Author Archive for Robert Struble, Jr.

Writer, retired history teacher, lecturer for Knights of Columbus--Bremerton WA (c. 1379), author of new & as yet unpublished book, "Rekindling the Spirit of 1776: Insurrectionary Solutions for Postmodern Maladies."

Struble's Holy Land Adventures a Generation Ago
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Struble’s Holy Land Adventures a Generation Ago

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With the Middle East in mayhem, I’ve been thinking back to my travels in Egypt and Israel during a less tumultuous time.  Upon returning to my teaching post in snowy Salzburg Austria, I found myself suffering from a fever – possibly a result of the sudden change from shirtsleeve weather to freezing cold.  From the […]

Poem: "Storming Falluja, Ten Years Ago"
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Poem: “Storming Falluja, Ten Years Ago”

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Storming Falluja, Ten Years Ago Fallujans flee, of your fighters be rid, Your city, your honor our GI’s demand, We’ll find them, we’ll kill them, they cannot be hid, Uprising is doomed to sink in the sand. Your town is besieged; we storm and we blast, By land and by air, with engines of war […]

Poem: "Else but Melancholy?"
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Poem: “Else but Melancholy?”

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Else but Melancholy? Stay abreast of the current events, Otherwise, they say, to all intents, You’re just a citizen in ignorance; To national progress, a hindrance. But what if this “progress” should devolve, Into fiendish ways that involve, Vice, sleaze and a spiritual squalor, Loathsome to any Christian scholar? Why do we go in quest […]

Vladimir the Inscrutable: Shall We Savage or Salute Putin?
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Vladimir the Inscrutable: Shall We Savage or Salute Putin?

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[Editor's note: we know that there are very strong opinions on the other side and we are willing to publish the contrary view] Diversionary foreign policy, and/or wars intended for diversion, are old tactics instigated by governments to distract people from domestic problems.  Recent Western policy in promoting the overthrow of the elected Ukrainian President, […]

Comfort Zone? Short Reflection on Two Beatitudes
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Comfort Zone? Short Reflection on Two Beatitudes

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God forbid that postmodern pressures inhibit us from promoting what is godly in the culture, nor deter us from opposing what is impious. Yes, going against the flow is proving stressful.  We live in tumultuous times, and some internal emotional turmoil (if not external persecution) will afflict any caring or sensitive Christian unwilling to remain […]

Critiquing Moderation: Does Centrism Befit Our Times?
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Critiquing Moderation: Does Centrism Befit Our Times?

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The postmodern revolution has been transmutating America since JFK’s assassination, with cultural precursors dating back to the Korean War or earlier.  Our responsibilities as Americans oblige us to respond.  As stewards invested with some power of citizenship, a civic response to the Gospel is among our religious duties as Christians. In the process of responding […]

Concluding Commentary On Mark Levin’s Liberty Amendments (part 5)
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Concluding Commentary On Mark Levin’s Liberty Amendments (part 5)

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Links to Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 Last month, the Mount Vernon Assembly met at George Washington’s home in Virginia to begin the planning process for an Article V Convention.  Attending were some 100 legislators from 32 States.  Mark R. Levin’s bestselling book, The Liberty Amendments (Simon & Schuster, 2013), inspired many […]

Rekindling the Spirit of 1776: Preview Chapter One
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Rekindling the Spirit of 1776: Preview Chapter One

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 “Vice prevails and impious men bear sway.”  Such was the prevailing ethic during the Roman Republic’s demise.  Meanwhile citizens were compelled to witness the onset of the “greatness” of the tyrannical era of Caesars.  In America too, national greatness has been reduced mainly to status as a military superpower exerting global cultural influence. To restore […]

Constitutional Convention?  Planning Meeting Held at Mt. Vernon
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Constitutional Convention? Planning Meeting Held at Mt. Vernon

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“The train that is the Mount Vernon Assembly has left the station, with no turning back.” So writes Jeffrey Lord of The American Spectator.  At the first session of the Assembly, held earlier this month at George Washington’s home in Virginia, nearly 100 state legislators met to begin the planning process on behalf of an […]

Rick Santorum Distributing Movie: The Christmas Candle
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Rick Santorum Distributing Movie: The Christmas Candle

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“Marketing a movie rivals to some degree running a Presidential campaign.”  So says two term US Senator and 2012 Presidential contender, Rick Santorum.  During last year’s election cycle, Santorum exhibited his organizational and communication skills in winning eleven Presidential primaries, enough to give Mitt Romney a run for his money. In part, no doubt, it […]

Political Amendments: Struble versus Levin (part 4)
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Political Amendments: Struble versus Levin (part 4)

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Go to part 1, part 2, Part 3, Part 5 More than two months after publication, Levin’s book, Liberty Amendments, continues on the New York Times bestseller list.*  At the outset the reader encounters an earnest and persuasive appeal on behalf of an Article V “convention for proposing Amendments.” Levin then proceeds to propose an […]

Egyptian Muslim questions Christianity.  A Catholic replies.
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Egyptian Muslim questions Christianity. A Catholic replies.

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The following interview/discussion took place between Abdallah and me from October 6-8, 2013.  Abdallah is my Facebook friend from Cairo, Egypt. He is a software engineer and a supporter of the restoration of President Morsi.  We met via the chat feature of an online chess program.  (Published with Abdallah’s approval). Abdallah:  Many times I keep […]

Levin’s Liberty Amendments: Struble’s Critique, Part Three
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Levin’s Liberty Amendments: Struble’s Critique, Part Three

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Go to Part 1, Part 2, Part 4, Part 5 You can’t manufacture a silk purse from a sow’s ear. With Mark Levin’s powerful first chapter we enthusiastically agree: the archipelago of Federal pigpens positioned around the country and headquartered in Washington, D.C. is breeding a boorish nation. The solutions proposed in Levin’s recent book, […]

Levin’s "Liberty Amendments:" Struble’s Critique, Part Two
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Levin’s “Liberty Amendments:” Struble’s Critique, Part Two

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Links to part 1, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 After seven weeks on the market, Mark Levin’s blockbuster book, Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic (Threshold Editions, Simon & Schuster, 2013) remains in the top ten of the New York Times bestseller list.  For the first three weeks after debut (August 13th) it stood […]

Liberty Amendments, by Mark Levin: A Five Part Series of Commentaries, Part One
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Liberty Amendments, by Mark Levin: A Five Part Series of Commentaries, Part One

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Readers of “Farewell to Apostate America,” my four part series advocating for an Article V Convention (among other avenues to restoration of the written Constitution) can imagine my interest in seeing Mark Levin’s just released book, The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic (Threshold Editions, Simon & Schuster, 2013).  Currently it is number one on the […]

Poem: "Independence Day, USA"
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Poem: “Independence Day, USA”

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Independence Day, USA Fourth of July Emblazoned so high, That children may see By history. And for young and old Of most every mold Who want to learn, Who can discern How the past does sing That freedom may spring From the muskets’ fumes When tyranny looms; How to fight for right Lest darkness and […]

Insurrectionary Options: Ballots vs. Bullets
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Insurrectionary Options: Ballots vs. Bullets

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It is time for believers in God and country to get real, and face the fact that the enemy is at the gates and starting to come over the wall. They might not feed us to the lions, but already they’re throwing us to the lawyers. Just ask Baronelle Stutzman, the Christian florist in Tri […]

Assassination of Bobby Kennedy.  Marking 45 years (June 6, 1968)
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Assassination of Bobby Kennedy. Marking 45 years (June 6, 1968)

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In a thousand days of JFK, Hope held sway for a better way. To the noble we did aspire. What was keen and bold we did admire. Jackie helped us look for class, Rise above the crass and brass. In Spanish and French, for Jack she spoke, To grace and poise she inspired plain folk. […]

Be a Sporting Christian: See “42”
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Be a Sporting Christian: See “42”

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The older the script, the more likely it is that Hollywood will produce a good and uplifting film. The newest version of the Jackie Robinson saga, entitled simply “42,” is well worth viewing twice. I took my wife the 2nd time, and she loved it too. Living as we do in times dominated by the […]

Diverting Idealism to the Dark Side: Boston et. al.
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Diverting Idealism to the Dark Side: Boston et. al.

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The two terrorists (two at least) who attacked the Boston Marathon in April put the power of distorted ideals on display. At some point these promising young men let youthful idealism get twisted and diverted to the dark side. Evidently both looked with anguish upon the troubled history of Chechnya, their oppressed homeland. Yearning to […]

Union vs. Constitution: Farewell to Apostate America, Part 4
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Union vs. Constitution: Farewell to Apostate America, Part 4

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In 1961, three months before Barack Obama’s birth, President John F. Kennedy gave a speech to members of the media.  There is, said he, “little value in ensuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it.”[1]   Does JFK’s assertion apply today?  In my judgment it is both pertinent and accurate, given […]

Obama on Secession:  Farewell to Apostate America, part 3
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Obama on Secession: Farewell to Apostate America, part 3

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        Obama on Secession Something of a clamor for secession followed President Obama’s reelection in 2012.  And the elections strengthened his ominous social agenda, with wins for same sex marriage in four out of five States.  After election day, some half a million citizens signed petitions to have 13 States withdraw from postmodern America.  The […]

Poem: "Farewell to Apostate America"
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Poem: “Farewell to Apostate America”

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Farewell to Apostate America Some terms ring untrue, like songless birds, Whose yakking do lovers loath and rue. Under God,” and “Republic,” now voided words, To which pupils pledge, “indivisible” too. When grand lady’s turned to ruse and scorn, Gone hussy in hulk with virtue shorn, Willingly deflowered by Sodom and porn, Then must beauteous […]

Farewell to Apostate America, Part 2
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Farewell to Apostate America, Part 2

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Go to Part 1.  Tentative Exit Plan What an exceptional nation America was!  In 1945 Germany’s foremost rocket scientist, 34 year old Wernher von Braun, led his team of scientists and engineers along a war ravaged route from Peenemunde to Bavaria, where they surrendered to U.S. forces.  His team of rocket scientists (developers of the […]

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