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John Seiler


John Seiler is managing editor at He has written editorials for the Orange County Register for 27 years,. as well as numerous articles for Chronicles and other publications. He served in the U.S. Army as a Russian linguist from 1978 to 1982.

  • Solar Keynesianism

    By John Seiler | March 09, 2015
    Like me, you may be suffering from “jet lag” today because of the “lost” hour yesterday when most of the country – excepting only the sensible states of Arizona and Hawaii – switched to Daylight Savings Time.
  • Renzi Nicht Rienzi

    By John Seiler | February 17, 2015
    The ISIS problem, as I wrote in the March Chronicles, is part of what’s called Fourth Generation War – non-state war. I pointed out 4GW must be countered two ways: First, don’t break up states.
  • Actually, Obama Backs Defending Borders

    By John Seiler | February 12, 2015
    It’s part of the dissolution of what used to be America that the putative government of “We the people” is less concerned about our own actual, porous borders than with the border on the other side of the world of the Ukraine, which most Americans can’t distinguish from the UK.
  • The Sleazy Bowl

    By John Seiler | February 02, 2015
    Every year I vow I’m not going to watch the next one, but inevitably end up watching it anyway. The commercials pushed in yesterday’s game were so gross, so vile, even so blasphemous it should have been called the Sleazy Bowl.
  • 57 million babies and counting, RIP

    By John Seiler | January 22, 2015
    Something died in America 42 years ago today. That’s when the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its 1973 edict, Roe v. Wade, forcing all 50 states to almost completely legalize abortion on demand – even those states that already had legalized it.
  • Thoughts on the Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris

    By John Seiler | January 08, 2015
    Maybe gun control isn’t such a great idea. The killers somehow got AK-47s and possibly other weapons, while the victims suffered from France’s strict gun-control policy. As gun-rights folks say, When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.
  • Chronicles cheer for Christmas 2014

    By John Seiler | December 23, 2014
    This Christmas I’ve been trying to find some glimpses of good cheer in a country that for decades, as Tom Piatak, wrote earlier this month, is far more Pottersville than Bedford Falls, even under national Republicans.
  • Jeb!

    By John Seiler | December 17, 2014
    I’m hoping Jeb Bush will run for president – because his guaranteed demise would be what I hope would be a fitting end to the Bush Dynasty.
  • Torture and Fourth Generation War

    By John Seiler | December 12, 2014
    Discussions on this week’s Senate report on the CIA and torture centered on two things: whether it’s moral. (It isn’t. Before 9/11, all Americans agreed on that.) And whether it worked to protect our country. The report said torture didn’t do any good.
  • GOP Predictably Sells Out America

    By John Seiler | December 03, 2014
    A month ago was a day before the Nov. 4 election. In this space I predicted, “GOP sellout strikes on Wednesday.” It wasn’t hard being Nostradamus. Here’s the latest.
  • Obama Imposes Anarcho-Tyranny on Ferguson

    By John Seiler | November 25, 2014
    Sam Francis' phrase "anarcho-tyranny" described when government, which is supposed to protect ordinary citizens, instead leaves them to anarchy; while the law-abiding are subject to monstrous centralized controls over every aspect of their lives.
  • Last Chance to Stop Obama’s Immigration Anschluss

    By John Seiler | November 21, 2014
    Today President Obama accelerated his Anschluss of illegal aliens into the country whose Constitution he has sworn to uphold, but which he has shredded at every chance.
  • Undercover Big Brother Is Watching You

    By John Seiler | November 19, 2014
    Not only does the U.S. government spy on everything we watch on websites, say on the phone or write in emails or messages. At least 40 agencies use Undercover Big Brother agents to infiltrate everything we do.
  • America’s ‘Bananas’ Middle East Policy

    By John Seiler | November 14, 2014
    In Woody Allen’s farce “Bananas,” he’s being air-dropped into a Central American banana republic to foment a revolution. On the plane are two CIA agents who say this time they’re backing both sides of the revolution to make sure America is on the winning side.
  • GOP sellout strikes Wednesday

    By John Seiler | November 03, 2014
    To turn an American phrase already well worn out: If doing something over and over again and expecting different results is the definition of insanity, all 30 million Republican voters Tuesday should be put in asylums.
  • Chronicles’ Halloween 2014 Most Horrible Americans List

    By John Seiler | October 31, 2014
    What with zombies, Ebola and politicians infecting the Land of the Free, it’s surprising we’ve survived. So it’s time for: Chronicles’ Halloween 2014 Most Horrible Americans List.
  • Krugman Oblivious to Inflation

    By John Seiler | October 22, 2014
    Nobel economics laureate Paul Krugman got upset on a recent plane flight when he saw Ron Paul on NewsMax TV on the jet’s telescreen.
  • Buchanan 92 ‘Culture War’ Speech Still Provokes

    By John Seiler | October 16, 2014
    I can’t think of a political speech in recent decades that more rattles around the back of the conscious of the American mind than Pat Buchanan’s “Culture Wars” speech at the 1992 Republican National Convention in Houston.
  • Tech Oligarchs Assault ALEC

    By John Seiler | October 08, 2014
    In Chronicles two years ago I defended the American Legislative Exchange Council against assaults by George Soros-funded groups seeking to shut down debate.
  • Chronicles’ Politics by the Numbers Dept. ™

    By John Seiler | September 24, 2014
    I’m starting something new here: Chronicles’ by the Numbers Dept. ™
  • Vive L'Écosse Libre!

    By John Seiler | September 18, 2014
    I hope I’m not mangling the French in my title, “Vive l'Écosse Libre!” It’s a gloss on de Gaulle’s shout at Montreal City Hall on July 24, 1967, “Vive le Québec libre!”
  • Waist Deep in the Big Sandy

    By John Seiler | September 12, 2014
    In his Wednesday evening speech, President Obama announced he was sending us back big time into the Big Sandy of Iraq, this time including Syria, to battle the evil forces which he annoyingly, like the rest of administration, still calls ISIL.
  • Welcome Back to the Slammer…er…School

    By John Seiler | September 08, 2014
    American public schools are prisons. They even look like prisons. See the nearby picture of Century High School in Santa Ana.
  • ‘Bless You’ Banned in Georgia College

    By John Seiler | August 27, 2014
    Last week I blogged about a Tennessee high-school classroom banning students saying, “Bless you!” Now the repression has spread to college.
  • Functionally atheist government schools

    By John Seiler | August 20, 2014
    A couple of times in my writings for Chronicles I’ve mentioned “functionally atheist government schools.” That’s what they’ve been since the early 1960s, when several U.S. Supreme Court edicts effectively banned any mention of religion, or anything approaching religion, from public schools.
  • Will there be an Independence Day 2015?

    By John Seiler | July 04, 2014
    As Independence Day 2014 approaches, I’m still wondering when one of the Republican presidential candidates is going to seize the immigration issue and march to victory in the White House.
  • How’d the Iraq War work out for you?

    By John Seiler | June 18, 2014
    I always think of my neighbor's son who died by an IED back in 2006 whenever some big news comes out about Iraq, such as the recent reports on the ISIS al Qaeda affiliate taking over large areas of Iraq the U.S. military had conquered a decade ago. It was all for nothing, people are saying.
  • Schadefreude over Michael Moore’s divorce?

    By John Seiler | June 13, 2014
    Raised a Catholic, his marriage likely is sacramental, which means he still would be married whatever decision is made by the courts of the civil government he loves so much and seeks to expand ad infinitum.
  • Immigration issue lying in the street

    By John Seiler | June 11, 2014
    Right now the immigration issue is lying in the street for whatever Republican presidential candidate, if any, is willing to pick it up – and not just toy with it, but make another 40-year ban the centerpiece of his campaign.
  • D.C. Vampires Devouring U.S. Economy

    By John Seiler | May 28, 2014
    At the top of a chart which shows the decline in Real Median Household Income, the state at the top of the list with no decline was Washington, D.C. It’s a giant vampire sinking its teeth into the rest of the country and devouring its blood.
  • Nado alert! Nado alert!

    By John Seiler | May 14, 2014
    “Nado alert! Nado alert!” people were screaming about 1 am outside my room at Michaels Barracks in Hoechst, West Germany, a couple of days after I was posted there on Sept. 12, 1979.
  • USA becomes military dictatorship

    By John Seiler | May 07, 2014
    With little fanfare, in the past week the United States officially became a military dictatorship.
  • Rummy is the tax problem, not the solution

    By John Seiler | April 22, 2014
    In his actual tweet, SecDef Donald Rumsfeld wrote, “That I & most Americans have no idea whether our taxes are accurate tells us something.” Yes. And one thing it tells us that he still won’t admit he’s a major cause of the problem.
  • April 15: Tax slavery day

    By John Seiler | April 15, 2014
    Another year, another April 15 when the government gouges us to the bone.
  • President Meets Pope

    By John Seiler | March 31, 2014
    When President Obama met with Pope Francis, I was expecting a Walk to Canossa. It turned out the latest in a long line of reactionary disappointments.
  • Ex-Democracy in America

    By John Seiler | March 25, 2014
    Let’s skip worrying about democracy in Ukraine, Crimea and Russia for a few minutes. And concentrate on democracy right here in America. Yet another federal judge overturned state laws banning the absurdity of same-sex “marriage,” in this case in Michigan.
  • CPAC moves to Rockford?

    By John Seiler | March 11, 2014
    Here’s how you’ll know the conservative movement means something again: When the Conservative Political Action Conference, which just held its annual meeting, moves from Washington, D.C. to Rockford. Or Dubuque. Or Peoria. Or Helena. Or San Antonio. Or Bakersfield.
  • I scream, you scream, we all scream for Ukraine

    By John Seiler | March 04, 2014
    “Would you mind not shooting at the thermonuclear weapons?” is a line from the bad guy, played by John Travolta, in the 1996 action flick “Broken Arrow.” Not a great addition to our national culture, but slightly enjoyable at the time.
  • Six Californias?

    By John Seiler | February 24, 2014
    California is a preposterously large state, with 38 million dwellers stretching toward 138 million. So it’s not surprising a new idea to split it into six states has gurgled up from Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper, who’s holding a press conference today, Feb. 24, at 6 pm EST.
  • Stop Clowning Around

    By John Seiler | February 17, 2014
    Seriously, if possible, the NY Daily News reports: “Membership at the country’s largest trade organizations for the jokesters has plunged over the past decade as declining interest, old age and higher standards among employers align against Krusty, Bozo and their crimson-nosed colleagues.”
  • Russkies Jibe at American Loss of Freedoms

    By John Seiler | February 12, 2014
    A great way to attack somebody is to mock hypocrisy over a perceived strength. During the Cold War, anti-communist writers like yours truly would scribble something like this about the Soviet Union: “In the workers’ paradise, only the bosses have cars and a washing machine is your babushka (grandmother).” Payback time.