Wednesday, August 25, 2010

I Copied My Homework

Remember the newsletter I told you about? Morning Jolt? Well, it was so good today that I am just going to lift some pieces out of it to share with those of you who have not gotten on the bandwagon and subscribed yourself (it's free!!!).

First, Geraghty shares chunks of the acceptance speech that Marco Rubio made last night. For those of you who don't know, Marco Rubio was elected to be Florida's Republican nominee for the US Senate for the seat being vacated by retiring Republican Mel Martinez. He'll face the incumbent governor who, in a dazzling display of courage and integrity, became an independent when it was obvious that he would lose the Republican nomination to Rubio, and Kendrick Meek, the Democrat. Here is some of what he said last night:

"My parents grew up in a place like almost anywhere else in the world, where what you are going to accomplish in life and how far you can go is decided for you before you are even born. . . . In almost every other society in all of human history, how far you can go in life is not up to you. It's decided for you. And that's the way it still is almost everywhere else on this planet. Except for one place: the United State of America. A place where anyone from anywhere can accomplish almost anything. A place where it doesn't matter if you weren't born into a connected family. It doesn't matter if you don't run in the right social circles. If you have a good idea and the willingness to work in pursuit of it, you can accomplish anything.

"Sadly, I think sometimes those of us that are born in this country take that for granted. And we believe that that's the way it is almost everywhere else in the world. It's not. Now, maybe that's a lesson I learned young because I've been raised in a community of exiles, of men and women who know it is possible to lose your country, and everything you hold dear, a people who understand that this place, this nation is unique, that there has never been anything like this in the history of all of mankind. And even now, even today, with the challenges that we face, there is still no place on Earth that you would rather be, no country on Earth that you would trade places with. But what we must always remember is that this exceptional country of ours -- it didn't happen by accident. This extraordinary country we have didn't just happen 'because.' It happened because the people who were here before us did what they had to do to ensure that their children inherited a better life."

Pretty good, huh?

Next, Geraghty complains about an NPR story:

"Their headline? 'Rancor Over Mosque Could Fuel Islamic Extremists.' You know what else fuels Islamic extremists? Everything, it seems. We've been told extremists are motivated by the secular nature of our society; our notions of the rights of women; our belief in democracy and the idea that laws are written by elected representatives with the consent of the governed, not handed down on high from a religious authority; our foreign policy; our libertine pop culture; our 1980s support and assistance in Afghanistan; our late-80s abandonment of Afghanistan; our embrace of the Saudi rulers; our disrespect for Saudi customs; the presence of U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia; the departure of U.S. troops from Saudi Arabia via Iraq; poverty; globalization; anti-Semitism; conspiracy theories; envy; sexual frustration; and Faisal Shahzad's inability to make his mortgage payments. Apparently al-Qaeda is motivated by everything except the Koran's more incendiary passages.

"Hey, you know what? Maybe they're just [bad word of your choice here]s. Abu Zarqawi always seemed like a guy who was just into it for the killing; having somebody tell him he was doing God's work was just a nice bonus."

If you'd like to get Jim Geraghty's newsletter sent to your mailbox (Monday through Friday; why he needs two days off is beyond me), go here.

And while I am just quoting other people, let me recommend this article by Christopher Hitchens. For those of you who don't know him, Hitchens is a positively loathsome man who has spent considerable time flaunting his atheism and explaining why those of us who believe in God are idiots. He is now dying of esophageal cancer, which is not a good way to go. He is brilliant and caustic and can sling words with the best of 'em. He was a darling of the liberals until he endorsed the Iraq war and more than anything else he wants this country to be safe. When he's not writing about God, he's worth reading.

More later...

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