David Axelrod said something interesting after the terror in Boston. (He is the president’s chief political strategist.) He said the president was connecting the bombing to Tax Day.
Friday night, I was sitting in a concert hall. The critic sitting behind me was saying to his friend, “I assumed this was right-wing domestic terror. It happened on Tax Day.”
The other week, a U.S. Army instructor issued a list of threats — a list headed “Religious Extremism.” At the top of the list was “Evangelical Christianity (U.S./Christian).”
Two years ago, Mayor Bloomberg in New York guessed that the Times Square terrorist was opposed to Obamacare.
I thought of something last week (and if you heard me say it on my podcast with Mona Charen, forgive the repetition). When Kennedy was assassinated, the speculation was that this was right-wingers. John Tower’s family had to be evacuated. He was leading the Goldwater operation, I believe, and there were death threats against his family.
Then it transpired that the killer was a Communist. And a prominent liberal said, “Now our grief can be pure.”
In my view, American education — the weight of the culture — has done something sick to many American minds. If the country cannot recognize the threats against it — specifically Muslim extremism — it probably can’t defend itself.
I saw a link on Drudge: “Cuomo Connects Boston Bombing to ‘Climate Change’ . . .” There is nothing that can’t be linked to climate change. In previous writings, I have cited an article published in The Journal of Affective Disorders: “Global warming possibly linked to an enhanced risk of suicide: Data from Italy, 1974–2003.”
I was interested to see that Stephen Harper, the prime minister of Canada, attended Mrs. Thatcher’s funeral. Canada is a Commonwealth country, of course. But Harper is a great admirer of Thatcher, and of Reagan. He is also a firm believer in Anglo-American culture.
I direct you to a speech he gave in London in 2006. (I read it when I was preparing a piece on Harper for National Review.) He quoted a speech that Churchill gave in Ottawa in 1929. It is “the golden circle of the Crown,” said Churchill, “which links us all together with the majestic past that takes us back to the Tudors, the Plantagenets, the Magna Carta, habeas corpus, petition of rights, and English common law . . . all those massive stepping stones which the people of the British race shaped and forged to the joy, and peace, and glory of mankind.”
“How right he was,” Harper remarked. The new prime minister — he was elected earlier in 2006 — continued, “Britain gave Canada all that, and much more — including parliamentary democracy; a commitment to basic freedoms; the industrial revolution; and the entrepreneurial spirit and free-market economy. Not to mention Shakespeare, Dickens, Kipling, Lewis, and Chesterton.”
If Canada keeps elevating men such as Harper, it’ll be all right.
I received a bulletin from my friends at Women’s Rights Without Frontiers. It spoke of “gendercide” — the killing of girls through “sex-selective” abortion.
I don’t believe the term “gendercide” will catch on. The reason is, feminists, and the Left in general, prize abortion more than they object to the singling out of girls for abortion. Indeed, if abortion is not killing — if it’s more like an appendectomy — how can it be wrong to single out baby girls?
At best, we have a “clash of pieties” — a clash of liberal pieties: Abortion, good (or at least necessary to be legal); discrimination against girls, bad. Uh-oh.
I was interested to see this news story, which begins, “A college professor has been arrested for a profane rant at pro-life students at the University of Buffalo.” About the professor’s profane rant, I was not surprised. About pro-life students at the University of Buffalo, or anywhere — refreshing.