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Re: David N. Bass’s Obama’s Abortion Spending Spree:
You guys are hysterical, and you are whipping yourselves up into hysteria ON PURPOSE.
That report was submitted by a large coalition of organizations including the American Association of University Women. It was NOT solicited by the Obama Transition Team, any more than any hysterical pseudo-conservative report was solicited. It’s a part of transparency in government, something you guys simply cannot understand.
How did you get ADDICTED to the adrenalin associated with hatred and hysteria? How did you AVOID developing critical thinking? What on earth makes you think your opinions are worth anything at all if they are arrived at by irrationality and expressed so sneakily that you HIDE the nature of the report and the nature of its association with Obama?
God protect us from the CRAZIES at The American
— Hilda F. Morris
Elmwood Park, Illinois
Re: Tom Bethell’s The Good War? Maybe Not:
A war more destructive to the essence of the West than was World War II is raging even now, though our putative leaders feign ignorance of its existence, for politically expedient reasons.
This war, however, is a quiet, slow-motion erosion of the core cultures of the West, by the decades-long flood of millions of unassimilable-yet-fecund immigrants.
At the same time, the economies of the West are being undermined by the mercantilist trade policies of ambitious states — China, India, Korea, and the lot — intent on the beggar-thy-neighbor model of international trade developed by postwar Japan. The upshot: Asia exports container ships and imports FedEx packages.
Who, then, will resist this tide of events? Certainly not the
soi-dissant leaders of the West, who are more concerned about
re-election than the welfare of their countries.
— David Govett
Mr. Bethell, there are no “good wars,” only wars. We still call the first Gulf War a “good war” yet it didn’t rise to the level of a large WWII battle and didn’t resolve the central matter, leaving the matter unfinished for another generation. I happen to think WWII did resolve a few matters at hand and was the only way possible given the general unprepared nature of the West for War. Mankind has been fighting wars since the beginning of time, and they range from bad to really bad. There is no rational substitute for war and people like Chamberlain and Buchanan keep trying to find a non-lethal way to deal with what is on the first order an irrational behavior. If we could reason our way out of wars we certainly could have put an end to simple murder in our own societies centuries ago.
Chamberlain’s mistake was not giving Poland a war guarantee. It was to give a guarantee that he had no means or preparations for. In a card game that is called a bluff, in international affairs it is called wishful thinking with millions of lives on the line. Chamberlain’s Plan A (negotiation) was all that he ever envisioned and thus when push came to shove he became desperate with someone that knew more about what Britain and France could do than their own elected officials would admit to themselves. That’s what appeasers ultimately do, they bluff until someone calls them on it. Hitler was a much better card player and he had made the preparations to back up this plans. It only takes one side to have a war but two to not have one. That salient fact gets lost in all the wishful thinking about past wars and all the what ifs that eventually surround them.
Those who believe Poland could have survived as a nation and people if they had signed a pact with the Germans are delusional at best. Name me a pact Hitler kept. Using actual results of German advances while fighting a two- and eventually three-front war it takes a bit of a stretch to see how Russia could have survived if the West had sat out the war had Hitler gone east and not West first. A whole lot of first rate German forces were tied down in the West and Mediterranean from 1940 on, that would have been quite useful on the Eastern front along with those so called anti-Communist Polish forces. Had Germany succeeded in Eastern Russian and consolidated its economic gains and grown even stronger, the combined forces of both France and Britain would have lasted about 6 days in 1942 against battle hardened forces, not six weeks in 1940. The US would be faced with invading Britain from the US not France from Britain. I can hear it now from Buchanan’s ancestors, “we aren’t bleeding for the Brits and Frogs…”
On balance Chamberlain’s idiotic mindset was probably the only
thing that put the brakes on Germany’s expansion and ultimate
conquest of all of Europe. The evil that undermines that I think
is not subject to revisionist history. No rational person wants a
war but only fools think they can reason one from starting.
— Thom Bateman
Newport News, Virginia
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?