Who are the American Catholic Intellectuals?

Back in March, writing for his "In Ages Past" column, Pat McNamara filed an informative piece on Orestes Brownson, a name that left many scratching their heads and wondering, "whozat?"In 1937, New York City police investigated a vandalism case on West 104th Street and Riverside Drive, where teenagers had toppled and defaced a statue dedicated to Orestes A. Brownson (1803-1876). After extensive investigation, police couldn't find anyone that knew who Brownson was.It turned out that he had a … [Read more...]

Freedom of Religion Under Assault

I have to stop blogging and start writing two columns and an introduction to a book, but I wanted to just encourage you to be aware of two important stories, and perhaps take the time to make a phone call or send an email:Julie at Happy Catholic writes: ...Margaret at ten thousand places rightly points out that this is a much bigger issue. Which is, of course, what Keith Rothfus points out in his letter.And, I forgot that today is the deadline.Today is the last day to voice your concerns … [Read more...]

Obama's Malaise Speech – UPDATE

I have long-wondered whether President Obama actually understands anything about this country or the people who elected him. In 2009 I wrote:One senses that the nation is not alone in wondering -- that perhaps President Obama himself has no clue who he is, not as an American man, and not as The American President. For decades Obama has gotten by on elegance, a retiring demeanor and the ability to make people see their reflections in him. The first two are gifts; that last is a symptom of a … [Read more...]

Gov't Destruction of Healthy Communities

Don't know if it's a case of good intentions gone awry, or a genuine motive of greed and the sort of crony capitalism we still see in force, but I think it's true that a "poor" neighborhood is not especially a bad neighborhood. I once lived in an area some characterized as a "slum." It was a friendly place where people looked out for each other.This neighborhood seemed really healthy in its sense of community, and it seemed to have lots of intact and happy families. Two things our nation … [Read more...]

"Catholicism:" A Course in Revolution

Recently I posted the first of what are bound to be many, many posts raving about Catholicism; A Journey to the Heart of the Faith and urging you to purchase the book, read it and -- you won't be able to resist -- give it to everyone you know.My husband and I are giving it to our priests and the parish DRE, and we're not waiting for Christmas!And I haven't actually even written my rave review, yet. But while I figure out how to do that, George Weigel has written a rave of his own, this time … [Read more...]

Branding 3 year-olds as Haters, for Life

I'd guess this is the absurd and disspiriting levels to which unchecked political-correctness and a thought-policing society may descend:3 Year-olds Branded Racist, Homophobic; Put in Gov't Database:Over 30,000 British schoolchildren, some as young as three, have had their names registered on a government database and branded “racist” or “homophobic” for using playground insults, infractions that could impact their future careers.The shocking figures were disclosed after civil liberties gr … [Read more...]

Dear POTUS: If we can't believe you on civility…

Dear Mr. President;I understand you have a huge speech about job-creation coming up this week; the speech is so big, in fact, that it requires a venue that is somewhat out-of-the-ordinary for a simple policy speech. Some have suggested it is a do-or-die speech; that you'll really have to convince the country that you have a plan, and not just a plan, but a bold one. And not just a bold one, but one that is actually feasible.Well, I hope for the best, but I have one question. When you get up … [Read more...]

Postcard from the Staycation

Dear Washington,Just wanted to drop a note from our stay-cation to say we hope you're enjoying your time off, and do let us know how the fishing, golfing and clam bakes have gone for you.Circumstances being what they are, we have decided to stick close to home this year. We hope you don't mind if we tag along, vacationing vicariously with you through media. After all, reading that you've driven four under par is like a victory for all us little people and I personally pine to see the latest … [Read more...]

Obama's Buses Ordered Last Year. Why?

Glenn Reynolds and Ed Morrissey are writing about the completely out-of-touch optics coming forth from a White House, that -- despite the president's much vaunted, 3-day "listening" tour of the heartland -- appears to be staffed with aliens from another galaxy, who really don't understand why these earthlings aren't loving their shtick.Reynold's notes that Matt Drudge is having enormous fun with these spaceman optics, where text and visuals make the messages clear to all but the … [Read more...]

Moments "After America"

On Sunday I'd mentioned that I was reading Mark Steyn's After America.Finding the book less "LOL funny" than Steyn's previous book, America Alone, I was nevertheless unable to put After America down, and I write more about it in my column at First Things:I thought of Chesterton a great deal while reading After America. Steyn quotes de Tocqueville liberally throughout the book and makes great, relevant references to H. G. Wells’ Eloi and Morlock populations, but in reading about the sort of … [Read more...]