How much better off the American people would be if they could learn the difference between:

  • *investors and speculators
  • *the Constitution ratified by the people of the States and the one promulgated by federal judges
  • *education and training
  • *necessary taxation and an oppressive burden
  • *national defense and foreign interventionism
  • *law enforcement and war
  • *justifiable borrowing and destructive, irresponsible debt
  • *entertainment and moral debasement
  • *celebrity and worth
  • *status and wisdom
  • *status and virtue
  • *affirmative action and equal treatment under the law
  • *a citizen and a non-citizen
  • *a guest and an invader
  • *a “conservative” and a conservative
  • *public life informed by Christianity and politicised churchmen

And especially the American people would profit if they learned not to believe that politics is the realm of doing good. Politics is the realm of vanity, greed, lust, deception, and force.

I am not holding my breath.

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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