Stan Crader

Author & Lecturer on Writing About Rural America

Political

Let Liberty Ring

While many are dusting off their artificial Christmas tree and placing the spider infested contraption in the traditional place of prominence, others are heading to a crowded parking lot occupied by their favorite local civic organization selling trees shipped in from who knows where. The more fortunate will be keeping with tradition and traipsing into the woods and choosing the perfect conifer suitable to be adorned with all of those ornaments brought home by the kids during their elementary school days, at least the ones that weren’t edible and still have a remnant of glitter clinging to the, now fragile… Continue reading

Richard Lamm–Former Democratic Governor of Colorado on Immigration

We know Dick Lamm as Governor of Colorado .. In that context his thoughts are particularly poignant. Last week there was an immigration overpopulation conference in Washington, DC, filled to capacity by many of America ‘s finest minds and leaders. A brilliant college professor by the name of Victor Hansen Davis talked about his latest book, ‘Mexifornia,’ explaining how immigration – both legal and illegal was destroying the entire state of California . He said it would march across the country until it destroyed all vestiges of The American Dream.

Moments later, former Colorado Governor Richard D. Lamm stood up… Continue reading

The Arcane Texas Fact of the Day:

On April 11, 1836, the two cannons known as “The Twin Sisters” were finally delivered to Sam Houston’s Army as it continued its movements across Texas toward San Jacinto and glory. The guns had been purchased by the people of Cincinnati, Ohio after those fine folks had donated the funds to purchase them in November, 1835. They were cast in Cincinnati, shipped to New Orleans, labeled “hollow ware” to avoid suspicion, then sent to Galveston. They were named “The Twin Sisters” after the twin daughters of Doctor Charles Rice. They played a key role at the Battle of San Jacinto… Continue reading

Electoral College—The Saving Grace of America

Grace is to do honor or favor to someone or something even though they’re undeserving. The Electoral College may be America’s saving grace.

Based on recent primary election results, not fickle polls, but actual results, America’s choice for President, from among a group of distinguished, qualified, and honorable candidates, is either a lady known for screeching speeches and lying or a man known for being sophomoric, raucous and rude. And it’s because those are apparently America’s most popular choices that I say America is undeserving.

I can’t explain why the lady is the choice of Democrats from among a vast… Continue reading

Electoral College

Bizarre is a fair description of both party’s Presidential primary. Each day something occurs that takes the carnival to a new level, and not necessarily a higher level. The media loves both Hillary and Donald. They love Hillary because she’s aligned with their values; they love Donald because he attracts viewers, which pays the bills. It’s my guess that 80% of Americans fear either being President. Hillary lies when the truth would do her good and Donald can’t make it through the day without insulting someone highly respected by all. And every caustic gesture causes each to increase the velocity… Continue reading

Caliphate

I don’t think anyone is satisfied with President Obama’s recent Oval Office lecture. Both Democrats and Republicans are railing our Commander in Chief, mostly for what he didn’t say. After sufficient coaxing, some have asked what I wish he’d said. Here’s what I tell them.

I wish President Obama would have acknowledged that the world is at war with a newly energized sect of radical Muslims bent on creating a worldwide Caliphate. We’re not at war with Muslims in general or any particular Muslim country. In fact, our allies in this war include those Muslims who are not part of… Continue reading

To Hell With Happy Holidays

Squanto: Patuxet Indian born around 1592, a hundred years after what? Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

1605 Squanto was captured, taken to England, treated well (as well as one can be treated while being held captive), taught English language and customs, the plan was to make him a guide for New World explorers

1614 during his return to America, Squanto was abducted and taken to Spain to be sold as a slave. Purchased by Franciscan Friars and eventually returned to the New World…1619.

Early 1620 he finally returns to the area of his birth, near what is now Plymouth,… Continue reading

Climate Crap Trap (Economics)

The U.N.’s climate chief, Christiana Figueres, says openly that the aim of the talks is “to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the industrial revolution.” Let’s take a look at what has and what has not happened during the so-called ‘reign’ of the current economic development model and the projected consequence of climate saving proposals.

In the past 150 years; life expectancy has more than doubled from 30 in 1870 to 71 in 2013, it’s estimated that 75% lived in extreme poverty and the world bank estimates that less than … Continue reading

EPA

In a recent tweet I claimed that the regulatory agencies had evolved into a fourth branch of government that essentially combines legislative, judicial, and executive all into one neat body accountable to nobody. I was surprised at the number of people that didn’t understand the tweet, replying that only Congress can make laws. I’ll explain.

It’s true, only the State’s and the US Congress can make ‘law.’ However, agencies can make rules that if not complied with, can result in penalties that cost money which is tantamount to a fine. Laws passed by Congress generally include a range of penalties… Continue reading

Iran Deal

Agreement vs Deal

The following was inspired by the recent Iran ‘deal.’

An agreement is reached through four basic strategies: deliberation, negotiation, compromise, or capitulation. And then there’s the deal.

Deliberation occurs when all parties involved agree on the goal and the conversation centers on the best solution or strategy. For example a civic group decides to build a ballpark and they deliberate on how best to proceed.

Negotiation is when two or more parties or entities reach a mutually beneficial agreement. An example known to all is when one negotiates the purchase of an automobile or home. The buyer… Continue reading

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