Category Archives: America

America hasn’t peaked yet

(’76 Editor) “Contrition is BS.” Press secretary Ronald Ziegler’s acid tone shocked me – and he didn’t use the initials. It was 1973, a bad year in a bad decade for America. I was a young speechwriter in the Nixon White House, assigned to gather input from Ziegler and national security advisor Henry Kissinger for a TV address Continue reading

Karma is, um, a witch – but she’s not the boss of me

(’76 Contributor) Whenever I talk to a woman who has looked into her past lives and reincarnations, she is almost sure to include having been a midwife, a slave, a warrior princess, Napoleon’s mistress, a male soldier or artist, or often a nun or monk. She is likely to report Continue reading

Think Again: Inequality and a tale of two Ukrainians

Last week, as Ukrainian emigre- turned-tech tycoon Jan Koum prepared to cash a multibillion-dollar check from Facebook — acquirer of his startup “WhatsApp” — Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich was checking out of his Gatsby-esque estate where he’d cached his stolen plunder. Continue reading

Zombies, the Apocalypse, and the decline of the republic

Apocalypticism has exploded in popularity and, while nuclear war and pandemics have always been a starting point, the concept of the Zombie Apocalypse trumps them all. The appeal and wild popularity of shows like The Walking Dead, movies like World War Z, and the slew of apocalyptic, gloom and doom series and specials on cable television continues to grow by leaps and bounds. But the reasons behind such interest are often subconscious at times and not fully understood. Continue reading

Does God or government deserve your Thanksgiving?

Do you thank God or government for the circumstances of your life? It’s a relevant question as Americans approach Thanksgiving. The answer was clear to the extraordinary leaders who laid the groundwork for the colonies, fought for the founding of our country, and struggled to preserve our republic in the face of nationwide strife. Continue reading

The practical impact of Veterans Day on veterans

There is an impact, right?

There is an impact, right?

Honoring current and former service members should be a nonpartisan proposition. I will do my best here to keep it so. But neglect of veterans’ issues, whether explicit or semantic, bespeaks a politics of exclusion that no party—and no community—should accept. Continue reading

Ten key moments from the 2013 Western Conservative Summit

The Fourth Annual Western Conservative Summit proved to be a non-stop tour of memorable moments. From Mia Love’s address on opening night, to Allen West’s comments during Sunday’s lunch, attendees were treated to top conservative thinkers and national politicians. In addition to the networking opportunities, great vendors, and spark to action, the Summit harbored some powerful messages. After Senator Ted Cruz mentioned a petition to defund Obamacare (dontfundit.com) over ten thousand signatures were added within 24 hours. Here are just a few other memorable moments of WCS 2013: Continue reading