Does California Want to be Saved?

Just recently one of my favorite historians asked the question in an opinion piece; “Can California Be Saved?” Victor Davis Hanson, a Californian, knows what the problem is, at least in terms of what is wrong and what continues to go wrong there because of the single party control oriented on destroying what works, in […]

Government Zero

Savage - Government Zero


Michael Savage’s new book takes on America’s present state of affairs and leaves no stone unturned.




Over time I’ve found that people either like Michael Savage or they don’t. Thus, there will be people who like this new book […]

Pope Francis and the New Feudalism

I am, as Lady Catherine DeBourgh would say, “most seriously displeased” with Pope Francis. I’m not going to suggest that his behavior was not unexpected, however, one would ordinarily like to think that the college of Cardinals would have more sense than to elect a man who is so obviously historically ignorant to a post […]

The Hillary Factor – Trust is Irrelevant to Some

Last week I had occasion to speak with a colleague about the current political campaign circus. The colleague in question is a lawyer and a seemingly intelligent person. But for some reason she is an ardent supporter of Hillary Clinton.

This support seems insupportable in light of the […]

Analyzing Trump


With all the popular support behind Donald Trump, people are no asking the quite logical question of exactly who he is, and what sort of president he would make. Just the other day someone asked me what I thought because, as he said, he found Trump […]

Duly Noted - A Practical Guide to Racists and Racism.

Duly NotedYou have noticed that “racist” has become a magic word. Incant it to win a debate; at least in a PC-infected court. This (ab)use of a word is thought provoking. The same happened to “fascist” or terms such as “super”. Everything has become super –unless it is […]

Book Review – The Constitution of the United States – Modern Edition

Henry Bain BookDr. Henry Bain edits and explains the U.S. Constitution for the modern reader


Years ago when I was teaching a course in American Government one student asked me why we need a written constitution. I responded that if he were starting a club he […]

The Trump Phenomenon

trump buttonEverywhere I turn in political discussions of late the subject is all too often Donald Trump. People want to know why he is doing so well in polling and why nothing seems to take him down. Others claim that he has peaked and can go no […]

The Psychology of Blame in 2015

In 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor no one sat around wringing their hands and wondering “why did they do this to us?” Instead, they responded that if the Japanese want war, we will give it to them. They then declared war and went off to fight. Compare that with today when we have […]

Religion, Morality and the “Gay Marriage” Decision

With the impending decision on a constitutional right for people of the same sex to marry, there have been a variety of different commentaries crossing the net. One recent piece by former Arkansas Governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee suggests that the result of a favorable decision could result in the criminalization of Christianity because […]

Free Trade vs. Government Trade

LetsMake3Back in my misspent youth one of the most popular afternoon television shows was “Let’s Make a Deal” in which audience members would try to pick the right box or curtain that might just have a prize behind it. And if they made it to the big […]

Traditionalism vs. Modern Society

roman-ruinsIn the book Starship Troopers, at one point Robert Heinlein presents us with a classroom scene in which the instructor asks the students to supply a justification for the continued use of the existing governmental system. The students fumble around with answers that don’t work very well, […]

No Political Dynasties

David L. Hunter’s column “What’s in a name? A future president?” touched a raw nerve. It is one that first hit home when I was much younger and Jerry Brown, the son Edmund “Pat” Brown was elected governor of California largely on his ancestry. As Hunter points out, didn’t we fight a revolution to get […]

Ride the Thunder - Telling some of the Truth about the Vietnam War


On May 29, 2015 I attended a showing of this excellent film in Houston, Texas. I say excellent because the combination of story telling, cinematography and the cuts from flash forwards to flash backs and the personal details that were included provided for as good a docu-drama […]

The Republican Presidential Candidate Circus

Political cartoons appearing in Townhall recently have featured the plethora of candidates vying for the Republican Party nomination. One, by Henry Payne, features “posters” for everyone from Jeb Bush to Bruce Jenner and Christie Brinkley. Even Luke Skywalker appears on one. Another, by Gary Varvel shows elephants crowding into the starting gate for the “Presidential […]

Arab “Nationalism” and the Iraqi Implosion

isis-terrorist-665x385Jonathan Keiler’s interesting piece in the American Thinker on The Collapse of Arab Nationalism is misnamed. It is not that I disagree with most of Mr. Keiler’s assertions, but that the central premise of the title is that Arab Nationalism exists at all. It doesn’t, except for a […]

A Nation Of Wimps?

no wimps

In a recent column for Townhall John Hawkins asks an important question. When Did America Turn Into Such A Nation Of Wimps? Yes, he probably knows several answers for this question, and so do many other intelligent people, but it seems proper to address it […]

Backwards With the Political Left

One of Barack Obama’s notable quotes from a few years back was one stating that America had to leave the “failed policies of the past” and adopt forward thinking ideas that would bring real improvement to American society. He then proceeded to implement the same failed policies, which it appears Hillary Clinton will also push […]

Why is the Left Targeting Christianity?

The evening of May 1, 2015 was the occasion of the Houston Area Pastors Council annual benefit dinner. It was an interesting night focusing heavily on the court battle over a so called ‘equal rights ordinance” rammed through the Houston City Council in 2014. This is just one aspect of the anti-Christian campaign that has […]

Opening a Can of Worms (or Chimpanzees)

I can distinctly recall that back in law school our class had occasion to discuss a case in which some purportedly enlightened individuals sought permission to sue the court on behalf of certain animals, the nature of which now escapes me. Suffice it to say that it was an environmental matter and the animals lost […]

Book Review: Remembering Who We Are


When Zev Chafets published his memorable biography of Rush Limbaugh a few years ago I was privileged and honored to be able to review his work. It was an excellent and unbiased piece of writing, which was refreshing in this day of hit pieces and hyperbolic treatment […]

Larry Kudlow’s False Challenge to Hillary Clinton

Larry Kudlow is a man whom I generally respect. He has a good handle on matters of business and economics and therefore deserves attention. But sometimes even the best of us goof up. That was the case in Kudlow’s recent column in which he challenged Hillary Clinton to, as he put it, “Return to a […]

The Hillary Factor

hillary-clinton-old-hag-11At sometime approximately the same as when this column is being written Hillary Clinton is expected to formally announce her candidacy for President of the United States in an informal manner – Twitter, as opposed to the traditional speech, as used by Rand Paul and Ted Cruz. […]

Senator Mike Lee – Our Lost Constitution

Lost ConstitutionIf there is one thing that many American citizens are missing today, it is a appreciation for the constitution. Not just as a document, but as something greater that was created for a specific purpose. What is missing is an understanding of the reasons behind the different […]

Reflections From the Harris County 2015 Lincoln-Reagan Dinner

Scott Walker-LINCOLN-REAGAN Dinner - Mar. 28th, 2015

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

Fifty years ago being a Republican in Texas was a “hangin’ offense,” or at least it was according to one speaker at the March 28, 2015 Harris County GOP Lincoln – Reagan Dinner. But along came a […]

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