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Did you know Che Guevara was at heart an Irish freedom fighter?
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As a rule, conservatives generally aren’t into utopias. Since Edmund Burke’s time, they’ve underscored human fallibility and the folly — not to mention hubris — of trying to create heaven-on-earth.
For the left, however, any recognition of such hum-drum truths about the human condition severely compromises their raison d’être. That same self-understanding also means they must wage a war of rejection and rationalization against whatever contradicts their mythologies, such as some very unromantic facts about not-so-angelic figures like Che .
Ultimately, historical truth usually triumphs over mere ideology. Lies have a way of disintegrating from within. But as Alexis de Tocqueville once wrote, “When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.” Conservatives forget that advice at their peril.
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?