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About Ronald E. Yates

Author,  former  foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune, and Dean & Professor Emeritus of the College of Media at the University of Illinois, his acclaimed works are now available through this site.

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The Dangerous Infiltration of America by its Enemies

Since Joe Biden has occupied the White House, more than 7.2 million illegals have entered our nation, a number greater than the population of 36 states, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). They have done so with little or no opposition from the Biden administration, which has actually …

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Socialists Force-Feeding School Children a Steady Diet of Toxic Critical Race Theory

As angry parents coast to coast continue to rebel against leftist indoctrination of their children, the nation’s largest teachers’ unions have let it be known that they will support Marxist and socialist teachers who are teaching Critical Race Theory anyway. Here in California, the 310,000-member California Teachers Association, which is …

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Putin and Biden: Two Peas in a Political Pod?

There was predictable outrage among American lawmakers when the world learned that Vladimir Putin’s most significant political opponent died mysteriously in prison Friday. Alexei Navalny’s death came just one month before a presidential election in which Putin will undoubtedly intensify his iron grip on Russia. As disturbing as Navalny’s death …

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Is the Golden State now the Tarnished State?

A recent headline on the front page of the Los Angeles Times was a revelation for some folks. “Half of U.S. says California declining, 30% of Democrats say ‘too liberal.’” It wasn’t a revelation for me. I have lived in California off and on for 19 years, beginning in the …

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An Ancient Egyptian Method to Determine Joe Biden’s Fitness for Office

For the past week or so since a special counsel report described Joe Biden as an “elderly man with a poor memory,” his allies have frantically, if not successfully, defended his mental agility and slammed special counsel Robert Hur for daring to include comments about the 81-year-old president’s cerebral condition. …

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Is John Wayne a Symbol of White Supremacy?

The other day, I watched a couple of John Wayne films from the 1950s. It took me back to a time when strong men were not considered purveyors of “toxic masculinity.” Instead, they were celebrated–not denigrated. Adolescent boys were allowed to be boys in school and not forced to suppress …

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Three Race-Hustling Queens & Their Woke Racism

Question: What do Cori Bush, Fani Willis, and Stacy Abrams have in common? If you answered that they are all well-known black Democrat women who are under investigation by the Department of Justice, have been subpoenaed by the House Judiciary Committee, or have come under scrutiny for misconduct and ethics …

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Things You Learn if You Live Long Enough

Since I started producing this blog, I have accumulated a lot of information and trivia. Today, I am combining some of that intelligence and knowledge into a post that I hope you will find interesting, if not enlightening. I will begin with something Mark Twain once said: “Nothing spoils a good …

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11 Skills Your Great-Grandparents Had That You Don’t

This is a repost of commentary I did a few years ago about the skills my great-grandparents had that few people have today. When I examine what life was like in the late 19th and early 20th centuries from about 1885 to 1905, I am amazed at how self-reliant and …

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America’s Modern-day System of Medieval Jurisprudence

As I was surfing The Internet the other day, I came across an article that discussed crime and punishment in Europe during the Middle Ages. It pointed out that between 500 A.D. and A. D. 1500, punishment for most crimes in Europe was often performed in public. “Performed” is the …

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The Orwellian Assault on Our Past Continues

History is important. It is a road map to our past. It takes us to places and times that can teach us important lessons about ourselves and those who came before us. It helps us understand our nation—its strengths and assets, as well as its weaknesses and imperfections. But when …

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Who Says Border Barriers Don’t Work?

Ever since Donald Trump promised to seal our southern border with a massive border wall, his Democrat opponents and others who believe in open borders insisted walls don’t work. They incessantly pooh-poohed the very idea of a physical barrier and called Trump’s border wall a fiasco. They were wrong. Allow …

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