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Accommodation: The New Coercion

Thursday, November 20, 2014  |  posted by Garrett Fahy

By Brian Fahy & Garrett Fahy

In upstate New York, Robert and Cynthia Gifford were recently fined $13,000 for refusing to host a lesbian wedding on their private farm. They were also ordered to pay restitution to the lesbian couple, who held their wedding elsewhere. Continue Reading

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The Lawless President, Salting The Fields

Thursday, November 20, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

First, a programming note. The president addresses the nation tonight at 8 PM EST.  My show will add an extra hour to collect reactions from callers and experts, and thus will be carried on most of my stations until 10 PM EST.  You can listen online by clicking the button above or via the app if you are away from the car or home radio.

Pete Wehner is exactly right: “Mr. Obama is about to commit an act of constitutional infamy. This is a stain that will stay with him.”

Wehner also points to another of the Beltway’s very smart, very restrained observers, Ron Fornier of The National Journal, who said of the president in a discussion not of the immigration lawlessness but of the breakdown and patchwork fixes concerning Obamacare that “the central attribute you have to have as any leader, in any walk of life and certainly in government is trust and this president has destroyed the credibility of his administration, himself and government itself.”

Lawless.  Infamous. Untrustworthy.  Echoes of how 1974 must have sounded to folks living in the nation’s capital. Continue Reading

“My Battle Against Hitler” by Dietrich Von Hildebrand (translated and edited by John Henry Crosby with John F. Crosby)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

UPDATE: The audio and transcript of my interview with John Henry Crosby is now at the bottom of this post.


Certainly every morning brings a new outrage, and we have a long supply chain of evil tyrants with which to contend, whether Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong-un, or Grand Ayatollah Khamenei, not to mention the legions of fanatical killers of ISIS, al Qaeda and a dozen allied groups of butchers spread across the globe.  There is a lot to be afraid of, and many reasons to wish our country would simply just drop out of the mess and hope the various storms pass.

So, how to deal with them?  Yesterday I spent an hour with the Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens and the prescriptions he offers up both in that interview (see below) and his new book are certainly very useful.

Even more useful, however, is an example of genuine moral resolve from across 80 years, that of Catholic philosopher Dietrich Von Hildebrand.  A new translation and edition of his memoirs of the great thinker’s resolve in the face of the rise of the Nazis and his refusal ever to be cowed by Hitler or to be tempted by the accommodation offered by the sophisticated men wearing the Swastika –like Franz Von Papen– is a door to a different time with immediate lessons.  Edited and translated by John Henry Crosby and John F. Crosby, My Battle Against Hitler: Faith, Truth, and Defiance in the Shadow of the Third Reich would be very useful reading for Secretary of State Kerry, everyone below him at State and throughout the Congress.  Send a copy via Amazon to your favorite –or least favorite– legislator (or both) and tell him or her to buck up and grow a spin.  Lots of people have faced far worse situations than Americans do in 2014, and if they can just borrow some spine from the past, all will be well.


John Henry Crosby joins me in the first hour of today’s show.

Audio of the interview:


Transcript of the interview:

HH: Nevertheless, I’m very pleased that the timing of this has worked out perfectly. You might wonder why I’m going to spend the first hour of today’s program talking about a German theologian who’s been dead a long time, Dietrich Von Hildebrand. But his memoir, titled My Battle Against Hitler: Faith, Truth and Defiance in the Shadow of the Third Reich has just been translated and edited by John Henry Crosby, with John F. Crosby. And it’s released by Random House now. And it’s a major work. It’s an important work, especially for these days when all across the globe you’ll find an approximation of Hitler, sort of a downsized Hitler, whether it’s in the form of the Ayatollah, the Grand Ayatollah Khamenei, from whom anti-Semitic words drip daily, whether it’s Putin in his aggression against his neighbor, whether it’s a crazed lunatic Kim Jung Un, it’s a very bracing and necessary book. And I’m so happy to have John Henry Crosby, its editor, join me now. John Henry Crosby, welcome to the Hugh Hewitt Show.

JHC: I’m delighted to be here. Thank you for having me, Hugh.

HH: Well, I want to begin, the son of Florence and of a great artist, Dietrich Von Hildebrand, no one, I’m not going to say no one, but my guess is that 99% of my audience do not know him.

JHC: Well, that is absolutely correct, and I am hopeful that with the publication of this book, that many members of your audience and even people all around the world of all sorts of persuasions and opinions will discover this great, moral hero. Continue Reading

The New York Times Mark Leibovich On “Citizens of the Green Room”

Wednesday, November 19, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The New York Times’ Mark Liebovich joined me on Tuesday’s show to discuss his new book Citizens of the Green Room:




HH: So pleased to welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show Mark Leibovich. Mark, of course, is the chief national correspondent for the New York Times Magazine. He’s the author of last year’s phenomenal bestselling This Town, and he has a brand new book out called Citizens Of The Green Room: Profiles In Courage And Self-Delusion, which is linked over at Mark Leibovich, welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show.

ML: Thank you, sir. It is always good to be here. And the added bonus of hearing the House of Cards title sequence, which is I think one of the better ones out there, I love that song.

HH: You’re going to hear it at every single open except the top of next hour, so I hope you like it.

ML: Okay, well, I will make sure I use the top of next hour to take my bathroom break. Continue Reading

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