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No passion for politics

"No passion for politics" Continued...

Issue: "Tour d'America road rage," Feb. 11, 2012

At least the donor will display his idiocy. What about politicians who dissemble? I once had the No. 1 best-selling book in the country, The Death of Outrage. It was a case against Bill Clinton. Carville had the No. 2 book, a defense of Clinton. I was on TV all the time. I would talk to these Democrats on TV. Then the lights would go off, we would go to the green room, and they would say, "You're absolutely right." For God's sake, you've got to be able to say publicly what you believe privately. Many wouldn't do it.

Does today's worship of self oppose virtue? I saw the glorification of the self-ethic on an Oprah show. This guy was a molester of children. The audience was pummeling him. He then recited the mantra of the time: "I am who I am. This is authentically me." Very few people knew how to criticize that because the notion has been almost canonized. One of the worst speeches in literature is, "To thine own self be true." Charles Manson said, "I was true to my feelings."

Listen to a portion of Marvin Olasky's interview with William Bennett on WORLD's radio news magazine The World and Everything in It.

The ways of Providence

One passage in Bennett's The Book of Man is a statement from President Calvin Coolidge after the death of his son, Calvin, in 1924:

"He was a boy of much promise, proficient in his studies, with a scholarly mind, who had just turned sixteen. He had a remarkable insight into things. The day I became President he had just started to work in a tobacco field. When one of his fellow laborers said to him, if my father was President I would not work in a tobacco field, Calvin replied, If my father were your father, you would.

"We do not know what might have happened to him under other circumstances, but if I had not been President, he would not have raised a blister on his toe, which resulted in blood poisoning, playing lawn tennis in the South Grounds. In his suffering he was asking me to make him well. I could not.

"When he went the power and the glory of the Presidency went with him. The ways of Providence are often beyond our understanding. It seemed to me that the world had need of the work that it was probable he would do. I do not know why such a price was exacted for occupying the White House."

Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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