Party of God/Party of Satan?

Monday, June 22, 2009 \PM\.\Mon\.

I am not interested in having future fruitless arguments over whether or not the Republican or Democratic Party is pure evil or not. It is like the old canard comparing some contemporary American politician to Adolf Hitler- it is a deal-breaker. I am one who believes that truth in politics is pretty spread out among the various major and minor political parties- there are some huge moral gaps in all, so the choice of party for me is not based on trying to find the perfect Party of God here in America.

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It’s Not Really About Markets

Monday, June 22, 2009 \AM\.\Mon\.

What do many communists and many advocates of laissez-faire capitalism share in common? Both claim that their ideologies have never been given a fair shake, both claim that their ideologies are based upon immutable laws of either historical progress or human behavior, both reject ‘real world’ examples that supposedly show the error of their views, and both believe that only their ideological visions will lead to a future worth living in.

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Obama: Fly-Killer!

Monday, June 22, 2009 \AM\.\Mon\.

Obama kills a fly and the media goes beserk!  The indispensable Iowahawk reports here on a suit being brought by the widow of the fly, and P.E.T.A., always eager for a little easy and free publicity,  of course chimed in.  Maureen Dowd came up with a column on the Obama fly-icide, and I am milking a post out it!

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Diagnosing contemporary conservatism’s ills.

Monday, June 22, 2009 \AM\.\Mon\.

Apropos of DarwinCatholic’s post on the meaning of conservatism, the following comment from Francis Beckwith (What’s Wrong With The World) struck a chord:

“Conservatism–as a philosophical, cultural, and political project–does in fact have boundaries, and those have been set by the cluster of ideas offered by such giants as Burke, Lincoln, Chesterton, Lewis, Hayek, Chambers, Friedman, Kirk, Weaver, Gilder, Buckley, and Reagan. There are, of course, disagreements among these thinkers and their followers, but there is an identifiable stream of thought. It informs our understanding of human nature, families, civil society, just government, and markets.

“What contemporary conservatism has lost–especially in its Hannitized and Coulterized manifestations of superficial ranting–is the connection to a paternity that is necessary so that its intellectual DNA may be passed on to its progeny.

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