Call me simple…

But I don’t understand:

Why the government spends billions on welfare but people keep saying hunger is a big problem.

Why the government spends billions on education and the population gets dumber and dumber.

Why the government spends billions on “intelligence” and defense but could not prevent 9/11.

Why pointless filthy language has taken over in popular entertainment

Why every newspaper and TV news program has exactly the same reaction to every event.

How America stopped being a Christian country.

Why American fighting men had lots of Confederate symbols around in World War II but the armed forces now class them with swastikas.

Why all the generals you see on TV seem more like bureaucrats than soldiers.

Why all the recent Supreme Court appointments seem odd.

Why there are almost no Anglo-Saxon Protestants on the Supreme Court although the U.S. was founded by Anglo-Saxon Protestants.

How all those Muslim terrorists got into the country and became citizens and even army officers.

How all those “experts” who are always mouthing off in the media and who are not really experts manage to get on the air.

Why people can’t tell the difference between speculation and investment.

Why sports are not as much fun as they used to be and seem to make people hateful and violent instead of happy and enthusiastic.

Why most of the people who tell me I should do more for the disadvantaged seem to be rich and arrogant.

Where our leaders got the authority to change the world and establish “global democracy.”

How anyone could fool themselves into thinking that a country like the United States, with vast concentrations of wealth in control of a tiny minority, could possibly have a genuine democratic government.

Why nobody has noticed that African Americans now find the South more congenial that the most liberal states and cities—and what that means.

Why nobody in authority has ever showed the least concern for the innocent women and children massacred by federal mercenaries at Ruby Ridge and Waco.

Why nobody in authority has noticed that the war in Afghanistan no longer makes any sense—if it ever did.

Why people who have zero physical, intellectual, and spiritual relationship to the American founding generation talk about them as “Our Forefathers.”

Why anybody could possibly fool themselves into a belief that importing ethnic “diversity” from the Third World makes for a healthier society.

Why “free enterprisers” can’t see that “labor mobility” is not necessarily a good thing—unless laborers are machines.

Strange words:


Old version: Open-handedness toward our neighbour in need.

New version: Getting the government to spend other people’s money on politically favoured groups, at home and abroad.

All Men are Created Equal:

OV: We are all made in the image of God and deserve respect. (Besides, an Englishman over here is just as good as an Englishman over there and we want none of your prissy dukes and earls who never did an honest day’s work)

NV: The government should force people to pretend that we are all alike and interchangeable.

Serial Killers:

OV: None of the notorious serial killers of the 20th century were Southern white men.

NV: When shown in the movies, all serial killers must be Southern white men.

National Defense:

OV: Guarding the country against attack.

NV: Killing foreigners for Democracy.


OV: What is fair and right.

NV: What produces the most lucrative outcome for politically favoured minorities.


OV: What accords with reason and evidence.

NV: What produces the best outcome for politically favoured minorities.

Famous Person:

OV: Someone who has done something noteworthy.

NV: Someone who is on television a lot.


OV: What was ratified by the people to define and limit government.

NV: What changes society in a way that judges want.

Promoting the General Welfare:

OV: Doing what seems best for society.

NV: Reimbursing the richest people in the country for their bad investments which harmed society.

Free Trade:

OV: Minimising government interference and taxes on the free exchange of goods so that different peoples may mutually prosper from comparative advantage.

NV: Shipping people and money around so that certain interests who produce no goods may get even richer.

Clyde Wilson

Clyde Wilson is a distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the University of South Carolina where he was the editor of the multivolume The Papers of John C. Calhoun. He is the M.E. Bradford Distinguished Chair at the Abbeville Institute. He is the author or editor of over thirty books and published over 600 articles, essays and reviews and is co-publisher of, a source  for unreconstructed Southern books.

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