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Today’s conservatives prefer the company of anti-intellectuals
who know how to exploit nonintellectuals, as Sarah Palin does so
masterfully. The dumbing-down they have long lamented in our
schools they are now bringing to our politics, and they will drag
everyone and everything along with them. As David Frum, one of the
remaining lucid conservatives, has written to his wayward comrades,
‘When you argue stupid [sic], you campaign stupid [sic]. When you
campaign stupid [sic], you win stupid [sic]. And when you win
stupid [sic], you govern stupid [sic].
(May 27, 2010)
Professor Terry Tempest Williams, entrapped in a poetic thrall, apparently after regurgitating a disgusting repast all over her desk:
my desk, I have a scattering of damp leaves and needles newly
exposed from the snow: birch, beech, sugar maple, red oak, white
pine, and sumac. These are not from the branches of western trees,
but eastern ones, as I have spent the last three months in New
Hampshire teaching at Dartmouth College. The spring songs of tufted
titmice and chickadees touch me with their strength and velocity
emanating from such small feathered bodies.
From the Archives
Timeless Tosh from Current Wisdoms Past
(Rochester, New York)
A loyal member of The American Spectator audience suffers his very own Kristallnacht via the goose-steppers of the National Organization for Women:
NOW’s local chapter claims ultra-conservative Rush Limbaugh’s
radio talk show is “spewing out virulent sexist language and sexist
comments.” And they’ve called upon WHAM (AM-1180) to cancel the
Limbaugh, widely known for his outspoken, often outrageous comments, today called their efforts “an example of the new fascism.”
“The new fascism is sensitivity,” said Limbaugh in an interview
from his New York City office. “I don’t express the proper
sensitivity they would like to hear on the radio…I think that
it’s another example of the left in this country, the people who
purport the right to do what they want with their own bodies, now
trying to deny me the right to do what I want to do with my voice
(May 2, 1990)
San Jose Mercury-News
The advance of civilization as reported by Miss Laura Baione Hayden in the Hartford Courant and reprinted in the San Jose Mercury-News, God knows why:
When I was a child I never counted trash cans. The neighbors, however, did.
“How do you manage to have so little garbage?” my mother was asked more than once.
“We eat our garbage,” she would reply succinctly.
(April 17, 1990)
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?