Monthly Archives: February 2018

Equality Uber Ales

204205_5_“Equality is our hang-up—not God’s.” Selwyn Duke

“If people were not created equal, they were certainly evolved unequal.” G. K. Chesterton

“It’s clear that equality is not a thing of this world.” Selwyn Duke

“In a saner time, Equality Dogma would be considered a vile heresy.” Ibid

Race and IQ: A High School Science Fair Project Ignites a Storm

Selwyn Duke, American Thinker, February 14, 2018

We don’t know the student’s name, but we do know that he hit a nerve — in fact, he hit a whole bunch of them. Identified only as a boy of Asian descent at C.K. McClatchy High School in California, the teen’s recent science-fair project, “Race and IQ,” propounded the thesis that differences in groups’ average intelligence influence their academic performance. He couldn’t win, though, because his project was removed after parents, staff and other students became “upset” and one girl said she felt “unsafe and uneasy.” The irony?

A project on evolution would no doubt have been well received — even though an assumption of racial differences is implicit in evolutionary theory.

In fact, The Sacramento Bee, which hasn’t yet evolved out of the progressive primordial soup, mentioned that the student’s thesis is associated with eugenics (which the Bee casts negatively), the science of improving the human race via selective breeding. The paper is likely unaware, however, that the term “eugenics” itself was coined by Sir Francis Galton — a cousin of famed evolutionist Charles Darwin — and that Galton made clear that in his eugenicist endeavors, he was merely building on his cousin’s work. Continue reading

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Meet Spencer Roane

f38c4a2c205fe31b86f0dd0ad53ad2d2_M“It has been our happiness to believe, that in the partition of powers between the general [Federal] and State governments, the former possessed only such [powers] as were expressly granted, or passed therewith as necessary incidents, while all the residuary powers were reserved by the latter [the State].” Spencer Roane

“Twenty-seven of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were college-educated. Moreover, of the 55 delegates who attended the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787, 30 were college graduates. That is an impressive feat given the challenging entrance requirements of the 18th-century universities.” Joe Wolverton II

Roane and the Republic

Joe Wolverton II, The New American, February 5, 2018, p.33f

From the print edition of The New American

“It has been our happiness to believe, that in the partition of powers between the general and State governments, the former possessed only such as were expressly granted, or passed therewith as necessary incidents, while all the residuary powers were reserved by the latter.”

— Spencer Roane

Had one-time friends John Adams and Thomas Jefferson not had such a high-profile and historic falling out, Spencer Roane would have been chief justice of the Supreme Court. He was Jefferson’s pick, but Adams tapped his fellow nationalist John Marshall to occupy that powerful position.

As it was, Spencer Roane served on the highest court in his home state of Virginia, and became one of Jefferson’s staunchest allies and one of the ablest defenders of federalism and the Constitution, including the concept commonly called “states’ rights.”

Spencer Roane was a member of the Founding Generation who preached and practiced the doctrine of a federal government whose powers were few and defined, with state governments retaining the lion’s share of the authority. It is perhaps for that reason that he has been relegated to the Forgotten Founders file, and it is definitely for that reason that this article is being published. Continue reading

Billy Graham

graham-1“The Rev. Billy Graham, the internationally revered Christian evangelist who died early Wednesday, is expected to be buried in a coffin built years ago by inmates at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.” Grace Toohey, GToohey@TheAdvocate.com, February 21, 2018

“Angola Warden Burl Cain “credits much of the transformation of Angola—from one of the deadliest prisons in the late 20th century to a place of spirituality by the early 2000s—to the Graham family, who donated thousands of dollars to build two chapels on the prison’s property.  He said Graham’s children visited the prison multiple times and preached to the inmates.” Ibid

“Though he was 99, his death felt like the passing of an era, and as I told my mother the news the day before, she began to cry.  My father and she had been married for 62 years, she is a widow now.  The summer they married, they drove to one of Billy Graham’s largest crusades and rededicated their lives to God.”  Susan D. Harris

On Finding Warnings for America from Rev. Billy Graham

Susan D. Harris, American Thinker, February 25, 2018

The old dresser holds my prized possessions.  No jewels or money or a key to a safe deposit box – just simple things that hold a place in my heart.

Today, I’ve opened its weathered drawers to look for an old dress pattern – a memory that was jogged by a conversation with my elderly mother.  I opened the drawer and carefully started sifting through the contents – a 45rpm of John Lennon’s “(Just Like) Starting Over” I’d bought before he was killed; a personal letter from Phyllis Schlafly on being conservative; People magazine’s tribute on the death of Sir Lawrence Olivier, “Goodnight Sweet Prince.”  Then I pulled out a theater program for Camelot signed by Richard Harris; a paperback titled Dark Shadows; and the last issue of George magazine, published before John F. Kennedy, Jr. flew to eternity.

“Ah,” I always say with a smile – one of my favorite old snapshots of me posing in the lobby of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in front of their giant Gone with the Wind/Margaret Mitchell exhibit.  I don’t think they could even have that on display today without threats or protests. Continue reading

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