Ranking President Kennedy


Was JFK a great President?  As the nation marked the 50th anniversary of Jack Kennedy’s tragic assassination, new polling shows that many Americans consider him to be among our very best, ranking higher than any President in the last half century according to the latest Gallup survey.  Two years ago, he rated fourth all time, ahead of such Presidents as Washington and Jefferson.  But is this accurate?

As a historian, it makes little sense to rank a President who served just over one thousand days in office, rather than a full term or even two.  It’s very difficult to judge his more limited accomplishments and what effect they had on the nation and even the world.Continue reading “Ranking President Kennedy”

Thad Cochran’s Flaws Not Just Fiscal


In a recent post I exposed Thad’s Cochran’s horrific fiscal record, a legacy of taxing and spending worthy of any good liberal, but sadly that’s not the only flaw he possesses.  His career does not reflect true conservative principles in the areas of national defense, the culture wars, active government, and the environment.

It simply cannot be said that Thad Cochran is supportive of all efforts to maintain a strong national defense and protect our borders.  In 1982 he voted for amnesty for illegals, and in 2005 against a small increase in funds for tighter border security.  Senator Cochran voted to cut $80 million from the Titan missile program in 1982 and voted against increases in the MX missile system and the new Midgetman missiles that President Reagan wanted as part of his defense buildup.Continue reading “Thad Cochran’s Flaws Not Just Fiscal”

Exposing Thad Cochran’s Real Fiscal Record


No sooner had Senator Chris McDaniel launched his campaign for the United States Senate, a race pitting him against a six-term incumbent, when the defenders of the status quo came to the aging incumbent Thad Cochran’s defense.  One fearless Cochran guardian, Brian Perry from Madison County, recently wrote in the Laurel Leader Call that without the elder Senator’s presence in Washington there would be Mississippi “counties without hospitals or roads to get to where the hospitals are not.”  Without the tireless work of Senator Cochran, says Perry, we would have closed military bases, fewer police, and smaller universities.  Perry’s inference is clear: if we vote for change and a true conservative in Chris McDaniel, we won’t have any roads, public buildings, police officers, military bases, or schools to attend.  We will immediately revert to the 18th century I suppose.Continue reading “Exposing Thad Cochran’s Real Fiscal Record”

The Constitution and the Income Tax


Americans love anniversaries and this year marks some pretty remarkable ones, most notably the sesquicentennial of the battle of Gettysburg and the fall of Vicksburg, two events that dealt a crippling blow to the Confederacy in the summer of 1863, and the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination.  But 2013 also marks the centennial of another crucial event, the enactment of the infamous income tax.

Pushed by Liberals for decades in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the income tax was supposed to be the “great leveling,” a policy that would correct the long-festering problem of wealth inequality.  However, there was one problem – the Constitution specifically prohibited the government from taxing the American people directly.Continue reading “The Constitution and the Income Tax”

The Democrats’ War on Babies


After years in the political closet, the abortion debate is back in full swing, as Texas passed a restriction on abortion before the 20th week of pregnancy.  The “pro-choice” crowd staged their usual vile protests, complete with used tampons and jars of feces and urine to hurl at pro-life legislators all while shouting “Hail Satan” in the halls of the statehouse.  Such lovely people.

Proponents of life were accused of the usual litany of lies from the Left, opposition to women’s health being the most prominent accusation.  In 2012, the Democrats said the Republicans were waging a war on women, an attack strategy that obviously paid dividends in the end. Hillary Clinton, poised to succeed Obama in 2016, is already ramping up the same rhetoric, claiming that “the clock is turning back” on women in America.

But as with most everything that comes out of the mouth of leftists, there is very little evidence to back their claim, a usual Democratic tactic, the McCarthyites they are.  But one thing is for sure, it is liberals who have engaged in a war on women, and more specifically, a war on babies.Continue reading “The Democrats’ War on Babies”

It’s Time for “Rockin’, Sockin’” Politics


Recent political events, particularly with the Senate immigration bill, have only confirmed to me that its long past time we quit playing games and started fighting back against the Left.  Richard Nixon coined the phrase in the 1952 presidential race as Ike’s running mate, telling the party it was time for a “rocking, socking campaign.”  Nixon has always been known as a fighter in politics.  He fought his opponents and fought them hard.  By doing so, he was successful in almost all of his races.

He smashed Jerry Voorhis in his 1946 campaign for Congress and, even though he faced a woman in his 1950 race for the US Senate, he never took his foot off the gas to expose Helen Gahagan Douglas for being a communist sympathizer. “She’s pink right down to her underwear,” Nixon thundered on the stump.  And, truth is, she was, which is why John F. Kennedy secretly donated money to Nixon’s campaign, rather than support his fellow Democrat.

Yet Nixon’s one major slipup was in the 1960 presidential election, when he took the advice of a weak-kneed consultant and backed off Kennedy in their famous televised debates, so as not to seem like a bully.  It cost him the presidency that year, just as it did for Mitt Romney last November.  They played it safe, as did McCain in 2008, and all three met the same fate.Continue reading “It’s Time for “Rockin’, Sockin’” Politics”

The Real Legacy of Gettysburg


This week marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, fought on July 1-3, 1863 in a small Pennsylvania town.  Celebrations began on Sunday and are scheduled to last all week.  Articles and commentary from across the political spectrum will flood the Internet and the airways in praise of those who fell on that hallowed ground in defense of liberty.

Yet the praise will be directed at Union forces.  But what about the 28,000 Southern soldiers who died for what they believed in?  Did they risk less?  Were their ideals any less glorious than those above the Mason Dixon line?

We have come to expect as much from leftwing Northern “scholars,” as well as Southern scalawags.  But, painfully, those who call themselves conservatives will take the Union side in the conflict as well.Continue reading “The Real Legacy of Gettysburg”

Prosperity in the Hands of Fools


The richest and wisest man who ever lived, Solomon, counseled us in the Book of Proverbs that “the prosperity of fools will destroy them.” Notice that Solomon did not say prosperity will ruin anyone, but the fool only.  So his wisdom is simple:  If you have wealth, don’t be a fool with it and you will remain prosperous.  If you want wealth, remain wise and not foolish and you will gain it, and hopefully keep it.

Now let us look at that foolish institution called the United States government.

Our great country grew from a late 18th century economic joke into the world’s super economy in a little more than a century, with much of the phenomenal growth coming in a 50-year period from 1865 until World War I.  Using wise policies the United States led the globe in every conceivable economic category as the 20th century began, and all because of free market capitalism.  The government was largely absent.Continue reading “Prosperity in the Hands of Fools”

The Boston Massacre and the Constitution


A little more than 243 years after the Boston Massacre of 1770, the city of Boston faced another violent incident, this time carried out, not by a foreign army, but by two fanatical immigrant Muslims, in an apparent sleeper cell, upset about the American wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.   They, like many of their radical cohorts, desire the expulsion of troops from the Middle East and will use violence to obtain their objective, the central tenant of terrorism.

President Obama assured the nation that the attackers had “failed” to achieve their purpose.  But, whether it is an unintended consequence or not, these attacks are succeeding in a very meaningful way, with the further erosion of our constitutional liberty, the central tenant of government.Continue reading “The Boston Massacre and the Constitution”

Yes, the Problem is Immigration


With the recent terrorist attack in Boston, our distinguished leaders in Washington should finally learn a simple but vital lesson.  The main problem with Islamic terrorism in the United States is not internal security but immigration. Decades of liberal policies have allowed our enemies to live among us and left us open and vulnerable for deadly attacks by those who hate us.

Rather than profile Muslims in our midst, and break up terror cells and kick preachers of hate and violence out of the country, we are more concerned with not offending the Arab world than we are with actually protecting our people. This is a recipe for disaster.Continue reading “Yes, the Problem is Immigration”