Thomas Jefferson was the Worst and I Would Have Voted For Him

Thomas Jefferson was a cad, a fool, and was totally naive about revolutionary France. As a Federalist, I read his irresponsible rhetoric on revolutions and on national unity and am horrified. He was terrifically hypocritical penning beautiful words about human rights while abusing his slaves. In the election of 1776, I would have been an [Read More…]

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Want to survive tough times? Buy Ketchup.

As always, we live in difficult times. The fact that times are always the best of times and the worst of times does not make the worst any better for us. Sure our grandparents or great-grandparents beat Hitler, but that is not our problem. Our worries are worrisome now and we need help. Thankfully, my [Read More…]

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Tyrants are Made, Not Born: How to Lose a Republic

We don’t need to guess about how republics fail: we have history and philosophy to guide us. Republics end with tyrants, but that is an odd thing since a republican will hate tyrants by nature. How do we get tyrants? One wise man wrote on tyranny and the human soul and he tried to understand [Read More…]

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Mountaineers are Always Human: Bigotry of the Elite

For almost four hundred years, my family lived in western Virginia and West Virginia. We are a state so beautiful that if any place finds a spot that looks like West Virginia, they put a fence around it and call it a state park. When Mr. Lincoln was President and Virginia seceded from the Union, [Read More…]

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Bad Political Idea Have Consequences: Maximilian of Mexico

Whenever I believe good intentions are enough, I recall standing at the tomb of Maximilian of Mexico. There have been many worse political ideas than making a mildly liberal archduke of Austria the Emperor of Mexico with French arms, but few that worked out so badly for everyone. The Hapsburg family was decaying in power [Read More…]

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How to Respond to Difficult Political Times: Thank You Mr. Larkin

America faces five months of incredibly negative political campaigning. Sigh. We could all dash around and be miserable about politics or we could give up and retreat in despair. I say: “No.” Nothing we can do now will change the next five months (for good), but we can make sure that our grandchildren are in [Read More…]

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Have we all become a strumpet’s fool?

There was a time when a sneer of the elite was about “middle class morality,” but now we have achieved moral unity. Elite, middle class, and poor, we all divorce, watch porn, and follow our hearts. We have mocked the church ladies to the brink of extinction and leveled the cultural playing ground by elevating pop [Read More…]

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The Priority of a Party: You cannot be too Happy (Much Ado about Nothing)

One of my children once said: “I don’t want to be too good. It would be boring.” This was a sensible thing as the budding Socrates was shooting for moderation: too much of any virtue becomes a vice. The only problem was the use of “good.” If goodness is “rule keeping,” then too much goodness [Read More…]

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The Great Enemy to Leadership: Flattery (Julius Caesar)

There are some men so great that even when they are hardly involved in an event, they dominate it. So it is with Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar. The great man gives his name to the play, but was assassinated early. Death doesn’t keep a Shakespearean character from making an appearance later, but it does limit the number [Read More…]

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Intellectualism, the Only Thing More Foolish than a Lover (Love’s Labors Lost)

If only fools fall in love, then only greater fools miss love for intellectualism. Intellectualism is the pursuit of intellectual pleasure without the balance of a total life. We are not just brains, but beings with hearts and bodies and so need more than intellectual pursuits to be whole. This is a lesson schools forget [Read More…]

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