A Historical Take on the New Gun Debate


It seems that every time some nut goes on a shooting spree, politicians crank up the tried-and-true gun control argument.  The recent Colorado killings gave liberals yet more ammunition (pardon the pun) to threaten our sacred gun rights. What many politicians seem to have forgotten, if they ever knew to start with, is that ourContinue reading “A Historical Take on the New Gun Debate”

Drought 1887 versus Drought 2012: A Lesson from Grover Cleveland


Droughts periodically strike the United States and this year is no different, as a severe calamity has affected at least half the country, the worst, at least so far, since 1956.  The House of Representatives recently passed a one-year relief bill, yet the Senate adjourned for August recess without acting on it.  Senate Democrats haveContinue reading “Drought 1887 versus Drought 2012: A Lesson from Grover Cleveland”

The Impending Police State


“Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety,” wrote Benjamin Franklin in 1755, “deserve neither liberty nor safety.”  We don’t deserve either, he felt, because we will have neither. Americans today seem to be doing just that, giving up our cherished rights as free men and women, with little resistance,Continue reading “The Impending Police State”

The Dangers of a Cashless Society


Many conservatives and civil libertarians erroneously believed that the implementation of the ObamaCare bill would be the final nail in the coffin of a free society, which is why President Obama spent a full year trying so hard to implement it.  But I respectfully disagree.  Though it is part of the same big government scheme,Continue reading “The Dangers of a Cashless Society”

When Tyranny Comes to Main Street


“Which is better,” Boston clergyman Mather Byles is reputed to have asked, “to be ruled by one tyrant three thousand miles away, or by three thousand tyrants not a mile away?” Many loyalists and fence sitters during the very early days of the American Revolution pondered that very point.  It did not mean they wereContinue reading “When Tyranny Comes to Main Street”

The FDA’s War on Health Choice


In 1906, President Teddy Roosevelt signed the Pure Food and Drug Act into law, which eventually led to the creation of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a new regulatory agency that would ensure that the American people would consume only the best food and pharmaceuticals. To conservatives who distrust government power, liberals are fondContinue reading “The FDA’s War on Health Choice”

Independence Forever!


On a warm summer afternoon, June 30, 1826, nearly fifty years to the day of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, a small, informal delegation led by the Reverend George Whitney paid a visit to 90 year-old John Adams in his Quincy, Massachusetts home.  In four days the town would celebrate half a centuryContinue reading “Independence Forever!”

The Return of Sedition


“The whole aim of practical politics,” wrote famed journalist H. L. Mencken, “is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” Truer words were never spoken, which begs important questions:  Will our “War on Terror” ever end? Continue reading “The Return of Sedition”

A Three Stooges Economic Plan


This column was published in the Laurel Leader Call (Laurel, MS) on Tuesday, June 12, 2012: As a young grade-schooler in the 1980s, I was fond of watching The Three Stooges show before departing for another eventful day of fun-filled learning at my local government school.  I hated getting up that early, and still do, butContinue reading “A Three Stooges Economic Plan”

Safeguarding Our Minds


This column appeared in the Laurel Leader Call (Laurel, MS) on May 22, 2012: “I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”  So said Thomas Jefferson, the architect of American liberty and its greatest champion.  Throughout his entire life, he fought every attempt byContinue reading “Safeguarding Our Minds”