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Thomas Jefferson on Public Debt by W. Winston Elliott III

Thomas Jefferson on Public Debt

public debt

by Thomas Jefferson

‎”We are ruined, Sir, if we do not over rule the principles that ‘the more we owe, the more prosperous we shall be,’ ‘that a public debt furnishes the means of enterprise,” that if ours should be once paid off, we should incur another by any means however extravagant.”– to James Monroe, 1791

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We address a wide variety of major issues including: What is the essence of conservatism? What was the role of faith in the American Founding? Is liberal learning still possible in the modern academy? Should conservatives and libertarians be allies? What is the proper role for the American Republic in spreading ordered liberty to other cultures/nations?

We have a great appreciation for the thought of Russell Kirk, T.S. Eliot, Irving Babbitt and Christopher Dawson, among other imaginative conservatives. However, some of us look at the state of Western culture and the American Republic and see a huge dark cloud which seems ready to unleash a storm that may well wash away what we most treasure of our inherited ways. Others focus on the silver lining which may be found in the next generation of traditional conservatives who have been inspired by Dr. Kirk and his like. We hope that The Imaginative Conservative answers T.S. Eliot’s call to “redeem the time, redeem the dream.”



Oct. 17, 2013 11:59pm 

It was the first day after congressional Republicans, by many accounts, made a big show over delaying the implementation of Obamacare during the government shutdown and then essentiallycaved to Democrats in the 11th hour.

It’s also the day after Newark Mayor Cory Booker — who’s made news of late over a Twitter friendship with a vegan stripper, an allegedly imaginary drug lord friend named T-Bone, and allegations that he doesn’t actually live in Newark — managed to win a U.S. Senate seat in New Jersey.

John Wayne Comments on Liberals in 1975 Interview

So if you’re feeling down, lend your ears to the hardscrabble words of John Wayne.

These excerpts from a 1975 interview — nearly 40 years ago — sound like the Duke could have uttered them today, as he digs into liberal political tactics and fiscal policies.

Here’s Wayne’s take on those who lean left all the way back in the Ford presidency: “They never listen to your point of view, and they make a decision as to what you think, and they’re articulate enough and in control of enough of the press to force that image out for the average person.”

OK, pilgrim — here’s the Duke as only he can say it, credited on YouTube to interviewer Tony Macklin (content warning: as you might expect, a bit of salty language ahead):

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YA HEY: Persecution & Salvation for the Coptic Christians in Egypt

I created this music video during the height of the slaughter of Coptic Christians in Egypt during August, 2013.  This film looks at the current persecutions of Christians in light of Catholic Revelation on salvation history and the redeeming merits of Our Lord, Jesus Christ.  Though this film addresses the Coptic Christians in Egypt may it stand as a symbol of hope for all persecuted in the name of Christ.

Abraham Lincoln: A Man and a Leader of Men by T.Elliot Goiser

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Abraham Lincoln

by T. Elliot Gaiser

Presented at a debate sponsored by the Hillsdale College Republicans and the Fairfield Society in commemoration of President’s Day, February 20, 2011.

Today I am called by the President of the College Republicans, Baillie Jones, to address Abraham Lincoln’s merits as a statesman.

You might be expecting this discussion to center on whether or not Lincoln was right in using war to prevent secession, which would open debate on the constitutional and philosophical justifications for secession and the historical facts surrounding 19th century America.

Of these facts, my family has been personally aware. I am descended of the son of the son of Thomas Anderson Smith, a free plantation owner of southern Virginia and, as I am told, one of only hundreds to reach the crest of Pickett’s charge in Gettysburg before falling to a near-fatal bayonet wound. I’ve walked the land, my family’s land, that was lost to us in this tragedy of brother against brother. And my heart is really there, in the south, which I believe today represents much of what is good and chivalrous and hospitable in America. Continue reading

Justice Jennine Blasts Obama’s Handling of the Middle East


Planned Parenthood Doesn’t Share Martin Luther King’s Dream, It Follows Sanger’s


Planned Parenthood Doesn’t Share Martin Luther King’s Dream, It Follows Sanger’s

by Jimmie Hollis | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 8/27/13 10:43 AM


Parenthood participation or support in any celebration, march or rally honoring Rev. Dr. Martin L. King Jr. is not only insulting, but a slap in the face of this great man, a smear on his dream that all life is precious, and worse of all, Planned Parenthood has the blood of millions of murdered babies, mostly black, on their hands and foreheads.

Lets look at Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Louise (Higgins) Sanger. She is considered the “mother” of the birth control movement in America by establishing various health clinics. Her efforts would eventually lead to today’s Planned Parenthood. All of her work in the area of birth control was during a very contentious and racially charged time in America, dating from the Reconstruction Era well into the ‘50s. Some of her thoughts and beliefs reflected the attitudes of the time concerning Negroes, and she made decisions and assertions that many have construed as racists.

I have studied the life and history of the Planned Parenthood founder for many years reading accounts and reports by those who admire and support her as someone who did not have a racist bone in her body. Other reports and studies reflect just the opposite citing her endeavors as purposely racist as demonstrated by her work on her “Negro Project” and from quotes in her letters that she penned on the subject of birth control and the Negro.

For myself, I am in the latter camp of thinking, but arguments can be made about the following:

1. Sanger said her concern for controlling births of Negroes was more about the economic consequences that their uncontrolled and prolific births presented to the nation’s economy especially in the South as they (Negroes) were the poorest and less educated. They were also the least desirable, like human weeds, having negative effect on the South’s economy as they multiplied. (Smith College, The Margaret Sanger Papers)

2.  Others say that the purpose of her Negro Project was to infiltrate the black community by presenting birth control as a “health option” for women to kill off black babies to reduce black population. In a letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble, Mrs. Sanger stated, “We should hire three or four colored ministers to sell the Negro Project because they would be well received by the black population. We do not want the word to get out to blacks that we want to exterminate them. The Negro ministers could stop those kind of thoughts by any of their more rebellious members.” (The National Black Prolife Union)

3. Sanger wrote that she was helping Negroes to control their birth rate, reduce their high infant and maternal death rate, and to maintain better health standards. In other words giving Negroes the opportunity to help themselves. (Black Americans for Life)

4. Yet the patriarchal racism of the times guided many of the social policies regarding the fear of an exploding black underclass rather than promoting the health and sexual liberation of black women. Sanger and many of her friends and partners exhibited strong racist sentiments, some of them arguing for and even carrying out compulsory sterilization only on black women because they were considered to be low intelligence, behaviorally deviant and therefore not capable of choosing not to control their fertility. (Margaret Sanger Papers)

There is strong argument on the side of those who think of Sanger as a racist who had dubious intentions toward Negroes given the times in which she lived. The Reconstruction period after the Civil War increased hatred and racial division. Most whites were not sympathetic to blacks and looked upon them in an unfavorable light. Not even white women in the South at that time were given concerted health attention from local and state clinics. Given that, it is hard to believe that Sanger and her people would focus on the best interest of black women fresh out of slavery.

Rev. Dr. Martin L. King Jr. once said, “The Negro cannot win as long as he is willing to sacrifice the lives of his children for comfort and safety. How can the ‘dream’ survive if we murder the children? Every baby is like a slave in the womb of his or her mother and she should decide his or her fate.” (Alveda King Papers).

LifeNews Note: Jimmie Hollis is a resident of Millville, New Jersey.


Asking Aaron Clarey: Has America seen its best days? by Joseph Cotto

Asking Aaron Clarey: Has America seen its best days?


The popular economist shares his opinion on this and more.
OCALA, Fla., August 22, 2013 — The boy throws a baseball to his father, and Dad catches it in the palm of his gloved hand.

“Nice toss, son!” He says with an encouraging smile.

Afterward, his daughter shouts “Here it comes, Dad!” and tosses the baseball. Like before, Dad reaches for the ball and catches it in midair.

“Great toss, sweetheart,” he states.

Later, a different boy warns “Get ready, Dad!” and sends the baseball off. Unlike before, Dad is not the typical suburban-looking thirtysomething, but a life-sized check from the federal government. The ball hits the check and bounces off of it, falling to the ground shortly before Uncle Sam’s subsidy does.

As the check struggles on the grass, a narrator offers some insightful words: “Government checks; they can replace fathers, but not very well.”

The scene then cuts to an advertisement for economist Aaron Clarey’s ebooks. One of these, released earlier this year, is entitled “Enjoy the Decline”. It draws the conclusion that America is so far gone socioeconomically that all concerned citizens can do is sit back and relax as the country deteriorates.

Yesterday, Clarey spoke about how and why he determined that our country is falling down. Today, he shares more of his views on the subject.

For instance, why has he encouraged people to enjoy the United States’s decline? Continue reading

Egypt’s Christians are Facing a Jihad by Nina Shea

Reuters-Egypt-Coptic-Christians-candlelight-protest-photog-Stringer-Egypt Christians are Facing a Jihad by Nina Shea

Aug 19, 2013


Violent aggression by Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists, including those sympathetic to al-Qaeda, continues to be directed at one of the world’s oldest Christian communities, following the military’s break up last week of Brotherhood sit-ins. The Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party has been inciting the anti-Christian pogroms on its web and Facebook pages. One suchpage, posted on August 14, lists a bill of particulars against the Christian Coptic minority, blaming it, and only it, for the military’s crackdown against the Brotherhood, alleging that the Church has declared a “war against Islam and Muslims.” It concludes with the threat, “For every action there is a reaction.” This builds on statements in the article “The Military Republic of [Coptic Pope] Tawadros,” carried on the MB website in July, about the Coptic Church wanting to “humiliate” Muslims and eradicate Islam.

The litany of attacks is long: St. George Church, St. Mary’s Church, Good Shepherd’s Church, the Pentecostal Church, in Minya; St. Therese Church, Church of the Reformation, Church of the Apostle, Holy Revival Church, St. John’s Church, in Assiut; Church of the Virgin Mary in Cairo, St. Damiana Church, the Evangelical Church, and Joseph’s Church, in Fayoum; Church of the Archangel Michael, St. Saviors Anglican Church, the Greek Orthodox and Franciscan churches, in Suez; Fr. Maximus Church and St. George’s Church, in Alexandria. . .

As of Sunday night, some 58 churches, as well as several convents, monasteries, and schools, dozens of Christian homes and businesses, even the YMCA, havebeen documented as looted and burned or subject to other destruction by Islamist rioters. The Coptic Pope remains in hiding and many Sunday services did not take place as Christian worshipers stayed home, fearing for their lives. A dozen or so Christians have been attacked and killed for being Christian so far.

For the first time in 1,600 years, Sunday prayers were canceled at the Orthodox Monastery of the Virgin Mary and Priest Ibram in Degla, south of Minya, because the three churches there were destroyed by the mob. In Cairo, Franciscan nuns watched as the cross over the gate to their school was torn down and replaced by an al-Qaeda flag and the school itself torched; Sister Manal, the principal, reported that three nuns were then marched through the streets as prisoners of war, as neighborhood mobs “hurled abuse” at them along the way. Continue reading

The Political Problem of Evil by Robert Oscar Lopez

The Political Problem of Evil

By Robert Oscar Lopez

I had a recent meeting with a priest, who said something to me that I would have never taken seriously prior to a year ago.  He said, “You are fighting against real darkness.”  He was referring to my involvement in a movement to protect the rights of children to be raised by a mom and dad.

For most of my life I’d been wary of anything that seemed superstitious.  The Catholicism I knew as a youth was a liberation theology championed by my lesbian mother and articulated by radical priests who’d gotten involved in Central American insurgencies.  For twelve years of public school in upstate New York, regardless of the racism around us, the curriculum was wholesomely multicultural.  Then I went to an Ivy League college a year after Allan Bloom published The Closing of the American Mind.  Back then, only a few old people had realized that open-mindedness taken to the extreme would become moral blindness.

Needless to say, little in my life prompted me to speak in terms of good and evil prior to 2012.

It was a year ago, however, in an article on The Public Discourse, that I came forward with a truthful critique of the LGBT movement.  That movement and its problems were something that I knew more personally than almost anyone in the world, since I’d been raised from my toddler years onward in a gay household, and I came out as bisexual myself the same year that my mother passed away. Continue reading

The Demise of Congressional Deliberation: Willmoore Kendall by John Alvis

The Demise of Congressional Deliberation: Willmoore Kendall

by John Alvis 79-john-alvis

John Alvis

The one teaching of Willmoore Kendall’s toward which all his early thought tended and from which radiated all his later thought was this: America’s vindication of the capacity of men for self-government rests upon its devotion to the idea of a virtuous people, under God, determining national policy by the deliberations of a supreme legislature composed of representatives who should reflect the moral beliefs of the people and should deliberate under conditions free, open, rational, and accountable. How does that teaching fare today, and how might it serve to guide us in our present predicament? The time is seasonable for a reassessment of the grounds of our trust in representative democracy for we have cause to feel concern that recent alterations in the way Congress conducts its business have corrupted its ability to deliberate and threaten to erode the very foundations of rule of law.

A Pre-Lockean Tradition

Kendall undertook to examine the founding documents of the nation—The Declaration, Constitution, Bill of Rights—in the light of political developments native to America. This native tradition for the most part antedated John Locke or could be considered apart from Lockean influence. Kendall went back to the Mayflower Compact, The General Orders of Connecticut and the Massachusetts Body of Liberties in order to locate the ideas—he called them “symbols”—which would carry forward to the Virginia Declaration of Rights, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.[1] Kendall constantly emphasized the non-Lockean character of this tradition insisting against the prevailing contemporary view that America’s first principles derive not from European contractarian theory but from the country’s indigenous experience because he had concluded that the form of government developed out of this experience rectified what was faulty in contract theory.

In his earliest book, John Locke and the Doctrine of Majority RuleKendall identified the problem which in various forms would occupy him throughout his career: how can one reconcile majority rule with justice, especially justice conceived as the rights of the minority? Not by the doctrine taught in the Two Treatises, for Kendall detected two incompatible concerns in Locke’s thought: an affirmation of the right of the majority to rule yet an insistence upon the inviolability of individual rights. Locke, he thought, provided no reasonable assurance that government founded upon majority rule would secure the rights of individuals, or of the minority.[2] Yet Kendall believed that America had been uniquely successful in reconciling democracy with liberty, that it had achieved simultaneously majoritarian government and protection of rights proper to human nature. He was interested therefore in the question what in the American experience enabled this people to solve the problem Locke had left unanswered. Continue reading

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