Obama won in every state that did not require a Photo ID and lost in every state that did require a Photo ID in order to vote. – Bill O’Reilly The long-term outlook for conservatism, and specifically for a social conservatism based on a view of reason and reality that is broader than the liberal one, is therefore excellent. Naturam expellas furca, tamen usque recurret: you may drive nature out with a pitchfork, but she will keep coming back. The task of conservatives today is to promote that process, and the most effective way for them to do so is not to try to get along by conceding basic points but to insist on principle in every possible setting. — James Kalb By some strange process of moral entropy, those institutions which had been the bearers and preservers of our cultural inheritance have mutated into its deadly enemies. It was Williams College, once again, that prompts this melancholy thought. Just last month, the college sponsored “Worlds of Wonder: The Queerness of Childhood,” an “interdisciplinary workshop” that basked in the imprimatur of a dozen college entities from the Dean’s office to the “Committee for Human Sexuality and Diversity” and the “Queer Student Union.” — Roger Kimball Suicide by government. — Rich Lowry on Detroit An astounding 47 percent of the residents of the city of Detroit are functionally illiterate. Tyler Durden (Zerohedge) Of course, if you subscribe to President Calvin Coolidge’s belief that “it is more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones,” the filibuster is a beautiful, noble tool. [T]here’s something special going on in terms of the relationship between the legacy media and the Democratic party. They are both, essentially, the party of government and government-imposed liberalism. The ones who get paid by the DNC (or the taxpayers) amount to the policy arm of the party. The ones who work for MSNBC, Newsweek et al are the marketing and public-relations arm of the same party. Obviously this is an exaggeration. There are plenty of exceptions to the rule. But as a generalization there’s a basic truth to it. — Jonah Goldberg [S]cience does not respect consensus. There was once widespread agreement about phlogiston (a nonexistent element said to be a crucial part of combustion), eugenics, the impossibility of continental drift, the idea that genes were made of protein (not DNA) and stomach ulcers were caused by stress, and so forth — all of which proved false. Science, Richard Feyman once said, is “the belief in the ignorance of experts.” — Matt Ridley, former global-warming believer Few public controversies touch an institution so central to the lives of so many, and few inspire such attendant passion by good people on all sides. Few public controversies will ever demonstrate so vividly the beauty of what our Framers gave us, a gift the Court pawns today to buy its stolen moment in the spotlight: a system of government that permits us to rule ourselves…. Some will rejoice in today’s decision, and some will despair at it; that is the nature of a controversy that matters so much to so many. But the Court has cheated both sides, robbing the winners of an honest victory, and the losers of the peace that comes from a fair defeat. We owed both of them better. I dissent. — Justice Antonin Scalia on United States v. Windsor Troglo
As we’ve seen in countless contexts (abortion becomes “choice,” marriage becomes “[hyphenated-]marriage,” tax becomes “revenue,” spending becomes “investment,” etc.), the Left is simply better at the language game than we are. – Newt Gingrich
Perhaps tens of millions could be diverted from progressive gestures to academic purposes by abolishing on every American campus every administrative position whose title contains the words “diversity,” “equity,” “race,” “ethnicity,” “sustainability,” “green,” “gender,” “inclusion,” “identity,” “interconnectivity,” “globalization,” “climate,” “campus climate,” “cross-cultural” or “multiculturalism.” – George Will
A rough rule of thumb to discover modern-day racism is to search a college’s website to see whether it has vice presidents or deans of diversity and diversity programs. If so, keep your money. – Walter Williams
Such distractions from the study of calculus and literature are encouraged by CREATE Wisconsin (the acronym stands for Culturally Responsive Education for All: Training and Enhancement), which is funded with federal tax dollars from IDEA, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The disability being rectified here is, presumably, the handicap of insufficient guilt — arising from false consciousness — about white privilege. – George Will from same column.
It reminds me of something Leon Wieseltier observed in The New Republic back during the Clinton years that applies just as well to Obamaworld: “There is a certain sensibility, for which Mrs. Clinton’s generation is famous, and which she perfectly exemplifies, that hates being preceded. Everything it experiences it experiences for the first time. When it sees, there is light; and when it fails to see, the whole world is covered in darkness.” – quoted by Steve Hayward in Powerline blog.
But Democrats often speak as if the Right’s skepticism of the government’s problem-solving ability is driven by some sort of abstract ideological theory. It’s not. It’s usually built upon hard experiences. Human behavior isn’t predictable, particularly their interactions with the government. Unintended consequences pile up like a car crash. – Jim Geraghty
Cartoon of the Month
Sequester Joe Biden. – NY Sun, in response to the $585,000 charge for a night at the Intercontinental in Paris.
Illegal immigrants are to immigration what shoplifters are to shopping. – See the video for which the quotation is extracted here.
The problem with the modern Republican party is you have a bunch of Republicans who speak like conservatives and act like moderates. We need Republicans who can speak like moderates and act like conservatives. — Raul Labrador, Congressman (R, Idaho)
Some government spending is necessary, much is sinfully wasteful, and the remainder is corrupt. — Mona Charen
The facts of life are conservative. – Lady Thatcher
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of debt, I fear no bankruptcy, for Obama is my shepherd. He prepareth a table of food stamps before me, and maketh me lie down beside waters He hath cleansed and seas He hath made recede…– Mark Helprin, Psalm 23, newly revised according to modern principles. the full version is here.)
Austerity is the result of countries’ democratic decisions to wait until the last minute before acting, under the pressure of the markets, mainly by raising taxes rather than implementing long-waited reforms. — Lorenzo Bini Smaghi
But it would be difficult to overstate how deeply the specter of the villainous corporation shapes American political thought. The influence is more visible the farther to the left one moves along the political spectrum. — Kevin Williamson
…the truth is that for many academics, not only is there no such thing as “the disinterested pursuit of truth.” There is no such thing as truth. I’m not kidding. Truth, along with such related concepts as “reason,” “fact,” “logic,” and “objectivity,” are routinely treated as Eurocentric social constructions by which white men have traditionally oppressed women, non-whites, homosexuals, non-Christians, and the environment. — Philosophy Professor Jack Kerwick
The real choice today is between bigger or smaller unintelligent government. — George Will
There are a lot of things I don’t know about, said Chuck Hagel. If confirmed, I intend to know a lot more than I do….It doesn’t matter what I think. It does matter what you think,” insisted New Hampshire Republican Kelly Ayotte.
Ari Fleischer with the line of the weekend: “I don’t know if Sen. Bob Menendez belongs in the Senate, but he definitely belongs on the foreign relations committee.”
Missouri Representative Chris Kelly, Democrat of Columbia, showing his command of litotes regarding proposed legislation to require photo IDs to vote: “Jim Crow is alive in this room today. This is the single most immoral act that I have ever seen happen in my time in the General Assembly.”
After President Obama’s State of the Union address, a reader sent me (Jay Nordlinger in the Corner, a blog of the National Review) a passage from a Philip Roth novel, I Married a Communist. I’m not sure why this passage occurred to our reader:
The lying. A river of lies. Translating the truth into a lie. Translating one lie into another lie. The competence people display in their lying. The skill. Carefully sizing up the situation and then, with a calm voice and a straight face, delivering the most productive lie. Should they speak even the partial truth, nine times out of ten it’s in behalf of a lie
George Will relates this anecdote about Silent Cal, President Coolidge. When President and Mrs. Coolidge were being given simultaneous but separate tours of a chicken farm, Grace asked her guide whether the rooster copulated more than once a day. “Dozens of times,” she was told. “Tell that to the president,” she said. When told, Coolidge asked, “Same hen every time?” When the guide said, “A different one each time,” the president said: “Tell that to Mrs. Coolidge.”
“$1,000/hr: Obama books world’s top golf pro for vacation.” Breitbart.com relates that the President has engaged Butch Harmon – excellent choice, by the way – for lessons during his post-Valentine’s Day weekend get-away in Palm City, Florida. We wonder what the minimum wage should be for top-drawer teaching golf pros? Apparently the President has a handicap of 18 – mediocre, but much better than his score on improving the economy, we say.
Anyone who thinks he can be happy & prosperous by letting the government take care of him better look closely at the American Indian. – Henry Ford
“Fairness is not an evaluative criterion.” Col. Allen West, on the unsuitability of women for infantry combat roles.
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp on the Federal income tax code: “And our code is too complicated. It’s 10 times the size of the Bible with none of the good news.”
“We can’t simply cut our way to prosperity.” – BHO, Jan 1 2013 commenting on the fiscal-cliff legislation. But we sure can spend our way into prosperity.
How did they get a fiscal-cliff deal? The president “left the hardest negotiations at the end of the process to Vice President Joe Biden.” That’s right, in this administration Biden is the adult in the room.” James Taranto, in Best of the Web Today, 2 Jan 2013
“Meanwhile, the unsustainable status quo is defended furiously by the Republican Party, a central factor in its political weakness.” H. J. Waters, III, in an editorial of January 3, 2013, Columbia Daily Tribune. Yes, those evil Repubs want to see continued deficit spending, increasing federal debt, slow growth of the economy, and unreformed entitlements.
“Where man can no longer bear the truth, he cannot live without the lie.” Hermann Sasse, in Union and Confession (1938), quoted in a sermon by John T. Pless ( logia.org/blogia/?p=349 )
Al Roker way too excited over being in the White House:
The ME generation comes of age in a cheery analysis.
“The magic of theater is that is has the power to overwhelm thought: For a moment, you forget that you are watching actors reciting lines that they have memorized and making scripted movements, and you are taken into the world of the play. Obama’s politics of histrionics — the little children, the Sandra Flukes, the imperial stage dressing — also is conceived with the goal of overwhelming thought. That tells you something about the president and what he stands for. The continued success of this traveling medicine show of a presidency tells you something about the American people.” Kevin Williamson
“The world’s largest country,” writes Spengler, “is well along the way to forming an intellectual elite on a scale that the world has never seen, and against which nothing in today’s world – surely not the overbred products of the Ivy League puppy mills – can compete.