Dogged. Resolute. Moral. Optimistic in the face of multiple setbacks. Committed 1st and foremost to the individual and not the ideology.
Although it would be easy to peg these attributes to a Conservative such as Ronald Reagan, in this case they belong to the late Sarah Rose Horowitz, who of course is David Horowitz’s daughter, and the subject of his book, A Cracking of the Heart.
In his review of this anguished and heartfelt biography (A Daughter Brought to Life, National Review Online, December 23), Jay Nordlinger focuses on the woman who struggled against calamitous forces all of her life, yet did so cheerfully and with the zest of a mighty warrior.
Although Sarah might rankle at any comparison to the Gipper (she was certainly “on the left” as Nordlinger reminds us), her basic decency (as her father says, he “never knew a person with a bigger heart”), and her willingness to take on main-event villains (hers was a disease that ultimately killed her, the Dutchman’s was the Soviet Union) make them a match that isn’t as far-fetched as it seems.
As Nordlinger relates,
“Sarah was dealt a rotten biological hand. She was born with an insidious thing called Turner Syndrome, which brings with it a host of afflictions. During her life, Sarah suffered from heart problems, hip problems, hearing problems, vision problems — the works. But she was stubbornly opposed to complaint, and equally opposed to dependency. She refused to apply for the Social Security benefits available to the disabled. In fact, she did not view herself as disabled.”
And unlike many Southpaws, she “was not at all blinkered.” She tried to do things because they were right, and not to suit the wish lists of this credo or that.
You can sense Nordlinger’s regard for Sarah as he discusses her commitment to principle:
“I particularly warm to two facts: Sarah was against capital punishment, and would stand vigil outside San Quentin. (She lived in San Francisco.) But she did not imagine that the condemned were innocent, as many of her fellow protesters did: She simply thought that it was wrong for the state to take a life. And here is the second fact: She was a vegetarian, and she cooked for the homeless — but she would make them meat dishes that she learned from the Internet. She figured that the hungry should get the kind of food they wanted. And that is a magnanimity not inherent in everyone.”
In the larger story, which is a father’s bittersweet recounting of his beloved daughter’s (ultimately spiritual) journey and heartbreaking demise, one can palpably feel the fierce independence and unwillingness to succumb to self-pity that were the hallmarks of Sarah’s existence…and the other side of her, which was her absolute willingness to cut others the slack that she would never give herself.
Constant. Courageous. With great regard for the dignity of all people.
With all due respect, Sarah: Sounds to me like you and RR #40 are cut from the same cloth!