A Constitutional Republic No More

The deliberations of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 were held in strict secrecy. Citizens gathered outside Independence Hall in Philadelphia during the proceedings, attempting to learn what sort of government had been agreed upon behind closed doors. As he exited the Hall, a women asked Benjamin Franklin, "Well, Doctor, what have we got a republic [...]

By | 2016-10-31T10:19:28+00:00 October 27th, 2016|blogroll, News From the Front, Presidential Election, Townhall Magazine, United States of America, US History|Comments Off on A Constitutional Republic No More

Dependency Day

Two-hundred and thirty-six years ago, nearly to the day, after our founders signed the Declaration of Independence, the Roberts Supreme court ruling on Obamacare will make nearly every American dependent on the government for his or her very well-being. June 28, 2012 will be America’s first dependence day. In 1963, President Johnson, shortly after the [...]

By | 2017-02-28T07:31:14+00:00 July 4th, 2012|United States of America, US History|Comments Off on Dependency Day

Immutable Law #10

Declining civilizations will always face superior firepower from ascending civilizations because sovereignty is only temporarily uncontested. In the First Punic War, during the late 240s BC, the Carthaginians grew weary of the long war with Rome and made the decision to decommission much of their fleet and to release from their employ many of their [...]

By | 2017-02-28T07:31:15+00:00 April 30th, 2012|Civilization History, US History|Comments Off on Immutable Law #10

Immutable Law #9

When a civilization accepts the propaganda of its enemy as truth, it has reached the far side of appeasement and capitulation is nigh. In 340 BC the Athenian ambassadors to Macedon, who had negotiated the Peace of Philocrates, returned to Athens and addressed the Assembly. They extolled the virtues and peaceful intentions of the warlord [...]

By | 2017-02-28T07:31:15+00:00 April 27th, 2012|Civilization History, US History|Comments Off on Immutable Law #9

Immutable Law #8

Debasing the currency always destabilizes the governing authority. During the late second century and early third centuries AD several Roman Emperors attempted to inflate the Empire’s wealth. They recalled some of the outstanding gold coinage, secretly melted it down, and reissued it with leaden cores. In each case, this tactic was nearly catastrophic. The secret [...]

By | 2017-02-28T07:31:16+00:00 April 25th, 2012|Civilization History, US History|Comments Off on Immutable Law #8

Immutable Law #7

With the loss of fiscal solvency comes a loss of sovereignty. After the fall of the Roman Empire of the West in AD 476, the Emperor Justinian came to power in Constantinople, the capital of the still existent Roman Empire of the East. With the help of some able generals, Justinian was able to reclaim [...]

By | 2017-02-28T07:31:16+00:00 April 24th, 2012|Civilization History, US History|Comments Off on Immutable Law #7

Immutable Law #6

To hold territory, a state must be populated by those loyal to the central authority. When immigration overwhelms assimilation, the fall is predicted. In the summer of 376 AD, the Roman Emperor, Valens, agreed to allow a very large tribe of Goths to settle in Thrace. He could not have imagined that this decision would [...]

By | 2017-02-28T07:31:16+00:00 April 23rd, 2012|Civilization History, US History|Comments Off on Immutable Law #6

Immutable Law #5

When a free people, through taxation, is deprived of its ability to acquire wealth and property, collapse is presaged. Crushing taxation imposed upon the middle and lower class Romans contributed to the loss of the Roman provinces of Gaul, Iberia, and North Africa to the German invaders of the fifth century. In the second and [...]

By | 2017-02-28T07:31:16+00:00 April 20th, 2012|Civilization History, US History|Comments Off on Immutable Law #5

Immutable Law #4

If a people cannot avoid continuous internal warfare, they will have a new order imposed from without. As the fifth century wore on, leading to the final disappearance of Roman governance in Western Europe, Roman armies continued their long suffering tradition of proclaiming their generals Emperor. While vast portions of Europe and North Africa were [...]

By | 2017-02-28T07:31:16+00:00 April 19th, 2012|Civilization History, US History|Comments Off on Immutable Law #4

Immutable Law #3

Appeasement of a ruthless outside power always invites aggression. Treaties made with ruthless despots are always fruitless and dangerous. Prior to the ultimate conquest of the Greek mainland in 338, Greek allies, Thebes and Athens, negotiated the Peace of Philocrates with Philip II of Macedon. This gave him their acquiescence to the capture and enslavement [...]

By | 2017-02-28T07:31:16+00:00 April 18th, 2012|Civilization History, US History|Comments Off on Immutable Law #3