Happy Thanksgiving! I’m at my parents’ house, getting ready for the meal. Because I was sooo cool as a teenager, there’s a copy of Newt Gingrich’s To Renew America on the shelf in my childhood bedroom. Given the rumors about the presidential race swirling around this week, this paragraph from the foreword to the 1996 paperback edition makes for interesting reading:
Rudy Giuliani has begun an historic renewal of New York City. His commitment to prosecuting criminals and supporting the police has led to an immediate reduction in crime and a dramatic increase in the sense of safety. Within months of Giuliani’s election people began telling me they had a new sense of security in walking around New York City. These very real changes reveal how strong leadership can change a society. Giuliani’s more recent efforts at cutting spending, eliminating red tape, shrinking the city’s bureaucracy, privatizing some city services, and lowering taxes to lure businesses to New York City (while keeping existing businesses from moving away) are great examples of this new vision of government.John McCain and Mitt Romney are nowhere in the book’s index (though Tommy Thompson is).
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