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Friday, May 28, 2004
All I'm looking for is just a little perspective. The left has become devoid of the concept, comparing a pile of naked Iraqi gunmen to a pile of dead Iraqi civilians. George W. Bush is Hitler and Donald Rumsfeld is Pinochet. We live a police state, man. We need a revolution and I'll throw a brick at that Starbuck's as soon as I fix my hair.

For the most part, the right is on track these days. Politicians and pundits make a few errors now and again (see Hastert, Denny), but all in all we've seen far worse days. Kate O'Bierne tells us tales of true heroes, men who fall on grenades to save their units or use a turban to climb up a prison wall. These are brave men, real life Aragorns and Theodens. Not perfect, but less flawed than their contemporaries, the talking heads who ramble on and on about "nuance" and "cooperation." Pat Tillman was an honorable man, a true citizen-soldier who understood duty, a Spartan if our modern world could ever produce one. His heroism is bold and stands alone in memory.

Eli Manning is not Pat Tillman, yet he is no coward. The sports talk rumor mill from Oxford to Starkville, south to New Orleans or east to Tuscaloosa or north to Memphis might tell you that Eli is a rich kid or a mama's boy. Maybe so. I'm not really worried about that. Perhaps he is but it is absolutely meaningless to discuss. Pat Tillman's death was a separate issue that in no way relates to Eli Manning's draft decision. Pundits, like NRO's Curtis Edmonds, seem to think that a talented college player should essentially bend over. I guess having talent means having no choice in how it is utilized. For all the right's criticism of John Kerry's nuance, I want to see a little more in this case. Edmonds mentions a great San Diego running back. Yes, and was Eli Manning to believe that somehow this running back would cure the club's ailing? No, of course not. San Diego has been the NFL's whipping boy for years, and it was unlikely that the talented offspring of Archie and Olivia Manning would change the team's fortunes. Archie himself was the best quarterback in the country in the early 1970s. He accepted his fate when his hometown New Orleans Saints drafted him, and he spent the next decade getting sacked by angry linebackers, never once making the playoffs. His talents were wasted. I can't blame his concern for his son, nor can I blame Eli himself for trying to avoid his father's fate.

The right is constantly battling the left's slander of our President or his Secretary of Defense or Rush Limbaugh or on and on and on. Eli Manning isn't being slandered, and I'll quickly concede that his family's handling of the situation could have been much better. Yet this mischaracterization is unfair and unwarranted. Again. We'd like just a little perspective.
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