January 28, 2006

Lonesome unilateralist cowpoke blues...

...So instead of the tides of anti-Americanism we were promised when we "went it alone" in Iraq our allies in Britain, Australia, and Japan won historic re-elections, our foes in Canada and Germany fell, the French and Kofi Annan have become virtual sock puppets, and so on and so forth. What was that Osama said about the strong horse and the weak horse?
--Orrin Judd

Ol' bing Laden got that one right. "When people see a strong horse and a weak horse, by nature they will like the strong horse." Of course the poor booby probably though HE was the strong one, not George W Bush.

My guess and hope is that the good guys are just getting warmed up. it's reasonable to suppose that the swing of the pendulum will not fizzle out in a handful of years, after it spent at least a century swinging the other way, in the direction of socialism and secularism and nihilism. And, attractive as those ism's are, it's noticeable that they don't seem to renew themselves.

Young people repeatedly discover that the ideas of America's founders are still fresh and inspiring. Not many could say the same thing about Marx or Engels or Freud. And many people have said that Christian churches should cast off their dusty medieval notions and "get with it," "become relevant," blah blah blah, or face extinction. But just the opposite seems to be true. It's the churches who have resisted the pendulum's leftward swing that are filled with people, especially young people. (Charlene and I have found a good one.) I haven't heard of any growth in the Episcopal Church, despite gay Bishops and far-left politics and flirtation with every fad known to urban life.

Can the pendulum swing back far enough? I don't even have a guess.

Posted by John Weidner at January 28, 2006 6:59 PM
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