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History Does Not Repeat Itself, But It Rhymes

History Does Not Repeat Itself, But It Rhymes

I encountered this saying long ago and regarded it as a put-down by some humorist, perhaps Mark Twain, of preoccupation with the past. Maybe I missed some hidden wisdom after all.

History, of course, does not and cannot repeat itself.  …


Just Asking

Just Asking by • September 8, 2010 • Printer-friendly

Does it really make much difference whether Barack Hussein Obama (or anybody else) was actually born in the United States or not?

Is the conquest and permanent occupation …


Bring on the GOP!

Bring on the GOP! by • April 13, 2010 • Printer-friendly

The awful Obama is pushing terrible things on our country like socialised medicine, big spending, corporate bailouts, affirmative action, and amnesty for illegal aliens.  He must …


Lincoln Follies

Lincoln Follies by • February 16, 2009 • Printer-friendly

A few of us now decrepit pre-Reagan “conservatives” can remember the brief flicker of hope of saving the republic that we had around 1980.  Around about that time …


Call Me Simple

Call me simple, but I just can’t understand why I have to pay the banks’ losses but I don’t get a share of their profits.

I know that the music business is very profitable, but I am still cautious about …


What Is History? Part 14

The collective knowledge gained over time includes an awareness of mankind’s tendency to miscalculate.  —Wiley Sword

History tells us where we have been.  Our minds define where we are going.  —Wiley Sword

In every economic boom and bust there …


Further on the Way We Are Now

I find that local radio gives me a good view of the state of American consciousness, or unconsciousness.

Just today I learned that the government is studying how to help “ailing mortgages.”  Defaulters, it seems, have been struck by an …


The Way We Are Now—Continued

“In the name of God, whom we all revere, in the name of liberty we hold so dear, in the name of decency, which we all cherish—what is happening in America?” —Gov. Orval Faubus, broadcast to the people fifty years …


Democrats and Republicans: An Election Meditation

Earnest readers want to know what the difference is between the two major political parties. I have tried to provide some helpful guidance.

Democrat. Someone who believes that when people who have enjoyed a wealthy life but behaved badly get …


On and On With the Way We Are Now

When it comes to be once understood that politics is a game; that those who are engaged in it but act a part; that they make this or that profession, not from honest conviction or intent to fulfill it, but


Observations and Lamentations on the Way We Are Now

Evil rulers then are a sign that God is wroth and angry with us.   —William Tyndale

Though there is little personal likeness, the President that Junior Bush most resembles in actions and conduct in office is Grant—incompetent, corrupt, clueless, easily …


Not to Worry

Me seemes the world is runne quite out of sqaure
From the first point of his appointed sourse,
And being once amisse, growes daily wourse and wourse.
The Faerie Queene

It looks like the economy is going bad, but …


Even More Great American Inventions

Plastic grocery bags guaranteed to spill or break.

Mass telephoning of recorded sales messages (at suppertime).

A minority group endowed with large, unprecedented privileges by law, that continues to complain of oppression by the “privileged” majority.

Advertising and government spending …


More Great American Inventions

The Book of Moroni.

Replacing the White Man’s Burden with the Multicultural Gender-Neutral Burden.

The Lincoln cult.

Politicians and journalists guaranteed to have integrity—they tell you so themselves.

Deification of “education.”  Along with the belief that all students are, or …


Great American Inventions

Decaffeinated coffee.  (What’s the point?)

The hula hoop.

Political nominating conventions.

Criminal athletes.

The Celebrity, a meritless and insignificant person famous for being famous.

The Celebrity as a political force.

Purposeless voting.

Patriotic balloons.

Carnival tent religion.

Mass-produced food and …


Mission Impossible

Persuading a libertarian that a negotiation between one worker and a huge corporation is not a simple free market transaction.

Persuading a libertarian that the Lord gave us the earth for our use, not for our maximum exploitation.

Persuading a …


Honestly, Abe!

“A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.” —Matthew 5:14

How many Americans are aware that Abraham Lincoln was well known for telling dirty stories, engaged in antics (like playing with his feet) when he did not …


Even More Questions About the Way We Are Now

If you were a patriotic “American” of Mideast origin, wouldn’t you willingly cooperate with “ethnic profiling” since it would help to save the lives of your “fellow” citizens?

Want to know how many traffic deaths in my State last year …


Hitler, Churchill, and Reagan

What an orgy of Churchill and Britain bashing we have had of late! One would almost begin to think that the Brits bear most of the blame for World War II and all its attendant horrors. (Actually there is nothing …


Looking for the Hen’s Tooth

“Politics is too serious a matter to be left to politicians.” —De Gaulle

Some things are, as they say, harder to find than a hen’s tooth:

An American college without a commercial sports program.

A Republican politician who really believes …


Questions About the Way We Are Now

“American culture is an infinite regression to moronic vulgarity.” —Thomas Fleming

Napoleon famously called the English “a nation of shopkeepers.” Can we say that Americans are a non-nation of shoppers?

Are you ready for our first Luo-American president?

Are you …


What Is History? Part 11

Clyde N. WilsonThe great events of the world take place in the brain. —Oscar Wilde

A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.  —G.B. Shaw

. . . a brave nation fights only …


American Delusions

Clyde N. Wilson“And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie . . .” —2 Thessalonians 2:11

American public life thrives on delusions treated as facts:

*That you can have a First World economy and …


What Is History? Part 4B

Clyde N. WilsonAmerican Views: The North

The Lord made use of my Pen to write many Books for the advancement of His Kingdome; Yea, and had strangely encouraged and fortified my Serviceableness, by such Marks of Respect from other Parts of the …


Cassandra’s Lament

Clyde N. WilsonIn a previous column I expressed irritation at those numerous folks who confess to having voted for George W. Bush in 2000 (and even 2004) because they were deceived into believing he was a “conservative.” For anyone believing that Bush …


History Is . . . ?

Clyde N. WilsonWhat is History? What do historians claim to be doing? What is it that historians are actually doing? What is it that historians should be doing?

My desire is rather to provoke discussion than to lay down the law. —Sir …


“American” Movies

Clyde N. Wilson” . . . the play’s the thing . . . “   —Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

In a recent outing on this site I gave as an example of the emptiness of American culture the fact that American movies today …