Roseanne

Is America's Racial Divide Permanent?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

For many, race has become a constant preoccupation. And over each of these incidents and disputes, the country divides along the familiar fault lines, and the accusations go on and on until a new incident engenders a new argument. The America of the 1960s, with its civil rights clashes and “long hot summers,” was a far more segregated society than today. Yet the toxic charge of “racist” is far more common now.

In Defense of ABC and the NFL

Ben Shapiro, National Review

Free speech can be threatened in practice by a culture of mob rule — attempts to destroy someone’s life thanks to their viewpoint rather than their behavior. But sometimes speech is inherently related to the job or product at issue. Corporations have every right to protect their bottom line under such circumstances, and the public has every right to shy away from such products and services.

Roseanne is bringing conservative American women out of the closet

Mark Penn, The Hill

“Roseanne” is ringing cultural bells that put back some balance in the world of entertainment. It shows that for every trend in America, there is a countertrend. Perhaps it will help other Roseannes to come out of the closet, and just maybe we will all get back to respecting one another’s political views instead of seeking to demean those we oppose — and that will make for a healthier democracy.

The Roseanne Test

Matthew Continetti, National Review

As recently as Obama’s reelection in 2012, Democrats effectively portrayed the Republican economic agenda as irrelevant or contrary to the fortunes of Middle Americans. They could do so again, especially if Republicans overreach or forget who put them in office. I have, for example, heard conservatives complain that Roseanne is not one of us. That is true. She is not a conservative. She is the type of swing voter who decides elections.

Can Roseanne Save America?

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

Forget writing, acting, directing, and the rest, it was positively thrilling to see something fictional transpiring on the television screen that reflected the half of America that has been so consistently and deliberately hidden from view or reviled by Hollywood. You almost couldn't believe your eyes. Was this actually happening? When were Matt Damon or George Clooney going to walk in to set these people to rights? It had to be coming after the commercial. But it didn't.