Rubio in Washington; Heroes in AZ

Cubachi is declaring Marco Rubio, “Reaganesque” and Kathryn Jean Lopez seems to feel similarly:

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 America Growing Politically Unstable?

Is a voluntary cold-shower needed?

Underpants Gnome Theories

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.

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  • saveliberty

    Welcome to your new home, Elizabeth!

    Thank you for this article. I appreciated what Marco Rubio added when I watched him comment on television. I hadn’t thought of his conduct as Reaganesque but I was impressed.

  • jeff

    It is all the violence and murder shown in movies and TV. Hollywood must be regulated. Obama needs to appoint a Hollywood czar to police the violence in movies. Then he has to stop talking about bringing knives to gunfights, and bringing guns instead.

  • Sandra

    “A plague on both your houses…” Mercutio, Romeo And Juliet Act 3, scene 1, 90–92

    About what I am feeling towards ALL pundits, commentators, “talking heads” and the “chattering classes,” right now.

  • Joseph Marshall

    “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.”

    Mr. Will distorts any clear reading of the recent history of our country. “Progressivism” is about fixing what is clearly wrong and bad for the vast majority [however right it may be for those it makes rich]. For example, child labor was clearly wrong and bad for almost all of us. Progressives fixed it. Period. Bank panics were clearly wrong and cost many innocent people their life savings and livelihood. Progressives fixed that. Period. They fixed it so well that almost no one now living even knows firsthand what a bank panic is. Roads not good enough to drive autos on safely were clearly bad for all of us. Progressives fixed that, too. And fixed it so well that people who denigrate “government” and object to “taxes” seem to think that roads magically pave themselves and no one has to pay for the service.

    Progressivism has always been about pragmatic solutions to real problems, not abstract “political philosophy”. The most annoying thing about Conservative intellectuals is their bland capacity to ignore real problems that make “political philosophy” the intellectual equivalent of “let them eat cake”. Reading someone like Will, I am often struck by the uneasy feeling that real people don’t matter either, just like real problems.

    I think that the constant 20 year litany of undeniably personal attacks against Democratic politicians or against vague straw man surrogates for them–”progressives”, “government”,”liberals”, “mainstream media”, “spoiled movie stars”–is a real problem that is bad for all of us, and is also morally wrong.

    These attacks have been unquestionably against people and their “character” and not policies or political ideas, against Bill Clinton, against Ted Kennedy, against Nancy Pelosi, against Harry Reid, against Barack Obama, against any and all politicians who happen to belong to the Democratic Party.

    Not against what they are saying, not against what they are doing, not against what they think, but against who they are.

    I defy anyone to tell me that this hasn’t been happening.

    Has it led to Democratic politicians being shot by perfect strangers who happen to have a grudge against the government? Not really. Not yet. Could it lead there? Maybe.

    But whether it has done so or not, the people who do it and, most especially, the people who reap money or fame doing it–the Ann Coulters, the Michelle Malkins, the Rush Limbaughs, and the Glenn Becks–are morally in the wrong. Period.

    Privately, I also think that they are all putting their long term personal future in grave jeopardy, and that this is the most horrible result of all.

  • Dan

    Culture has consequences. Words have meaning. So sayeth the right wing in its culture wars battles for two decades.

    Except when guns are involved and the sacrament of violence with guns occurs.

    So…no prominent pundit has been contributing to a culture of violence? And those cross-hairs really are surveyors’ sites and not martial imagery? There has been no call on blogs held in esteem among right wingers for a “Second Amendment solution?”

    Mark Shea has denounced this over the past year, but has lost his right wing cred for calling out consrrvativex for their disgraces.

    This is no surprise.

    Culture has consequences. Language has meaning.

  • Jeff

    The left has really lost its marbles trying to blame Rush, Michelle Malkin, Beck, Palin, etc. No rational American believes this, but the radical left keeps at it. In the words of Bush 41, “Whine on, harvest moon.”

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