George Melloan of the WSJ is always worth reading. Until I read his 11/15 column (subs req’d) I couldn’t think of a time I seriously disagreed with him. Consider this one: Melloan, arguing that most of the damage to European unity is self-inflicted and not America’s fault, is right on target. But his conclusion is way off:
“It would be foolish of Americans to think that all this turmoil in Europe somehow serves U.S. interests. Chaos in Europe has never worked that way before, it should be carefully remembered…There is nothing to be gained by the U.S. from watching cars burn in Paris, politicians fumbling in Berlin or mass demonstrations against the government in a Spain at risk of exploding into little pieces.” Actually, there is.
For decades, many of these European governments have had no foreign policy except anti-Americanism and no domestic policy except socialism. If the product of those policies is failure — as Melloan’s examples prove redundantly it is — maybe European voters could come to realize that anti-Americanism hurts them far more than it hurts us. Europe has sunk so far into intellectual decadence, there’s little hope it can be revived by non-traditional means. In the Euro context, by means other than war or revolution.
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?
H/T to National Review Online