America has a severe educational problem: It is full of people, many of them in prominent positions, who have been educated beyond their intelligence. In fact, such people are more prominent as leaders in most American institutions than people of knowledge and character.
Another educational problem: several million people who have been made unemployable by being sent to college, for which they were unqualified. And being exposed to professors who are part of the education problem above.
If we really must avoid speaking evil of the dead, we will have to give up all serious history and political commentary. Traditional Anglo-American law recognizes this. Slander or libel against a dead person is not actionable because such person cannot be harmed by it.
The U.S.’s most hallowed military cemetery is on stolen property---indeed, property stolen from the family of George Washington.
Culturally, the U.S. is already a Third World country. Just watch a few hours of daytime television. Or experience the raucous noise of public places. Or take a look at your local magazine rack.
In films about famous Americans of the past, the characters are almost always played by Brits or British Commonwealth natives. (Lincoln has recently been played by the Englishman Daniel Day-Lewis and Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gelhorn by two Australians.) Why is this? Could it be because there are too few Americans with the requisite intelligence or Anglo-Saxon appearance and demeanor? The same is true, to a lesser degree for other American characters in film. If Brits, Canadians, and Australians were eliminated from Hollywood, there would be few major actors left.
The federal takeover of education and medicine a half-century ago, known as “the Great Society,” has been a colossal failure if its goal was a better society. It has, however, made a lot of people richer than they were and provided politicians with endless opportunities for benevolent posturing, bribery, and patronage. Maybe that was its real goal all along.
A certain way to identify a Republican: one who blames economic difficulties on workers, unions, and the minimum wage rather than on the incompetence, irresponsibility, and greed of capitalists and politicians.
A society that will send poor women to fight while rich men wallow in luxurious safety is not worth fighting for and has a poor prospect of long-term survival.
Many Americans are alarmed right now about possible military force against American civilians in the future. They forget that it has already happened in a major way. It is known as the Civil War and Reconstruction.
Clyde N. Wilson is a contributing editor to Chronicles. A retired professor of history at the University of South Carolina, he is the author of numerous books, including Carolina Cavalier: The Life and Mind of James Johnston Pettigrew and Defending Dixie: Essays in Southern History and Culture. He is the editor of The Papers of John C. Calhoun.