In his weekly column written exclusively for CNN, David Frum(p) makes another attempt at being Barack Obama’s new best friend:
So much to say about the long-awaited visiting of justice upon Osama bin Laden.
But there’s one effect on U.S. domestic politics that deserves a thought:
Here’s hoping that we have at last seen the end of this ugly insinuation that there is something less than fully American about the black president with the exotic name….
Those of us who oppose this administration’s economic and foreign policies have had so many valid points to make.
Yet some have insisted on travelling beyond those valid points. They have called the president “post American.” A “Third-world dictator.” An individual whose behavior could only be interpreted as “Kenyan post-colonial.” A “thug in chief.”
They have tried to present U.S. politics not as a choice between
liberal and conservative but as a choice between American and
non-American, between real Americans and between a dangerous
(May 2, 2011)
And here in his syndicated column is E. J. Dionne, presenting the “dangerous dark-skinned intruder” interpretation of Barack Obama?
Barack Obama is not the man many Americans thought he was.…Obama is hard to understand because he is many things and not just one thing. He has now proved that he can be bold at an operational level, even as he remains cautious at a philosophical level.
His proclivity to gather facts and weigh alternatives does not
(May 4, 2011)
In These Times
One tremendously sonorous belch for Art from someone called Lisa Yun Lee, an obvious vegan:
Poets, artists, writers and other cultural workers create the engines for our imaginations and build the framework for our dissent. They provide new ways for us to communicate across lines of difference. They help us find creative ways to imagine solidarity and to remake the world.
Progressives today should learn from the progressives of
yesterday. More art! More poetry!
So ends yet another effort by the comrades at the Nation to prove that the United States of America prospered from socialism much as Bulgaria prospered from socialism and, of course, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics:
Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Dwight
Eisenhower and John Kennedy were not socialists. But the nation
benefited from their borrowing of socialist and social democratic
ideas. Barack Obama is certainly not a socialist. But he, and the
nation he leads, would be well served by a similar borrowing from
the people who once imagined Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid
and the War on Poverty.
(May 2, 2011)
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?