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11:00 PM, Nov 10, 2004
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TODAY I read with great interest Hugh Hewitt's article on the end of the Sixties, because that thought had also crossed my mind. I think for too long many who opposed the Vietnam War came to believe that their protests, and the ideals that flowed from them, were accepted by a majority of Americans. However, in retrospect, it would appear that the passions of the Sixties were an anomaly, and owed as much, if not more, to the fact that we were in Vietnam for over a decade without any tangible results. Should we still find ourselves in Iraq ten years from now, there is no doubt that public opinion would be turned against this war in much the same way public opinion eventually turned against Vietnam.

Having said that, I am perplexed by Hewitt's reference to the Yalies and elites who have controlled the Democratic party since the 1960s. First, I doubt that anyone would consider Lyndon Johnson to be an elite. Second, by the time President Bush finishes his second term in 2008, a Yale graduate will have been our president for 20 consecutive years, 12 of those under Republican presidents. Moreover, I would suspect that many individuals in both parties are products of Ivy League schools, making the elite label equally applicable. Finally, references to Hollywood elites such as Michael Moore obscure the fact that Republicans have their own elites -- e.g., Arnold Schwarzenneger and Curt Schilling. Thus, I think this notion of the Democrats as run by elites should be reexamined, especially since by the latest figures the Democrats would have received the votes of 55 million elites on November 2.

--John McCorry


HUGH HEWITT makes a number of good points, especially about the chance for a new loyal opposition to arise from the old leftist Democratic party. We all hope that this happens, the sooner the better.

However, it is still the '60s leftists who basically control much of the mainstream media. And the foundations they fund and run are just as dangerous today as they were yesterday.

The small but subversive anti-war coalition of ANSWER, United for Peace & Justice, Global Exchange/Code Pink, and others are still run by the old left, some Stalinists, Castroites, Trotskyites, and Hanoiniks. They can and will continue to subvert our nation's political system and to undermine the morale of our fighting forces around the world.

We must not let our guard down at this time as these termites on the left are still attacking the foundations of our democracy. They never give up until the day they die, and my goal is to outlive them all and spit on their graves.

I say this as a member of a Holocaust ravaged family; as a Vietnam/Cambodia journalist during the war; and as the father of a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

We can now enter a period of "nation building" if what is left of the Democratic party wants to rebuild itself into something viable and trustworthy. The Republican party can extend its reach to newer groups as well as older ones, since the problems we face are national, not those of select or elitist groups.

--Max Friedman


HUGH HEWITT'S remarks about Kennedy are well stated and completely accurate. The election of 1960 was the first one I was eligible to vote in, and I went for Nixon. My gut feeling was that any Democrat was trouble and would screw things up. The first screw-up Kennedy made was choosing Johnson as his vice president. After that, everything went downhill. Yes, we got a tax cut, but Johnson took it away. Remember the 10 percent surcharge on income taxes?

Kennedy put these effete snobs in the State Department headed by that great statesman, Dean Rusk, and immediately, we allowed ourselves to be taunted by the Chinese--"the United States is a paper tiger," they sneered. We walked softly and carried a wet noodle. At least Kennedy stood up to Khrushchev in his first big test. Khrushchev would NEVER have pulled that nonsense with Nixon.

Johnson finally pulled this country into the morass of really partisan politics with Vietnam.

I said back then that those little snots in the SDS and the like would someday be running the media and be an influence in politics and society, causing us some real prolems. I thought it would take 25 to 30 years to be purged of them. Well, it took 34 years, and maybe the nightmare of '70s liberalism will finally fade away.

--Jim Cinquina