Thank You to Veterans


War is terrible; it is a sad to realize that sometimes it is necessary. Knowing which ones are necessary is a crucial art, a skill at which some national leaders have shown deficiency.

A long time ago, a strong feeling of patriotism and the honors and approbation heaped upon veterans caused many to join, thinking […]



Margaret Sanger has been in the news recently. And on Citizen Tom’s blog (which has a Virginia conservative focus) I commented to another Virginian who suggested that “her ideas on eugenics are ignored and disregarded because they are pure, racially motivated looniness.” I don’t think that’s true; the ideas are currently out of favor, and […]



I’m seeing a lot of leftists defending Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama by attacking Ronald Reagan. A typical parry goes “What about your boy Reagan who negotiated with terrorists?”

The first thing I’d observe about this is that…


Fiorina and Islam


It’s interesting to see the attacks on Carly Fiorina. Fiorina does indeed have some genuine weaknesses, but those are generally ignored by the attackers, who focus on two topics: Her speech that included remarks about Islam, two weeks after the 9/11 attacks, and her corporate leadership of Hewlett-Packard, where she was brought in just before […]

America the Disdained


This article in Salon yesterday was one of several that I saw filled with disdain for America, its people, and its history. But the writer (Andrew O’Hehir) did seem to have some semi-affectionate humor for Fourth of July picnic foods. Interestingly, the author describes a common error in looking at history, then proceeds to write an entire article filled to brim with it. I’ve grouped some phrases from the article into categories. They are no longer in the original order as a result (although the order within categories is preserved. I’ll start with the author’s description of his own error: […]

Happy Independence Day

I hope that each and every one of you is having a happy Fourth of July. The “happy” part of that is significant, and I sincerely hope that you have the skill and the circumstances to achieve it. Skill? Yes. Thomas Jefferson, the primary author of the Declaration of Independence, wrote one of the most oft-quoted lines in history describing unalienable rights including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Someone suggested to me today that: […]

John Adams


A mention of John Adams on Citizen Tom’s forum got me thinking a bit about history.




Attention in the FairTax thread turned, as it so frequently does among leftists, to Walmart, “the evil empire.” Yes, they actually called it that. The assumption was that Walmart workers would be made even poorer, and the old Marie Antoinette quote was trotted out and put in the mouths of Walmart: “Let them eat cake.” I’ll skip the maligning of Walmart that followed. But… […]

Presidential Economy


Do presidents really have an effect on the US economy? That question was put to me. Here’s my reply. The Clinton era was an utter and complete financial disaster — to the point where Republicans won the midterms in a landslide, and were able to force through tax reductions and other Federal constraints. […]

Treasonous North?


No, this is not a post about the Civil War. But I thought that I would interrupt this dreary business of apostasy in Islam, where they cut off your head if you change your mind, with a response I made today to someone asking about events during President Reagan’s terms in office. His contention was that Lt.Col. Oliver North committed high treason, and that Ronald Reagan ignored the rise of jihadism. I was familiar enough with the circumstances to respond from memory: […]