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Daily Blogs for 1/2009

by Christopher Chantrill

Can Obama Stimulate Republicans? | 01/30/09
 After the thunder of the Wall Street Journal conservative edit-page folks, now ...

That Stimulus Sickness | 01/29/09
 Everybody now knows what happens when the government decides to give everyone ...

Stimulating Democratic Voters | 01/28/09
 Here’s a thought for you eternal optimists. Maybe the Democratic stimulus bill ...

When in "Doubt" | 01/27/09
 When I saw a trailer for the Meryl Streep movie “Doubt” I was turned off. ...

Liberal Law Takes Freedom Away | 01/26/09
 It’s amazing how many people look at the current sue-mad society and wonder ...

Rove Sets Out Bush Legacy | 01/23/09
 People haven’t been obsessing about Bush’s legacy the way they obsessed over ...

The Liberal Tipping Point | 01/22/09
 I sent this to some liberal friends on January 20: I think we should ...

After the Bailout | 01/21/09
 Many conservatives are skeptical about the bank bailout last fall. All that money ...

Godspeed President Obama | 01/20/09
 President Obama issued a strong call to service in his ...

MLK Vision Fulfilled, say Blacks(1) | 01/19/09
 On the first Martin Luther King holiday since Barack Obama was elected President of ...

Bush Farewell Address | 01/16/09
 Last night President Bush, with one weekend left of his term as President of the ...

China's Cultural Wrench | 01/15/09
 If you are willing to read just one thing on China, try ...

Muslims Return to Sacrifice | 01/14/09
 What is the meaning of sacrifice? Frederick Turner defines it this way. ...

WattsUp, Pharyngula and Robbers Cave | 01/14/09
 It’s a nip and tuck battle today between ...

Joe the Plumber Asks a Question | 01/12/09
 Joe the Plumber goes to Israel and insists to a flock of media that he is not the ...

Pelosi's Politics | 01/10/09
 I often like to say that the Democrats have learned nothing from the last 30 years of ...

RU Sophisticated? | 01/09/09
 Time was, Paul Johnson writes, when “sophisticated” was a ...

If Ann Coulter Didn't Exist... | 01/07/09
 Exactly. We’d have to invent her. And if liberals didn’t have such pompous ...

Why the Culture War Matters | 01/07/09
 Why is it that performers at cultural events seem to think it is ok to make ...

A Good Year for Climate "Deniers" | 01/06/09
 The whole point about being a conservative is to stand against liberal group-think. ...

Voters Think Dems are "Center Right" | 01/03/09
 You gotta give President-elect Obama credit. He managed to get the voters to think ...

The Conservative View from 2008 | 01/01/09
 Because so much happened in 2008 on such an epic scale, it is hard to know what it ...

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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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