Mandeville, LA – Mike Church’s daily Pile of Prep, chock full of the latest [r]epublican news, reading selections and Mike’s take on the dawning of the age of restitution, that Americans, like it or not, will have to endure for the bellicosity of our past & current foreign policy. Read along with Mike’s historical viewpoint to help make sense of it all plus other [r]epublican stories used to perform the Mike Church Show on Sirius/XM Patriot channel 125. “During the campaigns of 1777 the army of Washington had never exceeded 11,000 men; while of the 20,000 or more who witnessed the surrender of Burgoyne, at least half were local militia, assembled merely to meet the exigencies of the moment. The whole country, indeed, cherished such a horror of armies that it was unjust even to the necessary instrument by which its independence was to be won; and it sympathized with Congress in the niggardly policy which, by discouraging pensions, endangered the future of brave and skilful officers who were devoting ‘the best years of their lives’ to the public service. Washington’s earnest efforts to secure for retired officers the promise of half pay for life succeeded only in obtaining it for the term of seven years. The excessive dread of a standing army made it difficult to procure long enlistments,” – John Fiske, The Historical Writings of John Fiske: The American Revolution
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Thank goodness for Glen Beck (*satire*), leading the way in “talk radio”. Many of you are fond of pointing out that what I do on this site and on the Mike Church Show is ridiculed as “radical” and “destructive” sometimes we have even heard “treasonous”. Then 3-4 years later my POV becomes acceptable and the usual suspects swoop in to make millions and take all the credit. Now Beck purports to be the oracle of a new wave in talk-radio where “the titans of talk radio…have had it with the GOP” and that’s “a new wave”. I will let the long time listener and reader deconstruct this for what it is but I am a little upset that Beck doesn’t consider his colleagues on SiriusXM Patriot as “titans”
Now you’re talking: Jeremy Lott thinks it would be a Good idea for Republicans to admit the Iraq War was a mistake. Of course this would mean that the old “Hawk” guard would switch places with Ron Paul as party gadfly but that’s a welcome change we and our children can embrace
Patrick J Buchanan: If the Iranians can assist us in the struggle for peace in the simmering cauldron of the Middle East then we should welcome their alliance like we welcomed Stalin’s Russia against Hitler’s Nazis
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The Historical Writings of John Fiske, The American Revolution. If you are prepping for the upcoming pop quiz from my friends at Franklin’s Opus, on Valley Forge, this is a good start
The counter-argument presented by John taylor of Caroline AFTER the government’s lawyer, Wickham, presented his case for the tax. I did not include this in the Carriage Tax Pamphlet but have found it online. Begin reading on pg 423.
John Yoo produced a memo for President B usb 43 that purported to make a Constitutional case for the President’s unilateral war making powers. This essay is the best, most detailed, historical answer to Yoo’s ridiculous and destructive argument, used by Bush and now Obama Download
Mad About Yoo by Stuart Streichler
An Englishman, James Spence, wrote a book in November of 1861 that argued the case FOR secession and AGAINST the Union’s case. His reflections on the usefulness of union are profound
Washington Irving was a writer without equal, who felt compelled to biography his namesake. This “Student Edition” of his 5 volume bio of Washington is just thrilling to read.
Paoul Anderson’s tale of time travel is an insightful reminder that our ancestors were as smart if not smarter than we are and in complete control of their technology
There’s no better long form reading project than getting familiar with John Taylor of Caroline’s “Tyranny Unmasked” quite possibly the best tract ever written on the subject of what he called “protection” but what we call “corporatism”
What did the English think of the North’s ridiculous claims that the Confederate States 1. Could not secede 2.Were never sovereign & Independent and 3. Were justified in their defense of themselves? Read all about it, start on p. 650
H.L. Mencken is worth reading on many topics but especially on Gettsyburg, you will find his entire critique of Lincoln’s “Gospel” beginning on page 173
The biography of Albert Gallatin is worth knowing and this “American Statesman” book on him is a good start John Taylor of Caroline was the most influential [r]epublican voice of his day and his work remains as necessary reading.
This essay by the great Joseph Stromberg, first published in 1982, explains Taylor’s [r]epublicanism and libertarian thought, unlike any other American of his time
S.J. Quinn’s The History of Fredericksburg, VA is a most thrilling historical walk through 18th & 19th century American history &b includes episodes from 1776, 1798 and 1861
One of the most accomplished yet little known Founder AND Christian Gentlemen was John Randolph of Roanoke, I am researching him for reference and for a good volume on his life to republish, this one is rare and good [/private]
It’s not bad enough to suffer our “dead constitution” but now the Obama Admin is using what are called “constitution free zones” where foreigners can be searched if they have an intent on crossing into the U.S. I think a reading of the Virginia Report of 1799-1800 would throw cold water on the idea that foreigners are not entitled to our municipal laws including the Constitution
The mayor of Ft Lee says he believes Chris Cristie is sincere in his statements but wonders why such a micromanager was kept in the dark about a pretty big deal, closing the GW bridge
Mish: Will interest on the debt consume all income taxes collected? If so when will that occur (sooner than most people think)
The Forgotten Men could have done a lot better in the 50 year old “War on Poverty” than LBJ and official Washington’s crusaders have. What is a a “Forgotten Man”? Read on…
3 researchers prove what I have been telling listeners for years: Any “study:” can be rigged to produce the desired results, e.g. “The Acme NGO studied the habits of the blonde haired poor living in less than 800 sq ft and determined…. further study and monitoring by Acme is advised.” There is no wrong answer only a call to waste more resources on scientific make-work
NOMOCRACY IN POLITICS: Kevin Gutzman removes the vestments from Saint Scaliai his undressing of the fiction that Scalia is an “originalist’s originalist” as Gutzman shows, Scalia is not an “originalist” at all and neither is the end result of the Reagan Revolution’s goal to redirect the judiciary back to the Constitution
UPDATE II: Tom Woods releases video response to Levin, see it and comment now. UPDATE: Mark Levin fan Jen Kuznicki has now taken up the mantle of assailing the motives and character of my friends at The Tenth Amendment Center, here is my response. I wonder who Mark Levin thinks he is defaming by referring to unnamed “neo-confederates” who are stuck on this silly idea of “nullification.” After all, he informs us, “Nullification” does’t appear anywhere in the Constitution or in the ratifying conventions (it actually does just not called “nullification”) so it can’t be legitimate much less constitutional. Funny, I can’t find “Israel” in any of those documents yet Levin seems to think the Constitution guarantees them a share of my wealth and my daughters blood for its defense.
Now Ohioans claim their constitution protects them from ObamCare as the healthy debate over the constitution as a compact and the people as sovereign continues
More woes for America’s few remaining family farmers, they work so hard with so little help they don’t have time to make lunch or dinner for themselves
I just finished watching Jeremy Scahill’s shocking film “The Dirty War” chronicling the rise of JSOC and the Obama “kill-list”. Scahill has written a follow-up to the film and as he lamented the “war on terror” is no longer a war so much as it is an executive policy decision on who lives and who dies
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Congressman Walter Jones is one of the few bold, yet humble statesman left inside Mordor and he shows it e.g. “If a single American had died in Libya’s bombing I would have filed several articles of impeachment against the President.”
AG Eric Holder sends letter to all public schools demanding they stop enforcing policies that land criminals, committing crimes in schools, to law enforcement and instead handle these altercations in the principal”s office
The Young Man’s Guide to Building A House is defense of the traditional when it comes to marriage, patriarchy and the house and who runs it (Gal Queda will be outraged and millennial moral relativists will dismiss this as something worthy of not existing any longer)
Wrist slap: Senator McCain is “censured” by the Maricopa County GOP for violating “Party values” something McCain does do but please, the war party FOLLOWS mcCain on all the wrong issues too
W. James Antle III wonders if “BridgeGhazi” will be enough to sink Chris Cristie if it proves to solidify his “bully image” in “voters” minds
The “St John Fools of Misrule” annual march was this past Saturday in downtown, [r]epublican, Covington. I have been a member since Dec 2010, the founding of the group. If you look close at the pics, you might see me in mask and Thomas Jefferson dinner attire
The Imaginative Conservative: Writer Timothy Gordon explains why he thinks “The 3:10 to Yuma” is the best morality tale ever put on film. I don’t think the last Act of “It’s A wonderful Life” can ever be topped in that category
What REALLY happened when Hayek released his great work “The Road to Serfdom”? This essay explains in great detail that the battle royale between the “progressive liberals” and the “classical liberals” began
NOMOCRACY IN POLITICS: Kevin Gutzman reviews the new book “The Age of Strict Constructionism” by Peter Zavodnyik. The book covers the rarely discussed fact that the Constitution is what failed the Southern States and thus the Union by the election of Lincoln. Gutzman concludes “For all its flaws, Zavodnyik’s account of this crucial development is worth reading.”
LATIN PHRASE OF THE DAY: Nihil set aloud magnum quam multi minute – Every great thing is composed of many things that are small
Some say there may be no more miles of NEW roads that can be laid in the U.S. so congested and overrun has the countryside become. Then some wonder if this will lead to a return to [r]epublicanism? I doubt the lack of increase in tar and feather will lead folks back TO culture and out of their wasteland of ACULT (none) most currently roam
Speaking of roads, have you heard that the new Burgermeister of NYC is planning to eliminate the horse drawn carriages that romantically shuttle people around mid-town Manhattan. And what would fill the gap? Oh, AlGore LIVES! Antique-styled, ELECTRIC cars. Good grief
FLASHBACK to “Times That Try Mens Souls”, Mike’s latest feature length docudrama – The Widow Who Saved The Revolution, who was she? the mystery is finally revealed. This woman took the Hessian Colonel Donop into her home of Dec., 23rd and kept him there until December 27th, long enough to prevent him reinforcing Trenton, NJ and squashing Washington’s Crossing Cell Mates Snowden & Clapper!?