We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The Sting, from Krauthammer, hits that nail on the head. One quote:
Notes The Washington Post: "But as his admirable summation of recent history made clear, these pursuits have little to do with the economic crisis, and they are not the key to economic recovery." Obama rarely fails to repeat this false connection. A crisis -- and the public's resulting pliability to liberal social engineering -- is a terrible thing to waste.
If you do not love and admire Charles Krauthammer, raise your hand. (I am sure our readers know that Charles is a paraplegic retired Harvard Psychiatrist, with a second career as Brainy Guy.)
Charles Krauthammer is one of my heroes, along with Thomas Sowell and Victor Davis Hanson. One of the reasons I watch Fox News is Charles Krauthammer -- a titan of a man, who thinks clearly and wisely, talks eloquently, and has an awesome amount of balance and courage. When something that might have dire consequences happens, I want to hear his take on it.
I've been somewhat of a fan of his since his days at TNR (back when that rag had some respectibility). Though there was always something about his pieces that put me off occasionally. I never knew about his background as a shrink, so maybe that was it.
Not to take it too seriously, but given his educational background I would give my left (well, something) to see him debate Janeane Garafalo. Specifically in the context of her recent tirade. Proabably would never happen in a million years, though.
My Daughter-the-CPA will probably never forgive Krauthammer, not so much for nearly running her down with is chair as for not apologizing, but I always enjoy his writing even on the rare occasions when I disagree.
I do wish that the nice web developers at Townhall weren't quite so terribly clever about waving things in my face and making me click somewhere before I can read their content. I'm sure that it has something to do with their need to feed themselves, and I'm sympathetic, but my heavenly days it's annoying!
I must admit that there are times when I pine for the bad old days when it was Arpanet and you had to have a .gov, .mil, .edu or be a privileged .org to play. Sometimes the hoi polloi are so tacky!
Krauthammer had little choice on becoming a shrink unless he just wanted to quit medical school. He injured himself his first year and obviously could not have become a doctor as they walk around. He's intensely brilliant because he's erudite in history and politics and is able to add the human nature aspect to all stories that most of the other pundits lack. He can get to the heart of the matter in a second. I'd give something just to talk with him. Be in his presence.
Agree! The one of very few times I've stood stunned by Krauthammer. I loved Lawrence Eagleburger, however, who wasted no opportunity to say: "Obama is a charlatan!" He'd sputter that out shaking his jowls and adjusting his coat lapels and piffeling his glasses. He'd get so mad, I'd almost laugh. But he had it right - all along.
As far as temperament, Krauthammer may be right. When you are too stupid to recognize danger and irresponsibility, it's easy not to become flustered and to look like a smooth operator.