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Mike Pence led off the Family Research Council’s Values Voters Summit this morning. While he, like most other conservatives, decried the nation’s current direction (“energetic bureaucracy and weak, ineffective diplomacy”), he also sounded a note of optimism as he insisted that conservatism is at the “beginning of a comeback” and that we are collectively “on the brink of a great American awakening.”
When he referred to an awakening, Pence seemed to include a spiritual element in his prediction of resurgence. Conservative agenda items like the free market, protecting nascent life, and the preservation of traditional marriage are clearly tied to his view of rights and duties invested in human beings by their creator.
In this regard, Pence struck me very much as a disciple of the late Jack Kemp. It is a kinship he claimed at various points in his speech. Certainly, he appeared, like Kemp to be a champion of what might be called the synthesis of Judeo-Christian and classical civilization over against the utilitarian social engineering of materialistic modernism.
Another point of interest in the speech was Pence’s multiple references to Abraham Lincoln as the founder of the Republican party. I have often thought that Lincoln and his party’s resistance to slavery could be genetically tied to the party’s insistence upon equality of opportunity and the dignity of contracts entered into by legal peers. Pence seemed to instinctively draw that same connection. Finding ways to convincingly tie the party to its historically-honored sources is a sign of effective statesmanship and is a tactic that should be employed more frequently.
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?