When Chip Kelly’s arrogant college ways demoralized veteran Eagles players, owner Jeffery Lurie quickly stepped in to the give Kelly the boot. He then immediately tagged Doug Peterson, a one-time Eagles quarterback, to be head coach. Lurie knew that if anything, Peterson possessed an exact opposite personality of Kelly. Lurie called it emotional intelligence. And so it came to pass that with Doug’s soothing personality and some very good and experienced assistant coaches beneath him, hope was renewed.

Cutting to the chase, by bold wheeling and dealing general manager Howie Roseman managed to draft a hot QB prospect, Carson Wentz…


In truth the unspoken desire of much of White power America, including much of corporate America, would like to turn Lincoln’s ideal government flipped on its head: a government by and for the people spun over to a government by and for the dominant few. This latter situation is basically where we are today in America with the potential for things becoming much worse for the average American citizen if the nation’s prevailing interests continue pushing their Republicans shills to corrode our democratic institutions.

Before, however, exploring the political ideals of Lincoln and the hopes and dreams of America’s Founding…


As is so often the case with fanatics there seems to be something of a kamikaze element of self-destruction rapped up in their chaotic causes. It’s this way, folks, we humans are creatures driven by nature’s mandate for action — any sort of action will do in a pinch.

If one posses positive energy and reasonable ability one tends to engage in activities that are beneficial to family, friends and society in general. …


Of course not all supporters of Donald John Trump are folks that can be technically classified as fanatical true believers — those whom the Donald claimed that even he were to shot someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue they would continue to support him. The Donald may not know much of anything of substance, but like his old hero, Adolf, and pal, Vladimir, he does understand how to manipulate the dark underbelly of human nature. …


In 1776 and the years preceding and following the Declaration of Independence, America’s founding fathers wrested with the notion of how to put together a form of government that would restrain — by a fair set of laws — the human impulse to seek and gain personal advantage that was unfair to society at large. This nature-induced impulse of personal aggression, being part of the human defense mechanism, has been ravaging humankind forever — powering rape, murder, war and ruthless subjugation.

Yes, with slavery right under their noses — whose ways must inevitable somehow be fit into their noble pursuit…


Throughout history society’s violent underclasses traditionally filtered down into the many armies of kings and queens and ambitious tyrants to be used as mere cannon fodder in their endless wars. The military thus acted as a kind of safety relief valve for the buildup of society’s violent element by having them killed off in significant numbers as front line soldiers and sailors in battle.

These violent types ended up in armies and navies either because they were forced, perhaps as criminal punishment, or simply because they were unsuited for anything else in life stemming from their unstable personalities. Then, too…


The primitive reptilian mindset always makes a beeline for raw power by any means possible when opportunity presents itself, while on the other hand intellectual idealists strive and protest for truth and justice. It’s never a even or fair contest. Sooner or later the idealist gets nailed to a cross.

The reptilians have thuggish brute force, limitless lies, fanciful conspiracy theories, hate (that most powerful of unifying forces) and nature’s all-powerful tribal offset in their favor.

Throughout history democracy has been a fleeting anomaly, because it is out of step with the natural rhythm of the universe. The natural rhythm…


There should be only two instances where a doctor’s judgment may override the will of his patient. The first is obviously when his patient has been declared incompetent, say, in the case of advanced Alzheimer’s or if his patient is obviously psychotic to the point of being declared insane.

The other exception should be when a doctor’s patient insists on doing something that threatens society in general, like when a patient says he believes that vaccines are dangerous when there is a mountain of scientific evidence is to the contrary. Such people might claim it is there Constitutional right of…


If Republcans insist on painting the Democrats as dangerous socialists. The Democrats need to hit back hard calling out the GOP as the party of Q, crazies, insurrectionists and death. The term socialists is vague whereas the words insurrectionist and death conjure up images of violent extremism — international and domestic terrorists.

James M. Ridgway, Jr.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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