Since the modern world began in the sixteenth century, nobody’s system of philosophy has really corresponded to everybody’s sense of reality; to what, if left to themselves, common men would call common sense. Each started with a paradox; a peculiar point of view demanding the sacrifice of what they would call a sane point of view. That is the one thing common to Hobbes and Hegel, to Kant and Bergson, to Berkeley and William James. A man had to believe something that no normal man would believe, if it were suddenly propounded to his simplicity; as that law is above right, or right is outside reason, or things are only as we think them, or everything is relative to a reality that is not there. The modern philosopher claims, like a sort of confidence man, that if once we will grant him this, the rest will be easy; he will straighten out the world, if once he is allowed to give this one twist to the mind.
By all accounts, Walter Cronkite was a kindly, almost
avuncular figure. Many members of the journalist community have written
eulogies of his decency and humility. He had a long, happy
marriage. These things should count to us conservatives, who yearn for human
life to be more about how it is lived than in the personal politics of each
individual. We ought to respect, for example, the genuine marital love that
Barack has for Michelle or, for that matter, the love that Jimmy Carter has for
Roselyn. If we fail to honor those good aspects of our political
opponents, then we run the grave risk of becoming that hideous creation of the
Left, homo politicus.
The putrid comments by
Letterman about Sarah Palin and her daughter, and the dethronement of Carrie
Prejean for the vice of honesty bring home just how savagely civil life has
been murdered by the Left. We no longer have a civil public life.
It has been crushed between pinchers of enraged nihilism and fantasy
causes. “Feminists” or the Ladies Auxiliary of Marxist Enmity (LAME)
should be threatening boycotts of the CBS or demanding the de-politicization of
beauty contests, but that presumes LAME cares about women: its disciples
care only about venting their private fury towards an empty life.
The media – newspapers,
magazines, book publishing, radio, television, and film – have never at any
point in the history of our nation been impartial. Newspapers were once
the whole heart and substance of our media. They provided news, opinion,
entertainment, advice, humor, advertisements and information. Newspapers
were often unabashed partisans.
1980 is yesterday for some of
us, a long time ago for others of us, and the misty realm of medieval history
for others of us. But history and the list of decision that history
represents is our future. In 1980, Congressman Jack Kemp was one of the
major front-runners to be Ronald Reagan’s running mate. James
Roberts, President of Radio America and Executive Director of the American
Conservative Union from 1974 to 1977, has written a wonderful “insider” article
in the May 20 issue of Human Events which explains why Jack Kemp was not Ronald
Reagan’s running mate. As luck would have it, I had just finished this
article on the impact of Jack Kemp as Ronald Reagan’s running mate in 1980.
Sherman was right: War is
Hell. The current war against the Judeo-Christian world waged by al-Qaida
and other radical Moslems is no different. War is Hell and Hell is full
of torments. Our role, as children of a Loving God, is to make that Hell
and those torments as quick, as slight, and as limited as possible. But
it is not our power to end pain, to make peace, or to stop torture.
are worried about our government, our currency, our indebtedness. They
are worried about losing their jobs and paying their bills. Most of all,
they are worried about the direction in which they see America moving.
It does not reflect their values or their dreams.
The doctored outrage at AIG
executives raises one of the ugliest specters in modern political
history: mindless fury directed at “Finance Capitalism.” The
profits of men who create goods and services is easy to defend. Bill
Gates gave us Windows. T. Boone Pickens and Ross Perot drilled for
oil. Sam Walton retailed consumer goods at very low prices. People
grasp the value to society which these men produce.
way Congress has mismanaged "The AIG Affair" doesn't tell you
what a bunch of clowns represent you, nothing will. If you believe Congress
is really trying to solve the AIG problem (which, to be totally truthful,
Congress created) you should not read the rest of this article. It will
make you angry.
To answer a popular question, Timothy Geithner, our inept Treasury Secretary,
had to know about the employee bonuses being paid to AIG. If he did not
know about the bonuses, he wasn't doing his job as the head of the New
York Federal Reserve Bank (which he was, at the time the bonus agreement
occurred). It's this simple: If he is so naïve or dumb that he did
not know what was happening, he has no business being Secretary of the
Treasury for the United States of America. And, these appear to be the
only two possibilities: Either he lied, or he is dumb and naïve.