Mandeville, LA - On today's show I mention this wonderful post of a speech Dr. Russel Kirk gave in 1988. After reading this piece I was moved to take the task of promoting this work because it says everything about modern conservatism (which is a misnomer now see here) and why it is doomed to fail with reverting to "small is beautiful conservation." Thanks to Winston Elliot III and The Imaginative Conservative blog for the post.
Mandeville, LA - Exclusive Video and Audio - John C. Calhoun was born on this day in the state of South Carolina. He was an achieved and accomplished man and, politically, they would be the envy of men today. He was not only a statesman but he was also a great political thinker, which there were several around that time, but what separated him was his virtuous behavior and his Christian Gentleman-like attitude. Russell Kirk writes about this in his book "Roots Of American Order", about how you cannot have Law, without Order and how there are no laws without morals. So the men writing and enforcing the law must be of a higher moral standing, of which Robert C. Calhoun held himself to those standards. For more on Calhoun please check out today's Founders TV and sign up for a Founders Pass if you don't already have one...
Mandeville, LA - Exclusive Transcript - We used to have men of arts and letters and that’s what they were known for. Today we have demagogues that yell and scream and holler and hurl names and insist we look at the world through that sort of a jaded lens, that there is only right and wrong in the human realm, that there doesn’t seem to be a right and wrong that’s attached to a godly realm, that natural law somehow just came here and does not answer to supernatural law -- another one of these inconsistencies with the anarchists and libertarians out there where I find a difference. This is one of the things that was pointed out by the great writers of the 20th century like Russell Kirk, T.S. Elliott, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis. Check out the rest in today's audio and transcript...
Mandeville, LA - Exclusive Transcript - In regards to the Newtown, Connecticut shooting, people trying to attach meaning to these things, we talked about yesterday, sometimes there is no meaning. If there is meaning, the meaning is probably obvious. They’re evil men that desire to do evil things because they haven’t either been taught or they have rejected that evil is to be avoided and evil is to be minimized, that evil is going to cost you a place at God’s table in heaven. Zmirak says here are some of the things that people blame for shootings like in Newtown, the Adam Lanza kid: lax gun control laws, lax divorce laws, violent movies, the culture of death, torture, pornography, worldliness and lack of prayer.
Mandeville, LA - Exclusive Transcript - There’s another great story at The Imaginative Conservative website about Wilhelm Roepke, the great Austrian economist and the kind of economics we ought to be talking about. We’re having this big, vainglorious discussion about the merits of Republican central economic planning versus the merits of Democrat central economic planning. They’re both central economic planners. As Governor Romney exhibited at VMI, yes, we’ll spread free trade and goodness and, I’m trying to remember how he put it, we will spread prosperity around the world through our military. Yes, when our military spends money, the world is happy. So this is military Keynesianism. We reject it in the form of stimulus and green cars and green amoeba fart plants and green solar panels and windmills and what have you, but when it comes in the form of military spending, that’s good. It’s still government spending. You still must do it within the confines of the Constitution and you must justify all of it. As I said, job one is the veterans. That’s not on the table, that’s job one. Check out the rest in today's transcript...