More reading up on the Ruling Party. Also: A Commissioner opposed to any anti-Panther witch-hunt. Plus much more.
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Re: Jay D. Homnick’s Those ‘70 Show:
I’m still laughing at “Those 70s Show.” In 1969 I was a
VISTA volunteer in a rural setting. We VISTAs were required to
transport our “poor people” who fell under the penumbra of the
local CAP (Community Action Program) office up to the closest
city to sit in an auditorium (probably a high school theater in
summer) to be harangued by a black radical from a local
university. He was an out-and-out communist in a suit that
changed color as the viewing angle changed. He screamed about
bringing down the system and power to the people and the whole
Marxist rant spiced with racial resentments. There it was! The
government was paying a radical to organize rural poor into
cadres to tear down the government and smash the bourgeoisie! Our
tax dollars at work. On the way back to the rural CAP office with
my car full of rural “poor people” (they were only poor in a
relative sense — their community was much higher functioning
than the city culture that was attempting to entice them aboard
the great revolution) one of them, a rather dear woman who doted
on me, said, “I didn’t understand a word he said. What was he so
worked up about?” It was about that time I read Catch 22
and began to realize I wasn’t a statist.
— Joe Hanna
Re: G. Tracy Mehan, III’s Hating Congress, Hating Ourselves:
With all due respect to Mr. Mehan, I have never been able to “get” the government that I want, no matter what I do, no matter what I don’t do, and no matter how I vote. That has been the situation for years, and I suspect that many of your readers feel the same way. We feel disenfranchised, because, in fact, we are. This fall I plan to vote straight Republican, which I probably would do anyway, but especially so this fall, given the atrocious, overbearing, imperious behavior of the Democrats in office. However, I am not especially sanguine that things will improve even if the GOP gets control of BOTH houses, and I know for a fact that, even if things improve a bit, nothing will change much, and the Federal government will NOT be reduced in size. It may grow more slowly for awhile, but get smaller? Not on your life.
So please, PLEASE, stop with the glib “folks get the
government they want” or “deserve,” or whatever. The problem is
now that we, the people, don’t get the government we want, and
there seems to be no viable mechanism by which we
— D. Reich
Auburn, New York
Re: Andrew Cline’s Money for Sculptures, But Not Firefighters:
The $850,000 spent on the sculpture had to cover the overhead costs for the arts program, which meant that while the artist got part of it, that money went through many hands first, including the administrators of the program, their staff and the sales rep who made the deal. I’d be pleasantly surprised if the artist got half. When conservatives propose that the wealthiest sectors of the economy drive economic growth through their investments, it’s derided as “trickle down” economics by our elite opinion-regurgitators, but when liberals claim that government spending, which takes money from the productive private sectors, and trickles it down through layer after layer of bureaucracy, creates jobs, it’s called “stimulus.”
Just another example of government largesse “trickling
down” on our heads and while the media tells us that it’s
— Mike Harris, MAJ, US Army
Re: Ben Stein’s Losing Amber:
Ben Stein’s short article about the loss of Amber was so well written and heartfelt. Thank him for his efforts and extend our condolences; it is so painful to lose youth and beauty. We all shed tears for Amber and Darby.
Thank you for publishing this memorial.
— Gerald Flatz
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?