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LET ME ADD UP the pluses and minuses. Truly, there are very few minuses. I had my blessings. I had two marvelous decades. Most important, I come to what may be life’s end without any guilt or regret.
Maybe I’m wrong about this, but, judging from the testimony of literature, I don’t think so. I think most people come to the end of their lives thinking, “If only I had done this” or “If only I had not done that.”
That doesn’t mean I have not done bad things. I have. But I have come to terms with having done them, and I have been forgiven.
I have had a job I loved. With every new assignment, my first thought was, “Oh, boy, I get to write.” I am crazy about my wife, and I have two wonderful sons.
It would be nice to have another decade. I may get it if a transplant by Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles works out; I have a donor. The docs better be willing to get to it fast.
These days, my default prayer is, “Lord, deliver me or take me.” Followed by, “Lord, forgive me for telling You Your business. Thy will, not mine, be done.”
SUPPOSE I HAD died in 1975. Looking back, I regard that old world as much superior to this one. I am scared again at the prospect of a new President — with much better reason this time.
But this is better. If I had died in 1975, without faith, without family, without love, I would have gone with a bitter curse on my lips.
Now, my heart raises a blessing with every remaining breath.
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?