In his remarks, Rubio echoed a campaign theme of his: “It’s not about me.” People supported his candidacy, the new senator contended, because they worried about the fate of their nation. Relaying some of the touristy things he had done with his wife and children since arriving in our nation’s capital, Rubio recalled — with a savvy “Señor Smith Goes to Washington” appeal — visiting some of the Founders’ memorials in and around town. They stand as reminders and even rallying cries. Those who fought and died to establish this country, those who worked on its founding, believed that “every single human person had inherent rights that came from God,” he reminded the crowd. And “those principles still bind us as a nation today.” We are the “one place on earth” that can be relied on to stand as a beacon on these things. And what the 112th Congress does will help determine, Rubio insisted, whether, “when my children are my age,” they will come back here to admire the monuments of our core national values, or merely be “looking at relics of a once-great nation.”
I couldn’t have been the only one to picture the Statue of Liberty in Planet of the Apes — and without feeling entirely absurd.
You’ll want to read it all.
Noisy Room looks at heroes in the midst of all of our confusion, and writes of Dorwin Stoddard, who was killed last Saturday, trying to protect his wife from Jared Loughner:
He was 76 years old, Mavy was 75. Being 70 years old and married to the same girl for 47 years, I would like to think that in a similar event, I would have responded exactly as he did. . . .The Arizona Daily Star reported Sunday that the retired couple was standing in line waiting to meet Giffords when a gunman, later identified as 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner, reportedly began shooting a semiautomatic weapon. Dorwan immediately pushed Mavy to the ground and covered her with his own body. He was shot in the head and for a few minutes was able to talk with Mavy before he quit breathing.
George Will: The Charlatan’s Response to Tucson:
Demystification of the world opened the way for real science, including the social sciences. And for a modern characteristic. And for charlatans.
A characteristic of many contemporary minds is susceptibility to the superstition that all behavior can be traced to some diagnosable frame of mind that is a product of promptings from the social environment. From which flows a political doctrine: Given clever social engineering, society and people can be perfected. This supposedly is the path to progress. It actually is the crux of progressivism. And it is why there is a reflex to blame conservatives first.
Bookworm is discussing “the real story” behind the Tucson shooting.
I’m dashing out the door to Adoration and then have a deadline to hit, so here are a few more links:
Is a voluntary cold-shower needed?
Why comparisons to OKC are wrong
Andrew Klavan: pulling no punches
Instapundit has more links here
I have the feeling we’re in for a long, long year.