"A louse versus a flea..."

This from Hitchens the Younger (which is to say Hitchens the Wise). Peter writes about our recent presidential election and hits the right note throughout--from titling the piece "A Louse Versus a Flea," to labeling the White House, Capitol, and Supreme Court "those lovely white sepulchres of hope," to this conclusion:

For a proper conservative, American national politics is a desert. You can choose between declared liberals and neo-conservatives who are liberal on all important issues. And that’s it. Or there’s dear old Ron Paul, who is another sort of liberal, really. But he’s not important anyway. There’s nobody who is really socially conservative...

What absolutely amazes me about this election is the way that leftish commentators try to build up Mitt Romney as some kind of conservative monster. If only he were. But his own record shows otherwise (and I might add, his running mate, whose name I can never remember, is a keen student of Miss Ayn Rand, another liberal). (T)he "Romney is a raging conservative" claim must be an effort to make a dull contest between two mediocrities, for an over-rated office that isn’t really all that powerful, appear more interesting than it is.

I shan’t be waiting up for the results. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

(Thanks to Eric)

Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and fifteen grandchildren.

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And yet Ryan, when running on his own, has been against abortion without the exceptions for rape and incest.

I've been a fan of Peter Hitchens since reading his, "Abolition of Britain" more than ten years ago. 

He, Roger Scruton and Theodore Dalrymple (Anthony Daniels) are, I think, my three favorite Brit writers today.

Yeah, don't know how much of Rand has remained a significant influence on the guy: apparently he gave a speech in her honor or something like that, but some of her ideas aren't exclusively unbelieving or objectionable (i.e. like that powers get in the way of merit, and merit should not go hindered but permitted to thrive), though they're polluted by the wider context, twisted, and made so cold. : (

Evil, thy name is hypocrisy. 

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