Tony Arterburn

Tony E. Arterburn, Jr. is a former U.S. Army Paratrooper, Veteran of three foreign wars, writer, speaker, and entrepreneur. Tony and his wife Melissa, son Houston, and chocolate lab Layla reside in San Antonio. You can find Tony on Twitter @tonyarterburn

Recent Articles

Saving the Alamo—within Range

Running deep through the heart of the tragedies of ancient Greece is the concept of hubris and nemesis. When a human viewed himself as invincible and infallible, then he entered into the state of hubris. This act of arrogance caused the gods to send a destroyer to strike a balance, usually the polar opposite of its target.  That figure was known as a nemesis. For Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, his political nemesis may have arrived in 2017, in the form of a retired firefighter, school teacher, and historian Rick Range. Elected Land Commissioner in 2014, Bush soon began remaking the Land Office in his own image. Continue Reading →

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Will The Alamo Fall Twice?

During the Presidential election of 1960, then-Senator John F. Kennedy while campaigning in Texas, made a brief visit to the Alamo. His speech, given in front of the historic mission yielded an iconic photo. Having completed his remarks and pressed for time, JFK reportedly asked San Antonio attorney Maury Maverick, Jr. if there was an exit in the back of the Alamo, to which Maverick replied, “there is no back door, that’s why they were all heroes.”

And so it is, that the Alamo and its remarkable history have been seared into the consciousness of our national character. It is the 19th century’s version of the Spartan 300, who stood defiantly against an overwhelming Persian army. The Alamo story is, in essence, our American Thermopylae, and the lodestar and standard of courage to which our fighting men and women aspire to till this day. Continue Reading →

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Why Trump’s Afghanistan “reversal” is still America First

In February 1989, Soviet General Boris V. Gromov in dramatic fashion, exited his armored vehicle and walked the remaining distance across friendship bridge into Uzbekistan, becoming the last Soviet troop to leave Afghanistan. “There is not a single Soviet soldier or officer left behind me,” said General Gromov, “Our nine-year stay ends with this.” By Christmas 1991, Soviet Veterans of the Afghan war would no longer be Soviets, as the empire collapsed in swift and spectacular fashion, ultimately breaking into 16 separate nations. The loss in Afghanistan was a crushing public relations blow for the Soviet government. The Soviet politicians as well as their citizens suffered a catastrophic loss of faith in their system. Continue Reading →

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Nixon for Christmas

 

On books, Winston Churchill wrote “Let them be your friends; let them, at any rate, be your acquaintances.” And so it came to pass on the 25th of December, 2004, that I was introduced, at least in book form, to my good friend, the 37th President of the United States, Richard M. Nixon. Age 24, and already a Veteran on three foreign wars, I had recently returned home from a 12 month tour of Iraq. By year’s end, I had found myself in what is most often the real quagmire for many returning warriors, the soul crushing awkwardness of civilian life. Christmas 2004, was devoid of any joy. Having buried my two closest friends within 18 months of each other, I had not only lost my strongest allies, I had also lost my business partners. Continue Reading →

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Dispatch from a “Safe Space”

On the plains of West Texas in 1874, the brave and fierce Comanche, made their final stand against the fourth U.S. Cavalry, at a place called Pala Duro canyon. Today, within viewing distance of that sacred site, I find myself on what is now a large hunting and cattle ranch in Motley county Texas. A group of Combat Veterans are about to arrive, and I have volunteered to help prepare the ranch for a spring wild pig hunt. It is midday when I return to the main camp, my bags of corn and pig attractant empty. The feeders full and my duties complete, I request to encamp alone, on the most remote site of the sprawling ranch, approximately 10 miles from running water or electricity. Continue Reading →

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Fear and Loathing on Thanksgiving

Tony Arterburn

I asked my friend, recent Congressional candidate and Army veteran Tony Arterburn to write another essay for us, with his thoughts around Thanksgiving. “There is a great deal of ruin in a nation.” So said the British economist Adam Smith when speaking to a friend about the recent failures of his beloved England, brought on by those pesky colonies and rebels on the other side of the Atlantic. In this instance Adam Smith needs no revision as we can see the ruin plastered all over our newspapers and on the ever present screen and soul destroying medium known as cable news. Why even bring this up isn’t it, after all, Thanksgiving; must you be a Buzz Killington? Well, yes and no. Continue Reading →

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