Her rulers and inhabitants have colluded with a Europe that has long disdained her.
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In a very different scenario from the brazen attack on the family and Judeo-Christian values mentioned above, at the beginning of this year an overwhelming majority of the Spanish parliament outlawed smoking in the 340,000 bars, cafes, cafeterias, restaurants and hotels in the country.
On the surface, it is undeniable that this is an assault on individual freedom of choice. The ensuing damage, however, is much more profound. One now watches sadly as Spain slowly metamorphosizes. In bars and restaurants, despondency and suppressed infuriation fill the air. The hardest hit are the old folk. Their lifelong pastime of a card game on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, or any afternoon for that matter, amidst cigarette smoke and the sweet scent of coffee and brandy, has been demolished overnight. The boisterous atmosphere in bars, so unique to the Spanish way of life, is rapidly disappearing. They no longer overflow with soccer fans watching the weekend game. Bars, cafes, cafeterias and restaurants are quieter; melancholy even — as though there were a sudden realization that a part of life has been swept away, never to return.
Thus, Spain now plods ahead day by day in a stupor, unrecognizable even to her own. Her rulers and her people continue to look only ahead like horses with blinders, unwilling to admit that under their care, Spain — now bereft of many of her religious and cultural traditions, has been trampled upon by her own doing.
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?