Author Archive | Scott Holleran

America’s Deficient Defense

Given Iran’s and North Korea’s advancement toward nuclear weapons, the threat of catastrophic attack against the United States is a legitimate concern. So is America’s military preparedness. Whether on the left or on the right, most people recognize that national defense is a proper role for the state. Many acknowledge that military defense is the […]

ObamaCare’s First Few Years

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—otherwise known as ObamaCare—is almost four years old. Despite the technical troubles, what every American should know about the law is that whatever its provisions, whatever the press propagandizes or reports, the individual has no control of, or choice in, health insurance or medicine. Not if you’re a doctor, patient […]

Why are America’s Top Generals Being Fired?

The nation’s top military generals are being fired by the Obama administration one by one, according to a recent Reuters report. It’s a disturbing trend for several reasons. The government says that each firing does not indicate any type of breach of U.S. military security or preparedness. But this makes one wonder why the generals […]

The Ethics of War with Syria

America is not the world’s police and it ought to be unnecessary to have to declare let alone debate that an attack by the U.S. on Syria would be an outrage. But the Obama administration, backed by every major Democrat and Republican and largely by the press, too, is on the verge of taking the […]

Ayn Rand in Chicago

The American city that comes to mind at the mention of Ayn Rand is probably not Chicago, a metropolis one might associate with other bestselling writers and authors, such as Studs Terkel, Carl Sandburg or even the current U.S. president, Barack Obama, whose philosophy is opposite of Rand’s integration of reason, individualism and egoism. One […]

Edward Snowden vs. Fascism

Truth is the recognition of reality; reason, man’s only means of knowledge, is his only standard of truth.” — Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old ex-CIA technician who has come forward to self-identify as the source for news reports about massive government monitoring of U.S. communications under the Bush administration’s Patriot Act, warns […]

New Left America

Years ago, Hillary Clinton, speaking as the president’s wife, went on NBC’s Today Show and complained of what she called a “vast right-wing conspiracy” without citing evidence. She said there was a conspiracy to discredit her husband over the scandal of his having an affair with an intern. It turned out that there was a […]

Hillary Clinton’s Hissy Fit

From forcing Americans into the enslavement of the medical profession, which is being accomplished by the man who defeated her and conferred her current diplomatic status, to leading what may be the worst foreign policy in American history, with major progression toward nuclear weapons by our arch-enemies, Hillary Clinton, despite her facade of competence, is a failure and a fraud in every respect.

Visiting Nixon’s Birthplace

“I was born in a house my father built.” So said Richard Nixon (1913-1994) about his birthplace in Orange County, California. A recent visit to the home, located on the grounds of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, and museum (which opened in 1990 with a library run by the United States government), was interesting, […]

Death of a Navy SEAL

The loss of a Navy SEAL who was killed  last week while rescuing an American doctor held prisoner in Afghanistan underscores that the U.S. military action in Islamicist Asia is based on selflessness, not on U.S. self-interest. The SEAL’s name is Nicolas D. Checque. He was 28 years old. He came from Monroeville, Pennsylvania. Nicolas reportedly […]

The Bum, the Cop and the Facts

This is about the barefoot Times Square bum bestowed with a pair of boots on a cold November night by a policeman whose act of charity was photographed by an Arizona tourist. The bum, it turns out, was seen last Sunday on the Upper West Side. The new boots, valued at $100, were nowhere to be seen. The policeman, […]

How the U.S. Appeases Iran

Soon, we may live to see what was once unthinkable: the reality of a nuclear Islamicist Iran. What should have been a simple smackdown of a primitivistic, barbaric regime by a global superpower has festered for over 30 years into a crisis of catastrophic proportions. By all accounts, Iran—an avowed enemy of the United States […]

The 2012 Democratic National Convention

Barack Obama, America’s 44th president, loped into the arena last night applauding himself. When he stepped up to the podium, his eyes looked tired and his eyelids were heavy. He said next to nothing, really, which is what he stands for. It’s what his presidency ultimately redounds to. Nothing has been accomplished with his wars, […]

Clinton’s Anti-Climax

I don’t know how the ex-president Bill Clinton will be remembered, though I suspect his main legacy may be how he embodies the narcissism of our times. Tonight’s speech at the Democratic National Convention, in which he nominated a lousy American president whom he race-baited four years ago, certainly fits that possibility. He was, as […]

Michelle Obama’s Envy Tirade

Today, the Democratic Party opened its convention in Charlotte, North Carolina by appealing to those who hate capitalism, Jews and the rich. It started with news of a refusal to acknowledge Israel’s capital in the party platform and ended with a scathing speech which is one of the most vitriolic denunciations of American ideals in […]

Romney, Son of Romney

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech last night at the Republican National Convention was an apt preview of his prospective presidency, which at this point – and I say this barring any major developments such as an Obama smear or Romney meltdown or external event – looks like a solid possibility if American voters […]