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What’s next? I guess I could be quarantined for my own good and that of society. I don’t have the exact quote (maybe some of the readers would know it), but James Madison had some sharp things to say about a state that involved itself with sumptuary laws and other manifestations of regulation of personal habits. But then, I’m sure that Michael Fumento would consider himself above the balanced wisdom of the author of our Constitution.p>Does anyone around here remember what Frank Meyer’s fusion conservatism (economic and social libertarianism fused with strong national defense, commitment to protection of life, and respect for those who practice traditional American values) is all about? Maybe Hillyer and Fumento should take a Meyer break before honoring us with some more of what simply must be their casual “thoughts while shaving.” br> — Stephen Zierak br> Kansas City, Missouri /p>
Interestingly, in the last four paragraphs of his column, it seems Mr. Hillyer has just proposed a Contract With America, Version II.
Let us see if we can glean the pertinent passages, combined with literary license of course:
1. The American people favor, and elected conservatives shall advocate for, limited government with a strong military. We believe that non-inherent governmental power shall, in all cases, be returned to local control, as specified in the 10th Amendment to the Constitution.
2. We favor judges who are deferential to the actual text of the Constitution, and of statues passed pursuant to its rules. As such, we oppose a federal right to abortion; the issue shall be adjucated at the state level, as specified in the 10th Amendment to the Constitution.
3. We favor a communal respect for timeless standards of conduct showcasing an enlightened tradition.
4. We favor strict, clear, and consistent standards of law and order.
5. We favor maximum liberty within the law.
6. We believe that the public square should not be hostile to expressions of faith.
7. We believe private property deserves strong legal protections.
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?