John A. Tures

John A. Tures

John A. Tures is an professor of political science at LaGrange College in LaGrange, Georgia. I am a political mythbuster of sorts. I write political columns for LaGrange Daily News and Southern Political Report. Occasionally, I get something published in the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, or magazines like Miller-McCune Magazine or Like The Dew (a journal of the South and politics).
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  • A Year After the Boston Bombing, Should We Be Afraid?
    As we approach the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing, there is a question of whether we have more to fear or not. But according to a key political expert, the answer is no. Such threats tend to be overblown.
  • How Perdue Went From 1 Percent to Leader in Georgia Senate Race
    Georgia’s GOP senate primary for an open seat has seen its share of front-runners who find ways to shoot themselves in the foot. The latest is businessman David Perdue, who went from 1% to leader, but could lose it due to education comments.
  • A Couple Who Lost Their Son at the Va. Tech Shooting Speak
    Seven years ago, Jamie Bishop was killed in the Virginia Tech massacre, one of many victims that day. In an interview, his parents speak about how they've become involved in debates over gun laws and safety.
  • How Kissing Congressman Ruined Rand Paul’s Attack on Hillary
    Sen. Rand Paul has been attacking Hillary Clinton by going after her husband for the Monica Lewinsky affair. But when Rep. Vance McAllister was caught on tape kissing a staffer, she was fired and Sen. Paul has remained silent on this.
  • When Nazis Attacked America in Florida…Twice
    While moviegoers flock to see World War II era hero Captain America, it’s worth remembering 72 years ago when a Nazi submarine torpedoed an American tanker just three miles off the Florida coast, while another landed saboteurs nearby.
  • Hank Aaron’s Historic Homer on April 8: Heroes and Villains
    Hank Aaron didn't have to just deal with threats and the weight of history as he pursued Babe Ruth's home run record. He and his manager had to contend with a meddling Baseball Commissioner, who didn't even attend the event.
  • Do You Live in a High Tax State or Low Tax State?
    For several decades, the Economic Freedom of the World project has collected data on whether American states and Canadian provinces are low tax or high tax. The answers might surprise you as the April 15 deadline looms near.
  • So What’s It Like Owning a Baseball Team?
    Opening Day Baseball 2014 has shown the sport is back, in big cities with a major league team as well as smaller towns with a team of their own. And the owner of the Jacksonville Suns explains how to run an effective minor league franchise.
  • Why the Common Core Is the Domestic Political Issue of 2014
    Wyoming’s rejection of the science component of the Common Core over global warming is the latest in the seemingly partisan Common Core debate. A deeper analysis shows that the issue might split the Republican Party as well.
  • Why Some in the Republican Party Are Warming Up to Vladimir Putin
    After Russia annexed Crimea, taking it from the Ukraine, the GOP said Obama wasn’t tough enough. But it’s been nearly a month, and Congress hasn’t passed sanctions. Do Republicans actually admire Putin?
  • What’s It Like for a Pilot During the Malaysian Jet Mystery?
    With the disappearance of the Malaysian Airline Flight MH 370, airline pilots are receiving extra scrutiny, thanks to speculation about errors or terrorism. So what’s it like to be a pilot in this environment?
  • The Future of Same Sex Marriage in America
    The debate on same sex marriage goes on as we debate whether it is a sin, what a traditional marriage is, whether the freedom to marry produces economic benefits, and whether lessons on equality and legal rights changes views on gay marriage.
  • A Cobb County Atlanta Braves Stadium Would Be Worth it If…
    Most Atlanta Braves fans are wary of the proposed new Cobb County stadium idea, and the location. But this new stadium can still be a winner, if it does these three things.
  • 12 Surprising Facts About the Easter Holiday
    Did you know where the term Easter came from, how it isn’t mentioned in the bible, and who started the whole eggs tradition are all listed in this article, as well as a family tradition involving egg cracking borrowed from the Ukraine.
  • Is Venezuela Ripe for Anti-Chavez Revolt?
    Venezuela seems ready to explode into chaos, with protests and arrests for military officers accused of plotting against Hugo Chavez’s successor. An expert on Venezuela explains what’s going on, and why.
  • U.S. College Students Help in the Post-Typhoon Philippines
    Typhoon Haiyan killed many Filipinos and did a lot of damage. Even though it has been several months later, American college students have been coming over to observe and help the Philippines recover from the devastation.
  • Overcoming Georgia's "Grasshopper Generation"
    Most Republican officials talk low taxes as a solution to overcome economic troubles. Few suggest working with teachers and parents to find solutions to an economic comeback like Dalton Mayor David Pennington, a Georgia Governor candidate.
  • Hate Groups Decline Slightly Since the 2012 Election
    The good news is that hate groups have declined, according to Lecia Brooks with the SPLC. The bad news is that their numbers are still high. The SPLC Outreach Director explains why in a recent talk in Montgomery, Alabama.
  • Combating Georgia's "F" Ranking in Corruption
    Georgia ranks dead last in political corruption among the 50 states. An interview with a former Inspector General of Georgia government reveals why, as well as how the problem could be solved.
  • “So You Had a Bad Bracket…”
    Say you thought American would pin an upset on Wisconsin, or that Michigan would fall, or a third of your Sweet 16 are gone. Here are a few suggestions for what a NCAA March Madness Basketball fan can do after a bad day of picks.
  • Witnessing Hank Aaron’s 715th Home Run, 40 Years Ago
    At the beginning of the 1974 season, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves needed just two home runs to break Babe Ruth’s career record. Those who attended or saw it on television remember the event in these interviews.
  • The Real Historical Example for Putin Should Be 1930s Japan
    Politicians are quick to link Putin to Adolf Hitler of Nazi Germany, Josef Stalin of Communist Russia, or Benito Mussolini of Fascist Italy. Yet Japan’s military government is the better analogy, for how they waged conflict. It is a wise lesson for the
  • A Method to My March Madness for College Basketball Picks
    I run the numbers to see whether win percentage, RPI, strength of schedule or AP ranking did the best in predicting last year’s NCAA March Madness College Basketball Tournament. Then I use the numbers to make my picks this year.
  • The Best Statesman Not to Become President Died Last Night
    Reubin Askew passed away the other night. This Florida Governor was ahead of our time on integration, reducing government corruption, stopping crime, boosting education, and adopting bipartisan politics. He could have been a great U.S. President.
  • Would Economic Sanctions Work Against Russia Over Crimea?
    With Russia casting its shadow over Crimea and the Eastern Ukraine, the West prepares a series of economic sanctions, and perhaps a military show of force. Three academic experts on the region explain how it all might play out.
  • Why You Should See the 2014 National Cherry Blossom Festival
    Tourists annual flock to Washington, DC for the National Cherry Blossom Festival. This year will be no different, as the cherry blossoms survived the Winter of 2013-2014. Attached is the top ten list of must-see events for the month-long festival.
  • How Terrorists Didn’t Win the Spanish Elections 10 Years Ago
    Ten years ago, on March 11, 2004, an al-Qaeda affiliate exploded several bombs on Spanish commuter trains. Everyone assumes the terrorism influenced the election, but the attack, dubbed 3/11, didn’t. Here’s why.
  • The Common Core Is the Issue in Georgia’s Education Election
    Nationally, the Common Core is being turned into a political football. It’s no different in Georgia, though the issue is causing a split within the Republicans and Democrats, and not just between the parties in the Peach State.
  • A Perspective on the Ukraine, from Someone Who is Part Ukrainian
    Instead of responding effectively to Putin over Crimea and the Ukraine, we’ve been bogged down in partisan grandstanding. We should be unified in our economic response, and know that sanctions will punish Putin.
  • A Russian-Georgian War Survivor Comments on the Ukraine
    Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine to take the Crimea, and possibly more, isn’t the first time the powerful country has attacked its neighbor. A student of mine was present for Russia’s 2008 invasion of his native country, the Republic of Georgia.
  • How Homebuyers Can Live the American Dream, Not a Nightmare
    Owning a house is considered part of the American Dream, but it can become a nightmare for the unwary, who think watching a few home & garden television show. Follow these five tips before you buy your home.
  • Ted Cruz’s “Texas Tea” Coup Flops Badly
    The media talk going into the nation’s first 2014 primary was that Ted Cruz would control Texas politics. But his support of challengers to Sen. John Cornyn and Rep. Pete Sessions failed miserably, showing the limits of his power.
  • Sierra Club Teams Up with the Tea Party on Property Rights
    An alliance between liberals and libertarians across America is emerging over NSA spying. A similar alliance is occurring between the Sierra Club and TEA Party over property rights involving water disputes.
  • Why We Still Need to Talk About the Holocaust
    Iran's newly elected leaders are condemning the Holocaust which lead to the killings of millions of Jews and others. But in America, you'll still find some ignorance on the issue, as well as anti-Semitic comments. What are we doing to stop them?
  • Who Are the Best Bets to Win Oscars at the Academy Awards
    Over the last three years, there have been trends emerging in Academy Awards voting. Knowing those trends will help provide strong clues for who will win Oscars for Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Director in 2014.
  • “42” Reasons Why Discrimination Doesn’t Pay
    As the movie “42” comes to cable television, we can see the ugly discrimination Jackie Robinson faced. Yet some states like Arizona and Kansas seem poised to legalize discrimination against gays. But it won’t make economic sense.
  • Should Third World Countries Host International Sporting Events?
    Sochi’s 2014 Winter Olympics were a disaster and Brazil looks like an unprepared host for Fifa 2014 and the 2016 Summer Olympics. They could both learn from South Africa and South Korea, who were better developed and better prepared.
  • How Abraham Lincoln was Almost a One-term President
    Lincoln’s successful reelection in 1864 garners little public attention. Yet he nearly lost several states, which would have given Gen. McClellan, a war hero, the win. Republicans also used a lot of dirty tricks to stay on top.
  • How I Proposed in the Middle of a Tropical Storm
    Beach proposals may be popular, but not ones that involve a near hurricane bearing down on the coast. Yet that's where my wife and I found ourselves when I asked the big question twenty years ago this summer.
  • How Have Musicians like Clay Aiken Fared in Politics?
    Clay Aiken, the American Idol finalist, got the attention of the press with his candidacy for a congressional seat in North Carolina. This article looks at how many musicians have won in running for political office.
  • Will Obama Create an Executive Order 'Dictatorship'?
    Obama’s critics claim that he’s about to be a dictator, bypassing Congress and the courts and ruling by decree. To determine this, I compare Obama’s record on executive orders to those of other presidents since 1928.
  • A First-Hand Account of Political Protests in Thailand
    A pair of education professors from Georgia found themselves besieged in Bangkok for the month of January while planning a trip connecting American college students to Thai schools. They explain what’s really going on in Thailand.
  • Do Today’s Colleges Provide Diminishing Returns?
    A recent report by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni claims higher education provides diminishing returns, but economic evidence shows colleges, especially private nonprofits, are providing all kinds of returns.
  • Do US Men or Women Have More Medals in Olympic Speedskating?
    When it comes to the Winter Olympics, Americans have found plenty of glory in speed skating. But have the American men brought in more gold, silver and bronze, or do the U.S. women have the edge?
  • Why You Can Actually Trust the New Iranian Regime
    Iranian President Rouhani’s charm offensive at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland was rebuffed by Israel and is being ignored by the U.S. Congress. But America, Israel and Rouhani have a common foe: the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.
  • Could Blizzard Bury Gov. Deal and Atlanta Mayor Reed?
    Atlanta was hit with a “once in a decade snowstorm.” Three years later, it was hit with a similar system, and the Georgia capital seemed even less prepared than before. There are likely to be political ramifications.
  • Sochi 2014 Olympians Might Convert Glory to Political Gold
    Several U.S.A. Olympic athletes have parlayed their athletic success into political success, as governors, senators, the House of Representatives, and even as presidential candidates. Could this happen for several Sochi Olympians?
  • How a Small Southern Town Survived the 2014 Snowstorm
    Most Americans now know about the motorists stuck on interstates and kids trapped in schools in the big Southern cities. It was a different story in small towns like mine, as local leaders opted to play it safe.
  • A Canadian Coach in America on Olympic Hockey in 2014
    What was the greatest Olympic hockey game? Who is the favorite for 2014? And should professional players be in the Olympics? A former Canadian and American player and coach has some thoughts on each of these questions.
  • The GOP is Diluted, Not Deluded, in Its SOTU Response
    Republicans announced that they would “drown out” the State of the Union (SOTU) with twitter bombs on social media covering the event. But with multiple responses, the GOP likely drowned themselves out in 2014.
  • Commentary: Obama Has a Good Idea on Jobs, but it Must Be Expanded
    President Obama offered a great idea, and example, of a plan to connect employers and job seekers. But he only plans to limit it to community colleges. Mr. President, please expand it to all graduates.
  • The Conservative Feeding Frenzy Claims John McCain
    Eager to please the most conservative elements of the Republican Party, Arizona’s GOP state party chairs have voted to censure Sen. John McCain, the man who has worked hard to build a big tent party.
  • Will NSA Reforms Reverse Obama's Losses Among Liberals?
    Evidence shows that Edward Snowden’s revelations about the NSA cost Obama some support among Democrats. And Obama hopes to win some of them back with more privacy protections from the NSA.
  • Who Won More Figure Skating Medals, U.S. Men or U.S. Women?
    Since the first Winter Olympics with figure skating in 1908, American men and women have brought home 38 medals in that sport. But have the ladies or gentlemen brought home more Olympic glory for the USA?
  • Forget the Alamo. Remember the River Raisin!
    American politicians are fond of saying “Remember the Alamo,” even if it doesn’t involve American history. An case of Americans shouting a call to remember something occurred 201 years ago this week, involving a War of 1812 massacre.
  • Mr. President, Please Extend Unemployment Aid in Your SOTU
    I hate to sound selfish, but my request is a personal one. A close relative was let go from his job where he worked hard; cutting off assistance would be a double whammy. Plus, local businesses would benefit from the increase in assistance.
  • How “Stand Your Ground” Will Kill the 2nd Amendment
    A series of shootings in Florida show how irresponsible people have been empowered to kill. And a Georgia poll shows that the public’s attitudes toward guns may be favoring greater restrictions on firearms.
  • How the Doomsday Clock is as Irrelevant as the Cold War
    The Doomsday Clock, created during the 1940s, was a good way of determining how closer we were to world destruction, during the Cold War. But since the end of the Cold War, it is designed to make news, rather than identify real threats.
  • Do Good Fences Make Good Neighbors in Israel and Palestine?
    Twelve years ago, Israel began building a fence to defend itself against Palestinian terror attacks. But new construction around East Jerusalem could lead to a new Middle Eastern War, making Israel more vulnerable than before the fence.
  • Do Minority GOP Candidates Lose White Conservative Votes?
    Republicans have done a decent job of recruiting non-white candidates in recent years. Some have done well, but others came up short. Is this because of white conservative bias? A pair of scholars investigates this question.
  • Commentary: Are Elections Becoming More Predictable?
    Nate Silver wasn’t the only one to call the election in 2012. Two scholars were dead on in calling the race, and the states. One of the two contends that elections may be easier to predict because we may be getting more predictable in our votes.
  • Should You Travel to Sochi for the Olympics?
    Recently, some have issued concerns about Americans going to Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Most of these won't be a problem, but get an early start on booking your package deal, finish that visa, and take preparations against theft.
  • In 2014, America Needs More Technology to Boost Trust
    A lead story at the end of 2013 was Americans don't trust each other. Technology was blamed, but instead, it could and should be harnessed to build online communities for a variety of causes that could restore trust in the U.S.
  • Commentary: 2014 Primary Challengers Take Advantage of Congress' Dismal Ratings
    Rep. Westmoreland of Georgia, with local charm and a top staff, along with a crucial vote for a budget compromise, may weather any “throw the bums out” movement. But his primary opponent has leveled some pretty tough charges.
  • Sochi Olympic Fans Should Plan a Petit Center Pilgrimage
    If you’re excited about Sochi but can’t make the trip, head over to Milwaukee’s Petit Center, which is ground zero for America’s Winter Olympic event of speedskating, where legends won a third of all U.S. medals. And you can skate there too!
  • Are Members of Congress on the Move?
    In 2012, Rep. Michele Bachmann relocated to a new district to represent some old constituents. It’s the latest trend for members of Congress who are “redistricted,” targeted for defeat, a practice that has increased fourfold over the last decade.
  • Would the USA Love a War Between Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah?
    Hezbollah and an Al-Qaeda affiliate have helped the civil war in Syria spill over into Lebanon, trading car bomb attacks. But should America be glad that its terrorist enemies are killing each other? Or could it lead to future problems for the U.S.
  • First Person: Too Cold for Students, but Not for Teachers, in Georgia
    Georgians simply aren't used to negative degree wind chills, but that's what they are getting tonight. In a strange twist, students have the day off tomorrow, but teachers like my wife and I have to report to work tomorrow, and bring our kids with us!
  • 5 Educational Kids TV Shows, Endorsed by Two Educators
    A college professor and a middle school teacher pick their favorite educational television programs to share with their precocious kindergartener and fifth grader, which the kids actually like to watch as much as their entertainment TV shows.
  • When No. 1 Meets No. 2 in College Football, It’s All Even
    As Florida State University and Auburn University meet in the final BCS Championship Game in college football, it is worth noting what happens when #1 meets #2. The top ranked team is more likely to win, but not in BCS or Bowl games.
  • Did Pro Bowl Snubs Motivate the Green Bay Packers?
    The Green Bay Packers were one of five teams not to get a Pro Bowl selection; the other four missed the playoffs. The Packers may have used that as motivation to beat the Bears, and to fight a tough battle against the San Francisco 49ers.
  • A Wisconsinite’s Advice for Southerners Grappling with the Big Freeze
    I was born in the North, was raised in the West Texas mountains, and educated in Wisconsin, so I’ve learned something about surviving the cold. Here are some tips for Southerners not used to the Arctic temperatures headed their way.
  • Lessons from the Bloodiest Major Civil War Battle
    On January 2, 1863, the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, in terms of casualties from forces engaged finally ended. The battle has been largely ignored, though it has the longest standing monument, as well as plenty of lessons for both sides.
  • A New Year’s Resolution for Obama: Governance
    Obama is in danger of having a second term that’s worse than the first, like Jefferson, Cleveland, Wilson and George W. Bush, unless he focuses more on implementing the policies he passed, instead of pushing for new ones
  • The Real Reason Christmas is Special
    Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and Norse mythologies have a lot of powerful deities and demigods who could smite anyone on a whim. Some even have resurrection stories. But they all seem to lack something Christianity has: a humble origin that can inspire anyon
  • The TEA Party is Right About the Cobb County Braves Stadium
    The TEA Party has taken what seems to be an unpopular stand against the new Cobb County Braves Stadium. But as you read more of the deal, you see that the TEA Party is right to make this stand, so the Braves don’t become the Marlins.
  • Rename Nathan Bedford Forrest High School for a Confederate
    To actually respect Southern History, Jacksonville should replace Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest High School’s name with Col. George Harrison, who distinguished himself in the biggest Civil War battle in Florida history.
  • Thanks Sarah Palin, for Saving Christmas This Year
    Sarah Palin’s admission that she didn’t read the Duck Dynasty comments she defended was a refreshing bit of humor in a tense confrontation over race and gay rights. With those words, she may have saved Christmas in 2013.
  • The Nominees for Best Last-Minute Holiday Gift Ideas Are…
    With only a few shopping days left before Christmas, procrastinators need some help. Here are some awards for last minute shopping ideas that range from the inexpensive to splurges, for guys and gals alike, along with a warning.
  • Is the Duck Dynasty Flap Really About Free Speech?
    Supporters of Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson have claimed his free speech rights have been violated. But most didn’t stand up for an ousted MSNBC anchor, wouldn’t support regulating corporate free speech, and don’t always stand up for Christian conservati
  • So You Want to Be a College Professor? Here Are Five Tips
    What makes a good professor? To find out, I interviewed professors from English and Economics, from French and Physics, and even provide my own advice as a Political Scientist. And the responses are about connecting with the college students.
  • A Dad's Last Christmas
    My wife's dad was a good man, mostly. But he struggled with having one drink too many. Yet in this photo, at his last Christmas, he showed you can still enjoy the holidays while sober.
  • Perils, Positives of Teaching in the Middle East
    Since the death of an American teacher in Libya last week, one wonders if the region is too unsafe for citizens. But an interview with an American instructor in Kurdistan, a region in Iraq, notes the benefits of teaching in the Middle East.
  • An Oregon Tragedy May Reform Firefighter Death Benefits
    A terrible tragedy that killed a number of Oregon firefighters may spur a reform in how our government helps the families of those who battle blazes in our National Forests and other government parks.
  • Increased Sanctions on Iran Would Be Counterproductive: Expert
    An interview with an expert on Iran reveals much about its leader, internal politics, and international sanctions policy, especially over nuclear weapons.
  • Thanks Atlanta Falcons, from Your Fans, for Rising Up
    After a horrible loss to the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Atlanta Falcons could have tanked the season and gone for a better draft pick. But the Falcons chose to play for pride, and will do better next season as a result.
  • Obama Defends Christianity, Against a Reagan/Bush Nominee
    Barack Obama defended a cross erected for military veterans in court. But a judge, appointed by Republican Presidents to judicial positions, said it must be taken down in 90 days. This case busts the myth that Obama is anti-Christian.
  • The Best Civil War Monument Dedicates the Nashville Battle
    Long after the Battle of Nashville, Northern and Southern hatreds lingered. The Ladies Battlefield Association commissioned a sculpture to the battle that called for uniting the North and South, making it the best Civil War monument.
  • 5 Christmas Gift Ideas for Jacksonville Jaguars Fans
    The Jacksonville Jaguars are a relatively new franchise with some great moments in their short history. Even as the team struggles this year, there are still plenty of ideas for the NFL franchise fans in North Florida.
  • Commentary: Time's Person of the Year: A Catholic, a CEO or a Cleric
    A Catholic, a CEO and an Islamic Cleric may not have walked into a bar together, but they sure have set the bar, as newsmakers who qualify for Time Magazine's Person of the Year (POY) finalists.
  • Georgia GOP Links Preexisting Conditions and Bad Drivers
    Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, a Republican, made remarks lining preexisting conditions to being at fault in a car crash, in a secretly videotaped speech eerily reminiscent of Romney's 47 percent speech.
  • How America Prepared for the Wrong Attack on Pearl Harbor
    Americans love indulging in conspiracy theories, and the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 is fertile ground for these. Yet a more intelligent analysis of the problem does provide better lessons for the United States.
  • It was a Wonderful Life, Nelson Mandela
    What if Nelson Mandela had died in prison, or was never even born? We only need to look at Zimbabwe to see why South Africa was fortunate to have him live, just as Bedford Falls had George Bailey in the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
  • Should Vulnerable Senate Democrats Switch Parties?
    Vulnerable Senate Democrats like Mark Pryor, Mary Landrieu, Mark Begich and Kay Hagan may be tempted to switch parties, but recent cases of party switchers have fared poorly. Plus, vulnerable Senate Democrats have survived in the past.
  • Scott Walker Has the Worst Political Idea…Ever!
    Not too long ago, Scott Walker was a possible front-runner for Republicans in 2016. But after an embarrassing plea for campaign cash to replace Christmas toys for kids, coupled with tepid poll numbers, the GOP should rethink this idea.
  • A Lesson for Republicans from Teddy Roosevelt and Taft
    Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book “The Bully Pulpit” has become a hit. This story of the falling out between Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft is a must-read for any Republican concerned about his or her party splitting in two.
  • This Thanksgiving, Let’s Talk Turkey About Our Ally
    Most Americans think Israel is our only Middle East Ally. But actually, our ties to Turkey are not only a stronger military alliance (by law) but also an older connection that dates back to the Thomas Jefferson Administration.
  • The 5 Most Infamous Plagiarizers in Recent History
    Several individuals from the world of music, sports, history, politics and literature were found to engage in plagiarism, including George Harrison, Cam Newton, Stephen Ambrose and Joe Biden. Perhaps colleges have a solution with "Honor Codes."
  • The 150th Anniversary of the End of the Civil War is Today
    The 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address got all the press, but the sesquicentennial of the Battle of Chattanooga may have been as important, as it led to a Union victory in the South, paving the way for Grant and Sherman.
  • Why Additional Sanctions on Iran Are a Bad Idea
    Recent protests and threats against American and its Western allies are not coming from Iran, but an increasingly rogue actor, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Additional sanctions upon Iran will only empower this group and Hezbollah.
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