The historical perspective on the great honor of stopping in the Rotunda on the way to becoming dust is very helpful. Sen. Schumer seemed to confirm the crass political motives interpretation today.
His statement on the Alito nomination is remarkable for its narcissism. His first sentence would be about the demands of the law, the honor of the court, right? Right? Nope. “This morning I went and visited Rosa Parks in the Capitol Rotunda to pay my respects.” Schumer then goes on to invoke Parks’ memory to score political points against Alito. Dead people can’t object to being made objects.
Such use of the recently dead reads like a caricature. Astute history students know it happens, but much more subtly. Fiction captures the essence of Schumer’s moment so well. In Fight Club, when a foot soldier in Tyler Durden’s Project Mayhem is shot and killed by police, Jack objects to the group dumping the body in the garden without dignity. Jack insists that he wasn’t a faceless soldier, but a person, Robert Paulson. Instead of the name or life meaning something, the mob turns his name into a chant. Chilling.
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?