All the Kennedys’ men. The day of service. Unpolite heroics. Plus more.
Re: William Tucker’s Ted Kennedy: Man of the 1930s:
William Tucker’s comment that Ted Kennedy “paid his dues” for
Chappaquiddick because he was never elected president is the
single most grotesque thing I have ever read in The American
— Glen Hoffing
Shamong, New Jersey
“During the funeral there was endless mention of the poor, the downtrodden, the homeless, the dispossessed, the excluded, the gay….”
Senator Kennedy was a large man with large appetites and bounded
empathy. Before the humanness of a young lass with child could
even crystallize in his mind, his heart would go out to the man
who impregnated her.
— Dan Martin
A while back I read a story about Joe Kennedy Junior. As I recall, just before he was to leave on the secret mission that killed him, somebody said to him, “I hope your insurance is paid up.”
Joe Junior promptly replied, “Nobody in my family needs insurance.”
It bothered me that this man’s brother was sitting in the Senate,
deciding that everybody else needed insurance. That bothers
me no more, but now it’s “win one for him.”
— Robert Nowall
Cape Coral, Florida
CHIPS ON THE SHOULDER
Re: James Srodes A Long Shot: One-Term Obama:
Obama will be one and done.
That’s not a long shot proposition.
He is the second coming of James Earl Carter.
His charm will not be able to compete with higher taxes (which will be on our doorsteps shortly), back-breaking inflation (it’s coming) and staggering deficits (they are already here).
The Democrats will pay a huge price at the polls for these problems next November, particularly if some conservative citizen legislators (as opposed to career political hacks) run on Republican Congressional tickets.
In 2010 and 2012 we will see “throw-the-bums-out” legislative
cycles which will make 1980 and 1994 pale by comparison.
— Chris Hall
There has always been a pretty simple side of human nature whereby the fans will put up with just about anything — as long as the team is winning. Abraham Lincoln knew that and it drove many of his actions — he sacked generals like McClellan who would not fight and Pope who were beaten when they did. Lincoln kept Grant despite his detractors, saying “I need this man — he fights.” When told of scuttlebutt about Grant’s drinking, he said “find out what he drinks and send a barrel to every general in the army.” Lincoln wanted to win and he was not squeamish about how he did it.
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?
H/T to National Review Online