In A Just World…

…Jefferson Davis would’ve ended his days hanging from a noose as just punishment for his treason. Certainly, there would be no statues or monuments or counties to honor a man who nearly destroyed the United States. Removing Davis’ statue from the UT campus is a very tiny step toward embracing American history as it actually existed, not some romantic fairy tale.

Published in: on August 30, 2015 at 1:49 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Does Size Really Matter?

In honor of the upcoming vote on Scottish Independence (long live King Francis II!), a thought occurs to me: the last 30 years or so have seen a distinct trend towards smaller nation-states. The breakup of the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia, the Velvet Divorce of the Czech Republic and Slovakia, the independence of Eritrea and South Sudan, all led to a devolution of power and geography. And is that necessarily a bad thing? We’ve been taught in political science for the last 100 years or so that balkanization leads to unrest, war, etc., but was that just the worried leaders of empires talking? Would the world be better off with many small, militarily weak, and necessarily economically interdependent countries as opposed to large blocs or empires?
Discuss amongst yourselves…

Published in: on September 10, 2014 at 6:16 pm  Leave a Comment  
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In Honor of Presidents’ Day

Instead of my Top Five Greatest Presidents (which remain, in order, Washington, Lincoln, FDR, Theodore Roosevelt and Truman), I present my Top Five Worst Presidents:

  1. James Buchanan: weak and vacillating, he came perilously close to treason as the Civil War broke out.
  2. Richard M. Nixon: Needlessly prolonged the Vietnam War, corrupted the White House to new heights, exploited racial and class divisions in the country that remain to this day. What’s not to hate?
  3. Andrew Johnson: prickly racist who condemned the newly-freed slaves to a century of serfdom and brutality.
  4. Warren G. Harding: corrupt and incompetent, formulated economic policies that led directly to the Great Depression.
  5. Andrew Jackson: set the pattern of relations between whites and Indians as one of genocide and ethnic cleansing.

Note there are no recent presidents on either list. Despite compelling evidence that George W. Bush belongs at or near the top of this list, I remain firmly convinced that it requires a minimum of 20 years in order to properly evaluate a president’s ultimate legacy and place in history.

History Has A Well-Known Liberal Bias

Adolf Hitler and the Nazis did not, in fact, implement gun control.

The Second Amendment, however, did have quite a bit to do with white Southern fears of slave revolts.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled feverishly-forwarded emails about UN Black Helicopters…

Published in: on January 16, 2013 at 2:56 pm  Leave a Comment  
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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the State

Interesting article from Slate about Robert Nozick and the history and rancid philosophical underpinnings of Libertarianism.

Published in: on August 16, 2012 at 10:37 am  Leave a Comment  
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Those Who Ignore the Lessons of History Are Condemned to be David Barton

Finally, a little media spotlight on a guy who wouldn’t know history if it leapt up and smacked him in the face.  It will shock and astonish you to learn that Glenn Beck thinks he’s neat-o.  And that he advises the Ignorance Caucus of the Texas State Board of Education.

UPDATE:  Also, if you disagree with David Barton, you’re Hitler.  Zero to Godwin in 8.2 seconds, a new land record for Rick Green!

Published in: on August 14, 2012 at 3:19 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Rating the Presidents

In honor of Presidents Day, my votes for the top 5 best and worst presidents (revised after some discussions):

The Best

1) George Washington:  the presidency was designed with him in mind and he gets the nod solely for the fact that every single thing he did in office established precedents that continue to this day.  The United States would be a different place today if anyone but him had been the first chief executive.

2)  Abraham Lincoln:  one of the few presidents of whom it can be said that he saved the nation.  Without Lincoln, the United States of America would not exist.

3)  Franklin Roosevelt:  the same reason.  In fact, FDR saved the country twice; once from the Depression and again from fascism.

4)  Theodore Roosevelt:  transformed the United States into a world power, reinvigorated the institution of the presidency after decades of torpor following the death of Lincoln, and established the National Park System.

5)  Harry Truman:  ended World War 2 on the best terms available, avoided World War 3 over China and integrated the Armed Forces, thus laying the groundwork for the Civil Rights Movement.

The Worst

1)  Richard M. Nixon:  corrupt, venal, paranoid and vicious.  The severe damage he did to American politics and the presidency, and the brutal dividing lines he carved into American culture remain with us today.  This, plus the senseless cynical loss of life in Southeast Asia more than drown out positive accomplishments like the opening to China.

2)  James Buchanan:  feckless and incompetent.  Dithered while the Civil War erupted around him and took actions at the very beginning of the war that come close to treason.

3)  Warren Harding:  one of, if not the most corrupt administrations in American history, plus began the isolationism that nearly lost the world to fascism ten years after he died.

4)  Andrew Jackson:  set the pattern of brutal military action against Indian tribes that would determine American policy for the next 50 years

5)  Ulysses S. Grant:  not really fair, since he wasn’t personally corrupt but his weakness led to an incredibly corrupt administration that linked the Republican Party with the robber barons for decades.

Published in: on February 20, 2012 at 6:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

Stay Classy, Right Wingers!

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders Fields
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Published in: on November 11, 2010 at 11:16 am  Leave a Comment  
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Words Fail Me

Just when I think it is not humanly possible for Sarah Palin to get any dumber, this comes along.

And how fitting that this empty suit should ghoulishly exploit the 9-11 anniversary with a despicable fear-mongering scumbag like Glenn Beck?

Published in: on September 14, 2010 at 9:07 pm  Leave a Comment  
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