In the last article, the statement was made that “it’s because of the First Amendment that the Second can be discussed”. The price of freedom is freedom; the ability to discuss a topic makes it inevitable that such topic will be brought up. As such, it well behooves us to be prepared for that conversation when it comes, whether on a personal or a national level.(more…)
We lost one of our own yesterday. Dr. Hisham al-Hashemi was shot to death outside his house, gunned down by assassins who fled on motorcycles.
You won’t see his face on CNN, or any major outlet in America. It took some serious digging to find the wire service reports, which were thoroughly buried. Nobody on this side of the world seems to care.
There are a few of us, people who followed him, who watched for him to make sense of the apparently incomprehensible. For that was his gift: (more…)
“I don’t know who would learn history from monuments. We have history books for that!“
People in general don’t read. This is nothing new; literacy has traditionally only ever been for the elite, not the general masses that make up the work force. Very few have ever learned anything from dry histories anyway. History books and facts as names and numbers and dates — that’s why we fell asleep in class.
But spend a day with me at Gettysburg and I can show you what it meant to fight there. I can take you to the spot where the future was created, tell you the tale of the lost shoes, show you where Reynolds fell and why it mattered, where the 20th Maine made their stand and how, and let you see the terrible beauty of Pickett’s Charge. (more…)
For a long time, there’s been a great deal of controversy about the effect of a legal fiction used during the Civil War. To this day, the U.S. Armed Forces maintain this position, and a lot of folks don’t much care for that fact. Let me simplify it a little and lay it out for you, and you can judge for yourselves. (more…)
The general public is having another pointless debate, this one over the Second Amendment.
I call it a “debate” only out of courtesy. It’s not really a debate; it’s a loud argument and it’s convincing nobody. It’s just like talking to your idiot brother-in-law over the holiday table; after a couple of minutes, both sides are too busy shouting to even hear anyone else, much less actually listen to them. That moment when we drift beyond polite and reasonable discussion is the moment talking stops being productive. (more…)