26
Aug
If you think, “Surely nothing could be worse than Assad,” be reminded that in Middle East, it is almost always possible to find worse. Unlike e.g. Libya, Syria is too populous, too advanced, and too central to be run as a CIA client state. As for the so-called realist idea of providing just enough aid to rebels to tie up and bleed Iran (Iran-Iraq war style) …it’s not at all realistic. Americans won’t stand for their govt knowingly acting to prolong rather than shorten slaughter, and besides, no govt, least of all US, can calibrate so precisely the course and outcome of violence on the horrifying scale we see in Syria.
- David Frum, of all people, tweeting some wise commentary on the looming U.S. intervention in Syria
06
Mar

Rand Paul pretty much just told Harry Reid to f*** off

And Harry Reid was like, “All right. I guess I’ll come back tomorrow.”

06
Mar
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) went down to the floor of the Senate and used his prerogatives as a senator to mount a sustained, public argument against John Brennan’s nomination to lead the CIA. Now Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) is picking up the argument. This is the highest purpose of the filibuster: Allowing a passionate minority to slow down the Senate and make their case to both their colleagues and the American people. If more filibusters went like this, there’d be no reason to demand reform. And if there is reform, it needs to hold open the possibility for filibusters like this.
06
Mar
Rand Paul…needs help from his colleagues and his countrymen. The time to discuss the appropriate scope of the president’s authority is now, not in the aftermath of a catastrophic attack on the nation…
27
Feb

Since 2009, we have seen a sharp decline in this country in both marriage and childbearing. But that decline obviously has little or nothing to do with same-sex marriage. It has obviously everything to do with the economic crisis—and the long previous years of persistent decline in the wages and opportunities of Americans, especially young Americans.

As a conservative concerned with stabilizing families to rely less on government aid, I have been convinced: I’ve been worrying about the wrong thing. Stopping same-sex marriages does nothing to support families battered by economic adversity. Instead, it excludes and punishes people who seek only to live as conservatives would urge them to live. Treating same-sex partnerships differently from husband-wife marriages only serves to divide and antagonize those who ought to be working together.

- David FrumWhy I Signed the Republican Brief Supporting Gay Marriage 
25
Feb
I am not asking you to vote for me, but for a vision of a new order. Every vote you cast will be there like a presence in the room when in the next months and years your representatives, their knees shaking with fright, seek to cast their votes to make their decisions for a better city and a better world. Show them you were there. Don’t let them down. Tell them you’re with them. Tell them you’re standing behind them. Make your voice heard. The echoes will reverberate for years to come in the hearts of all the public servants in the land.
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William F. Buckley, Jr., addressing the people of New York City during his Mayoral campaign in 1965.

Source: The New York Times, November 2, 1965

05
Feb

We’re now living in a parallel universe where a Glenn Beck protege is defending basic Constitutional rights during the War on Terror and a liberal Obama supporter thinks anyone walking in the vicinity of a suspected terrorist deserves to die.

It might be time to grab some creamed corn and held to the bomb shelter.    

23
Jan
23
Jan
With all due respect, we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of some guys out on a walk one night who decided they’d go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and to prevent it from ever happening again, Senator.
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Hillary Clinton

How can we “figure out what happened” and “prevent it from ever happening again” without understanding whether the attack was planned or spontaneous? Isn’t it absolutely essential to know how and why the attack occurred?

A totally meaningless outburst from Secretary Clinton is somehow being interpreted as a righteous protest against Republican unreason.  

04
Dec
I think the deliberation about the Republican Party that we’re having is a very healthy thing. And if we don’t wind up at the end of the exercise with a mission statement that is one sentence long, then we’re toast. That one statement ought to be, ‘Balance the budgets and get out of people’s lives.’ And you ought to build the party around that because we have strong libertarian roots that go way back to the early days of the Republican Party.
04
Nov

Notice

If you ceaselessly support and defend libertarian policies, you are every bit as partisan as liberals and conservatives. You are not exempt from partisan hackery simply because your preferred party always loses.

31
Oct
America at its best.

America at its best.

03
Oct

Allow the President to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so, whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such purpose - and you allow him to make war at pleasure.

Study to see if you can fix any limit to his power in this respect, after you have given him so much as you propose. If, today, he should choose to say he thinks it necessary to invade Canada, to prevent the British from invading us, how could you stop him? You may say to him, ‘I see no probability of the British invading us’ but he will say to you ‘be silent; I see it, if you don’t.’

The provision of the Constitution giving the war-making power to Congress, was dictated, as I understand it, by the following reasons. Kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was the object.

This, our Convention understood to be the most oppressive of all Kingly oppressions; and they resolved to so frame the Constitution that no one man should hold the power of bringing this oppression upon us.

09
Sep

Legal practices should be informed by realities. These are enlightening, in the matter of marijuana. There are approximately 700,000 marijuana-related arrests made every year. Most of these — 87 percent — involve nothing more than mere possession of small amounts of marijuana. This exercise in scrupulosity costs us $10-15 billion per year in direct expenditures alone. Most transgressors caught using marijuana aren’t packed away to jail, but some are, and in Alabama, if you are convicted three times of marijuana possession, they’ll lock you up for 15 years to life.

We’re not going to find someone running for president who advocates reform of [marijuana] laws. What is required is a genuine republican groundswell. It is happening, but ever so gradually. Two of every five Americans, according to a 2003 Zogby poll…believe “the government should treat marijuana more or less the same way it treats alcohol: It should regulate it, control it, tax it, and make it illegal only for children.”

16
Aug

As for John Kennedy—what did he do for us? He started the Peace Corps and the Vietnam War. He promised to put a man on the moon, and he presided over an administration whose love affair with assassination was held in check only by its blessed incompetence at pulling off more of them. (“That administration,” said LBJ—painted birds long forgotten, the mists of Camelot beginning to clear—“had been operating a damned Murder, Inc.”) He fought for a tax break the particulars of which look like the product of a Rush Limbaugh fever dream, he almost got us all killed during his “second Cuba” (writing of JFK and the missile crisis, Christopher Hitchens noted: “Only the most servile masochist … can congratulate [Kennedy] on the ‘coolness’ with which he defused a ghastly crisis almost entirely of his own making”), and he brought organized crime into contact with the highest echelons of American power. More than anyone else in American history, perhaps, he had a clear vision of what his country could do for him.

But most of all, he made us feel good about ourselves; he inspired us. Toward what? Mostly toward him. All these years later—half the time hating ourselves for it—we’re still as thrilled by him as Mimi Alford was. He had a singular masculinity, and his very callousness and recklessness with women don’t blight his appeal; they enhance it. The typical progressive woman thinks she is drawn to him because of his groovy, feel-good work on behalf of civil rights, but that’s an assertion that doesn’t bear 15 minutes’ exploration. John Kennedy voted against Eisenhower’s 1957 Civil Rights Act; he made lofty campaign promises that assured him the black vote but then sat on his hands for all of 1961; his nickname for James Baldwin was “Martin Luther Queen.”

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Caitlin Flanagan, Jackie and the Girls