Saturday, July 15, 2006

Courageous Rick

National Review Online's estimable editor, Katheryn Jean Lopez sees the heroism in Sen. Rick Santorum, where others only see the shady dealing:

Leave all your Oliver Stone biases at home when you go see his new film "World Trade Center." It's all-American and well-timed. This September will mark the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on American soil. And Americans -- unless they happen to have a family member deployed or had lost someone on 9/11 -- don't generally seem to have a keen sense that we're at war. This movie reminds us we are.

"For no other reason than it was the right thing to do." These are the last words spoken by one of the film's stars, Nicolas Cage, about the rescue workers who risked their lives, coming from near and far, to save the only 20 people who ultimately would be rescued from the rubble -- words that parallel Rick Santorum's steadfastness in the Senate.

Santorum, R-Pa., is up for re-election this year in one of the country's most contentious races. He's behind and he's a lightning rod. But agree or disagree with him on the issues -- abortion (he's against), the war we're in (he's a better articulator of it than most of the White House) -- you'll have to agree there's something fundamentally American about him.

Um, yeah. I suppose it takes lots of courage to occasionally take a break from melding K street with the Republican Congress to address the issues.

Fortunately, just after reading Lopez, I received the July 31 issue of The American Conservative with cover articles by Steve Sailer, James Pinkerton and Bill Kauffman on the problems of the Democratic Party. Kauffman's article is a review of Where Did the Party Go? by Jeff Taylor. To top it off, it has an article by North Dakota Democratic senator, Byron Dorgon. I haven't read any of it yet, but it is comforting just to know that NR and Townhall don't represent the whole of conservatism.

1 comment:

Sean Scallon said...

Rick Santorum fundementally American? Yeah I suppose I can buy that when backtabbing a fellow Congressional college (Pat Toomey)usually happens in America.

But going along with what the party dictates instead of what concious dictates, like supporting the re-election of the abortionist Arlen Specter, well that smacks more of Communist or Nazi behavior than American.