Saturday, November 26, 2005
Friday, November 25, 2005
Replacing indiviual freedom with collectivism, limited government with statism, equal opportunity with group entitlements, free markets with redistributive economics, and American sovereignty with transnational governance.
Why There Is A Culture War
Gramsci and Tocqueville in America
By John Fonte, in Policy Review
The slow but steady advance of Gramscian and Hegelian-Marxist ideas through the major institutions of American democracy, including the Congress, courts, and executive branch, suggests that there are two different levels of political activity in twenty-first century America. On the surface, politicians seem increasingly inclined to converge on the center. Beneath, however, lies a deeper conflict that is ideological in the most profound sense of the term and that will surely continue in decades to come, regardless of who becomes president tomorrow, or four or eight or even 20 years from now.
As we have seen, Tocquevillians and Gramscians clash on almost everything that matters. Tocquevillians believe that there are objective moral truths applicable to all people at all times. Gramscians believe that moral "truths" are subjective and depend upon historical circumstances. Tocquevillans believe that these civic and moral truths must be revitalized in order to remoralize society. Gramscians believe that civic and moral "truths" must be socially constructed by subordinate groups in order to achieve political and cultural liberation. Tocquevillians believe that functionaries like teachers and police officers represent legitimate authority. Gramscians believe that teachers and police officers "objectively" represent power, not legitimacy. Tocquevillians believe in personal responsibility. Gramscians believe that "the personal is political." In the final analysis, Tocquevillians favor the transmission of the American regime; Gramscians, its transformation.
While economic Marxism appears to be dead, the Hegelian variety articulated by Gramsci and others has not only survived the fall of the Berlin Wall, but also gone on to challenge the American republic at the level of its most cherished ideas. For more than two centuries America has been an "exceptional" nation, one whose restless entrepreneurial dynamism has been tempered by patriotism and a strong religious-cultural core. The ultimate triumph of Gramscianism would mean the end of this very "exceptionalism." America would at last become Europeanized: statist, thoroughly secular, post-patriotic, and concerned with group hierarchies and group rights in which the idea of equality before the law as traditionally understood by Americans would finally be abandoned. Beneath the surface of our seemingly placid times, the ideological, political, and historical stakes are enormous.
Posted at 4:51 PM
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
CNN: 'IT WAS A COMPUTER BUG''
IT IS NOT SOMETHING WE CAN RE-CREATE TO SHOW YOU HOW IT HAPPENED'
CNN on Tuesday morning hoped to explain how and why a black 'X' flashed over Vice President Dick Cheney's face during a live speech. The startling 'X' flashes over Cheney's face were first revealed by the DRUDGE REPORT
Posted at 11:02 PM
Friday, November 18, 2005
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Joe DeGenova: Fitzgerald news conference was a disgrace.
From Brit Hume, Special Report, Fox News Channel, via Shadow TV
HT Pookie, Free Republic
From Washinton Post, Analysis
Woodward Could Be a Boon to Libby
By Carol D. Leonnig and Jim VandeHeiWashington Post Staff WritersThursday, November 17, 2005; Page A15
...[T]he Libby legal team seized on Woodward's testimony, calling it a "bombshell" with the potential to upend Fitzgerald's case. After spending yesterday at the courthouse reviewing documents for the case, Libby emerged with one of this lawyers, Theodore V. Wells Jr., by his side. Wells said Libby is "very grateful to Bob Woodward for coming forward and telling the truth."
A few hours earlier Wells issued a markedly more pointed statement, saying, "Woodward's disclosures are a bombshell to Mr. Fitzgerald's case" that show at least one accusation to be "totally inaccurate." The Libby legal team plans to call a number of journalists to testify in part to show Libby was not determined to blow Plame's cover.
In an interview, Woodward said his testimony was not designed to help or hurt Libby. "My reporting and writing is as neutral as it can be," he said. "Fitzgerald asked me questions . . . I answered them."
Rove's defense team also believes he could benefit tangentially from the Woodward disclosure because it shows other officials were discussing Plame in casual ways and that others have foggy recollections of the period as well, according to a Republican close to Rove.
"It definitely raises the plausibility of Karl Rove's simple and honest lapses of memory, because it shows that there were other people discussing the matter in what Mr. Woodward described as very offhanded, casual way," a source close to Rove said. "Let's face it, we don't all remember every conversation we have about significant issues, much less those about those that are less significant."
Rove is under scrutiny for not initially disclosing his conversation about Plame with Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper. Rove's defense is he simply forgot the conversation took place. Sources close to Rove said they expect a decision on whether he will be charged soon.
Posted at 10:55 PM
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'Pajamas Media' relaunches itself today as Open Source Media, a news website that will feature, in addition to news feeds, contributions from more than 70 high profile journalists and bloggers.
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Posted at 8:05 PM
From DRUDGE REPORT:
HOWARD THE DUCK: DEAN DODGES NBC APPEARANCE WITH REPUBLICAN CHAIR
Dean Ducks Last Second Joint MEET THE PRESS Appearance With GOP Chair Mehlman
The DRUDGE REPORT has learned from exclusive sources that Democrat Party Chair Howard Dean turned down Republican Party Chair Ken Mehlman’s last minute offer to appear together on NBC’s MEET THE PRESS this morning. Moments before taping was to begin with host Tim Russert, Mehlman asked Dean outside the NBC studio’s green room: “There’s still time for us to go on together Governor.” Dean declined with a shrug of his shoulders and an uncomfortable cackle and then proceeded to walk away into the green room. DRUDGE has learned MEET THE PRESS producers have been working to get a head to head Dean/Mehlman appearance on the program since Dean was named chair back in February. Dean and his handlers have repeatedly turned down the request. The former Vermont governor only agreed to do this week’s program if they appeared in back-to-back interviews. Mehlman brought up Dean’s unwillingness to appear alongside him during the show: “I was hoping that Chairman Dean would be on sitting next to me this morning. Maybe we can do that on a future program. Look, he's somebody I've enjoyed getting to know. We meet in a lot of green rooms….”
Posted at 4:06 PM
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Monday, November 14, 2005
Thursday, November 10, 2005
Bill O'Reilly reports that his recent survey of major retailers indicates that Sears-Kmart may be the most aggressive in revising Christmas into an exclusively secular event, with Kohl's not far behind.
Email me please, if you'd like the GRINCH resized into a banner or button for your site.
Posted at 12:17 AM
Wednesday, November 9, 2005
It's not religion, culture or ideology... just unemployment and poverty.
From The Real Global Virus: The plague of Islamism keeps on spreading, Victor Davis Hanson in National Review Online:
[T]he world—if it is to save its present liberal system of free trade, safe travel, easy and unfettered communications, and growing commitment to constitutional government—must begin seeing radical Islamism as a universal pathology rather than reactions to regional grievances, if it is ever to destroy it materially and refute it ideologically.
Hat tip: Atlas Shrugs
Posted at 8:25 PM
The left leads a drum beat of malicious, contrived attacks, echoed by the mainstream media. The administration won't defend itself and GOP senators won't act like the majority party. Instead of a decent counter-offensive, we have ethics seminars and cower to appease lefty bullying.
Tuesday, November 8, 2005
Monday, November 7, 2005
Sunday, November 6, 2005
From Captain's Quarters, Crossing The Von Choltitz Line, November 06, 2005:
Is this the beginning of the war for Eurabia? So far, the purported Islamist leaders of the uprising have kept a low profile, but if this violence proves successful, they will have no hesitation in loudly demanding their spoils of victory: autonomy of authority in the sink estates, a recognition of sharia law in the Muslim enclaves of France, and the creation of de facto proto-states where Islamist lunacy can breed and produce even more Eurabian terrorists.
Posted at 5:00 PM
Friday, November 4, 2005
From Rush Limbaugh:
This First Amendment problem is going to surface because when these reporters are brought into a trial and all of their notes and all of their e-mails and everybody else they've talked to about this, and when Plame and Wilson get brought into trial, you know darn-well know they're going to be brought into this too.” “Andrea Mitchell probably will be drawn into this since she said it was common knowledge and the prosecution said it was not. Patrick Fitzgerald said in his indictment it was not common knowledge. Andrea Mitchell says it was. A lot of reporters have been saying it was common knowledge. So the prosecutor had his way. He had his time. But now the fight begins.” “It's going to be real interesting to watch the whole template that the media has set up on this story get blown to smithereens, and that's the real story. That's the real future. That's the real direction this case is going to go. It is not going to go where Chris Matthews and the rest of these people think it's going to go.” “The defense is obviously going to go after the very people who have put Scooter in this circumstance, and that's the news media. This is going to be fun. I feel sorry for Scooter, that he's in the middle of this and that it has to happen, but mark my words, it's a great lesson to apply every time you watch the news from this day forward, because what they tell you that is happening now isn't. It's what they hope will happen.”
Posted at 11:57 PM