Tomorrow you’ll get double the dose of DaTechGuy on DaRadio.
At 6 AM EST I’ll be heading down to my radio Alma Marta WCRN AM 830 to guest host Conservatively Speaking for Mike Wade for the first of two times this month (I’ll be hosting April 26th as well.
We’ll be talking the Sebelius effect vs the Obamacare effect in the six o’clock hour. In the Seven O’Clock hour Robert spencer will join us to talk Brandeis and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and in the 8 O’Clock Hour Bill Kristol will join me on the show to discuss his Thursday appearance on Morning Joe and the incredible hidden accomplishments of Hillary Clinton.
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Ray Hanna will join us in the 2nd hour to talk more Ayaan Hirsi Ali,
At 1:15 Rob Eno of Red Mass Group and old liberal friend Mike Hummell will join Ray and Joe on the panel to talk Hillary, Sebelius and Brandeis.
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In last week’s column, this journalist attempted to tackle the topic of what is one of the many facets that contributes to the phenomenon known as “American Exceptionalism.”
Much of the emphasis of that essay came from a short review of the fascinating life and insights from the French historian Alexis de Tocqueville.
Sometime around 1830, Alexis came to American in order to observe the reformation of character as it was wrought into the lives of prisoners by Christians (namely Quakers). However, in a short period of time he grew weary of this enterprise and decided to turn his energies into observing this newly created Republic – the United States of America – in order to see what made this “democratic experiment in ordered liberty” work.
Alexis produced an impressive and voluminous body of work with regards to his observations of America.
One of the many questions that Alexis asked himself was this: “What makes America great?”
Alexis came to the conclusion that “America is great because she is good and if she ceases to be good she will cease to be great.”
Wow! What a startling observation.
One can almost hear a chorus of people asking a follow-up question: Alexis, how do you define the word “good?”
Unfortunately, Alexis died in 1859, so there is no way to ask him.
Furthermore, the world has changed much with regards to its very concepts of truth, the discovery of truth – and whether or not “real truth” can ever be ascertained.
One of the important things to remember is that Alexis did not say that America was “perfect”; he said that America was good.
This is an important distinction to remember.
There were many things that transpired in the Pre-Civil War (War Between the States if you prefer) Era that Americans today would find personally obnoxious. A few of these troubling events would be things such as:
The enslavement of nearly 4 million Blacks from Africa;
Women of all stripes, economic classes, and faiths were NOT permitted to vote;
Much of America was animated by the concept of “Manifest Destiny” and believed that the savage Indians had no business to this land and needed to be either re-educated or in some cases – exterminated!
There are other things that could be mentioned, but this litany will suffice for now.
It appears that upon closer examination of his writings that Alexis was acutely aware of the incongruence of slavery in the midst of this newly created Republic of liberty.
(Alexis rightly saw that slavery would be a thorn that would cause future generations significant problems.)
What may assist us in determining why de Tocqueville stated that America was good would be to place The United States of the early 1800s side by side with the other nations of the world and assess the relative strengths and weaknesses of the respective nations.
American gained her independence from Great Britain in 1783 (official end of the war); Britain was then and still is today a “Constitutional Monarchy”; the people of England enjoy enormous freedoms; yet, they still hold on to the institution of the King & Queen and their country does not have an official “Bill of Rights” which Americans enjoy.
When Alexis left France to visit America, his native country was still recovering from the French Revolution of the 1790s and the legacy of the Napoleonic Wars that devastated France, economically, socially, spiritually, and militarily. Some historians state that France did not fully recover until the creation of the 5th Republic under Charles de Gaulle in 1958.
Most of Europe in the 1800’s operated under the view of the “Divine Right Monarchy of Kings.”
Africa in the 1800s was subjected to intense colonization and internecine warfare among the various thousands of indigenous ethnic groups. Much of Latin America experienced a similar situation.
In the midst of all of this global activity stood the United States to quote one historian as an “Empire of Liberty.” The foundational principles of distinction for this new nation were not found in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights, but in The Declaration of Independence.
The Declaration of Independence is magnificent for many reasons. One of the most important dynamics of this document is that it set America on a trajectory based on eternal principles of right and wrong [Natural Law?] that accurately squared with the moral arch of the universe.
When Thomas Jefferson penned the words that “All men are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights among them are the rights to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness,” he wrote about the ultimate ideal that may never be fully realized on earth, but one that should be actively strived for from generation to generation.
What makes American good is not that she is always actually good, but that she has historically attempted to align herself with these awe-inspiring principles and judge herself by how accurately the life of her people corresponds to this aspiration.
Because Americans truly believe that they have been endowed by their Creator with the inalienable rights of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, they have felt free to risk their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to right wrongs both domestically and internationally – during World Wars I and II respectively.
This observation on how the truths of The Declaration of Independence inspired Americans of the 1800’s was not lost on Alexis de Tocqueville – and it should not be lost on us if we are going to continue to be a beacon of light and liberty to millions of people who come to our shores in search of a better life.
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Back when other middle school girls were reading Nancy Drew, I discovered Arthur Conan Doyle‘s Sherlock Holmes books and became a life-long fan.
They used to play Basil Rathbone’s Sherlock Holmes movies on TV when I lived in Puerto Rico, back in the days when TV sets had no remotes, so I watched those, too, even when Holmes (Basil) verbally abused Watson (played by Nigel Bruce) in the likes of:
Nigel: How did you solve that, Holmes?
Basil: It was elementary [snotty/condescending explanation follows]
Nigel: I see! Even a child could have solved it!
Basil (sneers): Not your child, Watson.
I’m a moderate, low-key, FaceBook-type fan; not one that joins Sherlock Holmes fan clubs (I did take a Holmes-themed walking tour of London years ago) or remembers much trivia, but a fan all the same. In addition to having read all the Conan Doyle books, over the years I’ve watched several Sherlock incarnations, including Michael Caine in an awful movie aptly named Without a Clue to Robert Downey Jr.’s martial arts Sherlock. The supreme, definitive, Sherlock is Jeremy Brett, who was able to develop his character over the years and whose Sherlock lived in nicely-appointed Eduardian lodgings.
So last night I thought I’d watch CBS’s Elementary. Its Sherlock lives in modern squalor (inexplicably he has a $10,000 Viking range but his walls need paint), the plot didn’t exactly grab me, and my room needed tidying up so I watched while doing light housework. The suspect responsible for some deadly Anthrax poisonings turned out to be some dude with “extreme radical leanings. . . They hate the government, including the NYPD, but they’re big fans of violence and the Second Amendment.”
Now, in my ripe old age I know propaganda when I see it: A love of violence is equal to a love for one article of the Bill of Rights, because guns. It was 15 minutes or so into the show, and in my ripe old age I don’t waste time turning off the TV, either.
Over the pond, where they have very restrictive gun laws, Sherlock (whose apartment is a museum of ugly wallpaper) is packing heat, big time.
Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics and culture at Fausta’s blog.
President Barack Obama will announce the resignation of Sebelius and the nomination of Burwell, currently the director of the Office of Management and Budget, at the White House this morning, officials said. Both women will attend.
While the specific timing of this caught people off guard, it was a given. Sebelius’ job was to be the face of every Obamacare disaster, to sit at those hearings, to lie through her teeth, to be, rather than the author, the image of disaster. She did it well but not anymore.
A Kathleen Sebelius still in office, able to be called before the House and able to add commercial ready footage to the incredible collection of video already compiled by every GOP campaign managers nationwide was simply unacceptable in an election year with the senate in danger.
So before the ad season began in earnest Secretary Sebelius had to go, her usefulness as a decoy at an end, replaced by a new face who can claim to have nothing to do with the debacle.
The second card played was the old Journo-list card via that old Journo-lister Ezra Klein.
Healthcare.gov isn’t perfect, but it works. We don’t yet know how many young people signed up in March, but it’s clear that there are enough of them to keep premiums stable in 2015. It’s clear that insurers are going to stick with the program in 2015, and compete hard to sign up next year’s wave of young, healthy applicants.
This is consistent with the White’s House meme of Obamacare as a success, it’s no different that the bogus 7.1 million number inflated according to Rand by only 3 million plus or the one day photo op sans any pol with skin in the game claiming mission accomplished (despite tens of millions still uninsured).
James Taranto’s natural reaction to such a statement not withstanding…
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!! http://t.co/4Q4Sd8GQ4N
…the Klein template will be picked up by every other liberal outlet. Already as I type this Morning Joe table is quoting him. The whole “Obamacare conversation is over” will be the theme of every single morning show today and will be the coordinated message of each administration apologist on the Sunday shows this weekend.
That’s the Sebelious effect that the White House is trying to amply assuring the base the worm has turned. There is however one thing that the White House and the Sebelious effect can’t overcome, the Obamacare effect.
The costs of Obamacare are a reality, the cancelled policies, the higher prices people are paying for insurance, the tax penalties, the increased healthcare costs all actually exist. As time goes on they will continue to hit more and more of the voting public.
And while they have delayed the employer mandate till after the election, businesses planning for next year will continue to move as many people as possible off of full time work in preparation for the costs and penalties mandated by law continue to inch closer.
This is the Obamacare effect and no about of shuffling chairs on the Titanic can change the reality of it. The question is: Will the administration & their media allies be able to distract enough of their low information voters before they notice the ship talking in water and run for the lifeboats.
NOTE: This will be a topic tomorrow both on DaTechGuy on DaRadio (noon till 2 est) on the Money Matters Radio network and on Conservatively Speaking where I’ll be guest hosting 6-9 AM tomorrow morning.
Some White House watchers noted at the time that Sebelius did not join Obama at the podium as he celebrated the surge in enrollment under the Affordable Care Act, nor did he recognize his Cabinet secretary.
The spin is now roses so Sebelius could not be in that picture.
Democrats and their media allies may be luring Republicans into a “War on Women” trap, setting up a situation in which a bunch of old white guys are seen attacking a female nominee.
This trap could best be avoided simply by calling attention to how the administration is deliberately setting up Burwell.
Having made one woman (Sebelius) a scapegoat for ObamaCare’s failures to date, now the White House disingenuously shoves another top female administration official into the political meat-grinder, hoping to obtain a short-term political benefit from Burwell’s public humiliation in Senate hearings. Considering how Hillary Clinton was scapegoated for the Benghazi massacre, Republicans might well ask, “Why does Obama always blame women for his failures?”