Monday Brief

Brief

Dec. 3, 2001

THE FOUNDATION

“The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments, or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.” –Alexander Hamilton

INSIGHT

“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives everything its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed, if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.” –Thomas Paine

GOOD NEWS

“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life – in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing.” (Philippians 2:14-16)

ICTUS IMPRIMIS

“Give thanks. There is a light that overcomes this dread, dead-ended darkness. There is a Creator who will find those who seek Him and lead them to it. My personal statement remains the same, year after year: If I could identify just two things for which to be thankful, I would choose first to be thankful for amnesty, that is, forgiveness for all those accumulations of sin and error which could otherwise weigh us down and steal away our freedom of spirit and enthusiasm for life. Second, I would give thanks for the promise that one day you and I will see His face.” –Linda Bowles

FAMILY

“The advent of human cloning, which is really a form of asexual reproduction, necessarily brings with it the dawn of human embryo farming and baby manufacture. In-vitro fertilization, for all the nettlesome ethical questions it raises about embryo freezing and embryo research, at least requires the initial cooperation of the couples who make their egg and sperm cells available for conceiving new life. In most cases, these actions are undertaken by couples who are striving to overcome physiological problems and have a baby of their own. The technology of cloning may now depend on ‘donated’ tissue for the manufacture of the new embryo, but its essence lies in making new human beings out of the whole DNA of existing human beings. Pirated videos and CD’s are child’s play by comparison to what cloning could mean to the commercial copying of human life. Once this technology escapes the bottle, replicated human beings will abound.” –Kenneth L. Connor

CULTURE

“Since the 1960s, anti-Americanism has flourished on college campuses, in Hollywood and among the chattering class. Anti-Americanism is the conviction that our history is one long chronicle of crimes against humanity – slavery, segregation, dispossession of the Indians, exploitation of labor and suppression of dissent. It is blind to America’s greatness – to our unparalleled contributions to the advancement of human liberty, the development of representative government and the march of progress. Anti-Americanism invariably attributes sinister motives to our government. It assumes that in any international conflict, America is always wrong. It views Berchtesgaden and the Reagan White House, Saddam Hussein and the elder George Bush, Al Qaeda and the CIA as moral equivalents. Anti-Americanism sneers at our heritage. It perceives patriotism as the province of demagogues and dupes. It thinks the pledge of allegiance is passe and the national anthem militaristic. Anti-Americanism exalts hyphens and disparages unity. It holds that those who live here have no obligation to learn our language and history, celebrate America’s achievements or support its sovereignty. All of this is a far cry from legitimate disagreements over policy.” –Don Feder

LIBERTY

“The tragedy of September 11th is still overwhelming. But it is because of the horror of that day that we must act as we have, so that they did not die in vain. At far too horrible a price, their sacrifices unified and revived the entire United States of America, and our truly noble, continuing experiment in human freedom and self-governance. To honor their sacrifice, let us not allow this unity and moral reawakening to be a fleeting moment. Let us all, each and every one, pledge to speak out against those who will inevitably come back and seek to divide us again for political, financial, or personal gain. Ours is not a perfect nation, and because we are all human, it never will be. But let us also keep the courage to speak out about the moral truths and wonders of America, the spearhead of human liberty and prosperity across the globe.” –Peter Ferrara

OPINION IN BRIEF

“My [major] concern is that the Americans may stop halfway in their battle against the Taliban if the latter surrender bin Laden. If the United States does not finish the Taliban whatever it costs, Taliban leaders and militants will become like a disturbed swarm of bees that will fly out of Afghanistan and create their nests all over the world. This won’t eliminate terrorism but just spread it around the globe.” –Retired Russian Col. Gen. Viktor Kot, former commander of the Soviet air force, who served two tours in Afghanistan.

EDITORIAL EXEGESIS

“Winston Churchill wrote after Pearl Harbor that he knew that America’s critics would be wrong. We wouldn’t just ‘be a vague blur on the horizon to friend or foe.’ Osama bin Laden needs to know it too.” –National Review Online

WORTH REPEATING

“Why must we constantly repeat that we are not at war with Islam? We never declared war on Islam. It was Islamic fanatics who, killing 4,000 Americans in the name of God, declared war on us. Why then are we the ones required to continually demonstrate our religious tolerance and respect for others? Shouldn’t that be the responsibility of the Islamic world, of those in whose name this crime was perpetrated? Imagine if 19 murderous Christian fundamentalists hijacked four airplanes over Saudi Arabia and, in the name of God, crashed them into the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, destroying the holy Kaaba and killing thousands of innocent Muslim pilgrims. Could anyone doubt that the entire Christian world – clergy and theologians, leaders and lay folk – would rise as one to denounce the act and declare it a sacrilege? And yet after September 11, where were the Muslim theologians and clergy, the imans and mullahs, rising around the world to declare that Sept. 11 was a crime against Islam? Where were the fatwas against Osama bin Laden? The voices of high religious authority have been scandalously still.” –Charles Krauthammer

THE GIPPER

“Unhappily, the change from military to civilian rule is not an easy one. Nor can it be rushed. If it is, we will only succeed in creating weak and vulnerable democratic governments that will soon be swept out of power by just another generation of military strongmen even more convinced of the defects of democracy.” –Ronald Reagan (1978)

GOVERNMENT

“If the government demanded results – say, no bombs on airplanes – airports wouldn’t have time to engage in man’s truly oldest profession, oppressing his fellow man. Instead, this natural monopoly would finally be forced to stop harassing passengers for the fun of it and to adopt safety procedures that would have the novel attribute of making planes safe.” –Ann Coulter

POLITICAL FUTURES

“Understanding very clearly what my priorities are for my family – and what additional sacrifices would be required by my wife and my sons by the additional time and travel of serving another year as RNC chairman….” –Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore announcing his resignation as chairman of the Republican National Committee, effective Jan. 16 – not a minute too soon as Virginia’s next Gov. will be a Demo!

FOR THE RECORD

“We have absolutely no obligation to have everyone on earth seek residency or citizenship here. Yes, it is discrimination to tell one group or another, ‘Sorry you can’t live here.’ There are peaceful Muslims, but how will we know for sure? The fact is they are not entitled to be Americans. Perhaps at another time. Right now we have to be about the business of saving what is left of this country.” –Paul M. Weyrich

SELECT READER COMMENTS

“Ondoubtedly, the Dumbocrat National Committee has direct evidence linking President Bush to every economic downturn in the Republic since 1860.”

“Too bad those North Carolina kids didn’t turn their toy soldiers away from the stuffed animals and direct them towards the stuffed bureaucrats.”

The Federalist noted Bill Clinton’s remark about the destruction of that landmark of historic interest to black Americans to make way for his Liebrary: ‘No one can see it now, no one can use it now, it’s of no use to anybody.’ That sounds like something Sen. Ms. Hillary Rodham-Clinton would say about Bill!”

THE LAST WORD

“Are you a Western leader of the Judeo-Christian or Agnostic-Atheist persuasion? Want to issue a public statement on how much you respect and value Islam as a peaceful religion of moderation and tolerance? Take a number, pal. The line’s longer than the waiting list at a Quebec hospital. …This is the most sensitive war in history. …As usual, our Tolerance Police are very intolerant of insufficient tolerance….We madmen on the right dislike this identity-politics business. So I accept there are all kinds of Muslims. …But the fact – the fact – is that, since September 11th, the remarks by the Queen, the Pope, the President and almost every other pasty face have earned no similarly warm, unqualified response from Muslim ‘community leaders.’ …At the UN, the President told the world that expressions of sympathy weren’t enough; it was time for other countries to get on side. Yet, back home, he’s happy to hold photo-ops with fellow Americans you can’t squeeze anything but the vaguest expression of sympathy out of. He schedules visits with groups that are either covertly hostile, deeply ambivalent or deafeningly silent. This unreciprocated abasement is unworthy. Islam wouldn’t be the fastest-growing religion in the United States, Britain and Canada if Muslims were thought to be ‘the enemy.’ Conversely, Christianity is the fastest-shrinking religion in the Sudan, where they really are thought to be the enemy. In Pakistan the other week, six children and nine adults were gunned down as they worshipped in a Christian church. If the West’s Muslim ‘community leaders,’ for whatever reason, are reluctant to speak truth to evil, that is a matter between them and God. Their opposition to the war is their right as free citizens. I don’t even care particularly about prosecuting the Taliban’s Anglo-American volunteers: To Hell with them. All I ask is an end to the deeply unedifying spectacle of Western politicians fawning on an anti-war constituency by jumping through increasingly obnoxious tolerance hoops. It suggests we have something to feel guilty about. We don’t.” –Mark Steyn

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