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

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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?

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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

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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

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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 […]

Ted Cruz Throws His Hat in the Ring

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Monday’s address by Senator Ted Cruz at Liberty University was a breath of fresh air on the political scene. It was something that has been missing for decades. It was, in a word, Reaganesque.

Lets make one thing certain at this […]

Jihad and Historic Revisionism

Some time ago I was out with a client here in Houston to rent their property. There were a couple of prospective tenants to visit the house that day. As it happened, the first was a woman of African background wearing robes and a veil. The client, from southeast Asia was not familiar with this […]

Forward to the Past

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Mike Shedlock had an intriguing column this last weekend about Detroit (and other major cities) installing streetcar systems, at seriously high costs, while technology marches forward, toward, he suggests, to driverless automobiles which may be the rapid transit of the future.

 

Whether or not such […]

Boehner Caves Again – Predictably

boehner-pelosi-gavel-kissBoehner Caves Again – Predictably

 

Back in December 2014 this write penned two pieces regarding the status of the Republican Party. The first predicted a possible cave-in and the second, the beginning of one. Now, the situation is, for all practical purposes, complete. It was, capped […]

The Last American President

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It is a historical reality that successful societies, nations and the like eventually reach a point of maturity, and then proceed to transition into something else, burn out, or become the victims of conquest. It is this premise that lies behind Richard Engle’s new book, The Last […]

The Reappearance of Secession

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Back in 2009 the author published critique of the Supreme Court case of Texas v. White. This case was a Reconstruction Era matter, which Supreme Court Chief Justice Salmon Chase manufactured into an excuse for declaring that the states of the union had no right to leave it once they had joined. Despite this, there […]










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