July 11, 2010

"The crisis at which we are arrived may with propriety be regarded as the era in which that decision is to be made" — a lofty quote from Alexander Hamilton...

... quoted by William Kristol, who intones:
We are not now quite at a founding moment, or even a re-founding moment. But we have arrived at a genuine crisis, or a set of crises, and we may well be at a decisive moment for the country.
A picture of Hamilton is included, and I can't help thinking Kristol's into Hamilton in part because there's a resemblance between the 2 men:



Add a thought bubble to the Kristol pic: Can I get a tie like that?

38 comments:

traditionalguy said...

Alert...Hamilton was not a natural born American.

Joe said...

This Kristol fellow looks Jewish, to mw...and we know one another.

Gahrie said...

Hamilton broke no laws when he emigrated to the english colonies, and became a citizen of the United States by fighting in the revolution and helping to create the United States out of the mess of the Articles of Confederation......

Fred said...

A tie like that is a cravat.

Sixty Grit said...
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Because I Said So said...

Mr. Kristol, I served with Alexander Hamilton, I knew Alexander Hamilton, Alexander Hamilton was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Alexander Hamilton.

Ron said...

Kristol is rockin' the powdered wig!

Peano said...

"... quoted by William Kristol, who intones:"

Intone refers to a quality of speech, not writing. It would be equally silly to say that Kristol writes with a lisp.

Flexo said...

Hamilton broke no laws when he emigrated to the english colonies, and became a citizen of the United States by fighting in the revolution and helping to create the United States out of the mess of the Articles of Confederation

What do you mean?? He committed high treason, a capital offense, as did all of the Founding Fathers.

And make no mistake, that is what the regime thinks that the Tea Party members are guilty of.

Clyde said...

Wow! Separated at birth, indeed. Nice catch, Ms. Althouse.

danielle said...

Kristol is saying ...

"Believe what i'm saying, because I come from a long line of greatness that began with that handsome fellow over there !"

Pogo said...

We are indeed at a terrible crossroads.

The current path leads us into the downward spiral of the EU, which is even now rejecting socialism, if only in bits and pieces, even as the US embraces it wholesale.

Even the NHS is changing, while we now have an avowed socialist at the helm of our new national healthcare regime (£80bn NHS Shake-Up Sees Docs Take Control):

"...fellow Labour leadership contender Ed Miliband said: "The NHS doesn't need another top-down reorganisation and this looks like being the biggest top-down reorganisation in a generation.
"Instead of increasing choice and local accountability the government is planning to strip power and influence away from patients and give it all to GPs. This will be bad for the NHS and bad for those who rely on it"
"

Lem said...

The founding of the United States is the positive tone that permeates the Tea Parties.. It lends a seriousness of purpose and dedication; that even in the face of all the odious things that bring us together, we shall overcome.

Lets face it.. the checks and balances are failing us.. we are mostly writing checks w/o a balance.

edutcher said...

The checks and balances are failing because we, the people, refuse to exercise that eternal vigilance which another illegal immigrant, Thomas Paine, told us was the price of freedom.

This mess is of our own making and we must clean it up.

Ann Althouse said...

Add a thought bubble to the Kristol pic: Can I get a tie like that?

Roger Moore wore something like it when he did "Maverick". See if Warner Bros still has it in Property.

Flexo said...

Hamilton broke no laws when he emigrated to the english colonies, and became a citizen of the United States by fighting in the revolution and helping to create the United States out of the mess of the Articles of Confederation

What do you mean?? He committed high treason, a capital offense, as did all of the Founding Fathers.

And make no mistake, that is what the regime thinks that the Tea Party members are guilty of.


It's that damned Constitution that keeps getting in the Lefties' way, providing all those rights and protections to the rabble. The Zero and Woody Wilson are brothers under the skin in that regard.

(And, hopefully, Woody is spinning)

Lem said...

(caption)

I want you to listen to me. I'm going to say this again: I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Sally Hemings.. If you want to know who's the father, ask that man over there.

EDH said...

Indeed, Hamilton in that picture does look as if he's gowing increasingly impatient while listening to a Juan Williams diatribe.

Mumpsimus said...

"Intone refers to a quality of speech, not writing. It would be equally silly to say that Kristol writes with a lisp."

It ith, in fact, pothible to write with a lithp.

sydney said...

Hamilton is better looking.

Fred4Pres said...

Hamiton was born in an English colony, the British West Indies, it was just not one of the 13 on mainland N.A.

And he got wacked in Jersey.

Fred4Pres said...

Lem? Strom Thurman? He was only 10 or 11 back then.

Jon said...

Bill Kristol is one of the worst things ever to happen to the conservative movement and Republican party. He is one of the neocon geniuses who helped get us into the Iraq War, who spent a decade championing John McCain as the ideal GOP nominee, and who advocated amnesty for illegals.

Also, like Dick Morris, Kristol is famous for being perennially wrong as a prognosticator.

As a general rule, whatever the advice that Kristol offers to Republicans, they should immediately do the opposite.

tooclass said...

very drudgian of you

peter hoh said...

I love how the establishment dude tries to paint himself as an outsider: "My fellow Tea Partiers."

Methadras said...

Kristol: Pew! Pew!

TheGiantPeach said...

The checks and balances are failing because we, the people, refuse to exercise that eternal vigilance which another illegal immigrant, Thomas Paine, told us was the price of freedom.

When the "eternal vigilance" sentence is quoted, it is usually sourced to Thomas Jefferson, though it doesn't appear in his writings.

Andrew Jackson said in his farewell address in 1837, "But you must remember, my fellow citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty." The context was a warning that the financial interests that Jackson had defeated in disestablishing the National Bank would attempt to form official banks in various states.

Perhaps in 1837 the "eternal vigilance" sentence was already well known, and Jackson may have thought he was quoting Jefferson.

traditionalguy said...

No one tried harder than Hamilton to help Washington win the war. Being born in the Carribean made him try harder since his loyal connections were always suspect compared to a 3rd or 4th generation citizen of one of the 13 colonies. He was also the first of a long line of powerful politicians destroyed by a woman whom he chose to have an affair.

Ralph L said...

And he got wacked in Jersey.
But died in New York.

My cousin in Paterson directed us to the monument at the duel site, high on a cliff. Great view of the whole length of Manhattan.

Brian Hancock said...

Apologies to the late Senator Lloyd Benson . . ."Kristol, You're no Alexander Hamiltion"

PatCA said...

We are at a crossroads--not became of Obama per se, who I consider to be just the mechanic for the machine--but because this is the culmination of a 100-year move away from individualism into statism.

If the executive branch is allowed to do everything it has done in the past two years, what can it NOT do?
Nothing.

HDHouse said...

oh please.

Alex said...

Only left wing maniacs are obsessed with "neocons". Regular people just want sanity returned to our policy-making, starting with the budget.

LonewackoDotCom said...

The most hilarious part of the article is just these four words: "my fellow Tea Partiers". OK, it's also funny that he says, "bold and seemingly impolitic or impractical ideas are more useful than the diligent repetition of mostly sensible short-term critiques and proposals." It's great to think outside the box. The problem is that the teapartiers can't think no matter where they are in relation to the box. And, Kristol is just enabling their limitless stupidity.

Note: past comments at this site have generated a flurry of vile ad homs by Ann Althouse's tea party fans. The first link in this post points out how tea partiers have problems making an argument and are generally worthless as far as opposing the Dems. And, Ann Althouse's tea party fans have helped me illustrate my point by engaging in the same brainless, vile, childish, thuggish behavior I discuss at the first link in this post. Yes, the teapartiers are that dumb. A good place to start discovering is my topics page. For instance, here's my extensive coverage of the NCLR, and here's a list of my posts about George Soros.

Pastafarian said...

Very nice link-whoring, LoneWhacko.

There's been a rash of that lately by a few commenters; HD, you're one. I think Crack started it all, and they're trying to emulate his success.

Gary Rosen said...

"past comments at this site have generated a flurry of vile ad homs by Ann Althouse's tea party fans."

Of course the left *never* makes "ad homs" against the teabaggers.

Fen said...

Hey, all I said was that LoneWacko was Soros-funded moby. Now I get a tag-line everytime he posts his propaganda. Sweet!

LonewackoDotCom said...

Gary Rosen:

I put the chances of you ever figuring out how Teaparty Dumb you are at 1 in 1,000,000.

Seriously, find a smart friend to explain it to you.

Gary Rosen said...

My guess is that LoneWackoff started out writing "teabaggers", then said to himself "Oops that contradicts my point" and redacted it. This makes him smarter than most lefties, giving his IQ a fighting chance at double digits. But then he responds to me with an ad hominem, so it's low double digits. Maybe 30-40??

Gilbert Garza said...

Peano,

Not quite with the colour, resonance, pungency, or impact of Thomas Jefferson or even W.F.B., but yes, W.K. “intones” in this instance and frequently. It's his manner. "Intones" carries a very good characterization of what W.K. does.

Gilbert