Tuesday, August 1, 2006
Personal Asides: Neil Steinberg, Still a Liberal and Forever a Liberal, Has a Great Column Nevertheless Mel Gibsons Shocking Words Betrays More Than Alcoholism
As one of the best writers at the Sun-Times but one who wastes his talents often on trivia, Neil Steinberg occasionally hits it right on the button, while continuing to be fearful that he will be mistaken as a gasp conservative which is a no-no in Chicagos Democratic newspaper of record. He is not a conservative, he is still pro-choice, he is still anti-Bush and shouldnt worry about losing his alleged appeal to the Near North kids to whom the marketing department insists he focuses his column. But he just couldnt contain himself yesterday and wrote from the heart against the latest phony, rascal and demagogic rogue to invade Democratic politics Reverend, Senator James Meeks.
Meeks, while making a very good living as a stentorian yelling pastor for a congregation that evidently is very hard of hearing, while also making a state Senators salary and salving his insufferable ego by holding himself up as the archangel of the poor, is blaming everyone for African American kids not reading except the people who should get the blametheir parents (or, in most cases, their mothers who are overworked and try to raise their kids alone without the kids sperm donors). Just what the black community needs, wrote Steinberg. Another demagogue to bang the gong of grievance and tell his audience that all of their problems are some powerful white guys fault. Education is one social issue where each individual can make a huge impact. Good parents know that.
Yes, we conservatives arent welcoming Steinberg as a fresh recruit. We know hes a liberal but just thank him for his common sense.
While he apologized for letting loose with atrocious anti-Semitism, Mel Gibson has more to worry about than angry Jews who, like Abraham Foxman, try to discredit his great The Passion of the Christ by saying that it is now clear the film is a hate document because of Gibsons tirade. Nothing of the sort. But several things should worry Gibson more than his hideous embarrassment. First, the pent up fury that was unleashed by the bottle is more than the ravings of a drunk: they are the ravings of a near-madman. The Jews are responsible for all the worlds wars? Second, being out of his house careening his car in Malibu at 90 mph shows that his family life is in tatters. Third, after he finishes his rehab, hed better subject himself to deep spiritual therapy. Getting drunk frequently is the symbol of alcoholism. Shouting wildly is another. But spewing this irrational, hateful nonsense shows that there is something more at work here than alcoholism. And hed better figure out what it is. Better still, he ought to get on his knees and confess whatever it is thats eating him for that cancer is whats doing him in. And while hes at it he should look into marriage counseling, too. Nobody who behaves like that has a good marriage. If he cant control this, hes going to end up on a slab in the morgue.