Comparing Christmas Speeches: Queen Elizabeth, President Obama, and Ronald Reagan

Sometimes I wish we belonged to the British Commonwealth.  Watching this video was one of those times: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olEp_3Spc1g From there, on The Royal Channel on Facebook (how fantastic is that?), one can see Queen Elizabeth’s first Christmas broadcast, from 1957.  It’s fascinating, and worth your time. All of this led me to want to compare [Read More...]

Bush Hatred Prevails Over Obama Love

Barack Obama

A presidency that began with such hope and optimism, and such astronomical approval and support, may well end in the utter collapse of the modern liberal program. I’m sure that sounds like an overstatement, and perhaps it is.  2012 will be no cakewalk for Republicans, and they’re fully capable of bungling the opportunity history has [Read More...]

Occupy Harvard Yard

I hesitate to link to Rod Dreher twice in a single week, but, well, he linked to me and he drives more traffic. One thing Rod never lacks is the courage of his convictions.  As he shows in “Fatuous Ivy League Twits,” he’s also not above a little name-calling.  But you know, two of the [Read More...]

Reconsidering Bush’s “Compassionate” Conservatism

After I had read his book, The Man in the Middle, I had the pleasure of speaking with Tim Goeglein, who from 2001 to 2008 was one of George W. Bush’s longest-serving aides, as Deputy Director of the Office of Public Liaison.  I was struck in particular by his testament to the president’s compassion.  Although [Read More...]

Reassessing George W Bush – Interview with Tim Goeglein, Part 1

On the sixteenth of September, I interviewed Timothy Goeglein, author of The Man in the Middle, who served for nearly eight years as President George W. Bush’s liaison to conservatives. In the middle of one of his clear and elegant sentences, my wife entered my office and informed me that her water had broken and [Read More...]


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