Thanks Matthew Drake!

Matthew Drake is an illustrator who makes videos based on “contemporary speakers and philosophers.” He wanted to base one on my podcast comparing the 1896 and 2016 elections. I had never seen his work, but I said “please do,” not knowing how great it would turn out. It’s better than great. Below is the video. If you like my podcast, you’ll like the video, and …more

The Vanishing Republic of Our Fathers

The New South is one of the more misunderstood periods in American history. The contemporary narrative generally describes the period and its leaders as dense political hacks riding the coattails of Northern business elites. They were “wannabe” statesmen whose political ideology was singularly tied to race. This perspective is clouded by present conditions and our own short-sighted infatuation with racial politics. Historians often miss the complexity and …more

Keep Jackson on the $20

This article was originally printed at Changes are coming to our fiat currency. Andrew Jackson will be replaced on the $20 and both the $5 and $10 will also be reworked, ostensibly in the name of “inclusion” and “diversity,” but also to prevent against “counterfeiting.” Funny because the United States has been running the printing presses nonstop for the last decade in an attempt …more

Why Secession?

Why are Americans discussing secession in 2016? The Texas Republican Party will be forced to vote on the issue during the Party Convention, and while it will certainly fail, more Americans are interested in the topic that at any time since the 1860s. Secession has not always been such a forbidden subject. I discuss why this is happening and other issues surrounding secession on Episode …more

Will the Supreme Court Uphold Obama’s Illegal Amnesty?

Yesterday (4/18), the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that stemmed from Barack Obama’s executive action in regard to immigration. In 2014, the Obama administration’s Department of Homeland Security issued a memo (not an executive order) that essentially rewrote immigration law in the United States. Obama has since then directed DHS to cease enforcement of several federal immigration laws and has unilaterally resettled thousands …more

Podcast Episode 12: Why Americans are Angry

Why are Americans angry? This is a major theme of the 2016 election, so much so that articles are being published almost weekly on the topic in some fashion. I discuss why this is the case and how it can be fixed. It won’t be from a superhero riding in on a white horse.

We Are All Jeffersonians

Thomas Jefferson is perhaps the greatest enigma of the American age. He wrote and spoke on so many topics that he has become the symbol of virtually every strain of uniquely American political thought. Jefferson is the democrat, the agrarian, the federalist, the republican, the radical, the conservative, the statesman, the planter, the intellectual, the philosopher, the educator. Volumes have been written on his life …more

Lincolnites Are Crazed Warmongers

This piece was originally published at Keith Olbermann is an idiot, but you knew that. He is also a warmonger. That was not evident until earlier this month, and Olbermann doubled down yesterday. Full disclosure. Olbermann once labeled me one of the worst men in America. Since then, and of course not because of me, his career has gone from bad to worse to …more

Understanding Originalism

I recently received a one star “review” at Amazon for my newest release, 9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America and Four Who Tried to Save Her. While I don’t normally respond to critical reviews, I thought this one offered an opportunity to expose some of the myths surrounding the founding generation and the Constitution that the reviewer has undoubtedly absorbed from the modern historical profession. …more

Is Donald Trump the Andrew Jackson or Aaron Burr of Our Time?

Is Donald Trump Andrew Jackson or Aaron Burr? It seems establishment Republicans can’t make up their mind. Those who believe that the 2016 Republican primary season has been the dirtiest campaign in American history need to think again. The pro-Cruz people recently took a shot at Trump that mirrored the 1828 campaign between Andrew Jackson and John Quincy Adams. The Adams camp accused Jackson’s wife, …more