Great piece. I'm glad you highlighted how even our military forces have ROI for insurgents that discourage unnecessary force.

Sadly, I ran across a few "John Waynes" who disagreed with official Army doctrine. I'm just going to leave it at that.


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Wyatt Earp rides again

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Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

“It goes through air, Bob. That’s always tougher than the touch. You know, the touch, you don’t have to touch things, right? But the air, you just breathe the air, and that’s how it’s passed. And so that’s a very tricky one, that’s a very delicate one. It’s also more deadly than your — you know, your, even your strenuous flus. … This is more deadly. This is five per — you know, this is five percent versus one percent and less than one percent. You know? So this is deadly stuff.- Donald Trump on COVID-19 with journalist Bob Woodward.


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Protesters stormed Capitol to overturn an election they didn’t vote in

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They came from all over the country with a single goal in mind. The large group assembled in Washington, D.C. to “Stop the Steal” of an election that several of them didn’t even take part in.

It’s official. Some of our brethren who live in the right wing of the house we call America have crossed the rubicon into the uncharted realms of utter ridiculousness. …


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Support for Trump and far-right extremists could upset the balance of power and destroy the GOP

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Donald Trump may be gone, but his presence is still being felt in a big way as the GOP leadership refuses to take any meaningful action against Trump and other extremist elements of the party.

Even in the face of indisputable evidence that Trump incited violence against fellow Americans while acting in his official capacity as president, Republicans are signaling their intent to acquit Trump in the wake of an unprecedented second impeachment proceeding. The GOP also refused to condemn members of Congress who openly support the dangerous, radical QAnon conspiracy movement. …


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Can it be halted or will it accelerate?

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“The jaws of power are always open to devour, and her arm is always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing.”- John Adams

There are many Americans who believe that the Trump presidency has been our closest approach to an authoritarian state yet, but history tells us a different story. In fact, we may be heading into a full downward spiral toward tyranny right now.

Totalitarian regimes don’t just spring up overnight. The path to authoritarian governments is seldom a straightaway, especially in countries that are historically democratic like the United States, but history…


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But it wasn’t what they expected

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They trusted the plan. They read, “deciphered”, and cataloged every “Q-drop”. Although “Q-Tips” would have been much more appropriate, unfortunately, that name was already taken, but what’s an anonymous, highly-placed, government official within the US Department of Energy to do?

For those unaware of the QAnon backstory, this was the chosen guise of the person or persons supposedly leaking the sensitive information. The “Q” stood for “Q-level security clearance.”

From the outset, the whole QAnon thing was suspect. As anyone who has ever held a security clearance, including this writer, will tell you, mere possession of security clearances does not…


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One man’s coup is another man’s revolution

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“A date which will live in infamy.” Those were the unforgettable words uttered by President Franklin D. Roosevelt during his speech to Congress on December 8, 1941, one day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

That date profoundly affected the collective American psyche and would later lead us into World War 2. The September 11, 2001 attack on the Twin Towers is an infamous date that severely jarred our consciousness and led us to war as well. …


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Lady Justice might be blind, but she isn’t deaf — and neither are we

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By Unknown author — Public Domain

Since America is a nation of laws under the rule of law, maybe someone ought to tell that to the current GOP leadership and Donald Trump’s wayward supporters.

Since time immemorial, we’ve all heard the conservative screed about how America is a nation of laws and how we live under the rule of law. We’ve also heard all about how the godless liberals are trying to take our republic straight to hell in a handbasket, with all of their… um, liberalism.

Yeah. We know all about the leftists’ diabolical plot to turn America into a neo-socialist-communist-Marxist authoritarian dictatorship, secretly ran…


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The rumblings of discontent among the crowd grew into a dull roar as the gathering grew larger. Soon, the dull roar gave way to loud chants as those assembled began to organize and coalesce. Finally, the chants turned into a swelling cacophony of angry voices screaming for action.

And then, it happened.

The relatively peaceful crowd erupted into chaos, spurred on by a litany of perceived injustices that festered among them — instigated by none other than the President of the United States himself.

Emboldened by his words, the crowd loosed itself from all restraint, broke through the woefully understaffed…


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An introduction to the Church of MAGA

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When the founders of America framed our Constitution they made sure to include an article that specifically addressed the separation of church from the state.

The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment simply states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Based on this language it appears that the Founding Fathers set forth this edict to prevent the formation of a theocracy. However, the clause also acted as a way to prevent the government from showing favoritism toward a specific religion. …

TJ Larson

TJ Larson is a political writer, two-time American Pundit finalist, aspiring novelist, and US Army veteran.

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