There is such a Connection between Licentiousness and Liberty, that it is not easy to correct the one, without dangerously wounding the other.
~ Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
The aim of great books is ethical: to teach what it means to be a man. Every major form of literary art has taken for its deeper themes what T.S. Eliot called “the permanent things” – the norms of human action.
~ In Enemies of the Permanent Things (La Salle, IL: Sherwood Sugden and Co., 1984), page 41.
Without that Resurrection, which prefigures our own resurrection and life everlasting, one might as well turn again to the gods of the Greeks, or to Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, and Seneca. The Resurrection is critical both to my personal faith and to the whole elaborate edifice called Christianity. It is now more rationally possible to believe in the Resurrection than it was in Saint Paul’s time.
~ Quoted in Nearer, My God by William F. Buckley, Jr. (NY: Harcourt Brace and Company, 1997), page 124.
Every right is married to a duty; every freedom owes a corresponding responsibility; and there cannot be genuine freedom unless there exists also genuine order, in the moral realm and in the social realm.
~ Russell Kirk, in Redeeming the Time (Wilmington: Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 1996), page 33
The Naked Ape-theory of human nature, the “reductionist” notion of man as a breathing automaton, is reinforced by ignorance of literature’s moral imagination.
~ in in Redeeming the Time (Wilmington: Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 1996), page 81
All things begin and end in mystery.
~ in in Redeeming the Time (Wilmington: Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 1996), page 83
Have you checked out Ballotpedia. Whatever your political stripe Ballotpedia is a great resource. It is a compendium of information on ballots, voting, citizen initiatives, referendums, propositions and a whole lot more.
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One of the great things about attending RightOnline and the Defending the American Dream Texas Summit was meeting lots of great bloggers. Check out the blogs of some of the neat people we met in Austin this weekend.
We are on our way to Austin where my wife and I will be blogging the Defending the American Dream Texas Summit. It is being sponsored by some great organizations; Americans For Prosperity, The Sam Adams Alliance, RightOnline, etc.. And, there are some great speakers scheduled; Michael Steele, Grover Norquist, John Fund, Bob Barr, Michelle Malkin, etc. Come on back to the blog over the next few days as I share my thoughts on the experience. Or, go on over to Susan’s blog and get some more well thought out reflections on the event.
While the Republican primaries were in full swing, I heard talk radio hosts say some of the most inane things I have ever heard. Not that radio talk show hosts don’t say some pretty stupid things on a continuing basis, but these were things so outrageously idiotic that I would not expect them even from such people as Rush Limbaugh, Hugh Hewitt, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and Mark Levine (all of whom must be taken with about 32 grains of salt).
Among the many misstatements of fact and inconsistencies in reason were [Read more…]
I’m not a Republican. No, I’m not a Democrat, either. I’m not a Libertarian and I’m not Green. I’m independent with a non-capital i.
I find no fault with anyone who is active in a political party, such as my wife. But, I just don’t feel like I can belong to a political party at this point in my life and not get caught in a conflict of interests with the primary calling on my life; the gospel.
Nevertheless, I am a political junkie.
So, I am very interested in what is happening with Huck Pac. After dropping out of the race to become the Republican nominee in the presidential election, Mike Huckabee formed Huck Pac to support Republican candidates who share the conservative values of those who had previously supported Huckabee. To quote Huckabee, “Huck PAC is not a “memory-maker” from the presidential campaign, it is a serious effort to make a difference in the campaigns of Republican candidates everywhere.”
I will be very interested to see how this endeavor develops.
I don’t usually listen to Laura Ingraham on the radio because I am at work during her show. However, several days this week I happened to be in my car during her program. She was ranting and raving with the same hysterical ramblings that she was months ago.
According to Ingraham, John McCain needs to get out there and prove he is a conservative. If he will just show himself to be hateful, bitter, angry and narrow-minded then conservatives can feel comfortable with him as their candidate. In other words, if he acts like her.
That is exactly what John McCain doesn’t need to do. He didn’t become the Republican candidate by acting the way Laura Ingram wants him to act. He isn’t a traditional Republican, and he shouldn’t try to act like one.
Oh, yes, I would very much like for him to take a more firm stance on some issues such as the sanctify of life, but he is not going to win the election this year by portraying himself as more right than he really is. As Dick Morris said in a recent email newsletter, “how did an anti-torture, anti-tobacco, pro-campaign finance reform, anti-pork, pro-alternative-energy Republican ever emerge from the primaries alive? Simple: The GOP electorate, along with the rest of the country, has moved somewhat to the left. (In Florida, for example, exit polls showed that only 27 percent of Republican primary voters described themselves as “very conservative,” while 28 percent said they were “moderate” and 2 percent said they were “very liberal.”)”
Even Republicans don’t want John McCain to sound like Laura Ingraham. By the way, will someone please send her a bottle of Midol.