Tag Archives: Personal Responsibility

No Need to Listen Any Longer

The good Americans – who like to call themselves the Real Americans – have told the rest of us what’s wrong with us. Mitt Romney didn’t do that directly – he spoke to a private gathering of good Americans and … Continue reading

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The Curse of Cosmopolitan Modernity

Back in the early fifties, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, kids could catch the last of those Republic serials on the giant consol television with the tiny rounded black-and-white screen that took up a big chunk of space in the living room … Continue reading

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Calculated and Careful Callousness as Policy

This was the Monday before the Monday, one week before Monday, September 30, when, at midnight, the federal government shuts down. It will have no legal authority to spend any money, except on essential services. Everyone in the military will … Continue reading

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Selling Tough Love to the Masses

Samuel Butler’s The Way of All Flesh isn’t a porn novel – it’s just another bildungsroman, a coming-of-age story that follows the protagonist as he finally figures out how the world really works, which is always a long struggle full of dramatic … Continue reading

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Painful to Watch

Some things are just too painful to watch. Back east, at the moment, it’s the woeful Boston Red Sox, and out here on the west coast it’s the impossible San Diego Padres – long baseball games which offer a few … Continue reading

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The Man from the Cult of Success

Of course this one’s going to be an interesting election – you knew that. Obama will be urging fairness and everyone playing by the same rules, and everyone, with no exceptions, pitching in for the common good. And Romney will … Continue reading

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Death as the Great Instructor of Personal Responsibility

There is much about conservatives that liberals just don’t get – but conservatives like it that way. Liberals are big on that notion that you should walk a mile in the other guy’s shoes – you try to understand others. … Continue reading

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