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Saturday, September 30, 2006

Democrats Lost on the Path to Truth

It doesn’t really matter if you stray from the truth in the liberal-socialist and pragmatic world of atheistic rationalism. 

Liberals now are in the driver’s seat for the Democratic party, and, for them, all that counts is winning at any cost.  In the philosophy of pragmatism, the end (final supplanting of the Constitution with an all-embracing socialist welfare state) justifies any mendacity.

A Really Inconvenient Truth

Democrats, eager to destroy the President at any cost, are rallying behind liberals on both sides of the political aisle, under the banner of failure-in-Iraq. 

The truth is, as President Bush states and Al Queda admits, we are fighting Islamic jihad in Iraq, rather than reacting, in the Clinton fashion, after the fact to repetitions of 9/11 here on the home front.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Democratic Party Strategy: Forget the Truth

Democrats, dominated by their liberal-socialist wing, have swallowed whole the socialistic and pragmatist philosophy doctrine that truth is simply whatever opinion wins in the media marketplace.  Whether it is right or wrong is immaterial.

Sensitive PC is Alive and Kicking on College Campuses

Professor Ellis Sandoz, director of the Eric Voegelin Institute at Louisiana State University, alerted me to the following piece.

George Orwell observed that those who control interpretation of the past are in the best position to control the future. 

America’s colleges and universities, dominated by liberal-socialists, are deliberately emulating the Soviet technique of erasing documents about and photographs of persons deemed enemies of the states, making them unpersons.  By deleting the truth about our past and especially about the Judeo-Christian ethos of the founding generations from 1620 until 1787, they clear the field for inculcating the religion of socialism.

Posted by Thomas E. Brewton on 09/29 at 05:11 PM
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Socialism Marches On

Socialist political states are all about control, from the top down.  This makes them inherently vulnerable to dictatorship, as we saw in Soviet Russia, Fascist Italy, National Socialist Germany, and in Mao’s Red China.

Such states exhibit another worrisome potential: imperialism.

Giving Terrorist Rights Not Enjoyed by Captured American Military Personnel

Amid all the hullabaloo over methods for questioning incarcerated terrorists and the supposed horrors of Guantanamo, Scrapple Face (motto: News fairly unbalanced.  We report.  You decipher) steps up to give us a distinctly different perspective.

See Poll: Dems Fear Torture, Wiretaps More Than Terrorists and Pelosi Slams Clinton Failure to Protect Detainees.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Hope for Relations with Islam?

The latest edition of Imprimis on the Hillsdale College website features an address by Bernard Lewis.  Professor Lewis provides a useful historical perspective, as well as a glimmer of hope that a path may exist on which the Islamic world can find its way back to civilization.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Learning How to Think

Progressive educators today proudly declare that they don’t warp students’ minds by teaching specific bodies of knowledge, by teaching to the test; they teach students how to think.  That concept is a meaningless and dangerous abstraction.

Posted by Thomas E. Brewton on 09/25 at 11:34 PM
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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Puritanism: List of Related Postings

The following is a list of earlier postings on the subject of Puritanism.  Those posting were prompted by liberals’ ever strident attacks on Christians and by the generally scornful dismissal of Puritans as ignorant and bigoted.  As the 1920s notorious critic H. L. Mencken put it, “Puritanism was a form of neurosis.”

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Puritanism: The Origin of Public Education

From the beginning of colonial life in British North America, Puritans insisted that every man, woman, and child be literate enough to read the Bible and to discuss theological questions.  From this came America’s first publicly funded elementary schools and our first colleges.

Posted by Thomas E. Brewton on 09/23 at 11:25 PM
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