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Daily Blogs for 12/2007

by Christopher Chantrill

Misunderestimated Again | 12/31/07
 President Bush seems to understand what President Reagan understood before him. A ...

What Presidents Wear | 12/28/07
 When the Duke of Wellington fought the Battle of Waterloo, he did not wear a ...

Liberal Fascism. So? | 12/27/07
 The liberals are already reaching the tipping point on Jonah Goldberg’s ...

Is There a Conservative Future? | 12/26/07
 In this time of conservative discontent, seers and pundits are peering into the ...

Xmas at the Party of Government | 12/21/07
 You gotta love Hillary’s Xmas Card. I refuse to ...

Reconciliation In Iraq? | 12/20/07
 Obviously something has changed in Iraq in the last year.  The question is what, ...

Why Is It So Cold? Maybe the Sun? | 12/19/07
 Everyone knows that the polar bears are in trouble and Greenland is about to melt ...

Ripping the Republican Big Tent Apart(2) | 12/18/07
 Fifty years ago the US conservative movement began in a fusion between Burkean ...

Huckabee Sucks Up to Liberals | 12/17/07
 They say that presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, despite his aw-shucks manner is a ...

Hewitt Peels a Brokaw | 12/14/07
 Radio talk-show host ...

What is the Meaning of Change?(1) | 12/13/07
 When the Democrats talk about "Change," what do they mean? ...

Michael Novak for Romney | 12/13/07
 Readers of RMC will know that Michael Novak is one of our RMC Chappies.  ...

Can Obama Really Solve Everything? | 12/12/07
 Many conservatives have been annoyed by the intrasigence of Democrats during the Bush ...

We Interrupt This Message | 12/11/07
 The shocking thing about the actions of New Life Church member Jeanne Assam’s ...

Is Huckabee a Liberal Plant? | 12/10/07
 If you are like me you haven’t been too impressed by Mike Huckabee.  Just ...

Libs Ante Up in War on Terror | 12/07/07
 Many conservatives are angry about the naked political slanting in the latest National ...

Romney's American Creed | 12/06/07
 You can read the MSM’s hostility to religion any time you open a newspaper or ...

Gingrich pushes platform in Iowa | 12/05/07
 Newt’s in Iowa and running for VP.  He’s also pushing his latest ...

Derb Admits He's Bored With Election | 12/04/07
 The federal government makes such a mess of everything that there’s not much any ...

Chavez Loses Vote--Just | 12/03/07
 Let’s give one cheer for the failure of President Hugo Chavez to make himself ...

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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


US Life in 1842

Families helped each other putting up homes and barns. Together, they built churches, schools, and common civic buildings. They collaborated to build roads and bridges. They took pride in being free persons, independent, and self-reliant; but the texture of their lives was cooperative and fraternal.
Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism


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


Society and State

For [the left] there is only the state and the individual, nothing in between. No family to rely on, no friend to depend on, no community to call on. No neighbourhood to grow in, no faith to share in, no charities to work in. No-one but the Minister, nowhere but Whitehall, no such thing as society - just them, and their laws, and their rules, and their arrogance.
David Cameron, Conference Speech 2008


Socialism equals Animism

Imagining that all order is the result of design, socialists conclude that order must be improvable by better design of some superior mind.
F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit


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


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.


Religion, Property, and Family

But the only religions that have survived are those which support property and the family. Thus the outlook for communism, which is both anti-property and anti-family, (and also anti-religion), is not promising.
F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit


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


Postmodernism

A writer who says that there are no truths, or that all truth is ’merely relative’, is asking you not to believe him. So don’t.
Roger Scruton, Modern Philosophy


Physics, Religion, and Psychology

Paul Dirac: “When I was talking with Lemaître about [the expanding universe] and feeling stimulated by the grandeur of the picture that he has given us, I told him that I thought cosmology was the branch of science that lies closest to religion. However [Georges] Lemaître [Catholic priest, physicist, and inventor of the Big Bang Theory] did not agree with me. After thinking it over he suggested psychology as lying closest to religion.”
John Farrell, “The Creation Myth”


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


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