- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 27, 2006

‘Providential hand’

“Our forefathers recognized that the strength and sustainability of this country depended on one thing: the continued presence of the providential hand of God. Over the past 50 years, however, that recognition has been steadily eroded by courts gone out of control, by left-wing interest groups bent on sandblasting all references to God from the public square, and by the indifference of ordinary citizens who do not understand why God matters to the nation. …

“The whole history of our country is based on acknowledging God. Before they disembarked the Mayflower, the Pilgrims signed a compact in which they stated that they had undertaken the voyage to America ‘for the Glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith.’ The Declaration of Independence acknowledged that we are ‘created’ by God and ‘endowed’ by Him with ‘certain unalienable rights’ that no person or government can take away.”

—Roy Moore, former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, writing on “Will America choose to acknowledge God?” Wednesday in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com

Evil rich?

“For many Americans, riches are so disreputable that taking them away is a goal in itself. The left used to offer the misery of the poor as a reason for redistribution, but these days an increase in inequality is just as likely to be the rallying cry for higher taxation. In a savage New York Times column this past March, the economist Paul Krugman turned rising inequality — a trend that has persisted for decades under both Republican and Democratic presidents — into a frontal assault on the hated Bush tax cuts. …

“People judge how well they are doing in two ways: against how well they think other people are doing and against their own (and their family’s) recent earnings. That’s why an American postal worker might not be particularly happy with his income, even though in terms of transportation, health care, and personal comfort he has a better standard of living than Cornelius Vanderbilt and other past plutocrats.”

—Megan McArdle, writing on “The Virtue of Riches,” in the July issue of Reason

‘Evil twin’?

“By the time the polls closed in Georgia [July 18], I had come to terms with either possible outcome. If my evil twin Ralph Reed lost the Republican primary for lieutenant governor, I would lead the national sigh of relief, from Democrats as well as thoughtful conservatives alarmed at the moral drift of the Republican Party. If he won, I would await the results of the general election before deciding whether to colonize another planet. …

“I had always assumed that Ralph and I looked alike so people could make jokes at our expense, the way Brian Williams did by suggesting that we both had necks so skinny, he worried our heads would fall off. But perhaps our resemblance revealed a larger truth. Since the two political parties often appear to exist in parallel realities, it seemed possible that Ralph and I could be the first glimpse behind the curtain of the political universe. Maybe every person in a blue state has an identical red twin, and Ralph and I are just the first to realize it.

“Happily, the voters of Georgia spared me from having to lead the exodus to a blue planet.”

—Former Clinton administration official Bruce Reed, writing on “Ralph Redux,” Tuesday in Slate at www.slate.com

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