Charitable Considerations

From First Thoughts

It is no secret that the USA is the most charitable country in the world.  Why? Well, we can be, but Dan Palotta of the WSJ points to tradition through our Puritan heritage and says charity was their response to the tensions within their doctrine, “they could do penance for their . . . . Continue Reading »

Maybe the Romney Campaign Story

From First Thoughts

Here : When asked about the various versions of the convention speech, Stevens said: “The governor writes his speeches.” Pressed on whether he does so with no help, Stevens added: “He reaches out to a lot of people. . . . We don’t discuss who works on what. It’s all just . . . . Continue Reading »

Who Needs You?

From First Thoughts

The interesting thing about writing on a blog with men is that the woman writing knows that some things that concern them are incomprehensible to her and that some things she will write about will be incomprehensible to them.  I never feel so sensitive about that as when I want to write about . . . . Continue Reading »

Steyn on Protests

From First Thoughts

I’ve been trying to figure out how to write about this week’s incidents in the Middle East.  Pete has said some favorable things about our current president’s foreign policy, but for me said policy has been appallingly misguided.  I do not see its success.  Libya is . . . . Continue Reading »

Republicans: Character Counts

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Pete Spiliakos has been complaining about Romney’s performance at the Republican convention and about the lack of definition and specification of policy in convention speakers as a whole .  It didn’t bother me.  I figured that the next week and all through the fall, Romney, . . . . Continue Reading »

Conventions, too.

From First Thoughts

Anger, self-righteousness, impossible promises, blame: political conventions are for setting a tone.  Here is the Democrats’ tone for the coming months going into the election.  It was not to my taste.  On top of the Republican convention, it felt like an enormous political . . . . Continue Reading »

Faith and the Democratic Party

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Over at The Corner, David French asks ” Whither the Pro-Obama Evangelical?”  In 2008, the media celebrated Mr. Obama’s gains with young Evangelicals after he doubled John Kerry’s numbers with Evangelicals under 44. His gains were most pronounced in the swing . . . . Continue Reading »