July 3 Tea Party*/*Independence Day Celebration

By the way, there’s going to be a Tea Party Tax Protest / Independence Day Celebration on July 3rd from 3 to 7 pm in La Canada, details here. Admission $10 cash includes hot dogs, hamburgers, drinks and oodles of entertainment including AlfonZo Rachel and other personages of brilliance and renown.

Tea Party Flyer

Published in: on June 22, 2009 at 10:47  Leave a Comment  

Iran’s Song and Presidential Quietude

It is more than rare that evil presents itself nakedly to the eyes of men.  No, evil will always seek to hide itself, be it under the cover of darkness, in a lie or behind a wall of silence.  Always evil hides.  It does so because it knows itself to be what it is: evil.  It knows that if its nature were revealed all would recoil from it and it would have no power.

The value of the American Presidency in international affairs derives in no small measure from its power to adumbrate evil deeds in shadow, and so rob them of the tacit legitimacy that silence confers.  Mr. Obama’s initial silence followed by a muted “Tut, tut, my good man!” speaks to, at best his own moral ambiguity, or more frankly, to his own predisposition to befriend the darkness.

Published in: on June 22, 2009 at 10:45  Leave a Comment  

Discussion: Capitalism and Freedom, 1958 edition

This video of Mike Wallace interviewing Mortimer Adler in 1958 is very interesting for a variety of reasons, not least the level of public discourse commonly practiced at the time. You wouldn’t see something so elevated on television in our dumbed down age. The most startling notion put forward here, in my view, is that property ownership divorced from political enfranchisement is inimical to liberty.

Published in: on June 3, 2009 at 07:29  Leave a Comment  

Stay Focussed on Issues

Cassandra over at Villainous Company has a great post on staying focussed on the issues rather than get all wrapped up in battling the insults.  She’s absolutely right.  Conservatives spend far too much time replying to accusations of racism, sexism, homophobia and every other ad hominem attack that has become the Left’s stock in trade.  When debating an issue a personal attack is the last resort of someone who doesn’t have a substantive argument to make.  Conservatives do have ideas, and good ones, but allow themselves to get embroiled in endless defensive arguments about the merit of the insult rather than the issue.  The approach she proposes is to ignore the insult as it is irrelevant and only wastes time.  Present the idea and bolster it with facts and logic.  Stay on message and repeat it over and over.

Sounds like a plan.

Published in: on June 2, 2009 at 06:01  Leave a Comment