We want heroes, not leaders. When that changes it will become possible to reform America.

Summary:  Before we can find solutions, or even slow the fall of the Republic, we need accurate diagnosis of what ails us.  Facile answers point to evildoers, or flaws in the Constitution. Fix them and our awesomeness will be rewarded. But America's weakness lies elsewhere, and can be seen by each of us when looking … Continue reading We want heroes, not leaders. When that changes it will become possible to reform America.

How many generals would Lincoln have fired to win in Iraq & Afghanistan?

Summary: After eleven years our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have produced no gains for America, despite the expenditure of money plus our troop's work and sacrifice. Generals rotated in and out of senior command to punch their tickets, but unrelated to their actual performance. What would Lincoln have done?  This is #9 in a … Continue reading How many generals would Lincoln have fired to win in Iraq & Afghanistan?

American faux history: could we have avoided the Civil War?

Summary:  The campaign of Ron Paul reminds us of two of the three great lies that comprise such a large fraction of American history: slavery, stealing land from the Indians, and the role of government in US economic development.  These not only exacerbate divisions in our society but provide a weak foundation for us -- preventing us from clearly … Continue reading American faux history: could we have avoided the Civil War?

R.I.P., G.O.P. – a well-deserved end

Summary:  This post describes one long-standing weakness which has helped bring the party crashing down (this is a forecast, assuming that the next few elections further diminish its role on the national, state, and local levels). Note:  The title is an exaggeration, a long tradition on the FM site.  The GOP's time as the dominant party are … Continue reading R.I.P., G.O.P. – a well-deserved end