Recently, John Sununu apologized for saying that he wished that “this president would learn how to be an American.” Whether he should have walked back his statement is up for debate. But, that particular incident aside, the notion that there is such a thing as “an American” and that one can be good or bad at being one is not self-evidently a ridiculous idea, as some have made it out to be… ›› Read on National Review Online
Posts from July, 2012
The fracas over Mitt Romney’s nameless aide, who appears to have said that Romney is better placed than the president to understand the Anglo-Saxon heritage that Britain and the United States share, is a complicated one, and it deserves more attention than either a reflexive defense of the campaign or the now ubiquitous charge of “racism” can allow. But before looking at exactly what the aide said — or at least what he was reported to have said – there are a few things to get out of the way; things that are getting lost in the hysteria and that may well be falling down the cracks that have emerged between our shared national assumptions… ›› Read on National Review Online
When composing their unlettered overtures to disarmament, those who agitate for “gun control” tend to do three things. The first is to ask for a “national conversation,” the second is to ignore that such a conversation is already happening, and the third is to neglect that its interlocutors extend well beyond the halls of power and offices of K Street… ›› Read on National Review Online
Charles C. W. Cooke speaks to Marie Stroughter on African American Conservatives about both Margaret Thatcher’s views on Europe, and gun control in the wake of the murders in Aurora, Colorado.
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Critics of the European Union will remember with considerable affection a famous parliamentary performance in which — with an emphatic “No! No! No!” — Margaret Thatcher roundly rejected the prospect of further European integration. “What is the point,” she asked the assembled House of Commons, “in trying to get elected to Parliament only to hand over your sterling and the powers of this house to Europe?” This is a familiar refrain of Euroskeptics — as those who would defend the principle of national sovereignty against foreign usurpation are curiously described — and one that is particularly salient now that the European edifice is creaking and moaning, as students of history always knew that it would. For the support of such a formidable character, all enemies of the European project should be grateful… ›› Read on National Review Online
What happened in Colorado in the early hours of this morning was not a “tragedy” but a willful act of mass murder. Beyond his age, name, and ethnicity, nobody yet knows who the shooter is, or why he chose to do what he did. In my view, this is a blessing, albeit a temporary one; for, as has been the way in recent years, once his party registration, television-viewing habits, and random scribblings become known to the public, all sorts of hysterical speculation and unlettered accusations will burst forth… ›› Read on National Review Online