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The Myth of ‘Good Government’

Published by on Aug 27, 2017

Although it's common for conservatives to look back to the 'progressive era' as the 'beginning of the end' of what they consider constitutional and therefore good government, they're not looking back far enough. The willingness of the federal government to abandon its supposed constitutional restraints is evident in the creation of the whiskey tax and the violent suppression of the resulting Whiskey Rebellion (1791); the Alien and Sedition Acts (1798); the Tariff of Abominations and the accompanying "Force Bill" (1828); and Lincoln's invasion of seceded states, violently enforced conscription, suspension of habeas corpus, and issuance of unbacked paper currency (1860-1865). … Read this article

Again? When was America great before?

Published by on Dec 13, 2015

Unless you've spent the last year living under a rock, you've heard Donald Trump's stupid slogan, "Make America Great Again." This catchphrase is ridiculous both because it supposes that Donald Trump of all people has the capacity to bestow "greatness" on a country of 320 million people and because it uses the word, "again." Donald Trump doesn't just want to "Make America Great," he wants to "Make America Great Again." This isn't just an assertion about the future, it's a claim that America used to be great, it isn't great anymore, and Donald Trump can reverse this trend. … Read this article

The Value of the Confederate Flag

Published by on Aug 26, 2015

It is entirely consistent to oppose slavery (a gross violation of human liberty) while still supporting secession (the breaking up of governments—which themselves constitute a gross violation of human liberty.) As the confederate flag has historically been used as a symbol of both these ideas (along with being a more generic symbol of heritage and history), it is also understandable how those who oppose one idea while supporting the other may be conflicted on the issue. … Read this article

This week on Facebook….

Published by on May 30, 2014

Just some of the comments and observations that I shared via Facebook this week:

History does not support the theory that tyranny will peaceably yield to liberty. Tyranny does not surrender. It will either be forcibly defeated or it will continue to grow and expand. … Read this article

The Truth About Abraham Lincoln

Published by on Jan 27, 2013

What is it about Abraham Lincoln? His face is on the penny, the five dollar bill, and Mount Rushmore. There is a Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., and the capital city of Nebraska is named for him. To this day, most students memorize Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, and each year the Republican Party holds hundreds of "Lincoln Days" around the nation. … Read this article