March 31, 2006
March 30, 2006
Hans Zeiger has a new column on WorldNetDaily here. While riding to the airport with the venerable William F. Buckley last year, I had occasion to ask him a question on my mind: "What one thing do you think the rising generation of conservatives must accomplish in the 21st century?" He replied, "Why that's a rather broad question." Then he sat, silent, for several moments, pondering the matter. When he stepped out to board his plane, he told me: "I hope you find the answer to that question." That's when I realized that we must answer our own questions – that our generation is part of an old story, and that our acceptance of a role in the story is ours to determine. As part of an old inheritance, young conservatives face an old task anew. We must rally to the foundations of our free society. And to do that, young conservatives must wage a conversation about the future. The modern conservative conversation is only a few generations old. Buckley's generation took a major role by launching the intellectual ascendancy of conservatism in the middle of the 20th century. Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan were members of that generation. It was at Buckley's Sharon Estate in Connecticut that Young Americans for Freedom was founded in 1960. The young people involved in that movement became the second generation of modern conservatives. In 1984, a group of young conservatives gathered every Wednesday evening at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., to discuss the future of conservatism. They called themselves the Third Generation Project. "The greatest achievements of the First and Second Generations seem to have been to discredit liberalism intellectually and to contain its political advance," Benjamin Hart wrote in a summary of the Third Generation Project. "The task of the Third Generation is to begin to 'roll back' on all fronts the liberal conquests of the last half century." Many of the young people who went to those Heritage meetings 22 years ago are today prominent leaders in politics and culture. And a fourth generation is waiting in the wings. The fourth generation is special because it is the vanguard of the larger generation. There is a generational shift now taking place – toward truth, toward moral and economic conservatism, toward civility, toward purpose. President Bush called it in his State of the Union Address a "quiet transformation" and a "revolution of conscience." I like to call the young Americans – now in high school and college, and emerging into the workforce and manning the frontlines in Iraq – Reagan's Children. Born during the presidency of Ronald Reagan, Reagan's Children are increasingly determined to restore the nation to foundational principles. So it is time for a conversation about the rising generation. A significant part of that conversation will take place on the blogosphere. Last month, Reagan's Children Blog was launched to engage young conservatives in the critical dialogue. Ben Shapiro, Brendan Steinhauser, Francisco Gonzalez, Christopher Flickinger, Charles Ganske, Patrick Bell, Ryan Walsh, Christian Hartsock and I have joined to blog about where our generation is headed. What battles confront us today, and what lie ahead? Where must we look to find hope, and how can we best spend our young days in service of the highest ideals? What does it mean to be a conservative in the 21st century? Where stand the aging hippies? How will our generation confront the Social Security crisis? What will become of abortion and immigration in our time? These are among the questions before us. Blogging is a chief feature of the Internet revolution. It may serve as a tool for good or for evil. It may cheapen ideas or it may reintroduce the best ideas in fresh and wonderful ways. It may help to topple graying establishments or make new ones. Reagan's Children Blog will aim to partake of a revolution for good, to hash about the stronger proofs that America will survive intact. And Reagan's Children Blog will aim to broaden the conversation beyond itself. Already this has been happening, but it must roll to a boil. Our generation needs writers in every medium, speakers, teachers, youth leaders, mentors, parents – all who care to perpetuate the dream of America must join in the dialogue about Reagan's Children. For there is, I am convinced, a generational shift unfolding unlike anything since the late 1960s. Only this time, the shift is largely a reaction to that previous revolution. It is a conservative revolution. Hans Zeiger is an Eagle Scout, president and founder of the Scout Honor Coalition and a student at Hillsdale College in Michigan. His new book, "Get Off My Honor: The Assault on the Boy Scouts of America," can be purchased from ShopNetDaily.
March 29, 2006
Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) punched a U.S. Capitol Police officer today after he mistakenly pursued her for failing to pass through a metal detector. Members are not required to pass through metal detectors and the officer, manning a position at Longworth House Office Building, apparently did not recognize McKinney and didn't see her Member pin. The officer called out "Ma'am, Ma'am," in an attempt to stop her. When the officer caught up to McKinney, he grabbed her by the arm. McKinney pulled her arm away, swung around, cell phone in hand, and punched the officer square in the chest, according to the witness. McKinney's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
One of my sources on the Hill has told me that Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) might have assaulted a police office as the Democrats unveiled their new national security strategy document. Developing.. You heard it here first.
March 26, 2006
Just when you thought the illegal immigration problem couldn't get any worse. Now illegal aliens are lobbying Congress for amnesty and citizenship rights. The apathy of Americans doesn't help things. Call your Senators this week and tell them to take a stand against illegal immigration. Support Rep. Sensenbrenner's House bill to protect our borders from the invasion.
Found this old Waco Tribune article that mentions my challenge to Michael Moore. It made me crack a smile. :)
March 25, 2006
Here are some great links to pics and write-ups from the rally for Abdul Rahman. This is my video. Also check out the pics from these bloggers: Michelle Malkin Cam Edwards Age of Hooper The Shape of Days Video from the protest. More video here.
March 23, 2006
Here is the story from the Washington Times. What good was our "liberation" of Afghanistan if we allow this execution of a Christian convert to occur? The Times editorial has it right, "What have American soldiers achieved if they have not eliminated this barbaric medieval legacy?" "American soldiers and their families, not to mention taxpayers, have sacrificed much to free Afghanistan. The execution of Christians simply because they are Christians is not what they had in mind." Do something this weekend to encourage our government and that of our Afghan brethren to FREE ABDUL RAHMAN. I will be at the Afghan Embassy in Washington tomorrow to petition the Afghan and U.S. governments for his life. 12:00pm-1:00pm Afghanistan Embassy 2341 Wyoming Ave NW. Washington, D.C.
March 22, 2006
Interestingly, the media has said little about the crazed Iranian student who tried to run over 9 students in Chapel Hill, NC. Today's Washington Times reports that he sent a letter to a local media outlet justifying his attack in the name of Allah. Can't say I am surprised by his mini-jihad nor the media's lack of coverage on this issue.Does anyone remember the Muslim suicide bomber at the University of Oklahoma? Of course not. To remember these incidents is to be anti-Muslim. Jihad is being waged against us in our own country, albeit by a few nuts. But, with the ACLU as their defense team and the ability to raise funds for Islamist causes, we should expect much more from the enemy within.
March 13, 2006
National Journal reports that President Bush forgot to obtain his absentee ballot so he had to fly down to Texas to vote in the Republican primary. I don't feel so bad. I nearly did the same thing. And I don't have 1000 minions to remind me!
March 10, 2006
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March 6, 2006
Mark Steyn has a great piece in the March 13 issue of National Review. "The last few weeks have made me consider not the possibility that we might lose this thing but that we might lose it more easily than even the gloomiest of us thought." In this piece Steyn analyzes the necessity of intervention when dealing with the onslaught of terrorism. He writes, "Europe's problems don't nullify the Bush Doctrine so much as present a more urgent case for it." "The hyperpower has to be engaged with the world, if only because splendid isolation is rarely seen as such by others." In other words, our enemies will only see weakness. He concludes, "The point is that for great powers detachment from the affairs of the world is not an option. Evenhandedness by Washington will be received as a form of one-handedness by the time its effects are felt in Wackistan or Baskethazia. In other words, isolation doesn't travel."