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.
Americans face a choice: They can rediscover the animating principles of the American idea—of limited government, a self-reliant citizenry, and the opportunities to exploit your talents to the fullest—or they can join most of the rest of the Western world in terminal decline. To rekindle the spark of liberty once it dies is very difficult. The inertia, the ennui, the fatalism is more pathetic than the demographic decline and fiscal profligacy of the social democratic state, because it's subtler and less tangible. But once in a while it swims into very sharp focus. Here is the writer Oscar van den Boogaard from an interview with the Belgian paper De Standaard. Mr. van den Boogaard, a Dutch gay "humanist" (which is pretty much the trifecta of Eurocool), was reflecting on the accelerating Islamification of the Continent and concluding that the jig was up for the Europe he loved. "I am not a warrior, but who is?" he shrugged. "I have never learned to fight for my freedom. I was only good at enjoying it." In the famous Kubler-Ross five stages of grief, Mr. van den Boogard is past denial, anger, bargaining and depression, and has arrived at a kind of acceptance.
I received that speech in mail yesterday - Hillsdale College provides their newsletter, Imprimus, free. Subscribe at their website. A great school, I believe it is one of only two school in that completely refuse any federal funds. It is a place I hope my youngest son, Boy, considers. The school Boy attends here in Maine is rather fondly looked upon by Hillsdale College. They offer a full four-year scholarship to the top student of the graduating class each year. I'm pushing him to earn that scholarship.
Distributist ... I'm not sure which schools the others are, but the school at which my brother taught for the whole of his professional life is Grove City College in Pennsylvania, and they do not accept any federal funds either, giving them the ability to speak freely on difficult subjects. In tense times like these, it's wonderful to have that kind of freedom, isn't it?
This is a first for me - saying out loud anything against Bush, but I think he went through those stages of grief and ended up at the acceptance stage long before his presidency was over. It's awful to say because I truly like Bush, but he may have set the stage for the rest of us in failing to lead when we needed it most.