Primetime bloviating. Pat Buchanan’s problem. The New South. Czars. Plus more.
Re: Philip Klein’s Time to Get Out the Iron:
My experiences and other anecdotal evidence is that most people
have essentially tuned out Obama and his ilk. He is for all
appearances irrelevant to a majority of the public especially
when he continues to tell “whoppers”about health care. The only
groups that support him en mass are the hard left and, of course,
the Black community with the exception of a very small number of
informed conservative Blacks. This latter point is really sad
since most Black Americans would be horrified if they really
thought about Obama’s hard left agenda. But back to my main
point, I was having lunch this past weekend by myself in a
popular family style restaurant (the clientele is heavily
seniors) and when my lunch was brought I somewhat reluctantly
asked the waitress if she could please turn down the nearby TV
monitor that had Obama delivering his very partisan Labor Day
address. I had never been so bold before, usually not wanting to
offend anyone, but I knew I could not enjoy my lunch and my copy
of TAS if I had to listen to Obama in the background.
Interestingly she did so and no one objected that I know of. But
do we make a serious mistake by assuming Obama is irrelevant and
go about our every day business while he and the hard left go
about the dismantling of our freedoms? Probably, but otherwise we
would have a great deal of indigestion.
— Jack Wheatley
Royal Oak, Michigan
Robert Gibbs wanted Fox to preempt “Dancing with the Stars” for
— Dan Martin
GOING TO WASTE
Re: R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.’s Is Pat Buchanan a Crank?:
Another superb (as always) commentary by RET. I gave up reading anything by Pat Buchanan ages ago, when he and some other so-called conservatives (i.e. Paul Craig Roberts) fell off the conservative truck and landed in a heap of liberal cow manure, which apparently saturated their pores and led to some sort of dementia. Perhaps, however, blogger Stephanie is correct in asserting that Mr. Buchanan has spent too much time hanging with the derelicts over at PMSNBC, thereby leading to some sort of intellectual mange.
It’s sad to see a good conservative mind go to waste.
— Jim Bjaloncik
No, he just cannot connect with Jews because he believed through
his religion as a Catholic, that the Jews killed Jesus. The Pope
apologized to the Jews in 1994 for their terrible treatment of
the Jews. Pat still has not got the message, that we all sinned
and need a Savior, desperately.
St. Louis, Missouri
I wasn’t at the event, but have read PJB (as well as others) on this. It is true the Hitler had, as you say, “limited geopolitical aims,” especially when compared to the British Empire. (Or the Soviets)
I don’t however recall that PJB simply credits Churchill’s response to the complexities of the European situation as simply or merely excited overreactions.
It is all too clear that Hitler was a racist, but then so was Churchill. Read Churchill on Gandhi.
Was Hitler a lunatic? Read Ron Rosenbaum’s “Explaining Hitler.” He was incredibly evil and deluded, for sure.
He was a military incompetent, but nor more so than Churchill.
I don’t think Pat is a crank.
— Robert Christian
NEW JERSEY-STYLE TALIBAN
Re: George H. Wittman’s Foreign Policy By Avoidance:
In his third paragraph Mr. Wittman refers to a Taliban-imposed “protection tax” on U.S. economic projects in Afghanistan, and says that such payoffs long preceded the Taliban and indeed are common throughout the less-developed world.
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?