Category Archives: Perspectives…

A holdover title from the previous variation of the Federal Observer. This is where you will find a range of Editorial postings and comments by a select group of writers, many of who have had long term relations with Kettle Moraine Publications.

The Fall of Rome and Modern Parallels

There’s an old story worth retelling about a band of wild hogs which lived along a river in a secluded area of Georgia. These hogs were a stubborn, ornery, and independent bunch. They had survived floods, fires, freezes, droughts, hunters, dogs, and everything else. No one thought they could ever be captured.

One day a stranger came into town not far from where the hogs lived and went into the general store. He asked the storekeeper, “Where can I find the hogs? I want to capture them.” The storekeeper laughed at such a claim but pointed in the general direction. The stranger left with his one-horse wagon, an axe, and a few sacks of corn. Continue reading

Our Politics Now: Up vs. Down, Not Left vs. Right

If you were to view the evolution of politics in the West in traditional left versus right terms, you undoubtedly would see the political preferences of most people have shifted leftward.

Just look at how most Americans view federal spending: total government spending (federal, state, and local) accounts for 37.7 percent of the country’s overall gross domestic product. In other words, 37.7 percent of America’s economic growth is set to be generated by government spending (which is why Wall Street and other analysts worry about a government shutdown). There was a time—not long ago—in this country’s history when government spending was in the single-digits. But, those days are gone.

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The Second American Revolution

If the Founders of our country were alive today, there already would have been a Second American Revolution. And if the people alive today were alive back then, there never would have been a first one.

The Declaration of Independence was written to explain why the colonies wanted to be independent of England and why they thought it was worth fighting a war to do just that.

Read this excerpt from that document. But read it slowly. I’ll wait… Continue reading

You big Dummy?

“You big dummy!”

Least-Educated State: California No. 1 in Percentage of Residents 25 and Older Who Never Finished 9th Grade; No. 50 in High School Graduates

California ranks No. 1 among the 50 states for the percentage of its residents 25 and older who have never completed ninth grade and 50th for the percentage who have graduated from high school, according to new data from the Census Bureau.

Texas ranks No. 2 for the percentage of its residents 25 and older who have never completed ninth grade and 49th for the percentage who have graduated from high school Continue reading

A Christmas to Remember

The Christmas Truce of 1914 is remembered today as something of a miracle, and based on letters the soldiers had written home it struck them much the same way.

How could it be that men can stop killing each other for a day after five months of mutual slaughter on the battlefield? Nor did they merely take a time out, but fraternized, much to the displeasure of their high command. They exchanged gifts, played European-style football, and generally behaved like men do when they get together during peacetime. Were they suffering from a form of psychosis? Didn’t it penetrate their brains that they were celebrating with men who had killed many of their comrades? Where was the hate, the lust for revenge Continue reading

Called By God: Precious In His Sight

Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in Heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in Heaven. ~ Matthew 18:10

Christmas Day is rapidly approaching for people all over the world, but life and its joy and tragedies doesn’t hold still for Americans, or anyone, on that fact alone. In America, the wealthiest and most powerful nation on earth, there is enough misery to go around for all. Although many are suffering the physical ailments brought on by debilitating disease and old age, and seeing their deterioration and decline to a mere shadow of their former selves hurts their loved ones deeply, and there are many thousands of Americans suffering in poverty, or from homelessness, it is the plight of our children that concerns me most this season. Continue reading

R.I.P. America ~ Baby, it’s cold outside!

You are pansies! You raised the cost of living so high that both parents are always at work, rather than spending time with their children (single parents stand no chance). You took God out of schools. Parents were told ‘No you can’t discipline your kids’. Well, America, our kids are assholes. You shall reap what you sow, and we have lost a whole generation and turned them into rude, selfish, disrespectful brats who have no respect for people, property or authority!

You deemed people with terminal illnesses and some with only a few months to live…fit for work!!! You allow our veterans of war to go homeless and hungry but give out millions to foreign aid!!! You save drug addicts over and over again but refuse to give free diabetic supplies.

You bend over backwards to be politically correct, too scared to say enough is enough, in case you offend. You put the retirement age up so people must work until they drop!! People depend on handouts and food banks, whilst we give aid to others who can work for it. Our retired generation rely on inadequate state pensions, their thanks for working hard. Things need to change! And don’t even get me started on the Me too movement. Baby, it’s cold outside! HEAR ME?!


Kirk James
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December 23, 2018

For One Actress ~ It IS a Wonderful Life

When Ashley Bratcher took the leading role in Unplanned, she wasn’t ambivalent about life — but she wasn’t exactly passionate about it either. Then came the revelation that turned her world upside down. Ashley, who was about to star in a movie about abortion, had almost been a victim of it.

Her emotional true story came tumbling out in interview on Fox & Friends Tuesday, giving the project a whole new meaning. And not just for Ashley. Like a lot of actresses, Bratcher had no idea who Abby Johnson was when she first auditioned to play her. “I was given just six pages. Six pages that ignited my curiosity… How could this incredibly [devoted] woman one day change her mind about everything she believed in? There had to be more to the story.” Continue reading

They Cannot Win

I’ve been decompressing since the Silent Sam Prayer Service on Sunday (16 December 2018) and trying to think about how to write about what went on that day. What was supposed to be a prayer service for not only the two hundred and eighty-seven boy soldiers from the university that is now the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that are represented by Sam, but for all the boy soldiers that served in the War (that’s right, Southern and Northern alike), was turned into something different because of the profanities and vulgarities that were screamed at us through loudspeakers and megaphones. We did manage our Invocation, and we tried to keep our cool and ignore them, laugh at them, even, but we did have a few slip-ups. Hey, we’re all human, right? Continue reading

A War Memorial Is in the Form of a Cross. Is That a Problem?

A group gathers at the Peace Cross in Bladensburg, Md., circa 1920s. ( Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission)

To honor the memory of 49 men from Prince George’s County, Md., killed in action during World War I, a 40-foot memorial cross made of concrete and pink granite has stood for nearly 100 years at an intersection in the town of Bladensburg near Washington, DC. Though it was erected with private funds, the cross stands on public land, and since 1961 has been maintained by a state agency.

Is that constitutional?

The Supreme Court has agreed to decide next year whether the Bladensburg Peace Cross violates the First Amendment, which prohibits government from any “establishment of religion.” The legal challenge comes from the American Humanist Association, which filed a lawsuit demanding that the cross be removed because it sends “a clear message that Christianity is the preferred religion over all others.” Last year, a panel of the Fourth Circuit US Court of Appeals agreed with that claim, ruling that the Peace Cross is tantamount to an endorsement of Christianity, and an unconstitutional use of public funds and property. Continue reading

Hating Your Own Country: Teaching U.S. Kids to Loathe America

A recent poll showed that 53 percent of American teens and twenty-something’s do not respect America. At sporting events, millions of students fail to stand for the national anthem. In southern California, you see more Mexican flags being displayed and flown rather than the Stars and Stripes. In Detroit, Michigan, you see the Islamic black flag with Arabic writing that Americans cannot decipher. Continue reading

Abolish the Senate and Electoral College?

Why Not Tear Up the Constitution?

Former Congressman John Dingell, Jr., a partisan Democrat whose immediate family has controlled the same seat in the House of Representatives for 86 years, has some suggestions for fixing Congress. We should abolish the Senate and the Electoral College because they’re undemocratic, “despite the constitutional hurdles of doing so.” In 2015, Dingell retired from the U.S. House seat he’s held since 1955, the seat he inherited from his father, John Dingell, Sr., who first won it in 1932. The seat has passed to John Jr.’s much-younger wife, Rep. Debbie Dingell, who was just re-elected in November. (Full disclosure: For 20 years, my wife and I have lived in Dearborn, Michigan, which is inside the Dingell fiefdom and looks as though it may be in perpetuity.) Continue reading

The Authenticity of Clint Eastwood’s “Gran Torino

~ Forewords ~
Brotha Smoove called me that night and said that it was vitally important that I see the film. He saw Walt Kowalski in me and felt that, not only was the finest film Eastwood had made in years – maybe one of his best – but that I needed to see myself on film. After I saw the movie the next evening, I texted him back and said that, “Maybe we all needed to see it.” My meaning extended beyond the three of us, who by that time, had known each other for forty years – we have now surpassed a half century together, Raymond, Leonard and myself. My comment was directed of course – to all who had served, and those who supported us – or maybe didn’t.

America has changed in my lifetime – and not necessarily for the better. Walt lives within us all who have spent as long on this earth as many of us have. We were Walt. I am Walt.

I’ll see you at Sundown,

Jeffrey Bennett
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There’s No Such Thing as “Her Truth” or “His Truth” – Only the Truth

The first casualty on the slippery slope to tyranny is the truth

Mankind are not held together by lies. Trust is the foundation of society. Where there is no truth, there can be no trust, and where there is no trust, there can be no society. Where there is society, there is trust, and where there is trust, there is something upon which it is supported. – the abolitionist and orator Frederick Douglass.

During the recent hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, I was struck by how many times I heard people admiringly proclaim, “She spoke her truth.” Referring to the accusers, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker repeatedly insisted that “her truth needs to be heard.” Continue reading

Trump’s Success Reflects Conservative Failures

Donald Trump is a mirror that drives men mad.

There are plenty of legitimate reasons to dislike Trump the man. He can be rude and unkind — as when he publicly tormented his loyal supporter Jeff Sessions. He can play fast and loose with the truth — as when he declared he made no money in Saudi Arabia after bragging about all the money he made in Saudi Arabia. And he’s often lived badly, so that his former escapades sometimes rise up to stain the presidency — as with Stormy Daniels. Continue reading

Smith: America’s Most Dangerous Days…

A Constitutional Crisis In The Making

That “goddamned piece of paper” – again

America is witnessing some of the most dangerous days to Her Republic, that I have ever witnessed in my lifetime, as rogue elements of the U.S. government, who are intent on facilitating Obama’s fundamental transformation of America and turning Her into a bastion of communist tyranny, have unleashed a festering wave of illegality by way of their efforts to turn America into just one more bastion of globalist communists and tyranny. This has led Us into an epic battle for control of power and the U.S. government, which will either be won by the anti-American Deep State agents or American patriots and President Trump’s loyalists. Continue reading

Liar, Liar – Pants on Fire…

Why is it a crime for a citizen to lie to the government, but no crime at all when government politicians routinely LIE to the citizens?

In typical form, the mainstream media talking heads and their mindless followers are making much ado about nothing concerning a recent plea deal confession by Michael Cohen, the former personal lawyer of President Donald Trump.

As reported by Brietbart and others, Cohen is now claiming that certain details concerning Trump’s alleged interest several years back in building a real estate tower in Moscow were slightly different than what he told special counsel Robert Mueller back in 2017 – and leftists everywhere, as to be expected, are calling for his and Trump’s heads on a platter. Continue reading

Kids These Days…

The young generation is learning things that will have to be unlearned or undone.

As we mark the passing of one of the icons of the Greatest Generation, it’s fitting that we consider the generational transition currently underway in our great republic. Since LT(jg) George Bush and his peers came home from World War II, there have been two competing viewpoints on prospects for younger generations. The first take is that history’s march would always be in the direction of progress and improvement. Steady, almost continuous increases in post-war standards of living and life expectancy reinforced the idea that subsequent generations would be better off than the current one — that children would have better, happier lives than their parents. The second viewpoint can be summed up in the oft-heard lament, “Kids these days…” A recent David Brooks column highlights why we should all be wary of the potential for the second view to nullify the first. Continue reading