And on ... and on ...
... And, yes! One fine day, as with the Noah family's detention on the ark, the damndemic will cease, desist, vanish, take a powder. Masks will disappear in the trash can. Americans will pass days and weeks without a virus-inspired reflection on medical experts or D. J. Trump.
This is the good part. There is a bad part. ...Read more
The first Christmas tree on our block popped up the day after Halloween. Soon enough, garlands of white lights began to adorn neighborhood trees and doorways. It's Christmas -- except that it's not. From what I can see, Thanksgiving has yet to be acknowledged, much less observed.
I have no particular observations to make concerning our new ...Read more
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
Or do we?
At the end of a long, bitter political year, shall we take a look?
The Founding Fathers' abstract commitment to equality -- reinforced by the Gettysburg Address -- vexes and perplexes Americans across the political sphere.
We know we're "equal," more or less...Read more
I have tried to think of something appropriate to say upon the end of this endeavor at saving Western civilization through journalism.
Western civilization remains unsaved. That is the first thought that comes to mind. What could I have been thinking anyway? A second thought is that in my failure I have had just a whole lot of fun. That was not...Read more
The phoniness of big-government politics was on conspicuous display during the final presidential debate. Note the adjective "big-government." Not Democratic politics, not Republican politics. Big-government politics, representing the pleasant myth that politicians at the top of the greasy pole have the wisdom to lead our country, or any ...Read more
Back to where we left off the other day: democracy's varied discontents staring us straight in our blurred and reddening eyes, obscuring once-familiar loyalties and understandings.
Modern democracy as a bloodier and bloodier power struggle, our self-chosen political classes' refusal to recognize reality as a barrier to the achievement of new ...Read more
With Joe Biden poised -- so say the augurers -- to oust Donald Trump from the White House, we might want to entertain some considerations larger than polls and absentee-ballot counts. Considerations such as the normal detritus of elections.
Some preliminary general thoughts follow.
First, the repetitive horrors of democratic politics, ...Read more
History! Don't we know by this stage in the Damn-demic Era that history is what you make up to push a point you want everybody else to take up? The New York Times' rancid "1619 Project" comes sorrowfully to mind.
So, if we hate the prospect of ramming through, as part of the Democratic agenda, a proposal to pack the Supreme Court with ...Read more
What else could go wrong in America?
You will note I am not bothering, pedantically, with citing current examples, there being enough of those as it is, spread starkly across the public record.
What else could go wrong in America? I suggest the possibility of more or less successful attempts to smear the reputation and character of a nominee ...Read more
If Ken Starr, in The Wall Street Journal, praises his late friend Ruth Bader Ginsburg as humane, conscientious and just plain nice, that's good enough for me. We can talk later about who's going to take her Supreme Court seat and when.
I am minded, in the meantime, to remember her less as a constitutional bulldozer and more as a jurist ...Read more
We live in the age of assertion. Nothing requires proof -- least of all a claim about racial injustice, such as, "'Law and order' is just another name for an excuse to come down hard on people of color seeking affirmation of their long-disregarded rights."
You'll get no argument on that point from the progressive media, which normally gives a ...Read more
The impeccably credentialed National Association of Scholars, which strives for, among other things, truth in academic discourse, focused in a recent webinar on the peril that truth faces amid our present racial anxieties.
The new "truth" being vetted on the progressive left is that the whole of American history stems from chattel slavery.