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Daily Blogs for 2/2008

by Christopher Chantrill

Race Bureaucrat Worries About Obama | 02/29/08
 The chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission in Britain has created a ...

Media Turns on Clintons | 02/28/08
 The fundamental thing to understand about the media is the blood-in-the-water ...

Bill Buckley Dead at 82 | 02/27/08
 Even the New York Times agrees that William F. Buckley, Jr., dead at 82, was ...

When Liberals Write About Religion | 02/26/08
 Ever since the Enlightenment liberals have liked to talk about religion as something ...

NYT Trashes Working Women | 02/25/08
 In politics, or at least the politics of personal destruction, anything ...

Obama: Read the Commenters | 02/22/08
 Never mind about the vapid messianic tone of the Obama campaign.  Never mind ...

"Another Reagan" Wouldn't Run | 02/21/08
 Today’s Republicans all live in hope of “another Reagan.”  Not a ...

Really Proud of America | 02/20/08
 Liberals have always had a real problem feeling proud of America.  In fact you ...

Clintons Snark on Obama | 02/19/08
 Our good friends at Clinton Central are shocked, shocked that Senator Barack Obama has ...

Castro Steps Down At Last | 02/19/08
 Lefties say the darnedest things.  That’s because they regard the ...

Obama's Immigration Problem | 02/18/08
 It’s no secret that the Democratic Party is a lot more “liberal” on ...

Obama-the-Empty-Suit Day | 02/15/08
 Funny how our noble punditoriate all manage to write the same story on the same ...

Valentines for McCain | 02/14/08
 It’s Valentine’s Day, so every Republican pundit is sending flowers to John ...

Obama in the Driver's Seat? | 02/13/08
 After Senator Barack Obama convincingly won the Potomac Primary yesterday, is it time ...

The Problem Isn't Just McCain | 02/12/08
 In the aftermath of Senator John McCain’s presumptive victory last week in the ...

The Trouble with an Establishment of Religion | 02/11/08
 Everyone has something to say about the Archbishop of Canterbury and his suggestion ...

Democrats: Safeway vs. Whole Foods | 02/08/08
 Those of us cursed with a conservative temperament view the current Democratic race ...

Romney Out | 02/07/08
 They called him a flip-flopper and a robocandidate, but mostly Presidential Candidate ...

After Super Tuesday: Wait Until 2009!(2) | 02/06/08
 Our Democratic friends are racing towards the nomination in a dead heat. They are all ...

McCain: Why Does He Do It? | 02/05/08
 Why is it that Senator John McCain’s is most impressive when sliming other ...

Big Spending Increase in US Budget | 02/04/08
 It’s "Dead on Arrival." That’s what the Democrats like to say when a ...

Ted Kennedy Calls The Clintons Out | 02/01/08
 It is certainly a moment, when Ted Kennedy comes out for Barack Obama and disses the ...

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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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