Over the last twenty or so years, the level of resentment in American society has risen to a dangerous, or at least dysfunctional level, leading to destabilization in the balance of world power. When I read about the Russian invasion of Ukraine or Chinese aggression toward Taiwan, I see it as the fruit of American disunity.

Therefore, if there is blame for breaches in world peace, it stems from our abdication for responsibility for it. Russia and China realize that our preoccupation with our internecine rivalry distracts us from effective world leadership.

In an interview, the German news magazine Der Spiegel asked former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, "Is America still capable of acting as a world-power?" Kissinger admitted he had his doubts. His doubts should speak to all of us. If we cannot answer Kissinger's doubts in the positive, we will never answer them in the negative. We really need to act soon.

Sometimes the circumstances of our lives have to get worse before they get better. They have to reach a level of visibility that Americans can no longer deny or shrug off. We hope things will improve on their own, so that we don't have to get involved; but letting the disunity or polarization drift without remedy has its risks.

The Right defines the risk as "Cancel Culture" or the "Woke." The Left defines it as intolerance, inequality, and racism. We have grown so used to angry marches and street-confrontations, we hardly pay them attention anymore. We respond to the disunity by tuning it out.

I wish I could have stood before 500,000 people at Woodstock in 1969 and prophesied that in 2022, America would reach a crisis-point and either collapse in revolution and anarchy, or else redraw its property boundaries to create new nations and to renew their national priorities.


March 31, 2023

How Long Do Republicans Wait?

Americans who vote Republican have to remember that, for people who work for the Republican Party, it's just a job. They may like their jobs. Mostly they prefer to keep their jobs. They may share the Republican sentiment for free-market principles and military readiness; but when someone like me comes along and suggests that Republicans petition for a nation of their own, they worry about things like job-redundancy and relocations more than they do about Democrat big-government and peacenik sell-out.

March 23, 2023

Release Grand Ole Prometheus!

Left-wing trash-talking of the GOP represents a concerted campaign that should concern its leaders. The scathing rhetoric suggests that the trash-talking will not end until the Left can make the GOP the permanent minority-party, and silence or discredit its associated media-organs. Older Americans familiar with the Nazi-smearing of the Jews should note the similarities in the left-wing method. Neither the Republicans nor freedom-loving people of any stripe should ignore the potential threat that these smear-tactics represent.

March 21, 2023

Republicans: a New Start

The Republican Party has a few tasks it needs to undertake. It needs to examine the philosophy it claims to represent and to take stock of its future, and stop thinking in terms of personal rivalries. We have more on the line than just choosing candidates and securing a victory in future elections. The GOP needs to regain a corporate sense-of-self. How can we move forward when we have deep doubts about the game, the rules, and not least the players?

Lloyd Bowers


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