politicians – Fragments Against Ruin http://tonywoodlief.com Wed, 11 Oct 2017 02:11:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 The unlovable http://tonywoodlief.com/2016/11/10/the-unlovable/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2016/11/10/the-unlovable/#comments Thu, 10 Nov 2016 17:56:15 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=4720 I guess before you read the rest of this you should decide how you feel about the fact that I didn’t vote for either of them. Nor did I vote for the Libertarian, or the lady who makes Bernie Sanders look like Milton Friedman and whose name I’ve already forgotten. I voted in every other …

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The dividing line http://tonywoodlief.com/2016/09/02/the-dividing-line-2/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2016/09/02/the-dividing-line-2/#comments Fri, 02 Sep 2016 15:05:22 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=4682 Look, maybe it’s time we cash in our chips. Blow this popsicle stand and buy that cabin in the hills we’ve always talked about. Sink a well, set out the rabbit traps, and settle in for a long-ass winter. Don’t get me wrong—our republic has had a fine run. Not so long as some of …

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Sodas and guns and minimum virtue http://tonywoodlief.com/2013/03/20/sodas-and-guns/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2013/03/20/sodas-and-guns/#comments Wed, 20 Mar 2013 15:02:45 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3649 On the radio I heard a shill for some agglomeration of sugary drink manufacturers inveigh against NYC mayor Bloomberg’s attempted regulation of soda sizes. “We believe New Yorkers are smart enough to make these decisions for themselves,” he said. If you’ve been to New York, if you’ve been to America, then you might be tempted …

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Cheaper by the dozen http://tonywoodlief.com/2013/02/13/cheaper-by-the-dozen/ Wed, 13 Feb 2013 14:06:48 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3622 There is a difference between being anti-intellectual and being anti-intellect, and this is where Russell Jacoby foundered, in his essay last year about the lack of intellectualism among conservatives. As Peter Lawler notes, it’s shoddily done for want of defining terms, which is a frequent flaw in Chronicle of Higher Ed essays about conservatism. There …

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An open letter to the weeping conservative http://tonywoodlief.com/2012/11/07/an-open-letter-to-the-weeping-conservative/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2012/11/07/an-open-letter-to-the-weeping-conservative/#comments Wed, 07 Nov 2012 13:22:00 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3567 Look, it’s not the end of the world, or America, or really much of anything. In fact, it could become the beginning of something. Here are eight reasons you should take heart from what you consider last night’s loss. 1. Congressional Majorities: Understand the bullet you dodged. The president’s party tends to lose seats in …

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Letter to an Aspiring Kingmaker http://tonywoodlief.com/2012/09/01/letter-to-an-aspiring-kingmaker/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2012/09/01/letter-to-an-aspiring-kingmaker/#comments Sat, 01 Sep 2012 15:38:02 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3458 Hey you. Yes, you, the one poring over push-poll numbers and wondering how you can get more smug college kids to accost people with clipboards in swing districts. We are ten weeks from The Most Critical Election in the History of America, and you are lollygagging to first base. There are mid-level HR hacks in …

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On the Tweedledumbing of America http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/11/01/on-the-tweedledumbing-of-america/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/11/01/on-the-tweedledumbing-of-america/#comments Tue, 02 Nov 2010 02:24:39 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=2979 In the closing hours the advertisements are redoubled; we see the candidates peddling their functional families, juxtaposed with a grim gallery of closed factories and soup lines and dead children, for which the fresh-faced candidates’ grainy-faced opponents are responsible, either in the past or the future or both. We are urged to vote, because this …

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Be it resolved http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/01/01/be-it-resolved/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/01/01/be-it-resolved/#comments Fri, 01 Jan 2010 15:36:12 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=1879 I read once that the historian’s admiration for authority affects his assessments of civilizations past — that oppressive regimes, with their monuments to state power, will draw his eye and his imagination more readily than a nation of citizen farmers. That’s probably true for most people; we can’t help but watch the parade’s prancing exhibition of the …

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Otherwise reasonable people http://tonywoodlief.com/2009/10/02/otherwise-reasonable-people/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2009/10/02/otherwise-reasonable-people/#comments Fri, 02 Oct 2009 16:26:21 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=1713 On a long drive through red-state country yesterday I decided to listen to talk radio. I heard Rush Limbaugh mock the First Lady, in his extended rant about her lobbying Olympic officials to place the 2016 games in Chicago, because she said sports can give children a sense of what they can accomplish, that they …

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The emotive impulse http://tonywoodlief.com/2009/09/16/the-emotive-impulse/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2009/09/16/the-emotive-impulse/#comments Thu, 17 Sep 2009 01:50:17 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=1672 I don’t know when or how the American experiment will end, but I am fairly certain that the dread day will find most of us texting or carrying about signs or otherwise expressing our deeply felt, ill-reasoned, poorly articulated opinions about it. This nationwide bout of narcissistic expression began, I am certain, with the first …

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