Bees in the Mouth

All the recent hubub  about our political rhetoric led me to re-read a book by Peter Wood called A Bee in the Mouth: Anger in America Now. It was published in 2006, so at the time Wood focused mainly on

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The Advantage of Ideology

One of the main problems with politics is that it is complicated. Take, for example, the recently passed health care bill. The bill was over 2,000 pages. I haven’t read it. Neither, I imagine, have most of our readers (indeed,

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Competing Magisteriums

I give an incredulous salute to the liberal Commonweal for publishing a magnificent column by Kenneth Woodward where he discusses the New York Times Magisterium: No question, the Times’s worldview is secularist and secularizing, and as such it rivals the

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David Brooks, Clueless Commentator

My friend Jay Anderson at Pro Ecclesia takes the clueless David Brooks, a “conservative” commentator who endorsed Obama in 2008, to the verbal woodshed. Check out David Brooks’ latest attempt at responsibility avoidance with this rich piece of Op/Ed mendacity:

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Res et Explicatio for AD 2-4-2010

[Update at the bottom of this post] Salvete TAC readers! Here are my Top Picks in the Internet from the world of the Catholic Church and secular culture: 1. The USCCB scandal continues as the U.S. bishops continue to issue

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The State of the Union Speech That Will Never Be Delivered

Here is the State of the Union Speech that will never be delivered: “Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, Distinguished Guests, my fellow Americans.  Each year it is a duty of the President to report on the State of

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Quote of the Day: Irving Kristol

Symbolic Politics and Liberal Reform, Dec. 15, 1972 “All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling,” wrote Oscar Wilde, and I would like to suggest that the same can be said for bad politics. . . . It seems to me

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Don't Negotiate, They're Crazy!

I made the mistake of following a link to a Frank Rich column this morning — an activity liable to cause lowed IQ, severe irritation, or in extreme cases, the gnawing off of one’s own arm. In an effort to

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