Criticism is important, but not enough.
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Pundits, including ones whose names begin with “Q,” need to learn this lesson too. We may have good reason to stress the negative, to sound warning bells against bad policies or people, to make provocative comparisons and points of logic. But if we pundits focus only on those criticisms of the left, we too fail to make a case that can keep the broader public engaged beyond the lifespan of any one particular grievance.
Sure, we occasionally write columns heavy on policy ideas and positive themes. But like so many other conservative activists, we don’t focus enough attention on winning, positive, prescriptive solutions to current problems.
These solutions do not need to involve active government. They do need to involve a citizenry that becomes more active in public — in politics or in very public private-sector leadership.
The Obamites right now are undermining our sovereignty, our values, our foreign policy stances, our longstanding alliances, our sanctity of contracts and of private property, our limits on governmental power, our energy independence, our dollar, and our long-term national solvency. We need to offer not just a check on those Obamite efforts but a concrete explanation of what we would do differently.
Let us therefore pledge ourselves to rallying around positive themes and proposals — some of which I hope to broach in this space in weeks to come.
Right now we face a serious struggle for the basic symbols and practices of the American tradition. Let us demand of each other that we rise to the challenge.
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?