Kit Carson and Native Americans. Ben Stein and Ron Paul. Liberals and Santa. Obama and National Security. Napolitano and Rendell. Plus much more.
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Whenever I hear someone say Santa Claus doesn’t exist, I have to
ask them, “Are you sure?” How can you be sure?
— Robert Nowall
Cape Coral, Florida
Is Santa Claus real?
My oldest son had a proof worthy of Anselm (well, maybe Michael
Mann and Phil Jones). When confronted by a skeptic, the lad said,
“There has to be a Santa Claus; my parents wouldn’t buy us all
— Dan Martin
STOP GIVING THEM THE KEYS
Re: Quin Hillyer’s Laughing at the Left:
Great piece, Quin. Yes, the Left is quite a hoot. Truth be told, most of us probably do laugh at them, at least under our breath, but they get elected anyway, and that’s not so funny. So, why do these adolescents keep getting the keys to the family car after they’ve wrecked it time and time again, even when someone’s been injured or killed? Chesterton had the answer, “The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected.”
Until, as responsible adults, we stop giving them the keys, and
put good drivers behind the wheel, the car will just keep getting
wrecked, and eventually, we could all lose our licenses, or maybe
even our lives. Then, it won’t matter anymore. I wouldn’t get my
hopes up for a change anytime soon.
— Mike Showalter
NOT A CONTRACT
Re: Reader Mail’s Smooth-Talking Saviors/Worth the Costs:
Mr. Kessel has it exactly backwards. Folks went out and got “civil marriages” long before Queen Victoria knew there were such things as homosexuals precisely because they didn’t want the Church involved — particularly they didn’t want to bind themselves with the obligations required in Christian marriage. The State and Mr. Kessel may view marriage as a matter of contract but the Church(s) does not. The more “orthodox” among the Christian denominations will either counsel the couple or show them the door if the “to-be-married” insist on a “contract”. You have no business in a church if you want to “shop a contract” around.
The more conventional suggestion is for couple to register at the county courthouse where once signatures are on the dotted line they have a “contract.” (Contrary to the popular imagination, a ceremony is not an actual necessity.) Then the couple may proceed to the Church for marriage under the doctrines of Christianity. Those couples of other faiths may do the same under the laws of their religion.
Marriage (as recognized by Conservativism) is a “pre-existing institution” that antedates the State. States come and go; but marriage persists. It is for this reason the State has only limited legitimate jurisdiction. The precise meaning of marriage is beyond the State’s competence to determine or set. Any attempt by the State to do so IS A VIOLATION of liberty.
Oddly, under the guise of liberty and equality, the “simple”
solution in Mr. Kessel’s proposal will attack the very liberty
society has from the coercive power of an overweening State. The
individual needs institutions (in this case, both religion and
marriage separately and together) to stand between him/herself
and the State as the individual’s abilities to stand up for
him/herself is no match to the resources and powers of the State.
Any attempt by the State to impose a “reasonable” meaning of
marriage is really a challenge to undermine the authority of
those free institutions. Clearing away those free authorities
will leave the individual naked before the whims of those in
power. While those now in power may be benign toward marriage,
there is nothing in principle to stop them from imposing what
they think should be required and what a couple must do in the
future. If you think the Right is “imposing its morality” now
(and I don’t accept that premise), wait until a Left-friendly
government imposes its ideals on us and our children. You will
look back and “rightwing morality” will look like a day at the
— Mike Dooley
FATAL TUNE ON A REID INSTRUMENT
Re: Robert Stacy McCain’s Political Psychosis:
Nice group psychoanalysis, Mr. McCain, and no doubt accurate.
What is puzzling is that the present leader of this merry band is Harry Reid, whose definition is different for me than simple madman.
A definition of the “common reed” (Phragmites australis) — a tall thin plant that lives in shallow water out of the mainstream, characterised by a hollow core and a propensity to bend in the slightest breeze, whose only common use is to make a loud shrill sound when someone else plays the tune.
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