Brad Miner, author of The Compleat Gentleman, was interviewed yesterday on CBS's Sunday Morning about chivalry:
“One of the mistakes that people make is equating chivalry with etiquette,” Miner said. “But it’s not the same thing as chivalry. Because chivalry is courage, honor, justice, prowess. That is to say you have not only to recognize what is good but to fight for it. The fighting part is essential, otherwise we're not talking about chivalry."
Nixon was born 93 years ago this day. My sons (nearly 19 and nearly 17) have no sense of how big a figure he was in their father’s life—from the election of Ike in ‘52 through his post-Watergate “rebirth.” For good or for ill, he was an uncanny, creepy colossus.