Another installment of America’s number one Diary.
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Miracle. I awakened feeling tired, but not too bad. I felt as if I had sweated out whatever that girl at the Holocaust Museum gave me.
I got myself out of bed and was driven by a young driver over to the beneficiary of my speech to come later, the Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Now, this is a great place. State-of-the-art treatments for children regardless of race or economic status. It was originally endowed by an immigrant named Mr. Wolfson who came from Lithuania with nothing and made a fortune in the scrap metal business.
My hosts showed me around the cancer ward. I met several incredibly sweet little kids, emaciated, with wires and tubes coming in and out of them. They were magnificent. I met a doctor in charge of the epilepsy center who talked to me about how ObamaCare will cause the hospital headaches and how they will need more private donations than ever.
The kids, though, were magnificent. Just superstars. The nurses and doctors were and are stars, too. There is a problem with all of the pollen here, which is making me feel drowsy, but it’s fine. It isn’t cancer.
I left in a state of great emotional uplift. For one thing, I was humbled by the courage of the cancer victims. For another, I was energized by the work of the volunteers of the Women’s Board, who had brought me there, and who raise a lot of money for that hospital and those kids. For another, Jacksonville is just a friendly, happy little city.
Out there in America, Americans are doing a heck of a lot right. There is amazing good-heartedness in America. It’s not all Goldman Sachs. There are tens of millions, maybe hundreds of millions of people devoted to doing good.
I offer the Wolfson Children’s Hospital as Exhibit A.
It is now a few weeks later. I am in a small town outside the country music center of Branson, Missouri. Why am I here? To speak at College of the Ozarks. And what, you may ask, is College of the Ozarks? It is a place that has got it all right.
This is a work college. The students must show financial need. Then, if admitted, they must take a full load of classes, and then they must work at least 15 hours per week in a campus job, like at the student center or the student dairy farm or the student beef farm. Then, they get their school with no tuition. If they work through the summer, there is no charge for room and board.
This is an idea I had never heard of before. It is brilliant. It teaches young Americans what they most need to know, a work ethic. It teaches them how to stop sulking and playing video games, and get to work. The result is that the kids leave school knowing how to live.
CofO also teaches patriotism in a deep way. They don’t teach kids to hate America, as so many schools do today. Instead, they teach kids to honor this country and especially the men and women who fight for us. They take trips to World War II battlefields with brave veterans. They go to Omaha Beach and Iwo Jima and Okinawa and even to Nijmegen to see where American blood was spilled to save this great nation and then they bring the veterans to CofO to be honored and cheered.
Plus, they teach respect and humility before God. That is probably the most important.
This is a great place. Green and leafy and lovely buildings. I like it a lot.
I had a wonderful time there. I had a fine lunch before my speech with Lynn Kellogg and her husband, Vietnam war hero John Simpers. Lynn and I marched together in the pro-life wars long, long ago. She is justly famous for singing “Easy to Be Hard,” the show-stopping number in Hair — in the original Broadway cast. Now she works in good causes and prays and sings in Omaha, Arkansas. She had read in TAS that I had lost my Seiko watch and she bought me a new one. No one has ever done anything like that for me before. I was moved to tears.
These are great people.
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