Duly Noted - The Failure of Liberalism?

Duly Noted

Foreign policy as an act of atonement.

 

Some of us live through the accident of birth and/or our ancestors’ sacrifices, in a functioning democracy. Such a system allows citizens to make choices regarding the persons who are entrusted to execute their will. Through that [...]

Bazookas vs. Fly Swatters: Why Doesn’t the Right Fight?

Take No Prisoners“Progressives are not in politics to tinker with the existing system although they understand that tinkering and fixing problems along with way will gain them votes. They are in politics to transform the way Americans live…The very grandeur of their ambition turns progressives into zealots.” [...]

The World Is Too Complicated to Be a Single Cop’s Beat

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The Association Game: Is this Ukrainian more like Putin or Poroshenko?

Republican water-carriers can smear the Pauls as isolationists all they want: the notion of the US as “world cop” is still neither constitutional nor moral nor practical.

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TODAY'S RECOMMENDED READING

HERE’S TWO READING ‘GOLDEN OLDIES” WORTH PURCHASING FOR YOURSELF, LEFTIST FRIENDS, AND (PARTICULARLY) FOR UNIVERSITY STUDENTS:

“Nixon in Winter: His Final Revelations about Diplomacy, Watergate, and Life out of the Arena by Monica Crowley” …

[And a reminder, that to open any of the following blue Web links, please cut-and-paste the relevant one into your [...]

Architects of Decline: Review of Dinesh D'Souza's New Book

Dinesh DSouza - America Imagine the World Without HerNew York Times bestselling author Dinesh D’Souza has written a chilling book, which is also a major motion picture, revealing how the left is deliberately diminishing America’s status as a superpower by undermining it from within. As America is [...]

On Plotinus and Immortality

plotinusNow I shall endeavor to make that which is divine in me rise up to that which is divine in the universe.

~Plotinus (last words)

I become a Christian on this date 38 years ago, August 8, 1976.

~Ellis Washington

Biography

Plotinus (c. [...]

Libertarian Folly: Why Everybody is a Social-issues Voter

lbrtnsclisusThere is this notion, one we hear more and more, that the Republican Party has to shed the social issues to seize the future. “Social issues are not the business of government!” says thoroughly modern millennial. It’s a seductive cry, one repeated this past Tuesday in an [...]

On Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler: When Science Wasn’t Politics

ptlmcAstronomy and religion have quite separate tasks, one teaching how the heavens go, the other how to go to heaven.

~Cardinal Barberini to Galileo

Prologue:

Science and scientists weren’t always like they are today—tools of the Leviathan socialist and progressive governments from whom most [...]

Duly Noted - We Hide Behind Ethics-For-Show

Duly Noted

“Higher Values” exploited to Justify Convenient Inaction.

 

While growing-up in the happy realm of the Soviet Union’s “outer empire”, one was harangued with the assertion that “western decadence” guarantees “final victory”. That trait was attributed to capitalism, which was condemned to death by its [...]

On Tacitus and the Tyranny of Monarchy

tctsThe more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.

A shocking crime was committed on the unscrupulous initiative of few individuals, with the blessing of more, and amid the passive acquiescence of all.

~Tacitus

Prologue: Biography

Publius (or Gaius) Cornelius Tacitus (c. AD [...]

Five Things Washington Could Learn from Derek Jeter

drkjtrAt the risk of sounding overly sentimental, watching the Yankees captain step up to the plate at his last All-Star Game this week brought tears to my eyes and made the hair on the back of my neck stand on end. If you are a [...]

I Admit, I’m Christian Because I Need a Crutch And I’m Brainwashed

athstcrtchI cannot understand how atheists are able to ignore the spiritual realm as if it doesn’t exist. They explain away miracles and supernatural events as if these thousands of occurrences over many years are all just random. I’ve had hundreds of answers to prayer in my life, [...]

I Should Have…

shplIn 2016, if America does not correct the imbalance imposed on this nation by a socialist President who has opened our national coffers to entitlement seekers and created a situation where over half of this nation is now on some from of entitlement or subsidy, has designated [...]

Ron Paul And Rand Paul Defy That Which Is Keeping Big Government Big

rnplrndplWe citizens sense that we are being lied to by those in authority. We can’t quite put our finger on it. We are right, though. Let me guide your finger to the spot.

The biggest lie that Big Government, Big Business, and Big Media are telling us [...]

Review of Dr. Ben Carson’s ‘One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future’

One NationThe gentleman’s guide to change

Dr. Ben Carson has very quickly climbed the ranks of prospective Republican presidential candidates thanks to some obvious strengths: he’s relatively young, eloquent, polite, passionate and generally conservative. Frustratingly for Republicans, Carson has repeatedly and publicly declined any offers to run [...]

Three Big Reasons to Amend the Constitution

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Many Americans feel frustrated and harbor little hope that much can be done to change our country’s course. While these feelings are understandable, they are misguided. There is a way back.

The Framers of the Constitution were cognizant that their creation was not [...]

Can America Return To Greatness Post Obama?

dmsdstryusThough the event was barely mentioned in American media, Raouf Abdel-Rahman was executed on June 18 by ISIS (“Islamic State”) rebels in Iraq. With all the turmoil and bloodshed in that nation, the death of any single individual might seem inconsequential. However, it was he who presided [...]

On Plutarch and the Idea of Citizen

pltrchIt is not histories I am writing, but lives; and in the most glorious deeds there is not always an indication of virtue or vice, indeed a small thing like a phrase or a jest often makes a greater revelation of a character than battles where thousands [...]

Which Party is Furthest from the Center?

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We are told incessantly by the media pundits that the GOP has moved sharply to the right. Supposedly, the Republican Party establishment is under assault from the Tea Party in a largely successful attempt to shift the Party’s center of gravity to starboard. No mention [...]

Cantor Earthquake: Meanwhile, Back in Wyoming…

cmncr2The Republican Establishment is still reeling from the political repercussions of Virginia’s seventh district congressional primary, in which House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost to challenger Dave Brat, a political novice. Naturally, the entrenched party members are doing their best to convince themselves, and all of America, [...]

On Virgil and the Necessity of Good Language

vrglIt is easy to go down into Hell; night and day, the gates of dark Death stand wide; but to climb back again, to retrace one’s steps to the upper air – there’s the rub, the task.

~ Virgil

Prologue: Biography

Publius Vergilius Maro (October [...]

Duly Noted - Peace, Its Preconditions And Our Duties.

Duly NotedSubmission to get a deal undermines what it wishes to preserve.

If you follow big time politics, such as in “who invades whom and why,” then you noticed that the victims of state crimes are dropped if the aggressor shows brawn. The greater the [...]

On Iraq: I Hate to Say We Told You So, But We Told You So

Iraq is falling apart as I write this, and despite the interventionist hawks who want to blame it on Obama’s weakness and indecision, it’s not Obama’s fault. It’s the fault of a foolish policy from the start. Let’s look back.

In the lead up to the Iraq War, we were assured by neocon hawks that [...]

Save the Pilgrims by Rush! A Book on Time Travel and Patriotism

rush limbaugh pilgrimsRush wrote a brilliant children’s book. It is about our Brave Pilgrims. Limbaugh appears to be hated by the left but almost anything he touches usually is quite successful. If you listen to Rush on the radio around Thanksgiving the story about the pilgrims always [...]

Obama Administration Rules Mexico is Undermining, Circumventing Free Trade Deal

frtrdWe are free traders. We want maximum exchange – with minimum government interference.

Markets always work better the freer they are. Free from all but the barest necessity laws and regulations, and the least taxes possible – up to and including none at all….

“Trade [...]






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