Thank you all for a truly exceptional issue (TAS,
December 2008/January 2009). All of the articles were outstanding.
Michael Novak’s and Roger Scruton’s were exceptional. Ben Stein and
I have some significant differences of opinion, but his comments
about Henry Paulson are right on. I just wish he wouldn’t whine so
much about hotels and airplanes. We all suffer as business
travelers. Thanks again and keep up the fight.
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Neal Freeman’s “Goodbye to Most of That” (TAS, November 2008) was outstanding. He beautifully summarized and clearly articulated so many of my own thoughts regarding the two presidential candidates. I wish it had been published earlier so that I could have used it in discussions with some of my iron-headed friends, who see things only through the eyes of the elephant or the jackass.
Hopefully, my own vote will ultimately prove to be the right
one. Using the write-in option, I inserted the words “God Help
“The Good War? Maybe Not” by Tom Bethell (TAS,
December 2008/January 2009) was drivel. Silly emotional drivel,
from a man who should know better. Victor Davis Hanson and many
others have already laid Buchanan to rest in his grave on this
question. Why did The American Spectator let Bethell
ignore the arguments made by Hanson as if they were not in the
minds of the reading public?
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I enjoyed Jonathan Aitken’s column on the biblical view of
capitalism (“Godless Capitalism,” TAS, November 2008), but
I thought he could have chosen a better parable to illustrate his
point. In the 25th chapter of Matthew Jesus relates the parable of
the eight talents. A man leaving on a journey entrusts a number of
silver talents to each of his three servants. On his return two
servants report investment returns of 100 percent. Each is told,
“Well done, thou good and faithful servant,” and given a promotion.
The third reports that he was afraid of losing the talent so he
buried it and then presented it back to his master. The master
gives that talent to the others and berates the third as “thou
wicked and slothful servant” and orders to “cast ye the
unprofitable servant into the outer darkness [where] there shall be
weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Can’t get much clearer that
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For the birds
Wlady Pleszczynski shares his affection for his cats (“Shades of
Blue,” TAS, November 2008), and reveals he allows them to
run loose all day for “solitary hunting.” I have neighbors like
that who permit their cats to camp out at my bird feeder. These
cats are fair game for my live trap and then removed by Animal
Control employees. I have more concern for birds than cats. Thank
you for a great magazine.
Fayetteville, North Carolina
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?