Greetings dear readers...
Yours truly is taking a brief hiatus from our regular weekly Friday blog posts to spend some time completing the next podcast episode that will be available this coming Tuesday. Look for the blog to resume next week.
In the meanwhile, if you came here to satisfy a craving for quality conservatism, you might enjoy this recent article by Ben Shapiro on the gap that exists between young and old conservatives and how to potentially "win back" America's youth to the cause. While I find Shapiro's argument mostly compelling, I am far less optimistic about conservatism (or civil society, for that matter) existing and thriving in the West if we are witnessing the demise of our moral framework through our Judeo-Christian heritage. But that's a digression for another day.
If you don't have time for much reading, Fox News' Neil Cavuto has a video about how Trump is undermining his own efforts to drain the swamps that's worth a watch.
Lastly, here are some quotes that inspire me:
“Life does not ask what we want. It presents us with options.”
“There is a line of obligation that connects us to those who gave us what we have; and our concern for the future is an extension of that line.”
Sir Roger Scruton
“Moderation is a virtue, not only amiable but powerful. It is a disposing, arranging, conciliating, cementing virtue…to dare to be fearful when all about you are full of presumption and confidence.”
“I am aware what ability is requisite to persuade the proud how great is the virtue of humility.”
“He is a very shallow critic who cannot see an eternal rebel in the heart of a conservative.”
G. K. Chesterton
“Broken promises are not the major causes of our trouble. Kept promises are. All too often we have put men in office who have suggested spending a little more on this, a little more on that, who have proposed a new welfare program, who have thought of another variety of ‘securities.’”
“Men do not make laws; they merely ratify or distort the laws of God…men have no rights to what they please: their natural rights are only what may be directly deduced from their human nature.”