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Dalrymple’s favorite quotation comes from Edmund Burke:
Men are qualified for civil liberties in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their appetites: in proportion as their love of justice is above their rapacity…Society cannot exist, unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere; and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.Today, rather than encouraging temperance, we embrace the notion of addict as victim. Ultimately the question becomes what society should do with the addict? Dalrymple concludes that he should receive rehabilitation — not treatment. He should be told that his free ride is over, and that it is his duty to put moral chains on his appetites. Hard work putting chains on one’s appetites, but it is also hard work getting up at 5 a.m. every weekday and going to work in an office building in order to support your family. And there is not a thing romantic about it.
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?