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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 ...

 TAGS


Chappies

“But I saw a man yesterday who knows a fellow who had it from a chappie that said that Urquhart had been dipping himself a bit recklessly off the deep end.”  —Freddy Arbuthnot
Dorothy L. Sayers, Strong Poison


Civil Society

“Civil Society”—a complex welter of intermediate institutions, including businesses, voluntary associations, educational institutions, clubs, unions, media, charities, and churches—builds, in turn, on the family, the primary instrument by which people are socialized into their culture and given the skills that allow them to live in broader society and through which the values and knowledge of that society are transmitted across the generations.
Francis Fukuyama, Trust


Hugo on Genius

“Tear down theory, poetic systems... No more rules, no more models... Genius conjures up rather than learns... ” —Victor Hugo
César Graña, Bohemian versus Bourgeois


Education

“We have met with families in which for weeks together, not an article of sustenance but potatoes had been used; yet for every child the hard-earned sum was provided to send them to school.”
E. G. West, Education and the State


Faith & Purpose

“When we began first to preach these things, the people appeared as awakened from the sleep of ages—they seemed to see for the first time that they were responsible beings, and that a refusal to use the means appointed was a damning sin.”
Finke, Stark, The Churching of America, 1776-1990


Conversion

“When we received Christ,” Phil added, “all of a sudden we now had a rule book to go by, and when we had problems the preacher was right there to give us the answers.”
James M. Ault, Jr., Spirit and Flesh


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


Faith and Politics

As far as the Catholic Church is concerned, the principal focus of her interventions in the public arena is the protection and promotion of the dignity of the person, and she is thereby consciously drawing particular attention to principles which are not negotiable... [1.] protection of life in all its stages, from the first moment of conception until natural death; [2.] recognition and promotion of the natural structure of the family... [3.] the protection of the right of parents to educate their children.
Pope Benedict XVI, Speech to European Peoples Party, 2006


China and Christianity

At first, we thought [the power of the West] was because you had more powerful guns than we had. Then we thought it was because you had the best political system. Next we focused on your economic system. But in the past twenty years, we have realized that the heart of your culture is your religion: Christianity.
David Aikman, Jesus in Beijing


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


Conservatism

Conservatism is the philosophy of society. Its ethic is fraternity and its characteristic is authority — the non-coercive social persuasion which operates in a family or a community. It says ‘we should...’.
Danny Kruger, On Fraternity


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


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