Bill Barr on the foundation of our Republic

US Attorney-General Bill Barr gave the commencement speech at Notre Dame University last week.  I think he summed up very well the real issue with American politics and society today.  I’ll quote from his remarks at some length. In one sense, Barr simply explained what President John Adams meant by a statement he made in a 1798 letter. He then showed the significance of that statement to American life today. “We have no Government armed with Power which is capable of contending with human Passions unbridled by … morality and religion,” Barr quoted from Adams’ letter. “Our Constitution was made only for

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In memoriam: Harold Bloom

An academic legend has left us.  Prof. Harold Bloom died earlier this month.  The New York Times offers a lengthy obituary. Professor Bloom was frequently called the most notorious literary critic in America. From a vaunted perch at Yale, he flew in the face of almost every trend in the literary criticism of his day. Chiefly he argued for the literary superiority of the Western giants like Shakespeare, Chaucer and Kafka — all of them white and male, his own critics pointed out — over writers favored by what he called “the School of Resentment,” by which he meant multiculturalists, feminists,

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Quote of the day

Received via e-mail, original source unknown: That would certainly solve most of our problems, political, social, economic and cultural.  Sadly, few people are willing to do so.  They always want someone else to do it – and pay for it as well. Peter

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“If you want to put America first, you’ve got to put its families first”

Last week Tucker Carlson produced a long, thoughtful analysis of the problems of America today.  He may be a conservative commentator, but his analysis isn’t grounded in conservatism as such.  Instead, he looks at the root of American society – families – and asks how we got where we are today.  He identifies both major parties (quite correctly, IMHO) as equally guilty of the current malaise – something I’ve done in these pages for years, as regular readers will recall.  Mr. Carlson calls for a family-focused and family-centric solution.  I found it very hard to disagree with either his arguments

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Cult nation?

I’m very familiar with religious cults, from a professional perspective (as a former pastor and chaplain) and from counseling those trapped in them, trying to help them break free.  I’ve seen signs of cult-like behavior on the extremes of the American political spectrum, but I’ve never consciously equated the two fields.  Now the Federalist makes the resemblance clear. Consider for a moment today’s culture, which is saturated with the constant agitation of political correctness. It rarely allows for any real discussion or debate without automatic vilification of those deemed politically incorrect. Sadly, this is especially true in the very place where there

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“A lot of frustrated people are talking really loud past each other”

The title of this post is a quote from an extended interview between Mike Rowe, of “Dirty Jobs” fame, and Ben Shapiro last weekend.  I’ll embed the full interview below, but here’s the exchange that included that comment. SHAPIRO:  As the country sort of polarizes between the folks who are in the entertainment sphere or the journalism sphere or the sort of “high IQ” is how they would term themselves sphere, and the people who are actually working the jobs that are actually getting things done across the country, that’s a voice that seems to have been lost a lot. Do you think

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Where the USA stands in 2018

We’ve met Angelo Codevilla in these pages before.  He’s a sharp, incisive, reliably thought-provoking observer of these United States, and his predictions have proven to be accurate more often than not. He’s just come out with his latest article, titled “Our Revolution’s Logic“.  I think it’s essential reading, critically important, particularly prior to next month’s elections.  Here’s a lengthy excerpt. Prior to the 2016 election I explained how America had already “stepped over the threshold of a revolution,” that it was “difficult to imagine how we might step back, and futile to speculate how it might end.” Regardless of who won the election, its

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