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A. Simmons’ warning that we better not mess with the manly French shows a creative grasp of history. The Normans were descended from the Scandinavian Vikings, not the French. Charles Martel and his Islam-bashing cohorts were Franks, not French — there was no France yet and would not be for centuries. Claiming them as proof of France’s macho chops is akin to an American’s laying claim to the martial exploits of Richard the Lionheart and Brian Boru.
France’s sole brush with modern martial glory came at the behest of a Corsican thug to whom they freely handed their country twice, once at gunpoint and once at a simple display of charismatic bravado.p>As Dennis Prager wrote, “From the Jacobins and the guillotine, to the Dreyfus trial, to the Vichy regime, to de Gaulle’s withdrawal from anti-Communist NATO, France, with rare exceptions, has done little that is moral and nothing that is courageous. So the disdain that many Americans have long felt for France has merely been reinforced.” Harking back to sword-swinging robber barons squabbling over the ruins of the Roman Empire is unlikely to change that, anymore than Saddam’s arrogating the legacy of Saladin intimidated the 3rd Infantry. br> — Richard McEnroe /p>
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online