Friday, July 21, 2006


Recently I read a sweet tidbit of early
American history and it made me think of
Patrick J. Buchanan.

When Indians first came in contact with the English, they had been, by all accounts, awed and amazed by all the things the Europeans had brought with them. "They do much extol and wonder at the English for their strange inventions," William Wood wrote. Whether it was an iron plow, a musket, or a windmill, the Indians ascribed to these "strange inventions" a spiritual power known as manit. [T]here is a general custom amongst them, Roger Williams wrote, at the apprehension of any excellency in man, woman, birds, fish, etc,. to cry out 'manitoo,' that is, 'It is a God'...[W]hen they talk amongst themselves of the English ships, and great buildings, of the plowing of their fields, and especially of books and letters, they will end thus: 'Mannitowock: They are Gods.' "
Mayflower, Nathaniel Philbrick

Of course I'm not thinking ol' Pat is a God, and I am not recognizing any excellence in him, but I am awed and amazed by an article he wrote for WorldNetDaily titled "No, this is not our war" which is his response to a Weekly Standard editorial "This is our war" written by William Kristol.

So to Mr. Buchanan, Manitoo!

I was also energized to read:

Conservative Anger Grows Over Bush's Foreign Policy
Micheal Abramowitz

GOP Lawmakers Edge Away From Optimism On Iraq
Jonathan Weisman and Anushka Asthana

Bush's Vision, And The Region, Appear To Be Near Collapse
Marc Sandalow