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Topic - The American Spectator
They are at it again. They are again telling Republicans and conservatives how dreadful their political condition really is. I am speaking, of course, of the voices of the kultursmog, and to hear them tell it, we are in a heck of a heap. We lost the governorship of Virginia. Even worse, we won the governorship of New Jersey. What dreadful news.
Is Obamacare the best that the pot-smoking, war-protesting, guitar-strumming children of the left can do? It's the most incompetent piece of legislation in American history
Was Miriam Carey shot for frightening the political elite?
Where are we now in this morass of Obama administration scandals? We have The Associated Press imbroglio. We have the Benghazi imbroglio. We have the Internal Revenue Service imbroglio.
It has happened again. Sam Tanenhaus, the editor of The New York Times Book Review, referred to by Paul Krugman the other day as "a longtime conservative," has essayed in the New Republic the modern conservative movement and traced us all back to John C. Calhoun.
SANTO TOMAS DE CASTILLA, GUATEMALA
At this Democratic National Convention I am particularly interested in the crowds on the floor. Who cares about what Bill Clinton says? He does not mean it anyway. In the 1990s, he governed like a Republican after saying that "the age of big government is over." Incidentally, he governed pretty well.
It has been a very rough patch for Our President, and I do believe it is going to get rougher still. Do not be surprised as the month goes on and August runs into September, that his campaign budget becomes tighter. President Obama is spending more money than he is raising. It will get worse.
Published with the speed of a Revolutionary War-era pamphlet, "No Higher Power: Obama's War on Religious Freedom" bangs the drum loudly about the "change" authors Phyllis Schlafly and George Neumayr assert President Obama and his administration are bringing to America's faith-based institutions.
I see that the stalwarts of reform politics throughout the city of New York have been given reason for hope and change. It is reported that former Rep. Anthony D. Weiner (pronounced as you might expect) is testing the waters for a return to public life.
WHITEFISH POINT, MICH.
Conrad Black is back in Canada. He controlled the third-largest string of English-language newspapers in the world before he became embroiled with the U.S. Justice Department. For his friends, it was a terrible loss. We missed him, and we have missed his newspapers.
I was innocently making my way through the weekend newspapers when I came upon a "think" piece in The Washington Post by a dreamer named Chris Mooney, a self-confessed "liberal." Yes, he actually admitted to it.
For a couple of years now, I have been talking about the Kultursmog, the utterly polluted state of our political culture. Those who pollute it are liberals. Kultursmog is the only form of pollution they approve of, but they approve of it mightily, and, of course, they are the chief contributors to its noxious fumes. Now they are using it to kill off an American value prized by millions of Americans down through the centuries: free speech. As I say in another context, we are watching the death of liberalism.