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MOTUS A.D.: Things That Matter: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles Krauthammer

To understand the workings of American politics you have to understand this fundamental law: Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil.

Obama: In the course of his presidency, Obama has gone from an almost magical charismatic figure to an ordinary politician. Ordinary. Average.

One World Order: The international community lies at the center of the Obama foreign policy. Unfortunately, it is a fiction. There is no such thing. Different countries have different histories, geographies, necessities, and interests. There’s no natural, inherent, or enduring international community.

Liberals: What’s the definition of a liberal? Someone who doesn’t care what you do as long as it’s mandatory.

The tyranny of the left: The left is entering a new phase of ideological agitation no longer trying to win the debate but stopping debate altogether, banishing from public discourse any and all opposition. The proper word for that attitude is totalitarian. It declares certain controversies over and visits serious consequences from social ostracism to vocational defenestration upon those who refuse to be silenced.

Great leaders are willing to retire unloved and unpopular as the price for great exertion.

Multiculturalism: History has blessed us with all the freedom and advantages of multiculturalism. But it has also blessed us, because of the accident of our origins, with the linguistic unity that brings a critically needed cohesion to a nation as diverse, multiracial and multiethnic as America. Why gratuitously throw away that priceless asset? How mindless to call the desire to retain it ‘racist.

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  • Webutante June 22, 2018, 12:34 PM

    Thanks, Gerard.

  • Dr. Jay June 22, 2018, 12:56 PM

    Isn’t that Kit Harington in the top photo? Asking for my wife . . . (Nice tribute Dr. VanderLeun.)

  • BroKen June 22, 2018, 2:00 PM

    I’ve loved the first quote. ” Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil.” Now, I’ve just had this insight. They are both projecting!

  • Howard Nelson June 22, 2018, 3:15 PM

    ” For some we loved , the loveliest and the best
    That from his Vintage rolling Time hath prest …”
    Charles, thank you for your civilizing influence.
    Your sane aim will be sorely missed.

  • SLM June 22, 2018, 7:51 PM

    BroKen – One of my favorite quotes, too. And I think you’re observation about projection is brilliant. I never thought of it that way, but it’s true!

  • Kathryn of Wyoming June 23, 2018, 6:10 AM

    Thank you…lovely tribute.

  • Casey Klahn June 23, 2018, 9:39 AM

    Mr K. was a fine and eloquent mouthpiece for conservative ideas. I ascribe to all of what he;s said here. I am butthurt over his less than stellar support for Trump in the campaign, and this brings his reasoning downward in my eyes. It’s good to criticize a president, and to some extent a candidate.In our current environment, where there simply is no civil discourse, it might’ve been better to throw-in with the wrecking ball who is now our greatest agent of change ever. Nobody cares how intellectual you are when the knives are out.

  • Larry Geiger June 23, 2018, 11:48 AM

    The last quote. I walk around places and when folks of the ethnic variety start babbling I say, “Speak English!”. I’m not making a lot of friends…