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Hi, I'm Bill O'Reilly. Thank you for watching us tonight. A good day for the truth. That's the subject of this evening's Talking Points. Salon.com is a left-wing Web site that pretty much speaks to the choir. The editors don't like President Bush, don't like tax cuts, don't like public prayer, don't like me, that kind of thing.
But I will say this for Salon executive editor, Gary Kamiya. At least he's honest. Writing about the aftermath of the Gulf War, he admits the removal of Saddam is a good thing, but then says, "I have a confession. I have at times, as the war has unfolded, secretly wished for things to go wrong. Wished for the Iraqis to be more nationalistic, to resist longer. Wished for the Arab world to rise up in rage. Wished for all the things we feared would happen. I'm not alone. A number of serious, intelligent, morally sensitive people who oppose the war have told me they have identical feelings."
Well, this comes as no surprise to Talking Points. I told you weeks ago that some Americans were rooting against their own country, that their ideology was so ingrained it was better for them if things went badly in Iraq, even though that would have caused more American casualties.
So, what were to think of this kind of fanaticism? Well, first of all, it happens in far right circles as well. And secondly, it disqualifies those who embrace it as people being taken seriously.
If you put your ideology above the well-being of your countrymen, you deserve no place in the public arena. You'd never get elected to any office, and why should anybody listen to you? Putting your ego above the welfare of others equals the loss of all credibility.
As Americans, we should all be in this together, and differences of opinion are good. But fanaticism really has no place in a free society, and hoping for stronger Iraqi resistance is certainly fanaticism.
And so is the statement today by a New Jersey National Organization for Women president that Scott Peterson should not be charged with murdering his unborn child. California law says if anyone intentionally kills a fetus against the mother's will, that person can be charged with murder. But the NOW fanatics are so blinded by their abortion politics that they would allow anyone to kill a baby in the womb. That kind of thinking is horrifying and offensive.
The National Organization for Women, the crazy left, the crazy right, and other fanatical groups are doing an enormous amount of damage to do this country. Freedom of speech is one thing. Allowing murder and rooting for American casualties is quite something else, and everybody should know it.
We'll have more on the Salon.com and the NOW situations coming up later.
And that's The Memo.
The Most Ridiculous Item of the Day
Time now for "The Most Ridiculous Item of the Day"...
Our pal, Monica Lewinsky, has a new program on the FOX network. Does that surprise you? Ms. Lewinsky is the host of a dating show called Mr. Personality. I have nothing to do with this. And it begins this evening.
Now I don't wish ill for Monica. I don't know her. She looks like a nice person.
[Videotape from the show]
That's not her kissing a guy. I don't know who that is. I don't know who that is.
But come on. The only reason she's on television is because of her oral skills, and those have nothing to do with speaking, if you get my drift.
So this is just another example of how tawdry behavior is rewarded in our society, which, of course, is ridiculous.