• Fri. Sep 29th, 2023

Rational Politics

Thoughts by Charles E. Brown


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  • Traditional Values in the Modern Age: Why They Still Matter

    In the flurry of modern discussions, debates, and rapid-fire news cycles, it’s all too easy to lose sight of the underlying principles and values that inform our society’s discourse. It’s also too tempting to let others – political commentators and news broadcasters – tell us what to think, what matters, and what direction we should take. While it’s vital to stay informed about current events, it’s equally important to delve into foundational issues that shape those events, to return to traditional values and principles, and to educate ourselves directly through the age-old practice of reading books.

    The Power of Foundations

    Traditional values – concepts such as liberty, personal responsibility, family, faith, and respect for law and order – provide a compass that directs the course of our society. These are the principles upon which the United States was built. They’ve endured centuries of change, continually serving as the underpinning structure that holds our nation together.

    In the context of the modern age, these values are not outdated relics to be discarded in favor of trendier ideologies. Rather, they are the steady hand that guides us through turbulent times. They give us the tools to assess and address contemporary issues and challenges, from economic uncertainty to societal unrest. By focusing on these foundational issues, we can better understand our current events, not just as isolated incidents but as part of a larger tapestry woven by the threads of our shared values.

    Why Reading Books Matter

    In today’s digital age, we’re bombarded with information from all directions – news broadcasts, political commentators, and social media feeds. While these sources offer valuable insights and updates, they tend to present a fragmented picture of the world, shaped by the immediate pressures of the 24-hour news cycle and the need for soundbites.

    Reading books, on the other hand, allows us to delve deeper. Books provide a comprehensive view of topics, offer historical context, present nuanced arguments, and stimulate critical thinking. They allow us to step back from the daily bombardment of information and examine issues from a broader perspective.

    Books written by thought leaders, philosophers, historians, and economists provide a wealth of knowledge that helps to inform and refine our views. They also introduce us to the foundational principles upon which our society is built, giving us a firm grounding on which to stand as we navigate the complexities of modern life.

    Moreover, reading gives us the freedom to form our own opinions without the filter of a TV host or news reporter. It requires active engagement and introspection, two essential practices for maintaining a vibrant and informed democracy.


    So, in this modern age, let us not forget the significance of our traditional values and the foundational issues that have shaped and will continue to shape our society. Let us not rely solely on the fragmented narratives presented by the news media but also immerse ourselves in the rich and complex ideas presented in books. By doing so, we ensure a more nuanced, informed perspective that recognizes the importance of our past in shaping our future.

    With that in mind, let’s return to the timeless habit of reading to explore their full depth and breadth of ideas. In this practice, we can find understanding, engage in meaningful discussions, and shape the future with wisdom rooted in the lessons of our history.

  • The Importance of the Debt Ceiling: Understanding the United States’ Debt Crisis

    In the realm of economics and politics, few topics spark as much debate and concern as the national debt and the debt ceiling. These concepts, particularly in the United States, hold immense significance and can have far-reaching implications for the economy, financial markets, and the country’s overall fiscal health. In this blog post, we will explore the importance of the debt ceiling and shed light on the current debt crisis facing the United States.

    The debt ceiling is a statutory limit set by the U.S. Congress on the amount of money the federal government can borrow to meet its financial obligations. It acts as a legal constraint, preventing the government from exceeding a predetermined borrowing limit. When the debt ceiling is reached, the Treasury Department cannot issue additional debt to fund the government’s operations unless Congress raises or suspends the limit.

    The Importance of the Debt Ceiling

    1. Ensuring Fiscal Responsibility: The debt ceiling serves as a mechanism to promote fiscal responsibility and accountability. Imposing a limit on borrowing encourages lawmakers to carefully consider and debate the implications of increasing the national debt. This measure aims to prevent excessive government spending and encourages policymakers to find alternative solutions to finance the nation’s obligations.
    2. Protecting the Economy: Maintaining the debt ceiling at a reasonable level is essential for economic stability. Failure to raise the debt ceiling could result in the United States defaulting on its financial obligations, leading to a severe economic crisis. This default would undermine the nation’s credibility, increase borrowing costs, and potentially trigger a global financial panic.
    3. Balancing Fiscal Priorities: The debt ceiling debate often sparks discussions about the appropriate level of government spending and the need to balance competing fiscal priorities. It prompts policymakers to evaluate and make tough decisions regarding budget allocations, taxation policies, and long-term fiscal planning. This debate encourages a more comprehensive examination of the nation’s financial health and forces politicians to address unsustainable budget practices.

    The United States’ Debt Crisis

    The United States is currently grappling with a significant debt crisis. As of September 2021, the national debt stood at over $28 trillion, equivalent to approximately 128% of the country’s GDP. The COVID-19 pandemic, subsequent relief measures, and the inherent costs of government programs have contributed to the rapid accumulation of debt.

    Addressing the debt crisis requires a multifaceted approach. It entails responsible fiscal management, including a comprehensive review of government spending and revenue policies. While reducing the debt is crucial, balancing this with the need to invest in critical areas such as infrastructure, education, and healthcare to ensure sustainable long-term growth is vital.


    The debt ceiling plays a pivotal role in maintaining fiscal responsibility and safeguarding the United States’ economic stability. Setting a limit on borrowing, it compels policymakers to confront the realities of the national debt and make informed decisions regarding government spending. While the United States faces a formidable debt crisis, it is imperative for lawmakers to find a balanced approach that addresses the debt burden while investing in the nation’s future. Through responsible fiscal policies, prudent budget management, and thoughtful decision-making, the United States can navigate its debt challenges and secure a prosperous future for its citizens.

  • The Role of Limited Government in Sustaining Economic Growth: A Rational Approach

    The debate around government intervention and economic prosperity continues to rage in today’s world. Here at Rational-Politics, we take a deep dive into the significant role of limited government in sustaining economic growth.

    First, let’s unravel what we mean by a “limited government.” In essence, it signifies a governmental system that operates under constraints and strictly adheres to principles of freedom and individual rights. A limited government emphasizes low taxes, minimal regulations, and a free market economy, which are critical aspects of economic growth.

    Limited Government and Economic Growth: The Correlation

    Understanding the correlation between limited government and economic growth necessitates a glance at the core principles of fiscal conservatism. The primary notion here is that the less government interferes with private enterprises and free markets, the more robust the economic growth. By limiting their involvement, governments can encourage entrepreneurship, which invariably leads to job creation, technological advancements, and overall prosperity.

    The Impact of Lower Taxes

    One of the foundational principles of limited government is a low tax regime. Lower taxes put more money in the pockets of businesses and individuals, allowing them to invest and spend in ways that fuel economic growth. When individuals retain more of their hard-earned money, they have more freedom to make decisions that can stimulate the economy.

    The Role of Minimal Regulation

    While some regulation is undoubtedly necessary to prevent malpractices and ensure fair competition, excessive regulations can stifle innovation and discourage entrepreneurship. Limited government seeks to strike a balance by maintaining necessary regulatory measures while avoiding those that unduly burden businesses.

    The Power of the Free Market Economy

    A limited government approach champions the free market economy as a catalyst for economic growth. When businesses compete freely, they innovate and evolve, producing better products and services, creating jobs, and contributing to economic expansion.

    While we at Rational-Politics champion the philosophy of limited government, we recognize the need for a balanced approach. The key lies in striking the right equilibrium that promotes economic prosperity while upholding the ideals of social justice and environmental sustainability.

    Stay tuned with Rational-Politics for more in-depth analysis of political philosophies and their real-world implications.

  • The Left’s True Colors

    Let’s begin with some straightforward questions:

    If you are living in urban Chicago, what will you fear more? Young black males? Or Maga-hat-wearing Republicans? How many Maga-hat-wearing Republicans are attacking Asians and Jews in New York City? But to listen to our president, during his Phantom of the Opera speech, Maga-hat-wearing Republicans were the most significant threat in this country.

    Does anyone honestly think that the liberal elites of Martha’s Vineyard give a darn about southern border communities decimated by tens of thousands of illegal immigrants bringing crime, drugs, and demands for school and social services? When faced with just a small group of these illegal migrants, they signaled for a couple of hours and ensured they were shipped off out of sight and out of mind.

    Did a pro-open border Obama offer the use of his Martha Vineyard mansion, or any of his 8 luxury homes, to temporarily house these people? The same Obama that escaped from the crime of urban Chicago brought about because of his supported ideology. Instead, we hear the Left ridiculously comparing the shipping of illegal migrants to Blue States to the horrors of Nazi Germany. Yet, the Biden administration shipping migrants to Red States barely gets a mention.

    We hear the likes of Oprah, Michelle Obama, and Kayne cry about how they were victimized by “white privilege” while living lives in luxury that most whites couldn’t comprehend.

    At some point, probably sooner than later, Americans will question the exploitive systemic racist industry. How does Michelle Obama talking about victimhood from one of her mansions in Martha’s Vineyard, Washington D.C., or Hawaii fix the Saturday night murders in Chicago?

    Mayors, governors, senators, and congressmen, as well as CNN and MSNBC hosts, who preach racial hatred ad nauseam are factually giving the go-ahead for violence with impunity. People are getting tired of NBA stars, multibillion-dollar talk show hosts, and ex-first ladies given an exemption from racism and portraying themselves as marginalized people incapable of racism. Yet, in them we are seeing the definition of racial bias and hatred.

    More in my next post…

  • America In Disarray

    On January 11, 1989, then-President Ronald Reagan gave his famous “Shining City On The Hill” speech. In this speech, he said:

    The eyes of all people are upon us. So that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken, and so cause Him to withdraw His present help from us, we shall be made a story and a by-word through the world.”

    The eyes of all people are still upon us, but what are they seeing now?

    They are seeing a country increasingly unable to resist enemies like China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea. The debacle in Afghanistan sent the message that America is becoming incompetent and self-loathing.

    What is now seen is an America that can no longer secure its borders. A country where bulwarks like the FBI and CIA are looking more like the old Stasi. A country where race takes priority over merit. A country that is preaching that there are three or more sexes and biological men can get pregnant. A country where men with men genitalia can compete against women in women’s sports; that race is determined not by genetics but by self-identification; and where half of America hates American customs, history, and the other 50 percent of Americans.

    Our universities look like old Soviet-style camps where free expression and research are forbidden.

    Our military leadership admits that Russian hypersonic missiles are superior and that China could easily sink the Pacific fleet. We are allowing a nuclear Iran, and all expect something from North Korea soon. Yet, the only response from those same military leaders is a discussion on how to make our military more woke.

    Our media now preaches Stalinist-like orthodoxy that we are nothing more than a society of oppressors and oppressed. Personal behavior and conduct are no longer a cause for inequality. In its place, we have a Marxist-style binary country of the noble oppressed and the demonic oppressors, and the government’s only job should be to redistribute money, power, and influence. To achieve this, the government must oversee science, culture, history, literature, the arts, universities, corporate board rooms, big tech, and Wall Street. It is now far preferable to be poorer.

    We have a media where it is the rule that whites are toxic and violent crime by black perpetrators of violent crimes against other blacks or Asians barely get passing mention. Somehow, a young white blue-collar male worker is responsible for the sins of 150 years ago.

    We are no longer a country that can build a Navy in three years, a skyscraper in a year, or engineering marvels in short order. We now condemn the individualist and the outspoken. A new inquisition roots them out and destroys them. Social media now fuels cancel culture and censors. Punishment is administered in a nanosecond. If a Covington High School kid comes face-to-face with a pathological liar and phony activist, the former is judged and convicted in seconds for no other reason than they had a MAGA hat on. The heck with facts, context, or the truth.

    Jussie Smollett spins a preposterous lie about being attacked by white demons with MAGA hats, and he immediately receives the sympathy of all despite the obvious holes in his story.

    The FBI shows up at Mar-a-Lago and within hours you have former CIA officials comparing Trump to the Rosenbergs and suggesting that the death penalty should be considered. In today’s social media world you have instant character assassination by anonymous cowards.

    Throughout all this, we have become a nation where growing weaker, poorer, and more ridiculous is perfectly acceptable. Yet, in the end we are a country where our city’s sidewalks are covered with urine and feces, healthy male athletes brag about breaking women’s records, Saturday night in Chicago could get you murdered, a trip to the gas pump could cost you a fortune, getting normal goods at the supermarket gets harder, and states like California running out of electricity.

    Do you wonder why the world worries?

  1. Too late. We’re witnessing the collapse of our civilization, in real time. It’s too late to stop it.

  2. Well said! The hypocrisy of the Left is mind-blowing, and the national spotlight is nowhere to be found. The Right…

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  1. I have recently become aware of an unusual theory by a VERY far right-wing group calling themselves “QAnon”, who believe that the United States is being controlled by a cabal of Satan worshipping pedophile sex trafficking cannibals intent on destroying President Trump because he is fighting them. This group appears to have conned the term “deep state” when referring to this “cabal”. The QAnon movement has been significantly amplified by Russian trolls and others, as well as numerous other conservative voices.

    I was aware of the term QAnon, but never thought much about it until researching what happened in the 2020 elections. In attempting to find evidence for voter fraud (which I believe did happen), the term QAnon kept coming up again and again. Upon researching this group, I am both appalled at what I’m finding out and I now believe I am correctly analyzing the current situation and have what I think is a better grasp of what is TRULY going on in the country right now. The QAnon theory has absolutely zero credibility, evidence, or even reason for being. It has been very thoroughly discredited and debunked.

    That said, I have now looked into the actions of QAnon over the past 24 months, and based on their patterns and actions I now believe that QAnon as a collective movement is largely responsible for the unrest in this country recently, including the storming of the US Capital building as well as the unrest following the accidental death of George Floyd this spring. While other groups such as AntiFa and Black Lives Matter are certainly dangerous and need to be eliminated as domestic terror organizations, the most immediate danger right now is QAnon. I find it even possible that they may have infiltrated and/or posed as AntiFa and BLM agitators in an attempt to destabilize the country in their attempts to bring down this false “cabal” of criminals supposedly running the United States.

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