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Daily Blogs for 1/2005

by Christopher Chantrill

Turner: The Iraq Election in Verse | 01/31/05
 Frederick Turner thinks that the Iraq election should be ...

Iraq Election: Handing Out Medals | 01/31/05
 After the spectacular turnout in Sunday´s Iraq election, it´s time to name names, as ...

Steyn: Four More Wars | 01/28/05
 While many conservatives are tiring of the War on Terror, Mark Steyn rings down Full ...

More on the New England Vapors | 01/27/05
 While Larry Summers completes his re-education course somewhere in New England, George ...

Spengler: Americans Can't Do Tragedy | 01/27/05
 You can´t put one over on Spengler. He´s right there in the front rank complaining ...

Forming and Breaking Relationships Easily | 01/26/05
 No, this is not about divorce. It is about the nature of social relationships generally. ...

Ken Mehlman Lays Down a Marker | 01/25/05
 You can´t make it any clearer than this. Ken Mehlman ...

Ankle Biters Get Teeth into Inaugural Speech | 01/25/05
 Loyal liberal E.J. Dionne ...

Brit Bobbies Lost Key to Gun Cupboard | 01/23/05
 Don´t cancel your British vaction, it was nearly a century ago when London bobbies ...

Brit Pundit Says Don't Count US Out | 01/21/05
 A writer from the London Times ...

Bush Supporters Wonder What It Means | 01/21/05
 Reagan/Bush speechwriter Peggy Noonan worries that the President has ...

Inaugural Sour Grapes | 01/20/05
 For the last couple of weeks Democrats have been complaining about the cost of the Bush ...

Brits on Bush: It ain't over yet | 01/20/05
 A Brit at the London Times does a think piece on the Bush inauguration. The U.S. ...

Spengler: Two Cheers for Hypocrisy | 01/19/05
 Spengler´s been taking the odd week off over the holiday season, enraging his world-wide ...

Scorched Earth Won't Work For Democrats | 01/18/05
 David Brooks advises Democrats ...

President Bush: "I Assume I'm Right" | 01/18/05
 When will the Democrats stop misunderestimating President Bush? Here is the ...

Uncle Ted, The Face of the Democrats | 01/17/05
 Boston columnist Don Feder takes apart Ted Kennedy and the Democrats. This is a good ...

The Political Math for Social Security Reform | 01/17/05
 Fred Barnes discards the conventional wisdom and tries to figure out how President Bush ...

Sshh! The Deficit is Shrinking! | 01/14/05
 While we are all attentively watching Dan Rather´s rather outré retirement ...

Peggy Noonan at Her Finest | 01/13/05
 Peggy Noonan—who used to write Dan Rather´s radio ...

Steyn: Brits are to Blame for Black Homophobia? | 01/11/05
 No, Mark Steyn hasn´t gone bonkers. But the earnest Decca Aitkenhead in The ...

Steyn: Last Week's Boxer Rebellion Means Dems are Losers | 01/10/05
 Speaking as a Canadian and resumably entitled to vote in California, Mark Steyn ...

NYT Trendspotters: Religion is Reviving Worldwide! | 01/10/05
 All the Upper West Side is agog this week after the New York Times´s Laurie ...

What Happened to the Reasonable Man? | 01/07/05
 This is a muddy article about ...

What Should Democrats Do? | 01/06/05
 Now Peggy Noonan is giving them advice. “The Bush administration has stood for ...

Steyn: Message from Col. Shrapnell | 01/05/05
 The men of Battery M send up a barrage of shot and shell against the ...

Spengler: Neocon Gelernter Writes "Utter and Complete Rubbish" | 01/04/05
 David Gelernter in Commentary thinks the Puritanism of the founders shaded into modern ...

CEO Deepthink from Drucker | 01/03/05
 What is the ...

Steyn: Americans Are Different | 01/02/05
 Americans are different; they work more than kindler, gentler Euros. For instance, Mark ...

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What Liberals Think About Conservatives

[W]hen I asked a liberal longtime editor I know with a mainstream [publishing] house for a candid, shorthand version of the assumptions she and her colleagues make about conservatives, she didn't hesitate. “Racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-choice fascists,” she offered, smiling but meaning it.
Harry Stein, I Can't Believe I'm Sitting Next to a Republican


Racial Discrimination

[T]he way “to achieve a system of determining admission to the public schools on a nonracial basis,” Brown II, 349 U. S., at 300–301, is to stop assigning students on a racial basis. The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.
Roberts, C.J., Parents Involved in Community Schools vs. Seattle School District


Liberal Coercion

[T]he Liberal, and still more the subspecies Radical... more than any other in these latter days seems under the impression that so long as he has a good end in view he is warranted in exercising over men all the coercion he is able[.]
Herbert Spencer, The Man Versus the State


Taking Responsibility

[To make] of each individual member of the army a soldier who, in character, capability, and knowledge, is self-reliant, self-confident, dedicated, and joyful in taking responsibility [verantwortungsfreudig] as a man and a soldier. — Gen. Hans von Seeckt
MacGregor Knox, Williamson Murray, ed., The dynamics of military revolution, 1300-2050


Responsible Self

[The Axial Age] highlights the conception of a responsible self... [that] promise[s] man for the first time that he can understand the fundamental structure of reality and through salvation participate actively in it.
Robert N Bellah, "Religious Evolution", American Sociological Review, Vol. 29, No. 3.


Churches

[In the] higher Christian churches... they saunter through the liturgy like Mohawks along a string of scaffolding who have long since forgotten their danger. If God were to blast such a service to bits, the congregation would be, I believe, genuinely shocked. But in the low churches you expect it every minute.
Annie Dillard, Holy the Firm


Sacrifice

[Every] sacrifice is an act of impurity that pays for a prior act of greater impurity... without its participants having to suffer the full consequences incurred by its predecessor. The punishment is commuted in a process that strangely combines and finesses the deep contradiction between justice and mercy.
Frederick Turner, Beauty: The Value of Values


Pentecostalism

Within Pentecostalism the injurious hierarchies of the wider world are abrogated and replaced by a single hierarchy of faith, grace, and the empowerments of the spirit... where groups gather on rafts to take them through the turbulence of the great journey from extensive rural networks to the mega-city and the nuclear family...
David Martin, On Secularization


Conservatism's Holy Grail

What distinguishes true Conservatism from the rest, and from the Blair project, is the belief in more personal freedom and more market freedom, along with less state intervention... The true Third Way is the Holy Grail of Tory politics today - compassion and community without compulsion.
Minette Marrin, The Daily Telegraph


Moral Imperatives of Modern Culture

These emerge out of long-standing moral notions of freedom, benevolence, and the affirmation of ordinary life... I have been sketching a schematic map... [of] the moral sources [of these notions]... the original theistic grounding for these standards... a naturalism of disengaged reason, which in our day takes scientistic forms, and a third family of views which finds its sources in Romantic expressivism, or in one of the modernist successor visions.
Charles Taylor, Sources of the Self


Drang nach Osten

There was nothing new about the Frankish drive to the east... [let] us recall that the continuance of their rule depended upon regular, successful, predatory warfare.
Richard Fletcher, The Barbarian Conversion


Government Expenditure

The Union publishes an exact return of the amount of its taxes; I can get copies of the budgets of the four and twenty component states; but who can tell me what the citizens spend in the administration of county and township?
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America


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