"He instinctively can find the shining greatness of our American culture and does a good job of highlighting it (although he also does have those rare lapses when he writes about hockey, but that is something caused by impurities in the Eastern waters or something)." Erik Keilholtz
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Mark C. N. Sullivan is an editor at a Massachusetts university. He is married and the father of three children. Email
In his 1976 book, The Role of the Supreme Court, Cox wrote that the Roe ruling (authored by Nixon appointee Harry Blackmun) "fails even to consider what I would suppose to be the most important compelling interest of the State in prohibiting abortion: the interest in maintaining that respect for the paramount sanctity of human life which has always been at the centre of Western civilization, not merely by guarding life itself, however defined, but by safeguarding the penumbra, whether at the beginning, through some overwhelming disability of mind or body, or at death." Later in the book, Cox wrote: "The failure to confront the issue in principled terms leaves the opinion to read like a set of hospital rules and regulations, whose validity is good enough this week but will be destroyed with new statistics upon the medical risks of child-birth and abortion or new advances in providing for the separate existence of a foetus. . . . Neither historian, nor layman, nor lawyer will be persuaded that all the prescriptions of Justice Blackmun are part of the Constitution."
Dr Curmudgeon recalls the story of Col. Elmer Ellsworth, who gave his life that the rebel flag should not fly over Alexandria, Va. (and hence probably is not on the calendar at Fr. Jim Tucker's parish in town). The Doctor also posts a favorite excerpt from Brideshead.
Flags and Fogeyism are resplendent in this Yale Tory Party historical account of the rescue of Old Glory from destruction by radicals on May Day in 1970.
A daughter society of the Yale Tories is the U of Chicago debating club named for Edmund Burke that features "occasional toasting sessions, afternoon teas and wine tastings" as a "welcome respite from the rigors of The Law School." Hear, hear.