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Would that others could rise above politics the way she does so naturally.
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I lost track of her transition here, but she began to wrap up thusly: “Someone will lead. It should be the United States of America. [Because no nation better understands that] every life is precious. Every individual is worthy.”
There: That gives at least some sense, unadorned, of Ms. Rice’s speech and message. Of course it doesn’t do the speech justice. It doesn’t show just how well she tied her themes together, nor can it capture both the warmth and the soft-spoken, but very notable, charisma with which she delivered it.
Agree with all of her policy judgments or not, one must absolutely recognize that this is a woman of formidable intellect, bedrock values, sincere faith, and fundamental decency. It cannot be mere self-delusion to insist that these United States produces more such people, or at least more who approach such a combination of virtues, than any nation on Earth.
Now back at Stanford University, Condoleezza Rice is exactly where she belongs: A university setting is where the brightest of our young people, those who aspire to be tomorrow’s leaders, are most in need of the example of uncommon sensibility and essential values that Secretary Rice embodies, projects, and teaches. But all of us, not just students, would do well to heed her lessons.
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?