There are days when I just marvel at Peggy Noonan’s ability to bring the whole argument into a paragraph or two or three. This is one of those days:
One good thing about good parents these days is they always look tired. A lot have hard lives–two jobs, different shifts, helping with homework, cleaning the house. But they also have the exhausted look of hypervigilance.
Once parents could take a break at night, park the kids in front of the TV and let the culture baby-sit. Not anymore. Our culture, they know, is their foe. The culture brings sick into the room. They have to guard against it, be hyper vigilant: “Put that off!” “I don’t care if your friends are going, we’re not.”
It’s a wonder they don’t revolt.A neat invitation from Noonan, that. Act on it here.In my interview with him Thursday, Bobby Jindal marveled at the assault on Chick-fil-A. “It’s not like he said something completely out of the mainstream,” the Louisiana governor mused.
The culture debates of the past twenty years are not much in the news this election season. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t having an impact, right below the surface, the place the MSM never, ever looks.
I am giving a talk about the election Monday night at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, California, along with a book signing of The Brief Against Obama. I will be putting out my predictions for the fall. One of those predictions: Values voters are going to be back in huge numbers, and the brief explanation of their agenda: Stop bullying businesses like Chick-fil-A, assaulting our religious institutions like Catholic schools and hospitals, and ignoring the sewage in the culture. Yes, it is the economy, the economy, the economy, but in swing states there are thousands and tens of thousands of voters sick to death of the agenda jam-down from secular elites centered in New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.
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Noonan on Batman; Hewitt at the Nixon Library Monday Night