The following is a summary of the December/January 2013 issue of the St. Croix Review:
In "Goodbye to the Filibuster, for Now," Barry MacDonald writes about the importance of minority rights as an inherited American freedom.
Mark Hendrickson, in "The Palpable Politicization of Science by Global Warming Alarmists," cites mountains of evidence showing the corrupting influence of politics on science, and he calls for the separation of federal funding from scientific research; in "William Graham Sumner: The Forgotten Man Who Reminds Us About 'The Forgotten Man,'" he reveals a great scholar who lived during America's vigorous growth, who wrote the perfect answers to present-day problems; in "Burglarizing JPMorgan Chase and Slapping Down Prudential: The New, Tyrannical Normal," he writes that banks are being reduced to "servile vassals carrying out the will of the federal government"; in "'Average Is Over'-rated: Comments on Tyler Cowen's Doom-and Gloom Scenario," he debunks the idea that our society, through the advancement of technology, is fragmenting in to a tiny elite and a huge underclass - the more entrepreneurs we have the better off everyone is; in "The Federal Government Shutdown Raises a Crucial Constitutional Question," he reveals the less-than-noble behavior of the President, Democrats, and Republicans.
Herbert London in "Schadenfreude and the Government Shutdown," believes our president is vindictive, and that such a bad motivation harms our nation; in "Freedom as a Natural Condition?" he expresses how care, discipline, and strength are necessary for the exercise of fruitful freedom; in "UN Week in New York," he relates the experience of watching the world's diplomats converge in New York for shopping, frivolity, and debauchery; in "Who Are We?" he looks at our historical, defining, national creed, but does not see the nation in today's America; in "The World I've Known Has Come to an End," he describes America with its new Orwellian qualities;
Allan Brownfeld, in "What Vladimir Putin Got Wrong about American Exceptionalism," uses the observations of statesmen, historians, and writers to prove that that America is a blessed nation; in "Want to Bash a Dead White Male? Try Karl Marx!" he explores the irony of political correctness at American universities - the liberal hero, Karl Marx, was a fervent racist and anti-Semite; in "Disapproval of Congress Reaches an All-time High - and with Good Reason, as Evidence Grows That We Have the Best Congress Money Can Buy," he presents evidence of Republican and Democrat corruption; in "Lobbyists Want to Change Their Name - But Their Perverse Influence on Our Political Life Will Remain the Same," he writes that senators and representatives are putting in time until they can indulge their true ambition - to become lobbyists and make big money,
Paul Kengor is taken aback, in "The Progressive's Progress," by the election of Bill de Blasio, a man with ties to Communists regimes, as mayor of New York City - despite having won the Cold War, America is still being infiltrated by the hard left; in "The Progressive Crusade Against Tax Cuts," he refutes the progressive argument for high tax rates by citing the success of Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon in the 1920s - Mellon lowered tax rates and thereby increased tax revenue by growing the economy; in "Bonding Over Baseball," he relates how he became close to his cousin through texting about the Pittsburg Pirates; in "Patton, Ike, and My Teenage Boys," he shares the inspiring experience of hearing a WWII veteran's story.
Twila Brase, in "Federal Genetic Profiling of Newborns?" writes about the dangerous implications of the federal government's plan to record DNA profiles of each newborn.
Shawn Ritenour, in "Staggering Facts on America's Rising Debt," explains the negative consequences of debt and deficit spending.
In "The Line in the Sand Against Tolerance," Thomas Martin puts tolerance and intolerance in context with love, forgiveness, and virtue.
In "Letters from a Conservative Farmer - Production," Jigs Gardner writes about the results of thirty years of effort working with poor soil on his farm in Cape Breton.
In "Teddy Roosevelt: The Whole Man," Jigs Gardner reveals how much our nation has changed- Teddy Roosevelt held strong opinions in his own time, but today his intelligent and forcefully expressed views are outrageous.
Fayette Durlin and Peter Jenkin, in "Half a Loaf," show how conservative writers still don't recognize the menace environmentalists pose to our economy.