What is the matter with everybody?
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John McCain seems to be letting all this pass. He seems, when you think about it, to be giving Obama a pass. He is giving Pelosi and Frank and the rest of the screeching, screaming pack of self-hating privileged incendiary rope-makers and rope-sellers pass. They have a clear target: they have opponents who hob and nob with anti-American, anti-Semitic, Israel-despising phonies, people who want to United States to be an ordinary decadent social-welfare country where the world’s rabble come and shop for the latest fashions.
He should be unleashing his running mate, and the two of them should be running like the cavalry at the end of the race in Stagecoach (which takes place in Arizona.) He can remind voters who was in that stagecoach. That stagecoach contained, remember, a cavalryman’s beautiful (and pregnant) wife, a gallant gentleman still keeping faith with the Lost Cause, a drunk doctor — who knows his stuff — an embezzler, a whore with a big heart, drivers doing their job, a decent ordinary businessman (same business as Rick Wasmund) and… and the Ringo Kid.
That stagecoach was America.
Okay, okay, it didn’t contain all the diverse members of the American community. As far I recall, it did not have a Polish Catholic among its passengers.
I never heard a complaint about this from a Polish Catholic.
ANYWAY, the Republicans, McCain in the lead, are finally leading the cavalry charge. They are warning of socialism. They are warning of over-regulation, excessively progressive taxation, constraints on choice, encroaching bureaucracies in education and everything else, the suffocating growth of government, and they are, too, reminding voters that, yo, there’s still a war on and we have to win it.
Do you really want someone in the White House when we are at war who talks to Bill Ayers and David Axelrod and Bernardine Dohrn?
Do you think Israel will be safe with a president whose personal pastor said Louis Farrakhan is one of the great men of our times?
Do you want America to be a nation like any other — or should we still have room for the Ringo Kid and traveling salesmen with samples of whiskey?
Kipling, I used to point out to my students, was a great friend and admirer of Theodore Roosevelt, like McCain a duty-honor-country soldier and lover of the great West. One can’t know, but it’s a fair bet whom Kipling would support in this race.
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken / Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, that’s a good line, when you think of how they claim to be the party of the middle class when in fact they are the limousine liberals, as used to be said, pandering to the rabble at both ends of the social scale. But now look at me, I sound like I have grudges. Bellow would be laughing at me. And Kipling —
If you can make one heap of all your winnings / And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, — okay then, let’s give it our best shot and let’s win and should we lose, well — And lose, and start again at your beginnings / And never breath a word about your loss; — we’ll already be on the road back.
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?