September 28, 2020

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Juliet Naked
(Reviewed September 21, 2018)

An amusing but slight adaptation of a Nick Hornby novel which can laugh at its characters without precluding the possibility that they may laugh at themselves

Won't You Be My Neighbor?
(Reviewed September 20, 2018)

Did Mr Rogers’s extraordinary capacity for love end up producing a generation of haters?

Lady Bird
(Reviewed March 6, 2018)

A delightful and not entirely politically correct movie about growing up as a Catholic schoolgirl in 2002-2003

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
(Reviewed February 22, 2018)

An occasionally amusing parable of guilt and forgiveness whose setting in small-town America, like the prejudices of its author, does it no favors

ENTRY from September 19, 2020

As her exiled majesty, Hillary Clinton, has graciously informed us that we are not to be permitted to re-elect Donald Trump this year, it follows that Joe Biden, Democrat, must be our next president. In name at least. But now that we know our Democrat-determined destiny, some people are beginning to realize the saliency of the question of who is actually going to exercise the powers of the presidency when Mr Biden takes office? His vice presidential candidate, Kamala Harris obviously believes it will be she and has already spoken of “a Harris administration — together with Joe Biden.” That the former vice-president himself appeared to agree with her when he talked of a “Harris-Biden administration” may be telling but is not definitive. Neither one of them may have been told yet who’s actually going to be in charge, but both appear to know what the rest of us now should understand, which is that we may vote for Joe Biden, but Joe Biden, even in a mentally diminished state, is not who we’re going to be getting.

The media’s incuriosity about the identity of the real president, even if you suppose (as I don’t) that it won’t be the media themselves, is perhaps not surprising. Maintaining the increasingly transparent fiction that a vote for Sleepy Joe is a vote for Sleepy Joe must be as high a priority for his media allies as it is for Joe himself right now. Or would be if he understood that some people are beginning to see him for what he is, rather than what he imagines himself to be. If enough people started paying attention to what I can only assume has been Joe’s deliberately boring campaign so far, they might begin to realize that they are being asked to buy a pig in a poke.

One person who has already realized it is Danielle Pletka of the American Enterprise Institute, where my wife is a senior scholar. Writing in The Washington Post she says that “I never considered voting for Trump in 2016. I may be forced to vote for him this year.” In the article she begins by stating her own NeverTrump credentials and her still-strong dislike of the man and the President. But, she says, there may be even stronger reasons for preferring him to Mr Biden. She makes reference to the illiberalism of the latter’s Democratic party that I, too, have written of in a forthcoming article for The New Criterion, but at the head of the list of the reasons why she is doubtful about voting for Joe is this: “I fear that former vice president Joe Biden would be a figurehead president, incapable of focus or leadership, who would run a teleprompter presidency with the words drafted by his party’s hard-left ideologues.”
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Media MadnessBefore there was Howard Kurtz’s Media Madness, there was mine — now, alas, out of print but still available while supplies last for the cost of shipping and handling. Send $5.99 to me in care of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, 1730 M Street, Suite 910, Washington, D.C. 20036

Honor, A HistoryAlso available, now in paperback and Kindle version, is Honor, A History, which was first published in 2006. A study of Western cultural artifacts, from the epics of Homer to the movies and TV shows of today, it is focused on explaining why Western ideas of honor developed so differently from those elsewhere — and especially from the savage honor cultures of the Islamic world. The book then goes on to trace the collapse and ultimate rejection of the old Western honor culture from World War I until the present day and to suggest the conditions that would have to prevail for its revival.

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