What do you mean why was there a backlash? There is always a backlash to goodness. Did you ever hear about what they did to that guy Jesus? The KKK and neo-Nazis are a backlash to democracy and decency.

The ultimate law of the universe is what I like to call probability balance — creation and goodness will always be, at some point in time, offset by destruction and bad. Stars are born and stars die. Peace is offset by war — life by death. These are the endless cycles of existence.

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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