Andrew Kern Sep 5, 2008
Some reviewers are suggesting the speech was boring and didn't deal with policy. Well, maybe. I suppose it depends what matters to the listener. Government is about trust. The fact is, we are going to know almost nothing the president or any member of congress does. We'll hear about half a dozen issues on which they vote. But they'll vote on hundreds of bills. Everything depends on whether the person is trustworthy AND competent.
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Andrew Kern Sep 5, 2008
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Andrew Kern Sep 5, 2008
Something happened to the format in what follows. Sorry.
"We were elected to change Washington, and we let Washington change us,"
McCain just delivered an amazing speech, much more rousing than Obama's abstractions last week. Obama gave a soaring speech, but we live on the ground. It was full of abstractions like change. McCain spoke as one who lives in the ordinary world - so much so that he could rebuke his own party. Beautiful.
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Andrew Kern Sep 5, 2008
"I want schools to answer to students and parents." John McCain I am not a partisan political guy, but I liked that line. If he can deliver... After Sarah Palin's speech last night I felt a wind blow across American conservatism.  A lot of sleeping and uncertain people were aroused. If she doesn't stumble, I believe the choice of Sarah Palin won the election for John McCain. If only she is authentic. In fact, I had a feeling after her speech that I hadn't felt since I heard Bill Clinton's acceptance address in 1992. It felt like political victory. If they can only deliver...
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Andrew Kern Sep 3, 2008
The fundamental difference between the Christian classical tradition (one might call it The Western Tradition) and the modern mind (the Enlightenment and its unraveling in Romanticism and this twist on modernism that we call Postmodernism) is the concept of nature. If you perceive this, you will see it everywhere. Here is a paragraph from Richard Weaver's short review of Rosemund Tuve's Elizabethan and Metaphysical Imagery:
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Andrew Kern Aug 28, 2008

Some research has revealed that man’s two greatest fears are public speaking and death, in that order.  This means, of course, that most people at a funeral would rather be in the casket than giving the eulogy. 

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Andrew Kern Aug 23, 2008
This link will take you to an interview with John Taylor Gatto about how schools became like they are now and how desperate things are. Gatto is a little angry, but who can blame him. If you love the human spirit, listen to this interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n67XJ9tppSw&feature=related
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Andrew Kern Aug 23, 2008
The only way to overcome evil is to overcome temptation.
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Andrew Kern Aug 22, 2008
I've been reading in snatches of a page or two at a time a book that fell out of heaven into my lap at the conference this summer. If you are interested in a theological and philosophical understanding of the place of rhetoric in the Christian classical tradition, I don't think you'll find a book more stimulating than The Craft of Thought by Mary Carruthers, published by Cambridge University Press. It is subtitled Meditation, Rhetoric, and the Making of Images, 400-1200.
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Andrew Kern Aug 20, 2008
I've hardly had any time to blog on the conference because of trips and commitments, but I have to at least mention a few things. First, I'm profoundly grateful to the sponsors for their support and to the host school: Our Savior Lutheran. Other sponsors included Memorial Lutheran, Covenant Academy, and Providence Classical School. The Center for the American Idea and Intercollegiate Studies Institute also provided signficant help in sponsoring speakers and the Paideia Prize. Thanks to the Center for The American Idea, the Paideia Prize was significantly increased over past years.
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