October and Other Election Surprises

The thirty days before an election are the season of political dirty tricks. It is frequently referred to as the “October surprise” and is generally launched by desperate candidates or campaign consultants with moral compasses aligned to power rather than ethical conduct and the public good.   It is often a Halloween basket filled with misleading or outright false statements and statistics; character defamation; economic, social, and historical ignorance; and the usual litanies and virtue-signaling of victimhood politics   Delivering this blizzard of falsehoods and distortions during the last weeks or even the last few days before an election will usually prevent opponents from responding before most of the damage is done.  

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Insight into the Death of Jamal Khashoggi 

Jamal Khashoggi, Murdered Washington Post Journalist & Influential Muslim Brotherhood Member.
Jamal Khashoggi, Murdered Washington Post Journalist & Influential Muslim Brotherhood Member.

There are two main things you need to know about the presumed brutal death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. First, the Saudi-born and raised Khashoggi, who held permanent U.S. resident (Green Card) status, was an influential member of the Muslim Brotherhood. Second, while Saudi relations with the Muslim Brotherhood had been supportive in the past, after the so-called “Arab Spring” in 2011, the Saudis strongly suspected that the Muslim Brotherhood planned to overthrow the Saudi monarchy and replace them with a regime much less cooperative with secularist or Judeo-Christian dominated Western powers. The Brotherhood is fervently committed to the principle that all Muslim rulers should be firmly dedicated to Islamic Supremacy and global Jihad against all non-Muslims. The Brotherhood, established in 1928 in Egypt, is a fundamentalist Islamic revivalist movement committed to the teachings of the Koran, Muhammad, and his early “rightly guided” companions. In its quest for world Islamic dominance, the Brotherhood seeks to purify Islam of secularist and infidel contamination as a prerequisite for Allah’s favor.   

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Cycles of Human Government

Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee glorifies ancient Greece and replicates original in Athens, Greece.
Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee glorifies ancient Greece and replicates original in Athens, Greece.

“Those whom Jupiter would destroy, he first makes mad” is an ancient Greek proverb quoted in various forms by later Greek and Western authors. It seems to have the meaning that whom the gods would destroy, they first relieve of their common sense. This is very close to a Greek sentence in the play, Antigone, by Sophocles (497-405 BC):

"Evil appears as good in the minds of those whom [the] gods lead to destruction."

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May Face Huge Red Tide in November

Harper Lee’s 1964 fictional novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, cites Alabama and Southern folklore that to kill a mockingbird is bad luck, and the consequences can result in misfortune for an entire community. The main plot-line of Harper Lee’s famous fiction work involves an innocent black man, Tom Robinson, being accused by a white woman of attempted rape. Despite convincing evidence of his innocence presented by his small town lawyer, Atticus Finch, a prejudiced small-town jury finds him guilty. Tom Robinson is later shot dead trying to escape from prison.

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The Terrible Disorientation of the Democrat Party’s Moral Compass

“Show me the man, and I’ll find you the crime.” - Lavrentiy Beria, Chief of Stalin’s Secret Police

The Democrat Party is drawing closer and closer to the Stalinist brand of justice that prevailed under the Communist regime of the brutal dictator, Joseph Stalin, from 1922 to 1953. But it was originally a party loyal to the ideas of Thomas Jefferson and Constitutional government.

My grandfather, W.C. Bradsher, was a Democrat County Chairman in Greene County, Arkansas, during the Roosevelt Administration. He was a former teacher, school principal, and an affable and astute cotton-buyer, cotton-gin owner, banker, and Rotary Club member, very active in community affairs.  One of the most treasured and often read books in his library was a collection of the writings of Roman Senator Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 to 43 BC).

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