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I reflected his denial that there was any danger to nonsigners when I asked him the question. Archibald’s flat NO is a stretch. The fact is one doesn’t know whether there would be any danger or not, but all we learned from Archibald was that he hadn’t even considered the issue.
To get technical about it, Archibald mischaracterized his activity as “a petition.” How is it a petition? What does it petition for? Archibald admits in his letter that in effect the “petition” was a blank check affirmation of “policy” (whatever that was). Archibald claims I suggested “that those who signed our petition might have been confused about President Nichol’s policy.” Clearly they might have since Archibald then has to go on to define “policy,” which is unfortunately not contained in his “petition,” after the fact in this letter.
But petitions don’t work like that. One has to petition for something specific. In this case it was not a petition. It was an affirmation of faith that whatever the President’s undefined “policy,” was just peachy with the undersigned.
And what is that but a loyalty oath?
What is most embarrassing is that a fine man like Archibald would be so naÃ¯ve that he wouldn’t recognize he had cobbled together a loyalty oath that made anyone who signed it look like a fool.
The faculty met after Archibald’s “petition” was underway and voted in favor of an effective and well-worded resolution in support of President Nichol’s position. As for Archibald’s silly effort, as I wrote to a College administration official, “If I were you I would have Archibald formally withdraw it with the cover that the faculty now has a motion on the table that he approves ofâ€¦ and BURN his petition and forget who signed it FAST.”p> TAKING OFFENSIVE
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