From our "Ben Stein is a creep" department:
Ben Stein — "We have a Republican man in Congress who sent e-mails to teenage boys asking them what they were wearing, and an entire party, the Democrats, whose primary constituency, besides the teachers' unions, is homosexual men and lesbian women. I hope it won't come as a surprise to anyone that a big part of male homosexual behavior is interest in young boys."
Stein goes on to say his very best friend is gay. It is difficult to understand how that friend can remain Ben's friend, since Ben just called all Male Homosexuals "pedophiles". Any teacher in America that votes for a Republican must have self destructive tendencies.
Ben Stein rose to fame making fun of teachers in the movie "Ferris Beuller." He played a bad teacher and did a good job of it. Actually no one has ever had such a teacher but now Ben has created a stereotype that he still plays on today. He's a one trick pony of a character actor with no character, in effect, and illustrates how Conservatives think. This is to say, "They don't."
This is something I don't understand about modern day conservatives. Lots of them test well, though they tend to come up short in the critical thinking department. Spelling, history, football, they do well at those. Complex dimesional analysis and second order thinking?...not so much. Ben Stein has an amazing memory, except that it is very selective. He forgets, for instance, that our governance is supposed to be of, by, and for "The People" not of, for, and by "Corporations" in which he holds stock. And he holds a lot of it.
Ben would do well to think about the new republican cheers for the "New high of the Dow." After 6 years of nothing, the Dow has finally reached a new high. This would seem good to a conservative and they can be happy only if they don't think. Wall Street has effusively pushed stock market investing, claiming that stocks return 10% per year, while not mentioning that your broker gets his cut whether you made money or lost money on a stock transaction. Anyway, in order to be true to historical returns, the Dow would have to be just over 20,000 right now but it's a little over 8,000 points short. It's like a spoiled brat telling his Dad that he deserves a higher allowance because his report card was not as bad as it could have been.
An F plus is better than a plain old F... Right Dad?
And Ben would do well to think about his absurd characterization of the Democratic Party. No Democrat has said anything about Republican Congressman Foley's sexual persuasion that I am aware of. The criticism is of his predatory sexual behavior in the exact manner criminalized by laws he himself sponsored...And of the GOP cover up and protection of Foley by the Republican leadership in the House. Democrats are not condemning behavior between consenting adults...They are condemning the cover up of illegal predatory behavior directed at minors by the House Republican leadership.
By the way, the majority of pedophiles are heterosexual men... Mr. Stein would do well to remember that.