John C. Seiler, Jr.

John C. Seiler, Jr., writes from California.

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  • Newtwisting the Trayvon Martin Killing

    Newspapers are down and will soon be out, destroyed by the internet. Next to follow them into the sewer pipes of history will be TV network news—first broadcast, then cable...In the meantime, there’s still a lot of money to be made gluing eyes to the page or screen the old-fashioned way: by stirring up wars or riots.

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  • What Have They Wrought?
    May 2012

    What Have They Wrought?

    In spring 2005, President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney were beginning their second term in office. They were expending some “political capital,” as Bush put it, advancing their Social Security reform plan.

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  • The Unbearable Bulldozers of Walmart
    April 2012

    The Unbearable Bulldozers of Walmart

    A theory about the mafia that was advanced in these pages by the late Samuel Francis about 15 years ago explains how Walmart, Costco, and Home Depot drive out your corner grocery, the local pharmacist, and Joe’s Hardware. The national expansion of these blights isn’t free enterprise. It’s more akin to the nationwide expansion of organized crime a century ago.

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  • Romney: Making the World Safe for Plutocracy
    February 2012

    Romney: Making the World Safe for Plutocracy

    Like his father, Mitt was a liberal governor, in his case imposing on Bay Staters his RomneyCare socialized-medicine scheme. It has cast a shadow over the conservative persona he’s adopted in his two presidential campaigns.

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  • January 2012

    Moonbeam Returns

    California is like a beautiful woman who always falls for losers. In just the past 13 years, voters put on the governor’s throne Gray Davis, who was so bad he was dumped from power in the state’s historic 2003 recall.

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  • December 2011

    Gardasil Rick

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry enjoyed one month as the heartthrob of the Republican Party. He announced his presidential bid on August 13, overshadowing Rep. Michele Bachmann’s narrow victory over Rep. Ron Paul in the Ames Straw Poll.

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  • November 2011

    Aborted Economy

    “Demography is destiny,” sociologists and demographers tell us. No. Morality is destiny. Demography stems from that, as does economics. Americans now are learning that lesson the hard way.

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  • Ayn the Antichrist
    October 2011

    Ayn the Antichrist

    “Who is John Galt?” again rings throughout the land. Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand’s doorstop novel chronicling a general strike of the productive against the “looters,” gains resonance during times of increasing government control.

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  • September 2011

    September 11: Ten Years After

    I turned on the tube in time to see the second airliner crash into the south tower of the World Trade Center. My first thought: How horrible—thousands of people are dying. A few seconds later, my second thought: The government is going to use this to take away our liberties.

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  • The Hidden Stability of Oil Prices

    The Hidden Stability of Oil Prices

    A problem now is the cost of gasoline. When I first started driving on my 16th birthday in 1971 in Michigan, gas cost 31¢ per gallon. I could afford it by mowing neighbors’ lawns and working as a library page.

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  • May 2011

    Facts Are Stubborn Things

    It took only 22 years after he left the White House for conservatives to turn Ronald Reagan into a totem. The celebrations surrounding his 100th birthday on February 6 made George Washington look like a back-bench legislator.

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  • Re-Newtering America
    April 2011

    Re-Newtering America

    Newt Gingrich is back! In fact, it’s his fourth or fifth comeback. He has his third wife in tow, two new DVDs, that old gift for the flabby-gabby, and presidential ambitions.

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  • Babes in Arms

    U.S. military veterans know firsthand that putting women close to the front lines is not only idiotic but perverse. Yet that’s been U.S. policy for more than 30 years.

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  • Gelded Europeans
    February 2011

    Gelded Europeans

    Those who have the duty of teaching in the church and in civil society must always offer the genuine reasons for human conduct and use the rhetorical and odious comparison very sparingly.

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  • Rainbow Camo
    February 2011

    Rainbow Camo

    The controversy over ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) is a typical modern morality tale, in which the moral always lose.

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  • January 2011

    Mortgages From Hell

    A mortgage crisis still haunts the country like a credit collector calling you daily about your unpaid Visa bill. It’s harder to get a mortgage than it has been in the memory of anyone living.

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  • January 2011

    California Exodus

    California’s November 2010 election results were seen by national pundits as a “firewall” that stemmed the tide of Republican victories sweeping across the country. Actually, this was a Republican disaster long in the making.

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  • December 2010

    America's Defense Bleeds—Out

    In the run-up to the November elections, Republicans comforted themselves by passing around an analysis by the bipartisan Congressional Budget Office showing that spending on the Iraq war so far has been “only” $709 billion. They pointed out that President Obama’s wasteful stimulus actually cost $100 billion more.

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  • October 2010

    Blago Nullification

    Call it the luck of the Serbs. If deposed Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich had been charged with trying to sell a U.S. Senate seat in the months after September 11, he would have been shipped off to Guantanamo and never heard from again.

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  • September 2010

    The Panic of 2011

    If you’re old or sick and have a lot of money, I suggest taking a trip out of the country, away from your heirs, until January 1, 2011. And don’t tell them where you’re going. On that date, the death tax for rich folks goes from the current 0 percent to 55 percent.

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