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Those Darned Rebels

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Like one of Mosby’s raiders or the avenging ghost of Bedford Forrest, the myth of the Confederate “Lost Cause” periodically assays forth to bedevil the peace and tranquility of the Union that defeated it. Old ghosts should be quiet ones, and the dead should lay still in their graves; but America[1] can’t seem to get […]

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There is No Moral Equivalency

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Edmund Burke warns us: “The only thing necessary for triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Donald Trump has done a lot more than nothing: he has willfully poured fuel on the small fire lit in Charlottesville and demonstrated to the most twisted and violent of his supporters that he has their […]

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Resistance is NOT Futile: The Story of Thrasybulus

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Many of my friends remain despondent over the election of Donald Trump and the ugly transformation of our country that he is leading. Some are becoming resigned – some have always been resigned – and unwilling to resist. “What’s the point” they argue, “protests accomplish nothing.” Resistance is futile: every autocracy throughout history has wanted […]

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Why I Hate Freedom

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Conservatives love freedom; liberals and progressives hate it. My entire adult life has been filled with this refrain, a secular litany as unquestionable for true believers as the religious one. It is repeated 100 times per day on the organs of conservative propaganda, like Fox News and Breitbart. It is immune to all evidence to […]

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Five Dangerous Indicators to Look for in the Trump Administration

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The whirlwind of events preceding and subsequent to the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States has left the political establishment and most of the public agape in disbelief. During the past 10 days it seemed impossible to go to sleep without missing a new critical event that broke with […]

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Shackled and Drawn

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Understanding Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton requires that we draw together disparate, but related, strands of narrative. One storyline is the tactical failings of the Clinton campaign and the conceit of a Democratic Party that thought that they could impose a flawed candidate from the party apparatus on an electorate that was evidently tired of […]

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The War on Christmas

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Special thanks to Mike Duncan and his Revolutions Podcast for planting the seed of this story and providing such interesting and entertaining history[1]. Conservatives across America breathe a sigh of relief and celebrate yet another victory on the 26th of December: they have managed to defend Christmas against the sordid villainy of President Obama and […]

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Comrades in the Kremlin

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Everyone breathed a sigh of relief on November 9th whether their candidate had won or lost: at least the long, bitter, divisive electoral campaign was over. How wrong we were. Rather than settling down into the usual lame duck Presidency and transition, we have had the most tumultuous month in American politics since the 2000 […]

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Ozymandias Part 2: The Decline and Fall of the Democratic Party

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“This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.”                                 – Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Address, 4 March 1861 President Lincoln was something of a revolutionary. […]

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A Veteran’s Day Reflection: Bring Back National Service

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This has been the most depressing election ever: not because of the outcome, though I believe it will be very bad for the majority of Americans. It was bad for what it revealed about our country and our political institutions. It has shown us how savage we have become, how deeply we hate. It proves, […]

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“Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.“

John Adams

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