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Tradition & Morality

Friday, November 21, 2014

Traditional Virtues Perish Under Onslaught Of Deficit Spending And Federal Reserve Loose Money

The Cultural and Political Consequences of Fiat Money

Thursday, November 13, 2014

ObamaCare Sausage

Like sausage, few people knew everything that was packed into it.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Political Morality?

Liberal-progressives deny the existence of moral principles, but don’t hesitate to employ moral rhetoric to cudgel those who disagree with them.

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Scottish Renaissance In America

Scottish scholars were the most influential single group of teachers during the founding of the United States.  Today none of these great educators could find employment at major universities, because of their non-politically-correct understanding of reality.

Today’s Secularity vs. Constitutional Liberties

In his latest book, Professor Ellis Sandoz explores the origins and nature of personal freedoms in the Western world, especially as those freedoms came to be embodied in the Constitution of the United States.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Measuring Greatness

Read Robert Stapler’s analysis of American presidents succeeding or failing to meet the challenges of their times (it’s presented as a comment on another recent post).

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

The Religious Foundation Of The United States

While the First Amendment prohibits the establishment of any official religion at the Federal level,  Judeo-Christian moral values and religious faith were inseparably interwoven with all political issues in 1776 and in 1787, when the Constitution was crafted.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Liberal-Progressivism Is Not Liberalism

Robert Curry, who from time to time favors this blog with one of his posts, has written a brief explanation for The American Thinker.

A Quick Defense of Classical Liberalism

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Our Unconstitutionally Established Religion Of Socialism

Is socialism a secular religion?  And is inculcating it at public expense in our schools violating the First Amendment’s prohibition of establishing a religion?

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Living On The Dole Or In Debt

Liberal-progressives can take pleasure in the Wall Street Journal’s report today that U.S. household debt posted the largest quarterly increase since before the recession.  This while the country remains adrift in the doldrums of the worst economic “recovery” since the liberal-progressive Great Depression of the 1930s. 

Given the liberal-progressive apotheosis of self-indulgence and immoral hedonism, it’s not surprising.  The Federal Reserve has been lavishing fiat money on the stock market, aiming to create a “wealth effect” that will induce people to resume their profligate use of debt that created the housing bubble and implosion of the banking system in 2007-2008.

Rising household debt represents continuation of the long-term trend away from the ethos of hard work and savings for a better future, a trend that gladdens the hearts of liberal-progressive-socialists whose religious catechism includes Keynesian economic doctrine.  Our educational system, from grade school to college, has for more than five decades inculcated the unconstitutionally established national religion of socialism: the belief that saving causes recessions, that capitalism is no more than greed and anti-social competitiveness, that only the collectivized, all-powerful national political state can dispense social justice.