With The Death of Conservatism, Sam Tanenhaus establishes himself as one of America’s premier comic geniuses in the field of political commentary.
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Tanenhaus says the American right “has missed the most salient fact about America today: the nation has entered a conservative phase, perhaps the most conservative phase since the Eisenhower years.” Ha ha ha. Ha ha ha ha ha ha. That is funny.
Supreme Court justice David Souter, Tanenhaus writes, “may well endure as the most authentic conservative in the Court’s modern history.” Ha ha ha ha ha ha!. Ho ho ho ho ho ho ho. Isn’t that rich?
“Culturally, too”—this is the best part, saved for the very last page—“these are conservative times.…[C]onservatives should savor the embrace of ‘family values’ by the nation’s homosexual population, who seek the sanctuary—and responsibilities—of marriage and childrearing.” Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. HA HA HA HA HA! (Weep!) Ho ho ho ho ho! HO HO HO HO HO! HA HA HA HA! As the children say, you can’t make this stuff up.
Ha ha ha ha ha. Ho ho ho ho.
What Tanenhaus does not seem…ha ha ha ha ha (sorry)…
What Tanenhaus does not seem to understand is that the right defines itself not just by what it longs to destroy, but by why it wants to destroy it. The right seeks to extend freedom—a word I do not recall seeing a single time in this book! (It’s not in Tanenhaus’s comic vocabulary, I guess.) Tanenhaus assumes (ha ha ha ha—sorry) that all the New Deal’s statist interventions and depravations of freedom are here to stay—that accepting the entire New Deal, even extending it, is to be on the winning side of history. Conservatives don’t agree. Not to understand that is to have absolutely no clue what conservatism is all about. Even so, don’t miss this book. It’s a gas.
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?