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Daily Blogs for 4/2008

by Christopher Chantrill

MoveOn dot Next? | 04/30/08
 Now that Sen. Barack has “courageously” thrown his pastor under the bus, ...

Defining Obama for America | 04/29/08
 The first rule of politics, they say, is to define yourself and your opponent before ...

Those Aborted Black Babies | 04/28/08
 One of the whackier aspects of Reverend Wright’s sophisticated worldview is the ...

You Can't Say That | 04/25/08
 Our lefty friends call it “controlling the narrative.” In plain English it ...

The Company You Keep | 04/24/08
 Remember the old saying? You can tell a man by the company he keeps. On the ...

What Price Education? | 04/23/08
 When you subsidize sometehing then you get more of it. If you subsidize ...

Liberals Against the Tide | 04/22/08
 Last week the US Supreme Court decided a Kentucky ...

Obama's Three Unforced Errors | 04/21/08
 Government is always the rule of the few over the many. Always. You may think ...

The Way to Rise in America | 04/18/08
 Today America’s thoughtful Mom, ...

Dems Get Tough Questions | 04/17/08
 Democratic partisans are outraged today after ABC’s Charlie Gibson and George ...

McCain: Dem Tax Increase is "Change" | 04/16/08
 We knuckle-dragging bitter-end conservative Republicans have been worried about John ...

Theocracy Here We Come! | 04/15/08
 Liberals have been worrying for six years about the looming theocracy. Well, ...

Liberals' and Obama's God Problem | 04/14/08
 A liberal friend confided the other day that Democrats were having a problem ...

Politics is Politics, But... | 04/11/08
 Are you becoming as offended as I am by the Democrats’ unilateralist approach to ...

Is Google Smart or What? | 04/10/08
 Earlier this week a new website went up. It is ...

Are We Safe, Mr. President? | 04/09/08
 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) tells it like it is. Yesterday, he told his ...

The Real Meaning of Honor | 04/07/08
 Honor is a much abused word. Mostly it is abused by people who say: How dare ...

More People Entering Work Force | 04/04/08
 The unemployment rate was out today, up to 5.1 percent. As usual the headline ...

Who's The Fighter? | 04/03/08
 Academics and government employees like Barack Obama for president, writes ...

Dem Divide: It Really Isn't Funny | 04/02/08
 It’s easy for Republicans to snigger at the problems the Democrats are having in ...

Education vs. Family | 04/01/08
 In the sleeper movie hit ...

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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


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


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


Society and State

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


Socialism equals Animism

Imagining that all order is the result of design, socialists conclude that order must be improvable by better design of some superior mind.
F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit


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


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.


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


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


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


Physics, Religion, and Psychology

Paul Dirac: “When I was talking with Lemaître about [the expanding universe] and feeling stimulated by the grandeur of the picture that he has given us, I told him that I thought cosmology was the branch of science that lies closest to religion. However [Georges] Lemaître [Catholic priest, physicist, and inventor of the Big Bang Theory] did not agree with me. After thinking it over he suggested psychology as lying closest to religion.”
John Farrell, “The Creation Myth”


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


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