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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Frank Bruni
An ESPN panelist describes the national anthem as a militaristic song that should not be played at sporting events.
It's almost Christmas. Lights are up, trees are decked and, where it's still legal, Nativity scenes are on display. This is the time of year when even high school orchestras playing carols to raise money for charity wind up being challenged by atheists who profess to be offended.
The Founding Fathers would be pleased. President Obama, endorsing same-sex marriage, celebrates his becoming fully evolved by citing the golden rule, Christ's admonition to "you know, treat others the way you want to be treated." (Jesus said it better.) Mitt Romney tells an audience of 35,000 at Liberty University's commencement that central to America's global leadership is "our Judeo-Christian tradition."
When Frank Bruni stepped on the scene as the chief restaurant critic for the New York Times more than five years ago, many industry insiders and observers thought the choice was odd.
"It was a sort of a little petty rebellion against the need to try everything," he says. "I am still totally adjusting."
But even odder was Mr. Bruni's love-hate relationship with food, something he now acknowledges in his new memoir, "Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-Time Eater."