Phil, I don’t really disagree with much that either you or James have said. I think the Civil War revisionists have a case when it comes to critiquing the Union but less so when it comes to defending the Confederacy.
That said, many Southerners still have appreciation for the sacrifices of their ancestors for reasons having nothing to do with slavery, just as many fought for the Confederate cause for reasons having nothing to do with slavery (even though I myself believe that cause is tainted by the leading role the slave power played). But if we are going to disown everyone who has ever uttered an unorthodox thought on this subject, we’d have to get rid of many of the conservative movement’s founding fathers (including Frank Meyer), Walter Williams, and, if the last few Reader Mail debates on the subject are at all representative, about half our readers. I’d rather not do that.
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?