CPAC, always showin' off the pride and joy of America. I was honored to attend such a sacred event. I had to make my accent less apparent because people are only used to the lame stream media Yankees askin' them questions.
Several people report they cannot forgive Eisenhower's moral and political failure to speak out and repudiate McCarthy. That is not how it went down with Ike, according to Jim Newton's excellent new biography, Eisenhower: The White House Years.
Sadly, a life force that I had assumed as an indissoluble part of our political and literary landscape, as well as my own close circle of friends, has ended, and with it an indispensable element of our collective moral code.
Hoeffer's condemnation is a bitch slap to all those who believe so strongly in a cause that they want everybody else to believe in it. That single-mindedness is the core question of Hoffer's book: what kind of people become fanatics?
Never mind that fascists and communists are at opposite ends of the political spectrum, those who hurl these words like curses at the president diminish their value much like the overuse of the F-word diminishes its worth.
Glenn Beck's recent statement that people should leave any church that mentions "social or economic justice" is nothing short of a call for his listeners to disregard central tenets of their faith because they do not conform to his own political ideology.
The shadowy Apollo Alliance want the government to provide incentives to businesses to invest in green technologies. This kind of Stalinistic, top-down central planning leads only to disasters like the internet, the polio vaccine, and velcro.