1. John Podhoretz looks at Bush's disappointing second term.
2. If we socialize medicine in America, then where will rich Canadians go for health care? Sally Pipes looks at Michael Moore's dishonesty. Here is a horror story about an American with an ingrown toenail in Italy.
3. Primacy of Awesome points us to a story about John Lewis being denied tenure by Ashland University because his Objectivism is in opposition to "Judeo-Christian values." Quite fascinating. I suspect that liberals, postmodernists, deconstructionists, existentialists, agnostics, New Age mystics and all sorts of non-Christian leftists have been granted tenure, but Ashland draws the line at Objectivism. It makes sense, actually: Objectivism is the only philosophy that challenges Christianity's moral code of altruism.
4. Bush is worse than Hitler because at least Hitler meant well. No, this is not in the Onion. I shudder to think how liberals would react if we ever got a President who was a principled individualist that set about dismantling the welfare state at home and stopping all appeasement abroad. Not that I expect to see such a President in my lifetime.
5. Independent voters are leaning toward the Democrat Party. A study by the Pew Center found:
Increased public support for the social safety net, signs of growing public concern about income inequality, and a diminished appetite for assertive national security policies....[At the same time] the proportion of Americans who support traditional social values has edged downward since 1994....Even more striking than the changes in some core political and social values is the dramatic shift in party identification that has occurred during the past five years. In 2002, the country was equally divided along partisan lines: 43% identified with the Republican Party or leaned to the GOP, while an identical proportion said they were Democrats. Today, half of the public (50%) either identifies as a Democrat or says they lean to the Democratic Party, compared with 35% who align with the GOP.
If this study is right, then it looks like liberalism is catching on with the American people. Something to watch in the next few elections.
6. Noumenalself links to a report on a study that shows that the less education a young person has the more likely he is to reject religion. These young people are not getting their atheism from college professors.
My unscientific, anecdotal experience has been that uneducated young people are often in the heavy metal subculture, which is hostile to Christianity. These kids have lots of tattoos, swear a lot and drink heavily. Some of them are attracted to the "wiccan" religion and think of themselves as witches. Some bands, such as Slayer, are satanic -- at least in their image. How prevalent this is and what it all means, I don't know. Perhaps this is the functional illiterate's way of rebelling against Christianity, political correctness and traditional values.