Visiting

Visiting

There is no difference between communism and socialism, except in the means of achieving the same ultimate end: communism proposes to enslave men by force, socialism – by vote. It is merely the difference between murder and suicide. —Ayn Rand. By Dr. Jim Ferguson It had been two years since I had been in a […]

The Big Cs

The Big Cs

To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical. Thomas Jefferson By Dr. Jim Ferguson Every year the holiday schedule sneaks up on me. I’m referring to the deadline for my holiday column. My only excuse is that The Focus is published […]

Safety and Freedom

Safety and Freedom

Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters. –Benjamin Franklin   By Dr. Jim Ferguson I suspect because we’ve had plenty of rain, East Tennesseans are experiencing a beautiful fall. Last weekend Becky and I drove in the Cades Cove area to indulge […]

Redemption

Redemption

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Beneath an overcast sky the long line stretched into the bleak landscape behind Little Girl. On perhaps her last day, it would soon be her turn to shuffle up the ramp as thousands had already done. Echoing in her mind were her teacher’s words, “We are all embarking on a great […]

Adapting

Adapting

“We are all born ignorant, but one must work very hard to remain stupid.” Ben Franklin   By Dr. Jim Ferguson You have heard the adage that getting older is not for sissies. Notice that I used “older” rather than “old” because it best describes a calculus rather than an absolute. Calculus is the mathematical […]

The American Apocalypse

The American Apocalypse

All tyrannies rule through fraud and force, but once the fraud is exposed, they must rely exclusively on force. – George Orwell By Dr. Jim Ferguson I just received a Christmas gift at Halloween! A shipment of my new novel, “Mantis,” just arrived by UPS, so I decided to use the “seasonal” cover of the […]

Leaders and Followers

Leaders and Followers

“The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry.” ― William F. Buckley Jr. By Dr. Jim Ferguson Are you an Indian or a chief? I thought about this on Columbus Day which is also listed as Indigenous People’s Day on my iPhone calendar. I think the whole controversy is contrived caca (excrement), derived […]

The Amazons

The Amazons

“If you do not take an interest in the affairs of your government, then you are doomed to live under the rule of fools.” — Plato By Dr. Jim Ferguson   The disadvantage of writing a weekly column is that it’s difficult to be contemporaneous. Actually, I like being spontaneous and writing about what interests […]

Buyer’s Remorse

Buyer’s Remorse

  To be, or not to be, that is the question. — William Shakespeare By Dr. Jim Ferguson We do not have Hamlet’s conundrum of a life or death struggle. Or maybe we do, if you believe the pronouncements of iPOTUS and his handlers. The question for Americans is to VAX or not to VAX. […]

Patches of green

Patches of green

“I hate writing, I love having written.” -Dorothy Parker “Most of the time I enjoy writing, but I love having written.” -Jim Ferguson By Dr. Jim Ferguson Each week I sit down and write about what’s on my mind. Now that I am retired this usually occurs on a Wednesday or Thursday afternoon, since I […]

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