A Voice in the Wilderness In Defense of "Mere Conservatism"

30Oct/11Off

Paul Ryan at The Heritage Foundation

I'm not alone when I say in reference to Chairman of the House Budget Committee Paul Ryan (R-WI): "I have seen the future (of the conservative movement), and it works."  If this guy is emblematic of a new crop of conservative politicians, we on the Right have reason for (cautious) optimism.  Here is Rep. Ryan speaking at The Heritage Foundation just a few days ago in Washington D.C.:

It will take much, much more than one man, but Paul Ryan is a very, very good start.

For more with Paul Ryan, check out Peter Robinson's interview with the congressman last month on the web-show Uncommon Knowledge.


28Oct/11Off

Episode 38: The Gang Solves America

In this latest episode of the podcast, R.J. and The Gang (Matt, Brandon, and Joe) are up to the task of solving all of America's problems in one hour.  Or at least figuring out what the proper etiquette is when a little kid "spits-up" on your shoes while in line at Chipotle.

85606-360-chipotle-restaurantTopics/stories covered include:

You can stream or download the episode below, or find us on iTunes!

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27Oct/11Off

Prager + Ricochet = Worlds Collide

My hero/mentor/boss Dennis Prager was a guest on the Ricochet.com podcast yesterday and it was a huge thrill to hear my favorite thinker/talker on my favorite show.  The co-hosts of Ricochet's podcast are Peter Robinson, Rob Long, and James Lileks and they consistently have the most interesting discussion on the web.  The guys chatted with Dennis about classical music, the decay of American culture, and what it's like to be the tallest conservative radio talk show host.  Here's the photo-shop masterpiece Ricochet put up to accompany a description of the Prager episode:

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Go listen to it!  And if you make it to about 105:17 into the episode, you'll hear a familiar name (and website) get a plug from the hosts.


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24Oct/11Off

Rob Long & Dr. Tim Groseclose

This time out on American Enterprise Institute's "Values and Capitalism" podcast, we're proud to present our conversations with both Dr. Tim Groseclose (UCLA) and National Review's Rob Long.

Things get started with Dr. Groseclose who has written a new book, Left Turn: How Liberal Media Distorts the American Mind, that systematically puts to rest any doubts one might have about the very real bias that exists in the media.

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We hear a little of the good professor's personal journey,  chat about some of the key intellectual influences in his own life, and hear from the man himself what Left Turn is all about (and how he came to his statistically-based conclusions).   For more on Professor Groseclose, or his book, visit his website (TimGroseclose.com).

Waiting in the podcast wings this week is friend-of-the-show, Rob Long.  Rob writes for National Review, is one of the creators and primary contributors to Ricochet.com, and also happens to be a writer/producer in Hollywood. He's one of the nicest, most interesting guys you could ever hope to meet!

6a00d83451f25369e20133f2929013970b-800wiThis is Rob's 2nd appearance on our podcast, and this time we covered a dizzying array of topics including: the GOP presidential field, Thomas Sowell's wisdom, and why conservatism has such a tough time with humor.

You can read Rob at NRO, Ricochet, and follow him on Twitter.

And as always, you can stream this episode live below, or find us on your iTunes!

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24Oct/11Off

Giving Ron Paul a Fair Shake

I can be hard on Ron Paul, but I thought his appearance on NBC's Meet The Press yesterday is worth a few minutes of your time.

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We need voices like Rep. Paul's out there, especially during an election cycle.  He forces the discussion on the Right back to where it should reside: limited government.  I appreciate that.  A lot.


22Oct/11Off

GK Day: Some Poetry From The Big Guy

Courtesy: A.E. Carnehl, Guest Contributor

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This poem by Gilbert Keith Chesterton is found in his superb book of poetry, The Ballad of St. Barbara, from 1922.

5917616-LGK's entire personal philosophy was built around Christ and His Church, and he often said that he came to this divine realization through the "absurd wonder of reality."  For Chesterton, it was nothing short of absurdly wonderful that a man should have two arms and two legs, let alone a mind or a soul.  Creation and everything in it was beautifully crafted by God to point to His glory.

Enjoy this poem of his:

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THE SWORD OF SURPRISE

Sunder me from my bones, O sword of God
Till they stand stark and strange as do the trees;
That I whose heart goes up with the soaring woods
May marvel as much at these.

Sunder me from my blood that in the dark
I hear that red ancestral river run
Like branching buried floods that find the sea
But never see the sun.

Give me miraculous eyes to see my eyes
Those rolling mirrors made alive in me
Terrible crystals more incredible
Than all the things they see

Sunder me from my soul, that I may see
The sins like streaming wounds, the life's brave beat
Till I shall save myself as I would save
A stranger in the street.


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21Oct/11Off

No Work, No Eat

Check out my latest post over at American Enterprise Institute's "Values & Capitalism" blog!

It's a discussion of the Pauline instruction in 2 Thessalonians 3 that if a man is able to work, and chooses not to, he should not eat.


21Oct/11Off

Ben Shapiro

Welcome to American Enterprise Institute's "Values & Capitalism" podcast: The R.J. Moeller Show.  We're thrilled to have had the chance to speak with syndicated columnist and author Ben Shapiro!

06-ben-shapiroBen is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School.  He is the author of four books, the latest being Prime Time Propaganda, and currently runs Benjamin Shapiro Legal Consulting, based in Los Angeles, CA.  Shapiro was hired by Creators Syndicate at age 17 to become the youngest nationally syndicated columnist in the U.S.  His columns are printed in major newspapers and websites.

For more from Mr. Shapiro, check out his website (benjaminshapiro.com) and follow him on Twitter.

After chatting with Ben, R.J. welcomes Eric Teetsel to the show and the two spend some time analyzing the latest column from Mark Steyn ("Crisis of Decadence") and discussing the problems with public-sector unions.

Stream the episode live below, or download the show on iTunes.

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17Oct/11Off

Rich Lowry

In R.J. Moeller's world, there is National Review, and then there's everything else.  The editor of that outstanding periodical is a man named Rich Lowry.  Mr. Lowry, as it so happens, was R.J.'s guest this week on AEI's Values and Capitalism podcast.

What a thrill!

Rich-Lowry-Getty-ImagesR.J. and Rich ran through his bio, talked about working for the late, great William F. Buckley, and answered the question on many voters' minds: "Should we have expected such a progressive agenda from this president?"

After bidding adieu to Mr. Lowry, R.J. was happy to welcome friend-of-the-show, and lead writer at MereOrthodoxy.com, Matthew Lee Anderson.  Matt's fantastic new book, Earthen Vessels, is out and an unequivocal must-read!

imagesThe book is discussed and the boys attempt to solve the all the Evangelical world's problems in one sitting.

You're really going to enjoy this episode of The R.J. Moeller Show, so stream us live below, or download the show on your iTunes!

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17Oct/11Off

Thomas Sowell: He is Legend

After taking about six weeks off from public appearances and interviews due to some health issues, Dr. Thomas Sowell re-emerged this past week with an intellectual fury.  He was on the Ricochet.com podcast.  He was on Hannity.  And for your viewing pleasure today, I am posting his interview on Fox Business Network's Nightly Scoreboard from last Friday evening. Topics include: Occupy Wall Street protests, trade with China, and the current political landscape.

Many of you are already fans of The Sowell, but if you're one of those people who has yet to familiarize yourself with any of his writings, it's time to start.


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The basic ideas, ideals, and values that generally define and characterize the central tenets of what today might be termed "modern conservative thought."

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