• Paul H. Yarbrough

Writing History Books Without History


The numerous declarations among “right-wing” websites, blogs, and print publications usually present a conundrum of any given thoughts among them. It is like a string of firecrackers exploding. They are necessarily lighted in sequence but seem to sound in explosive randomness.

Afghanistan a catastrophe? Of, course. What do you expect? That is if you are a conservative, what do you expect? That is if you are a Jeffersonian republican, which is what a conservative is. It is not Fox News or Prager U. or Mark Levin screaming “You stupid idiot!.” Nor is it any of those pseudo-enlightened anti-Southern beeswax babblers of childish historical elaborations that are publicized as “on the right.”

But being “right-wing” doesn’t necessarily mean being right. It just means being not “left.”

Jefferson advised the United States to seek the friendship of all nations but enter into “entangling alliances” with none.

Even before Jefferson, in his farewell address, George Washington had admonished the republic to beware of “entangling alliances.”

The “anti-Southern” line above is obligatory herein simply because the South always tried to maintain the republic and the North wanted to mutate Jeffersonianism into the Hamiltonian-Lincolnian (Fox News) national state painted as a (ghastly) democracy. The “Southern line” line itself divides true conservatives from the rest of the political pact—left, right or other. This Hamiltonian-Lincolnian mystique is (and always has been) the Republican party; NOT Jeffersonianism.

Historically it certainly isn’t the histrionic grift of the likes of Victor Davis Hanson or Newt Gingrich. Often the two sound as if their primary source is Brian Kilmeade or Sean Hannity (more comedic less grift). Listening to Davis and Gingrich, petty pirates of history is like having poison Ivy on the brain. You can only grimace because you can’t reach inside and scratch. It is like watching T.V. “news” for news—good luck! You might wonder how people can be paid so much to say so little. A better waste of time would be to watch the Olympics or the NBA.

From the birth and period of the Jeffersonianism republic, 1787 until 1860 no more prosperous country on earth existed on earth. A republican union.

So bright a light that Switzerland adopted, and has kept until this day, possibly, the most prosperous and secure country on earth, per capita. One where its central government cannot pass an original tax. Only the sovereignty of the people in their cantons (states) can authorize taxes, And at that only for a predetermined time by the cantons. And there is no national bank to print money for unconstitutional twenty-year wars. This they copied from the Jeffersonians (conservatives).

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This article appears originally at the Abbeville Institute and is used with permission. https://www.abbevilleinstitute.org/writing-history-books-without-history/


Paul H. Yarbrough is originally from Jackson, Mississippi. For the past forty years, he has lived in Houston, Texas, where he has worked for two oil companies and been an independent consultant in the oil business, mostly as a landman. He is a widower with one grown son. Paul has published a handful of short stories, flash fiction and essays in a variety of forums: The Abbeville Institute, The Daily Caller, Lew Rockwell, Virginia Right, Independent Journal Review.

His first novel, Mississippi Cotton, was published by Wido Publishing in 2011. His second novel, A Mississippi Whisper, was published by WiDo in December, 2014. In December, 2017 Wido published a third Southern novel: Thy Brother's Blood: A Louisiana Novel.

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