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In their hearts, the presenters must know that an attack on structure is ultimately an attack on causality. Ironically, both Churchill’s writing and rhetoric — notably when he was out of power — used a latticework of cause and effect to present his ideas and outline his grave concerns regarding the survival of the country. Funnily enough, moral causality operating within a time context is Western Civilization’s great contribution to the human experience.
JUST A FEW MONTHS AGO, as Colonel in Chief of the Queen’s Royal Hussars, the Duke of Edinburgh visited the Crimea to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Charge of the Light Brigade. Past and present Hussars visited the battlefields where, in 1854, over 200 British cavalrymen rode to their deaths, fighting bravely though grossly mismatched in armaments. While many of us today may not be able to find Crimea on a map, the saga has been transmitted and re-transmitted thanks to Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem, “Half a league, Half a league, Half a league onward, All in the valley of death Rode the six hundred…”
The comparison is painful: come the year 2039, will Churchill’s museum, with all its bells and whistles, be able to transmit even a whiff of the heroism of 1939? When tough times return, as they must to every nation, will the British people find in this basement a moral storehouse from which to draw inspiration? Will $12 million — invested now — stir the soul then as much as Tennyson did with mere ink and paper? And, in 2083, 150 years after the “end of the beginning,” how will they remember the charge of Churchill (also a Hussar) as he led a nation?
History is full of surprises. But let’s note that, up until now, no army has ever been stirred to battle by a plasma screen.
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?