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Churchill’s Enduring Legacy

By 4.9.15

Jacqueline Kennedy offered a touching and durable vision of the White House ceremony on April 9, 1963, when President Kennedy bestowed honorary U.S. citizenship on Sir Winston Churchill.

Aged 88, Churchill was represented by his son, Randolph, who was a bundle of nerves. In the Oval Office beforehand, the first lady recalled,

Randolph was ashen, his voice a whisper. “All that this ceremony means to [Randolph and President Kennedy],” I thought, “is the gift they wish it to be for Randolph’s father.”

Randolph stepped forward to respond: “Mr. President.” His voice was strong. He spoke on, with almost the voice of Winston Churchill, speaking for his father.

Sir Winston’s message, so ably delivered by his son at that honorary citizenship ceremony 52 years ago, calls to us again across the years, amidst fresh challenges to the survival of liberty:

Amelia’s Kitchen

RECIPE: Ted Cruz’s Lonestar Tea Cookies

By 4.9.15

Finally we’re getting somewhere.

Well ahead of Rand Paul, Ted Cruz became the first candidate officially to throw his hat in the ring. None of this nonsense “will he or won’t he” for him. Ted’s not one to tiptoe around the fact that he is in this race to stay — and win. With a wide base of Tea Party support, his main challenge is to get the hapless GOP Establishment on board. But how?

One way to shut their opposition down is to tickle their sweet spot at afternoon tea time.

So I give you: Ted Cruz’s Lonestar Tea Cookies, far and away the smartest treats in politics. Ted, as we know, carries his cookbook in his brain. The rest of us will need to see the recipe in print.

Here’s what you’ll need:

A Further Perspective

Rand Paul Helps the Republican Party

By 4.9.15

Rand Paul’s entry into the 2016 Republican presidential primary is good for the GOP. I won’t proclaim that Paul, 52, has the gravitas or character to occupy the Oval Office — that remains to be seen — but I do believe that all the other Republican hopefuls should watch and learn from Kentucky’s junior senator. His take on issues could make independents and Democrats take a second look at a party where they have not felt welcome.

Paul describes himself as “libertarian-ish.” He’s not an apologist for the GOP. “It seems to me that both parties and the entire political system are to blame,” Paul said in his campaign kickoff speech in Louisville on Tuesday. “Big government and debt doubled under a Republican administration. And it’s now tripling under Barack Obama’s watch.” Many Republicans wonder why they send to Congress candidates who promise to reduce the size and scope of government yet government keeps growing. This rhetoric plays with the party’s base.

Political Hay

Bill Buckley Was Right: America in the Grip of the Liberal Mania

By 4.9.15

The list grows longer.

The three most recent entries the Rolling Stone rape-at-the-University of Virginia story. Ferguson and the “hands up don’t shoot” business. Indiana and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. 

From cries of “racist!” to shrieks of “rapist” (to borrow from Kevin Williamson over there at National Review) over and over and over again liberals — liberals in the media and out of it — are repeatedly plunging the country into manic frenzies over stories that eventually turn out to be flat out false or in serious dispute at best.

Why is this? 

Political Hay

Will the Wings Carry Both Parties in 2016?

By 4.9.15

In 2016, America may have its widest political spectrum in recent presidential history. The usual course of presidential elections is to “contest the center,” as each party seeks to maximize its chances for victory. However, America currently sees both parties pulled toward the edge of their political range — and so strongly that neither may be able to run toward the middle next November.

Unlike many other countries, the U.S. has only one national election, its presidential one. Also unlike many other nations, our national election is really 51 separate elections, which determine the allocation of 538 electoral votes — a majority of which is needed to win.

Because these electoral votes are overwhelmingly awarded on a winner-take-all basis, each party’s incentive is to run as much toward the center of the political spectrum as it can, in order to maximize its chances of overall victory. The party that fails to do so — or equally importantly, is perceived not to do so — is almost invariably the loser.

However, next year, the historical trend may not hold.

Political Hay

Behold, The Racket

By 4.9.15

It was reportedly Eric Hoffer who offered the famous, entertaining political assessment that “Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.”

Hoffer’s observation has been borne out on a consistent basis, and examples proving it are legion. The most recent comes courtesy of a Tea Party leader from the Atlanta suburbs named Debbie Dooley, who is now traveling the South shilling for solar energy as part of the Sierra Club-funded Green Tea Coalition.

A Further Perspective

Eating Some Jim Crow

By 4.9.15

Americans, specifically white Americans, have too little understanding of the Jim Crow South and the fierce moral courage black Americans showed in overcoming it. It is too much relegated to “Black History” rather than “American History.”

But of late Democrats, both politicians and pundits, have been doing an even greater disservice to our history. They have been cheapening the reality of Jim Crow in order to silence opposition to Religious Freedom Restoration Acts. Telling an audience that your opponents seek to institute a new Jim Crow is like telling them that your opponents seek to create a new Nazi Reich or accusing them of being rapists. It smears them so utterly and completely that no respectable person who bought it would want to be associated with them in any way.

Special Report

Obama’s Non-Deal Deal With Iran

By 4.8.15

Have you heard? We have a deal with Iran, and it’s the best thing ever.

President Obama last week hailed “a good deal, a deal that meets our core objectives,” and his cheerleaders were even more effusive: “The Iran nuclear deal is a historic achievement for U.S. national security,” declared Joe Cirincione of the Ploughshares Fund, the “impact philanthropy” outfit that bankrolls sanguine arms control analysis. It’s an “astonishingly good Iran deal” according to Max Fisher of Vox, the website where error-prone young liberals who overestimate their own intelligence (but never their readers’) purport to “explain the news.”

Among the Intellectualoids

Hype and Change

By 4.8.15

Vying for control of the great uninformed masses are the rabid climate change “deniers” and the level-headed scientists. The latter have the inside line on what’s really going on, in the sky above and the earth below, while the former are moved by irrational disgust aimed at limousine liberals.

In this polarized and disheartening scenario, who best offers a sensible way forward? As it turns out, it’s other scientists: social scientists.

Or so says one academic. University of Michigan “Professor of Sustainable Enterprise” Andy Hoffman believes those with insight into demographics, religion, and the human psyche ought to be recruited to bring middle-Americans into the climate debate. Science alone won’t cut it. Cut carbon emissions, that is:

We must recognize that people have multiple motivations for being concerned over climate change, and most are not scientific. For example, Pope Francis speaks about climate change as an issue of faith and social equity.