Been hammering the National Review lately so it is only fair that I point out the brilliance when it passes by…how else to encourage it? Please read this entire article…it really is just that good. Here is a tasty morsel…now get over there!
And there, in the darkness, staring up at that screen, I marveled at this monumental font of deep and eternal ideas: the aversion to facing danger, even when it is right in front of us; the value of old and true allies; the corrosive force of addiction; responsibility forsaken, then reclaimed and through it all the fear that we may be lesser sons of greater fathers, and that we may no longer have the courage or the will to defend the City entrusted to our care.
This, and more, what was what John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was trying to teach me, down that dark river of the future and he ought to know. The Lord of the Rings was written between 1937 through 1949 years of dark waters, indeed.
A few years before Tolkien put pen to paper, an event took place that a man of his education would have undoubtedly been aware. On February 9th, 1933, the ruling elite of the worlds great Civilization held a debate in the Oxford Union. With thunderclouds growing dark across the English Channel, at a time when resolute action could still have averted the worst catastrophe the world has ever known, these elites resolved that This House will in no circumstances fight for its King and Country.
Patriots are engaged in a desperate battle to defeat the boldest attempt by leftists to take over the US Government and little poor dear Kathleen Parker supposedly a conservative is so worried that she Hearts Obama. WTF?!?!
Kathleen Parker’s Confession: I love Barack Obama
Full stop…WTF is that again? A conservative publication like National Review giving precious space to someone who loves a person who RIGHT THIS VERY SECOND IS TRYING TO START A RACE WAR?!?!
From El Rushbo:
The malignant aspect of this is that Mr. Obama and his advisers know exactly what they are doing. They had to listen to both monologues or read the transcripts. They then had to pick the particular excerpts they used in order to create a commercial of distortions. Their hoped-for result is to inflame racial tensions. In doing this, Mr. Obama and his advisers have demonstrated a pernicious contempt for American society.
But National Review thinks this sort of crap is now worthy of being included in what used to be one of the prime spaces to fight Obama’s sort of folks.
Kathleen Parker’s Confession: I love Barack Obama
And let her count the ways she loves the most dangerous man to seek the Presidency in several generations.
Kathleen Parker: I love Obama for his style, grace, intellect, and his way with words. I want the healing power that an Obama presidency could deliver to this country.
Yea like this kind of healing power…
From Dreams of my father:
People were satisfied so long as you were courteous and smiled and made no sudden moves. They were more than satisfied; they were relieved-such a pleasant surprise to find a well-mannered young black man who didnt seem angry all the time. 
Yes, Id seen weakness in other men-Gramps and his disappointments, Lolo and his compromise. But these men had become object lessons for me, men I might love but never emulate, white men and brown men whose fates didnt speak to my own. It was into my fathers image, the black man, son of Africa, that Id packed all the attributes I sought in myself, the attributes of Martin and Malcolm, DuBois and Mandela. And if later I saw that the black men I knew-Frank or Ray or Will or Rafiq-fell short of such lofty standards; if I had learned to respect these men for the struggles they went through, recognizing them as my own-my fathers voice had nevertheless remained untainted, inspiring, rebuking, granting or withholding approval. You do not work hard enough, Barry. You must help in your peoples struggle. Wake up, black man! 
Whatever happens, we may deserve what we get. On the other hand, maybe theres still time to wise up: Obama boots Biden and taps Clinton; McCain dumps Palin and picks Romney. Its a concept.
Listen sweety if the heat in the kitchen is too much for your pretty little self then let the adults run the show. Maybe you haven’t noticed but Sarah has done far more than any of the sqealing complaining conservatives to win this election. Krauthammer, Will, Parker and the rest have merely added small minded words to the mix…Sarah has added votes. Now please shut up sit down and …nope nope I said SIT THE HELL DOWN!
Couldn’t agree more that the Establishment Conservatives are just as threatened by Sarah as the Left. So it is no wonder that they would rather lose the election than support a dagger pointed right at the heart of the elite in Washington. This is a great article and thanks to Allahpundit for pointing it out!
At the same time, and perhaps with even more consequence, the center of political conservatism was moving ever west. Through such figures as Goldwater and Reagan, the American West was transformed into the vital center of the conservative impulse. Though the primacy of the East Coast conservatives remained, the status quo could not last. As conservatism absorbed heartland influences, it began changing to a more individualistic, more libertarian, more religious, and more American form. Almost unacknowledged, the division between American western conservatism and the European-influenced northeastern variety became deeper and wider with every year.
And at last (as was inevitable) a candidate appeared who embodied that division, a candidate with no connection to coterie conservatism, a candidate wholly of heartland America, a candidate who was as much a challenge to traditional conservatives as she was to the left.
And so isolated had the Northeast Corridor conservatives become, so deeply embedded in their Jamesian parallel universe (which can best be pictured as kind of a conservative version of the old Steinberg New Yorker cover, with E.35th St. and Allen Jay Lerners townhouse looming as the center of the earth while, off on the horizon, we see a dot labeled, Nascar races), that they couldnt recognize her clear conservative stance, couldnt recognize her personal courage, couldnt, in the end, be bothered to stand with her when she and her family were victimized by the most repellent political attack of our epoch Source: Hot Air » Blog Archive » Quote of the day
Make no mistake that the Elites on the Right are just as scared of Palin as Obama. The Cocktail Circuit is not going to be a happy place should this common woman make it into the White House. The idea that she might dismiss the Chefs, auction the Jets, and sell the silverware bothers those on the right perhaps even more than those on the left.
Characternot nearly as simplistic as your military friend made it out to me. And as for Palin’s character, which he is so certain is so sterling, you might remind him that we have listened to her for a week now simply liethere is no other word for itthat she fought tooth and nail the “bridge to nowhere.” (there’s a great picture being circulated of her proudly holding a picture of t shirt inscribed “Nowhere, Alaska” at the time she was advocating the bridge).David Frum’s Diary on National Review Online
How absurd is Frum…this absurd. After listing all the attributes that Sarah displays in spades he comes up with a few that apparently only arise once one has traveled the cocktail circuit in DC, thereby barring any of those of us who pay taxes from ever joining the fun. Frum likes the little closed society they have created. How dare the Hoi polloi believe the founders of this country when they declared it was OUR place to lead this country.
But a good executive needs a solid floor of background knowledge so that he / she can sift sense from nonsense in policy proposals. A good executive must be willing to listen to a wide range of views, including some that are not immediately acceptable. A good executive must have a sense of timing: avoiding the equal evils of haste and procrastination. A good executive must have the power to explain and defend his / her actions to a wide variety of audiences, from the largest to the most specialized.
I guess Sarah or one of us needs to be able to act like those “good executives” have acted in the last 50 years in all the Branches of our Government. Nother words run the debt up, security down, military into the ground, illegal immigration through the roof, green wackos into every nook and cranny of our society, and then when they are done running they can sit and watch while Radical Islam kills and kills and kills then all the “executives” can throw up their arms and act surprised when those same lunatics drop 3 buildings in NYC, attack the Military Headquarters in DC and almost attack the Capital Building, which was ONLY saved by us commoners,…this surprise comes after we have spent literally trillions of dollars so that so-called intelligence “executives” could defend against that sort of thing happening.
Color me unconvinced that David Frum can distinguish his ass from a hole in the ground much less understand what it takes to be an successful executive.
Hey Frum you are not as important as you think you are. It is only the fact that William Buckley created the National Review and that much greater thinkers than you developed it that you have any sort of forum at all. Your sort of mugged by reality thinkers never have understood conservatism and you still don’t! Go back to whence you came sit down and shut the hell up.
More Thoughts on Palin
Credit where it’s due!
That was an amazing performance by Sarah Palin last night. She delivered a powerful, clever, and deftly savage speech – but even more important, she projected through the speech a personality at once charismatic and down to earth, feminine yet tough.
Her words about her special-needs child, and her cradling of the child at the end of her speech, showcased the best side of the prolife cause: a movement to protect the vulnerable and cherish humanity in all its seasons and forms. Together with Rudy Giuliani she effectively pounded Barack Obama as out-of-touch, dismissive, and callow.
Rudy brilliantly mocked Obama’s indecisiveness; Palin noted that even as a mayor of a small-town she had shouldered more responsibilities than Obama has ever had to face.
So: a great success. Palin revealed one of the sharpest political talents the Republican party has seen in a generation. She electrified the hall and added a powerful asset to a troubled ticket.
A certain section of the elite on both sides of the aisle are terrified that regular folks have a representative that may end up in the White House. These “elite” love the Jets, the Chefs and the general wasting of money that goes on in Washington DC. It is a scam that both parties perpetuate upon us all. Screw these bastards. It is no small thing that Frum worked for the Republican, President Bush, who worked so hard at his “compassionate” conservatism that he screwed the Republican brand of cutting spending and doing away with government programs. Government spending skyrocketed under the sort of government Frum worked for…how he can be considered a Conservative is beyond me.
I am guessing that this Jackass Rick Brookhiser doesn’t even understand the irony of his demanding a new base.
You would have thought the base was energized by being in a war. If not, perhaps we need a new base.
Hey now the Corner is using the ideas of a Marxist to make their points. The above tactic comes straight from the mouth of Marxist Bertolt Brecht. Here is the idea that Brookhiser was stealing.
Wouldn’t it be simpler in that case if the Government dissolved the people and elected another?
Hey Jackass maybe running in the circles you have been running in for so long means that we need to dissolve the bunch of you who have declared yourselves the masters of the Conservatives and get some new ones? Seems like Rick has gone native on us.
We have shown the same color-by-numbers mindset that liberals did when they rallied to Obama. Liberals love Obama because he is a Numinous Negro. Conservatives love Palin because she has a Downs baby and an M-16. For both sides, that is all on earth ye know and all ye need to know. You might call it mystical and childish. The Corner on National Review Online
No, we love Palin because she is one of us and YOU aren’t. By your protest you self identify…thanks, now we can concentrate fire on you. Were it not for Anthony McCarthy, John Derbyshire, Mark Steyn and one or two others it would be completely too much trouble to wade through the rest of the self described “conservatives.” The Corner needs to be dissolved and some new folks found.
Naturally Obamamessiah supports that…apparently allowing babies to die is NOT above his pay grade.
Obama heard the testimony of a nurse, Jill Stanek. She recounted how she’d spent 45 minutes holding a living baby left to die.
The child had lacked the good grace to expire as planned in an induced-labor abortion — one in which an abortionist artificially induces labor with the expectation that the underdeveloped “fetus, or child — however you want to describe it” will not survive the delivery.
Stanek encountered another nurse carrying the child to a “soiled utility room” where it would be left to die. It wasn’t that unusual. The induced-labor method was used for late-term abortions. Many of the babies were strong enough to survive the delivery. At least for a time.
Declaring what his position on when babies get human rights is above his pay grade.
Asked at what point a baby gets “human rights,” Obama, who strongly supports abortion rights, said: “… whether you’re looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity … is above my pay grade.”
Okey dokey…so deciding to allow a baby born alive during an abortion to die is not above the pay grade of an Illinois legislator, but IS above the pay grade of a person desiring to be the President of the United States. Please Democrats nominate this evil person.
There wasn’t any question about what was happening. The abortions were going wrong. The babies weren’t cooperating. They wouldn’t die as planned. Or, as Illinois state senator Barack Obama so touchingly put it, there was “movement or some indication that, in fact, they’re not just coming out limp and dead.”
No, Senator. They wouldn’t go along with the program. They wouldn’t just come out limp and dead.
Obamamessiah in hearings on a bill to force the medical establishment to give medical care to born alive aborted babies seems to be well within his "Pay Grade" when he makes this astonishing statement!
SENATOR OBAMA: So — and again, I’m — I’m not going to prolong this, but I just want to be clear because I think this was the source of the objections of the Medical Society. As I understand it, this puts the burden on the attending physician who has determined, since they were performing this procedure, that, in fact, this is a nonviable fetus; that if that fetus, or child — however way you want to describe it — is now outside the mother’s womb and the doctor continues to think that it’s nonviable but there’s, let’s say, movement or some indication that, in fact, they’re not just coming out limp and dead, that, in fact, they would then have to call a second physician to monitor and check off and make sure that this is not a live child that could be saved. Is that correct?
Apparently Obamessiah wanted to continue the practice of leaving the babies in the soiled linen closet! Obamamessiah voted against allowing care to be given to these children…yes children. Obamamessiah may try to declare them viable fetuses in an attempt to dehumanize them but we don’t roll that way.
Ironically his declared reason for opposing this legislation was he was afraid that it might be used to overturn ROE vs WADE. Seems to me that bringing the inhumanity of this to light by fighting it did far more damage to ROE vs WADE. Indeed I bet that is why every single other US Senator voted for it including Barbara Boxer and Hillary Clinton when this went to the US Senate. So he is dangerous to his friends as well as his enemies. That is usually the definition of an idiot.
The NRO Corner lost it’s way a long time ago. When the Corner united against Coulter’s remarks after 9/11 one had to worry that in the Corner we didn’t have actual conservatives but folks who make money playing one.
McCain gave a serious talk that centered on the war, and especially on the point that if Obama had been in charge, we’d have lost by now and incredible chaos and perhaps genocide would be unfolding in that country. McCain also noted what he should refer to in every speech from now until November: Obama wants to sit down with dictators who would eat his lunch.Townhall.com::Blog