Category Archives: Matter of Opinion

Op-Ed commentary from an array of contributing writers. Our writers have more than 2¢ to offer – it may be their OPINION – but it is usually right on the money!

Trump, We Hardly Knew Ye

It was probably pretty naive to ever suspect that a billionaire reality television star could actually be any kind of populist. Before his 2016 presidential campaign, I felt the same way about Donald Trump that I feel about every billionaire, and was repelled by his sleazy, arrogant public persona.

But candidate Trump said some things that no other presidential candidate ever has. He criticized the embarrassing state of our crumbling infrastructure. He called out the media for its blatant dishonesty, and made the term “fake news” a national sensation. He was the first politician since before World War II to declare that we should take care of America’s many problems first. He lambasted a foreign policy bent on nation building and lamented the waste of trillions of dollars on senseless wars. Continue reading

Gaddy: Why I don’t care…

William Tecumseh Sherman

Recently there has been much weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth on TV, social media and in general conversations concerning what many refer to as “disrespect” surrounding players in the National Football League (NFL) who have “taken a knee” during the playing of our national anthem or shown some other form of behaviour which a large group of people seem to find offensive. While this seems to bother a large segment of people, I find that I really don’t care.

Here again, we have a prime example of how the masses are manipulated into emotional rather than cognitive responses by a tyrannical government desperate to appear relevant amidst a sea of tyranny. Continue reading

Rewriting Your History By Destroying Your National Anthem–what they didn’t tell you

In my recent article about the destruction of Southern history (and eventually all real US history) I noted that part of that destruction was the promotion of the “reality show” mentality and the promotion of continual sports extravaganzas. People can now watch continuous wall-to-wall sports programs literally every weekend as well as about three nights per week–giving them no time to think about anything of any greater depth than the batting averages of their favorite baseball players or the running yardage of their favorite football players. And then we have basketball, track, hockey, tiddly-winks and a host of others also.

And while there is nothing wrong with a little recreational viewing of various sports events (I like to watch a good rodeo once in awhile myself) it has gotten to the point in this country now where the sports events are almost a form of idolatry. Continue reading

Trump’s ‘middle class miracle‘ in Tax reform

I am hearing (as is the case when CUTS are talked about) that any loss of tax receipts will add more to the national debt.

This is easily solved and we can be left with money left over if we follow a simple formula as do those Americans who live on limited income and do so without going into debt beyond having a mortgage on a house and possibly a loan for a vehicle.
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Young: A Call to Prepare

Never before since I can remember have so many been affected in North America in such a short period of time. First came Hurricane Harvey. That was less than 3 weeks ago. That left Houston and the Gulf Areas East of Houston pretty much flooded or wind damaged/destroyed. Then came Hurricane Irma which has affected a lot of folks in Florida. Even those who did not have property damage lost electricity or found themselves on the road for days trying to avoid Hurricane Irma. Now Mexico has been hit with two rather large earthquakes. The last one has greatly affected Mexico City. I figure from looking at pictures from above the city and the resulting dust clouds that occurred when buildings collapsed that at least 10% of the buildings there collapsed. Those who lived further North were not as affected, but they were affected to some degree nonetheless. I am down about $50 so far from paying higher gasoline prices. That affect is nothing compared to those further south of me in Houston and elsewhere. But it is an affect nonetheless. Continue reading

Why Left Wing Nuts Get Away with Murder

Double standards for the protection of the leftist elites.

“Once Upon A Time, In a Galaxy Far, Far Away” the left wing of the political spectrum were the vanguard of opposing the globalist warfare matrix. The anti-war movement changed the world in the 1960’s and stopped the bloody carnage in Viet Nam. Judging by today’s standards, that world is forgotten and the replacement culture has an attitude that preserving the empire is necessary no matter how trumped up the rationale is to maintain perpetual conflict. Choose the newest enemy; Jihad Islam, Russian nationalism, Chinese supremacy or North Korean belligerence and any dedicated internationalist can spin an argument why fighting the next war is necessary.

Now we all know just how half-crazed the foreign policy of mentally deranged “Bomber” McCain and his NeoCon warmonger comrades has been over the decades, but what is the excuse from the Looney Left for abandoning their moral argument that underpinned opposition to the establishment’s persistent drive to maintain a permanent war environment?

Remember the Democratic left is the party that purged the righteous and enlightened foreign policy opposition from the likes of Dennis Kucinich, Cynthia McKinney and Eric Massa; forcing each from office. Throwing them under the bus is much different from having them sitting in the back of the coach. Continue reading

Bozell: The Slow Death of the Republican Party

The Grand Old Party is about to commit suicide.

All this talk about Trump this, and Trump that, masks a far bigger political controversy. The Republican Party leadership in Washington, D.C., has fundamentally betrayed its constituents and they are about to learn that they’ve been double-crossed — for years.

Every Republican candidate’s stock speech sounds the same, the thunderous roar about a government out of control, federal spending out of control (insert charts and graphs and why, if you stack hundred dollar bills, they will reach the edge of the universe), federal taxes out of control (insert comparisons to socialist countries), the federal bureaucracy out of control (insert metaphors about chains, yokes, and the like), the family shattered with federal funding of abortion a crime against humanity (watch for it — there! The heart-wrenching sob), and our military is emasculated. Continue reading

America is Under Attack from Outside and from Within

I, Jeffrey Bennett, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.” ~ November 7, 1965

What occurred in Charlottesville North Carolina was a sad, tragic event especially with the death of a young woman Heather Heyer.

We can all agree that extremist fringe groups on both sides of the ideological spectrum; White Nationalists, Antifa, Neo-Nazi’s, White Supremacists, Black Lives Matter (BLM), anarchists and who knows what else prowls the streets of unrest, should be denounced and are anathema to the American ethos. Continue reading

In the Beginning… of Craziness!

The following was written by a reader of Federal Observer in response to a recent column posted by Neal Ross (How Did All This Craziness Get Started in the First Place). Thank you Mark. ~ J.B.

Hmmm… maybe someone should fly over Durham and airdrop a couple thousand copies of history onto the crowds?

But to be honest I don’t think it would matter to the Communist organizers pouring gasoline onto the identity politics fire raging…

Black Slaveowners: Free Black Slave Masters in South Carolina, 1790-1860

They Were White and They Were Slaves: The Untold History of the Enslavement of Whites in Early America

The Irish Slaves: Slavery, indenture and Contract labor Among Irish Immigrants

Black Confederates

Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities

WHY LINCOLN CHOSE WAR and how he ran his war

Mark Manney ~ August 18, 2017

A Viable Solution to the Battle Over the Monuments

Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.” ― George Orwell, 1984

We are headed in Orwell’s direction if we don’t get smart about censoring the past. One of the things the internet has done is make more information available to people.

Someone says this about that person, and another person says that based on some additional research. Each side gets a voice.
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Burkert: Bill of Divorcement

Originally posted on Federal Observer on April 20, 2017 as a reply to Is America In The Throes Of A Nasty Divorce?, by Ron Ewart. In a rare move – we felt that the author’s commentary warranted a posting of it’s own. ~ J.B.

I don’t think that there’s any doubt, that the American Union will eventually be dissolved. How that happens is what is in question. Will it be a violent dissolution, or will it be peaceful. Will each state become an independent nation, or will some states join in new, but much smaller Unions? Continue reading

General Pershing, Pigs, Philippines and Islamic Terrorism

“These Juramentado attacks were materially reduced in number by a practice that the Mohamedans held in abhorrence. The bodies were publicly buried in the same grave with a dead pig. It was not pleasant to have to take such measures, but the prospect of going to hell instead of heaven sometimes deterred the would-be assassins.”

These were the words of General Pershing in his autobiography. According to the New York Times (despite having reported on it at the time) it’s a myth. The Washington Post agrees. They both cite fact checks by Politifact and Snopes. The problem with all the fact checks is… the facts. 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

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

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

The Summer of ’68

How many of these points can you share? So much of this sounds so familiar…..

When I was 8 during the summer back in the summer of 1968, we’d swim in the bayou, fish all day, live in the woods near my home playing guns (liberals of today would have kittens), football (no helmets or pads), basketball and baseball. We caught crawfish and our dads would boil them in a huge picnic with the corn and potatoes. We’d wave to the shrimp boats and the party boats headed to the Gulf and they’d blow their horns to us on the bank.

I never really watched a lot of TV and never had a reason to do so. I did chores, such as clipping the beautiful hedges that surrounded our parcel like a living fence and mowing the grass under our giant live oak tree with an old push mower. I started mowing the grass when I was 8 and I got an allowance.

My parents had a big, screened in porch that overlooked the bayou and we’d have sleep outs on it. We’d sneak outside and look at the massive amount stars overhead. Continue reading

Benson: Open Letter to President Donald Trump

Dear Mr. Trump,

You may well be already aware of what I am going to say here, but I felt the need to say it anyway. Lest it come across to you in the wrong manner, let me state that my wife and I both voted for you, and we pray for you, that what you are trying to do will be successful. There are people in your own administration that cannot honestly say that much.

Regarding this entire “Russian collusion” narrative you have asked several good questions which I need to comment briefly on. It should be obvious to you that Mr. Mueller, in some vain attempt to tie you to something illegal or treasonous, will investigate you, your family, your friends, including all the family pets (to see if you ever owned a Russian wolfhound) back for at least three generations, and no matter how tenuous whatever they manage to dig up is, it will be parroted by the mainstream media as a world crime of gigantic proportions. I think we both realize that. Continue reading

Tesla battery, subsidy and sustainability fantasies

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Tesla sales have plummeted to near zero in Hong Kong and Denmark, as generous subsidies evaporated. Its $7,500-per-car federal rebate (taxpayer subsidy) is about to start its death spiral. So California is halfway toward enacting legislation that would provide $3 billion in state point-of-sale rebates: as much as $30,000 or even $40,000 per car. The legislature apparently wants to continue ensuring that all families help perpetuate programs that thus far have transferred 90% of all electric car subsidies to the wealthiest 20% of families.

Meanwhile, ardent renewable energy aficionados insist that the key to a wind and solar future is battery backup systems … which are just around the corner. Not so fast, says technology guru Mark Mills. Storing 12 hours worth of household and business electricity demand per day, plus charging up 1.4 billion currently gasoline-powered vehicles, would require 1,250 years of production from every existing lithium battery factory worldwide. It’s not going to happen, he says. And that’s just the beginning of the subsidy and sustainability fantasies we must deal with. ~ Paul Driessen
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Are men on college campuses entitled to equal justice under law?

Following President Trump’s February executive order, the Department of Education has been reviewing regulations and guidance to make sure that they “adequately protect students.” Men on college and university campuses are students too, and they greatly need protection from the regulations and guidance of the Obama-era Office for Civil Rights, which remain in force at this writing. Campus drinking is a problem, but it is not the most serious problem (“Trump education official: Parties usually ‘both drunk’ in campus sexual assault cases,” July 12, 2017). Here is the most serious problem.

The situation regarding anything even remotely sexual on college and university campuses today is entirely controlled by ideologues steeped in former President Barack Obama identity and sexual politics. Those who caused the current situation to exist are “true believers” who must be replaced by centrists open to evidence and reason. Continue reading

Accepting a Society of Government Tyranny

Rational thinking and moral conduct are rare in a society that has no respect for other individuals or succumb to the dictates of an all powerful government. Without free will, the dignity of the person is removed from the social relationship. Tyranny is not simply a state of mind, but is an imposition of compulsion designed to control the behavior of subjects of whatever form of government claiming legitimate rule.

Mary Ann McGrail contends that Shakespeare viewed “tyranny is a perpetual political and human problem“.

“She locates Shakespeare’s expansive definition of tyranny between the definitions accepted by classical and modern political philosophy. Is tyranny always the worst of all possible political regimes, as Aristotle argues in his Politics? Or is disguised tyranny, as Machiavelli proposes, potentially the best regime possible?

Shakespeare’s dramas of tyranny rest somewhere between Aristotle’s reticence and Machiavelli’s forthrightness.”
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White Privilege” a Myth

“White privilege” is a spurious construct invented by progressive academics who love to divide and categorize people into groups

I was pondering the other day, how I came to be the lottery winner of “white privilege.” God made me in the image of a good Christian, compassionate and loving to my fellow human beings, and gave me certain tools for success that he gave everybody else, regardless of skin color.

I felt privileged that my parents worked hard and put a roof over our heads and food on the table. It was not the best in the world, but we survived. Nobody gave us welfare and, had we demanded something we did not earn and were not entitled to, we would have been told swiftly, “no work, no food.” Continue reading

The US Is Not “One Nation” – And It Never Was

Patrick Buchanan is an informative and interesting writer. On foreign policy, especially, he’s long been one of the most reasonable voices among high-level American pundits.

When it comes to cultural matters, however, Buchanan has long held to a peculiar and empirically questionable version of American history in which the United States was once a mono-culture in which everyone was once happily united by “a common religion,” a “common language,” and a “common culture.”

Now, he’s at it again with his most recent column in which he correctly points out that the United States is culturally fractured, and speculates as to whether or not Thomas Jefferson’s call to “dissolve political bands” in the Declaration of Independence might be sound advice today.

Buchanan is correct in noting that the US is culturally divided today. Continue reading

Mercer: The Declaration Of Independence Has Been Mocked Out Of Meaning

For most Americans, Independence Day means firecrackers and cookouts. The Declaration of Independence—whose proclamation, on July 4, 1776, we celebrate—doesn’t feature. Contemporary Americans are less likely to read it now that it’s easily available on the Internet, than when it relied on horseback riders for its distribution.

It is fair to say that the Declaration of Independence has been mocked out of meaning. Continue reading

Preserving the Union: Preventing an American Divorce

In his June 8th article for National Review, David French discussed the rise of homogenous enclaves in our country and the part they play in dividing Right from the Left. According to French, we now face something “akin to the beginning stages of a national divorce.” French describes the social and political forces driving America apart as a “combination of negative polarization and a phenomenon Tyler Cowen calls ‘matching.’”

Briefly, negative polarization, as described by French, is the tendency for Americans to associate with “political tribes.” They do this not based on any affinity of ideas, but because of a shared hatred of the opposing point of view. Each tribe views the other as inferior in some meaningful way representative of personal morality. Continue reading

Can a Divided America Survive?

The United States is currently the world’s oldest democracy, but America is no more immune from collapse than were some of history’s most stable and impressive consensual governments. Fifth-century Athens, Republican Rome, Renaissance Florence and Venice, and many of the elected governments of early 20th-century Western European states eventually destroyed themselves, went bankrupt or were overrun by invaders.

The United States is dividing as rarely before. Half the country, mostly liberal America, is concentrated in 146 of the nation’s more than 3,000 counties — in an area that collectively represents less than 10 percent of the U.S. land mass. The other half, the conservative Red states of the interior of America, is geographically, culturally, economically, politically and socially at odds with Blue-state America, which resides mostly on the two coasts.

The two Americas watch different news. They read very different books, listen to different music and watch different television shows. Increasingly, they now live lives according to two widely different traditions. Continue reading

Obama and Holder Lied – Brian Terry Died

Brian Terry

As liberal McCarthyism continues searching for Russian monsters under Trump administration beds, it might serve us well to remember the Obama administration scandals, for which there were no special prosecutors appointed, no grand juries convened, not even a leaked memo to the New York Times via a friendly professor at Columbia University.

A few years ago, President Obama called the scandals swirling around his administration “phony scandals”. As The Hill reported in 2013:

With an endless parade of distractions, political posturing and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye off the ball,” Obama said in an economic address at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill…

Obama on Wednesday did not specify which controversies were “phony,” but the administration has been attacked over National Security Agency surveillance programs leaked to the public, the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups, the Department of Justice’s seizing of media phone records, and last year’s attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

Phony scandals are those that do not have a smidgeon of evidence of a crime, like alleged Trump collusion with the Russians or obstruction of an investigation that was never stopped or even slowed down. Phony scandals do not produce body bags as the Obama administration produced in Benghazi and during Operation Fast and Furious — the Obama administration’s gun-running operation in which it armed Mexican drug lords and cartels with heavy weapons for which the U.S. Border Patrol had no match or protection. That gun-running operation led to the murder of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. Continue reading

Finley: Equal justice under law for fathers

I applaud Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her colleagues on the United States Supreme Court for seeking gender equality in citizenship law (“Supreme Court strikes down gender-based citizenship law,” June 12, 2017).

Engraved above the public entrance to the United States Supreme Court are the words: “Equal Justice Under Law.”

All fathers are entitled to equal justice under law in all of the nation’s courts — including family courts.

Can the nation now move on to adoption law, where birth mothers and birth fathers are treated totally differently based solely on their gender and which often leads to heartbreaking legal cases and a lose-lose-lose situation for all members of the adoptive triad —birth parents, adoptive parents and the child? Continue reading

Williams: Rewriting American History

The job of tyrants and busybodies is never done. When they accomplish one goal, they move their agenda to something else. If we Americans give them an inch, they’ll take a yard. So I say, don’t give them an inch in the first place.” ~ Walter Williams

Walter Williams, Economist

George Orwell said, “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” In the former USSR, censorship, rewriting of history and eliminating undesirable people became part of Soviets’ effort to ensure that the correct ideological and political spin was put on their history. Deviation from official propaganda was punished by confinement in labor camps and execution.

Today there are efforts to rewrite history in the U.S., albeit the punishment is not so draconian as that in the Soviet Union. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu had a Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee monument removed last month. Former Memphis Mayor A C Wharton wanted the statue of Confederate Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, as well as the graves of Forrest and his wife, removed from the city park. In Richmond, Virginia, there have been calls for the removal of the Monument Avenue statues of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Gens. Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and J.E.B. Stuart. It’s not only Confederate statues that have come under attack. Just by having the name of a Confederate, such as J.E.B. Stuart High School in Falls Church, Virginia, brings up calls for a name change. These history rewriters have enjoyed nearly total success in getting the Confederate flag removed from state capitol grounds and other public places. (Read complete column on Metropolis Café…)

Mortier: Medicaid, Pre-existing Conditions and the Doughnut Hole

They are all subtle genocide, Taking Medicaid from the disabled and poor seniors. There was a blind woman on local TV who only gets a couple hundred a month and she said not be able to make it without Medicaid. A lot of people not just seniors, but the young people and children have preexisting conditions. Cancer, Diabetes, Asthma, MS, Mental, knee replacements every l0 years, Heart problems, Kidney disease, Lupus, etc. which i could go on forever are all preexisting conditions. Then that Medicare Doughnut Hole where you have to decide between the food on your table and the roof over your head or your medicine. I have already given up two medicines, because of the doughnut hole. Brand names only – not generic. Continue reading