Only once ever did a man introduce himself to me as bad, and that turned out to be Mr. Mann with a head cold. It seems to be the conceit of enormous swaths of humankind that they number among the good. So much so that when ill befalls their lot, they imagine themselves equipped with evidence to indict God — if not for malice aforethought, then certainly for negligence. ‘Tis scarce indeed to encounter one so schooled in humility that he’d say like Macduff:blockquote>”…Did heaven look on br> And would not take their part? Sinful Macduff, br> They were all struck for thee! naught that I am. br> Not for their own demerits, but for mine, br> Fell slaughter on their souls…” /blockquote>
Or like Jonah in the Bible explaining the typhoon that lashed the ship carrying citizens of many nations: “Lift me and place me into the sea and the sea will be silenced from upon you, because I know that it is because of mine [sins] that this great hurricane is upon you.” (Jonah 1:12)
It’s Thanksgiving and here we stand as a nation, bloodied by the predations of Bin Laden and Zarqawi and the depredations of Katrina, Rita and Wilma, and we wonder what it all means. Macduff again:blockquote>”…each new morn br> New widows howl; new orphans cry; new sorrows br> Strike heaven on the face, that it resounds br> …and yell’d out br> Like syllable of dolour.” /blockquote>
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?