In case you missed anything from #MAGAWeek2019, this week’s edition of Lazy Sunday is dedicated to catching you up on what you missed. But remember, you only get a teaser of each post; to read the full posts, you have to subscribe to my SubscribeStar page for $1/month or more. That includes exclusive content every Saturday, too, like yesterday’s review of my trip to New Jersey and Coney Island, NYC, “Mid-Atlantic Musings.”
But enough sales pitches. Here were the highlights from #MAGAWeek2019:
“Alexander Hamilton” – Hamilton engenders a great deal of debate between decentralist Jeffersonians (such as myself) and centralists, but his influence on and importance to America’s early political and financial formation cannot be denied—indeed, it should be celebrated. Jefferson and Madison were probably correct, constitutionally, on the issue of the national bank—Congress had no explicit constitutional authority to create such an institution—but Hamilton’s financial reforms placed the nation on solid financial footing, ensuring the United States had the financial infrastructure in place for explosive growth and expansion.
“John Adams” – John Adams is an unappreciated Founder and Framer, though David McCullough’s magisterial biography of the second President of the United States has done much to lift Adams’s profile. Adams served the United States ably as our Commander in Chief during his single term, staving off a full-blown war with France while protecting American mercantile shipping on the high seas.
“President Trump’s Independence Day Speech” – On a particularly star-spangled Fourth of July, President Trump delivered a powerhouse of an Independence Day speech. Not only were the multiple flyovers of military aircraft impressive (ending, of course, with the Blue Angels soaring majestically over the National Mall), the speech itself was a masterclass in what I dub “old, patriotic American history.” It’s well worth watching—and reading my full analysis on my SubscribeStar page.
I was not planning on writing about President Trump’s incredible Independence Day speech as part of #MAGAWeek2019, mainly because I try to keep these posts historical. The speech was so powerful, though, and so educational in a historical sense, it and President Trump have earned a spot (alongside the president’s favorite food) as part of my annual celebration of American greatness.
Yesterday’s edition of #MAGAWeek2019 looked briefly at the career of our first Secretary of Treasury, Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton’s controversial financial proposals helped put the nation on a sound financial footing, but also created a rift between loose constructionist Federalists, who favored a national bank and closer commercial ties with Great Britain and protective tariffs, and the strict constructionist Democratic-Republicans, who wanted a nation of small, independent farmers and more diffused power.
Alongside Hamilton in the new Federalist Party was another important figure, one somewhat maligned by history, but who has enjoyed a revival of reputation thanks to a popular HBO miniseries and a thorough treatment from popular historian David McCullough: our second President, John Adams.
It’s finally here—#MAGAWeek2019! It’s the week of the year that we celebrate our great country’s birth, and I honor it with a daily post about a person, place, or idea that has, in its own way, made America great.
I’m writing this week’s posts from New Jersey, where I’m spending a week with my girlfriend’s family. Contrary to my expectations, the entire State is not a dystopian, concrete-encrusted urban hellscape. Its nickname, the “Garden State,” is apt: it’s quite lush, and there are horses—horses! It feels like South Carolina with less humidity and more crime and corruption.
Perhaps one of President Trump’s most enduring achievements has been his Supreme Court nominations. He’s managed to tip the Court, however slightly, towards the conservatives. With the death of Justice Ginsburg, Trump has the opportunity to secure a solid conservative majority on the highest court in the land for at least a generation.
With that, it looks like a good opportunity to review some posts about the Supreme Court:
“Breaking: Trump Nominates Judge Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court” – The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh was a major shift in American politics. His confirmation hearings saw the entire fury of the Left unleashed, and it was during those hearings that I believe many of us realized that the old playbook of compromise among competing parties was no long valid or useful.
“SCOTUS D&D” – This post was a fun one—looking at the Supreme Court justices (from 2018) in terms of the Dungeons and Dragons alignments.
“Logic Breakdown and the Kavanaugh Hearings” – As noted above, the Kavanaugh hearings were a turning point. I was blown away with the number of arguments people were making on social media that boiled down to “I was raped/sexually assaulted/abused, therefore Brett Kavanaugh assaulted Dr. Blasey Ford.” The complete embrace of emotionalism and illogical thinking braced me to this stark reality.
“Screwed by SCOTUS” – One of my more recent posts on the Court, this piece explored the tendency of conservative justices to make surprisingly bad decisions in league with progressive cause du jours.
That’s it for now. Here’s hoping President Trump and Senate Republicans can get it done and slam in a super conservative appointee ahead of the election. We’ll see.
Since the dawn of this blog, space exploration has been a perennial theme. But it’s been awhile since I’ve featured space-based posts for Lazy Sunday. The last one was way back with “Lazy Sunday XII: Space,” which I wrote in May 2019.
With that, and after writing “Music Among the Stars,” it seemed like an intergalactically good time to revisit some more recent posts about the vastness of space:
“Music Among the Stars“- This post is about the golden records aboard Voyager 1, but it’s mostly about singing praises to God, the Creator of the Universe. It’s apparently a much-beloved post, so check it out!
That’s it for another Lazy Sunday. Here’s hoping yours is out of this world!
After a week of incredibly hot weather here in South Carolina, Saturday brought a blessed drop in both the temperature and humidity—a foretaste of autumn. My girlfriend and I spent Saturday weeding my disgracefully overgrown flower beds, which were mostly weeds strangling the life out of everything but the hardiest of perennials (and my robust banana trees). We then did some new plantings (with a few more to put in, as well as some mulch). The results were pretty good:
It felt good to get our hands (and clothes, and faces) dirty, digging through the dirt and nurturing plant life. My mother is an expert gardener, so I’ve picked up a few simple techniques from her; otherwise, we just bought flowers we liked and plopped ’em in with some in-ground bedding soil and a some water. Fingers crossed that everything survives.
My mind has been on the soil lately, and our connection to it. I have a fondness—perhaps a tad romantic—for country life. With current trends in the cities—rising home prices, rising property taxes, and rising urban violence—country life seems like an attractive, even inevitable, alternative.
As such, I thought I’d dedicate this week’s Lazy Sunday to some pieces about rural America:
“TBT: Rustics Have Opinions, Too” – This piece dates way back 2009, when the blog was in its first iteration on Blogger, and I was still enthralled with “Randian-libertarian economic” philosophy. Such are the follies of youth. However, I did notice even then the deep disdain of limousine liberals for the rest of us here in “flyover country,” a disdain that, at least in part, accounts for the TEA Party movement and the Trumpian revolt of 2016.
“High-Tech Agrarianism” – When The Virus hit, people were in a tizzy about having enough toilet paper and food. People gained a renewed interest in gardening as a source of sustenance, not just beauty. In this post, I mused about a possible return to small-scale homesteading, coupled with our advanced information technology. Essentially, I posited a world in which people still work, albeit increasingly from home and on more flexible hours, and can use their time to tend to small crops to supplement their diets.
“SubscribeStar Saturday: The Future is Rural” – One of two recent posts on the lure of rural America and small town life, I argue here that life in the country offers many attractive incentives for working families. Not only are cities pushing people away with high prices and crime; the country is ready to take in telecommuters who earn good money but want a low cost of living in a safe, healthy environment.
“SubscribeStar Saturday: Small Town Natalism” – The second post in my Saturday series about small town and rural living, this post is a preliminary sketch of a policy proposal: applying nationalistic, pro-birth natalist policies to the small town context. Instead of wasting money on seldom-used public facilities, local governments could offer a stipend to married families with children to encourage increased birth rates. That would grow towns organically and attract new residents, thereby broadening the tax bases in often distressed rural areas.
That’s it for this week. The garden is calling to me. Time to put down some mulch!
It’s been a pretty busy Lazy Sunday for yours portly. I helped my younger brother and his young family move last Saturday, and the ongoing relocation process continued with some small household items this afternoon. The whole weekend has been pretty jam-packed with work of one kind or another, so I’m fairly beat—with another week of school ahead.
Regardless, that’s why this week’s Lazy Sunday is later than usual. I’m still diving into posts from September 2019, which seemed to be a pretty rich vein for quality posts. Here are some more of those posts:
“Sanford Announces Presidential Bid” – I used to love Mark Sanford. He was a pretty solid governor for SC, and stood boldly against expensive Medicaid expansion. He was a colorful character, and a fairly consistent fiscal conservative. But he fell in with the Never Trumpers. He’s not wrong that the national debt is untenable, but… it’s grown beyond any amount we ever thought possible, and economic life rolls on. We’re likely writing a promissory note that will be impossible to pay in the future, but the issue of the debt is so abstract and academic—and so removed from people’s daily realities—that it seems like a non-issue. Sanford’s presidential bid failed swiftly due to extreme disinterest.
“Tommy Robinson is Free!” – British patriot Tommy Robinson has endured two difficult, unjust prison sentences, one of which nearly killed him. Because he’s spoken out so strongly against Muslims, he had to be held in solitary confinement to protect him from Muslim prison gangs (seems his warnings have some truth to them, if so many Muslims are in British prisons they can form gangs). Many conservatives assumed his imprisonments were means by which the British authorities could indirectly assassinate Robinson, silencing an important nationalist voice. Fortunately, he survived—another victory for our side.
“America’s Roman Roots” – This post looked at an op-ed from a Dr. Brandop-ed from a Dr. Brand about the influence of the Roman Republic on America’s Founding Fathers. The Roman Republic, like our American one, emerged after a group of patriotic elites overthrew the ruling monarchy, and established the most successful, enduring Republic of the ancient world. Sometimes I think now America is more like the Roman Empire than the Roman Republic, but that would make sense, too—similar roots might yield similar results. Let’s how the spirit of republicanism can be revived.
Well, that’s it for this delayed Lazy Sunday! I may continue the deep dive with more “Forgotten Posts,” or I’ll go back to some thematic posts. We’ll see—next Sunday!