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Daily Blogs for 1/2008

by Christopher Chantrill

Three Legs Good, Six Legs Better | 01/31/08
 Ken Blackwell reminds us that the conservative coalition is not a just the ...

Against McCain | 01/31/08
 As he campaigns for the nomination of the Republican Party Senator John McCain ...

Florida: McCain over Romney(4) | 01/30/08
 It seems incredible that the “maverick” Senator John McCain is the ...

Fox Focus Group Response to SOTU | 01/29/08
 In his last State of the Union ...

Throw Money at Higher Ed? | 01/28/08
 Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano want to spend more money on higher education ...

"Mansfield Park" Mis-Priced | 01/28/08
 Enough of politics and race cards. Let’s talk about real issues, like a ...

Party Splitting Time(1) | 01/25/08
 Everyone is accusing everyone else of splitting the party. On the Republican side it ...

Stimulus Plan Could Be Worse | 01/24/08
 Helicopter Money. That’s what Larry Kudlow calls it. The ...

The Economy: Now What? | 01/23/08
 Last week Wall Street was calling for a cut of 50 basis points in the Fed Funds rate. ...

Why Republicans Don't Appeal to Blacks | 01/22/08
 In an article about the identity politics now playing at a Democratic presidential ...

MLK, Roe, and Conservatism | 01/21/08
 A week ago presidential candidate Hillary Clinton got herself into hot water by making ...

Back of the Bus No More | 01/18/08
 It’s always good to hear the sensible words of the adults after a week or so of ...

Freakologic: Making Life Logical | 01/17/08
 After a stunning success with The Undercover ...

The Reagan-Bush Era Is Over(1) | 01/16/08
 Last Sunday Newt Gingrich went on George Stefanopoulos’ ABC ...

The Bonfire of the Multicultural Vanities | 01/15/08
 Does New York Times columnist ...

Dem Political Poker | 01/14/08
 In the last generation our Democratic card sharps have had a grand old time playing ...

Primaries Expose Party Splits | 01/14/08
 In a useful review of the campaign season thus far, ...

Liberal Fascism Over the Rainbow | 01/11/08
 Somewhere over the rainbowWay up highThere’s a land that I heard ...

The World's Cheapest Car: Tata Nano | 01/10/08
 Some things are more important than politics, as we all know.  The children, for ...

Clinton Gender Card Threepeat | 01/09/08
 Nobody ever accused the Clintons of modesty.  So it is not surprising that, in ...

Is the Right Wrong? | 01/09/08
 Ten years ago, ...

"Liberal Fascism" Hits the Shelves(1) | 01/08/08
 I got an email today from Barnes & Noble to tell me that my ...

Winning the Obama Way | 01/08/08
 They say that the Clintons invented and patented the politics of personal ...

What Is This Thing Called "Change?" | 01/07/08
 Dear old Rush is in better case today than he was Friday, on the day after the Iowa ...

The SST BizJet | 01/07/08
 Enough of the sainted Barack Obama starring in “The Fall of the House of ...

The Horse-race After Iowa | 01/04/08
 The glorious thing about presidential politics in the US is that it really is an open ...

Conservatives Need Not Apply | 01/03/08
 The august New York Times has decided to give conservative William Kristol a ...

On the Day Before | 01/02/08
 Tomorrow, Friday, January 3, 2008, they will start counting the first votes in the ...

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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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