Archive for December 2007

Merry Christmas, 2007

December 23, 2007

G.K. Chesterton on Christmas:

It is in the old Christmas carols, the carols which date from the Middle Ages, that we find not only what makes Christmas poetic and soothing and stately, but first and foremost what makes Christmas exciting.  The exciting quality of Christmas rests, as do all the other examples I have mentioned, on an ancient and admitted paradox.  It rests upon the great paradox that the power and centre of the whole universe may be found in some seemingly small matter, that the stars in their courses may move like a moving wheel round the neglected outhouse of an inn.

George J. Marlin is the General Editor of The Collected Works of G.K. Chesterton.

Eliot Spitzer is Reading the Wrong Book – By George J. Marlin

December 16, 2007

Governor Spitzer’s handlers have been hyping his reading of Robert Wesser’s 1967 book, Charles Evans Hughes:  Politics and Reform in New York, 1905-1910.  The Wesser work was referred to in The New Yorker profile, “The Humbling of Eliot Spitzer” and in the December 2 edition of the Times, their resident New York historian, Sam Roberts, opined on Hughes tenure in the executive mansion.  When asked about the fuss, spokeswoman Christine Anderson said Spitzer “believes in the value of learning from the experiences of effective governors who came before him.”

Readers should know that Republican Charles Evans Hughes, who served as New York’s governor from 1905-1910, was an ineffective and aloof elitist who lacked the political skills to tame Albany.  According to Professor Wesser, Hughes “insecure as a politician and possessing a profound dislike for political manipulation … abandoned the traditional ways of quietly cajoling unwilling colleagues into accepting his program…. Though his personal campaigns achieved a remarkable degree of success, their value was limited and not always did they alone assure an administration victory.” (more…)

Democrats Appealing to the “Common Good”: A Tactic to Deceive Catholics? By George J. Marlin

December 9, 2007

Democratic presidential hopefuls frequently refer to the “common good” when describing their approach to governing.

The November 22 edition of The Wall Street Journal pointed out that John Edwards defines “common good” as a “leveling the economic playing field.”  For Barack Obama it means “shared duties and responsibilities not only among classes but between the two parties.”  As for Hillary Clinton, she “uses it both ways.”

The Journal also reports that many liberals employ the “common good” when promoting “universal health care, more public-works jobs, stronger union protections, fairer global-trade rules and tax rules that favor workers over investors.” (more…)

Sandy Treadwell and Bill Weld: Two Liberal “Peas in a Pod” – by George J. Marlin

December 2, 2007

Treadwell for Congress, Inc. paid for the printing and mailing of a fundraising letter signed by the former governor of Massachusetts, extreme liberal Bill Weld.  In the letter, Mr. Weld gushes over Treadwell:  “In truth, I had the honor of getting to know Sandy during my campaign for Governor of New York.  He was one of my earliest and strongest supporters…. On the issues, Sandy’s a social moderate…”  (Beware: “social moderate” is a code phrase for “liberal Republican.”)

Weld’s enthusiastic support of Treadwell should not surprise Conservatives — both of them are liberal elitist trust babies.  Because they inherited wealth they believe they are entitled to hold public offices. (more…)