Re: Quin Hillyer’s We’re Not OK, Jack:
— Angelo Codevilla
I don’t mind your wishes. I do think that your choice of Pence may prove to be short sighted. This man loves to look at himself. Note his clothing, hair, attention to personal splendor, his grooming. Way too radiant! Signals an internal need going far beyond just being on the conservative bandwagon…for my tastes.
Bismarck, North Dakota
Sure, Jack Kemp understood much. One detraction was his failure to comprehend the long-term toll of ever-expanding federal debt, which is something that has concerned fiscal conservatives since the debt began to accumulate in the 1960’s, ballooning under the shameless spending of my beloved but stupid Republican Party, including Bush 43. Mr. Kemp thought that the annual federal deficit did not matter as long as it remained a small percentage of the GDP. He should think again. We are just beginning to reap what we have sown.
— David Shoup
“What conservatives need right now is another Jack Kemp for a younger generation”?
Please, don’t write off those of us who actually remember and lived when there was prayer in so-called public schools and no Roe v. Wade, and when there was such thing as mostly civil discourse in America — and were very much alive before socialist/Marxist/I’m-your-daddy Barack Hussein Obama or Barry Soetoro or whatever his real name and nationality is, was born.
As for another Jack Kemp? Conservatives of all living generations in the U.S. could use another Jack Kemp or two or 20 or 1,000 or so.
— C. Kenna Amos
Princeton, West Virginia
A fired-up minority is simply that: a minority.
— David Govett
RED, AT LEAST IN THE FACE
Re: James Poulos’s Black and White and Red All Over:
I suppose it’s not enough for some people that a man who happens to be black gets elected president — or even if a man who happens to be black gets to be attorney general. Well, “we have overcome,” and Eric Holder needs to be reminded that “nobody likes a sore winner.”
— Robert Nowall
Cape Coral, Florida
Should anyone be surprised at this coming from the first black attorney general appointed by this particular first black president?
Perhaps, though, self-appointed Moralist-in-Chief and apparent Associate Lecturer-in-Chief Holder will address a real racist issue: abortion within the black community. Abortionists in the U.S. disproportionately kill black babies at a much higher rate than babies of other skin colors.
Perhaps Holder will address the spiritual, moral and social perversion of that Roe v. Wade-facilitated issue?
Or the equally perverse issue of bi-racial-though-fully-identified-with-blacks Obama supporting abortion and, by default or design, the apparent accelerated destruction of the very community which supported him and idolizes him?
Or examine why the black community and some of its voices such as Jackson, Sharpton, Bond and others sit on their backsides silent as the infanticide against their community continues?
When Holder does that and gets substantive answers, perhaps then he will have gained the credibility to begin to lecture America on race relations between blacks and whites.
Meanwhile, he should just try to enforce fairly to all of us the laws of the United States if, that is, he has time leftover from his duties as Moralist-in-Chief and Associate Lecturer-in-Chief.
— C. Kenna Amos
Princeton, West Virginia
What does a lawyer do for a living? Talk, talk, and more talk. Is our government filled with lawyers? Can we still do simple math? Ok, I’ll ask another question: Why do lawyers think they are so smart and knowledgeable? Go to Plato for the correct answer, then finish with a Shakespeare quote as dessert!
No wonder that cold northern wind that came during the election cycle offered so much concern for these elite thinkers of great thoughts and ideas!
Cowards always prefer talking, don’t ya know? Whoops, I forgot Eric be a lawyer too!
— R. Philips
Holder et al. may be playing games, but the challenge need not be accepted on his terms. The discussion can be broadened to include class envy, propaganda, hypocrisy, empirical evidence of the enslavement of blacks by liberals since 1965, or any number of topics. But they will not engage on those fronts. They want truth commissions, confessions and money. The real courage will be to resist. The real courage will be to expose our alma maters. The real courage will be to resign our memberships in compromised institutions. The real courage may be not to invite a black co-worker to a week-end barbecue but to invite the Dean of the Journalism School to a televised debate and ask him why, when he sees a picture of a chimpanzee, does he automatically think of Barack Hussein Obama.
I am not in a position to extend the invitations or to provide the arena, but it would be interesting to find out if there are any out there who would have the courage to do so and even more interesting to see how many deans and presidents and publishers heretofore cowardly hiding behind the skirts of political correctness would jump at the chance to engage.
— Bob Montgomery
Re: James Bowman’s Sean Penn’s ‘Milk’:
Yippy yahoo! Hollywood somewhat accurately portrays a somewhat historic figure they think we need to know about. The same film-makers have no problem knocking moral capitalist geniuses, politicians they hate, or military types when the plot suits them. Heck even when the caricature is wholly awful, the plot inaccurate, and the message an abomination of reality, a large segment of the press is there to comfort them with free ads as the flick tanks at the box office.
They lost me on the “historical” figures flicks a long time ago. Yeah, we got Milk, but we also got Frost-Nixon and Bush-bash ad nauseam from this same group.
— P. Aaron Jones
Re: The Prowler’s Lone Wolf:
Along with Immelt, Obama is assembling a rogue’s gallery of economic advisors. Never mind trading with the enemy. Never mind tanking your company’s stock. Never mind abetting tax avoidance for tens of thousands. We need people who can bring their expertise to the country as a whole, right?
— Kent Lyon
College Station, Texas
ISN’T IT IRONIC?
Re: Gary Wolfram’s The Road to Legalized Plunder:
The economic stimulus of the Obama Administration commits American children and grandchildren to years of labor to pay back the borrowed principal and interest. Involuntary servitude is slavery. That slavery should be instituted under a black president is too painful to be considered ironic.
— David Govett
TALK IS CHEAP
Re: George H. Wittman’s Snake Oil Diplomacy:
The American Icarus leads us. In one fell swoop the community activist organizer moved from romper room to the White House. The American people elected a speech — not a leader — because that is what the childish juvenile liberal mind does.
America faces dark days ahead — not because its economic and foreign crises are of biblical proportion which they are — but because its leadership stock is made of mental pygmies and midgets. We are now led by people of flatulent words because they don’t have the smarts to lead otherwise.
Obama marks the emphatic end of the old post war order — about which he had nothing to do. He inherited his lot from corrupt failed leadership stretching back generations. Obama and company will keep flapping their lips while the sharks circle. They know that a boy was sent to do a man’s job.
Give up hope all ye who enter there.
— David Bonn
IT’S ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE
Re: Hal G.P. Colebatch’s Britain’s Anti-Christian Kulturkampf:
Matthew 5:10-12 (NKJV): “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11: “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12: “Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
The events of this article are sadly highly reflective of the persecution of Joseph K. from Kafka’s The Trial.
— Ira M. Kessel
Rochester, New York
There is some $9 billion in the porkulus bill for ACORN and similar community organizations. These will agitate for “social justice,” forgiveness for mortgages of “underserved minorities,” and will conduct the 2010 census under the White House (not the traditional and constitutionally required census conducted by the Commerce Department). This will presumably correct for minority undercount. President Obama’s political career consists of 8 years of the Illinois House and US Senate experience and about 12 years as a community organizer, a lawyer for community organizers, and a law instructor for future lawyers for community organizers. Does anyone know the translation from the Russian “soviet”? Well, it is “community organization.” In the satellite communist countries “soviets” were also known as “block committees.” Food for thought, right?
— Marc Jeric
Las Vegas, Nevada
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