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Wes Riddle’s Horse Sense

Wesley Allen Riddle is a retired military officer with degrees and honors from West Point and Oxford. Widely published in the academic and opinion press, he serves as State Director of the Republican Freedom Coalition (RFC). These articles are from his newly released book, Horse Sense for the New Millennium available on-line at www.WesRiddle.net and from fine bookstores everywhere. Email: Wes@WesRiddle.com.

 

History and Knowing Who We Are

Posted by on Aug 6, 2012 in Wes Riddle’s Horse Sense | Comments Off

History and Knowing Who We Are

The late and great historian, and Librarian of Congress Daniel Boorstin, said that trying to plan for the future without a sense of the past is like trying to plant cut flowers. It is critically important that we not cut our roots so to speak, and never learn to grow where we are. Unfortunately, you would think modern textbooks are written and published to kill any interest anyone would ever have in history! Most are dreary works, written by committee, often hilariously politically correct. Teachers too often have degrees in education but...

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Clarion Call to Conservatives

Posted by on Jul 23, 2012 in Wes Riddle’s Horse Sense | Comments Off

Clarion Call to Conservatives

We can argue whether it was real conservatism or faux and mistaken conservatism that lost the last election in November 2008. Regardless, 28 years of a nominally conservative governing philosophy is the proverbial baby that was thrown out with the bath water. Nor is the current crisis only a partisan political thing. The nation’s economy is the worst since the Great Depression, such that capitalism and even the whole idea of having free markets are under siege and, with this president and ineffectual Congress, at risk. Nobody has done...

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Hardcore Conservative Principles

Posted by on Jul 15, 2012 in Wes Riddle’s Horse Sense | Comments Off

Hardcore Conservative Principles

There was this young man who rode a bus to work every day. On the bus he’d always notice a pretty young woman sitting up front. Well the ride lasted about a half an hour, so his mind would typically drift off. He’d wonder what she was like, and he’d think about how they might meet one day and come to know each other better… Maybe she’d get on the bus and come sit by him, maybe she’d smile and say hi, and then he’d ask her name. If things went really well she’d probably start saving him a seat by her every day! If she did,...

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Market Entrepreneurs

Posted by on Jul 9, 2012 in Wes Riddle’s Horse Sense | Comments Off

Market Entrepreneurs

Between the generation of our Founding and World War II, there have been other “greatest” generations too.  Perhaps the least appreciated in our time has been that post-Civil War generation of market entrepreneurs, who led America from being a second tier economic power to being the industrial powerhouse of the world.  In today’s economic downturn, it is perhaps helpful to remember the method that led to the most success before, as well as those ways that did not work in the past.  One distinction that needs to be raised immediately...

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U.S. Government Quitting on Itself

Posted by on Jun 24, 2012 in Wes Riddle’s Horse Sense | Comments Off

U.S. Government Quitting on   Itself

These are anxious times, teetering on a proverbial edge towards dreamlike fall to something and somewhere else. President Obama has frequently characterized this as a “critical moment,” and I do tend to agree. The difference is that I do not want to teeter us off into an abyss of socialism, but rather to roll us back gently from it. American history hasn’t been so bad after all, and freemen and free markets have never substantially failed and have certainly never quit this country, no matter what else may have gone wrong. On the...

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Religious and Free

Posted by on Jun 18, 2012 in Wes Riddle’s Horse Sense | Comments Off

Religious and Free

Faith and freedom coexist in Western Civilization, not as adversaries as some would have it but in a symbiosis. Faith begets freedom and freedom, faith. When Thomas Jefferson declared the self-evident truth that all men are created equal, he presumed to speak to a people steeped in a certain kind of learning. Self-evidence requires thinking after all. People aren’t all the same height, weight, color, strength, skill, wealth, IQ or anything. The proposition he makes is accepted as truth only in terms of moral equality. The moral worth of...

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Rekindle the Gift

Posted by on Jun 7, 2012 in Wes Riddle’s Horse Sense | Comments Off

Rekindle the Gift

No matter what your gift is or how much success you may have with it, there are times you get discouraged. No matter how much you enjoy, there will be times you get weary. That goes for a lot of dedicated folks you may not even think of, who generally enjoy their work. At a regional meeting of ministers, ask the same simple question to every one of them: “Are you enjoying your work?” You may be surprised, but those who know will tell you, almost none respond with a smile and enthusiastic “Yes!” You’re more likely to hear something...

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Memorial Day Matters

Posted by on May 28, 2012 in Wes Riddle’s Horse Sense | Comments Off

Memorial Day Matters

Memorial Day was originally designated as the 30th of May, but starting in 1971 it has been held the last Monday in May creating a convenient 3-day weekend. Memorial Day is observed today as a public holiday dedicated to the memory of the fallen who died in service to their country in wartime. Its origin dates to the terrible War Between the States. The day was actually inaugurated in 1868 as a holiday on which graves of Civil War veterans serving the Union were decorated. The South did not recognize the day as such, but set aside separate...

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Theory of America’s Founding, (Part 2): Consent, Revolution, God and Honor

Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Wes Riddle’s Horse Sense | Comments Off

Theory of America’s Founding, (Part 2): Consent, Revolution, God and Honor

Besides Equality and Natural Rights (discussed last week), the ideas or principles that comprise the American theory of government, i.e., the proper conceptual building blocks for righteous government are Consent, Revolution, God and Honor. Consent is needed to form legitimate government. The Declaration of Independence says that to secure the rights of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” Indeed, people must join to form governments to...

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Theory of America’s Founding, (Part I): Equality and Natural Rights

Posted by on May 14, 2012 in Wes Riddle’s Horse Sense | Comments Off

Theory of America’s Founding, (Part I): Equality and Natural Rights

The principles of America’s founding amount to a remarkable and radical departure from government, as practiced for centuries prior to the American Revolution. To be sure, a tradition is tied to the theory and to the men responsible. We are, however, quite remarkable as a nation today, because the Founders were indeed radical in their definition of liberty and their uncompromising demand for freedom. The theory of America’s founding may be said to be embodied in the Declaration of Independence. If anyone reads it, he or she finds that it...

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