The Corner

A Clash of Capitols

Well, this is a heck of a coincidence. Last week, I had a series about North Dakota, in which I mentioned its capitol building — not the purtiest thing (in my opinion). In the last few days, I have been to Minneapolis-St. Paul, and toured the capitol while there. I have a note on this in today’s Impromptus: “. . . one of the most beautiful state capitols I have seen. Majestic, elegant, tasteful, democratic — what an American capitol should be.”

Okay, the coincidence: Here’s a news report headed “North Dakota bridles at neighbor’s Capitol insult.” It begins, “North Dakota’s governor has bridled at a Minnesota lawmaker’s scathing assessment of the state’s austere, Depression-era Capitol, saying the critic knows little about architecture.”

What the Minnesotan said was, “It’s like State Farm Insurance called, they want their office building back.” Frankly, I think this fellow should write for The New Criterion. He knows what he’s talking about, and he expresses himself with flair.

Anyway . . . North Dakota has an excellent government and an oil boom. Minnesota has Governor Mark Dayton, Senator Al Franken, Congressman Keith Ellison, Garrison Keillor . . . Minnesotans seeking relief can absorb their inspired and inspiring capitol.

A few days ago, I got a letter from a reader who remembered how his grandfather praised the North Dakota capitol: The building wasted very little space. That is, almost all of it could be occupied by human beings, which is not the case with a dome, for example.

Kind of touching.

Most Popular

Culture

Courage: The Greatest of Virtues

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldberg’s weekly “news”letter, the G-File. Subscribe here to get the G-File delivered to your inbox on Fridays. Dear Reader (Or Listener), As the reporter assigned the job of writing the article about all of Sidney Blumenthal’s friends and supporters told his ... Read More
Immigration

My American Dream

This morning, at 8 a.m., I did something I’ve wanted to do for as long as I can remember: I became an American. I first applied for a visa in early 2011, and since then I have slowly worked my way through the system — first as a visa-holder, then as a permanent resident (green card), and, finally, as a ... Read More
U.S.

The Gun-Control Debate Could Break America

Last night, the nation witnessed what looked a lot like an extended version of the famous “two minutes hate” from George Orwell’s novel 1984. During a CNN town hall on gun control, a furious crowd of Americans jeered at two conservatives, Marco Rubio and Dana Loesch, who stood in defense of the Second ... Read More