February 23, 2005


The only French God: Thought itself (Michael Moriarty, February 21, 2005, Enter Stage Right)

Upon completing Our Oldest Enemy by John J. Miller and Mark Molesky (an insightful history of Franco-American relations), I concluded that the French brand of Marxism is a veritable religion unto itself, a behemoth that dwarfs even the Roman Catholic Church at the height of its power. The Vatican of French Communism is the United Nations Secretariat Building in Manhattan. It is seen as the House of Reason, a sturdy branch on the tree of humanist evolution. The sacredness of life itself must bow before the God of Thought.

"Liberté, égalité, fraternité" are still only aspects of a God called Life. Why the Paris commune didn't include that divine word in its manifesto is perhaps the most profound reason for the repeated failure of the Napoleonic revolution and the certain cause of its ultimate demise at a final Waterloo – the U.S. presidential election of 2008. Even if these geniuses succeed in turning that election into our Alamo, that battle was only one defeat in a war of ultimate American superiority of soul.

Michael Moriarty, who portrayed the Assistant DA Ben Stone in Law and Order, lobs some blistering and insightful invective across the Atlantic. This is all the more amazing because he is a product of an Ivy League education and an actor.

Posted by Bruce Cleaver at February 23, 2005 9:03 AM

If Dick Wolf had put Moriarty as prosecutor together with Fred Thompson as DA on "Law & Order" and then written to their real-life personalities, they would have made Rudy Giuliani's tough-on-bad guys image look like Lynn Stewart's.

Posted by: John at February 23, 2005 9:45 AM

Moriarty goes off the deep end every now and then.

Posted by: Sandy P at February 23, 2005 10:35 AM

Sandy -

Yes, you're right. I seem to recall him engaging in a drunken brawl somewhere in Canada 2 or 3 years back. Nonetheless, I am amazed and impressed at his conservative worldview (his writing is not shabby, either).

Posted by: Bruce Cleaver at February 23, 2005 11:16 AM


Now here's a fugitive from America (Janet Reno) we Canadians can be proud of. No craft fairs or bluegrass festivals here.

Sandy is right. A few years ago he was close to the skids in Nova Scotia, blathering wide-eyed extremism as the latest wife left. It's great to see this exceptional talent has rebounded intellectually. Let's hope he can do it personally.

Posted by: Peter B at February 23, 2005 7:24 PM