2:19 PM, Oct 27, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette endorses Tom Cotton for U.S. Senate:
Tom Cotton is a different kind of candidate in this season of mushy politicians who say different things to different people in different places (like Arkansas and Washington, D.C.), and hope it'll all hold together long enough for them to win another term--so they can continue to fade into the annals of mediocrity in a secure berth. Congress, like any bureaucracy public or corporate, is full of such time-servers whose principal function is to warm a seat till they're ready to collect their generous pensions. It's a most comfortable arrangement for all concerned--except maybe the people of the United States, who deserve something more in their leaders. Like vision, principle and courage.
This year's race for the U.S. Senate in Arkansas offers a clear choice: a choice between mediocrity (or maybe less) and a quality that may not be easy to define, but one that time after crucial time in American history has been embodied by great leaders who appeared just when they were most needed. The world's last best hope, Mr. Lincoln called this country, and if it is to remain so, the quality we're talking about must shine again.
And what is that quality? Whatever it's called, it's something people have recognized in Tom Cotton at every stage of his coming of age. Just as Richard Arnold was recognized at Yale, and then at Harvard Law, long before he became a great jurist, some say the greatest never to have sat on the Supreme Court of the United States. Call that quality a potential for greatness, a belief in principle even when principle isn't easy to uphold. It's not just an ability to cut through all the cant of politics but a demonstrated talent for it.
John F. Kennedy alluded to that quality in the title of a book he wrote about great senators: Profiles in Courage. "This is a book," Senator and later President Kennedy explained, "about that most admirable of human virtues--courage." It may also be the most indispensable of virtues, for without it, all the others don't mean much. Any more than even the greatest of principles don't mean much if we lack the courage to practice them.
Whole thing here.
5:01 PM, Jun 12, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Gary L. Bauer emails friends and supporters this special message on the passing of Rachel Abrams:
A few days ago, Carol and I lost a dear friend of many years. Rachel Abrams, beloved wife of Elliott Abrams and loving mother to Jake, Nani and Joey, passed away after waging a courageous three-and-a-half-year battle against stomach cancer. We joined her grieving family and many friends on Sunday to say goodbye at a traditional Jewish family funeral. It was a painful day.
12:00 PM, Jun 7, 2013 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Our dear friend Rachel Abrams died this morning, after a valiant three-year battle against cancer. She was an American patriot, a fighter for Israel, and a joyful and gifted controversialist. She was also the loving bulwark of her wonderful family and a loyal and sparkling friend. We offer our condolences to her family, and to all who were touched, in so many different ways, by her exemplary life. "A woman of valor, who can find? Far above rubies is her value."
ADVANCE EDITORIAL from the February 11, 2013 issue.2:10 PM, Feb 1, 2013 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
On October 3, 2005, President George W. Bush announced his intention to nominate his White House counsel, Harriet Miers, to succeed Sandra Day O’Connor as an associate justice of the Supreme Court. On October 27, after vigorous statements of opposition from conservatives and quiet expressions of dismay from Republican senators, Miers withdrew her nomination.
And wondering whether their representatives are listening.2:39 PM, Mar 19, 2010 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
The votes of House Democrats on Sunday will largely determine the votes of independents in November. Individual members of Congress who vote “no” on the proposed health care overhaul will strike an immediate chord of respect with their constituents, establish an instant reputation for fiscal prudence and independent thinking, and gain the appreciation of voters for listening to them. Those who vote “yes” will invite the disdain of voters across the entire political spectrum, save the far left.
Hey you, be courageous....11:45 AM, Mar 16, 2010 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
"We need courage," President Obama said in Ohio yesterday, imploring Congressional Democrats to pass his health care bill.
Gratifying though it is that the president is taking his talking points from
THE WEEKLY STANDARD editorials, one might make this obvious point: It's
easy for him to say "we" need courage. He's not on the ballot this November.
On the need for courage.Mar 22, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 26 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Last Thursday, Athens was paralyzed by rioters protesting the government’s austerity program, which is needed to keep the Greek nation solvent.
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