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Things That Matter Three Decades of Passions Pastimes and Politics Read & Download ✓ 100 Nt reform from Halley's Comet to border collies from Christopher Columbus to Martin Luther King from drone warfare to American decline   A national thought leader known for his uncompromising honesty Krauthammer has for decades dazzled readers with his keen insight into politics and government Now finally the bes. I should begin by stating that I am not a Fox News viewer and I do not share Dr Krauthammer s ideology That said I was given this book as a gift I like to consider contrary viewpoints and I perceive myself as open minded and persuadable to new ideas I felt it fair to consider Dr Krauthammer s opinions with as little prejudice as possibleTo the good Dr Krauthammer is an excellent writer He is articulate concise and often funny He writes movingly about space exploration baseball chess and his love of dogs While I m sure all of these things matter greatly to the author to varying degrees they matter to this reader as well the less controversial writing is also less significant In this way Dr Krauthammer is the sophisticate s Andy Rooney less angry and entirely uncontroversial but also mostly irrelevant If there were a shorter volume entitled Things That Don t Really Matter I may have awarded Dr Krauthammer a second star for style Unfortunately the book also contains a great deal of political writing On social issues Dr Krauthammer often argues to a point he assumes is consensus as if any rational person would agree On same sex marriage he seems to think that in comparing it to polygamy he has eliminated dissent Similarly in framing European models of euthanasia and the possibility for healthy adults to engage in physician assisted suicide he is drawing a line regarding autonomy I happen to disagree with his larger conclusions on both the dangers of polygamy and euthanasia and find Dr Krauthammer gauzy arguments favoring tradition totally unconvincing when defending an abridgment of individual rights While none of his political criticisms bothered me very much I found Dr Krauthammer dismissively glib about the benefits of psychiatry particularly distressing because it was once his chosen profession A snide comment about Carl Sagan and repeated dismissals of Stephen Hawking s writings were all aggravating than anything written about government I suspect in part this is because I found his political arguments not just wrong but decisively bad His reasoning is often contradictory and his memory selective He complains somewhat fairly I might add about Bush Derangement Syndrome and liberal paranoia about Bush administration policies There is some truth in this but Dr Krauthammer ignores the corollary Obama Derangement Syndrome the ugly right wing accusations that the President of the United States is the other He has no prescription for the hysteria that Obama is a Kenyan anti colonialist a Marxist a terrorist a Chicago thug and so on In some cases Dr Krauthammer adds to this corollary Take for instance his criticism of Obamacare s individual mandate which at its base is a Heritage Foundation policy We ve moved to the point where Bob Dole s health care plan from the 1996 election is liberal than Obama s Essentially our President is presented as a uasi socialist when his domestic policies weighed objectively are not dissimilar from those of the moderate Republican administrations of Presidents Richard Nixon and George HW BushThis is where Dr Krauthammer and his writing truly go off the rails for me He is not opposed to social programs in theory He seems to have some respect for the social democracies of Europe And yet Dr Krauthammer knows that that money spent on domestic programs will be taken from somewhere else The most obvious candidate is in defense After all as he acknowledges the United States defense budget is greater than the next nine nations combined And for a neo conservative nothing must distract from not only defense but from our ability to project power Dr Krauthammer does not like the word neo conservative though His principle objection seems to be that its two greatest proponents were Tony Blair and George Bush I m not sure I follow the logic exactly A likely reason Dr Krauthammer prefers the term democratic realism is because of the disastrous foreign policy implications of neo conservatism As a witness to recent history I find Dr Krauthammer s insistence that we won or were winning Ira before President Obama threw away our victory baffling In fact the war was ill conceived ill planned and ill executed from the start We were not greeted as liberators and we created the vacuum in which today s chaos thrives This should not have surprise Dr Krauthammer though In one of the book s earliest essays The Mirror Image Fallacy he argues it is only when values ideologies cultures and interests clash that politics even begins At only the most trivial level can it be said that people want the same things In one of the neo conservative polemics that end the book Dr Krauthammer insists the world is Hobbesian Liberals he argues want to fashion it into a Lockean world turning a jungle into a suburban subdivision reuiring revolution in human nature I suppose this is a fair argument but it is totally at odds with the philosophy of Thomas Jefferson the author of our Decleration of Independence Jefferson was a student of Locke Whereas Hobbes believed human nature was fearful and hostile Locke defined man s natural state as free and independent to the will of others Our natural inalienable rights follow from Locke not Hobbes To dismiss them is to dismiss the American Experiment This is something Dr Krauthammer isn t prepared to do He writes lovingly in the book of Washington DC and its monuments dedicated to the power and glory of ideas And this is the schizophrenia in Dr Krauthammer s ideology If the world is Hobbesian if the strong are merely looking for an opportunity to subjugate the weak if we cannot ignore cultural differences and incompatible ideologies why then should our foreign policy agenda be a freedom agenda Even maddeningly why should our freedom agenda this Democratic Realism be focused on the middle east a place where to Dr Krauthammer it matters He asks incredulously Where is it written that Arabs are incapable of democracy Well for starters it s written on page 97 of this book There Dr Krauthammer warns that we shouldn t gloss over contradictory interests incompatible ideologies and opposing cultures as a source of conflict Yet Arab states filled with poor hyper religious and politically repressed young men are not ideal candidates for democracy especially if you accept Dr Krauthammer s argument that the world is Hobbesian in its motivations Similarly Dr Krauthammer s dismissals of democratic internationalism ignore the possibility of Locke s ideology for anyone but the United States We alone are uniue in the world and thus alone capable of wielding power justly But how have we escaped the Hobbesian impulses Why is internationalism impossible yet freedom for the culturally religiously orthodox Arab world a noble idea We a nation of mutts immigrants outsiders and castoffs an amalgam of peoples and cultures the closest thing the world has to a representative sample of human nature If democracy can work her surely there is something to Locke s theories of nature but that would mean not only is democracy exportable but that internationalism is feasible In the end Dr Krauthammer s infuriating attempts to shoe horn his foreign policy into a cohesive political ideology fall flat I think I d have preferred in the end a slimmer volume about chess and dogs and baseball

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Things That Matter Three Decades of Passions Pastimes and Politics Read & Download ✓ 100 From America's preeminent columnist Charles Krauthammer named by Financial Times “the most influential commentator in America comes the long awaited collection of his essential timeless writings Things That Matter presents his penetrating and surprising reflections on everything from embryo research to entitleme. I made Charles Krauthammer s acuaintance via FOX over the past few years and found that he has been the person I listen to most carefully on a variety of current political and cultural topics Why Because he actually analyzes events from all sides and looks at the evidence logically before coming to a conclusion and not in lockstep with every other commentator and that I find so refreshingTruly a thinking man but not unfamiliar with life s challenges or without passions love that chess and baseball Anyway when his book came outI received it for a Christmas gift this year I found myself reading just one article and just one article or essay and found I had finished it in little than a day All I can say is I learned and understood a lot about a lot of things when I had completed the reading and thought damn he is good

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Things That Matter Three Decades of Passions Pastimes and Politics Read & Download ✓ 100 T of Krauthammer's intelligence erudition and wit are collected in this one volume With a special highly autobiographical introduction in which Krauthammer reflects on the events that shaped his career and political philosophy this personal chronicle of American life is a uniue publishing event years in the making. I don t care if you are a Liberal Democrat or a Conservative Republican or a Flying Purple People Eater Or whatever title you may give yourself We all must admit that Charles Krauthammer was one of the greatest political columnist of his generation For over 30 years this Pulitzer Prize winning writer gave us insight on everything from Jimmy Carter to Barack Obama It s sad that cancer took him at only 68 years old He will be deeply missed I plan to read of his books in the near future Godspeed Mr Krauthammer