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Daily Blogs for 8/2008

by Christopher Chantrill

Sarah Palin, the Real Thing from Alaska | 08/30/08
 At first blush Governor Sarah Palin (R-AK) seems like an unlikely choice as running ...

Obama Wows His Supporters, At Least | 08/29/08
 Obama supporters seem as pleased as punch this morning after his acceptance speech at ...

Dems Just Don't Like Free Speech | 08/28/08
 First it was the outrage over the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. How dare they attack ...

Bill is Still the Champ | 08/28/08
 What else can you say after Day 3 of the Democratic National Convention? President ...

But She Just Isn't Likeable | 08/27/08
 Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) did a workmanlike job in her speech last night on the ...

Ted's a Liberal and Michelle's a Mom | 08/26/08
 That’s what we learned at the Democratic National Convention on Monday ...

Dems Cheer Criticism of Teacher Unions! | 08/25/08
 Have our Democratic friends reached an inflection point on ...

McCain's Luck or Smarts? | 08/23/08
 How did he do it? How did Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) come from a campaign written off as ...

Let's Not Repeat The New Deal Follies | 08/22/08
 A couple of years ago Amity Shlaes wrote The ...

BritCons Challenge Labour on "Fairness" | 08/20/08
 Every conservative knows about “fairness.” That’s the line that our ...

Rick Warren's "Civil" Project | 08/20/08
 Most people agree that it was Roe v. Wade that created the Christian Right. ...

Left Tries a Bit of Swiftboating | 08/19/08
 What is “Swiftboating?” According to ...

Obama's "Pay Grade" | 08/18/08
 Our liberal friends do a pretty good job obfuscating the line between law and morality ...

A Look at the Obama Economy | 08/15/08
 You think? After three years of a lackluster Obama administration a resurgent Senator ...

Protect the Government University from Bigots! | 08/14/08
 You gotta love the fun that columnist ...

Dems and Their Special Interests | 08/13/08
 The way our Democratic friends tell it, Big Oil and Big Drug are evil special ...

How's Your Soft Power Today? | 08/12/08
 Back in the good old days the lilberal Joseph Nye regaled us with the importance of ...

Life without Newspapers Will Be Just Fine | 08/11/08
 Life is rough for the folks in the metropolitan newspaper business, and some people ...

Lopez Lomong: US Soft Power | 08/08/08
 Our liberal friends, led by Joseph Nye and his book ...

Catch 22 on Drilling | 08/07/08
 Our Democratic friends, led by Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), insist that we can’t ...

McCain and the Internet | 08/06/08
 Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) don’t know nothin’ about the internet. Doesn’t ...

Dueling Energy Futures | 08/05/08
 Republicans believe that we should let the market figure out the future of energy. ...

Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn Dies at 89 | 08/04/08
 What can we say about ...

Good Old Rush | 08/01/08
 Rush Limbaugh was just getting into a riff about the stupidity of Sen. Barack ...

Beware the Hip Urbanites, Mr. Obama | 08/01/08
 That’s what Joel Kotkin and Mark Schill recommend in ...

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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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