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What is worthy about the present culture is the aroma of things past: objective truth; belief in the one God; belief in a higher power above yourself that you're accountable to if you haven't accepted God; traditions for living civilly and responsibly that have been proved over the years to be the best for the individual and best for the society. We can discuss these traditions for quite some time, broadly they are individual responsibility, accountability, and duty--to God, family, country. Morality, as it comes from God, matters and is for our benefit.
I love technology, but without the paragraph above it's disastrous, we don't know what to do with it other than use it destructively.
Light beer is an abomination, as is most American-made beer, but as long as I don't have to drink it, have at it! The best beer in the world, for my mind, is Czechoslovakian--Budweiser, or Budvar in the southern German parlance.
Super article, got me to thinking about the things I love enough to fight for.
I sure did, Claire, and I can't thank you enough for putting in the video clips. Lady Thatcher is one of the most amazing women I have ever seen, read, or heard about. I think it was Mark Steyn who asked the question "Did Britain really deserve Margaret Thatcher?"
You know what would be fun? A side-by-side review of Lady Thatcher and President Reagan's speeches. Now THAT would be fun--both sides win, but for different reasons.
If you've never watched Lady Thatcher's final address to the House of Lords - I think it's the House of Lords, it's the one where everybody shouts at her, then she just swats their comment away and laughing, says "I'm enjoying this! I'm really enjoying this!"
Paul A. Rahe
My bet is that no one has thought to build that into their calculations. I didn't, but I do not live in California. · Oct 16 at 7:43am
The stoners only want to vote on 19, so my guess is that's all they'll do. They'll giggle at "the man's" reaction when they turn in a 9/10 empty ballot, then head to the car to blow a fatty, content in the knowledge that they have exercised their "right" as an American to vote.
From your lips to God's ears, Dr. Rahe.
If it's not me, then I want to see the reaction when the first person says "Ms. Fiorina, let me be the first to call you SENATOR!"
I'm convinced that the real work begins November 3rd. The level of tyranny that we've allowed to creep up and smother us is staggering. We must dismantle large parts of the government just to be able to "breathe the free air again," as Gandalf told Theoden.
As I continue to work with my Congressman and Senators in the months to come, could I count on your willingness to work with Congress to determine the best ways to effect positive change, particularly on the educational front? As Dr. Sowell reminds us, most of the wisdom is out here, not in Washington.
flownover: As I watch my 13 yr old girl sniggle about texts with "friend with benefits" comments, my blood runs cold.
Edited on Oct 14 at 09:29 am
I empathize with your blood running cold.
I have a 16-year-old niece whose mother decided she was going to divorce my brother, but have sex with her husband-to-be before she moved out. So, this poor young lady sits on the lap of her 21-year old boyfriend, rubbing herself against him and snaking her head over his neck.... You get the picture. All this in my brother's living room with family around. I don't live close, so I'd never seen it. She was being ignored. I had to get up and walk out--it was either that or scream, or weep.
We have much work to do to regain our relatively universal ideas of what is a "man" and what is a "woman". By the posts, I think we share a common idea.
I support whatever appropriate action you take to insert yourself into the consciousness of your 13-year old, Dad. Dad's MATTER.
When the media went down on their knees for the current president, I started doing some research on propaganda. I found much good information on the website of the US Holocaust Museum, located here: http://www.ushmm.org/propaganda/.
My feeling, unsupported by any taxpayer-funded study, is that anti-semitism has never died, or even waned. I think it was considered to be in bad taste for a long time after we admitted what was happening to the Jews during WW II. Anti-semitism seems to be very chic these days. And there are scary parallels to the propaganda used in WW II.
I love all the posts so far, I have to say.
Men do need to "man up." Trouble is, they don't know how anymore (some present company excluded!) Gentlemanly behavior is only an important part of manliness. Another integral part is the willingness to fight for his woman, fight for his country, fight for his friends. Yes, physically fight as well as spiritually.
A woman should not ask a man out, it does both the man and the woman harm. How is a man to learn to "man up" if he doesn't have to fight for something as important as a woman? And, a woman should not ask a man to marry her--it virtually never works out well for either the woman or the man.
As women, we can start expecting men to act manly, that will help us all. Look to the 1940s and 1950s movies, they give us a good visual for what a real man is supposed to be, as well as what a graceful woman is supposed to be.
If Christie were ok with using the power of the state to take my money to kill unborn children via elective surgery, would that prevent me from voting for him? Yep, it would. If he were for the same, but only in the case of the mother's life being threatened, I'd vote for him in a minute. I love the fact that he's plain spoken, and he sticks up for women--think Meg Whitman.
I hope he doesn't run in 2012, I think New Jersey needs him.
I have to agree with Pat Caddell: the Republicans are the stupid party. I'm completely optimistic about November, but I believe the work will get even harder after November 2nd. I don't think the Republican leadership (namely Mr. Boehner) "gets it." Meaning, #1, there's a sense of urgency about repealing Obamacare (yes, force the man into veto'ing it--Congress can work quickly if it wants to), and maintaining the Bush tax cuts for at least another two years, if not permanently.
And then, start dismantling this bloated Shelob of a government we've created. Start with the Dept. of Energy. Then move on to Housing and Urban Development. Honestly, we need restoration, not just a Republican majority.
VHD is indeed a treasure, someone I could listen to for much longer than the 8-minute segments.
I do love and appreciate Peter's interview style, particularly that he 1) reads what his interviewees have written, 2) asks thoughtful questions about what's been written, and 3) lets the interviewee answer the question.
VDH is not only incredibly well-informed, he's a sober-minded guy who articulates his thoughts to the point of poetry. Yeah, that might be a bit over the top but to my mind it's true. He's just the best of the best. I'm glad he's on our side.
For my mind we're attributing more conscious, reasonable thought to the current administration than actually exists. There is a deeply held petty grudge against all things "not-like-me" that guides everything they do.
Having said that, the administration will never admit failure, because in their minds it never can fail. Ever. The only reason Keynesianism hasn't worked before is because no nation was wealthy enough to pull it off. They believe we are wealthy enough--we just need someone as determined as the O to "stay the course."
I like Scott's idea!
I also thought about running out to Viejas, dropping some coin on the roulette wheel, then racing back to evening services. Hmmm. Maybe I better leave Viejas out of it--no time.
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