by Christopher Chantrill
Thomas Frank, the >Wall Street Journals tame liberal columnist, experienced the Noughties as a low, dishonest decade. It was all corporate scandals, slack regulation, and| more | 12/30/09
Some people think that Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) is insulting Christians with his plan to make the United States Senate work right up to Christmas Eve on his health reform bill.
Maybe so. But it seems more likely that he just wants to make sure that every American gets a lump of coal in their Christmas stocking.
Because| more | 12/24/09
If only everyone would be sensible, and stop fighting with liberals over health care, then we could all get along.
There he is, poor Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), facing a brutal reelection bid next November, mercilessly diverted into trying to make an omelet out of rotten eggs.
Thats what the public option is. Its a| more | 12/18/09
The only thing that has taken a pounding in the last two weeks of Climategate is the fantasy PR image that scientists have maintained for so long.
Of course scientists fake results. Of course they bully other scientists. Of course| more | 12/12/09
A generation ago liberals taught me to believe that Ronald Reagan was an extremist and a lightweight. Then I went to a Republican caucus in 1980 as a Bush supporter and met the Reagan supporters. I realized that they were the little people, mechanics, technicians, churchgoers, folks that used to be Democrats.
Now liberals are teaching| more | 12/04/09
Modern conservativism is the essence of moderation. Conservatives want to persuade the world to chart a course between two extremes. They join with the modernists in breaking the absolute power that family and tribe once had over peoples lives. While conservatives value filial respect, they want sons and daughters to be able to defy| more | 11/25/09
When a white redneck American blew up the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995, President Clinton blamed right-wing talk radio. But when a Muslim-American blew away thirteen American citizens at Ft. Hood in 2009, the president was careful not to rush to judgment, and the mainstream media medicalized the suspects motive into| more | 11/19/09
Last week the House Republicans helpfully pointed out that the Pelosi/ObamaCare bill would create 111 new bureaucracies. No fair, said a Democrat spokesman. Most of the new bureaucracies would only be demonstration| more | 11/13/09
Peggy Noonan thinks that the American people are disheartened. Recently she talked to a mid-level man in Big Pharma. In the old days, it seemed, people were confident; they could see a way through the nations problems.
Now they| more | 11/05/09
Oh good. At last the feds are going to crack down on those evil bankers and their greedy bonuses. Or is it greedy bankers and evil bonuses? Auto da fe next Tuesday.
Now we can get back to the important work of scapegoating insurance companies and the US Chamber of Commerce, the monsters| more | 10/29/09
Dont be tempted to believe in an organized conspiracy to race-bait Rush Limbaugh. Thats not how things work in politics.
To understand how DeMaurice Smith, head of the NFL players union and politically connected Obamite, could be the center of an attempt to destroy the reputation of Rush Limbaugh you only need to| more | 10/22/09
All the world celebrates President Obamas Nobel Peace Prize. The prize expresses international communitys endorsement of his politics and his commitment to a world without war.
Meanwhile some people have noticed that all is not peace-process and diplomacy back at the presidents adopted home town of Chicago. Gang| more | 10/16/09
I admit it. I was wrong. When I wrote about the importance of woman-centered conservatism back in 2007 here, in 2008| more | 10/08/09
The last three Democratic presidents are similar. They are policy presidents: they all believe in the rational, systemic approach to governance. Thats what David S. Broder, dean of the Washington press corps, has noticed.| more | 09/30/09
They called him the godfather. Thats because in the 1970s Irving Kristol, who died September 18, 2009 aged 89, seemed to be the conservative at the center of the family, pulling the strings.
But he wasnt making people offers they couldnt refuse. Billys| more | 09/23/09
Many conservatives may not understand the logic of President Obamas preference for the public option that leads to single payer government health care for all.
So let me tell you about some Democratic neighbors of mine. They are a fiftyish childless couple. He works as a contract technical writer.| more | 09/17/09
Its about a year since Barack Obama has been at the center of US national politics, but its probably not too early to say that his first year was wasted.
It is also probably too harsh to blame the president for all of the waste. He heads a party that last did something serious in the civil rights era of the 1960s. Its| more | 09/09/09
Now that the last Kennedy brother has lost his fight with brain cancer, you can say say this about the Kennedys: they always seemed to know what Democrats wanted.
Elder brother Joe died a heros death in World War II, at a time when liberals were all in favor of fighting fascism. Jack Kennedy was a cold warrior, when liberals| more | 09/05/09
It must have all looked so appealing back in the winter. Why not publish The Death of Conservatism by New York Times Book Review editor Sam Tanenhaus on September 1? The| more | 08/27/09
Among the most powerful psephological tools available to political strategists and commentators is the well-known Upchuck Factor. Never heard of it? Im surprised.
The Upchuck Factor is, quite simply, the length of time it takes the US voter to decide that s/hes had enough of the Democrats. And it looks like| more | 08/21/09
Evil political wizard Karl Rove seems to be tasting blood. His analyzes the presidents stuff for Obamacare in the Wall Street Journal and concludes that the pitcher is in a jam.
There are no polling data or focus groups| more | 08/14/09
Last week Steve McIntyre of the Climate Audit website cracked the walls of the fortress at Britains Climatic Research Unit. A mole sent him a sample of global temperature data that CRU Director Dr. Phil Jones had refused to share with the climate audit community. By Sunday| more | 08/06/09
Last week the presidents health care reform ran off into the ditch. This week, in a flurry of flashing lights, the Beltway wrecker will doubtless haul it back up on the legislative highway. The mainstream media will take a look and declare the it as good as new. But we all know that after you have run a car up on the sidewalk or into| more | 08/01/09
In the Canadian Ottawa Citizen David Warren reckons that US liberals are out of touch. He says it all got started long| more | 07/25/09
When President Obama visited Ghana last week, he went to teach. Africans could harness education to create new wealth, said the president. Yes you can.
But what if Africa has something to teach the president about| more | 07/17/09
A liberal acquaintance couldnt understand why conservatives are impatient with Obama. Didnt conservatives get enough of a chance with 30 years of Reagan and Bush, he asked?
OK, its true that conservatives did get some tax-rate cuts. And we did win the cold war. And we did roll back one social program, welfare, a| more | 07/14/09
In these latter days parents no longer talk about children having tantrums. They talk about meltdowns, as in nuclear plants. In my day, of course, children didnt indulge in nuclear explosions. I still remember the shock of reading The Secret Garden and the tantrums of its spoiled rich-bitch| more | 06/25/09
People are wondering what to do about the Sotomayor nomination. Should conservatives robustly oppose this Affirmative Action baby to the utmost? Or should conservative senators witness to her identity liberalism, asking her questions that allow her to expand, as a wise Latina, on her philosophy of jurisprudence?
There is a lot of| more | 06/21/09
The American people are pretty well convinced that the mortgage meltdown was the fault of greedy bankers, stupid borrowers, and the odd Friend of Angelo Mozilo like Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT). Thats hardly surprising, since the mainstream media has shown a vivid disinterest in getting to the bottom of it all.
Thats why we| more | 06/11/09
Wheres the next Milton Friedman coming from? Thats what Club for Growth founder Stephen Moore wants to know. With the ongong assault against global capitalism coming out of Washington,
I become more nostalgic for one missing voice:| more | 06/06/09
The president mentioned the Rule of Law in a speech last week. At the National Archives about his policies on terrorism, he said:
From Europe to the Pacific, weve been the nation that has shut down torture chambers and replaced tyranny with the rule of| more | 06/03/09more | 05/25/09
In the battle for the soul of the Republican Party the usual suspects want to make the brand more bland. We should avoid dividing people with divisive social issues.
But the Milquetoasts forget that democratic politics is a combination of Our Glorious Vision of the Future and Their Cruel and Unjust Swamp of Waste and Corruption. They| more | 05/18/09
If you like counting firsts, heres one for you. It was just 30 years ago when the British first elected a grocers daughter to be Prime Minister. Yes, for thousands of years the oppressive British political system had denied not just grocers, but the spawn of grocers the highest political office in the land.
But| more | 05/07/09
If you attended a Tea Party recently you were sure to have heard speakers talk about limited government and liberty. But what does it mean? When does government cease to be limited?
We could look at the numbers. If you go to usgovernmentspending.com and its new home page, you could take a look at one of the pie| more | 05/02/09
As I walked through the tea party-goers in Seattles Westlake Park last on Wednesday, April 15, I couldnt help noticing the difference between the people there assembled and the people you see on TV.
We are talking about the kind of people you see on the news, on the prime-time shows, and in commercials.
The people who| more | 04/26/09
Im so sick of watching liberal movies I just cant take it any more. Last week I took in the latest Nicole Kidman star vehicle, Australia, on cable. Its a conventional story about two free-spirited liberals battling a bigoted, racist white society on behalf of a half-white| more | 04/12/09
It was encouraging this week to see conservative women leading in the Tea Party movement. In Orlando on March 21 the 4,000 strong tea party was organized by two| more | 04/06/09
President Obama has got it all wrong. The problem with the economy is not greedy bankers trousering their multi-million dollar bonuses. So his plan to fix the banks and tighten up on financial regulation misses the point.
But at least he is doing something about the| more | 03/26/09
President Obama and his enforcers are right. Rush Limbaugh is the leader of the Republican Party. And now that Bill Buckleys gone, hes the leader of the conservative movement too.
Technically, of course, you could say that the Republican Party doesnt have a leader right now, and it wont have one until its| more | 03/19/09
Many conservatives experience President Obamas budget as a radical lurch to the left. Obviously, they conclude, President Obama is a radical lefty.
Unfortunately its worse than that. President Obama is not leading from the left of his party. He is leading from the center.
Scratch a liberal and you will find someone who| more | 03/12/09
You all remember the old German folk tale of Snow White and the Seven Conservatives. Every morning the liberal policy wonk gets up and looks at The New York Times online.
Mirror, Mirror on the wall;Who is the smartest of them all?
And The New York Times always responds in the same way.| more | 03/06/09
Did you notice that when Gov. Sarah Palin was campaigning for vice-president she talked about reform? Candidate Obama campaigned on a different theme, Change We Can Believe In. In case you werent paying attention, he had the slogan on the emblazoned on the front of his lectern.
The word Change is a| more | 02/27/09
Last week our noble solons lined up a bunch of bank CEOs and proceeded to lash themselves into a lather. All hands aft to witness punishment, as they say in naval fiction.
Im sorry, Mr. Congressman. I dont get it. I thought the whole| more | 02/19/09
Anyone can make a mistake. But when a parade of Obama administration cabinet picksRichardson,| more | 02/13/09
Last week America blew a raspberry at the House stimulus bill. The Wall Street Journal edit page reckoned it out at about 12 percent stimulus. What about the other 88 percent? It was mostly the usual liberal special-interest spending, 40 years of| more | 02/05/09
Now that President Obama is safely inaugurated into the office of President of the United States, working on pleasurable stimuli for the Democratic faithful, let us resume our conservative seminar. While the Democratic stoats and weasels roister and revel at Toad Hall, we stalwarts of the republic, Moles and Rattys and Badgers, even the| more | 01/29/09
We conservatives wish President Obama well. Of course we do. Conservatives are decent people who believe in saying and doing the right thing. But still, we wonder. We wonder whether President Obama really understands the problem.
If you read the retrospectives of the Bush administration you realize the problem that the global media elite had| more | 01/22/09
We spend an enormous amount on health care in the United States. But what do we get in return? One of the most extensive studies of health care, the famous RAND study on health insurance conducted between 1974 and 1982, found that the availability of free health insurance didnt| more | 01/15/09
In her best-selling book The Shock Doctrine, lefty Naomi Klein complains that eevil conservatives have figured out how to trick people all over the world into accepting conservative economic policy.
All the recent outrages weve seen: outsourcing the war on terror to| more | 01/08/09
As the old year wanes, let us not dwell on its disappointments. Let us celebrate the New Year and hope for a swift recovery in the economy.
Let us wish our liberal friends well, their new Congress and our new President Barack Obama.
OK, good. Now lets go back inside and gather round the hot stove. Let us spin a tale of conservative| more | 01/01/09
[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
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