Rep. Jim Moran was not the only one responsible for this week’s townhall travesty.
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Item: So much in American culture has become so crass. People walk through airports in sheer, pajama-like outfits. People casually throw around F-bombs in the course of ordinary conversations at work. Our children are sexualized outrageously, often with parental approval. Prime-time TV is so raunchy that the admirable Parents Television Council never lacks for material to complain about. And so on, ad infinitum. Yet conservatives seem to complain only when our own oxen are gored. If a show like South Park, with extremely offensive language and gratuitous sexual and anti-religious messages, can spark an entire faddish movement called “South Park Conservatives” that is applauded even by Cornerites at National Review, then conservatives are no longer conserving our culture or a society that is civil. If a conservative criticizes Henry Louis Gates but then acts even worse than Gates did, that conservative is turning people off rather than attracting them to our cause.
The nihilistic tactics of the student radicals, the Alinskyites, and the ACORN agitators are never ennobling.
Conservatives must not fall into the equivalent of the reputed old Army absurdity that one must “destroy the village in order to save it.” We cannot destroy our culture, especially our political culture, in order to save it. We cannot save free speech by abusing it. And we cannot uphold civil society through incivility.
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?