Calvin Coolidge’s Katrina. The left goes begging. Plus, Sinatra greatest hits and much more.
Re: Ryan L. Cole’s Keeping Cool With Coolidge:
While limited government has its advantages, Ryan L. Cole makes a
strange choice in arguing for the personal and political merits
of Calvin Coolidge. In domestic matters, Coolidge’s response to
the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 — or more notably, his lack
of a response — left hundreds of thousands of Americans to fend
for themselves in makeshift refugee camps. At the same time, his
staunch advocacy and enforcement of Prohibition marked an
unprecedented expansion of the federal government into the daily
lives of ordinary citizens. In foreign affairs, Coolidge is best
remembered for the Kellogg-Briand Pact, which may generously be
termed a quixotic agreement to outlaw war. Needless to say, it
did not work. What Cole sees as Coolidge’s simplicity should
better be thought of as a chonic inability to harness the
potential of his office, the result of which was the thinnest
record of accomplishment of any 20th-century President. When
informed of Coolidge’s death, Dorothy Parker is alleged to have
asked, “How could they tell?” I cannot fathom what is to be
gained from attempting to rehabilitate such an uninspiring
— Jacob M. Appel
New York, New York
Mr. R.L. Cole concludes, “Indeed, Coolidge’s qualities — thrift,
recognition of the limits of government’s responsibilities and
capabilities, and presidential modesty seem positively antiquated
today.” But if a man of such beliefs were to have run against The
Messiah of the Left, we might not be holding a coranation on
January 20th of this year. And certainly the nation would be
better off by far.
— Ira M. Kessel
Rochester, New York
Re: Matthew Vadum’s De-funder of the Left:
Wow! A lot of left-wing organizations now have to go begging for money because of the Madoff scandal. (Although I must admit, I find it difficult to believe agencies that fund abortion are considered “charities,” but I digress.)
Think of the consequences of this loss to left-wing organizations. How can average Americans be protected if the ACLU isn’t fully funded? Who is going to do all of that community organizing that worked out so well during the last election if ACORN can’t count on funding? This Madoff scandal has clouded the future funding of some very prominent left-wing organizations.
Well, I guess that goes to show that every storm cloud has a
— Garry Greenwood
Doing a little fast math before I head off to work on the Picower Foundation loss with Bernie the Thief…if they had $1B with the Thief Madoff and were getting the sustained 12%+ return that was the flame used to attract all the lefty moths, then the foundation’s take over the 9 years (not counting 2008) was slightly in excess of $1B, of which only $189M was disbursed.
My question is: Where’s the other $800M? My next question is: Should not these foundations be given a fine financial review to see where the money has gone? Realist that I am, I will not be holding my breath while waiting.
Happy, Healthy New Year to you all!
— Reid Bogie
COMEDY OF MANNERS
Re: The Prowler’s Beyond Bill Richardson:
At least Mr. Richardson had the good manners to recuse himself. I
expect that the phrase “vast right-wing conspiracy” will be
resurrected very soon, just as soon as the confirmation hearings
for Mr. Obama’s cabinet begin.
— Greg Mercurio
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?