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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 ...

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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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