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Archive of posts published in the tag: Peggy Noonan

Get the Whole Story

If your initial reaction to a post or an article is outrage, pause and ask if you have the whole story. A piece of the truth can be more misleading than all of a lie. I can mislead more by what I leave out than in what I disclose.

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Covid Thoughts 2020 04 18

Shuttering large swaths of the economy is a huge unquantifiable cost we would only consider in such a dire health care scenario.  It appears that new information reflects a significant overestimation of the mortality.  When we referred to the mortality, we compared the number of deaths to the number of DIAGNOSED cases and compared that rate to the last flu which measures the number of deaths to the number of ESTIMATED cases, understanding that many who have the flu that never see a doctor. 

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The Problem with Capitalism

The danger of excess regulation or central planning is not frustrating the natural organic order, but undermining the institutions that control our baser instincts.

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Killing Art

“Political correctness is the enemy of art. Self-censorship is a killer of art. Censorship applied from outside, through organized pressure, is an assassination of art.”

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Demonic

“Democratic leaders should stand up to the screamers. They haven’t, because they’re afraid of them. But things like this spread and deepen.”

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Passions Jeopardize Fairness

“We must always remember that it is when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy.”

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Transitional Politics

by Henry Oliner Both parties are fragmented, trying to assemble a consensus from groups that do not want to concede. Populist movements are defined by their demons. It is why they are prone to seduction by saviors.  They would settle…

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Kryptonite for Democrats

by Henry Oliner The Kathy Griffin episode is another in a line of media double standards. One only must imagine what the response would have been if the tastelessness was a conservative holding a decapitated head of Obama. She crossed…

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Poor Winners and Worse Losers

Peggy Noonan at the WSJ,  Trump Has Been Lucky in His Enemies That most entrenched bastion of the progressive left, America’s great universities, has been swept by . . . well, one hardly knows what to call it. “Political correctness” is too old…

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Uranium One

from Peggy Noonan at the Wall Street Journal,  America’s Decadent Leadership Class: Think of how he’s experienced them the past few years. Readers of these pages know of the Uranium One deal in which a Canadian businessman got Bill Clinton to help…

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The Independent Populist

From Peggy Noonan at The Wall Street Journal, Trump Tries to Build a ‘Different Party’: All week I thought of one of the best pieces on the meaning of Trumpism, from last May, by Joshua Green in Bloomberg Businessweek. Mr. Trump suggested to Mr. Green…

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Trump Steals The Union Vote

From Peggy Noonan at The Wall Street Journal, Trump Tries to Build a ‘Different Party’: The lengthy, public and early meeting with the union leaders was, among other things, first-class, primo political pocket-picking. The Trump White House was showing the Democratic…

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Hollowed Out Parties

from John Hawkins, 20 Best Quotes of 2016 my favorite of the list:  “Disagreement often turns into dehumanization. Too often, we judge other groups by their worst examples and judge ourselves by our best intentions.”– George W. Bush “If you don’t…

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Ideology and Pragmatism

from Peggy Noonan at  The WSJ, What Trump Got That Romney Didn’t: “Americans are not ideologues,” I wrote. “They think ideology is something squished down on their heads from on high, something imposed on them by big thinkers who create systems…

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The Invisible Bubble

from Peggy Noonan at The Wall Street Journal, A Dramatic Lesson About Political Actors “Borgen” captures this: History is human. Political leaders are driven by personal imperatives every bit as much as—often more than—public ones. It demonstrates, knowingly or not,…

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The Unappeasable Left

from Peggy Noonan at the WSJ The Court, Like the Country, Needs Balance There is something increasingly unappeasable in the left. This is something conservatives and others have come to fear, that progressives now accept no limits. We can’t just have…

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Above Debate

From The First Amendment Needs Your Prayers by Peggy Noonan at The Wall Street Journal: A connected point, it seems to me, is that Americans are growing weary of being told what they can and cannot publicly say, proclaim and…

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Trumping Elites

From Peggy Noonan in The Wall Street Journal, America Is So in Play: On the subject of elites, I spoke to Scott Miller, co-founder of the Sawyer Miller political-consulting firm, who is now a corporate consultant. He worked on the Ross Perotcampaign in 1992 and…

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Nobel Peace Prize Nominees in Charleston

From Peggy Noonan at the Wall Street Journal, Two Miracles in Charleston: That was the first miracle, the amazing grace that pierced the hearers’ hearts—in America, in 2015, at an alleged murderer’s bail hearing in a plain, homely courtroom. Christian…

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Hillary’s Icarus Moment

Peggy Noonan writes in the Wall Street Journal, Hillary Seems Tired, Not Hungry. Excerpt: Everyone knows what the scandal is. She didn’t want a paper trail of her decisions and actions as secretary of state. She didn’t want to be…

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