The Dramatic Political Party Changes from 1787 to 2022

William McKinley, elected 1896.  First conservative Republican President.
William McKinley, elected 1896. First conservative Republican President.

Ludwell Johnson entitled his 1995 book on the American Civil War and Reconstruction, North against South: The American Iliad 1848 to 1877. His reference to Homer’s ancient Greek epic on war between Greeks and Trojans emphasizes the deep and continuing  impact of the American Civil War on American culture. There have been more American books written about the Civil War than on any other subject except those related to the  Bible and Christianity.  Yet most Americans today have a pathetically shallow and faulty  understanding of the historical background, causes, and consequences of the War and Reconstruction. 

The principal reason for this is that a politically correct false narrative of the War and Reconstruction now dominates American academia, media, and politics.  This dominance has increased almost exponentially with the spreading influence of Cultural Marxism, which has become more visible since the 1960s.  However, much of the false narrative is derived from the human tendency to deny and coverup moral and intellectual failings and paste them over with noble-sounding propaganda and self-serving lies.

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We’ve been hearing much of late from the senile presidential imposter who lives (at least part of the time) at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in the District of Criminals and Corruption.  One of his current favorite babbling points is his assurance to his subjects that he is going to go after all those “illegal firearms” that are wandering to and fro all over our nation, seeking whom they might maim and kill.  After all, he assures us in his best whispery, gravely voice, “the Second Amendment is not absolute”, nor does it protect rights of those pesky people who have the temerity to actually believe our increasingly ignored Constitution is still the law of the land, and it surely doesn’t give those gun-loving fanatics in our midst the right to buy any kind of commonly used firearms---especially those evil “AR-15 assault rifles” that are used only to kill large numbers of people (but which, of course, are NOT ‘assault rifles’ which are for the military only).   And, he assures us in his wise professorial voice, the “2nd Amendment surely didn’t give our colonial ancestors the right to go out and “buy cannons”.  Just listen to me, he orders, and I’ll keep you safe from those violent everyday citizens who insist on clinging to their guns (AND to their Bibles and their religions) in their neighborhoods.  And, he promises, I’ll use our national capital bureaucrats to assist in protecting ‘the people’ from those evil firearms—bureaucrats who. even now, are  digitizing millions of ILLEGALLY maintained firearm purchase records in preparation for a campaign of CONFISCATION, which with absolutely NO doubt is the goal of Comrade Biden and his fellow Bolsheviks!

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Some are driven to just believe whatever the doctor / lawyer / judge / preacher / talking-head says. The fact that we must resort to “alternative media” platforms to publish inconvenient truths is evidence that most just tend to flow the direction of the current, not actively engaged in critical thinking but tending to believe the “authorities.” No matter that the struggle of mankind since Adam and Eve engaged with the serpent has been obedience to God’s call to use the gifts that He gave us, including a reasoning, thinking mind, to uncover the truth about the claims that confront us. It was, therefore, only a matter of time before a defender of the status quo would arise to challenge this writer’s challenges to the allegations of a real pandemic, driven by a real virus, and being fought by a real vaccine. As has been clearly stated here over the past few weeks, none of that is true, but don’t just take my word for it.

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Black History is intricately interwoven into the American Dream. As patriots, co-designers, and guardians of our Nation, we must know, remember and share our history; for the present and for generations to come.

Every February, America acknowledges Black History Month. Consequently, a recurring debate emerges, the question being, "Why do we need to set aside this calendar occurrence?" My America First Policy Institute colleague Ken Blackwell gives a pertinent response: Black history is American history.

Meanwhile, today American life faces an ongoing, challenging, yet not insurmountable reality; purveyors of division constantly weaponize a false racial premise by equating racial identification to skin color, all in a cynical effort to divide our communities.

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Of God and His Providence over the Nations

Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Red Square, Moscow
Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Red Square, Moscow

The last three leaders of Russia have something remarkably similar in their background. Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin, and Vladimir Putin had mothers who were devout Russian Orthodox Christians and had their sons secretly baptized as infants during the years of vehement anti-Christian Communist rule.

 Gorbachev was born in 1931 but is still living. He was President of the Soviet Union from March 15, 1990, to December 25, 1991. His grandparents were practicing Christians, and he was christened “Mikhail” by his grandfather. While Stalin lived, Gorbachev was a dedicated Communist. But it slowly became apparent that Gorbachev was an intellectual idealist, who believed socialism was not genuine unless it was truly democratic. Long-time personal friends have described Gorbachev as loyal and personally honest, confident, polite, tactful, and having a happy and optimistic temperament. One said Gorbachev was a “remarkably decent man with high moral standards.”  A recent film clip of Gorbachev at home showed him to be philosophical and having a self-deprecating sense of humor. He is described by old friends as bright and hard-working, sometimes a workaholic. He is an admirer of St. Francis of Assisi, who he says had a significant influence on his life.  He has a large Russian Orthodox icon saint painting in his home. U.S. President Ronald Reagan thought Gorbachev was a “closet Christian,” because Gorbachev had told him they had Christian morals in common.  In December 1989, Gorbachev met with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican and agreed to official diplomatic recognition for the Vatican.

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Robert Taylor as Roman General Marcus Vinicius, in the classic 1951 film
Robert Taylor as Roman General Marcus Vinicius, in the classic 1951 film "Quo Vadis."

One of my very favorite films of all time is that glorious old 1951 movie, QUO VADIS,  which starred Deborah Kerr, Peter Ustinov, and the patriot, Robert Taylor.  You may recall that     Quo Vadis was a love story that revolved around the clash between the corrupted Roman culture, based on the veneration of a “Supreme Leader” (Emperor Nero), and the new Christian faith, based upon the worship of a “Supreme Savior”, our LORD Jesus.  One scene particularly impressed me, because while it wasn’t Biblically accurate, it did illustrate the film’s message of duty to God before duty to country.  In it, the Apostle Peter, portrayed so well by the late Finlay Currie, was walking on a lonely road, leaving Rome to avoid persecution under the Emperor Nero.  According to a tradition of men (written in the Apocrypha), Peter saw a bright light in the trees and heard a voice speaking to him.  Supposedly the voice was that of his Savior, Jesus, a voice that Peter had often heard.  Peter then asked the memorable question, “Quo Vadis, Domine?”, i.e. “where are you going, Lord?”  The voice answers:  “I am going to Rome, to be crucified again”, whereupon Peter decides to return to Rome and later suffers an agonizing death by being crucified  upside down.  (Biblically speaking, Peter did ask Jesus, “quo vadis?”, or “where are you going?”, in John 13:36, but in a different context).  If you’ve never seen QUO VADIS you really should, because high quality classic films like it are no longer produced, and it’s totally appropriate for Christian families. (It’s available on Amazon.com. and other sources on the internet—just be sure to get the 1951 version).

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Does anyone truly believe that our government -- which consistently creates monopoly privileges for companies with its own cronyism -- can be trusted to ensure that private markets remain competitive? Apparently so. Consider the resurgence of antitrust efforts against "Big Tech." If history is our guide, going after disfavored companies will result in less competition, not more, along with fewer choices and higher prices for you and me.

Take the American Innovation and Choice Online Act recently approved by a Senate panel. This bill would block a handful of tech companies like Amazon and Apple from favoring their own products and services over those of competitors who also use these platforms. For instance, independent merchants who sell on Amazon claim to be punished if they sell their products for less on their own websites or on other sites like Walmart's or Target's.

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