Tony Arterburn

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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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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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US Congress Candidates Forum This Evening; Still No Word on Congressman Hall’s Attendance

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All of Congressman Ralph Hall’s challengers for what would be his 18th term in Congress are planning to attend the Candidates Forum this evening at the Texarkana TX Convention Center. Hall has been unreachable, and is not expected to attend. Continue Reading →

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