Summary: Amidst the recollections about the trials and accomplishments of Martin Luther King Jr., let's remember that at the peak of his success another man's actions would undo much of his work. Barry Goldwater betrayed the Republican Party and poisoned American politics at what should have been a moment of triumph. Now the Republicans have an … Continue reading On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, let the GOP remember its great betrayal
Summary: 4GW is the dominant form of warfare in our time, allowing materially weaker peoples to defeat stronger opponents. Such victories are not free; they require a group to become morally strong: cohesive, disciplined, behaving so as to gather support from others. Mere violence accomplishes nothing, as African-Americans will learn again in Ferguson MO. . … Continue reading The protesters at Ferguson might have won, but choose to lose
Summary: 19 June 1964. I believe on this day America took a wrong turn. It was the day we took a large step to closure on the wound opened by the Civil War, another step to atoning for and overcoming the legacy of slavery. The Senate voted to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Bill. But … Continue reading Congress did a great thing 50 years ago, but rot from that day has spread and taken root
Summary: Racism stained the American experiment at its formation, and has warped its evolution at every stage since. The civil war could have purged it, but the Union abandoned Reconstruction unfinished -- allowing the South's whites to stage one of the most effective insurgencies in history and regain control (a key part of this was … Continue reading The pilgrimage of Martin Luther King: an antidote to amnesia about our history
Summary: America remains locked in a battle between Left and Right. Each fights to protect the Constitution -- or the pieces of it they value. Neither cares for the it as other than a tool to advance their interests. The Constitution, torn between them, slowly withers. The American people mildly, intermittently cheer both sides -- … Continue reading Should we thank the Court as it rescues us from our bad laws? Or just bow?
Summary: The Republic is at war against an adaptive foe that seeks its destruction. Not al Qaeda, which might no longer exist in meaningful form, but internal foes seeking its overthrow. That they're moving incrementally, small steps slowly growing larger with each success, only masks the boldness of their goals. It's the quiet coup. Here … Continue reading Obama repeals Magna Carta, asserting powers our forefathers denied to Kings
Summary: As the dust from the election settles, let's not forget the powerful elements of the conservative critique of 21st C America. Here we look at one of the many forces driving the expansion of the government -- the family. What might be its fate in the next few generations? . Contents A question about … Continue reading What’s the future of the family in America? How will that change our government?