For season 2 of the 13 Weeks Radical Reading Regimen each weekday I juxtapose book excerpts with a selection of recent headlines. The goal is to make fresh connections between the events of the day and the bigger picture of humanity’s place in the universe. Each day also starts with highlighting the contributions of an important writer.
I’d really like to thank you for the great writing you deliver week after week. Your PJ Media and National Review blog posts and articles, and your New York Post columns, are some of the most vigorous, engaging articulations of American values today. Your career journalist’s understanding of the real world and novelist’s gift for rich, electrifying prose have combined to articulate a vital argument which you’ve crystallized into a pamphlet that today I promote with enthusiasm: your amazing historical polemic The People v. the Democratic Party should serve as a foundational example in its ideas, style, and format for all activists striving to defend American freedom.
I’m not sure when I first saw you articulating the argument in your PJ Media columns — sometime last year probably — but it was a conclusion I too was beginning to tepidly consider: the Democratic Party is best understood as a criminal organization masquerading as a political party. And therefore attempting to defeat them at the ballot box is doomed to failure. Trying to win elections against criminal Democrats who have practiced gang-orchestrated voter fraud for centuries is like knowingly playing poker against a man with aces hidden in his sleeves. Who would be such a fool to do that, betting their own money against an opponent they knew was cheating? The Republican Party.
The People v. the Democratic Party should be taken very seriously and inspire activists and writers in these three ways, in a way, echoing and implementing the values I highlighted in my write-ups of Roger Kimball and Andrew Klavan. Together, the three of you – and the fourth writer I will name in this series’ next installment – form a new literary foundation for all aspiring cultural-political creative activists. (In other words, these are three of the lessons I have taken myself and that I pass along to my writing, editing, and activist friends…)
- We need to re-balance the scales in our historical understanding of the Democratic Party’s criminal origins. It begins with looking at who Aaron Burr was, why he got away with murder, and how his legacy – not Thomas Jefferson’s – became the slippery soul of the Democratic Party. How does Tammany Hall foreshadow the Clintons and Obamas? The People v. The Democratic Party tells the story of history repeating itself.
- Part of what makes your analysis of the criminal history of the Democrats so effective is your use of classical references – Paradise Lost in the polemic’s conclusion for example — and a high, traditional style when appropriate. This is the political polemic as art. You set a high standard for the rest of us to pursue.
- This format of Encounter Broadside – Roger Kimball’s creation – is tremendously effective for articulating important ideas in an accessible fashion. Yours and Glenn Reynolds’ are the ones that I’ve read so far and they’re examples of a format that I hope you both do again and that other publishers and organizations imitate.
I hope to start writing more about the themes in The People v. The Democratic Party and also your inspiring manual of counter-attack, Rules for Radical Conservatives, in the coming months and look forward to seeing you continue to apply your erudite eye and precise pen as the crimes of the Obama administration become harder and harder for even his most devoted collaborators in the mainstream media to conceal…
The opening of The People v. the Democratic Party…
Weekend News Round Up
Lead PJM Stories this Weekend
Tom Blumer: All Barack and No Populist Bite
Helen Smith: BMW Owners Really Are Jerks, Study Finds
Rick Moran: Obama: Health Insurance a ‘Right’
PJ Lifestyle Stories on the Home Page This Weekend
David Forsmark: How the West Really Lost God — and How It Didn’t
Rhonda Robinson: How to Remove the Shame from Your Financial Struggles
P. David Hornik: Israel: Leper or Light Unto the Nations? Part 2: That Bird Could Be a Mossad Agent!
Becky Graebner: Pimp My Hybrid?
New at PJ Lifestyle last Weekend
Self Improvement Saturday:
Sarah Hoyt: 4 Tips So You Don’t Organize Yourself to Death
Walter Hudson: Media Piracy Cannot Be Rationalized
Charlie Martin: 13 Weeks: What Do We Make of Times of Little Change?
Rhonda Robinson: Mind The Little Things… They Bite Hard if You Don’t
Susan L.M. Goldberg: Girls: As Famous as their Daddies
P. David Hornik: Israel: Leper or Light Unto the Nations? Part 3: From Woodstock to the Promised Land
Walter Hudson: What Price Will American Christians Pay for Their Faith?
Rhonda Robinson: Who Was Pontius Pilate? Benevolent Pawn, Bloodthirsty Tyrant or Misunderstood Hunk?
Charlie Martin: Buddha and the Elephant
New at PJ Tatler this Weekend:
Rick Moran: ‘The Bible Belt is Collapsing’
Rick Moran: The ‘Third Force’ in Egypt’s Meltdown
Also Around the Web this Weekend:
At National Review:
Andrew C. McCarthy: Egypt’s Only Hope
More to the point, Egypt has never had a “democracy,” so the military cannot be said to have “restored” one. Yet there was a welcome bit of common sense in Kerry’s declaration, even if it eluded the declarant.
The defining mission of the Muslim Brotherhood is the implementation of sharia, as noted for several years by a hardy few of us Islamophobes. An “Islamophobe,” by the way, is someone who takes seriously the things Muslim Brotherhood operatives say and the scriptures on which they rely; the Muslims who say the things that Islamophobes have the temerity to mention are called “moderates” — see how this works?
Sharia is Islam’s societal framework and legal code. Particularly as construed by Islamic supremacists, whose ideology dominates the Middle East, sharia is authoritarian, anti-liberty, anti-equality, and intolerant of minority rights. Indeed, in 1990, Islamic supremacists felt the need to issue their own “Declaration of Human Rights in Islam,” precisely because they cannot abide the aspirations laid out in the purportedly “Universal Declaration of Human Rights” promulgated by the United Nations in 1948. Human rights, for the Islamist, must bow to the repressive injunctions of sharia.
Consequently, in a couple of books that are largely about the history, ideology, methodology, and goals of the Muslim Brotherhood — The Grand Jihad and, last year, Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy — I tried to establish two premises. The first is that Islamic supremacism is fundamentally anti-democratic. That proposition cannot be too Islamophobic since influential Islamic supremacists themselves freely concede that sharia cannot coexist with a secular civil society or with any system in which people are free to ignore sharia in enacting their own law.
The second is that elections do not equal democracy. To the contrary, democracy is a culture of governance committed to the protection of minority rights and equality of opportunity. Sharia abides neither of those principles.
Katrina Trinko: Santorum’s Storytelling
Associated Press: Egypt: Islamists hit Christian churches
Christians have long suffered from discrimination and violence in Muslim majority Egypt, where they make up 10 percent of the population of 90 million. Attacks increased after the Islamists rose to power in the wake of the 2011 Arab Spring uprising that drove Hosni Mubarak from power, emboldening extremists. But Christians have come further under fire since President Mohammed Morsi was ousted on July 3, sparking a wave of Islamist anger led by Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood.
Nearly 40 churches have been looted and torched, while 23 others have been attacked and heavily damaged since Wednesday, when chaos erupted after Egypt’s military-backed interim administration moved in to clear two camps packed with protesters calling for Morsi’s reinstatement, killing scores of protesters and sparking deadly clashes nationwide.
Mike Flynn at Breitbart: Exclusive Report: Egypt Sending Diplomatic Mission to Russia
At the Daily Mail:
‘I’ve smoked cannabis five nights a week for 44 years and my dealer’s on speed dial’: Shock confession by bestselling thriller writer Lee Child
He is one of the world’s biggest-selling thriller writers, with his Jack Reacher novels so successful one is bought every two seconds.
Now author Lee Child has admitted he keeps his writing razor-sharp by working while high on cannabis and even claims that it should be made compulsory.
‘I’ve been smoking weed for 44 years, five nights a week,’ the author confessed. ‘I’m the poster boy to prove it doesn’t do you much harm.
‘I have a guy on speed dial in New York who comes over with a huge range of marijuana. I smoke it in a pipe because I’ve never been any good at rolling my own joints.’
Child was brought up in Birmingham and moved to America in 1999 after he published the first of his Reacher novels, of which he has now sold 70 million.
At my alma mater, Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana! Good for him!
The downside: the $11,000-valued prize will only cover one semester’s worth of expenses….
Saturday Morning Book Reading:
Page 222 from Jacob Slavenburg’s The Hermetic Link, on the potential of Hermetic mysticism to bridge the gaps between Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and secularism:
Monday News Round Up:
Lead PJM Stories on Monday:
Roger Kimball: Cairo Is Burning. Where Is President Obama?
Michael Ledeen: It’s War, You Idiots
Hans A. von Spakovsky: FACE Act Abuse: Justice Dept. Suit Against Pro-Life Advocate Thrown Out
Rick Moran: Breaking: Ted Cruz Birth Certificate a Forgery!
Victor Davis Hanson: Obama Bets Against Human Nature — and Usually Loses
Rodrigo Sermeno: Cardin Touts Obamacare Benefits to Maryland Healthcare Providers
PJ Lifestyle Articles Featured on the Main Page:
Dave Swindle: 6 Books Victor Davis Hanson Suggests You Read in 2013
Becky Graebner: 4 Dumb TV Cliches I HopeOrange Is the New BlackAvoids
Sarah Hoyt: An Act of Radical Virginity
Walter Hudson: The Church Shouldn’t Promote Self-Esteem
New At PJ Lifestyle on Monday:
Ahmed Bedier, former chief of the Tampa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), is widely regarded as a “moderate” Muslim leader – in this guise, he even appeared on Glenn Beck’s CNN show in March 2007 to speak out against “extremism.” On the show, he declared: “We condemn any nation, country or group that uses Islam or misuses and misinterprets Islam in violent ways.” Later, when he announced his departure from CAIR, he explained his future plans in terms to warm any multiculturalist’s heart: “I’m going to expand on and build upon my work as a civil rights and human rights leader into broader areas of peace building, interfaith dialogue and reconciliation.”
As is so often the case, things are not always as they seem. Unfortunately, like so many putative moderate Muslim groups and individuals in the United States, Bedier is not really all that moderate. He has said that before 1995, when the State Department declared Palestinian Islamic Jihad a terrorist group, there was “nothing immoral” about associating with the group. The anti-terror advocacy group Americans Against Hate notes that “Bedier’s answer is startling, given the fact that, prior to 1995, Palestinian Islamic Jihad took credit for five terrorist attacks, which resulted in the murders of eight innocent people. This includes a suicide bombing in the town of Netzarim Junction, in November of 1994.”
And when two Muslim college students, Youseff Megahed and Ahmed Mohamed, were found with pipe bombs (and one of whom admitted to making a video about how to use remote-controlled bombs against American soldiers), Bedier claimed that the pipe bomb material was just fireworks and said, “Both of them are really naïve kids.” On a Florida TV show, Bedier sidestepped numerous opportunities to condemn the barbaric practice of stoning.
Rhonda Robinson: Why Your New Diet is Doomed to Fail
New At PJ Tatler on Monday:
Bryan Preston: Egypt: While Chaos Rises, US Debates Suspending Aid
Bryan Preston: Congressional Research Service: Obamacare Has Already Missed Half Its Deadlines (Update: Chicago Trib Rips Obamacare)
Bryan Preston: Common Core Math: 3×4=11?
Stephen Green: POLL: Americans Really Sour on Egypt
Bryan Preston: Dallas Morning News Reporter Christy Hoppe Editorializes for Wendy Davis in ‘News’ Story
Bryan Preston: Dying California GOP: Pass Amnesty, It’s Our Only Hope!
Stephen Kruiser: Illinois Puts Useless Regulatory Band-Aid On Gun Violence Problem
Stephen Kruiser: Government ‘Help’: CA Bureaucracy Makes Food Stamps Hard To Get For Those Who Need Them
Bryan Preston: Head of Security Guard Union Gets Prison Time for Theft
Bryan Preston: Obama’s Twitter Feed Writer Needs Remedial English
Bryan Preston: CNN Hires Al Gore Crockumentarian to Produce Hillary Flick
Stephen Green: BREAKING: Lamar to Get Primaried?
Stephen Kruiser: Can We Ever Lighten The Crushing Weight Of Federal Regulations?
Stephen Kruiser: Heh-10 Lies That TV And Movies Always Tell You
Also Around the Web Monday:
Financial Times: Guardian newspaper ordered to destroy files, claims editor
My 19 NJ: New Jersey’s Boomerang Generation
Is 27 the new 18 when it comes to living at your parents’ house?
According to the US census Bureau, at least 1 in 4 N.J. adults, ages 18-31 live at home and 42% are 24 or older. Experts call it an “epidemic” of millennials leaching off their parents, but does a bad economy and student loan debt crisis justify the situation?
A new survey from Coldwell Banker says parents in the Northeast region are more lenient on this than anywhere else in the US on children moving back home.
But, according to the survey, more than two in three Americans believe that too many adults living at home with their parents are avoiding responsibility, and 65 percent believe too many young adults who move back home after college are overstaying their welcome.
At USA Today:
Glenn Reynolds: Scandals costing us American exceptionalism
Meanwhile, new revelations of NSA lawbreaking have come out. As the Washington Post reported, the NSA violated privacy rules thousands of times per year. It appears that despite assurances that there was no domestic spying program, the NSA was, in fact, hoovering up vast numbers of phone calls, emails, etc. in order to spy on Americans. (New White House talking point: Hey, it’s not a domestic spying program, it’s just a program that does a lot of domestic spying!)
Back in June, President Obama told us that if you trust Congress, you can trust the NSA. That wasn’t all that reassuring, considering how few Americans trust Congress. And, in fact, it appears that Congressional overseers either didn’t know what was going on, or went along with the lawbreaking. (Last week we also saw the conclusion to the Bradley Manning trial, where we discovered that Bradley Manning’s most damaging revelation was that our national-security establishment was willing to put dangerous secrets in the hands of . . . a guy like Bradley Manning).
Meanwhile, the Benghazi scandal — successfully pushed off past the 2012 elections by scapegoating an obscure YouTube filmmaker — is looking worse and worse. Although government officials blamed the video the administration in fact knew that Al Qaeda was involved from the beginning.
And now former Washington U.S. Attorney Joseph DiGenova, representing a Benghazi whistleblower, even says that missiles were being funneled through Benghazi to the Syrian rebels and that 400 were stolen by Al Qaeda terrorists at the time of the attack. CNN has reported that dozens of CIA agents were on the ground in Benghazi — and that they’re being pressured to keep quiet. Are these missiles real, or figments of Di Genova’s imagination? Who knows?
At The Daily Mail:
Professor’s son, 22, pleads guilty to stabbing and dismembering his roommate before eating his heart and brain
‘The film was run like a CIA operation’: Inside the secretive documentary ‘Salinger’ that promises major revelations about reclusive author of The Catcher in the Rye
Sunday Morning Book Reading
“In his The Freedom of the Will (1754) Edwards insists that human beings are free because they act according to their perception and conviction of their own good.” — Paul Johnson on “frontier religion” from page 112 of A History of the American People.
See the first six weeks of reading and headline round-ups:
- 1. Monday, July 8: “We Ought to Defeat Capitalism With Its Own Weapons, Comrades…“
- 2. Tuesday, July 9: Can We Just Fast Forward to 2040? Please?
- 3. Thursday, July 11: Researching the American Family’s War to Beat Death…
- 4. Monday, July 15: Turning On Mankind’s Magical Machines To Battle Mother Earth’s Cruel Monsters
- 5. Wednesday, July 17: ‘So, You Know How You Felt on 9/11? Yeah, That’s How We Feel When It Comes To Race.’
- 6. Thursday, July 18: ‘… And There We Can Still Maintain Our Mysterious and Dreadful Freedom.’
- 7. Friday, July 19: ‘Evil Always Takes Advantage of Ambiguity.’ – G.K. Chesterton
- 8. Monday, July 22: ‘His Father Urged Him to Study Marxism, But Valentin Preferred Science.’
- 9. Tuesday, July 23: ‘Perhaps The Final Secret of the Illuminati Is That You Don’t Know You’re A Member Until It’s Too Late to Get Out.’
- 10. Wednesday, July 24: Is Anthony Weiner a ‘Deviant’ or a ‘Normal’ Male?
- 11. Thursday, July 25: ‘The Most Ancient Conflict in Western Culture, Between Jew and Egyptian, Continues…’
- 12. Friday, July 26: Weiner’s Wild Women: Are Sydney Leathers and Huma Abedin His Succubi?
- 13. Monday, July 29: Malcolm X: ‘The Jew Cries Louder Than Anybody Else If Anybody Criticizes Him.’
- 14. Tuesday, July 30: ‘My Father Was a White Man.’ – Frederick Douglass, the Archetypal Anti-Slavery Republican
- 15. Wednesday, July 31: Why Is It Evil to Murder Unwanted Children?
- 16. Thursday, August 1: Nihilism Defined: ‘When You Realize Your Life Has as Much Meaning as Your Dog’s…’
- 17. Friday, August 2: Pastafarianism Is a Real Religion. Benghazi Is a ‘Phony Scandal.’ Hillary Will Be President.
- 18. Monday, August 5: ‘War, and Preparation for War, Are the Normal Conditions of Mankind, While Peace Is Extremely Rare.’ – Michael Ledeen
- 19. Tuesday, August 6: Muslim Brotherhood Operatives Have Infiltrated America’s Political and Cultural Institutions to Conquer Us from Within
- 20. Wednesday, August 7: First We Define Anti-Americanism, Then We Crush It Again Even Harder
- 21. Thursday, August 8: The United Nations is a Corrupt Failure That Does Not Unite Nations
- 22. Friday, August 9: No to Corporate Neoconservatism, No to Paleo-Libertarian Anarchism, Yes to Augustinian Realism
- 23. Tuesday, August 13: The Price We Pay for Our Ignorance of Military History Is Dead Americans
- 24. Wednesday, August 14: 3 Weapons to Win the Culture War Courtesy of Roger Kimball