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The Jacksonian Revolt

We’ve said here often that most Europeans simply misunderstand Americans. That is true, and it is also true that Britons do better than most at understanding us, which is reasonable, given that we sprang as a nation from Brittania’s brow. Walter Russel Mead undertook in Foreign Affairs to explain how Trump arose. I think he gets […]

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Angelica Schuyler Church’s portrait of Thomas Jefferson by John Trumbull (with a Cruger twist)

In the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, amid much larger and more famous paintings, hangs a small portrait of Thomas Jefferson with a most interesting history for any fan of Alexander Hamilton or the Hamilton musical. In … Continue reading

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Of Birmingham and Philadelphia

Archbishop Cranmer tells us that Theresa May made a pretty good speech at the Conservative Party’s Conference the other day. I agree with him, it was good stuff. Here’s some of it: ..a Britain in which we pass our own laws and govern ourselves. In which we look beyond our continent and to the opportunities […]

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Who is really celebrating independence?

Why do we continue to celebrate Independence Day each July Fourth when we no longer cherish independence? Someday soon, our progressive politicians will propose celebrating the first Monday in July as Global Interdependence Day, and no one will protest as…

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July 4, 2016: 240 years as “One Nation, Under God”

If you’re a regular reader or listener of the Strident Conservative, you’ve heard me talking a lot lately about how our constitutional rights are being threatened, inching us closer, I believe, to becoming a post-constitutional America. Even if you disagree…

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A constitutional right to what?

“There is also a constitutional right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness…”

Hillary Clinton

Huh? Where to even start with this statement by Hillary Clinton? Let’s begin with the fact that the erstwhile prohibitive favorite to win the Democratic …

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Donald Trump, Charles Krauthammer, and the Clowns

As Gandalf said of Gollum in The Lord of the Rings, from the beginning of the campaign I’ve said that Donald Trump has a role to play in this national debate about who is fit to be president of the United States, and in the end, who is fit to decide.Read More

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239 Times

Well, we’re still here, and we’re still, whatever the Supreme Court says, still America, and yes, by God’s grace that is so. 239 years ago a group of guys gathered in Philadelphia said loud enough to be heard in London that Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent […]

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It’s Not That Revolution May Be Coming, But That It Has to Come

And the People have to cause it. Here’s how we can make it happen. At the time it happened, Admiral Yamamoto’s brilliant sneak attack on Pearl Harbor was hailed as a masterstroke of military planning and execution. But within hours of the attack, after being informed that his aircraft had not destroyed America’s entire Pacific fleet,Read More

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The Great Divide The Conflict Between Washington and Jefferson That Defined A Nation By Thomas Fleming

This is an absorbing book that will enlighten many and shock some. Much has been written about Thomas Jefferson’s clash with Alexander Hamilton, but the differences between George Washington and Jefferson have received little attention. The Great Divide rectifies that neglect and more.

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Charles Krauthammer, Our Most Sympathetic Tory

Who doesn’t hang on every word of Charles Krauthammer? He is conservatism’s finest wordsmith, the last word on just about every outrage of government for the past 15 years. For many, Charles has been America’s Ben Franklin on every public issue, bringing a historic scope to the sociology and psychology of government andRead More

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The Rhymes of History

This is going to be a two or three-part series, and it’s not going to have many laughs in it. What we are going to talk about is the manifest overreach of the federal government, in especially the last few years. We are also going to dispassionately (mostly) compare it to a similar time some […]

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Kennedy and Reid

50 years ago today, President Kennedy was killed, and America changed. Not in any real sense, of course, but it was a feeling, and even as a child, which I was, it just felt different. In a way the romance that was a hangover from the Second World War died on Dealey Plaza. But he […] . . . → Read More: Kennedy and Reid . . . → Read More: Kennedy and Reid

Obamacare; Some Thoughts

It’s probably a fair bet that you’ve already seen this, but it’s cute and pretty much true, funny too. So enjoy It’s a cute video and the problems is speaks of are real enough but its far from funny for those of us (read American taxpayers) paying for this farce. We got charged a multiple […] . . . → Read More: Obamacare; Some Thoughts . . . → Read More: Obamacare; Some Thoughts

Educator training

This article is frightening on multiple levels. First, here’s what happened that started this disaster: Canyon High School, based in Anaheim Hills, issued an apology to 16-year-old Haley Bullwinkle, a student there, after first telling her that a T-shirt she wore to school violated its dress code policy on clothes depicting and promoting violence. The […] . . . → Read More: Educator training . . . → Read More: Educator training

The Duties of a Free Citizen

  Professor Gutzman made a contribution on the duties of a free citizen lately that I found quite germane. Far too often I get involved in the events of the day, and lose focus on the medium and long term. i suspect we all do, and while we must engage, we must also always make […] . . . → Read More: The Duties of a Free Citizen . . . → Read More: The Duties of a Free Citizen

Presenting KrisAnne Hall, constitutional firebrand

If anyone is interested in learning about the Constitution, the place to start is with KrisAnne Hall. Kris’s take-no-prisoners, no-nonsense approach to the Bill of Rights frightens politicians. This video provides insight into Kris’s thinking: I thought this part of Kris’s presentation was especially captivating and troubling: KRISANNE HALL: You need to be able to […] . . . → Read More: Presenting KrisAnne Hall, constitutional firebrand . . . → Read More: Presenting KrisAnne Hall, constitutional firebrand

Coke, T-Rex, Messaging, and Don’t be a Jerk

It’s Bill Whittle Monday. In part one he reminds us that G. Washington didn’t dress funny,he dressed as befit his station, and he reminds us why the GOP is a lot like New Coke, and if you don’t remember, that is a very bad thing. Do listen, these will take some time out of your […] . . . → Read More: Coke, T-Rex, Messaging, and Don’t be a Jerk . . . → Read More: Coke, T-Rex, Messaging, and Don’t be a Jerk

Lives, Fortunes, and Sacred Honor

Fifty-six men signed the Declaration of Independence, the video is representative of the scene although they fiddled a bit with the timeline. Two, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson, would be the 2d and 3d Presidents of the United States, as well as friends, then enemies and finally friends again. They died on 4 July 1826, […] . . . → Read More: Lives, Fortunes, and Sacred Honor . . . → Read More: Lives, Fortunes, and Sacred Honor

Americans and British, Two Views of the Same Problem

The other day we were discussing the terrorism incident in London this week over at Jess’s Watchtower . Our normal complement there on this type of subject is about half-American and half British and we’ve become very good friends, who don’t pull punches . In other words we quite often bluntly state our minds and expect the […] . . . → Read More: Americans and British, Two Views of the Same Problem . . . → Read More: Americans and British, Two Views of the Same Problem