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Wow! Paul Dorell’s letter really knocked me for a loop. America ain’t that great? Sounds like Michelle Obama’s next stump speech, but I think his letter provides a window to the progressive mindset. Paul, if your analysis about taxation is correct, then perhaps your underlying assumption is wrong — that wealthy conservatives don’t like taxes because they believe that “greed is good”. Maybe — just maybe — there are philosophical reasons why conservatives chafe at feeding an ever growing, ever more intrusive state. In fact, I’d be happy to fork over more money, under 2 conditions: 1) none of it goes to the government, but instead to the charity of my choice; and 2) the federal budget is reduced by an equal amount.p>As to your contention that America’s wealth is only an accident of history and/or geography, that is just classic collectivist thinking — that wealth is more or less a natural resource, and therefore the problem of government is how to distribute it all equally. Wealth is not a resource — it is a creation of the human intellect and the work of human hands, and the greatest duty of any government is to set those minds and hands free. br> — Pete Chase br> San Diego, California /p> p> KINDRED SPIRITS br> Re: Beverly Gunn’s letter (under “Hunting Season”) in Reader Mail’s American Noises : /p>
To Beverly Gunn, (East Texas Rancher), who just spoke to my heart about how she and her husband raised her children after D.C. She said it all, concerning these so-called Democratic presidential candidates and their intentions as I could never. They just don’t get it.
Anyway I just want to tell her that she and her family are what real Americans are all about. I also agree that I do not want Hillary or Bill on my TV every night and certainly not Obama, who appears to have no love for our Country. I too am not enthused about McCain but at least he appears to CARE about this our America.
Beverly has written before, as I recognize her fervor. I also pray for her son every night.p>Thank you, br> — Marie Simmons br> Schoharie, New York /p>
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?