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Paul Weyrich’s delayed discovery of the vagaries of Senator Orrin Hatch’s political philosophy tells us something about the two men. For openers, it demonstrates that Hatch can convince people who should know better that his commitment to conservative principles is steadfast and not subject to revision. As for Weyrich, he is not alone in being beguiled into believing Hatch was, “…not what you think he is.” A former Foreign Service colleague, also a Mormon and resident of Utah, wrote bitterly how Hatch, despite his actions on a wide range of issues, faces no real opposition in the primaries because the Republican Party will not allow it. Hatch may not have, as he once boasted, “the Right sown up,” but, to date at least, no one appears willing to take him on in Utah in the same way that Senator Specter, who votes more often as an independent liberal and disregards party ukase, is being challenged, albeit without White House support.
For observers of the national scene, one of life’s unsolved mysteries is why there appears to be a tendency for legislators and jurists who reside in Washington too long to move Left and renounce the principles and people who sent them to the capital in the first place. Former Senator Alan Simpson was “going back to Cody” (Wyoming), but when last heard from, appears to have become a fixture at The Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. And I’ve always wondered if President Reagan would not feel terribly disappointed by the judicial journey of Sandra Day O’Connor.…p>Sorry, Mr. Weyrich, I cannot love Senator Hatch, even during this paschal season. His efforts, among others, in proposing the Development Relief & Education for Alien Minors — aka “The Dream Act” - which would mandate additional educational funding for the children of illegal aliens, demonstrates a fundamental disdain for the immigration laws of the land that, given his legislative responsibility, is profoundly unsettling. But, Mr. Weyrich, I, too, shall pray for him: my supplication will be directed to St. Jude, the patron saint of lost causes. br> — Vincent Chiarello br> Reston, Virginia /p> p> CODE OLD br> Re: David Hogberg’s Outsourcing Bigotries : /p> p>That the left avoids press attention when they use racial code words is an old story and does not just apply to jobs and trade. In the last Louisiana Governor election, during the last week the Democrat candidate began running ads about her longstanding American heritage. The Republican’s parents came from India. If a Republican had run ads like that it would have been a national controversy. After the Democrat won, the media pretended that it was some sort of referendum on Bush. Wrong as usual.
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