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  • Scott Iseman

Updated: Aug 16, 2022

In November 2021, with COVID restrictions and education two hot issues, a red wave crested over Virginia, with Republicans winning local races into New Jersey and parts of New York, rattling the Democratic establishment.


With high inflation, and declining gas prices, Is there still a red wave looming for 2022 Midterms? August polling says no, but primary numbers show Republicans turning out to vote stronger than Democrats.


One downside of internet era elections are spectators staring at aggregate polling sites, prediction markets, looking at ratings changes on congressional seats, and reading into special elections; with everyone getting caught up in speculation.


After Labor Day, polling is expected to improve and electoral trends should become more clear, but in the end, it comes down to turnout through election day on November 8.


Consensus thinking today is Republicans would win the House, and Democrats are slight favorites to hold the Senate.


Update: Sean Trende of Real Clear Politics published this piece, What Washington State's Primaries Predict for the Midterms, and concludes with:


It seems to suggest that the environment for Republicans is better than it was in 2020 and is certainly consistent with them winning control of the House and being positioned to take the Senate.


  • Scott Iseman

John Mackey, soon to be former CEO of Whole Foods Market spoke with Reason Magazine on a recent podcast, and lamented on the state of things in today's politics, and our society.


Mackey, a strong advocate of free markets, liberty, and capitalism, rang his high profile alarm that socialism is beginning to take hold in USA, noting advances in education, military, and corporations that put cherished American freedoms like speech and guns at under threat.


Come September, when Mackey retires from Whole Foods, he intends to speak his mind on values he believes in. I expect to quote John Mackey here from time to time when he makes news.


I tend to not have such a negative outlook, as much of this advance of anti-Americanism can be halted IF Republicans take back control of Congress, and stop funding programs that advance socialist ideology.


This is in part a business blog, and here at The Iseman Firm, I promote conscious capitalism, and do agree with John Mackey that capitalism is "the greatest thing humanity’s ever done'.

  • Scott Iseman

Updated: Aug 7, 2022

"Unquestionably the interest of the United States was that of civilization."

-Lord Charnwood, 'Theodore Roosevelt' (1923)


The United States has had 46 American Presidents, and there are extensive biographies and books written about them. Some U.S. Presidents were a very big deal. When studying a President, I want to know what historians and readers think are the legit best biographies to dig into before investing my time in a large volume, as I would on any major historical figure.


Not saying I know for sure that Lord Charnwood's biography on 'Abraham Lincoln' is the #1 book on President Lincoln, but to me it probably is.


I find Charnwood well researched, honest, and he wrote unique insights on America that I already knew to be true from other sources. I loved Lord Charnwood's biography on Abraham Lincoln so much that I went to town on his biography about Theodore Roosevelt (our 26th President). And again in this biography, I found unique insights that convinced me Lord Charnwood understood what America was (in his day), and Roosevelt's role in it.


In Lord Charnwood's 'Theodore Roosevelt' (1923), is a chapter called 'The Inherited Foreign Policy'. This is about how the United States fought Spain, at the time a brutal slave empire in the Spanish American War (1898), quickly won, and annexed Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines, anchoring USA to Asia for the last 120 years.


With Taiwan in the news, and China in a tizzy, we should be examining America's century old role in Asia, how we got there, and why we should be ready to fight militarily to maintain our status quo.

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