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The Spirit of Radicalism

   As southerners surveyed the damage after their failed bid for independence, some gave in to despair. Others were unsure what to do. Many turned to Christian ministers for guidance and comfort. Some of the better ones gave comfort and advice that is still excellent today.    Robert Lewis Dabney was a Presbyterian minister, who […]

What Government Does Well

     The Constitution of the United States is a beautifully written and simply worded document that enumerates the function of our central government. All other functions are the purview of the several Sovereign States, or the people. Article X of the Bill of Rights states: “The powers not delegated to the United States by […]

War Crimes Committed by Federal Forces During the Civil War

We have all come been taught that Abraham Lincoln was a gentle man, “Honest Abe,” a man who advocated “malice toward none and charity for all.”  We have been taught that Lincoln would have opposed the policy pursued by Radical Republicans like Thaddeus Stevens, which pushed for vengeful, retributive policies against the South.  We have been taught […]

To Young People Everywhere

      Older folk are full of truisms because after one lives long enough there is sufficient evidence to prove the truism “true”. At an early age, without the resource of experience, it is often impossible to fathom why older people say what they do. The better part of wisdom should tell you that […]

The Sum of the Issue

In the first book of Moses called Genesis we find in Chapter 1 verse 27: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created he them.” We have been gifted among all creatures with a body possessing locomotion and dexterity, a mind capable of […]

The Price of Gasoline

  The price of a gallon of gasoline has more to say about the worthlessness of the US Dollar than it does about “Big Oil”. When gasoline is $3.00 a gallon, here’s where the money goes: $1.40 – 47% – Product Suppliers (owners of the crude, refiners & transportation) $ .70 – 23% – Federal […]

The Pledge of Allegiance

     The “Pledge of Allegiance” like the “Gettysburg Address” is pretty poetry and has the power to make one’s heart swell, but in terms of fact and upon close examination of words, both are nothing more than specious political propaganda. And that propaganda has been fed to inmates of government day care centers called schools […]

The Plausible Lie

John Taylor       Since the foundation of the Republic, two schools of interpretation of Federal powers have evolved.  One school follows the rule of the great English jurist Lord Edward Coke: “intentio legislatorum est lex”: the law means what the legislators intended it to mean.  The salient characteristic of the debate over the Constitution was […]

The Copperhead: An Uncommon War Movie

  This weekend, my wife and I watched Ron Maxwell’s latest film, The Copperhead.  This film is not like any other film on the War to Prevent Southern Independence.  It is the story of a northern anti-war Democrat in upstate New York in the spring of 1862.  While the character development is slow, the story […]

The Conundrum of Denial

     Light may be defined as illumination in darkness; while it is dark we cannot see the obstructions or dangers on our path. Light might also be defined as the illumination of knowledge giving revelation to here-to-for unknown facts. Revelation is after all the engine that progresses humanity farther up the ladder of enlightened civilization; […]