TED WILLIAMS was a baseball player who served in both WWII and Korea. It has been said that had he played during those years which were his peak years as a baseball player Williams’ career statistics would have been more impressive than they were.
However, Williams chose to serve his country, his fellow citizens, and the people of the world. He chose to do so instead of enjoying the security, status, and wealth of an allstar major league baseball player. Ted Williams was a rare individual. He was truly altruistic.
Pat Tillman is such a person. Tillman is a football player with the Arizona Cardinals. Tillman earned a half million dollars last season and rejected a five year, nine million dollar contract from St. Louis because of his loyalty to Arizona. Now, Tillman is forsaking the five hundred thousand a year to enlist in the Army to serve his country, his fellow citizens, and the people of the world. He feels he has a duty to perform. Tillman wants to help eradicate terrorism.
Pat Tillman is a rare individual.
However, Pat Tillman does not make the evening news. He is not featured as a celebrity on TV programs as is Bono, who to my knowledge still attends $1000 per person dinners while he speaks of feeding the poor. Tillman is not a guest on the news/talk TV programs of FOX, MSNBC, CNN, NBC, ABC, or CBS.
His lack of TV appearances is probably because Tillman does not have the cachet of a Katrina vanden Heuvel, the editor of The Nation magazine. Katrina, who appears frequently on cable TV talk shows, is usually inveighing against the wealthy, and/or the Republican Party, and/or President Bush. Comrade Katrina implies that they are attempting to make the poor poorer. Katrina wants to help the poor become richer. She is empathetic to the plight of the poor. Katrina says this and then retires to her exclusive Upper West Side multimilliondollar residence.
Unlike Tillman, vanden Heuvel has an excellent pedigree. Her father, a wealthy lawyer, worked for JFK. Katrina is married to NYU professor Stephen Cohen (twenty years her senior). Katrina graduated in 1981, summa cum laude from Princeton with a degree in Political Science. Katrina is quite obviously not a person who is familiar with the working class. This is a person who attended elite schools. She is a person of wealth and privilege.
Yet, vanden Heuvel wants people to believe she is familiar with the working class and the poor. During a Chris Mathews’ program, Katrina stated that she lived in Harlem. Even Mathews did not believe that one and ascertained that she lived in Morningside Heights. Probably the only Harlem residents Katrina associates with are those who bring her champagne at elegant restaurants.
Is it really altruism that motivates vanden Heuvel? Or is it political power that she cravesjust as most socialists do?
On the May 21 edition of Chris Mathews’ program, vanden Heuvel said that Bush just wants to exploit what happened at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. She said that the Republicans are going to use this to enact their legislation.
Yet in a Sunday, LA Times editorial, dated November 25, 2001, vanden Heuvel and economist Joel Rogers wrote: "If anything, the war on terrorism…presents the opportunity of a lifetime. . . War raises the stakes in politics and invites consideration of wider goals… [It] also heightens social solidarity, while underscoring the need for government and other social institutions that transcend or replace the market."
These are not the thoughts of someone concerned with the common good. They are the musings of one who is exploitive.
Katrina’s antiBush/Republican/Conservative diatribes have been published in her magazine. She, along with her husband, wrote in the March edition of The Nation: "More serious, however, is the opinion spreading across Moscow's political spectrum that the Bush Administration's war on terrorism now has less to do with helping Russiaor any other countryfight Islamic extremism on its borders than with establishing military outposts of a new (or expanded) American empire ("a New Rome," as a leading politician's aide remarked to us) with control over the region's enormous oil and gas reserves as its primary goal."
When the price of oil increased the liberals blamed Bush. When the price of oil decreased, nobody said anything. According to liberals, Bush wants to drill for oil in ANWR. According to liberals like vanden Heuvel, Bush does everything for the sake of capitalists. Katrina vanden Heuvel thinks there is capitalist behind every tree.
Katrina vanden Heuvel is your typical limousine liberal. The hoi polloi need the Katrinas of the world to enlighten us. In fact, limousine liberal is the perfect metaphor for vanden Heuvel. Limousines are used for partying, they use resources unnecessarily, and their owners depend on the labor of others.
Pat Tillman is more of an SUV conservative. The SUV uses only the necessary resources; it is useful for everything from running mundane errands to saving lives; and the owner can use it carry others with him.