Over at Jewish World Review, columnist Cal Thomas offers some thought-provoking comments on political ideology and the current lack thereof. He asks
Isn't this what's missing from much of contemporary politics: visionary theorizing, a body of concepts, and most especially a plan for action that benefits the most people?
I know I would find debate of real ideas and plans for action refreshing, not to mention useful.
At Townhall.com, Mike S. Adams (no relation) selects his "2006 Book of the Year" seven months early. This book (The Party of Death by Ramesh Ponnuru), of which I had not heard, and have not seen, much less read, sounds as though it has much thoughtful material and, perhaps, can serve as a lesson in how to think about today's important issues that affect us all in one way or another. Dr. Adams says
Indeed, on nearly every page Ponnuru makes the kind of logically compelling remarks one expects to encounter once a chapter in a normal book. That, of course, means that this is no normal book. It also means there are about 250 good reasons to read it.I am happy to encounter good thought in essays and books. I feel we have much to learn about the issues of the day and how to think about them--how to find the right questions to ask, the questions that get to the heart of the matter. It matters not whether you are Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal, or any other of the labels we so freely give one another. Learning to look below the surface, learning to sort out facts and evidence--these can help us all figure out the issues and use our votes in the best possible manner. This kind of deep thinking can help with non-political issues as well.