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Functional Illiterates Trying to Erase History

True patriotism sometimes requires of men to act exactly contrary, at one period, to that which it does at another, and the motive which impels them the desire to do right is precisely the same.” ~ Robert E. Lee

I consider myself a student of history. I’ve always been fascinated by the personalities who drove events throughout history. I probably would have been a history major in college if I didn’t feel the need to make enough money to support myself and my family. I chose a business major and decided studying history would be my hobby. Over the years I’ve taken a particular interest in the Civil War. You could even call me a Civil War buff.

I’ve probably read 60 books on the Civil War, from Bruce Catton, Shelby Foote and numerous other historians. I’ve visited the Gettysburg battlefield a half dozen times, as it is only 150 miles from my home. My basement office is decorated with six prints depicting various scenes from the Civil War. One depicts Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson at Fredericksburg, another depicts Jackson leading his troops through Richmond, another depicts Grant taking command of Union forces, another shows Chamberlain leading the charge down Little Round Top, another portrays Lee and Longstreet making the fateful decision to send Pickett’s men on their futile charge into history, and the last showing the slaughter during Pickett’s charge.

I’ve even taken an executive education course in leadership where the final day is a trip to Gettysburg where a park ranger guides you through the three day battle and the professor asks you to assess the leadership shown by officers on both sides during that tide turning battle. My fascination with the Civil War isn’t based on rooting for one side or the other. I wanted to understand the motivations of the main characters and understand why and how they fought that bloody war. There were so many fateful decisions, errors of judgement, acts of courage, acts of cowardice, brilliantly bold maneuvers, and just plain good and bad luck. Continue reading

Americans are Rapidly Descending Into Madness

I don’t live in an echo chamber, partly because there aren’t enough people out there who think like me, but also because I constantly and intentionally attempt to challenge my worldview by reading stuff from all over the political map. I ingest as much as I can from a wide variety of intelligent sources, picking and choosing what makes sense to me, and then synthesizing it the best I can.

Though I’m certainly grounded in certain key principles, my perspective on specific issues remains malleable as I take in additional information and perspectives. I try to accept and acknowledge my own ignorance and view life as a journey of constant mental, emotionally and spiritual growth. If I’m not growing my capacity in all of those realms until the day I die, I’m doing it wrong. Life should be seen as a battle against one’s own ignorance, as opposed to an obsession with the ignorance of others. You can’t legislate morality, nor can you legislate wisdom. The only way the world will improve on a long-term sustainable basis is if more of us get wise. That’s a personal journey and it’s our individual duty to accept it. Continue reading

O’Neill: Outing Left Wing Fascists-Nazis

How do we resist the tsunami of lies and leftist propaganda thrown at us 24/7 by the various “news” venues, Hollywood, celebrities, academia, the courts, and corrupt politicians?

I like most of my fellow Republicans and conservatives was a victim of the progressive paradigm, embedded in all our institutions of culture, from academia to Hollywood to the media. …the story that we had accepted, like suckers, was the idea that fascism and Nazism are inherently “right wing.” ~ Dinesh D’Souza “The Big Lie: Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left
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Charlottesville Shows How Dangerous the SPLC Really Is

Anti-Trump rally, New York, August 14, 2017 (Rex Features via AP Images)

Charlottesville was a huge victory for the hard-Left Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). And that’s not good for anyone who loves freedom.

The driver of the car who plowed into a crowd of Leftist demonstrators in Charlottesville Saturday was a neo-Nazi, and on Monday President Trump denounced the Ku Klux Klan, “neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups,” which he rightly said were “repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.” Continue reading

Mr. Smith: The Hardest of Choices

America is left only the hardest of choices to deal with a nuclear armed and belligerent North Korea, that recently fired another intercontinental ballistic missile on July 28th (10:45 pm EST) from Jagang province, the latest in a score of tests over the past year, with an approximate range of 6000 miles. America cannot tolerate an ever expanding and improving nuclear arsenal, under Kim Jong Un, an irrational and unstable dictator, who murdered his uncle in December 2013 and his half-brother in February of this year: and, while a bloody conventional war isn’t sought by America and South Korea, America cannot afford to do nothing and risk a massive loss of life in a future nuclear conflagration. Continue reading

What Trump Did To Blacks And Jews 30 Years Ago

This Changes Everything

The 2016 presidential campaign got some people talking that Trump is a racist.

Former employees and other people denied this, but part of his past opened an interesting discussion.

In 1997, Trump bought the Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida and it soon became a private club, as Western Journalism reports.

Most clubs in Palm Beach “had long barred Jews and African Americans — which is to say they practiced a quiet but steely racism,” said Jeffrey Lord for the The American Spectator, regarding the era before Trump came in the area. Continue reading

Tax Reduction and Simplification — How to Defeat the Demos

“You can’t be for big government, big taxes and big bureaucracy and still be for the little guy.” ~ Ronald Reagan

“An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation.” ~ John Marshall (1819)

The regulatory cuts ordered by President Donald Trump are already saving consumers billions of dollars. His next objective is tax cuts.

After deliberating about “tax reform” for the last six months, the GOP’s congressional leaders announced last week that they had reached broad agreement with the Trump administration on common principles and goals for tax reform measures that they aim to implement by year’s end.

Of course, Democrats quickly responded with a letter to Trump ostensibly expressing their “interest in working with [the GOP] on bipartisan tax reform,” but playing their class-warfare card: “Tax reform cannot be a cover story for delivering tax cuts to the wealthiest.”
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Mueller’s Gang of Legal Quislings

What you are witnessing is a Deep State execution of constitutional government by the esquire class of statist lawyers. The definition of a quisling is “a traitor who collaborates with an enemy force occupying their country.” Is there a better description of Robert Mueller’s posse of committed partisan, who are determined to be a lynch mob and take out the Trump America First movement? Make no mistake about it, the bipartisan establishment hates the profound restoration of a populist agenda that is routed within the traditional principles of the founding of the Republic. Using the practices of The People’s Court, Volksgerichtshof) was a Sondergericht (“special court”) of Nazi Germany, set up outside the operations of the constitutional frame of law, is a model for Mueller special counsel. Continue reading

WHO OWNS YOU? (Part Two)

“If we yield to the tax power of government. it places us in the lowest bottom of slavery. For if they can take away one penny from us against our wills, they can take all. If they have such power over our properties they must have a proportional power over our persons; and from hence it will follow, that they can demand and take away our lives, whensoever it shall be agreeable to their sovereign wills and pleasure.” ~ Silas Downer, an Original Son of Liberty, 1729-1785

One of only two Confederate flags planted among the 18,000 graves bearing American flags at the Vicksburg National Cemetery in Vicksburg, Miss.(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

All wars are about property, most usually the property of others coveted by a government. Our Second War for Independence, incorrectly called the Civil War, was no exception. This war increased this country’s indebtedness to the International Banking cabal and illegally converted all of the people in the country from citizens of their respective states to citizens of the American Empire.

The ability to even question the form or amount of such indebtedness was codified in Article IV of the 14th Amendment, an amendment which was never ratified according to Article V of our Constitution. But, as a learned lawyer stated to me personally just a few short months ago, “just try to get a judge in this country to admit that.” The very fact no such judge apparently exists should be a wake up call for everyone, but alas, as Mark Twain allegedly stated, “It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.” Continue reading

Edwards: What Has the War on Drugs Cost?

When I bring up the subject to legalize hard drugs since the war on drugs has been a dismal failure, I hear only gasps of what a horrible idea that would be But none of them have examined the facts or looked at the terrible price criminalization is costing.

They say that addiction is such a terrible thing not ever considering that millions of cigarette smokers are addicted to nicotine one of the most addictive substances known. They don’t rob and steal to pay for their addiction or buy them from criminal gangs, they can buy it at reasonable prices although some might debate that given the exorbitant taxes they have to pay.

How many people know that heroin and cocaine could be bought at the drug store until the turn of the 20th century? How many people know that coca-cola contained cocaine until 1903. Since coca-cola was an “upper” you could also get 7-up which contained lithium as a “downer.” Yet we survived and prospered as a nation with little ill effects from legal hard drugs. Continue reading

WHO OWNS YOU??? (Part one)

Freedom and Liberty are words with different meanings to many; I suppose we could see, like beauty, freedom and liberty are in the eyes of the beholder. Millions sing along with the lyric “land of the free and home of the brave” even though we currently reside in a country where the masses are more enslaved economically than at any other time in history. We also hear repeatedly that our military is fighting for our freedoms, yet with the past 16 years of continuous warfare, conducted by our military, personal freedoms have evaporated at a rate never before seen in the history of this country.

The country promised by those of our founders known as the Federalists ended and the government predicted by our founders known as the Anti-federalists began on that fateful day of April 9, 1865 at a place known to history as Appomattox Court House. Then and there we all became economic and physical slaves on that great nationalist plantation known as the American Empire, for that is the day our country and its people became the property of the international bankers and their bought and paid for minions known as government employees. Continue reading

The Moral Dilemma: The New American Way

A local realtor shared his experience he encountered while showing homes to a low income, working family in Pontiac, MI.

As a Realtor for the past 28 years I thought I’d seen or heard it all…until now. I was showing homes in Pontiac, MI. one afternoon recently and showed up at a home at the 4:00 pm time my appointment was scheduled for. After I woke up the homeowner, she let us in and then proceeded to tell my buyers and I that she has already entered into a contract to sell the home on a short-sale. (A short-sale is a sale where the bank accepts less money than is owed on the home). After some chit-chat, she proceeded to tell us that she and her sister (who also lived in the area) were buying each other’s homes via the short-sale process. I mentioned to her that I thought relatives could not be involved in those transactions. She smiled and said “We have two different last names so no one knows the difference”. She went on to tell us that each of them owed over 100K on their homes and were in the process of buying each other’s homes for about 10-15K cash. To top it off, they were each receiving $3,000.00 in government provided relocation assistance at the closing. Continue reading

Driessen: Life in fossil-fuel-free utopia

Life without oil, natural gas and coal would most likely be nasty, brutish and short.

Al Gore’s new movie, a New York Times article on the final Obama Era “manmade climate disaster” report, and a piece saying wrathful people twelve years from now will hang hundreds of “climate deniers” are a tiny sample of Climate Hysteria and Anti-Trump Resistance rising to a crescendo. If we don’t end our evil fossil-fuel-burning lifestyles and go 100% renewable Right Now, we are doomed, they rail.

Maybe it’s our educational system, our cargo cult’s easy access to food and technology far from farms, mines and factories, or the end-of-days propaganda constantly pounded into our heads. Whatever the reason, far too many people have a pitiful grasp of reality: natural climate fluctuations throughout Earth history; the intricate, often fragile sources of things we take for granted; and what life would really be like in the utopian fossil-fuel-free future they dream of. Let’s take a short journey into that idyllic realm. Continue reading

Fasciunism II: Chapter Eight ~ News/Entertainment-the Media

I am putting news and entertainment together in this chapter because I no longer see a difference. With the advent of all of the cable channels on TV news has become a ratings game just like any other shows. What passes for television news is almost entirely entertainment, or vicious political attacks on Republicans and especially President Trump. Newspapers and news magazines are not much different. Radio is in a class by itself. On radio you get short news stories and a lot of talk radio. Most of the talk radio programs are on the right side of the political spectrum. I understand that there are left leaning talk shows, but there are very few and hard to find on the dial. There is a reason for this; they cannot hold enough listeners and thereby they cannot get sponsors. Continue reading

They’re Gaining On Me. I Must Keep Running

I keep running, but the dogs are gaining. I’ve been running for two days now and I’m hungry, tired and exhausted. I hear the hounds behind me but I must find the strength to stay ahead, always ahead. If they catch me, I might as well be dead.

It all started one Sunday when I was working one of my fields with a tractor, preparing the field for the next round of hay for the season. The exhaust pipe of the tractor was belching black smoke, as it usually did. The old diesel engine kept on chugging in a low staccato, as it always did, old reliable as it was.

I looked up and saw three official-looking black SUV’s in the distance down in the draw, coming up the gravel road that led into my isolated ranch. I knew by their speed and the dust streaming behind the trucks, that something was a foot. What I didn’t know at the time, was that I, working my land with my tractor, was that “something“. Continue reading

In the Footsteps of Rome: Is Renewal Possible?

Once the shared memories of these values are lost, the Empire ceases to exist; there is nothing left to reform or renew.

Is renewal/recovery from systemic decline possible? The history of the Roman Empire is a potentially insightful place to start looking for answers. As long-time readers know, I’ve been studying both the Western and Eastern (Byzantine) Roman Empires over the past few years.

Both Western and Eastern Roman Empires faced existential crises that very nearly dissolved the empires hundreds of years before their terminal declines. The Western Roman Empire, beset by the overlapping crises of invasion, civil war, plague and economic upheaval, nearly collapsed in the third century C.E. (Christian Era, what was previously A.D.) — 235 to 284 C.E., fully two hundred years before its final dissolution in the fifth century (circa 476 C.E.). Continue reading

Millennial Offers the True Reason Her Generation is So Fragile

The caricature of the emotionally fragile millennial is a powerful and pervasive one in our culture today.

Theories abound offering explanations as to why many members of this younger generation seems less equipped to deal with conflict and are so easily “offended.” There is the coddling parents hypothesis. The social isolation hypothesis. The Machiavellian hypothesis. And the triumph of feelings hypothesis, to name a few.

In a recent op-ed for Detroit News, millennial Kaylee McGhee offered an insightful explanation of her own: Continue reading

US officials are starting to treat opioid companies like Big Tobacco — and suing them

You can expect more lawsuits against opioid companies in 2017.

It is impossible to talk about the causes of the opioid epidemic without pointing to the manufacturers and distributors that marketed and proliferated these dangerous pills. Yet over the past several years, these multibillion-dollar companies have avoided much in the way of serious accountability.

Until — maybe — now.

This year, multiple lawsuits have been launched against opioid manufacturers and distributors. With the opioid crisis now having resulted in more than 300,000 deadly opioid overdoses since 1999 (greater than the population of Cincinnati), there’s a push to hold accountable the people and companies behind the products that spawned the epidemic. Continue reading