Author: Dr. Marvin Folkertsma



December 16, 2012

American Politics as a Confidence Game

Filed under: Elections & Voting,Politics In General - 16 Dec 2012

Reading post-2012-election news reports can be hazardous to one’s mental health, particularly for the sanity-challenged among us. But perhaps the singularly most prescient comments come from long ago—from the pen of America’s most profound novelist, Herman Melville, whose words in …

November 19, 2012

The Decline and Fall of America

Filed under: American Society & Heritage - 19 Nov 2012

A few days after the election of 2012 the very talented Michael Ramirez published a political cartoon that perhaps conveyed a more profound meaning than he anticipated. He depicted a pair of hands extending from star-studded sleeves (presumably from a …

October 5, 2012

Mitt Romney and the Politics of Virtue

Filed under: Politics In General - 05 Oct 2012

When Mitt Romney blurted out his now notorious 47-percent lament, liberal gaffe-o-meters went ballistic, acting as though he were an American Ebenezer Scrooge who had just shoved Tiny Tim Cratchit into a ditch and then burned down a crutch factory.

September 24, 2012

President Obama’s Munich Moment

In September 1938 the British prime minister had a problem. The Third Reich’s psychopath-in-chief was scorching the airwaves in one of his trademark rants, this time about the supposed oppression of Germans living in Czechoslovakia. He threatened war unless Western …

August 12, 2012

Remembering the Significance of VJ Day

Filed under: History - 12 Aug 2012

Consider this fictitious scenario: In the summer of 1950, President Thomas E. Dewey faced a national security crisis of extraordinary proportions—one that his advisors agreed likely would define his presidency. After beating his Democratic opponent in 1948 by a comfortable …

July 21, 2012

The Obama Nullification Doctrine

Filed under: Constitution & Bill of Rights - 21 Jul 2012

In December 1828, South Carolina had 5,000 copies of John C. Calhoun’s “Exposition and Protest” printed and distributed throughout the state. A defiant document, Calhoun’s “Exposition” outlined a theory of constitutional interpretation first adumbrated in the infamous Kentucky and Virginia …

June 1, 2012

Remembering the Significance of D-Day

Filed under: History - 01 Jun 2012

At 0227 hours on the morning of June 6, 1944, Lieutenant Robert Mathias saw the red light flash above the door of his C47 “Dakota” aircraft, signaling his men to get ready to parachute into a terrifying blackness that was …

May 3, 2012

Remember Victory-In-Europe Day

Filed under: History - 03 May 2012

December 1941 is usually remembered by Americans as that fateful month when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, thus thrusting the United States into World War II. However, consider an alternate scenario: Adolf Hitler appears triumphantly before the Reichstag announcing the destruction …

April 15, 2012

Sick Chickens and Sick Laws

When President Obama made his famous declaration about how he was confident that “that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a …

March 14, 2012

A Centennial Verdict on Progressivism (1912-2012)

Filed under: Liberalism, Marxism & Communism - 14 Mar 2012

By Dr. Marvin Folkertsma

Contemporary liberals fondly recall their progressive forebears from a century past, who railed against trusts and fought for social justice. Certainly, their forebears did much to make them proud; after all, who now could argue against …

February 18, 2012

God and Man at CPAC: Facing the 2012 Election

Filed under: Featured Conservative,Religion & Faith - 18 Feb 2012

Amidst the hoopla, cheers, and ear-piercing whistles of enthusiastic approval for Republican presidential nominees at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, several themes emerged. The most important of these centered on the conflict between what may be titled American foundationalism …

January 8, 2012

Remembering the Battlers of the Bulge

Filed under: American Military,History - 08 Jan 2012

On December 16, 1944, the men of Lieutenant Lyle Bouck’s platoon had their all-night vigil interrupted by a pre-dawn fusillade of artillery rounds from a hundred German guns, their muzzle flashes punctuating the darkness like a volley of fireballs hurled …

October 30, 2011

Wall Street, the Mob, and the French Connection

In “The Wild One,” Marlin Brando plays Johnny, a leather-jacketed vagabond sporting a black-brim hat perched on his head at a rakish angle, below which lurk piercing dark eyes and a sneer of contempt in answer to the question, “What …

October 19, 2011

America’s Orwellian Liberalism

The ink was barely dry on the asterisk in Jimmy Hoffa Jr.’s rant about taking out those “sons-of-b*tches”—referring to Tea Party members—when the vice president made his own contribution at a Labor Day rally. “This is a fight for the …

September 21, 2011

America’s Mark Twain Conservatives

Filed under: Conservatism & Libertarianism - 21 Sep 2011

Attempting to categorize conservatism in the 21st century runs the risk of plunging into the briar patch of academic labeling or the fever swamp of left-wing vitriol. In the first category, one finds such designations as conservatism, neo-conservatism, and paleo-conservatism, …

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