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Marvin Folkersma


    Wed, August 27, 2014

    Dealing With Barbarism


    On September 2, 1945, V-J Day, the funeral-like solemnity of the Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri was shattered by the thunder of 400 B-29 bombers flying overhead, accompanied by an ...

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    Thu, July 31, 2014

    The Great War at 100


    On August 3, 1914, British Foreign Secretary Edward Grey gave a speech before Parliament that "proved to be one of those junctures by which people afterward date events," according to ...

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    Thu, July 10, 2014

    The Environmental Purity Agency


    The rollout of the Environmental Protection Agency's new draft regulation to limit greenhouse gases was accompanied by a brilliant political cartoon that showed a pair of hapless fellows with ...

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    Thu, July 03, 2014

    Renewing the Spirit of '76


    July 4, 1776 gave birth to perhaps the most revolutionary political document in the history of civilization, submitted by men who proclaimed, "with a firm reliance on the protection of divine ...

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    Thu, December 13, 2012

    American Politics as a Confidence Game


    Reading post-2012-election news reports can be hazardous to one's mental health, particularly for the sanity-challenged among us. But perhaps the singularly most prescient comments come from long ...

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    Mon, November 19, 2012

    The Decline and Fall of America


    A few days after the election of 2012 the very talented Michael Ramirez published a political cartoon that perhaps conveyed a more profound meaning than he anticipated. He depicted a pair of hands ...

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    Tue, October 02, 2012

    Mitt Romney and the Politics of Virtue


    When Mitt Romney blurted out his now notorious 47-percent lament, liberal gaffe-o-meters went ballistic, acting as though he were an American Ebenezer Scrooge who had just shoved Tiny Tim Cratchit ...

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    Fri, September 21, 2012

    President Obama's Munich Moment


    In September 1938 the British prime minister had a problem. The Third Reich's
    psychopath-in-chief was scorching the airwaves in one of his trademark rants,
    this time about the supposed ...

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    Wed, August 08, 2012

    The Significance of VJ Day


    Consider this fictitious scenario: In the summer of 1950, President Thomas E. Dewey faced a national security crisis of extraordinary proportions–one that his advisors agreed likely would ...

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    Tue, July 17, 2012

    The Obama Nullification Doctrine


    In December 1828, South Carolina had 5,000 copies of John C. Calhoun's "Exposition and Protest" printed and distributed throughout the state. A defiant document, Calhoun's ...

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    Thu, May 31, 2012

    Remembering the Significance of D-Day


    At 0227 hours on the morning of June 6, 1944, Lieutenant Robert Mathias saw the red light flash above the door of his C47 "Dakota" aircraft, signaling his men to get ready to parachute into ...

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    Mon, April 30, 2012

    Remember Victory in Europe Day


    December 1941 is usually remembered by Americans as that fateful month when
    Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, thus thrusting the United States into World War
    II. However, consider an alternate ...

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    Wed, April 11, 2012

    Sick Chickens and Sick Laws


    When President Obama made his famous declaration about how he was confident that "that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law ...

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    Fri, March 09, 2012

    A Centennial Verdict on Progressivism


    Contemporary liberals fondly recall their progressive forebears from a century past, who railed against trusts and fought for social justice. Certainly, their forebears did much to make them proud; ...

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    Wed, January 04, 2012

    Rembering Battlers of the Bulge


    On December 16, 1944, the men of Lieutenant Lyle Bouck's platoon had their all-night vigil interrupted by a pre-dawn fusillade of artillery rounds from a hundred German guns, their muzzle flashes ...

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    Fri, October 28, 2011

    Wall Street Mob and French Connection


    In "The Wild One," Marlin Brando plays Johnny, a leather-jacketed vagabond sporting a black-brim hat perched on his head at a rakish angle, below which lurk piercing dark eyes and a sneer ...

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    Tue, October 18, 2011

    America's Orwellian Liberalism


    The ink was barely dry on the asterisk in Jimmy Hoffa Jr.'s rant about taking out those "sons-of-b*tches"–referring to Tea Party members–when the vice president made his own ...

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    Thu, September 15, 2011

    America's Mark Twain Conservatives



    Attempting to categorize conservatism in the 21st century runs the risk of plunging into the briar patch of academic labeling or the fever swamp of left-wing vitriol. In the first category, ...

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    Wed, August 24, 2011

    Obama: From Truman's Whistle-Stop to Wilsonian Folly


    President Obama's tour through the Midwest in a coal-black Darth Vader-mobile begs comparison with past presidential excursions. I'm thinking of those made by presidents Harry Truman and Woodrow ...

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    Fri, July 29, 2011

    The Significance of Congressman West


    Amidst the rhetorical pyrotechnics surrounding July's debt-ceiling debates,
    another controversy streaked across the sky like a comet, flared for an
    instant, then receded into the maelstrom ...

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    Fri, July 15, 2011

    Americans Without Chests


    As Americans prepared to mark the birth of their country with the usual outpouring of celebratory events, pundits on the political right were scratching their heads over President Obama's most recent ...

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    Thu, May 26, 2011

    Spring Contrasts


    Madison, Wisconsin's winter follies relinquished their national attention to Tuscaloosa's tornado in April, events along the Mississippi in May, and finally to the most recent twister in Joplin, ...

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    Thu, April 07, 2011

    America's March of Folly


    The budget deficits from the first two years of the Obama administration are of sufficient magnitude to spring Dr. "Billions and Billions" Carl Sagan from his grave. Sagan could sue for ...

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    Thu, December 02, 2010

    Dealing with the Debt Monster




    In January 1850, President Zachary Taylor peppered the air with language bluer than a Union uniform. He asserted that he would personally lead an army against traitors who threatened ...

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    Fri, October 22, 2010

    How the Progressives Will Win



    Karl Marx once commented that voters' choices in a democracy constituted little more than deciding which bourgeois party would oppress them the most. The old misanthrope's views on such ...

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    Fri, October 08, 2010

    A TEA Party Cheat Sheet



    The Tea Party Movement, otherwise known as the Great Peasant Revolt of 2010, has been greeted by the country's ruling class with all the sympathy that Voltaire expressed toward the Catholic ...

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    Thu, May 06, 2010

    When Regimes Reach Insanity


    On August 25, 1914, in a spate of disorder, shots rang out from the Belgian town of Louvain, instigating its German occupiers to launch a frenzy of looting and destruction. Crazed soldiers butchered ...

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    Fri, March 19, 2010

    The Progressives' Destruction of Constitutional Rights


    Editor's note: This is one of many coming articles from The Center for Vision Values dealing with the topic of our April 15-16 conference on "The Progressives." Click here for information. ...

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    Thu, March 04, 2010

    The Politics of Arrogance


    On the eve of the German offensive against France in August 1914, Kaiser Wilhelm confidently asserted to some departing troops, "You will be home before the leaves have fallen from the ...

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    Thu, January 28, 2010

    The Relevance of Scott Brown


    Republicans have greeted Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts with the sort of relief expressed by Winston Churchill when he learned that Pearl Harbor had prompted America to finally enter the war; ...

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    Wed, December 02, 2009

    Finally, An Honest Con Game


    "This is not funny, this is serious stuff!" intones a flock of furrow-browed politicos about that well-dressed couple who conned their way into a White House shindig. Yes and no, in that ...

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    Tue, November 24, 2009

    Barack and the Buchanan Precedent


    Presidential comparisons that greeted Barack Obama's election ranged from the sublime to the transcendent. He was variously described as the second coming of John F. Kennedy, a re-embodiment of ...

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    Fri, October 30, 2009

    Washington's Masque of the Red Death


    New administrations normally inspire commentators into rummaging through a thesaurus to extract that single phrase or word that is apposite to the times. Instead musing about a reincarnation of The ...

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    Thu, September 18, 2008

    A Tale of Two Narratives -- And the Palin Paradigm


    Reactions to Governor Palin's selection as Senator McCain's running mate ranged from laughter to incredulity and then from alarm to panic. Indeed, editorials on the danger she poses to Senator ...

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