About Dr. Larry

Larry Fedewa, Ph.D. is a conservative commentator on social and political issues. Former international technology executive, business owner and college president, he lives on an Arabian horse farm near Washington, D.C.

Dr. Larry is the author of more than 150 Washington Times online columns and a frequent guest on radio and television . He is known as an early interpreter of the Donald Trump phenomenon as well as fiscal, racial, and religious trends of the day. He speaks for average people who do not have the time or resources to delve deeply into topics such as the political turmoil Americans are facing, our failing schools, and contemporary social trends. He has become a trusted voice for many fans seeking common sense analysis of the events, people and trends of our times. His website is a running analysis of American life in the 21st century.

Hi Everybody,
Another guest blog by Dr. George Seiler.  In a former life he served as a brilliant Air Force engineer. Among many challenges he faced in the line of duty was the planning and supervision of massive rebuilding projects from weather, war and
 epidemic. Here is his suggestion for rebuiding from the hurricanes .
This column and many others , along with recent interviews can be found on my website:
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Larry Fedewa
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Rebuilding from the Hurricane Devastation
By
George Seiler, Ph.D.
 Colonel, USAF (retired)
The Hurricane damage to Texas, Florida, Puerto Rice and American Virgin Islands was horrific.  Brave men and women risked life and limb to save those in peril, and reduced what could have been a much larger loss of life.
We are a nation of sound bites, of newsworthy happenings.  The hurricane, the devastation from water and wind, all played live coverage for about a week.  But now the cameras have other places to point. The folks remaining have the daunting task of rebuilding their lives as well as their habitats.  For example, the charitable unit Mercy Chef had this to say nearly a month ago:
“Hardship among storm victims is worsening.

Where we are stationed, we are surrounded by working-class neighborhoods with many people living paycheck to paycheck. At this point, most have missed one to two pay periods and are just now returning home. Their refrigerators are full of rotten food from the power outages, and they have no money to buy more. As word spreads, these communities are coming to us for help. After days of surviving in flooded homes, without power, residents in Collier County will likely loose water access again today.

 
“The wastewater collections system is at critical mass. Under no circumstances should residents be using dishwashers, clothes washers or otherwise putting water into the sewer system. Due to the high volume of water entering the wastewater collection system, the county is experiencing) sanitary sewer overflows. If water usage is not significantly reduced it may be necessary to reduce water pressure or even temporarily shut off the water supply.
 
“Sadly, the county’s solution for poor drainage is cutting the water supply for thousands of residents. These are the kind of decisions that are having to be made. The media may have moved on, but unspeakable things are still happening in Florida. Mercy Chef is serving 12000 meals a day. “
— (Gary LeBlanc, Founder and President, Mercy Chefs, 9/16/17 Report)
  But how long can these organizations remain before they exhaust that initial rush for funding, and the reality sets in that hotel rooms are not only expensive, but not conducive to family life.  So, what is a good plan, not tried before, to give the victims the dignity they deserve, along with the resources to begin a new chapter in their struggles.
If the microcosm concept makes sense, it could be expanded to every place that it makes sense.  It won’t solve all problems, but can make a large difference in recovery.
Following is a suggested plan of action based on my observations and experience in hurricane devastation since the early 1960’s as a resident of the Gulf Coast and relative of many who have been devastated in hurricanes.
Instead of the trailers, FEMA is banking on Manufactured housing units to assist in the relief effort for the long term.  For example, remaining from the floods last year in the Baton Rouge area, approximately 3,000 families were still living in the “manufactured housing units”. But they are much better than the FEMA trailers of the Katrina vintage.
Rebuilding can and needs to be done on a community basis. We need to give these displaced folks a sense of dignity, a way to feel their pride in trying to regain some normalcy in their lives before the storm,
The practical problem to be addressed is this: while the need in the long run will only slowly ebb, and many needs may only slowly be fulfilled, families need to feel a part of a community to assist in regaining their pride and dignity, and not solely depend on government action for years and years.
The experiment starts with a test group of about 300 destroyed homes, where the water has receded, and which are in close proximity to form a community. Supply each home with a FEMA manufactured housing unit, parked next to their damaged home.  The electricity to the unit can go through the same meter as the damaged home.  The water to the unit is the same, when potable, as to the home. The plumbing waste from the unit goes down the same sewer as the home.  The gas lines are from the home to the unit.  The unit has the same postal address as the home had.  The school bus runs the same route and gets this community off to school.
The advantage here is that the community survives, and neighbor will help neighbor rebuild.  The American ingenuity will once again shine. While not able to go to a job, the owner will try to salvage, and rebuild all day, and those who still can get to a job will have the nights and weekends to try to salvage what they can. The alternative is to have the community dispersed across myriad shelters. The community then no longer exists. The people feel helpless and abandoned, with nothing to do but just wait until the rebuilding gets done for them, the people lose hope and despair sets in.
Think about our alternative: the people live in the same neighborhood, and take charge of moving from the temporary units to their homes.  In the interim, while awaiting repair or rebuilding of their damaged homes, they have a place to live that they can call home, with neighbors they recognize and help each other, and encourage each other as they exchange their stories of survival.  The children have the same friends, the postal address is the same, and one more very important thing. The Red Cross can drop off 300 baskets of food once a week, and the folks can cook the way they like it, rather than the Red Cross cooking about 600 meals (assuming a household of two) three times a day, which will give the Red Cross a chance to help in the rebuild effort.
We began with a community, we watched heroic efforts of volunteers and FEMA to save neighbors, and now we are ready to give dignity to those trying to rebuild, by establishing as quickly as we can, an opportunity to get back on their feet, without fully resting on the government or the hospitality of their friends and neighbors. They will take pride in the rebuilding, and enjoy the fellowship of their neighbors. Most of all, their hope is restored along with their homes.
Once validated, this procedure could be spread as needed to Texas, Louisiana, and eventually to Puerto Rico, and the American Virgin Islands.
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Lawrence Fedewa, 12061 Rose Hall Drive, Clifton, VA 20124

Interview by Dave Akerly WILS (Lansing MI) 9/15/17 Part 1 & Part 2

Part 1

http://1320wils.com/assets/podcaster/916/2017_09_15_916_61774_1205.mp3

Part 2

http://1320wils.com/assets/podcaster/916/2017_09_15_916_61775_1205.mp3

Habitat for Humanity helps D.C. mom of 3

 

By Lawrence Fedewa – – Wednesday, September 6, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

“It was a great gift to be able to own something like a house and be able to be surrounded by people willing to help me reach this dream.” The speaker is Andrea, a mother of three, one of whom needs 24-hour care. She was giving a tour of her new house, which she with her friends from Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C., had built with her own hands.

Andrea and her children had previously been paying an unaffordable rent for a tiny apartment with no room for her son’s wheelchair and other equipment, among neighbors who complained about her son’s disability. She was facing an impossible situation which every day threatened to get worse if she was evicted. The new home felt like a gift from heaven.

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The Conservative Side of Weene with Lawrence Fedewa

It Matters Radio
Published on Aug 29, 2017

Host Kenneth Weene welcomes writer of The Washington Times, Lawrence Fedewa to speak about his thoughts on politics and why he is a conservative.
Interesting – no matter what political affiliation you may have.Ok9rq7g0″>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnqOk9rq7g0

Free Market Healthcare?

Hi Everybody,

As long as the future of Obamacare is still undecided, we still have time to discuss alternatives. The debate thus far appears to center on how much government subsidies should be included in the final package. Today we look again at how much government involvement is necessary (rather than how much can we afford) to achieve our national goals. With a $20 trillion national debt, a “government lite” approach seems to be in order.

So, let’s look again at what a truly free market healthcare system might really look like — without the hang-ups of past assumptions.

(This column is edited from a version originally published on January 6, 2017. Unfortunately, we haven’t progressed very far since then. )

As always, comments welcome. Thank you for your support.

Larry Fedewa

What a free-market health care system could look like

By Lawrence J. Fedewa – – Friday, January 6, 2017

As long as we are repealing and replacing Obamacare, the starting point should be setting our goals. American health care should be:

1, High quality, state-of-the-art
2. Available to all — which means
• Affordable
• Abundant
• Well-funded

What are the principal obstacles to these goals?

a. The first and most obvious obstacle is the shortage of medical personnel. This shortage has two facets: not enough medical professionals are produced in the first place, and of those who do enter practice too many drop out before their time. There are whole areas of inner cities and rural America, for example, which have no physicians at all. Why? Because our medical schools do not graduate enough doctors to serve the population of the United States. Why not? Lack of intelligent students? Lack of students who are motivated to give their lives in service to their fellow man? Not at all.

The reason is lack of money

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President pulls right, Pope Francis pulls left

FILE – In this May 24, 2017, file photo. U.S. President Donald Trump stands with Pope Francis during a meeting at the Vatican. Some evangelical supporters of Trump are seeking a meeting with Pope Francis over a recent critical article

Is Pope Francis I attacking American Christians? Steve Bannon targeted with ‘apocalyptic geopolitics’

By Lawrence Fedewa – – Friday, August 11, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

A controversial article in La Civiltà Cattolica, a Vatican-approved publication, by editor-in-chief Jesuit Fr. Antonio Spadaro and Marcelo Figueroa, an Argentine Presbyterian pastor who leads his country’s edition of the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, has attacked the American Christians who supported Donald Trump for the American presidency.

Singled out for special opposition are the so-called “conservative” Catholics and the evangelical Christians and their alleged representative in the White House, Steve Bannon. Mr. Bannon is accused of advocating an “apocalyptic geopolitics.”

Taken by itself, the article is long, confusing, wildly inaccurate in its interpretation of American Christianity, and an unremarkable critique by uninformed foreigners of a “straw man,” that is, an opponent created by the authors for the purpose of attacking it (not unlike the “fake news” of America’s media stories).

What gives the article importance is the presumed association with Pope Francis I. Although the Pope has not commented publicly on the article, the publication is published by the Jesuits, the Pope’s religious order, sponsored by the Vatican, and the authors are well-known associates of the Pope. At several points in the text, Pope Francis’ positions are cited as differing from those of the supposed opposition. This context strongly suggests that this article speaks for the Pope. If so, it speaks poorly for the Pope.

In summary, the essence of the piece seems to be that conservative Catholics and evangelical Protestants have formed a political alliance in the United States to create a theocracy, based on an Old Testament-oriented, fundamentalist ideology, which seeks to establish the literal interpretation of the Bible as the basis of American law. Adherents to this view are called “value voters.” As their means of promoting this view, they are full of “gloom and doom” scenarios about threats to the “American way of life.” The need for drastic changes is therefore urgent. It is not surprising that the authors liken this movement to the jihad of radical Islam. To top off their point of view, they describe the vehicle for this domination of American life as the Trump administration.

They contrast this terrifying threat of apocalypse with traditional Catholic (and biblical) belief that the Kingdom of God is not of this world. Here they are a little ambiguous (to say the least) because the Bible clearly sequences the Last Judgement as part of the apocalypse. Nevertheless, the authors accuse their opponents of seeking a “heaven on earth” which can only be achieved by winning the “war of religions.” The true Christian message is to treat everyone with love as preached by Pope Francis, “Love not war!” How all this ties together is not clear.

What to make of all this? My first suggestion is simply to dismiss the whole essay as irrelevant, unless the Pope comes out and owns it. (One would hope that he has better sense.) Obviously, the American press has hyped what is really an obscure article in a foreign language journal for one reason: to proclaim that the Pope has discredited the American president. This would not be the first time Francis has indicated disagreement with Mr. Trump. As a strong advocate of climate change, for example, Francis does not agree with the president’s withdrawal from the Paris Accord. It seems also evident that the Pope started with the view of Mr. Trump’s populism shared by many European intellectuals, that his positions were immoral, laughable and dangerous to world trade if not world peace. Whether he has nuanced his views since meeting the man in person is unknown.

In the broader view, Pope Francis I is known to be shaking up the worldwide Roman Catholic Church. Some would say he is letting in a breath of fresh air. He is reforming the Roman Curia – which operates like the cabinet of an American president, i.e. makes and enforces all the international positions of the church. He is also appointing younger and reportedly more “liberal” bishops worldwide, as well as completing the clean-up of the notorious Vatican Bank, and, perhaps most significantly, setting a personal and public example of openness and personal kindness. Much like President Trump, Pope Francis is faced with a government which is outdated and led by subordinates who cling to their power with ruthlessness and extraordinary tenacity. Though not nearly as large as the American bureaucracy, the Vatican bureaucracy has held its nearly supreme authority for centuries, rather than a generation.

In these matters, most American Catholics find much to approve of. Some disapprove of some of Francis’ initiatives and/or positions. For example, I have defended democratic capitalism against the socialist model favored by the papacy since Leo XIIII’s Rerum Novarum (Of New Issues) in 1891, which signaled the movement of the papacy away from the monarchical model of government.

Some American Catholics disapprove of everything Francis does – these are the ones Spadaro and Figueroa are really trying to discredit. But they are a tiny minority. Most of us think the Catholic Church can stand a little fresh air!

Copyright 2017 The Washington Times

The Death of Democracy and “We the People”

By Colonel George Seiler, USAF (ret.), Ph.D., (Thursday, August 10, 2017)

We have elections to let the people, the US citizens, voice their opinion in the form of a vote.  For many years I have professed that we overthrow the current government with ballots, and not bullets.  The US was one of the few countries where the loser did not have to get out of town.  The loser could even still display the bumper sticker of his losing candidate, and not worry about his windows getting shattered, or his car burned and vandalized.  It was OK to express your opinion, and after the election, the two parties blended together to make America flourish, make a better life for the kids and grandkids, expand the family living quarters, save up for a new car, or college. Become a journeyman at a trade, like electrician, HVAC, auto maintenance, new buildings, new roads and bridges. Politics was at least 2 years away, and the Presidential election was 4 years away.

In the interim, people respected the office of the President.  It was taught in our schools to do so.  We rallied for or against policy, legislation bills, changes in treaties, new treaties, American involvement on the world front to keep us safe.

But in 2016/2017 something appalling happened.  Continue reading “The Death of Democracy and “We the People””

Stop dilly-dallying and pass Trump’s agenda

President Donald Trump stops to greet Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, left, and Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis. at a luncheon with GOP leadership, Wednesday, July 19, 2017, in the State Dinning Room of the White House in Washington.

By Lawrence Fedewa – – Friday, July 21, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

America has watched with growing disgust the behavior of our politicians in the debate about Obamacare. The press accounts of the continuing turmoil assert that the reasons for the discord are almost entirely political – in the worst sense of that word. According to them, the primary reason for the deadlock is each member’s own analysis of how a vote will affect his or her re-election.

If true, this charge makes a mockery of democracy and the “right to free and fair elections,” as well as the entire system which it supports. It leads to the conclusion that the entire Congress is motivated by a selfish thirst for power so the desire to win re-election outweighs any consideration of the good of the country, that is, the people whom they are sworn to serve.

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DC event honors veterans and those who serve in Congress

 

Saturday, July 15, 2017DC 

 

OPINION

by Lawrence Fedewa | Jul 15, 2017, 12:01 AM

[Veterans are men and women who have had to live out the consequences of political decisions, often with dire results.] (Josh Bachman/The Las Cruces Sun-News via AP)

 

The Sixth Annual Bipartisan Tribute to Veterans and Those Who Serve in Congress was held in Washington on June 27, honoring veterans of military services and especially those who have continued their service to the nation in Congress.

The program began with a presentation of the flag by the Joint Armed Forces Color Guard, the National Anthem sung by Anthony Kearns, an invocation by the Chaplain of the House of Representatives Rev. Patrick Conroy, and a Pledge of Allegiance led by Pfc. Fame Academia and Will Hubbard. Hubbard is vice president of the Student Veterans Association, serving more than 1.1 million student veterans – the largest student organization in the country.

Other dignitaries in attendance included Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore, New Zealand Ambassador Tim Groser, Irish Deputy Chief of Mission Michael Lonergan, and many others. Shulkin’s presence underscored his commitment to work with Congress on reforming the Veterans’ administration, and the president’s pledge to make it a priority.

A long list of Congressional veterans in attendance were represented by Reps. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., and Steve Russell, R-Okla., at the podium. Coffman is the only member of Congress who served in both the Marine Corps and the Army. Russell was an Army Ranger and was part of the team that captured Saddam Hussein (Russell’s book, We Got Him, describes that episode in vivid detail).

Their remarks reflected a characteristic notable in all the speeches, what might be called a new seriousness about governing. These veterans, no matter their party allegiance, are a no-nonsense group, who have learned the importance of national policies and priorities in combat, risking their own lives and watching their comrades fall in battle.

To them, legislation is not a matter to be delayed, with decisions to be “kicked down the road” for fear of not being re-elected. These are men and women who have had to live out the consequences of political decisions, often with dire results.

The evening then honored Academia, retired Marine Cpl. Jeff DeYoung, and DeYoung’s war-dog, Cena.

Master of Ceremonies Jennifer Griffin, Fox News’ National Security Correspondent, told Academia’s extraordinary story. At 89 years old, he is a walking oral history of the World War II Japanese occupation of the Philippines. Continue reading “DC event honors veterans and those who serve in Congress”