Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

–  George Santayana

Philip Jenkins offers up a useful history of one of the biggest revolutions of the 20th Century in “So You Want a Cultural Revolution?”  We definitely do not want to repeat Mao’s Chinese Cultural Revolution.  But do we remember how bad it was?  It’s worth refreshing our memories.

You can read the article here: http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/so-you-want-a-cultural-revolution/

detroitruin

An abandoned neighborhood in Detroit

Patrick J. Buchanan asks, “Are Illinois and Puerto Rico Our Future?”  Like Greece, the US Virgin Islands and Guam, as well as the Cities of Detroit, San Bernardino and Stockton, governments throughout the West are finding progressive taxes are unable to keep up with the costs of progressive programs.  Even federal services such as the US Postal Service and AMTRAK run deficits at or near $1 billion every year. Ironically, the progressive state is unsustainable.

ladyjustice

The American Bar Association asks, “What is the Rule of Law?” in its Part I Dialogue.  Meant to initiate discussion as part of the association’s public education efforts, this first part offers an excellent history and overview of this concept vital to a free society.  The full document is available here: https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/migrated/publiced/features/Part1DialogueROL.authcheckdam.pdf

 

antifa

A call to “Resistance.”  A call for violence against police.  College protests physically threatening speakers and destroying property.  Public performers simulating the murder of the President.  Congressional members threatened in public forums. A parade cancelled because of threats against GOP participants.  Masked ANTIFA members throwing bricks and burning cars.  Freeways blocked.   Death threats to President Trump’s family.  College teachers calling for the execution of Trump supporters.  A GOP headquarters bombed.  Police officers assassinated.  And now a Bernie Sanders supporter attempts to assassinate GOP Congressional leaders and their staff.   The “Resistance” is a violent movement against democracy, law and social order.  It is un-American and dangerous.

comeypress

There are two main takeaways from Mr. Comey’s testimony:  1) No one asked Comey to stop the Russia investigation; 2) Comey leaked his memo to the press.  (As usual with Mr. Comey, he took questionable professional action based on his personal beliefs and played coy so he could get political and media attention.)