Defending freedom from the dangers of big government. Defending property rights and the Bush Doctrine. Michael Jackson and Jim Brown.
Re: R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.’s Saving Liberty:
Good column. I think you’re on to something when you focus on the
loss of liberty under Obama. I was watching one of the news shows
on Sunday and John Boehner mentioned the loss of freedom. Freedom
is still what America is about to most of us. Stressing its loss
resonates with people. It’s a short, easy to understand, and
— John Cogan
President Obama is bringing the pain. Higher taxes? Check.
Growing, cancerous, overregulation for business and individuals?
Check. Interference in the most personal and intimate choices?
Check. Pain can be a wonderful teacher, but for pain to be
purposeful, either the teacher or the pupil must have a
preexisting teleological view. Observing The One and his
policies, two conclusions are logically drawn: Obama has no idea
of the consequences of his policies or he is hell-bent on
enslaving the working class to a European socialist utopia. Our
Dear Leader has many negative attributes, but stupid does not
stick. Thomas Jefferson, no stranger to either pain or governing,
said, “The art of life is the art of avoiding pain; and he is the
best pilot, who steers clearest of the rocks and shoals with
which it is beset.” If our Socialist-in-Chief doesn’t take his
eyes off the rearview mirror, he is going to pilot the honorable
ship of America right into the rocky reef of historical
— I.M. Kessel
THE PRESERVATIONIST TRAP
Re: Ben Stein’s Wal-Mart in the Wilderness:
As an Orange County Supervisor and one of the five people that will have to make the decision on the Wilderness Wal-Mart, I enjoyed your excellent description of the Battle of the Wilderness. The Wilderness was a major turning point in the American journey and is a major part of Orange County history. Unfortunately, you should study both history and geography before making pronouncements about either Orange County or Wal-Mart. Had you done so you would have learned the proposed site of the Wal-Mart is not on the Battlefield. It is not adjacent to the Battlefield. It cannot be seen from the Wilderness Battlefield. Mr. Stein you have fallen victim to a bunch of “preservationists” using the issue as a fund raiser. This issue has gotten so bizarre that these preservationists have aligned themselves with a developer who has for years tried to develop 900 acres including a four lane highway through the actual Battlefield.
I will be happy to meet you or any reporter at any time to walk the site, look at the views and show you what is really going on.
Lastly, the 20 acres Wal-Mart wants to build on has been zoned
commercial for over thirty years. Commercial taxes have been paid
for those years. Now that the owner wants to benefit from his
investment, a bunch of carpetbaggers have suddenly decided that
they hold the managing interest in the property and they want me
to steal the land for themselves. For you and all who claim to
honor our ancestors who fought there, our ancestors, on both
sides, who felt they were fighting for American rights, how would
you explain to them that you are using them as an excuse for the
government to take away someone else’s property?
— Zack Burkett
Orange County District 2 Supervisor
SMARTS AND NOT SO SMART
Re: Enemy Central’s Coming and Going:
“Apparently also not in attendance at the Jackson event, besides President Obama and representatives of Enemy Central, was Mr. Tiger Woods. NFL legend Mr. Jim Brown was no doubt disappointed, having recently chastised Woods on HBO for being ‘terrible, terrible’ as an ‘individual for social change.’”
Mr. Tiger Woods not only helps underprivileged kids learn how to play golf, his foundation helps them through a learning center, a character development program and college scholarships. Mr. Tiger Woods also supports military personnel in his charitable endeavors. All, apparently, a total waste of resources. What meaningful social change could come from golf, education, character development and military service?
Mr. Tiger Woods had the effrontery to decline a White House invitation from President William Jefferson Clinton. I’m not sure he was even asked to attend the Michael Jackson sendoff. If not, he shares my misfortune in not having his name drawn in the lottery. Who can blame him for not showing up?
Mr. Jim Brown works toward many of the same goals as Mr. Woods. He has said things that make sense, but he seems to have a chip on his shoulder. And he sometimes fails in his effort to advance the careers of troubled minority youth. Exhibit A: Mr. Maurice Clarett, the Ohio State football phenom who went from a record-setting freshmen season with the Buckeyes to a three and halfyear sentence in the Toledo Correctional Institution.
Mr. Maurice Clarett could have been spending that time in the NFL, were it not for a wise Latina woman.
Though a woman, Shira Sheindlin is neither wise nor Latina.
She is the Clinton-appointed judge who ruled in Mr.
Clarett’s favor when he sued the NFL in an anti-trust
case. Mr. Clarett wanted to
enter the NFL draft early. Fortunately, the wise Latina woman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit over-ruled the wisdom-lacking Sheindlin. Mr. Clarett, a minority youth, denied the opportunity to earn a living by the white power structure running the NFL, was reduced to a street criminal. Maybe Mr. Brown /should/ have that chip on his shoulder. But how does Sonia Sotomayor avoid Enemy of the Week status?
— Dan Martin
Judy Holliday was dumb as a fox. She took the “dumb blonde” image
and rode it all the way to the bank and picked up an Oscar along
the way. We all know Sarah Palin is not dumb, however the
liberals and the media believe she is. That will be their
downfall in November, 2012.
— Michael Skaggs
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?