Why is America so great? Why listen to me when you can read this excellent blogpost from Cameron Buettel, an Austrailian living in Denmark. I originally read this post on Gene Veith's blog. On the other hand, you might check out this previous blogpost.
Here are two articles concerning our capitalist system that should be read by everybody. Both have great imortance to economic conservatives such as myself. In "Greed is not Good and it is not Capitalism" the author refers to the sterotype that capitalism makes a virtue of greed rather than a system that recognizes greed as part of the makeup of human nature and seeks to minimize its impact. Unfortunately some conservatives have bought into the sterotype and equate capitalism and greed because they are ignorant of Capitalism's historic tenents. The second article is a review of a biography of Ayn Rand. Some Conservatives are looking to her philosophy as an antidote to Obama policies. Unfortunately Rand's brand of economics resembles Libertarianism rather than Conservatism in that Libertarians favor unfettered economic and personal freedom (including sexual freedom, many libertarians fought California's Proposition 8) while true conservatives favor free market activity and human freedom guided by our Constitutional system. Rand's, and Libertarian philosophy rejects religious faith.
A "politically correct" controversy that has failed to ignite.
Here is an example of intellectual disdain for Evangelical political activity from INSIDE the Church. I normally enjoy reading this blog and have linked to it for a long time. This is not this blogger's best moment. (Note: To avoid confusion, I think the last item should have read "American Conservative Evangelical political activity" instead of just "Evangelical political activity." I would have changed the original language, but if I did so the comments may not be understood in their original context. Despite my original lack of clarity, the remarks are still valid.)