When an insult goes unpunished, it lowers everyone.
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What is reprehensible, and casts some doubt on her fitness for her job, is to simultaneously express contempt for the First Amendment and demonstrate a remarkable absence of lucidity regarding our enemies.
Such willful blindness must be in some way connected to the slovenliness that characterizes our manners. Our societies produce leaders unable or unwilling — are these not the same? — to show that they have a sense of the moral hierarchy of things. The assaults on our embassies and our diplomatic personnel should be met not with apologies but with punitive expeditions: by no means in every circumstance, for these affairs must be done when conditions assure their success, but often enough to make it clear to the offenders that we are a Power, as used to be written, and we hold accountable both them and the governments in whose jurisdictions they operate.
The responsible projection of power is a dignified attitude. It sets a certain standard of behavior. The British government should not tolerate the offense to persons who represent it — or for that matter to any British subject, even when, especially when, the justification is as stupid as the one given by one Carina Lokvist, the editor of the Scandinavian magazine that insulted the Duchess of Cambridge, “They are cute pics…” She should see just how cute they are when she (if it is a she) is hit by a lawsuit that will ruin her moronic rag.
Admittedly, the problem within our Western cultures is deeper than that. Another editor at the magazine, also quoted in a Reuters story that I picked up on the Internet but that I am willing to believe is accurate, so close is it to what we know to be in the minds of such riff-raff, said the editorial decision was sound because “It is in the DNA [of the magazine] that we shall entertain and satisfy the curiosity [of their readers].” That is the kind of rot we are up against, and while it certainly is of a different order from the Muslim rage that seeks to kill us (and often succeeds), we should ponder the connection between that rot and the lost sense of ourselves, and of our dignity, that is reflected in the way we react to it.
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?