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Daily Blogs for 4/2008

by Christopher Chantrill

MoveOn dot Next? | 04/30/08
 Now that Sen. Barack has “courageously” thrown his pastor under the bus, ...

Defining Obama for America | 04/29/08
 The first rule of politics, they say, is to define yourself and your opponent before ...

Those Aborted Black Babies | 04/28/08
 One of the whackier aspects of Reverend Wright’s sophisticated worldview is the ...

You Can't Say That | 04/25/08
 Our lefty friends call it “controlling the narrative.” In plain English it ...

The Company You Keep | 04/24/08
 Remember the old saying? You can tell a man by the company he keeps. On the ...

What Price Education? | 04/23/08
 When you subsidize sometehing then you get more of it. If you subsidize ...

Liberals Against the Tide | 04/22/08
 Last week the US Supreme Court decided a Kentucky ...

Obama's Three Unforced Errors | 04/21/08
 Government is always the rule of the few over the many. Always. You may think ...

The Way to Rise in America | 04/18/08
 Today America’s thoughtful Mom, ...

Dems Get Tough Questions | 04/17/08
 Democratic partisans are outraged today after ABC’s Charlie Gibson and George ...

McCain: Dem Tax Increase is "Change" | 04/16/08
 We knuckle-dragging bitter-end conservative Republicans have been worried about John ...

Theocracy Here We Come! | 04/15/08
 Liberals have been worrying for six years about the looming theocracy. Well, ...

Liberals' and Obama's God Problem | 04/14/08
 A liberal friend confided the other day that Democrats were having a problem ...

Politics is Politics, But... | 04/11/08
 Are you becoming as offended as I am by the Democrats’ unilateralist approach to ...

Is Google Smart or What? | 04/10/08
 Earlier this week a new website went up. It is ...

Are We Safe, Mr. President? | 04/09/08
 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) tells it like it is. Yesterday, he told his ...

The Real Meaning of Honor | 04/07/08
 Honor is a much abused word. Mostly it is abused by people who say: How dare ...

More People Entering Work Force | 04/04/08
 The unemployment rate was out today, up to 5.1 percent. As usual the headline ...

Who's The Fighter? | 04/03/08
 Academics and government employees like Barack Obama for president, writes ...

Dem Divide: It Really Isn't Funny | 04/02/08
 It’s easy for Republicans to snigger at the problems the Democrats are having in ...

Education vs. Family | 04/01/08
 In the sleeper movie hit ...

 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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