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.

Interview with hometown radio station

Will there ever again be peace in this valley?

By Lawrence J. Fedewa – Wednesday, June 26, 2017

This country is in the most disruptive turmoil since the end of the Vietnam War. The most visible antagonists seem to be the President on one side and the media on the other. By “media”, I mean everyone from news organizations to comedians, to movies, to the theater. Everyone who has access to any form of media seems to have a grudge against the President. On the other hand, his so-called “counter-punching” especially through his tweets, adds fuel to the fire with nearly every tweet. (Fighting for the national soul by “tweeting” should at the least tweak our sense of humor.)

So, why not? At least more than the usual suspects are passionately involved in political dialog. A whole new population is suddenly watching every step the media will let them see.  A side effect of this newfound political passion, however, is the abandonment not only of objectivity, but even of common sense. At the extremes, we have attempted assassinations, riots and domestic terrorism.  Less dangerous perhaps, but nearly as disturbing is the utter contempt many on both sides hold for the other. This is not the America we want to live in.

What has happened to us? How did we come to this sorry state?  What we have at this moment in American history is a clash of cultures, a true culture war. It did not happen overnight. This “war” has been brewing for a long time. What is different about today is its eruption into the open, into everyday life and discourse.

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Is war with China inevitable?

In this April 6, 2017 file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, smiles at U.S. President Donald Trump as they pose together with their wives for photographers before dinner at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

By Lawrence J. Fedewa – – Monday, May 29, 2017

Half of China’s public believes that military conflict between China and the United States will occur within the next 10 years. This is one finding of the 2017 U.S. China Public Perceptions Opinion Survey, (the “Survey”) published by the Committee of 100 (C100) during its annual conference, held last week in Washington D.C.

The C100 is a national organization of prominent Chinese Americans, founded in 1990 by superstars I. M. Pei (architect) and Yo Yo Ma (musician) “to promote the participation of Chinese Americans in all fields of American life and encourage constructive relationships between the people of the United States of America and Greater China”.

The Survey is a veritable treasure chest of information about American and Chinese public perceptions on a host of major issues – and the C100 brought it to the attention of Members of Congress and high-level staff at the State Department and the White House last week. The findings are based on face-to-face interviews with 3,696 Chinese respondents and telephone interviews with 1,018 Americans, using the most advanced methods of survey science and techniques. This report reflects also my face-to-face interview with Mr. Charlie Woo, who led the Survey effort. Mr. Woo’s day job is co-founder and CEO of Megatoys, Inc. in addition to his prominence in many civic and community causes in his hometown of Los Angeles and nationally. Continue reading “Is war with China inevitable?”

What is “Democratic Socialism”?

Illustration on the roots of Bernie Sanders’ “Democratic Socialism” by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

What was bernie Sanders talking about?

By Lawrence Fedewa – – Friday, May 19, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

When Bernie Sanders, the socialist senator from Vermont, entered the Democratic primaries last year, a lot of people wondered. “What is democratic socialism?”

The classic definition of socialism is “a system of government in which the means of production and distribution of goods are owned, controlled or regulated by the government.” Socialism is distinguished from capitalism where the means of production and distribution are owned by private (non-governmental) parties, either individuals or organizations (such as companies).

The most radical form of socialism is communism, where all property is owned and distributed by the government. Less radical forms of socialism are seen in the governments of Western Europe, where private property is recognized but government has the responsibility of acquiring (through taxes) enough wealth to provide for physical well-being of all its citizens, however that may be interpreted at any given time.

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What is “Democratic Capitalism” anyway?

(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

By Lawrence J. Fedewa – – Sunday, April 30, 2017

The first thing to understand is that “democracy’ is a system of governance, and “capitalism” is an economic system. The genius of America has been to unite these two elements into a synergistic whole with the goal of providing every American “the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

The foundation of capitalism is “profits.” A profit occurs when you sell something for more than you paid for it. All taxes depend on profits — no profits, no taxes; no taxes, no government. So, if governments (combining local, state and national) take too much of the profits generated by businesses, there will not be any profits, and the economy will fail — and people will go hungry.

Thus, there will always be a tension between government and business over the amount of profits government takes and the amount kept by businesses. Since there is no accepted “balance,” there is always a tug of war between advocates of “big government” and “limited government,” generally represented these days by the Democrats and the Republicans.

There are some basic issues at stake. First of all, governments generally have the guns, meaning the resources to enforce whatever they want to enforce, whether through confiscation (taxes), incarceration (prison), or militarization (martial law). The basis of democracy is to limit the powers of government so that it treats its citizens according to rules set by the representatives of those citizens. It is the responsibility of these representatives to in fact control the police, the military, and all law enforcement resources in such a way as to nurture the life, liberty and pursuit of happiness of all its citizens. These “rules” are what we call the “law of the land.”

Obviously, it takes money to maintain a government capable of providing all these critically important services. Thus, the need for taxes. But there are no taxes without profits. People have to be motivated to work hard and to take chances with their money. So, what motivations are there which are powerful enough to get people to work hard?

Many motivations have been tried throughout human history. Fear is the most obvious. There can be physical dangers, the extreme of which is slavery. There can be fears of illness, of survival, of boredom, and so on. Most of human history has witnessed fear imposed by masters on slaves as the principal engine of economic activity. This is still rampant in our times — on a macro scale, such as in North Korea and other dictatorships, or on a micro scale such as in human trafficking.

The early history of capitalism was based on a slightly upgraded form of slavery. Where capitalists had no fear of government — or were in fact the government themselves as kings, oligarchies, or dictators — many forms of abusive behavior prevailed, including child labor, company stores, beatings and actual slavery. All human labor was grounded in despair.

Somehow, by the grace of God, the Founders of America — though many were themselves slaveowners — allowed the ideals of hope to shine brightly in the documents and organizations of the new Nation. Nowhere else in human history to that time had a national constitution been adopted which recognized the fundamental rights of all people “endowed by their Creator” (not by the State or the Church or the King) to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. That bias against big government pervades all the American foundation documents. The accompanying bias in favor of personal freedoms was a necessary byproduct of this view, which fit well with the frontier and the agricultural life of most early Americans.

Those early ideals were so firmly imbedded in the American character that we have spent the next 241 years trying to realize in practice the goals set forth by our founders, even to the fighting a war over these ideals, a war which cost 650,000 lives, an entire generation of young men. We have come a long way, but we have still far to go. Our only claim has to be that we never, ever stop striving to achieve for all our citizens life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in the midst of our ever more complicated national life.

So, what motivation tops all others to make a person work hard, take chances, and create new ideas, new things, and new circumstances? That motivation is the desire to provide for a person’s family, to live in peace and security, and to dream big dreams. This is the spark of hope which underlies capitalism and entrepreneurship and a dynamic society. This is the motivation which moves labor from fear to hope, and which provides opportunities for a person to do and become whatever he or she can achieve. This is American capitalism at its best. Americans have spent two centuries rescuing the good of the capitalistic idea, shaving off the evil, and developing the most prosperous and egalitarian society in the history of the world.

The mechanism through which this integration of government and economic freedom has evolved is democracy – a means by which the will of ordinary people can be enforced against the evils of unbridled capitalism, as well as human slavery and degradation. Democratic capitalism, as it has evolved in 21st century America, has set the standard for all the world.

We must, however, be vigilant, and be aware that we have not achieved our ideals, that they are ever under attack, and that the challenges will forever be changing as we continue to create our own American history.

(Copyright,  2017  The Washington Times, LLC)

Grand Jury for Leakers?

 

Hi Everybody,

 

Today’s worry is about a topic which is critical but slipping under the rug again — namely, our cyber security leaks like a sieve, and all anyone does is rail at the leakers.  Who is responsible for all these leaks? Who is supposed to be plugging the holes?

 

There are also some new items on the website: especially Chapter Two of Inside: The Early Years — more stories of a growing boy in another time. Inside — more stories of a boy in a different time

 

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

 

Larry Fedewa

 

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Atty. Gen. Sessions should empanel grand jury to probe intelligence leaks

From Snowden to WikiLeaks to Clinton to Russians, the sieve is troublesome
By Lawrence J. Fedewa – – Monday, April 17, 2017
ANALYSIS/OPINION
An extraordinary scenario is taking place right out in the open, and we all seem to be missing it. The subject is the utterly incompetent protection our “intelligence community” (as they like to be called) is providing for the nation’s most precious secrets.
It was bad enough when a young contractor named Edward Snowden could steal millions of classified records pertaining to the plans, strategies, surveillance, identities, and reports of all types and pass these files to WikiLeaks founder, Swedish gadfly Julian Assange, who promptly disclosed the whole lot to the entire world (2013).
But this adventure foreshadowed the popular response to all the subsequent WikiLeaks. What happened were cries of righteous indignation – against whom? Against the keepers of these secret files, who allowed this to happen? Not at all. The outrage was against the little leaker, Mr. Snowden. The outrage was so intense and so universal that Mr. Snowden was forced into exile.
But surely, the primary sin was the work (or lack thereof) performed by our esteemed “intelligence community,” whose responsibility it is to guard the nation’s secrets against all comers. But they couldn’t even stop a young contractor.
The next big leak was at the hands of another young American, a transgender Army corporal named variously Bradley or Chelsea Elizabeth Manning, who perpetrated the largest public disclosures of military secrets in the history of the United States (2014). So, who went to jail? Manning.
What about those senior officials up and down the line of command whose incompetence allowed such a thing to happen? Not one was ever even accused, let alone indicted, of treason or even dereliction of duty. No wonder there have been further violations of our national security.
This time (2017), there is a casual admission by the FBI and the rest of the “intelligence community” that the Russians have systematically hacked into our national security data – although no public evidence has been produced to that effect. All the Washington wonks are assuming that the purpose of this intrusion was to trifle with the American election. Interestingly, that charge seems to assume that WikiLeaks obtained the Podesta emails from the Russians and used it to damage the Hillary Clinton campaign.
In the absence of compelling evidence to the contrary, this assumption is so much poppycock. In the first place, Mr. Assange himself maintains that the data were obtained from a disgruntled Clinton campaign worker. Secondly, this is not a far-fetched claim, based on the identity and type of little guys who pulled off much greater and more damaging disclosures in the past. Thirdly, the disclosures were true. No one has ever denied the authenticity of the material, damning as it was to Mrs. Clinton herself.
So, this whole house is built upon sand – there is nothing there but the angry musings of a defeated campaign trying desperately to blame someone else for their own failures.
But what about the cyber security which protects the nation’s secrets? Are we being informed that once again, there has been a catastrophic breakdown of that shield? Who is responsible for that?
We know that Barack Obama, in his last days in office, geometrically expanded the number of agencies (from one to 17) and people (unknown hundreds) who were to be given access to raw (unmasked) data. It has also been reported that Mr. Obama authorized continued access of Hillary Clinton and six aides to the same top secret material she had as Secretary of State, presumably right up to the election. This in spite of her obvious disdain for the laws and rules governing such access.
This cavalier attitude toward cyber protection clearly does not bode well for the state of the art. Further, there seems little doubt that the Obama Democrats spied on the Trump transition team. That is a violation of the law and Americans would like to see somebody go to jail this time, someone to keep Manning company.
But no one seems to be talking about these failures of the “intelligence community.” It is time to clean up the flagrant incompetence surrounding cyber protection of our national secrets. Those responsible must be held accountable, and a new team appointed to the task.
The new Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, should also empanel a grand jury to investigate the people and the reasons behind this breakdown to determine whether laws have been broken. Obviously, the FBI under the perpetually confused and confusing James Comey can’t handle the job.
If the likes of Snowden and Manning can penetrate our national security, surely the Russians, the Islamic State, North Korea and who knows who else shouldn’t have any trouble.
Copyright © 2017 The Washington Times, LLC

 

Obama’s Legacy & Trump’s Future – Dr. Larry Fedewa

“The Police Academy” is a program for law enforcement personnel, and hosted perhaps the most comprehensive interview I have done to date. Link:
https://www.policeacademypodcast.com/podcast/2017/4/6/obamas-legacy-trumps-future-dr-larry-fedewa
Here is the summary:
In this episode, Dr. Larry discusses everything from American politics, to the retribalization of America, to our founding fathers fighting for American ideals; from the history of Islam and Christianity, to the fight against ISIS today. Buckle up and enjoy the show!

MY FAMILY ON TRUMP: ROUND 2

Cousin Lee takes a swing at President Trump

by Lawrence J.  Fedewa

Here is one more round of the vigorous dialog going on in my family about Mr. Trump and his administration. These are all solid citizens whose sincere concern for their country is not simply a passing glance at current affairs, but a concentrated, pro-active effort to keep informed, to think and to talk about the state of the union. They represent many other patriots, perhaps half the country, and I respect their right to be heard.

Here’s cousin Lee: “Hmmm, interesting conversation. Now let me see…. You wrote that we don’t support Trump ‘primarily because they don’t understand him and don’t agree with what they do understand, a lot of which comes from the heavily biased media’. Oh, I get it, we’re all confused by the “heavily biased media”. I have a question. Is this the same media that identified Dmitry Rybolovlev, called the Russian fertilizer king who paid Trump $100M for a Florida mansion that Trump bought for $40M….and then had it torn down?

“Is this the same media that pointed out that Wilbur Ross was appointed Commerce Secretary who just happens to be a major shareholder in the Bank of Cypress (after he was dismissed from Deutche Bank after they were found laundering roughly $10B in illegal Russian money, including from our friend Dmitry Rybolovlev) along with…..you guessed it, Rybolovlev?

“Is this the same media that also pointed out that Jared Kushner is in the midst of selling the office building at 666 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan for well over a billion dollars more than what was paid for it to a Chinese Billionaire, and the transaction must be approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment which includes……..Wilbur Ross?

 “Oh yeah, and this is the same media that pointed out that the U.S. Attorney, Preet Bharara, who was suddenly fired by the Trump administration (after being told by Trump himself along with Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he could stay) and was in the midst of an investigation into Deutsche Bank as well as the potential involvement of Russians in the Trump campaign? And the same media that revealed the meetings by Mike Flynn with Russians regarding U.S. sanctions against Russia…..during the Trump campaign? And, well the list could go on but one last point, the same media that pointed out how Secretary of State Rex Tillerson received the Russian, Order of Friendship medal from Mr. Putin himself? You’re absolutely right, we simply don’t understand, but we will, oh we will.”

s/ Cousin Lee

My answer: While I note that a Clinton supporter throwing out rumors of corruption is a bit disingenuous (glass houses and all that), I do recognize that the hysterical Rachel Maddow and the other media you are following have used these types of accusations consistently

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