by Christopher Chantrill
Last week Victor Davis Hanson wrote about the hollowed-out society in the Central Valley around his native Fresno, California. He wrote:
I wanted to witness, even if superficially, what is happening to a state that has the highest| more | 12/25/10
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is reported to be irked that President Obama didnt take his advice and use the tax bill to corner Republicans into defending millionaires and billionaires. In fact hes not just irked, hes deeply| more | 12/18/10
I know that we are all supposed to love Warren Buffett as the Sage of Omaha, businessman and all-around good guy, but I keep reading stories that make me wonder. Heres a story about Warren Buffett, the estate tax, and the life insurance industry.
Did you know that the life insurance lobby is actively lobbying to restore the estate| more | 12/09/10
All of a sudden, liberal pundits are getting worked up about the influence of Wall Street. From the concern expressed one would think that the contributions from Goldman Sachs have suddenly dried up now that the Republicans have taken over the House of Representatives. Heres William D. Cohan in The New York Times worrying about| more | 12/09/10
Have you heard the one about the guy from the lefty reality-based community? He could only tell reality when it knocked him upside the head. And thats the story of the Obama administration thus far.
Its not easy to admit it, but in 2008 we needed the Democrats to run the national security apparatus for four| more | 11/25/10
There are two reasons for the Federal Reserves decisions to print lots of money. The good reason is that the real-estate crash still hasnt cleared. That is, too many mortgaged homeowners are still under water and the real-estate estate market is all locked up with a huge overhang of foreclosures. When too many debtors are under| more | 11/25/10
Last week the MSM Tingle Brigade all of a sudden discovered, in President Obamas post-election news conference, that he just didnt get it, didnt understand the message from the voters. That Tin Ear, wrote the London Economist.
What did the| more | 11/11/10
So President Obama really is a socialist after all. According to Stanley Kurtz in Radical-in-Chief the young Obama went to socialist conferences in the 1980s and then became participant in the extensive socialist community| more | 11/05/10
You really have to feel sorry for our liberal friends. With each passing day they are coming to resemble the old WASP elite they sneered at for a century. Good liberal journalists should only visit those inscribed in the Social Register. And the Netroots seem more and more like southern rednecks, the folks that howled their approval when| more | 11/01/10
When your team looks to do well in the playoffs its time to head down to the big-box store to buy a big-screen HDTV. But what do you do when your party looks to wipe the floor in the midterms?
The question is: When the results start rolling, how will the election rate against the Best All-time Midterms? Obviously there will be| more | 10/21/10
The mark of a good politician is an instinct for the dividing line. We are talking about the line drawn in the sand that gets you to 51 percent of the vote and leaves your opponent with the rest.
Say what you like about Newt Gingrich, but his new dividing line over paychecks| more | 10/18/10
Its pretty obvious that the One Nation rally held at the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday, 10/2, was in every way the left-wing version of Glenn Becks Restoring Honor rally on 8/28.
Just as Glenn Becks rally was a celebration of the Judeo-Christian virtues of Faith, Hope, and Charity, American exceptionalism, and| more | 10/09/10
Our liberal friends are wondering where it all went wrong. Their generals, the elected politicians, are all running for election either by ignoring ObamaCare or by running against it. But the word hasnt gotten down to the mustachioed, well, bearded officers in the Liberal Hussars. They are still haranguing the troopers with | more | 10/03/10
Tea Party favorite Christine ODonnells victory over Washington establishment favorite Mike Castle raised an interesting question.
Do we just want political power and 51 seats in the US Senate? Or do we want to build a movement? Thats what movement guy| more | 09/23/10
Its beginning to look like the Republicans win both houses of Congress this fall. But a Republican Congress wont be enough repeal the disaster of ObamaCare. President Obama will be able to veto any repeal effort at least through 2012. And even with a Republican president in 2013 Democrats may still be able to filibuster a repeal| more | 09/20/10
For years and years the national moralists have been telling conservatives to reach out to minorities and women. But how? Minorities and women, at least of the professional variety, believe in big government and politics-with-everything. Conservatives dont.
In fact conservatives believe, with| more | 09/09/10
Some of you may know and love the British Blackadder TV series. It featured Rowan Atkinson as an upper-class twit and Tony Robinson as Baldrick, his crafty lower-class servant/sidekick. A recurring theme was Baldricks cunning plan that usually failed to get them out of a jam.
We will return to Baracks cunning| more | 09/08/10
Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, has changed his mind about Fannie and Freddie, the home-mortgage government-sponsored giants. According to Larry Kudlow, Rep. Frank is ready to send Fannie to a death| more | 08/30/10
Conservatives favorite moment in the 2008 campaign was the altercation between the Anointed One and Joe the Plumber.
Back then Joe Wurzelbacher was worried that Obamas plan to raise taxes on the wealthy, those making more than $250,000 per year, would hurt folks like| more | 08/20/10
Last week, when Judge Walkers decision in Perry v. Schwarzenegger came out, I felt a dreadful fear.
My fear was not about what gay marriage would do to the institution of traditional marriage. I reckon that marriage is not as fragile as conservatives fear,| more | 08/13/10
As the mainstream media synchronized their watches over the Shirley Sherrod affair, the object of their little trench raid was clear. Demonize Andrew Breitbart for the un-ethical publication of a video featuring Ms. Sherrod uttering racist remarks at an NAACP awards dinner.
You could see the strategy. The MSM wanted to discredit and| more | 07/29/10
Thomas Frank, the Wall Street Journals quota liberal, is shocked that people are calling President Obama a socialist. Last| more | 07/24/10
Back when they were asking us if we were ready for a black president, we all know what Americans were thinking. If we elect a black president, could we do a deal? Could we stop calling everyone racists?
It was easy back then to indulge in a hope for change. Back in July 2004, State Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) wowed the political| more | 07/19/10
The great religious movements of the 20th century, Communism and Fascism, liked to think that they toiled in the wilderness against a corrupt political and religious establishment. In fact, of course, they always obtained support from young fashionables in the educated elite, and their ideas leaked quickly into the political mainstream.| more | 07/09/10
Every bad idea seems to have its Wordsworthian moment:
Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive But to be young was very heaven.
The early enthusiasm for Keynesian economics certainly qualifies. The dawn of Keynes was very heaven, if you were young back then. But now we are at the moment when a new generation asks:| more | 06/30/10
According to Fred Barnes at The Weekly Standard, the Obamis are planning a lame-duck session of Congress, filled| more | 06/29/10
It is true that liberalism is cruel, corrupt, wasteful and unjust. But one should never forget its delusion. The delusion is a simple one. It is a belief that government can be made rational and efficient. This delusion leads our liberal friends into disaster after disaster.
Liberals were shocked that President Bush failed to get| more | 06/19/10
A political gaffe is when a politician accidentally tells the truth. So when GOP senate candidate Rand Paul discussed with MSNBC host Rachel Maddow his belief in a limited government that should not force private businesses to abide by| more | 06/14/10
The mess in the Gulf of Mexico is not just Obamas Katrina. It is Big Governments Katrina.
Thank goodness it happened on the Democrats watch. When George W. Bush was president the lackadaisical performance of the federal government could be set down to Republican disinterest in governance. Republicans dont care| more | 06/14/10
Many people are looking for the reason to explain the Greek/Euro mess. Edmund Conway in the London Daily Telegraph has as good a reason as any. The current crisis, he| more | 06/14/10
If anyone wants to know why theater is dead in the United States the reason is simple. It is trapped in a time-warp of liberal pieties. When the Oregon Shakespeare Festival sent out a call for plays celebrating American Revolutions| more | 05/19/10
Last week government workers in Greece were marching through the streets chanting thieves, thieves to the industrialists and politicians that have robbed their nation blind. These workers would be experts about| more | 05/11/10
Who really was to blame for the bank meltdown in 2008? Economist Robert Mundell, supply-sider-in-chief and Chinas new Confucius, is unequivocal.
In a speech at the| more | 05/11/10
The Tax Day tea parties were a start. Taxes are too high, we all agree. You can see how high at usgovernmentrevenue.com. But taxes arent the problem. Nor indeed is government spending the problem, although you can take a look at the century of steadily increasing government| more | 04/23/10
Last week we learned what happens to health care when you impose ObamaCare upon it. For we learned how the prototype ObamaCare health plan is wrecking health care in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Gov. Deval Patrick (D) just rejected 90| more | 04/17/10
Diane Ravitch has given up on school choice. Her latest book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education, tells the story of her change of heart. You can read a quickie version in The Wall Street Journal or| more | 04/09/10
Everyone seems to need a narrative of good against evil. Even people who dont believe in God or in Satan. Take Noam Chomsky, scourge of US imperialism. In the lefty mockumentary The Corporation, he delicately compares corporations to slaveowners:
When you look at a| more | 04/02/10
A liberal acquaintance likes to say that taxes are the price we pay for civilization. He would, for hes a retired professor from a government university.
He didnt think this up on his own, of course. His sound bite is a quote from| more | 03/24/10
Back in Bush era it was Republicans that got fed up with the rules. Democrats in the US Senate were filibustering conservative judge nominees and Republicans had had enough of it. So they planned to change the rules in the Senate with the nuclear option that would allow an up or down vote on their judges with a bare 51 vote| more | 03/18/10
The big question for Americans is whether they are better off defeating the monstrosity of ObamaCare now or whether it is best to let the Democrats pass it and then work to repeal it, whether it takes a day or a decade.
The short answer is: Defeat it. The passage of ObamaCare lets a genie of government power out of the bottle that will| more | 03/12/10
Last week Dr. Judith Curry, climate scientist from Georgia Institute of Technology, admitted on Whats Up With That that climate scientists needed to do a better job of communication, in order to reestablish trust| more | 03/02/10more | 02/24/10
Liberals are at it again. They are worrying that the US is ungovernable. Political scientist Jay Cost has the details:
Ezra Klein| more | 02/18/10
We all know liberal condescension. Why are Americans so anti-intellectual? your liberal friend might ask. But Gerard Alexander has written about itin the Washington Post. Why are| more | 02/11/10
Remember when your liberal friends used to writhe on the floor in a foaming rage? They were outraged because the Iraq War never got into the federal budget, but got slipped in through the back door with supplemental appropriations.
Now theres a new game in town. Advanced conservatives are going to class to learn| more | 02/05/10
Isnt it great to have a Republican Senator from Massachusetts? Its also good to have the First Amendment reaffirmed by the United States Supreme Courteven if our liberal friends are shocked and appalled at the notion of corporations sticking up for themselves.
As delicious as last weeks good news was for| more | 02/03/10
On the holiday celebrating Martin Luther Kings birthday we celebrate also the first year of Americas first black president, Barack Obama.
Its telling that 47 years ago, when Reverend King made his great speech on the Washington Mall, he did not say that he had a dream that one day, an African American would become| more | 01/22/10
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the December employment report January 8, and the mainstream media reported that 85,000 jobs were lost. The big story, as usual, was in the Household Survey. There was no mild leakage of 85,000 jobs there, but a whomping 589,000 jobs flushed down the drain. Here are the numbers from the| more | 01/16/10
Sooner or later the American people must rise up and do more than complain about the latest wizard wheeze of the progressive educated class. We must take one of their gigantic government takeover bills and flat out repeal it.
Otherwise they will return every generation and lay another unjust burden upon us.
Why dont we do| more | 01/07/10
[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.
[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, quoted in MacGregor Knox, Williamson Murray, ed., The dynamics of military revolution, 1300-2050.
Civil Societya complex welter of intermediate institutions, including businesses, voluntary associations, educational institutions, clubs, unions, media, charities, and churchesbuilds, 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
[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
[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
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
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
For [the left] there is only the state and the individual, nothing in between. No family to rely on, no friend to depend on, no community to call on. No neighbourhood to grow in, no faith to share in, no charities to work in. No-one but the Minister, nowhere but Whitehall, no such thing as society - just them, and their laws, and their rules, and their arrogance.
David Cameron, Conference Speech 2008
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
No lesson seems to be so deeply inculcated by the experience of life as that you should never trust experts. If you believe doctors, nothing is wholesome: if you believe the theologians, nothing is innocent: if you believe the soldiers, nothing is safe. They all require their strong wine diluted by a very large admixture of insipid common sense.
Lord Salisbury, Letter to Lord Lytton
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
In England there were always two sharply opposed middle classes, the academic middle class and the commercial middle class. In the nineteenth century, the academic middle class won the battle for power and status... Then came the triumph of Margaret Thatcher... The academics lost their power and prestige and... have been gloomy ever since.
Freeman Dyson, The Scientist as Rebel