Opinion editor Matthew Continetti -- whose most recent book was endorsed by Sarah Palin -- is now writing THE WEEKLY STANDARD's newsletter, delivered to your email inbox every Wednesday afternoon. So, subscribe here.
Here's what Matt does every week in the newsletter:
--He recommends articles and reviews from around the web.
--He provides commentary on the weekly news ... that you won't find elsewhere.
--He takes a look ahead at what's coming up in THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
Here's a sample, from last week's newsletter, of the content Matt provides:
When it comes to the war on terror, I'm not what you'd call a civil libertarian. I believe our enemies are dangerous and cunning and will distort the system to their advantage. I believe surveillance, detention, and interrogation are necessary to uncover and disrupt the enemy's plans. I believe the national security apparatus of our government is composed of well-meaning men and women who act in good faith. I'm willing to trudge through airport security lines, and let the NSA listen in on my international phone calls, if it lessens the chances of a successful attack. I dismiss the supposedly Orwellian overtones of disembodied voices at the airport reminding travelers to be vigilant.
God help me, though, but I couldn't help feeling a little weirded out the other morning as I disembarked the subway at the Farragut West D.C. Metro station. As I rode the escalator to the station exit, a familiar voice came over the intercom. "Hello," it said, "I'm Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security …" Secretary Napolitano droned on for a few moments, exhorting Metro passengers to "report all suspicious activity on buses, trains, and in stations." You can see Napolitano's message here. The press release announcing Napolitano's message is here.
My unease wasn't partisan: I'd like to think I would've been equally disturbed if the voice from above was Michael Chertoff's. No, what made me raise an eyebrow were the federalist implications of the announcement. Napolitano is a federal employee. What was she doing admonishing passengers on a local subway? Granted, the Washington Metro services the federal district and the nation's capital; maybe WMATA isn't out of line bringing in a cabinet secretary. Still, I didn't like the personalization of the message, either. Most of the safety warnings you hear while traveling are spoken in anodyne tones by anonymous voices. Here was somebody I know, and don't particularly care for, telling me what to do. The nerve!
An overreaction? Definitely. A misplaced concern? Absolutely. But now I know what people are saying when they tell Gallup that they have a negative image of the federal government.
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