Fear of Fear Itself

I see this phrase all the time: “They hate us, they really hate us”. It is offered as an explanation of why the left is so rabidly confrontational and irrational these days – but after several conversations with local lefties this week, I have concluded that it is not really hate, it is something close…

The New Oath

Black’s Law Dictionary defines the term “oath” as: “Any form of attestation by which a person signifies that he is bound in conscience to perform an act faithfully and truthfully…” America requires oaths of office for public officials, for lawyers and judges and for presidents. The Pledge of Allegiance is an oath and many clubs…

De Cive (The Citizen)

In his 1642 publication of “De Cive” (The Citizen), Thomas Hobbes introduced the idea of “bellum omnium contra omnes” or translated, the “war of all against all”. Hobbes deduces that this is the state of nature in which each man has equal right to resources and this equal right eventually results in violent conflict over…

A Mini-Malthusian Moment

Concurrent with whatever damage they do, crises – whether real or manufactured – sharpen the focus of the people who experience and survive them. The various disruptions in the established patterns of living caused by shortages, deprivation, and prohibitions cause people to question “luxury” aspects of their lives that have become routine. Once people discover…

God Bless the USA

If you can listen to this without getting chills, you don’t understand what this nation is and what it means. I can feel pride welling up in my chest and tears beginning to flow every time I hear this song. This one is especially powerful in these times of hate and uncertainty – this is…

1620 vs. 1619

On this July 4th Eve, I want to remind Americans about something – this nation was founded on a choice, a choice that was eventually reflected in the Declaration of Independence, the Northwest Ordinance and the Constitution of the United States. The dishonest 1619 project would have you believe that America was founded in 1619…

Redefining Reality

If you are white, Christian, heterosexual, employed, believe in free markets, individual liberty and the Bill of Rights (or even are any single one of those or combination thereof), the progressive left, through postmodernism and deconstructionism, seek to redefine everything about you in such a way that they can be interpreted as evil. Even though…

Sometimes a Knot is Just a Knot

We have effectively moved from the Kafka portion of the program where people are charged with unidentifiable crimes to the Stalinist purge portion where any variance from the currently accepted standards (which change every day) is treason. I saw where NASCAR is mandating training about “unconscious bias”. This is lunacy – but it is a…

Hysterical History

History is a funny thing. For some, history liberates, for others, it binds. For some it is an educational tool that informs and guides, preventing the repetition of mistakes and serving as a ladder to the future. For others, it is a prison – an explanation for failure and an excuse for who they have…

Fighting Wars Already Won

It is neither stunning nor brave to fight a war that has already been won, but that is what many “movements” do. They continue to “fight” even when there are no shots being fired, no bombs being dropped and no men in the field but they do this because there is no danger to them…

Greenwood Before 1921

Trump’s rally in Tulsa is being held about a mile from the Greenwood District. Many only know of the tragic race battle that occurred there in 1921 due to this rally – but I posted about it over a year ago, writing: “There is an interesting history story that is both tragic on an epidemic…

Whose Fault Is It Anyway?

People ask me why I keep posting and writing. I do it to annoy you. Just kidding. I look at it like this – let’s say I have a young child at home and he goes next door to play with his best friend and classmate. Let’s say that unbeknownst to me, my neighbors are…

Had Enough?

Look, I have been pretty gloom and doom/Debbie Downer about pretty much everything 2020 so far. It’s not so much that disaster is around the doorstep, because it is always around the doorstep, it has been because all of this seems all so…well so…unnecessary. We began the year with a bogus impeachment followed by the…

Progressivism’s New Jesus

If masses of people raised their hands, knelt and professed their love and loyalty to Jesus in public, the left would call them religious nuts and ban them from public spaces. In essence, people of faith have been banned from gathering in public under the guise of “public health”. Can you imagine the hue and…

What Makes Western Civilization Work?

Over the past week as I watched G.K. Chesterton’s parable of the fence play out in real time, I began to consider what it is that made Western Civilization, in general, and America, in specific, so special in the annals of civilizations. I first thought it might have been Christianity but there were times when…

Two Great Editorials That Taste Great Together

The Wall Street Journal has published brilliant editorial pieces in the past – to specifically focus in on two of them is saying something. Back in March of 2017, Shelby Steel wrote one titled “The Exhaustion of American Liberalism” and then last week on June 3rd, Daniel Henninger penned one of his best titled “America’s…

Wrongthink in the Age of Neo-Orwellians

Out here in the Land of Significant Pallor (Utah), we have a controversy regarding the brilliant, young Defensive Coordinator of the University of Utah football Utes. Apparently, 13 years ago, Morgan Scalley (who was also a standout safety for the great teams of 2004 that went undefeated, won the Fiesta Bowl and finished 4th in…

A Novel Idea

A while back, I had the idea to write a novel featuring: A country on the edge of revolution due to constant propaganda and agitprop spewed forth by an agenda driven media (modeled after CNN, MSNBC, NYT, WaPo) Various radical groups opposed to every single aspect of American freedoms, claiming the nations was founded on…

We Never Learn

“As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man There are only four things certain since Social Progress began. That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire, And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire; And that after this is…

Witch Trials

The Salem Witch Trials represented the peak of witch hunting hysteria in America but in fact, they were at the end of a centuries long, church sponsored war to destroy alleged witches and witchcraft all across Europe. Lampooned in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the real tests to determine if someone was a witch…