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Rebecca Hagelin

Born: c. 1961

Gender: Female
Religion: Christian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Columnist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Heritage Foundation spokesperson

Hagelin's 6 September 2005 column:

This famous, selfless cry for the safety of others is best associated with the tragedy of the Titanic, when thousands lost their lives in the frozen waters of the sea so many years ago. Not unlike the rising waters in New Orleans, where the ocean began to fill its natural territory after man-made walls that held it back for so long failed, so the mighty waters of the North Atlantic engulfed the damaged vessel that sought to defy nature's icebergs and open waters. But, unlike New Orleans where dry land was nearby, the Titanic was a lone ship, in the middle of the vast waters, filled with helpless souls who had nowhere to go save too few lifeboats.

The harsh reality that dreadful day in 1912 is that most of the passengers would die, and they knew it. Yet, amid the panic and impending doom, the accounts of survivors remind us of a time when civility and honor were more important to many than survival itself.


I can't help but conclude that if the tragic natural disaster in New Orleans had occurred in a culture that had daily practiced the Golden Rule, rather than the Gangsta Rot, we would have seen more scenes of neighbors helping neighbors and far fewer scenes of neighbors preying upon neighbors.

This despite the fact that the Titanic lifeboats were not filled to capacity: a total of 473 empty seats. 81 women who happened to be Third Class passengers drowned that night. In all, 25% of Third Class passengers were rescued, compared to 62% of First Class.

Father: (pediatrician)
Husband: Andy (two sons, one daughter)
Son: Drew Hagelin
Son: Nick Hagelin
Daughter: Kristin Hagelin

    University: BS Broadcast Journalism, Troy University (1983)

    The Heritage Foundation Vice President, Communications and Marketing 2002-
    Concerned Women for America Director of Communications 1986
    Fund for American Studies Board of Visitors
    John McCain 2008

Author of books:
Home Invasion: Protecting Your Family in a Culture That's Gone Stark Raving Mad (2005, nonfiction)

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