Sunday, January 29, 2006

Rhodenhiser Returns

After a six-month hiatus from posting here on the Brief, I am pleased to be back and on the job. Moving to Wrightsville Beach in July, becoming accustomed to my new job, and becoming acquainted with my new surroundings left me little time to post my thoughts on the events of the day. I plan to resume my writing here on the Brief, though I know that it will not be a daily occurrence.

The move to the coast went quite smoothly, and transitioning into my job has been a welcome challenge. After six months in the office, I feel comfortable in saying that I made the right decision back in July. I know too many people who have been unable to say that.

With that, let's get to the real reason you and I are here - thought-provoking (or not) commentary.

Newt's State of the Union

Newt Gingrich, the former Speaker of the House, has written a column which I would like to call Newt's State of the Union. Moreorless it encapsulates the key issues of the day (so far as he is concerned) and give us all an idea of the issues which he plans to key on in his antipated run for the 2008 GOP nomination. If you are interested in policy and have not read his book, I urge you to buy a copy of Winning the Future today.

In his comments regarding the war on terrorism, I like how Newt refers to the terrorists as the "irreconcilable wing of Islam." This continues the terminology from his book and his comments to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Subcommittee on Oversight. It shows that the terrorism that our fight must key on is that coming from the Arab world. This also shows that Islam itself is not the enemy, but rather those who have hijacked Islam for evil. Like they hijacked the airplanes on 9/11, so they have done with a religion that is and should be peaceful. The goals and tactics of these fanatics are indeed irreconcilable with the religion they claim to defend.

Gingrich will make the run for the 2008 GOP nomination interesting. He would not be a likely winner in a general election, but he will force the candidates to truly discuss policy initiatives with some substance. And that can only be a positive.

Krauthammer on Life

Charles Krauthammer, one of the Fox News All-Stars during Brit Hume's 6:00 telecast, has written a very touching piece about the passing of his brother. It reminded me of one he had written about a medical school professor. Not only is Mr. Krauthammer incredibly intelligent, he can also write very touching, personal stories to which we can all relate.