Layer Cake

A friend’s daughter asked me for some input on a paper she is writing for her history class (she is a freshman in college). We got into a discussion about why America didn’t devolve into chaos since it puts so much emphasis on individual freedom. We talked about how much that has changed over the…

#FakeHistory

Perhaps the greatest challenge to Western Civilization comes when enough people order their decisions based on perception rather than reality and our politics and culture begin to rely on a foundation built on sand. #FakeHistory, so to speak. Not a day goes by when we aren’t told that things we accepted as fact were not…

Starbucks: Not Woolworths

What is interesting to me about Starbucks getting dragged over a bed of hot coals is not the cries of racism – but how the incidents expose the penchant of progressives to walk around with a lighted match just looking for some spilled gasoline. The progressive left always moans for “civility” when in fact true…

Starbucks in the Dock

Sooner or later every progressive organization undergoes a purge of those deemed not progressive enough. This was pretty common in the bad old days of the USSR – you even see it in Red China today – leaders of the communist movement get deposed and sent to the Gulag for not being sufficiently excited about…

Breaching the Wall

A friend named Pat Brown invoked G.K. Chesterton’s “paradox of the gate” in a comment to something I posted on MeWe (I’m exiting Facebook). Here it is in Chesterton’s own words from his 1929 book, The Thing, in the chapter entitled, “The Drift from Domesticity”: “In the matter of reforming things, as distinct from deforming…

Is Trump a Conservative?

I guess the answer to that question begins with another question – how do we define a conservative? In the years between Reagan and Trump (accelerated by the death of William F. Buckley’s death in 2008), we had conservatism defined for us by people who were not acting (often behind the scenes) in the manner…

More of a Caste Than a Swamp

The most disturbing aspect of all the Comeyness has less to do with Comey and more to do with the organization he led under the Obama administration. It is clear that the mess at the DOJ in general and at the FBI in specific, is pretty bad. The upper level management in the FBI was…