davidl on April 11th, 2011

Dumbo gets distracted, a lot, Debra Saunder argues that President Barack Obama, a/k/a Dumbo, seems to view to process of actually governing as a mere distraction, from RCP: President Obama has dedicated his time in office to soaking up applause and shifting blame. Last year, when Democrats owned the White House, the House and the […]

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davidl on March 19th, 2011

Andrew J. McCarthy, National Review: {F]or President Obama to seek a congressional declaration of war, or at least an authorization for the use of military force, as the Bush administration understood was required before commencing combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. In this case, complying with the Constitution is almost certain to result in a […]

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Gross Domestic Product, unemployment, consumer confidence, bond ratings — the state of a nation can be measured using a series of black and white numbers, and while these tell a large part of the story they leave out a great deal.  Every country has in a sense its own unique collective personality built from the attitudes of its people and their shared traditions and history.  The journey that this country has taken from its inception to its current greatness has been made possible not by good economic indicators, but by the traits we have carried with us along the way.  Through both high points and hard times we have been bolstered by a certain toughness, resolve and indeed a stubbornness that is uniquely American.  Regardless of generational ideological shifts it is the retaining of these traits that is paramount in securing our future.  Increasingly it is becoming less true that “tough times make for tough people” and more accurately put “tough times make for weak and dependent people.” The Left wing in this country is on the verge of answering The Greatest Generation with the creation of The Glass Jaw Generation, unable to take a punch and become stronger for it.  If this is allowed to occur, the final blow to the empire will have been dealt.  So as Paul McCartney wrote and Ringo Starr once sang, “Lend me your ears and I\’ll sing you a song, and I\’ll try not to sing out of key”.

While the following will not be out of key, it will certainly be at times ugly and displeasing.  Just as the fields of Philosophy and Psychology have as a main tenant self-introspection, any useful political theory must be crafted only after a look in the mirror.  Even the most […]

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