had suffered her own disconnect with sexual conflict by dismissing sexual abuse accusations &mdash; one of them a credible accusation of rape &mdash; against her husband just as she won praise from feminists for championing women&rsquo;s causes.</p>\n<p> EMILY RATAJKOWSKI, a popular actress and model, drew media attention when she was arrested for disrupting the confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh, where she imagined unsubstantiated sexual accusations against the judge would disqualify him for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. But neither her fans nor her supporters, writes Katherine Kersten, saw any irony in her having launched her career dancing nude in an R&amp;B music video and &ldquo;arousing the male libido that fires the &lsquo;rape culture&rsquo; she deplores.&rdquo;<br />\n There may be no credible link between the rough and randy pop culture and unwanted sexual aggression. But the sexual revolution blurred the differences between men and women and their intimate responses to one another at the same time that the campaign for equal rights for women flattened the perception of sexual differences. In the intimacy of sexual congress, a man and a woman may be equal in their minds but not in the act. When it comes to sex, Jessica Bennett, who is something called the &ldquo;gender editor&rdquo; at the New York Times, argues that the two sexes have &ldquo;wildly different understandings of consent.&rdquo;<br />\n Many women are resigned to just go with the flow, despite their disinclinations, because it&rsquo;s easier than fighting off the man. In one learned study, where 61 percent of the men were confident they could accurately read their mating partner&rsquo;s silent affirmative gestures, only 10 percent of the women said they gave their consent with their body language.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br />\n Some of today&rsquo;s confusion is the result of the parallel but paradoxical appeals of sexual liberation and feminism. Sexual liberation embraces doin&rsquo; what comes naturally, and feminism emphasizes equality where the participants by their nature are simply different. Feminism, despite its aims, undermines the female ability to successfully confront the challenges of the sexual free-for-all by persuading women to think of themselves both as equal and helpless. Men of good will increasingly fear guilt by accusation without due process and worry over entering into a relationship, lest it later be characterized as nonconsensual.</p>\n<p> &ldquo;#METOO,&rdquo; concludes Kersten, is the wrong response to a serious problem. The women of #MeToo blame sexual indignities on toxic masculinity and the rape culture, when they ought to look as well at their own responsibility to confront the excesses of runaway liberation. You don&rsquo;t have to be Grandma Grundy to deplore that.</p>\n', created = 1576092388, expire = 1576178788, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:a3b08c937ca2ec3bd28cc981c21e35db' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>SENSIBILITIES: April 5, 2019</p>\n<p>Generation gaps become generation ditches &mdash; with glitches.<br />\n Former Vice President Joe Biden has transitioned through headlines and photographs from affectionate Uncle Joe to Creepy Joe, shorn of sympathy and solicitude. The cuddly, warm guy who came of age in the &lsquo;60s, when touchy-feely expressions of warmth were the stuff of polymorphous pleasing, has been caught in the revival of a puritanical code of conduct associated with our pre-suffragette heritage. Time warps pinch.</p>\n<p> HE&rsquo;S FAIR game in the media jungle, stalked by accusers eager to tape his mouth, insert a new personality tape in his brain and bring down the senator of 36 years, vice president of eight and leader of the pack of nondescript Democrats with a respectable chance to bring down the man they hate.<br />\n Sexual revolutions start slowly, but they accelerate with the speed of light, illuminating flaws and setting off the ever-popular media game of &ldquo;gotcha.&rdquo;<br />\n Long fingernails and sharp knives out to cut, scratch and maim are activated by the media mob that caught Uncle Joe in a cultural moment when the white man is awakened, woke and whacked. Ladies of delicate outrage, whose great-grandmothers put pantaloons on piano legs, are out to stick the old guy with pricks of cold, self-righteous puritanism, eager to punish him for clumsily showing spontaneous affection to women and children just like their grandfathers did.<br />\n Uncle Joe was asking for it. He&rsquo;s old, white and male, as the Wall Street Journal observes, &ldquo;a heterosexual with no apparent gender ambiguity, and he&rsquo;s also not a socialist.&rdquo; Indeed, he ticks none of the boxes of identity politics that are the infallible doctrine of the modern Democratic Party, where winning an election is not nearly so important as maintaining doctrinal purity.<br />\n Thinking women should object, whether liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican, no matter what their politics. Men should, too, but since so many of them are white, they&rsquo;re quickly judged as natural enemies of women by virtue of birth, so why listen to them?<br />\n Good ol&rsquo; Joe didn&rsquo;t help himself. He apologized for the leadership he displayed presiding over Supreme Court nominations 28 years ago as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, when Anita Hill, without presenting evidence or corroboration, accused Clarence Thomas of harassment. Harassing himself, Biden now says his problem with the hearings is that the committee was made up of &ldquo;a bunch of white guys,&rdquo; all suspects for having doubts about Hill&rsquo;s incendiary accusations.</p>\n<p> THIS REVISIONIST interpretation of history is dangerous, demeaning and Orwellian. It&rsquo;s particularly sad that it&rsquo;s all been set in motion by a woman who&rsquo;s embarrassed that she hadn&rsquo;t washed her hair the day he sniffed it, a bad hair day writ large. Uncle Joe is stuck with what one late-night comic calls a reputation for &ldquo;the audacity of grope.&rdquo; This caricature will stick.&nbsp; &nbsp;<br />\n Joe Biden&rsquo;s moment for running for president is a matter of bad timing for relating to younger generations. Time accelerates attitudes in a high-tech world, and sexual mores move forward and backward with the speed of the internet. Even the #MeToo movement becomes less urgent as a guide for younger generations.<br />\n If the former vice president suffers from rejection of the &ldquo;Mad Men&rdquo; sensibility so easy to despise a half-century later, the young entering adulthood today may look back at the #MeToo mentality and wonder how it came about in the first place. They may wonder, too, about how swiftly actual abuse &mdash; think Harvey Weinstein &mdash; descended into the frivolous by comparison, like the humiliation of a man sniffing a woman&rsquo;s dirty hair.<br />\n Kate Julian tells in the Atlantic magazine how the young are turning away from touching one another at all. Whether this new Puritanism is the result of the hostility they&rsquo;ve witnessed between the sexes in the public arena or the addiction to computers, texting and digital conversations replacing intimacy as we know it, is not yet clear. But it&rsquo;s here.<br />\n Not only does actual dating among teens show deep declines in favor of smartphone communication; among many college students, the very idea of love and expressions of love are secondary to the concerns about academic and professional success. They&rsquo;re becoming a generation of prudes marooned in a sea of sexual excess.<br />\n The #MeTooers have turned on Joe Biden, but it&rsquo;s these new Puritans who will continue to make his life miserable. They&rsquo;re energized and educated as they transition from snowflake to prig. If older voters are tittering over Joe Biden&rsquo;s nude swims, the younger generation is horrified. Gym owners say they must build more dressing rooms because their customers want more privacy changing clothes.</p>\n<p> SENSITIVITIES and sensibilities have changed. Joe Biden is hardly alone in his bewilderment.</p>\n', created = 1576092388, expire = 1576178788, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:c3af7449821be532036e61be0df1624c' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>IDENTITY POLITICS: March 29, 2019</p>\n<p>The Mueller Report ought to bring an end to the obsession that Hillary Clinton was robbed of the presidency, but it won&rsquo;t. President Donald Trump beat her fair and square. He didn&rsquo;t get any help from the Russians.<br />\n Clinton empowered feminism by losing. Anger is a great galvanizer. That anger is a gift for the sisterhood that keeps on giving. Clinton, in defeat, inspired women to march, gave courage to female candidates and fired ambition to succeed where she had failed. Women who had been sexually abused were emboldened to speak up.</p>\n<p> MILLIONS THOUGHT the sordid &ldquo;Access Hollywood&rdquo; videotape would finish off Trump, but he softened the exposure by inviting three women who had accused Bill Clinton of felonious gross behavior, including rape, to be his guests at the second presidential debate, and tried to seat them in his VIP box. The anger of the #MeToo movement hit The Donald hard, but accusations snared male aggressors in both parties.<br />\n The war between the sexes has always found ample battlegrounds, but now, without Hillary Clinton in the fight, Democratic women are divided over the best way to focus their anger against Trump.<br />\n One approach is to adopt the president&rsquo;s tactics and try to outdo him: Get in his face and get on television. That means challenging his impulsive attacks and sharing in the notoriety of his Twitter and television presence. Last week, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York stood in front of Trump International Hotel &amp; Tower in Manhattan and described it as his &ldquo;shrine to greed, division and vanity.&rdquo; She also called him a &ldquo;coward&rdquo; and claims that she&rsquo;s got the most anti-Trump record of anyone in the Senate.<br />\n The senator, however, did not arrive with clean hands. She had been hurt by a sexual harassment claim against one of her Senate staff and for only reluctantly dismissing him. Patti Solis Doyle, manager for Clinton&rsquo;s 2008 campaign, said that Gillibrand&rsquo;s &ldquo;clearly not breaking through, and she needs to do something to change that,&rdquo; according to Politico.<br />\n Since a president speaks with greater clout than a mere senator, and whatever a president says or does inevitably gets the most attention, the message to the ladies is to get vicious to go viral. No matter whether a man or woman is put up by Democrats to run against him, it&rsquo;s likely that the president will continue to set the tone.<br />\n This is politics by performance.<br />\n Clinton tried various and often contradictory approaches in her failed quest to be the first woman president, and she complained frequently that a double standard worked against her and other female candidates. In her book &ldquo;What Happened,&rdquo; she clearly blames &ldquo;sexism and misogyny&rdquo; for losing what was earlier considered a slam dunk for her. &ldquo;Exhibit A,&rdquo; she wrote, &ldquo;is that the flagrantly sexist candidate won.&rdquo; She dismissed her own over-the-top partisanship and the way she shamed and dismissed her husband&rsquo;s credible accusers, exposing her own hypocrisy. A woman scorned has to play a different game in public life than in a private one.</p>\n<p> IN THE TWO years since Clinton failed to break the glass ceiling, women in politics are clearly appealing to new standards of acceptable behavior. Trump&rsquo;s attacks have spawned a generation of grown-up &ldquo;mean girls,&rdquo; who aspire to a new pecking order for popularity.<br />\n &ldquo;The freshman Furies,&rdquo; as they are called in certain quarters, including Democratic representatives Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, have destroyed the myth of female moral and dispositional superiority. Gone is the assumption that women cultivate a peculiar talent for cooperation and compromise to get things done. Gone, too, is the notion that women are naturally more caring, more sensitive, than men.<br />\n In the age of Trump, there&rsquo;s a new double standard in perceiving differences between Democratic and Republican members of the sisterhood. When Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, was favorably profiled in the CNN series &ldquo;Badass Women of Washington,&rdquo; a compilation of stories meant to inspire, critics accused author and narrator Dana Bash of going soft, of &ldquo;putting lipstick on a pig.&rdquo; Philippe Reines, Clinton&rsquo;s longtime communications adviser, even likened Conway to Joseph Goebbels, Hitler&rsquo;s propaganda minister.<br />\n Feminists once cheered the tease of a male presidential candidate taking a woman as running mate. Geraldine Ferraro and Sarah Palin thought it an honor to be asked. Democratic women today say it&rsquo;s a condescending question to ask a male candidate if he&rsquo;ll choose a woman as his running mate when so many women seek the top position. A male candidate who does that will be accused of using a woman as a prop.</p>\n<p> MR. DOOLEY, the fictional political philosopher, famously warned that &ldquo;politics ain&rsquo;t beanbag.&rdquo; Mrs. Dooley might remind him today that politics ain&rsquo;t powder puff, either &mdash; and neither is it, as Robert Mueller observes, Russian roulette.</p>\n', created = 1576092388, expire = 1576178788, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:254f2286ae749d24a78f76fff47905bd' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>NEW ZEALAND MASSACRE: March 22, 2019</p>\n<p>The good news is that the technological revolution and social media have produced the swiftest and the most expansive means for the communication of ideas that man has ever known. The bad news is that we pay a high price for it. Fact and opinion linger long after proved wrong, as they often are. The magnification of fleeting misinformation and the coarsening of culture continues apace as every Tom, Dick and Henrietta taps a keyboard or speaks into a microphone.</p>\n<p> THE SIMPLE act of mourning, which inevitably comes to us all, becomes a casualty.<br />\n Mourning is always sad up close and personal. We confront grief for a departed loved one, followed &mdash; if we&rsquo;re fortunate &mdash; by gathering with others who offer comfort, love and sympathy, sharing traditions of spiritual hope and secular longing. We speak in familiar phrases handed down through the ages. Words ripened on the tree of life fall from the branches as if joining the moment.<br />\n Mourning is also stretched to cover the massacre of those we never knew, passing through the impersonality of social media, public announcements, the pages of newspapers, televisions, emails, texts and videos. Words become less important than the visuals. &ldquo;Emojis,&rdquo; with their synthetic tears, replace the Hallmark card sent &ldquo;when you care enough to send the finest.&rdquo; Videos convey shock and anger in real time when men, women and children of different ages are destroyed by hatred, prejudice and madness. We grieve from afar with new rules for the swift expression of sadness and sympathy.<br />\n There&rsquo;s no time now for the elegiac poetry, crystallized feelings that fit the literary form. In the technological reaction to tragedy, lyricism is lost. Keyboard clicks measure the terror and tears over the dead, who are mostly newcomers to our consciousness who came from faraway places. Few students know the literary elegy, once a staple in the high school English class.<br />\n &ldquo;We weep for Adonais &mdash; he is dead!&rdquo; Percy Bysshe Shelley&rsquo;s lines on the death of the poet John Keats are too affected, too erudite, too archaic to catch the swift current of emotions of global grieving. Elegiac feelings are democratized in anecdotes as we search for the telling detail in mass slaying. We feel both pity and fear, but at a distance. In a mosque in Christchurch in faraway New Zealand, tiny Mucad Ibrahim, a three-year-old boy in white socks with textured grips on the soles to keep him from slipping and falling, ran with a child&rsquo;s innocence toward the gunman. We&rsquo;re told by the Washington Post that he thought he was in a scene from a familiar video game his older brothers played.</p>\n<p> FOR LITTLE Ibrahim, the youngest of the murdered in Christchurch, the sun set before it had time to climb very far into the sky. One of his brothers, using the mode he knows best, conjures spiritual feelings on Facebook in old-fashioned language we all understand. &ldquo;Verily we belong to God and to Him we shall return. Will miss you dearly brother,&rdquo; he wrote. Simple and heartbreaking, the personal is made public and moving. The tragedy of the youngest in the grim inventory of the dead gets a human voice in prayer. Verily.<br />\n As in epic poetry, we read a catalogue of multicultural mourners, witnesses from Somalia, Pakistan, India, Palestine and Bangladesh moving slowly and mournfully past the mosque, leaving flowers, notes of remembrance, expressions of sorrow. As spectators from afar, we pray this tragedy will not spawn new violence. But we fear it might. Politicized tragedy has a way of doing that.<br />\n Mourning over the massacre has created self-righteous pity to be exploited for political gain. A New York City vigil for those dead in New Zealand turned ugly when the political players tried to dictate who could mourn. Two New York University students turned on a pregnant Chelsea Clinton for daring to attend. Caught on a video that went viral, they fiercely attacked the former first daughter because she had, in measured and reasonable voice, rebuked the anti-Semitic sentiment of Rep. Ilhan Omar.<br />\n In the glib and melodramatic cliche popular on campus, the two students glibly boasted on the website BuzzFeed of taking their opportunity &ldquo;to speak truth to power.&rdquo; Clinton, they said, &ldquo;hurt our fight against white supremacy when she stood by the petty weaponizers of antisemitism.&rdquo; They &ldquo;weaponized&rdquo; their fingers, thrusting them in her face with the accusation that she caused the deaths of Muslims in their mosque with &ldquo;the rhetoric&rdquo; she put out there.</p>\n<p> THIS COULD be seen as obscene farce but for the fact that what passes for the public conversation is so mean and unrelenting. Verily.</p>\n', created = 1576092388, expire = 1576178788, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:4e0756d0c25a3b802255b90c1c5121fa' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>ANTI-SEMITISM: March 15, 2019</p>\n<p>Politics has always exploited the pop culture to reach &ldquo;the people,&rdquo; but in our identity-conscious time when social media is employed as the mode of communicating, pop references can be hazardous to the health of your political party. Those using such new ways of talking must know the audience, like a traveling salesman must &ldquo;know the territory.&rdquo;<br />\n When Rep. Ilan Omar of Minnesota set out to offend and insult the Jews, she drew on a pop vocabulary familiar to her and millennials like her, ripe with the language of rage and rap. She understood that the broader audience needed a little help.</p>\n<p> &ldquo;IT&rsquo;S ALL about the Benjamins,&rdquo; she said, referring to the hundred-dollar bill adorned with the image of Benjamin Franklin. Senior Democrats said they were satisfied that Omar and her like-minded folk meant no offense, but to everyone else this was clearly a Jew-baiting slur suggesting that American support for Israel is about big-money donors and lobbyists rather than grassroots support for a democracy surrounded by hostile nations boasting they are determined to &ldquo;wipe it off the map.&rdquo;<br />\n The song &ldquo;It&rsquo;s All About the Benjamins&rdquo; was produced by popular rapper Puff Daddy in 1997. It soared to the top of the charts and was covered by various rival artists. It&rsquo;s rap sung raw, black rhythms and slant rhymes carrying eclectic and perverse images of &ldquo;gold diggers&rdquo; and &ldquo;gold zippers.&rdquo; It&rsquo;s something of a black rap version of &ldquo;Money,&rdquo; sung in the movie &ldquo;Cabaret,&rdquo; which was set in the Berlin of the 1930s and meant to satirize the anti-Semitism of the Nazis.<br />\n A line that was sometimes edited out of versions of the Puff Daddy song was a stereotypical slur celebrating greed of Jewish moneymakers: &ldquo;You should do what we do, stack chips like the Hebrews.&rdquo; Uh-huh. It&rsquo;s not clear that the line was edited out of the song to avoid offending Jews, but when it was written, it was certainly meant to draw on stereotypical images of Jews and money.<br />\n No one has to know a Jew to use the stereotype. It&rsquo;s not likely that Shakespeare had ever met a Jew when he wrote &ldquo;The Merchant of Venice&rdquo; and of his &ldquo;pound of flesh,&rdquo; since Jews were expelled from England in 1290 and absent from the isles until Oliver Cromwell welcomed them home 366 years later. But the Bard knew how to particularize the common caricature of the venal Jew, and draw audiences of high and low breeding to watch the merchant squirm over the pound of flesh.<br />\n Omar is certainly no poet, but she knows how to get attention from reporters, politicians and other opinionators debating anti-Semitism circa 2019. So vivid were the Muslim congresswoman&rsquo;s words, drawing on rap, that she even got the millennial media using half-forgotten literary terms such as &ldquo;trope&rdquo; and &ldquo;metaphor,&rdquo; which many had not spoken since high school.</p>\n<p> IS SHE AN anti-Semite? That&rsquo;s not the right question. She knows her audience: the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement, the anti-Israel mob among millennials and their tutors on college campuses. She knows how to get attention, using the clicks of power by starting a debate over the meaning of a Jew-baiting tweet. Unless she has miscalculated, which only the fullness of time will reveal, she will keep her seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The Democratic leadership is terrified of angering her and her followers.&nbsp;<br />\n The older establishment Democrats could usefully revisit the regrets of the Sulzbergers, the Jewish family that then -- as now -- owned the New York Times during World War II, and was ashamed after the war for having downplayed stories of atrocities against European Jews in the run-up to the war, lest the Times be identified as &ldquo;a Jewish paper.&rdquo;<br />\n The Democrats may come to regret their cowardice in treating anti-Semitism as just another ism, which is what they did with their House resolution where Jews were squeezed into a long list of groups that found themselves maligned by prejudice -- African-Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, the LGBTQ community, immigrants, Asian-Americans, Pacific Islanders and others. Was the omission of Hottentots, vegetarians and Whirling Dervishes, nice folk all, a deliberate affront?<br />\n In the Olympics of victimization, Jews no longer win the gold. As Rep. James Clyburn, the majority whip in the House and friend and supporter of Nation of Islam Louis Farrakhan, put it, in the new Democratic mindset, only Republicans, who are generations away from the Holocaust, are bad: Ilhan Omar, who spent four years in a refugee camp in Kenya after fleeing Somalia, suffered &ldquo;more personal&rdquo; pain than those whose parents are Holocaust survivors.</p>\n<p> THAT KIND of analysis and emphasis, writes Lee Smith in Tablet Magazine online, is how American Jews have begun to pay the price of the Democratic Party&rsquo;s new political math. 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Suzanne Fields

09/08/2019 - 8:21pm
SUZANNE FIELDS: September 6, 2019 Saying goodbye is never easy. Every school child quotes “Parting is such sweet sorrow” from “Romeo and Juliet,” which has become a sentimental cliche. But the sentiment captures the memories that sustain my final column. I am saying goodbye to all my readers who stayed with me through these changing times and wrote lively letters with both...
04/15/2019 - 1:56pm
SEXUAL MORES: April 12, 2019 Between the sexual revolution of the 1960s and the #MeToo movement of the present day lies a battlefield strewn with bodies and minds battered by the changing weapons of physical and psychological destruction. The war between the sexes, like all wars, exacts an unexpected price. Between stories of John F. Kennedy...
04/08/2019 - 11:14am
SENSIBILITIES: April 5, 2019 Generation gaps become generation ditches — with glitches. Former Vice President Joe Biden has transitioned through headlines and photographs from affectionate Uncle Joe to Creepy Joe, shorn of sympathy and solicitude. The cuddly, warm guy who came of age in the ‘60s, when touchy-feely expressions of...
04/01/2019 - 10:34am
IDENTITY POLITICS: March 29, 2019 The Mueller Report ought to bring an end to the obsession that Hillary Clinton was robbed of the presidency, but it won’t. President Donald Trump beat her fair and square. He didn’t get any help from the Russians. Clinton empowered feminism by losing. Anger is a great galvanizer. That anger is a gift...
03/25/2019 - 1:14pm
NEW ZEALAND MASSACRE: March 22, 2019 The good news is that the technological revolution and social media have produced the swiftest and the most expansive means for the communication of ideas that man has ever known. The bad news is that we pay a high price for it. Fact and opinion linger long after proved wrong, as they often are. The...
03/15/2019 - 4:16pm
ANTI-SEMITISM: March 15, 2019 Politics has always exploited the pop culture to reach “the people,” but in our identity-conscious time when social media is employed as the mode of communicating, pop references can be hazardous to the health of your political party. Those using such new ways of talking must know the audience, like a...
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