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Much has been written recently about what passes for American "conservatism" and its relationship to the events of the past presidential campaign and the presidency of Donald Trump. The Spring 2017 issue of the “conservative review,” Modern Age, arrived in my mail box recently, and the issue is titled, “Conservatism in the Year of Trump.”... Read More
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Perhaps I am not the only viewer who finds that Fox News, the “conservative network,” has become somewhat schizophrenic. I can watch a bit of “Hannity” late in the evening, or a few minutes of “Fox & Friends” earlier when I arise in the morning, and the panelists and hosts offer convincing evidence of one... Read More
I'll be the first to admit that I haven't watched a full televised Academy Awards event since John Wayne won for Best Actor for his role in "True Grit," and that was way back in 1970. Last night was no exception. Indeed, over the past several decades as Hollywood has become so suffocatingly and sneeringly... Read More
The Perversion of Education and the Need for Radical Reform
Dr. Bruce Frohnen has written a strikingly topical article in The Imaginative Conservative. It is titled, "History, Hate & Hysteria: The Unhinging of the Academic Left," and it should be read by all educators, especially those in history and the social sciences. In it Professor Frohnen examines the current state of academia and of higher... Read More
Lately, the Mainstream Media (the MSM) and the Clinton Defecation Machine (the CDM) are all aflutter about "fake news." The supreme example of this widely-bandied about narrative is that somehow it was those evil, undemocratic Russians and their "former KGB” president Vladimir Putin, who caused the defeat of Hillary Clinton on November 9. All of... Read More
The following statement of support for Donald Trump is intended to counteract the dishonest presentation of this presidential candidate by much of the national media. Those who have attached their signatures to this statement are accredited scholars, mostly with PhDs, who are endorsing Donald Trump as a credible candidate for the presidency and as the... Read More
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The recent Trump “tape revelation” capturing his off-the-record locker room talk (as the inspector in the film Casablanca said, “Shocking! Just shocking!”), followed a few days later by the appearance, like some magical mushrooms that had been mysteriously hiding in the dark for thirty years, of a handful of women charging Trump with sexual advances,... Read More
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The Latest GOP Establishment Strategem
If you follow the 2016 Republican presidential campaign, as I have tried to do without constant accompanying headaches and serious stomach upset, you will have seen or heard the latest installment(s) of what has become a unhinged food fight, involving all three of the remaining candidates, as well as various GOP "gray eminences" standing in... Read More
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I never cease to marvel at the seemingly invincible ignorance of Establishment figures about what is actually going on in this nation, in the lives of regular families and with working folks. Perhaps it is an unwillingness on the part of these kleptocrats who govern the country to recognize reality, or perhaps they simply don't... Read More
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Wilhelm Furtwängler in Nazi Germany
This past November 30, 2015, was the sixty-first anniversary of the death of German musician Wilhelm Furtwängler (1886-1954). Despite controversy surrounding his decision to remain in Germany during World War II, he is recognized globally today as one of the greatest musical masters of the twentieth century. From 1922 to 1945, and again after 1950,... Read More
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Donald Trump vs. the Neocon/Mainstream Elites
Donald Trump, in his face-off with Fox News and the Murdoch media empire and his decision not to participate in the last Fox debate, threw down the gauntlet. Open warfare had been brewing on a slow burn for some time, but with the last Republican debate fiasco, guns are drawn and the OK Corral is... Read More
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Recently, I was asked by a friend who likes Ted Cruz, why I support Donald Trump and not the Texas senator among the Republican candidates running for president. In partial response to that question, let me set down briefly my thoughts. I think it is important to begin with a review of some essential history,... Read More
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The “response” by South Carolina Governor, Nikki Haley, to the Obama State of the Union address, was a prime example of what I would call the “Demopublican” Establishment at work to attack and discredit the candidate they fear the most in this year’s electoral cycle: Donald Trump. Of course, the presidential address before Congress and... Read More
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Donald Trump and the Counterrevolution
It is fascinating and instructive to the see the reactions of the media elites and GOP establishment at every campaign grenade launched by Donald Trump. It seems each week “the Donald” catches them off guard, launches a projectile that hits its mark, and then doubles down and watches those talking heads like the condescending Charles... Read More
The recent visit of Pope Francis to the United States has been hailed by the American media, from MSNBC to Fox, from a delighted President Obama to a tearful John Boehner, as a huge success, that is, as Church spokesmen describe it, a “pastoral success.” Francis came, he spoke, he conquered, goes the narrative. Millions... Read More
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Back on August 13, nationally-syndicated columnist Pat Buchanan released a fascinating essay titled, “GOP Elites Call for Purge of Trump.” In his column he described the frenzied efforts of the national “conservative” establishment, including the pompous George Will, Michael Gerson, Peggy Noonan, Charles Krauthammer, and various GOP-brain trusters on Fox and in Washington, DC-based think... Read More
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The Battle Flag and the Attack on Western Culture
Too much misinformation has been generated recently about Confederate flags and monuments. A great amount of it floating about on the Internet is as palatable and useful as what my neighbor cleans up out of his horse paddock each week---although what my neighbor cleans out actually has a better and less pungent odor about it... Read More
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The Attack of the Orcs
Occasionally I will read articles on the ostensibly conservative web site, Townhall.com. Indeed, my good friend Jack Kerwick has published some fine pieces there. Recently, Paul Gottfried forwarded on to me an essay written by a Neoconservative Republican operative, Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby, “The Confederate Flag is Anti-American,” and I wanted to make a... Read More
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Back on Tuesday, May 5, Rush Limbaugh spent nearly a half hour of his syndicated radio program dissecting the actions of Maryland State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s decision to indict six Baltimore policemen, whom she charged with the death of Freddie Gray. Many observers acknowledged the racial aspect of her indictment. One visible fact stood out.... Read More
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Back in 1990 in Richmond, Virginia, as part of the Museum of the Confederacy's lecture series, the late Professor Ludwell Johnson, author and professor of history at William and Mary College, presented a fascinating lecture titled, “The Lincoln Puzzle: Searching for the Real Honest Abe.” Commenting on the assassination of Lincoln now 150 years ago,... Read More
A Response to Christopher Long
I have before me as I write this piece a letter from Mr. Christopher Long, President of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, dated March 2. It purports to be a letter to thank those who have encouraged the work of ISI to “teach a new generation to move forward that ‘one agenda’ that Ronald Reagan, Bill... Read More
The latest news that Jeb Bush has named two very public and outspoken homosexuals to prominent positions in his campaign confirms fully the worst fears that many grass roots traditional conservatives have regarding his role in Republican politics leading up to the 2016 elections. According to columnist Steve Deace in a February 28 piece, titled,... Read More
A passion of mine for many years has been well-produced historical films, especially those works that in some way support and elaborate cinematically more traditional perspectives on faith and history. Long ago the neo-Marxist Left understood fully well the importance of the visual arts, in particular cinema, in shaping a political mentality, of using film... Read More
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A Conservative Analysis
Anyone who has followed the ongoing crisis in Eastern Europe and Ukraine knows the very hostile view that the establishment news media and Washington political class have of President Vladimir Putin of Russia and his policies. In the halls of Congress and in the mainstream press—almost every night on Fox News—serious charges are proffered against... Read More
Portrait of Nathaniel Macon, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
Back in 1975 the Warren County [N.C.] Historical Association initiated a comprehensive project to study the life and legacy of Nathaniel Macon. As a part of this project, both archaeological and architectural studies of his old Buck Spring plantation, near the Roanoke River, were commissioned. Working with the professional staff of the North Carolina Division... Read More
Introduction Most Americans who know anything of Robert Lewis Dabney (1820-1898) know him only as the stern chaplain of General “Stonewall” Jackson and the author of a classic biography of the general. Yet, after the War Between the States Dabney became one of the most intransigent and impressive American critics of industrial capitalism of the... Read More
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Buchanan, Churchill and the “Necessary” Book
Back in 2008 Patrick J. Buchanan published his volume Churchill, Hitler, and The Unnecessary War. Although it was reviewed and discussed at the time, perhaps because it dealt with world history on such a vast, scholarly scale, or because the subject matter seemed to be more the province of academic specialists (which Buchanan isn’t), it... Read More
PastClassics
The “war hero” candidate buried information about POWs left behind in Vietnam.
While other top brass played press agents for the administration’s war, William Odom told the truth about Iraq—though few listened.
What Was John McCain's True Wartime Record in Vietnam?