Monday, February 12, 2007
Personal Asides: Lynn Sweets DatelineAboard Obama 1: You Can Say That Again...Jill is Right So I Say Right On.
Two great, phenomenal old-line journalists played major political roles for their chiefsGeorge Tagge of the Tribune for Robert R. McCormick, whom I have described often and George Rothwell Brown, Washington bureau chief of the Hearst newspapers who played a major role in helping old W. R. Hearst try to realize his ambitions. Brown carried the message from Hearst to House Speaker Garner that the California Democratic delegation, pledged to Garner, would switch to Franklin Roosevelt on the 4th ballot.
What Lynn Sweet does for her cause in addition to churning out breathless, brilliant advocacy journalism is anyones guess but she belongs in the first tier among journalists of Tagges and Browns naturebrilliant, adroit, astute and deftly committed to cause. Yesterday in the Sun-Times, feminist Sweet datelined her laudatory, ecstatic review of the Barack Hussein Obama trip to Springfield this way: ABOARD OBAMA-1. That was a fair description because the entire Sun-Times from publisher John Cruickshank through the entire reportorial staff is ensconced for an all-expense-paid ride aboard the Obama campaign with even more advocacy than McCormicks Tribune had ever shown for Robert Taft.
Sweet rides Obama-1 first-class; other feminists not of her stature follow in coach but perform with equal deference on Obama-1: the emotional, girlish Carol Marin who gushed that Obama sounds smarter than George W. Bush and Jennifer Hunter, a editorial writer who doubles as political analyst--who got her powerful Sun-Times job the old fashioned way by marrying the publisher. Ask not what happened to the old partisan journalism of Lincolns time where news reporters not only crusaded but often made up heroic lines for their heroes to utter. It lives and thrives in the Apparel Mart.
In the civil rights movement there were workers and others whom Martin Luther King, Jr. called saintsthose who exhibited exceptional courage...often got themselves arrested in the early days and took the bricks and brickbats as they marched together. In the pro-life movement there is a similar designation. They categorize anyone who has been locked up in behalf of unborn life a saintand I have not made that category yet. Almost. One day when I was picketing Ruth Rothstein posh apartment building with fourteen others, I was nearing an intersection when a police wagon called by the eminent civil libertarian Rothstein pulled up with blue lights flashing and cops unceremoniously hauled in all fourteen of my colleaguesleaving me holding my sign bearing the biblical quotation I am fearlessly and wondrously made! as they roared off with the sirens blazing. I felt ignored. Thus while these saints were bailed out an hour later they are and I am not a saint. And at my present state of decrepitude will probably never be.
Jill Stanek is in the league of pro-life saints not because she was locked up but because as an OB nurse she spotted egregious crime the wanton abandonment of a baby born from a botched abortion and nurtured the child while it died and then went on to dramatize the issue to try to get the conscience of the nation. She touched many consciences, although not that of Barack Hussein Obama, the voyeur of hope who saw no percentage in supporting the cause of dying babies who cannot vote. She went on to secure passage of a congressional act and was on hand when this president signed the billher billinto law. Thus she is a saint of the pro-life movementa fearless one at that.
Now a commotion has been raised about Stanek being indelicate concerning the state Senate majority leader. It begs the question as to who is right on the issue of HPV. There is no question that Jill Stanek is right. State Sen. Debbie Halvorson has publicly used her own experience bringing it to light to state a faulty premise that has a seriously unfortunate consequence for young women arguing from her own HPV that all girls should be inoculated at public expense. It begs the question as to how the HPV was contractedan experience that would serve young women by being instructive. When Stanek called on Halvorson to further illustrate that experience, a hail of mud and bricks have rained down on her assailing her for unfairness. Those who flail her do not understand the consequences. Not in the slightest. Of course the bluntness of Staneks message was startling. But her bluntly courageous stand should be honored as should Stanek the pro-life saint that the answer to serious infectionsometimes physically, always morallyis abstinence before marriage and abstinence in relationships outside marriage. God bless, Jill.