American culture

What Do We Have In Common?

Ben Shapiro, CNS News

To view the sheer chaos surrounding the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh is to realize that we may simply have nothing in common anymore. What can hold us together? We can start with gratitude, gratitude for this unique moment in human history, for our unique country, for our unique ideals, for our unique institutions. If we're ungrateful, spite will win the day. And that means that we could be setting the charges for a spectacular implosion.

The Passing of a Giant

R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., The American Spectator

Some of us have time left to make amends or to wring out a few more achievements before we die, but I do not think it is too early to say Charles Krauthammer was one of the great men of my generation. He was singularly remarkable and would be in almost any generation. Charles was an early resister. So far as I know he never said a stupid thing, never an embarrassing thing, never an ignoble or undignified utterance. He had plenty of opportunities. He was a fixture on television talk shows, in books, and in the public prints. In those places all he did was become the most gifted spokesman of his time.

Culture Unbalanced

William Murchison, The American Spectator

Cultural balance is in the nature of a moral edict seemingly unloaded on society from on high. Art and plain old entertainment have come to matter less in many eyes than the redressing of grievances that numerous folk didn’t know were grievances. Ah — but then there was the “Oscars So White” phenomenon a couple of Academy Awards seasons back. If too few actors and actresses of color were up for awards, this plainly (to some) spoke of cultural bias requiring formal redress. Now it’s male bias as obstruction to equality. Self-policing and self-correction via app could be the solution.

Nancy Pelosi And Democrats Embrace Drag Queens

In Nancy Pelosi’s appearance on "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" and embrace of “drag culture” one can see just how far from the mainstream the normalization of the abnormal in American culture – and Democratic Party politics – has taken us.

Number of Married Couples With Kids Hit 56-Year Low

Terence P. Jeffrey, CNS News

According to the national exit poll for the 2016 election, married voters picked Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton 52 percent to 44 percent. Unmarried voters picked Clinton over Trump 55 percent to 37 percent. If you were seeking to advance the causes that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton advanced in this country, you would hope that the trends that are moving people away from lifelong marriage and responsible parenthood would continue.

Poll Shows Nation Divided Between America First And Blame America First

Ginni Thomas, Daily Caller

As a new poll documents, citizens increasingly fear expressing their love of country or expressing their political views, for instance by wearing a Make America Great Again cap. George Barna, executive director of the American Culture and Faith Institute, recently released a patriotism poll documenting a surprising degree of polarization and politicization of Americans after the first year of President Donald Trump’s governance. Different world views, values and even meanings of words fragment the citizenry.

Revering Life After Las Vegas

R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., The American Spectator

We have free will to choose between good and evil. On the evening of October 1, a particularly evil human being again chose evil, and now he will repose forever in hell. That explains the atrocity. Yet it does not help us to prevent further atrocities whether by lone murderers or jihadists, or dictators hell bent on world war. Evil will always be out there, and mankind is free to choose it over the good until the end of time.

United In Tragedy—But For How Long?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

We Americans may celebrate our multiracial, multiethnic, multilingual, multicultural diversity as our greatest attribute. But the acrimony and the divisions among us seem greater than ever before in our lifetimes. A massacre of Americans like that in Las Vegas may bring us together briefly. But what holds us together when issues of race, religion, ethnicity, culture, history and politics—our cherished diversity itself—appear to be pulling us ever further apart?

They Stink

Scott McKay, The American Spectator

In any institution which has been taken over by the more egalitarian/iconoclastic/redistributionist elements of our society, which at this point generally includes nearly every one of the industries which control American culture, a very wide space is made for the inclusion of people who are manifestly, unquestionably and ridiculously unfit to contribute at the level they are appointed for.

What’s Become of the American Dream?

Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal

Insufficient parents used to be able to tell their kids to go out, go play in America, go play in its culture. And the old aspirational culture, the one of the American dream, could counter a lot. Now we have stressed kids operating within a nihilistic popular culture that can harm them. So these kids have nothing—not the example of a functioning family and not the comfort of a culture into which they can safely escape. This is not a failure of policy but a failure of love. And it’s hard to change national policy on a problem like that.

Christmas Challenge To Leftists: Stop Appropriating Christian Culture

Emily Jashinsky, Daily Caller

I’m issuing a challenge to my liberal friends—if you don’t believe Jesus Christ is your Savior, don’t skip work on December 25. Don’t put up a Christmas tree. Don’t listen to Christmas music. Don’t watch It’s A Wonderful Life.

Was Yogi Berra a Conservative?

Yogi Berra’s quips were often used or paraphrased by politicians, including President Ronald Reagan. Even though they weren’t particularly political in nature they were good for a laugh and connected the speaker with baseball, which was America’s national pastime, at least in the days before Facebook was invented.

The Culture’s War on Women

Janice Crouse Shaw, American Spectator

Post sexual-revolution American culture has harmed a lot more women than any political policy.

Twerking Towards Gomorrah

John Hayward, Red State

Miley Cyrus’s sleazy dance routine is the Left’s latest try to crush what remains of family values.