Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at

Friday, May 04, 2007

Quoted in Bernard Goldberg's "Crazies To the Left of Me, Wimps To the Right"

I've had an occasional e-mail correspondence with former CBS newsman turned media critic and conservative author Bernard Goldberg ever since he wrote to me about a 2005 SFGate column of mine titled "San Francisco Declares Itself a Military-Free Zone." In it, I laid out numerous examples of anti-military behavior on the part of the city's leadership and, at times, citizenry, including the notorious refusal of the Board of Supervisors to allow the WWII-era USS Iowa to dock at the Port of San Francisco as a floating museum for no real reason, other than it was deemed a "celebration of war."

Lo and behold, when Bernard Goldberg's new book, Crazies to the Left of Me, Wimps to the Right: How One Side Lost Its Mind and the Other Lost Its Nerve, came out last month, I found that my column had been quoted in a chapter on San Francisco humorously titled "Was I in a Coma When San Francisco Seceded?" The quote (on page 53) was in reference to the Iowa decision, which I chalked up to "anti-military and anti-American sympathies across the board."

Since that time, the situation in San Francisco has only gotten worse, particularly with the banning of the JROTC from the city's public schools and the use of a blatantly propagandistic and conspiratorial anti-war textbook, if it could be called that, in history classrooms.

Apparently, this is a city that believes, in the immortal words of Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval, that "the United States should not have a military." It's anybody's guess who would protect residents in a time of need other than the military (especially if the city leadership ever succeeds in disarming the citizenry), but if San Francisco's virtual secession continues, it may be a moot point.

Getting back to the original subject of this post, I have to say, at the risk of sounding obsequious, that being quoted by Bernard Goldberg is truly an honor. His earlier book, Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News, was one of a batch I read soon after my post-9/11 political transformation and it greatly helped shape my understanding of bias in the mainstream media. That it was written by a fellow former liberal only made it more meaningful.

In fact, Goldberg's new book, which I've only just begun reading, begins with a wonderfully written chapter on his break with liberalism that I identified with very strongly. I also identified, I'm sorry to say, with his critique of the general wimpiness, not of conservatives, but of the Republican Party, which, in my view, seems much less adept at maneuvering the propaganda battlefield, both domestically and abroad, than its opponents.

It was for this reason, among others, that I reregistered as a decline-to-stater, and generally started to identify myself more in ideological than partisan terms, since writing the initial column on my journey from left to right, "The Making of a 9/11 Republican." I expounded on this shift in a later column on the subject titled "Of 9/11 and Political Transformation."

But I still hold out hope in the Republican Party, not least because the Democratic Party continues, for the most part, to largely disappoint, if not disgust, me with its platform of cowardice and surrender (along with moral relativism and creeping socialism) in this most crucial of times.

I did find the first Republican debate of the upcoming 2008 presidential campaign last night to be hopeful and it certainly offered up a more impressive group of candidates, in both experience and intellect, than the Democratic debate a week before.

Perhaps if Republicans start listening to those of us who've been on both sides of the fence, not to mention their base, they can be rescued from oblivion come 2008.

Only time will tell.


Anonymous Paul said...

The Pope and the Catholic Church have discarded limbo, but it can be found in San Francisco that loony bin by the sea. I have little faith in our politicians sad to say. As for Mr. Goldberg- here's a hat tip !

Saturday, May 05, 2007 3:11:00 AM  
Blogger Lew Waters said...

Perhaps if Republicans start listening to those of us who've been on both sides of the fence, not to mention their base, they can be rescued from oblivion come 2008.

You have stumbled across an ongoing problem within the Republcian party, Cinnamon. Moderates vs conservatives.

It amazes me that the Moderates can't see that their wishy washy manners costs them seats and elections, while conservatism is what propelled Reagan into power in 1980 and later gave both Houses to Republican Control in 1994.

Much like Democrats, many campaign on conservative ideals then promptly abandon them once they win.

For the sake of our country, though, someone needs to start listening to the real 'heartbeat of America.'

Sunday, May 06, 2007 12:54:00 AM  
Blogger The Gentle Cricket said...

I heard an interview with Mr. Goldberg on Armstrong & Getty last week and considered buying his book. Since I have so many books already in queue, I decided to wait. But, now after hearing the caliber of his reference material, I may have to bump it up.

Sunday, May 06, 2007 4:00:00 PM  
Anonymous William E. Williams said...

Three rousing cheers for Mr. Goldberg! As a former Republican now turned Independent, I strongly applaud those who have the intellect to see where our Nation is headed and can stand to voice strong opposition.
Thank you Mr. Goldberg.
William E. Williams

Monday, May 07, 2007 4:32:00 PM  

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