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.


October 20, 2014
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — There seems to be no end to the police-state atmosphere that emerges close to home with more frequency these days. Texas, like most red states, contains small dobs of blue lurking in some of its major metropolitan centers. One such place is Houston, a city (ironically) with a history of eschewing and recoiling at the very thought of zoning ordinances... (more)


October 6, 2014
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — The media will never let go of its historical narrative of the sainted Roosevelts -- Teddy, FDR, and Eleanor too. Alas, the one man in America who knew them best, Westbrook Pegler, is long gone as are they. Therefore, it is left to those of later generations to pick up the cudgels and explore history the way it really was (my, what an unusual concept!)... (more)


September 18, 2014
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — Return with us now to the thrilling days of yesteryear with stranded polar bears, drowning Manhattan lecturers, British "editors" of "scientific" studies, Hollywood limousines! From out of the museums of discredited "scientific" alarmism comes a hearty "Hi-Ho, Private Jet!" The Lone Albert rides again! (Neigh! -- I mean Whooosh!)... (more)


September 10, 2014
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — At the time I'm writing this, President Obama is yet to deliver his anxiously-awaited speech to the nation, and we should soon know whether he is serious about the notion that Americans expect him to take time out from his social engineering (running our lives) long enough to focus on an enemy at the gates with plans to kill us... (more)


September 8, 2014
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — This is just too delicious! Somebody wake me up. How long do you think I can take these beautiful dreams, only to reach the real world and find out I'm back in the punching bag, an experience that Middle America suffers 365/24/7? Wake me! Shake me! Pour water on me! Anything! Just get me out of this fantasyland! I'm probably being victimized by some fiendish sadist who pulled butterfly wings when he was a kid... (more)


August 31, 2014
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — As we begin this column (Friday night Aug. 29), Andrew McCarthy -- the successful lead prosecutor in the first Trade Center bombing, the man who jailed the "Blind Sheik -- has fired off a memo on the internet through National Review that the enemy is at our gate -- literally... (more)


August 14, 2014
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — Back in the near-insurrectionist sixties, a left-wing pop artist, Barry Maguire, made a smash hit, "The Eve of Destruction." It was counterculture propaganda for the time. But today, with the same title (albeit with far different lyrics), the song could be applied to America's current predicament... (more)


July 14, 2014
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — NOTE: Prior to the 2012 election, this column ran a series raising the question as to whether that election would be our last free one. Then, as now, we were (and are) witnessing what is known as the Cloward & Piven strategy: the political manipulation of the "masses" by chaos, simultaneously coming from the top (Oval Office, for example) and the bottom (the likes Occupy Wall Street, as the second ingredient.)... (more)


June 20, 2014
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — The Founding Fathers of the United States knew, and assumed it was a given, that the balanced recipe for freedom they had encoded in the Constitution they crafted would work -- provided, of course, that its constraints on power were actually followed... (more)


May 15, 2014
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — What would you think of a United States senator who, with malice aforethought, uses his power to sic the IRS on private citizens whose politics he doesn't like?... (more)


May 12, 2014
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — No doubt an old parlor game in Washington will emerge now that Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) has been assigned by House Speaker John Boehner to chair a special select committee to unravel the Benghazi scandal... (more)


May 12, 2014
JOAN SWIRSKY, RA ANALYST — To: Chairman Trey Gowdy and the Select Committee on Benghazi -- Your investigation is a huge relief to millions of Americans like me who have wondered and agonized over the past almost-two years about the actual events that happened before, during, and after the September 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi... (more)


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)




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