If America is Racist – So are the Democrats

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Yesterday, on his radio program, Rush Limbaugh was talking about how many modern progressive leftists have given up trying to “fix” our country. Now, they claim, it must be torn down and rebuilt in the image that the left envisions – a socialist utopia, where one size really does fit all, because everyone is the same … or else.

Evidently, according to an ever-increasing number of leftists, there’s just no saving and no redeeming the United States.

Why exactly does this new breed of leftists feel this way about their own country?

Well, it goes back to the days of slavery. Then after emancipation – Jim Crow, segregation, racism and the Klan.

This they claim is America’s permanent legacy, and one that apparently cannot be erased or otherwise expunged. The only answer is to tear it down and start over.

But this poses a couple of problems for the left – namely, reparations and the democrat party. read more

Radicalism Lives in New Hampshire

by: the Common Constitutionalist

A few miles up the road from my house is a prestigious private school. The average schlub like myself could not, and now knowing what I know, would not send my children there.

The prestigious Derryfield School “educates” students, grades 6 through 12, and costs in excess of $28,000 per year.

It is said that if you graduate from there, you’ve written your own ticket and have your pick of any of the Ivy League schools. I know this generally to be a fact.

So for that kind of money, the school must be able to attract the finest teachers in the land, right? That and the heated, Field Turf lacrosse field. I must admit – that is nice.

Well, I suppose it depends on one’s definition of finest. By finest, if you mean a teacher who will mold and shape your young, highly impressionable offspring into a guilty white, self-loathing, American hating liberal, then yes, you’d be correct.

One of Derryfields finest is a history teacher, David Pook, a big defender of the Common Core Curriculum.

David believes that American schools need to have nationalized standards so minority students can learn to read as well as white students. Yes of course David, because students “of color” are naturally too “stupid” to learn, or frankly accomplished anything, without the help of the benevolent federal government. What a racist thing to say! read more

An American Dictator (Part One)

by: the Common Constitutionalist

I was recently speaking to a friend and fellow conservative. The conversation invariably turned to a discussion of “The One”. My friend was complaining of what a fascist dictator Obama is becoming. I had to laugh knowing that Obama has always been a fascist and it’s just becoming more obvious now. He spoke as if this were the first time in American history we have a president that fancies himself a dictator or King.

I gave my friend a quick synopsis of King Andrew Jackson. You may link to it here.  It was as if he hadn’t heard this, as if it were news to him, and he, I regard as someone who is a fairly well-rounded and knowledgeable conservative. He did understand, and I agree, that fascism is a product of the left, not the right as most are taught. The left, the progressives, like fascists are enamored with, and in fact worship the power and expansion of the state and absolute control of it.

There have actually been several “want to be” fascist leaders in America before the present. As bad as they all were, in my opinion, there has been none worse than president Thomas Woodrow Wilson, our 28th.

Historian Walter McDougall wrote that Wilson, “loved, craved and in a sense, glorified power”. read more

Take it Back

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Recently I published an article with some pretty dark commentary on the direction of our country. If you have not yet read it, you may link to it here. In that article I made it seem that we are heading down a one way street to certain destruction with no way to turn around.

For a while I did think that. I looked around and wondered how so much of the population could be so blind or apathetic to what was happening. It was clear to me. I’m no genius and I saw it.


Well, I no longer believe that is true. Since 2010, those of us who’ve been paying attention, have witnessed an awakening of sorts, that has not waivered, but has grown.

Throughout American history, the population has been split into thirds (approximately). One third is on the side we think is wrong, one-third is on the side of right (but is relatively anonymous) and one-third is effectively apathetic. The key to winning has always been, which third wants it more, and this time, I think we do.

As I said, 2010 was the beginning of the great awakening, as the good people of the quiet third on the right began to fight back.

“I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph…”, Ronald Reagan.

“America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.” Author unknown (although is often attributed to Alexis de Tocqueville, it is not)

What is it that we need to do? Relative to those who came before us, how hard is our task?

We are not being asked to start a new country. We aren’t being asked to end slavery. We are not being asked to save the country from seceding states. We are not being asked to fight against evil bent on world domination (not yet, anyway).

All that is asked of us is to take back the country that we inherited.

Do we really, really want to be the generation that let America slip away and become a free nation in name only?

Do we really want to be the generation that dishonored those who sacrificed so much so that we may be free?

For too long, perhaps our whole lives, we have let others fight our battles, do our bidding and just handle the hard stuff. We all just live our lives and allow someone else to take care of things on our behalf. We don’t really care how it gets done, just that it gets done or at least appears to be done.

In 1781 Thomas Jefferson wrote, “Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.”

We are living now in a time of the new American Revolution. No not one of muskets and sabers, cannons and tall ships, but one of renewed values, of renewed independence, of reliance, not our government but on one another.

We are fighting for the soul of this country. Not just the flag waving, USA, USA chanting patriotism that we see at you’re average sporting event.

I’m talking about what it means to be an American. How lucky we are and that we take it for granted every day.

We, on the right are an ever-growing all volunteer force that know what we’re fighting for. The other side cannot make that claim. They have conscripts and mercenaries. They will not win the day with troops that don’t know their purpose. For this reason, we will win the day.

So get involved, stay involved, win the day and hold the people we to account after we win.

 “It is rather for us, the living, we here, be dedicated to the great task remaining before us —that, from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here, gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve these dead shall not have died in vain; that the nation, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people by the people for the people, shall not perish from the earth”, A passage from Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg address.

Flight before Wright

While Rebel and Union soldiers still fought it out with bayonets and cannons, a Confederate designer had the foresight to imagine flying machines attacking Northern armies. He couldn’t implement his vision during the war, and the plans disappeared into history, until resurfacing at a rare book dealer’s shop 150 years later.

Now those rediscovered designs have found their way to the auction block, providing a glimpse at how Victorian-era technolgy could have beaten the Wright Brothers to the punch.

The papers of Dr. R. Finley Hunt, a dentist with a passion for flight, describe scenarios where flying machines bombed Federal troops across Civil War battlefields. Hunt’s papers went up for sale at the Artifacts auction during the week of Sept. 15-22, 2011, and gave one lucky collector a piece of an alternate technological history that never came to pass.

“It’s incredible for someone who loves early aviation, because it poses the great question of ‘What if?'” said Bobby Livingston, vice president of sales and marketing with RR Auction. “What if planes had appeared above the wilderness when (Union Gen. Ulysses S.) Grant began his campaign in the Shenandoah Valley?”

The hardback collection includes pencil drawings of wings, propellers and a multicylinder steam engine. Hunt’s design drew inspiration from his love of studying any and all flying methods found in nature, despite his own lack of professional expertise.

But Hunt found it difficult to find an engineer willing to build the device, despite getting the help of Confederate President Jefferson Davis to have the proposal considered. Letters between Hunt and a Confederate review board show that other engineers had strong doubts about the “steam flying machine”.

First, the engineers said Hunt had dramatically overestimated the engine’s power and ability to keep the machine flying. They also described another error in Hunt’s reasoning as being “so obvious on reflection that no discussion is required.”

“When they turned him down, it was over the science of it,” Livingston told InnovationNewsDaily. “But they considered it, and considered it a lot.”

Hunt refused to take no for an answer. The papers include another letter to Davis, wherein Hunt tries to defend his flying theories and asks for assistance from a machinist. In the end, the Confederates decided against spending money to fund the project.

Still, the Confederates did deploy several other innovative war machines. Their ironclad steamship, the CSS Virginia, fought against the USS Monitor in the world’s first duel between ironclads. A Confederate submarine called the H.L. Hunley also made its mark in history as the first submarine to successfully sink an enemy ship.

Both the Union and Confederate sides also flew manned balloons to scout different battlefields.

As for Hunt, he went to Washington, D.C., and got patent a on his device after the Civil War ended in 1865. He also built several working models and was still attempting to get financing in 1872. Yet he never saw his vision take flight.

“It looks to me like he’s 40 years before the Wright brothers with a rotary engine driving propellers, but I don’t know how close he was,” Livingston said. “He never got the money to do it.”

Attribution: Air & Space, InnovationNewsDaily