Karl Spence

About Karl Spence

Karl Spence is a retired journalist living in San Antonio. His work has appeared in National Review, the Chattanooga Free Press, American Thinker and at www.fairamendment.us.

More American Carnage

It’s too soon to comment in any detail about what happened at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival Sunday night in Las Vegas. There’s too much we don’t yet know, and too much of what has already been reported doesn’t add up. But it’s clear that what President Trump has called “American

By | 2017-10-03T12:36:21+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|

Mr. President, Don’t Forget to Stop the Carnage

The United States is reaching a grim milestone: One million murdered Americans. The FBI just released the Uniform Crime Report for 2016, and it contains good news and bad news. The report’s two main categories are property crime (burglary, larceny/theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson) and violent crime (rape, robbery, aggravated assault, and

By | 2017-09-30T18:24:19+00:00 September 30th, 2017|

Don’t Blame the Kneelers—Blame Those Who Brainwashed Them

The brouhaha over political demonstrations during the National Anthem makes me think of a scene from “Junior Bonner,” a 1972 Sam Peckinpah film about rodeo cowboys starring Steve McQueen. A barroom brawl has broken out during the rodeo’s noontime break, and the biggest bruiser in the joint decides to put a stop to

By | 2017-09-27T08:44:26+00:00 September 27th, 2017|

Is Capital Punishment Christian?

“A murderer forfeits his life, and it is right that he should be killed by the sword.” So said Martin Luther, and his argument to that effect, cited here last week, may have impressed some readers and discombobulated others. But among those who confidently tell one another and the world that it’s unchristian—nay,

By | 2017-09-26T18:52:43+00:00 September 24th, 2017|

Robert E. Lee: Saladin of the South

Here’s a little anecdote from Hollywood’s Golden Age that contains a lesson for us today. This is how the Egyptian scholar Amro Ali tells it: Film titan Cecil DeMille opened up negotiations with King Farouk for permission to film in Egypt the epic story of Moses in “The Ten Commandments.” The King agreed

By | 2017-09-08T11:31:35+00:00 September 6th, 2017|

Crime, the Gallows, and Trump

  In Henry Fielding’s novel Tom Jones, one Ensign Northerton quarrels with our hero and, without warning, deals him a seemingly mortal blow. Placed under arrest, the assailant begins to consider the consequences of his crime. Fielding writes that Northerton: had a great antipathy to those close winter quarters in the Castle of

By | 2017-05-14T15:05:40+00:00 April 13th, 2017|