"I would hope not. ... I think that the notion that boys, or young boys, are happy about this kind of thing, I think that's a misguided notion and it's a relic of past thinking. I don't think the sex of the victim had anything to do with the sentence."
Friday, August 21, 2015
He’s unafraid. He’s upbeat. He’s funny. He despises political correctness (as anybody with half a brain does). He’s so rich no one can buy him, has an absolutely drop-dead gorgeous wife the likes of which we have never seen as first lady (not even Jackie O, well maybe Dolly Madison) and most of all he really, truly loves America. Of course, compared to the incumbent, a dead centipede loves America, but you know what I mean. He’s an all-American success story and that’s what we need right now — a winner, even a braggart. He’s also, as my wife Sheryl says, “bad medicine,” just the kind of medicine we need in extreme times.
Roger Simon doesn't know what he's talking about. Trump loves America, so I have heard. There's that at least.
More than a dozen additional journalists also received awards yesterday from the nation’s largest abortion provider and unborn baby organ harvester. It would appear that the only thing Planned Parenthood enjoys more than harvesting baby parts to sell is rewarding activists with bylines for their work in snuffing out news coverage before it even leaves the cradle.
From the south Indian state of Kerala — best known for being communist and having a 94-percent literacy rate — comes an ancient martial art form that’s enjoying something of a coming-out party. It’s called (deep breath here) Kalaripayattu — kuh-lar-ee-pie-ut-two — and it’s catching on.
There is a slim possibility that what’s happening in the GOP primary campaign this summer is actually healthy and salutary, as conservative intellectual Yuval Levin argues here. But it is also possible that it represents one more way America is becoming more European. A classically liberal right is actually fairly uncommon in western democracies, requiring as it does a coalition that synthesizes populist tendencies and directs such frustrations toward the cause of limited government. Only the United States and Canada have successfully maintained one over an extended period. Now the popularity of Donald Trump suggests ours may be going away. In a sense we are reverting to a general mean – but we are also losing a rare and precious inheritance that is our only real living link to the Revolutionary era and its truly revolutionary ideas about self-government.
Another link to this essay by Ben Domenech. Read the whole thing.
Dismiss Donald Trump if you will, but tonight in Alabama he is expected to draw 35,000 people. Try to do that with any other presidential candidate. The phenomenon is real, and the danger Trump presents for the Republican Party is real. Even without winning the GOP nomination, which is still a remote possibility at best, his statements have tapped into a widespread anger that has the potential to transform the Republican Party in significant ways. Ultimately, Trump presents a choice for the Republican Party about which path to follow: a path toward a coalition that is broad, classically liberal, and consistent with the party’s history, or a path toward a coalition that is reduced to the narrow interests of identity politics for white people.
I hate these historic choices because we always seem to get them wrong.
Donald Trump's six-page platform on immigration may not be, as Ann Coulter wrote, "the greatest political document since the Magna Carta." But given the issue's role in elevating the candidate to leading Republican polls, it merits serious attention.