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.
Neuhaus discusses everything here - election, cultural wars, obscenity, decency, abortion, the role of cultural values in law-making. He is consistently smart. "Whatever happens, in times doleful and times hopeful, we must never forget our true home or the anticipation of that home in the life of the Church. The second century Letter to Diognetus says that, for Christians, “every foreign country is a homeland, every homeland a foreign country.” In this foreign country that is our temporary homeland, it may now be decided that the law is not permitted to take cognizance of virtue and vice." Click here: FT February 2005: The Public Square
Cronkite. Taranto tracked down this actual quote from Cronkite in 2002: "So I'm just saying that I'd like to see this very rich nation of ours work on the diplomatic front, the diplomatic wars if you please, fight those diplomatic wars to get this world straightened out and make it work. And I think that's going to take an international body, like the United Nations, for that to be a true world government. It means giving up sovereignty; it means a lot of sacrifices. But aren't we prepared, for heaven's sakes, to make those sacrifices in order for a better world? I would like to think so." I find it highly revealing of a certain sort of mind-set, and also highly crazy. Not to mention traitorous. But I think there are lots of people who think this way, and it is the impulse that refuses to inspect the flaws in the UN, or idealizes the EU (which is already stifling under its distant overlord in Brussels). It is a left-over Marxist dream and a left-over human nightmare. Everyone probably can imagine "a better world" in their own way, but there is little doubt about what a "free world" means - it means a world of minimal government, and of minimal distant government, where we can try to make a better world, whatever that means to us, for our families and neighbors. Click here: OpinionJournal - Best of the Web Today