War What is it Good For
The President of Afghanistan, the man we installed and the leader of a land that is a nation in name only recently accused the United States of colluding with the Taliban to keep the war going. According to his spokesman, “The people of Afghanistan ask NATO to define the purpose and aim of the so-called war on terror… (They) consider this war as aimless and | Read More »
Is America a Republic or an Empire?
Over the years in this column I have written about the American Empire. I have advocated jettisoning the Empire to save the Republic. This topic has sparked debate and controversy even among the most dedicated readers. Usually the argument runs like this, “America is not an Empire, never has been and never will be,” or “America’s far-flung military deployments are not the garrisoning of an | Read More »
A Slow Motion Revolution Gathers Speed
The Progressives in both parties may be the establishment now but they have always been and continue to be revolutionaries seeking to turn the American dream into a socialist nightmare. Since the 1890s the Progressives have worked to change our American Experiment from a federal republic operating on democratic principles that recognized our God-given rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness into a | Read More »
Federal Reserve Constitutional or Merely Legal?
The Federal Reserve is the Central Bank of the United States. It is in charge of printing money issuing bonds and setting interest rates for those bonds. Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution says, “The Congress shall have Power … to coin Money, regulate the Value thereof.” The Federal Reserve is never mentioned. Has it always been this way? Does any other country do | Read More »
Republic or Empire?
Historians spend their lives looking backwards. Futurists spend their lives looking forward. My goal has been to blend the two disciplines into one seamless panorama. For if you don’t know the past you have no context for the present, and if you have no context for the present the future appears to be whatever those who shape the present portray it to be. Those who believed | Read More »
People avoid silence because they’re afraid of what they might hear. Although we value our freedom of speech, polite conversation in America is subject to one crushing rule, “Don’t talk about religion or politics!” Most of us were raised with this stifling warning in our ears. The purpose was to avoid arguments at the dinner table but the result is a population unconcerned in the | Read More »
Bringing a Knife to a Gun Fight
Why isn’t it pointed out by the pontificating talking heads that every mass murder in recent memory has occurred in a legally declared “Gun-Free” zone? We might as well put signs in front of our schools, malls, army cafeterias and hospitals that say, “If you’re a crazy person no one here is armed.” Perhaps if we put a sign in front of these establishments that | Read More »
It Can’t Happen Here
Revolutions happened in other countries. The USSR, their satellite countries in Eastern Europe and Asia, African countries, and of course those banana republics somewhere down south, but one thing is for sure, it can’t happen here. Following in the footsteps of giants who have used these prophetic words of Sinclair Lewis I want to examine how it did happen here. In the America of George | Read More »
Empires Rise and Empires Fall
Most of us, even those of us who are the products of America’s collapsed public education system have heard of the fall of Rome. The greatest of ancient western empires began to fall as soon as the vigorous Republic which had created it was replaced by an autocratic military dictatorship. A dictatorship which hid behind a veneer of republican forms while devolving into a cult | Read More »
Merry Christmas and Happy New America
In December of 1914 in the first bitter winter of a long bitter war the solders of the German Empire and the soldiers of theBritish Empire defied the orders of their officers. They abandoned their hastily dug entrenchments that would soon grow into an elaborate maze of trenches stretching fromSwitzerland to theEnglish Channel to meet each other in no man’s land. They sang hymns and | Read More »