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“Keep-ing” America, by Andrew Joppa

“Keep-ing” America by Andy Joppa   A castle’s Keep was the strongest portion of a medieval fortification and the last resort in case of a siege or attack. It was usually a fortified tower built within the walls and used as a last refuge in case of an attack. When all else was lost, the last bastion of defense, and survival, …

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Defining Glory with the Wrong Story, by Andrew Joppa

Defining Glory with The Wrong Story by Andy Joppa   You can sense a nation is in decline when it seeks to characterize its current reality only by its past accomplishments or previous moments of heroism and resiliency. This, of course, was on full display with our twentieth anniversary memorials for the horror of September 11, 2001.  It was appropriate …

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In War, “Sunk Costs” Should Affect Current Decisions, by Andrew Joppa

In War, “Sunk Costs” Should Affect Current Decisions by Andy Joppa   There is an old business adage that, “sunk costs should not affect current decisions.” That is, for example, if you’ve previously invested a million dollars in a worthless venture, you should not continue spending more, merely because you’ve lost that much already. There is a real, and important, …

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America’s Eyes Wide Shut, by Andrew Joppa

America’s Eyes Wide Shut by Andy Joppa   There is a question that has plagued my mind for several months. The question bothered me because I couldn’t answer it; at least not in the way I would have wanted.  It is one that just a few years ago would have been absurd for me to even consider. I feel awkward …

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Defanging the Left, by Andrew Joppa

Defanging the Left by Andy Joppa   “Everything should be made as simple as possible, BUT NOT SIMPLER.” Albert Einstein   One of the “rules” of debate is to never rely on the “general” when your position is strong in its “specifics.” This is particularly true when you present a “general” as being a universal truth…when it can be established …

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Things That Should Be Done but Won’t Be Done, by Andrew Joppa

Things That Should Be Done but Won’t Be Done by Andy Joppa   I considered several different names for this essay, “Things That Must Be Done but Won’t Be Done, “Things That Should Be Done but Can’t Be Done,”  and several others, playing with the intensities of my two prong theme, eventually settling on the most benign of the potentials….”Should” and …

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Lying “Lions” Lying in Wait, by Andrew Joppa

Lying “Lions” Lying in Wait by Andy Joppa “I never would have agreed to the formulation of the Central Intelligence Agency back in forty-seven, if I had known it would become the American Gestapo.” Harry S. Truman   A PARABLE FOR OUR TIME:   Once upon a time, a father, in order to protect his home and family from intruders, …

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America Must Win, China Will Not Lose, by Andrew Joppa

America Must Win, China Will Not Lose by Andy Joppa   “With few exceptions, democracy has not brought good government to new developing countries. What Asians value may not necessarily be what Americans or Europeans value. Westerners value the freedoms and liberties of the individual. As an Asian of Chinese cultural background, my values are for a government which is …

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The Educational Clash of Civilizations, by Andrew Joppa

The Educational Clash of Civilizations by Andy Joppa   Today, after just publishing my essay, The Battle for Freedom, several predictable articles appeared in the U.S. media.  Predictable, in the sense they lay out the advantages enjoyed by the Peoples Republic of China but then offer the required proviso…China is fragile…in many ways a paper tiger.   Ivan Eland, a …

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We the Citizens, by Andrew Joppa

We the Citizens by Andy Joppa   In May of 1954, the following article appeared in The Herald Statesman, the Yonkers, NY, hometown newspaper:   “Is Citizenship Important? was discussed by a group of pupils at today’s Class Day exercises of School Thirteen on McLean Avenue where 104 sixth graders were ‘graduated.’  Miss Mamie V. Herald, principal, welcomed the guests …

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