- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 6, 2006

Philosophical Bush

“I first heard George W. Bush speak in 1998 or 1999 to a group of around 300 of us in Hollywood. … I left feeling as though I had just heard from Ronald Wilson Reagan II. He said something about not being very detail-oriented, knowing only a few things and having a few goals, then dropped a bomb on us, saying that the best social policy America could have was for each person to have one lifetime sexual partner. That produced a few audible gasps. This was Hollywood after all — a short freeway drive away from where most of the world’s porn is produced. …

“The most striking thing about George W. Bush is that he never really had a chance to develop a comprehensive political philosophy. Experiencing a religious conversion and embracing Jesus as his favorite philosopher in the late 1980’s no doubt impacted his outlook on life and politics, but a few short years later, he was thrust into the governorship of Texas and six short years after that into the White House, all of which left precious little time to figure out both what he believed and why.”

— Mark Joseph in “George W. Who?” March 22 at www.townhall.com

Energy meltdown

“America now burns a billion tons of coal a year — double what we consumed in 1976. That puts 300 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, which is 20 percent of the world’s output. This is no accident. Read Jimmy Carter’s famous cardigan sweater speech of 1977, and you’ll see that one of his goals was to … increase our coal production by about two thirds to more than 1 billion tons a year. We made it.

“Carter had to embrace coal because he was already backing away from nuclear power. Only 11 days before his fireside chat, and after less than three months in office, Carter had shut down the completed Barnwell Fuel Reprocessing Plant, a private venture that had invested millions. The result was a huge loss of faith in the industry, the forfeiting of the technology to Europe and Japan, and the brand new problem of ‘nuclear waste.’ ”

— William Tucker, writing on “The Polar Bear in the Room,” April 3 in the American Enterprise Online at www.taemag.com

Azalea time

“Forget all the poetry about how Augusta National Golf Club is a ‘cathedral of nature.’ Forget, for now, the azaleas and dogwood blossoms and the rolling, verdant hills, forget the tragic nobility of founder Bobby Jones’ grace in handling a crippling disease and forget the sad end of tyrannical former chairman Clifford Roberts. Forget the ghosts of near-miss amateurs Billy Joe Patton and Ken Venturi, or the agony of perpetual runners-up Tom Weiskopf and Greg Norman. And please, please forget the goofy sideshow known as Martha Burke that the New York Times so embarrassingly obsessed about a few years ago. …

“Sure, the U.S. Open has its own brutal drama, the British Open its storied history and its quirky bounces, and the under-rated PGA its strong fields and player-pleasing, fair-but-tough course set-ups. But none of that can compare with the wildly unpredictable twists of fate that the Masters serves up quite literally as a matter of course — the course itself, by its ingenious design, being the source of those twists.”

— Quin Hillyer, writing on “Traditionalists Like No Others,” April 5 at the American Spectator Online at www.spectator.org

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