Brian Birdnow

Posted July 14, 2015

The line that serves as the title of this column is taken from a popular poem written at the end of the American Civil War in mid-1865. This sentiment, intended to be taken metaphorically, has become reality today, as the movement to ban the display and honoring of the Confederate Battle Standard has taken on a new life and strength since the dreadful events of June 17.

Posted July 06, 2015

Congressman Ryan was not, as some have supposed, counseling surrender in the health care fight. He was advising the conservatives that they must take the long view, and give the Obamacare architects enough time, and dynamite, to blow themselves up.

Posted June 02, 2015

Last week, in unusually breathless tones, the Associated Press reported on the new crisis in the interminable national health care debate, the so-called underinsurance phenomenon.

Posted May 12, 2015

Once upon a time, back in the mid-1960s, George Wallace, the Democratic governor of the great state of Alabama, considered the possibility of making a run for the Presidency of the United States as an Independent Party candidate.

Posted March 30, 2015

Last week (March 21st) the New York Times ran a puff piece on New York City leader, Mayor Bill De Blasio, reaching out to faith based organizations and marveled that an avowed secularist has built strong alliances with certain religious groups.

Posted March 10, 2015

Last week, as the winter wound down, politics and civic discourse in the nations heartland changed exponentially, in ways totally unrelated to the continuing events in Ferguson, Missouri. At approximately 9:48 AM, Central Standard Time, Tom Schweich, the Missouri State Auditor, and recently declared GOP gubernatorial candidate, committed suicide by a single pistol shot to the head.

Posted February 03, 2015

The fact that the media is once again showering adoring press on Obama is not because they have any more or less regard than they ever had for the anointed one. The media is now firing the opening salvoes of the 2016 campaign, and the all-out offensive to elect Hillary Clinton in 2016 is quite clear.

Posted January 05, 2015

There is a new spirit in the land, and no one can escape it, much less explain it.

Posted December 18, 2014

This piece, however, is important because it shows the liberal mind at work. Would the St. Louis Post-Dispatch have dared to publish an Op-Ed in which their top editorial writer mocked, ridiculed, and insulted all young black men? Would they have allowed Horrigan a platform to do the same to middle aged white women?

Posted December 10, 2014

The fires of November are now fading after two weeks, but the story, and the sound and fury surrounding them will not die a quiet death. In fact, the present situation in greater St. Louis is tense, and fraught with peril.

Posted November 17, 2014

Last week Dana Milbank, the noted Op-Ed writer for the Washington Post, recovered himself admirably after the baleful events of November 4th, and picked through the post-election wreckage, presumably looking to assign blame.

Posted November 10, 2014

If you liked the Gilded Age youre going to love what comes out of the U.S. Congress in the next two years.

Posted October 27, 2014

The upcoming election has been the subject of much spilled ink in American newsrooms in recent weeks. The general consensus opinion is that the Republican Party will score a victory on November 4th, and that the only question is the GOP margin of victory, not whether they will win.

Posted October 14, 2014

arry Truman once humorously noted, If you want a friend in Washington get a dog. If President Obama had a sense of history he might do well to remember this waggish remark, especially if one reads the torrent of abuse emanating from the Washington Post and directed at Leon Panetta, former Obama Administration director of Central Intelligence, and Secretary of Defense, for his new book criticizing the Obama Administration.

Posted September 23, 2014

Nearly one and one-half months after the serious disorders, often described as riots, in the working class community of Ferguson, Missouri the plot has thickened in that community and nearby areas. This past week Officer Darren Wilson, the Ferguson patrolman in the eye of the storm, voluntarily testified to the St. Louis County grand jury investigating Wilsons August 9th shooting of Michael Brown.

Posted September 09, 2014

An important story has a short shelf life, and the media is pulled in different directions, as international stories begin, once again, to take center stage. It would be a mistake, though, to assume that Ferguson is all quiet now that the city has slipped from the public consideration, and the headlines.

Posted July 26, 2014

Last week, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the troubled bastion of mainstream liberal journalistic thought in the great American heartland published a short, but typically piquant editorial piece slamming Patrick J. Buchanan for his soon-to-be released memoir of the 1968 Presidential campaign entitled, “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create a New Majority.”

Posted July 07, 2014

We see that Mr. Thomasson believes that the Republican Party standing in opposition to Obama’s socialism-lite is the cause of the administration’s lawless behavior, and unconstitutionality must be excused on this basis.

Posted June 14, 2014

?This past Monday night (June 9th) ABC News broadcast a Diane Sawyer interview with Hillary Clinton, ostensibly to promote the former Secretary of State’s new memoir, but also to serve as the advance notice of her coming 2016 Presidential campaign.

Posted June 07, 2014

Last week the President of the United States delivered the commencement address at the U.S. Military Academy, more commonly known as West Point. President Obama delivered a speech his aides had quietly informed the press would be a major foreign policy address. The incomplete nature of the press releases led many to speculate as to what this address would, in fact, involve.



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