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Obama’s Islamic Fantasyland PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Scruggs   
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:00

Sugar-coated Islam versus Reality

When President Obama says that ISIS, which now calls itself the Islamic State, is not Islamic, perhaps he is trying to tell us that because ISIS is violent and fanatical, it is not the “true Islam.” Unfortunately, the President’s benevolent “true Islam” is the fantasyland of Muslim Brotherhood propaganda, thoroughly deceived liberal academics and media personalities, and politicians more concerned with political correctness than thorough homework and reality. Sadly, this counter-factual version of Islam is the so-called religion of peace and tolerance exuberantly praised by Bill and Hillary Clinton, Tony Blair, and George W. Bush.  This deceptive sugarcoated version of Islam differs sharply from the Islam of the Koran and the example and teachings of Muhammad. Moreover, it conflicts with Islam’s 1400-year record of fanatical violence, despotism, and expansion by coercion, sword, and terror. Undoubtedly, vast Middle Eastern petroleum reserves and billions of petro-dollars have lent foreign affairs credibility to the fantasy that Islam is peaceful and tolerant.

Lincoln’s Economic Legacies PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Scruggs   
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 00:00

This series is based on the author’s presentation of a paper to the Stephen D. Lee Institute in Savannah, Georgia, in February 2012.

In December 2010, Allen Guelzo, Professor of Civil War Era History at Gettysburg College published an article in National Review entitled “Mr. Lincoln’s Economics Primer,” Quoting Lincoln’s law partner William Herndon, he asserted that Lincoln liked to study political economy. Quoting his fellow Springfield, Illinois lawyer, Shelby Cullom, he asserted that Lincoln was great on political economy. Although Herndon once wrote that Lincoln seldom finished an entire book, Cullom gave him credit for voraciously digesting and assimilating directly or indirectly the works of classical economists like Adam Smith and David Ricardo. He also mentioned John Stuart Mill, Mathew Carey, John Ramsay McCulloch, Francis Wayland, and Henry Carey.

The Republican Civil War PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Scruggs   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 00:00

The GOP Establishment vs. Grassroots Conservatives

On Saturday, June 21, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal told approximately a thousand evangelical leaders at the annual convention of the Faith and Freedom Coalition that a rebellion is brewing in the U.S with people ready for “a hostile takeover” of the nation’s capital. Jindal hit hardest on President Obama and other Democrats, accusing them of waging a war against religious liberty and education. However, there is also a war within the Republican Party that is becoming more visible and fiercely fought in Republican Congressional primaries. 

Let Freedom Ring PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Scruggs   
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 00:00

Let Freedom Ring,
Oh, Great God our King,
Let Freedom Ring!

The lines above are the last three lines of My Country Tis of Thee, which for 100 years was one of three unofficial national anthems of the United States,  until the Star-Spangled Banner was made the official national anthem in 1932. The other was Hail Columbia, written by Philip Phile in 1789 for the inauguration of George Washington. Hail Columbia has since become the Vice-President’s official march. My Country ‘Tis of Thee uses the music of the British national anthem, God Save the Queen, but the American words were composed in Andover, Massachusetts, in 1831 by Samuel Francis Smith. It was first sung on July 4, 1831, at an Independence Day celebration for children on Park Street in Boston.

Is Lindsey Graham a Conservative? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Scruggs   
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 00:00

Then Why Are Liberal PACs Spending Millions to Elect Him?

I am a North Carolinian, but I live 10 miles as the crow flies from the South Carolina border and 18 miles by road. My great grandfather and his father were born near Fountain Inn, South Carolina. I have family in South Carolina who vote. My wife and I frequently shop in South Carolina, and our favorite vacation spot is Charleston. Hence I have an interest in South Carolina politics.

For many weeks now I have heard radio advertisement after advertisement claiming that Lindsey Graham is a conservative. My brother in Myrtle Beach, who spent most of his working career as a marketing research consultant, counted Graham ads approximately every ten minutes on Fox Cable News and about one every 30 minutes on a radio talk station. Senator Graham’s advertising saturates the airways so thoroughly that it raises an important question: Who is pouring so much money into re-electing Graham to the U.S. Senate and why?


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