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.
..there is Andrew Wiles, the frail knight who for seven lonely years pursues the proof that has ensorcelled him since childhood. He announces the proof to the world, is featured on the front page of the New York Times and in People Magazine, he has the respect and admiration of his colleagues and then he discovers the proof is wrong. He works another year trying to fix it but every time he patches one area another fault line opens up. Even speaking of it now you can see and hear his utter despair. It is not too much to imagine that he was on the verge of a breakdown.
Touring American campuses in the mid-1970s, Norman Macrae of The Economist was shocked “to hear so many supposedly left-wing young Americans who still thought they were expressing an entirely new and progressive philosophy as they mouthed the same prejudices as Trollope’s 19th century Tory squires: attacking any further expansion of industry and commerce as impossibly vulgar, because ecologically unfair to their pheasants and wild ducks.”
Neither the failure of the environmental apocalypse to arrive nor the steady improvement in environmental conditions over the last 40 years has dampened the ardor of those eager to make hair shirts for others to wear.
Good Essay by Hugh Hewitt on "the need for speed: Where Conservatism Needs to Go Next." Wish it could happen that way, but years of observing Congress leave me somewhat lacking hope. Being a majority leader is somewhat like herding cats. They're even tougher than herding cattle.
Violent hobbies don't make a man and quiet strength can be as manly as any of Putin's poses. Which is why Bush looked so good -- his was the quiet strength of a responsible adult, a man. Mrs Bush has the quiet grace of a responsible adult, a woman.
Obama just seems weak. Maybe effeminate, definitely weak. I hesitate to say effiminate because Mrs. Palin is very feminine and very strong. She's more believable with a rifle in her arms than His Hopeful Changeness would be. She also seems more athletic than HHC.
Whenever anybody is busy admiring manliness, I think two words: "Margaret Thatcher". There's more to admire in strength than there is in machismo.
Geoff ... I definitely agree with you about Thatcher, who reminds me of one of my earlier heroines, Golda Meir, another "Iron Lady" who was born in Milwaukee, where I was brought up, oh, so many years ago. We grow 'em tough in Milwaukee, because it snows from October of one year right through May of the next. Living in the 'sandbox' in her later years, Ms. Meir must have missed that.