I just finished reading Theodore Olson's moving tribute to former President Ronald Reagan ("Ronald Wilson Reagan" TAS, July/August 2004). All I can say (with the tears still running down my cheeks) is: thankyou, thankyou, andthankyou.
Amidst all the paeans in TA&s July/August issue to the late Ronald Reagan's sunny optimism and unquenchable belief in the greatness of the human spirit in general and of the American spirit in particular, George Neumayr's article on women in combat ("Equality Equals Death") provided an ironic and presumably unintended cold dose of reality.
This country has been suffering the effects of a number of negative social indicators for some time-indicators which were not ameliorated during the Reagan years and which have continued to accelerate afterward.
The prevalence of women in combat-related positions in the military might rank among the foremost of these negative indicators. I am in agreement with Douglas Wilson of the Internet publication Credenda.org that a nation defended by women is not a nation worth defending.
That the integration of women into combat positions proceeds apace, presumably with the acquiescence of the American people, tells me that the American spirit has been corrupted and degraded beyond repair and that Reaganian ebul-lience about this country's future isn't justified at all.
Old Cowboy Country
Once again RET (The Continuing Crisis, July/August 2004) reminds us of the long-term bankruptcy of the left by providing us with a list of the "usual suspects," including the New York Times editorial gang and several of its enablers, to a person, one and all, known recidivists. To see the names of Lewis, Reston, and Wicker calls to mind the current gang members, including the stayat-home prom girl Dowd, Kristof, and the embarrassing, over-the-top, former Enron adviser, Krugman.
But the icing on the cake was being reminded of other true nonentities, Oakes, Reich, J. …