Running Against the Press

Andrew Klavan has a piece up at PJ Media suggesting that the Republican who can win the next presidential election is the one who realizes that he is running against the press. He uses his answers to four “gotcha” questions as examples of how to respond to a press corps that is a bunch of Democrat operatives with bylines.

Do you believe in evolution? Is Barack Obama a Christian? Does Barack Obama love America? And soon to come: Do you believe in abortion in cases of rape and incest?

His answers to the questions about Barack Obama hit the bullseye. However, I believe that his answer on evolution could be punched up a bit and that his answer on abortion, while defensible, needs work.

Do you believe in evolution? Of course, and I’m concerned about harmful mutations such as [fill in the blank with the liberal cause du jour].

Do you believe in abortion in cases of rape and incest? Neither rape nor incest is a capital crime any more, so we should not allow the death penalty for one of the victims.

Read the whole thing.

Mitt Romney: Man of His Word

Andrew Klavan writes:

I’m beginning to suspect Mitt Romney is an actual real live man of integrity. This is no small thing.

I concur.

David Brooks has recently written about what happens when members of the New Elite run the show. Smarts are not the same thing as wisdom, and, as we can plainly see, Ivy League degrees are no guarantee of honesty and fair dealing. Mr. Brooks recalls the days when what he calls the WASP Establishment ran things with a sense of duty, humility, and strict adherence to integrity. Of course, things weren’t perfect, but at least the kind of corruption we have seen of late was viewed as shameful.

Inspite of his Harvard MBA and JD, Mitt Romney seems to have held on to the lessons of honor, decency, and service he received from his family. These are important qualities for a President to possess.

Is it November yet?

I’m Not Making This Up, You Know

Recently, Rep. Darrel Issa interviewed Josh Galvin, the acting head of the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

REP. ISSA: Wouldn’t an oil lobbyist count as having a green job if they are engaged in advocacy related to environmental issues?

MR. GALVIN: Yes.

I couldn’t make something like this up, but Andrew Klavan did. Here’s a post with a video he did last year.

How to Silence Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh is a thorn in the side of the Left. They’ve tried various unsuccessful ways to shut him down. Andrew Kavan offers them a simple plan.

In order to understand how the plan would work, you need to understand what makes Rush Limbaugh successful. He makes his living by poking fun at the obvious disconnects between what left-wing pols and the main stream media say on the one hand and what is going on in the real world on the other. If there were no such disconnects, Rush would run out of ammunition in a hurry.

So the way to knock Rush off his perch is to simply tell the truth. Of course, that may have other disadvantages, but …

UPDATE—Illegal robocalls are probably not a good strategy.

To Thine Own Self Be True

Andrew Klavan has an interesting piece on how we, as a culture, should deal with the Afghani reaction to the burnt copies of the Koran. He points out that we really have no control over how the Afghans (or other Moslems) react, but that we can control our response and respond in a manner consistent with the values of our culture.

My point is this. We can’t stop people in Islamic nations from being what they are — can’t stop them from oppressing women, murdering gays, banning other religions and tormenting non-believers. But it’s not too much to ask that we stand up for our own values contra theirs — especially in our own, once Christian, countries. We can stop penalizing and insulting those who speak the simple truth about Islamic values, good or bad; we can de-bench judges who don’t stand up for our freedoms; we can stop sentimentalizing Islamic rights to the point of sanctioning intolerance, especially while our own government is attempting to stomp on the rights of Catholics and ignoring the rise in hate crimes against Jews; we can stop confusing Islam with a race — it’s a religion, a metaphysical philosophy of life, and has to be open to question, debate, ridicule and attack like every other.

Read the whole thing and watch the video.

From Whence Freedom Comes

Andrew Klavan has an essay explaining why those of us who aren’t Roman Catholics should support their bishops’ principled stand against the government’s attempt to use Obamacare regulations to force Catholic organizations to provide heath care coverage of contraception  in violation of that church’s religious beliefs. He traces resistance to government infringement on religion from the Jewish protests against Pontius Pilate’s placing of Roman religious symbols in Judea to our Bill of Rights. He concludes:

Whether we’re Catholic or not, whether we agree with the Catholics or not, every single one of us should stand up against the Obama administration’s assault on their church. The Jews of Caesarea will be standing with us. So, I believe, will the Christ.

Read the whole thing. When I did, I commented,

As one who is clinging to his religion, I say, “Amen, brother!”

Distorted Reality

A man may imagine things that are false, but he can only understand things that are true, for if the things be false, the apprehension of them is not understanding.

—Isaac Newton

Andrew Klavan provides an excellent commentary on how this applies to the worldview held by many liberals using PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley as a worked example. Read the whole thing.

I once had a teacher who pointed out that the phrase true facts is redundant. Facts are true, and the truth is factual—unless you’re a liberal defending your well-intentioned beliefs. Any liberal will tell you, for example, that LBJ’s War on Poverty was better for black Americans than Reagan’s economic policies. The economic data won’t support that conclusion, but the liberal knows his “facts.”

Fighting for the Mainstream

Andrew Klavan has a post up at PJ Media in which he wonders why we conservatives have ceded so much of the popular media to the left. We have the talent. Why not showcase it?

Which leads me to what I consider the central riddle of the right. Why don’t we make more attempts to seize the mainstream back from the dishonest left? Why don’t we create venues that are inviting to the independents and undecideds and even the uninterested, where we can put our best minds and talents on display? If there’s one Fox News that’s incredibly successful, why not another aimed toward the youth market and another aimed toward high cultural types ala NPR and others whose central product is not political but is informed by American values and principles? Fox and Rush and the others reach the energized political right, God bless them. But why aren’t we reaching out for everyone else as well?

Read the whole thing.

Living Up to Our Standards

Andrew Klavan makes this important point—

Alinsky notwithstanding, we can’t live down to the standards of the left.  A  victory won on those terms is ultimately a defeat both for ourselves and the nation. Cain stands accused. The burden of proof is entirely on his accusers. But if they do make their case, I’m not going to change my values to save his neck.

I wholeheartedly concur. Heman Cain’s accusers have not made anything remotely close to a credible case, but if they do and Cain is shown to be guilty, then he needs to be booted from the Republican primary field.

UPDATE—How credible are Cain’s accusers? Ms. Kraushaar has filed at least one other sexual harassment complaint.

Kraushaar’s former supervisor at the INS, who was named in Kraushaar’s complaint, characterized the 2003 complaint to ABC News as “frivolous,” and said Kraushaar may have been offered a few extra sick days as compensation.

Hmmm.

The Mask of Fascism

In the opening of his book Liberal Fascism Jonah Goldberg quotes this wisdom from the late George Carlin:

When fascism comes to America, it will not be in brown and black shirts. It will not be with jack-boots. It will be Nike sneakers and Smiley shirts.

Mr. Carlin was very close with his prediction. It’s a smiling face but on a mask instead of a shirt. Many of the occupiers are wearing the Guy Fawkes mask from the movie V.

Andrew Klavan has an excellent essay reviewing the movie and the OWS gang’s philosophical connection to its fascist outlook. Read the whole thing.

Good Art

To take a strictly leftist or conservative approach to culture is to live half blind. Trust in God and affection for mankind demand, it seems to me, that we allow every life that is not vicious to live itself out in its own way. That philosophy is not only what makes me an American conservative, it’s what allows me to enjoy good art of every kind.

So says Andrew Klavan in a post titled Why Left-Wing Artists Should Not Be All Put to Death. Read the whole thing.

But before you go to read that post, let me add a couple of thoughts.

First, we should remember that God loves us and wants us to love Him. The choice to love requires freewill, so in order to allow us to be able to love, God respects our freewill. He lets us take silly or stupid choices. If we want to be godly, then we must make the same allowances for others. Thus, Mr. Klavan is right on when he wants to allow each life to find its own way.

Second, God enjoys a good time and beauty. Look at how Jesus is described in the Gospels. His first recorded miracle was turning water into wine so that a party could continue. Or listen to how He reflects on beauty in nature in Matthew 6 (“Consider the lilies of the field …”)

So enjoy art where you find it. Some of it (such as the movie Bonnie and Clyde) may have troubling aspects, but good art holds a mirror up to life and shows us both the good and the bad.

Jobs = jobs / O = 0

Andrew Klavan on the importance of Jobs creating jobs. Read the whole thing.

UPDATE–Roger Kimball adds

Steve Jobs was a walking embodiment of the American spirit of innovation. Barack Obama’s entire administration is dedicated to stamping out that spirit. He wants to centralize innovation, punish success, and regulate ingenuity. Obama’s fundamental error is his belief that economic success lies in redistributing rather than in creating wealth. His so-called “Jobs Bill” is in reality an anti-jobs bill. Despite his apparent personal fondness for Steve Jobs, the sad irony is that the bill is also at bottom an anti-Jobs bill.

Read all of this one too.

Definitely Wrong

Andrew Klavan has had post up for several days that argues that President Obama isn’t evil so much as he’s simply wrong about many things. I agree that the President often takes wrong decisions. Why does he?

It seems to me that there are four reasons why someone does the wrong thing–stupidity, ignorance, carelessness, or malice.

Some people are well to the left side of the intelligence bell curve. They are incapable of thinking thing through clearly so they do unwise things. There isn’t a cure for stupidity.

All of us are ignorant about something from time to time. We don’t always have all of the information needed to choose to do the right thing. This can stem from a lack of experience or education. We may have been misinformed. We are likely to choose the wrong path if we don’t have the right road map, but ignorance can be cured by a dose of the facts.

Some folks may be aware of the facts, but don’t care. Through laziness or sloppiness or whatever they allow (or abet) bad results.

Some people are aware of the facts surrounding a situation, including the harm a potential action may cause another person, and choose to cause that harm in order to receive some personal benefit. That is malicious.

Clearly, someone acting out of malice is evil. Someone acting out of carelessness at least may be abetting evil, and may, if the carelessness is a conscious choice, be doing evil as well.

I can’t read the President’s heart. I’ll leave it to the Gentle Reader to form his own view of the matter. But I do agree with Klavan that we don’t need to make up things about Mr. Obama. The bare truth about his performance is bad enough.

UPDATE—

It is perfectly monstrous the way people go about nowadays, saying things against one behind one’s back that are absolutely true.

—Oscar Wilde