If I didn't impress upon you how honored I was to have been invited to introduce Mark Steyn, forgive me. He is illuminating and unabashedly clear. Of all that I heard and saw, Mark Steyn was the most brilliant. He so gets it and articulates it with such force and passion.
I kicked off my intro with a little limerick:
There once was a kafir named Steyn
Muslims said wrote an offending line
Twas an imam he quoted
Now he's being swiftboated
But his battle is yours and its mine.
Steyn's speech ought to be reproduced and be mandatory reading for every . American that cares about what's happening to this country. He excoriates the Republicans for moving to the left and abandoning the very tenets of our political philosophy.
Speaking with him prior to the event he expressed my concerns and distress over Romney's withdrawal. He, too, thought Romney was a great candidate.
Random points he made but watch the video:
He wouldn't use the word "small government" because it buys into the liberal narrative - that big government is the norm.
He took out the Republicans for refusing to enforce the border. Here we cop out to the impossibility of securing our own borders. We claim to be unable to keep people from sneaking over our sovereign borders but we will attempt (at least McCain will) to "change the heavens". We will expend untold treausure to address "global warming" to cool things down a degree but we can't control . He also pointed out that the greatest increase in illegal immigration has come post 9/11.
The default mode of the culture is liberal; the key levers of society are liberal. The defects of that approach seem increasingly apparent.
I can't write all my thoughts, I really hope Steyn runs his speech in full on his site.
UPDATE: Here's a really clean copy (why townhall cut me out I'll never know)