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Mary McGrory, two weeks after the Persian Gulf War and still on automatic pilot:
They cheered the Tomahawk missiles. They hung yellow ribbons. Bloodthirstiness decked with sentimentality, was the national mood.
The war showed the American public the kind of president it likes, commanding, headstrong, implacable — and above all lucky. Bush had shown his ruthless streak in his campaign against Michael Dukakis, slamming him with inaccurate charges and innuendoes about his patriotism. War let him show his toughness on the world scene. Democrats despondently talk of canceling their convention bookings. Only a catastrophe could offer them light at the end of the tunnel.
“We had to sit there and take it,” said a Democratic congressman who had clapped his palms sore and leapt often from his seat, sometimes preemptively.
(March 11, 1991)
Santa Barbara News-Press
Still more evidence that Santa Barbara is the fla-fla center of America:
I would like to know how Iraq’s colonization of Kuwait differs from the pilgrims’ colonization of this country when its only inhabitants were native Americans.
To avoid hypocrisy, must we not return to where we come from so that the native Americans’ land can be returned to them?
— Greg Bristol
(February 15, 1991)
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