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November 30, 2004



"Jonah Goldberg has a good column today."

Right. I don't need no fancy machine to tell me that's a lie.


It's a good column but flawed in a couple of ways. What he describes as an appeal to order is nothing more than leadership. And the exit polls say Bush blew Kerry away in terms of leadership. That's what any appeal like that is, just being a strong leader.

And Jonah points to several things as being indicative of a society sliding away and none of those IMO as strongly indicative as crime. And what's going on with the crime rate? Hardly cause for concern.

I'm all for lamenting each and every thing that points toward a need for personal responsibility and lots of guns and stuff. But our sinking crime rate is telling us just the opposite.


Good point about the crime rate being down. The abortion rate is also down from the early 90's, and I suspect that drug use is below the peak set in (I am guessing) the 70's.

My other question about his piece was, what else is new? Richard Nixon ran as a law and order candidate; Reagan was surely offering a return to old-time approaches; even "The Duke" ran on competence, not ideology.

One might argue that in '96, Clinton promised a bridge to the 21st century, but 1996 would qualify as a time when the Goldberg theory would predict that - peace, prosperity, let 'er rip.

John Kennedy's "New Frontier" in 1960 may have been an example of a deliberately forward-looking Presidency. At least, I am sure Kennedy fans will say so,

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