Analysis


The following are exclusive feature articles by RenewAmerica analysts. The views expressed generally reflect the values and philosophy of RenewAmerica — although each writer is responsible for the accuracy of individual pieces, and the position taken is the writer’s own.


April 21, 2014
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — Apparently, we may conclude that the "core values" tolerated by the eminent Brandeis University include activities such as (for starters) female genital mutilation, so-called "honor killings," wife beatings, and forced marriages... (more)


April 3, 2014
JOAN SWIRSKY, RA ANALYST — Just last week, on March 24, 2014, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta (CDC) released its latest data on autism. After surveying medical and school records from 11 states, the CDC found that autism has more than doubled since the new century began only 14 years ago. Today the condition affects one out of 68 children -- five times as many boys as girls. Alarmingly, there was a 30 percent climb in its incidence between 2008 and 2010.... (more)


February 27, 2014
PATRICK GARRY — Modern conservatism may be in a process of transformation. Ever since the 2012 elections, more and more conservatives have been calling for a revival of the concerns that occupied earlier stages of American conservatism: a recognition of work as the foundation of society and the economy; the opportunity of each person to work at their chosen calling and be rewarded for that work... (more)


February 24, 2014
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — It took a long time to arrive (about 80 years), but now we are entering what may be the fulfillment of a generations-long dream of aspiring monarchs (or worse): government control of America's media... (more)


February 13, 2014
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — February 5, 2014, may go down in history as the turning point in the rescue of mankind from destruction. It was on that date that the Wall Street Journal front-paged the Mystery Assault on Power Grid... (more)


February 11, 2014
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — American Civilization wiped off the earth, from the air or from the ground? Either poses a real threat to Americans. In just a split second, a city, state, or other large area (of most or all of America itself) goes dark. America runs on electricity. Without it, this nation is back in the 17th century. No anything. Within a few months or weeks, millions die... (more)


January 23, 2014
FRED HUTCHISON, RA ANALYST — I have been writing a series of essays on the five kinds of conservatives, but only recently realized that there are also five kinds of postmodern liberals. In this essay, I style the varieties of liberals as five horses with a well-known liberal rider on each horse... (more)


January 6, 2014
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — Question: Why have today's Republicans tied themselves in knots? Answer: Some of it is their own fault, passing up opportunities to go on offense when justified. But another factor is the influential media demonizes those Republicans who A -- stand up for religious freedom ("War on Women"); B -- attempt to do something about the $17 trillion debt that our children and grandchildren will inherit (party on! blame "the 1%")... (more)


December 26, 2013
FRED HUTCHISON, RA ANALYST — Augustus Caesar's actions in Rome started a chain of events that governed the circumstances of Christ's birth in Bethlehem. Tiberius Caesar, who followed Augustus on the imperial throne, also set in motion a chain of events in Rome that led to the death of Christ in Jerusalem. We shall consider how these two events are linked... (more)


December 19, 2013
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — Let's accept certain basics as to what is going on and where we Americans are being led. The goal of those who do not like America or its culture is the final trashing of the Constitution of the United States... (more)


November 21, 2013
FRED HUTCHISON, RA ANALYST — The birth of the conservative intellectual movement in the 1940's happened at about the same time that the nihilistic philosophy of atheistic Existentialism came to American shores... (more)


November 21, 2013
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — On November 22, 1963, I had been employed at a radio-TV outlet in Salt Lake City for just a few days short of five months. I arrived at work at about 11:30 am and learned that President Kennedy had just been shot in Dallas. A few short moments later, the announcement came over the CBS network that John F. Kennedy, America's 35th President, was dead... (more)


October 31, 2013
FRED HUTCHISON, RA ANALYST — In our journey through history, we have reached the culture war of the twentieth century that began in the 1920's and accelerated during the countercultural revolution of the late sixties and the sexual revolution of the seventies. The remaining installments of A Brief History of Conservatism will deal mainly with the postmodern era... (more)


October 28, 2013
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — When the Federal Election Commission (FEC) opened its doors 38 years ago, it drew a wary eye from those who feared the agency would end up as another taxpayer-funded political weapon for liberals to curb free speech they don't like... (more)


October 24, 2013
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — Here we go again: The Country Class (meaning principled conservatives who are determined not to leave their children and grandchildren permanently impoverished in a dark, dark world) is under attack by the Ruling Class... (more)


October 17, 2013
FRED HUTCHISON, RA ANALYST — In 1920, Edith Wharton wrote The Age of Innocence, which was about the high society of Old New York in the 1870's. She borrowed from the wisdom of the past to understand and critique the follies of her own generation... (more)


October 10, 2013
FRED HUTCHISON, RA ANALYST — According to intellectual historian Richard Weaver (1910–1963), a republic devoted to freedom and order requires a rational citizenry who will hearken to the voice of a man of principle. In this essay, we shall define what it means to be a man of principle... (more)


October 7, 2013
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — As I write this, many Americans are discovering (some in very personal ways) that they have been lied to (again) -- this time about the heaven on earth that would be theirs if only they would eat their spinach and accept Obamacare... (more)


October 3, 2013
FRED HUTCHISON, RA ANALYST — In the last essay (part 7), we considered how Hegel propagated the cult of modernism. The modernists had faith in the inevitability of progress based upon impersonal forces of history. "Progress" must eventually lead to "utopia" – a utopia in which the great "oneness" of pantheism will be fully manifested all over the world... (more)


September 27, 2013
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — America needs some serious thought among Republicans and conservatives as to a ticket that will uphold the basic principles of whatever is left of our America by 2016. On the eve of the intended full implementation of Obamacare, the "opposition" party, the Republicans, appear to have all but given up on blocking it... (more)


September 19, 2013
FRED HUTCHISON, RA ANALYST — Columnist Jonah Goldberg's heart is in the right place about the right to life, but he is a naive innocent when it comes to theology. (See his column of Oct. 17, 2007, "Why be pro-life?") He wrote that "Not even the most adamant pro-lifer claims...that consciousness exists at conception." Some theologians actually do make that claim... (more)


September 16, 2013
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — There is currently underway a concerted effort (step-by-step) to blur America's understanding of the century-long dismantling of the America we have come to know and love... (more)


September 12, 2013
FRED HUTCHISON, RA ANALYST — Conservatism passed through a series of fiery trials during the nineteenth century. The previous essay (part 6) viewed conservatism and Christianity in the crucible of war. I have devoted two essays to the eight dark waves of depraved modernism that passed over the land during the nineteenth century. In this essay, part 7, we will consider 1) German "higher criticism" of the Bible, 2) Hegel, 3) Marx, and 4) the cult of modernism... (more)


September 9, 2013
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — There may come a day when we and others of the free world will have to confront Iran's nuclear ambitions in a "shooting war." But when that day arrives, it should be with congressional input; support from our most reliable allies; an armed-to-the-teeth military whose troops are not demoralized by a series of federal actions that appear aimed at undermining their readiness... (more)


August 29, 2013
FRED HUTCHISON, RA ANALYST — Conservatism passed through a series of fiery trials during the nineteenth century. I will tell the tale in two parts... (more)


August 22, 2013
FRED HUTCHISON, RA ANALYST — Prior to 1600 A.D., much of what we now regard as conservative ideas was taken for granted by most people of the West. Although some counter-cultural ideas emerged during the late Medieval and Renaissance eras, they had no long-term historical traction... (more)


August 15, 2013
FRED HUTCHISON, RA ANALYST — According to traditional conservatism, a large part of our wisdom comes to us from the past. According to Christian conservatism, man is a fallen creature, and all the works of man have within them the seeds of their own destruction. Our challenge, therefore, is to weed out the falsehoods and follies that have been sown in prior generations -- while we embrace the brilliant cultural heritage of the West as a whole... (more)


August 8, 2013
FRED HUTCHISON, RA ANALYST — Historically, Europe enjoyed three periods of rapid cultural advance: 1) 1050-1250 A.D., 2) 1375-1520, and 3) 1600-1750. During this seven-century developmental period, Western culture was vigorously advancing two-thirds of the time, and the culture was consolidating and preparing for the next advance one-third of the time... (more)


August 1, 2013
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — History may record the second decade of the 21st century as the era in which "the lying (at long last) had to stop." Any one of several factors may serve as "the turning point": another outsized 9/11 -- perhaps at three or four times the body count (and the extent of overall destruction); multiple "leaders" feel confident enough to drop their masks and reveal their true intentions; or speech police may add a sharper-edged enforcement to the public opprobrium of violators of "political correctness."... (more)


August 1, 2013
FRED HUTCHISON, RA ANALYST — My last essay was A Brief History of Conservatism, Part 1, 800 B.C. to 1300 A.D. During that journey of 2,100 years, we learned how four streams of Conservatism contributed to Western culture. This essay picks up the story in the year 1300 A.D. We shall go on a journey through the proto-Renaissance of literature (1300-1375), the Italian Renaissance (1375-1520), and the Northern Renaissance (1520-1600). Our story of this era begins with Dante and ends with Shakespeare... (more)


July 25, 2013
FRED HUTCHISON, RA ANALYST — Is a married couple who aborts their child more likely to divorce? If so, is there a direct relationship between high abortion rates and high divorce rates? Theologian Diertrich Bonhoeffer hinted that this might be the case... (more)


July 22, 2013
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — Author's Note: Below is a lightly updated version of an article I penned for The "Accuracy in Media Report" in 2009. The italicized material is new (except for the Editor's Note at the beginning, which appeared in the original.)... (more)


July 18, 2013
FRED HUTCHISON, RA ANALYST — During this time of political setbacks for conservatives, it is a good time to consider the vital role of Conservatism in Western cultural and political history... (more)


July 15, 2013
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — Inquiries to this column (in person or e-mail) have reflected at least a question in the minds of some Americans as to whether we are in the middle of a Communist take-over... (more)


July 11, 2013
FRED HUTCHISON, RA ANALYST — The central philosophical problem of modern democracy is the clash between natural law theory and social justice theory. Beginning with the era of the French and Scottish Enlightenment, natural law theory was the natural starting place for conservative ideas in a democracy. Social justice theory was the starting point for liberal ideas in a democracy... (more)


July 8, 2013
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — One despairs at the sight of 14 Republicans who voted for the Senate's Import More Democrats Act (an honest name for the "gang of eight" immigration bill), but I do have better things to do with my life than to stir up the already raging civil war within the Republican Party... (more)


July 4, 2013
FRED HUTCHISON, RA ANALYST — Leo Strauss (1899-1973), the father of Neoconservatism, predicted that liberalism must give way to relativism and that relativism must eventually give way to nihilism -- the belief that life is meaningless. My last essay discussed the worldview of liberalism and the intellectual and psychological causes of its decline. This essay will introduce the subject of nihilism and track the two main routes by which liberals can change into nihilists... (more)


July 1, 2013
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — Edward Snowden is everything Dick Cheney and John Kerry say he is. Now there's an "odd couple" for you. But yes, it is widely agreed that Snowden is in fact a traitor. The government contractor was sworn to secrecy in his work with the National Security Agency. He violated that oath and went way beyond what is necessary for a "whistleblower" wishing to relieve a troubled conscience... (more)


June 27, 2013
FRED HUTCHISON, RA ANALYST — Democratic politics is ultimately a battle of worldviews. A rising worldview will eventually prevail over a declining worldview in elections and in the market place of ideas. This essay will review the rise of conservatism and the decline of liberalism over the last fifty years from the standpoint of the slowly changing worldviews of Americans... (more)


June 20, 2013
FRED HUTCHISON, RA ANALYST — Both the Roman Republic and the American Republic enjoyed a period of energy and vitality. The thesis of this essay is that the American Republic is still in its era of vitality.... (more)


June 17, 2013
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — We have been trying in this series to point out the seemingly never-ending chain of lies and deceit to keep Americans in the dark regarding deliberate plots to tear down the United States of America... (more)


June 13, 2013
FRED HUTCHISON, RA ANALYST — Frances Schaefer once said, "There are not many men in the house." What he meant was there are not many worldviews, and most worldviews are ancient. The youngest worldview I am aware of is two hundred and fifty years old. Half of the extant worldviews were in existence by 400 B.C. There are hundreds of philosophies, but most of them can be categorized under the heading of perhaps eight to ten worldviews... (more)


June 6, 2013
FRED HUTCHISON, RA ANALYST — In this essay, we shall consider the nature of moral reasoning and why it essential to the health of a republic. We shall also take a look at natural law theory to find a basis for clear moral reasoning in a religiously diverse Democracy... (more)


May 27, 2013
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — For three years -- including the full length of the 2012 election cycle -- members of Tea Party groups and other conservative voices were silenced -- unable to mix it up in the political give and take. They were effectively shut up every bit as much as if a Soviet-style regime had reached out and warned them, "Ve haf vays of re-educating you, Citizen."... (more)


May 23, 2013
FRED HUTCHISON, RA ANALYST — In 1921, Karel Capek wrote the play RUR (Rossum's Universal Robots), about machines that became intelligent and turned against their human masters. The 1984 Hollywood movie The Terminator was based upon the same theme. Intelligent machines, both malevolent and friendly, are standard fare in science fiction, of which Star Wars (1977) and the The Matrix (1999) are perfect examples... (more)


May 16, 2013
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — This nation, and those the world over who yearn for freedom, suffered a loss last week. Herbert Romerstein, easily one of the world's foremost experts on the evil deeds of Communism and other of America's enemies, passed away May 7... (more)


May 16, 2013
FRED HUTCHISON, RA ANALYST — The war by America, Britain, and Israel against Islamist terrorism is destined to be a long war in which all the depths of good and evil will be sounded. This essay concerns the question of whether or not Islamist terrorism is a "cosmic evil."... (more)


May 19, 2013
SUBMITTED BY A FRIEND OF RENEWAMERICA — We the People, by the authority vested in us by the Declaration of Independence and secured as unalienable rights by the laws of the U.S. Constitution, do hereby respectfully request the Supreme Court of the United States uphold and defend the self-evident truths by which our authority as a nation is founded... (more)


May 9, 2013
FRED HUTCHISON, RA ANALYST — During part one of this essay, we took a tour of history, beginning with the birth of European civilization and finishing with the high watermark in Western culture (1100-1750). We discovered how Europe began with an excellent foundation for reason and how false ways of thinking and knowing began to creep into Western thought during the seventeenth century... (more)


May 6, 2013
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — The Benghazi hearings that should have been held before the November election will now be gaveled to order on Wednesday of this week... (more)




They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. —Isaiah 40:31