Friday, October 19, 2012

Greatest Hits

We probably won't be as popular as these guys.

In 1975, the Eagles released their first greatest hits album: "The Eagles: Their Greatest Hits, 1971-1975." The compilation would go on to become one of the best-selling albums of all time, in both the United States and worldwide. But take a look at the album's track listing. Notice anything interesting? If not, here it is: there are no songs on that album from "Hotel California" or "The Long Run." These albums were both released after 1975, but would still go on to become the band's best-selling studio albums. So, in short, one of the most popular bands in modern American music released a greatest hits album...just before their popularity peaked.

Why do I bring this up? Well, it just so happens that this blog finds itself in a position similar to that of the Eagles in 1975. Thanks to our recent decision to promote more aggressively (and, in particular, our friend Hugh Hewitt), we have suddenly earned ourselves a large contingent of readers who had likely never even heard of this website before yesterday. We are and will remain very thankful for all of our new readers, and will continue to do our best to justify your continued readership while also hopefully attracting new viewers. But this blog has actually been around since June, so there are many worthwhile posts we have made that our new readers have probably missed. Thus, we present to you this blog's "greatest hits"--our most popular posts before this recent influx of readers, in chronological order. Like the Eagles, however, we hope that our best work remains ahead of us, as this presidential election season draws to a close.

1) "Salvete!": (From the Latin "hello," to more than one person) This is the first post of the blog. In it, we explain why we decided to start the blog, why we gave it the name we did, what our basic political philosophy is, and what we hope to accomplish using this blog as a platform.

2) "Verilli's Last Laugh": In this post, written in the mildly agonizing aftermath of the Supreme Court's verdict in NFIB v. Sebelius (aka the Obamacare decision), the Elder Son makes a subtle point that I have yet to see made anywhere else: that Donald Verilli, the Solicitor General arguing on behalf of Obamacare for the Obama Administration, actually won out in the end despite what was widely acknowledged as a poor performance oral argument. As a "bonus track," check out the Elder Son's incisive and easily digestible legal analysis of the Obamacare decision.

3) "A Streetcar Named Desire": Attempting to localize and nationalize an issue simultaneously, I take a then-recent controversy over Rep. Steve Chabot's (R-OH) putting a rider in a transportation bill to prevent federal funds from going to fund the Cincinnati streetcar project. I argue that we're coming to the point that the federal government can no longer afford to dole out gifts of this nature to the states in the same way it has done in the past due to its incredible fiscal problems, and worry about what this might portend for the near future.

4) "RIP: The Sheriff and the Skip": To show that we are not entirely political, I present this reflective piece written after Andy Griffith and Ernest Borgnine - both TV icons of the Baby Boomers' formative years - passed away within a week of one another. The Elder Son, as a member of this generation, takes readers on a brief yet heartfelt tour through the careers of these men, showing along the way what they meant both to him and to the culture at large.

5) "Convention Wars, Episode I: An Un-Warren-ted Hope": The first of a three-part series we did in response to the Democratic National Convention (here also are episodes two and three), this post attempts to take down Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren. In it, I expose her messy philosophy, tendency to lie, and her electoral prospects. With the senate race between her and incumbent Republican Scott Brown still one of the most competitive in the country, Warren is likely to remain a controversial figure for the rest of this election year--and likely longer than that.

So, there you have it folks: our greatest hits--so far. We hope that you enjoy both what we've already written, and what we will write in the future. And don't forget that comments are welcome on this blog. You can comment by clicking on the hyperlink at the bottom of each post that will either say "no comments" or "x comments." 

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