Damon Gonzalez Jr.

Damon Gonzalez Jr. writes on politics andf foreign policy issues.

The Battle of Mogadishu: Twenty Years Later

Holidays such as Veterans Day and Memorial Day celebrate the heroism, courage, and honor of American service members. October third should be the day Americans remind themselves of the true horrors of needless wars.

Rick Santorum: The Anti-Capitalist

A few years ago, it seemed inevitable.  The popular resistance to the increasingly invasive federal policies in healthcare, housing, and finance seemed to have sparked a cultural revolution of sorts.  This was characterized by the "Tea Party" movement that demanded...

The Rational Interest?

"The American nation needs the tonic of a serious moral adventure."Ayn Rand once referenced this quote by Herbert Croly from The New Republic in describing the roots of war.  Upon first publication, this quote was an endorsement of Wilsonian thinking at the dawn...

The Cost of Compromise

If this latest "debt deal" was anything, it was certainly everything a "compromise" had to offer. While the original cut, cap, and balance plan was at least a step in the right direction, the underlying principles motivating the bill were unfathomable to Harry Reid...

The Failure of Metaphysics and Morality: Mitt Romney and "Healthcare"

In a recent television interview by Sean Hannity on Fox News, Mitt Romney sought to appease conservatives by explaining the premises of the medical insurance, or "healthcare" law, signed by him as Governor of Massachusetts in 2006.  Hannity alludes to the unique...

The Needless Casualty

It is because of the bankrupt nature of altruism that events such as those on June 28, 2005 in Kunar province occur, and no one can explain the rationale for 19 dead American servicemen.

The Moral Crime of the "Religious Right"

John Winthrop wrote "A Model of Christian Charity" upon his arrival to the Massachusetts Bay colony in 1630. This composition has had a tremendous impact on American thinking, culture, and politics. Its notoriety comes from the fact Winthrop declares the early...

Egypt: Freedom or Islamism?

In what can only be surmised as chaos, most of North Africa, Yemen, and the Iranian theocracy's appendage, Lebanon, seem to be undergoing a very disturbingly rapid transition. Some attribute this state of apparent anarchy to the lack of freedom and economic reform....

Freedom or Islamism in Egypt?

Make no mistake, should Egypt fall to the Islamists, this will be the most embarrassing failure of American foreign policy since the collapse of the Shah’s government in Iran.

Obama's Upcoming State of the Union: Continue to Insult the Intelligent

As the economy continues to chug along on life support and Republicans in the House of Representatives begin their meager attempts at cutting the size and scope of the federal government, the substance of President Obama's State of the Union address is becoming more...

Iran Gets One Step Closer to the Bomb

Doing nothing is no different than doing something; you're just allowing someone else to pursue an end. What the United States is inevitably going to endure are the consequences of inaction. According to FoxNews.com, Dr. Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy...

Chronic Appeasement Produces Aggressors

While temporarily buried under the Christmas cheer and holiday mood, Reuters recently published a story concerning the growing turmoil on the Korean peninsula. On top of threats to wage a "sacred war" against the South, Pyongyang hints at the possibility of a third...


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